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Subject encyclopedias are much more than a way of picking up quick facts. Typically put together by scholars and other experts in the field, they can provide an overview of a field or fill in topics for unfamiliar areas of research. The articles usually also include a list of important books and articles. Not a substitute for research but a quick way of getting you started.
A few of the encyclopedias with broadest coverage are at the top of the list, but all are worth browsing. Many of these encyclopedias we also have in print.
History of the Jewish people and their religious culture: chronology, introductory essay, extensive bibliography,and over 200 cross-referenced dictionary entries on persons, places, events, institutions, and aspects of culture,society, economy, politics
Covers more than 3000 years of Jewish religious thought, custom, law, and practice, from traditional approaches to Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and post-denominational. Brief definitions and longer essays, all supplemented with bibliographies
Complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, originally published between 1901-1906. Includes over 15,000 articles and illustrations. Articles have not been updated or edited for nearly 100 years but still used as a reference source
Covers Jewish history, religion and culture in Muslim lands, covering the seventh century to the present (2010), particularly in the late medieval, early modern and modern periods. Will be updated annually
History and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe from the beginnings of their settlement in the region to the present. Includes content of print edition, plus images, media, documents and links to related sites. From the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. __________________________________
450 articles on the history, relevance, meaning, and the controversies that surround them. The works are viewed in historical, linguistic, and religious contexts, as supported by the archaeological evidence.
Names, places, acronyms, events and concepts that made up the world of the Holocaust. Also includes a detailed chronology, 40-page bibliography and a 29-page introduction to the Holocaust. One user at a time: try again if busy[
A project of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., contains nearly 300 brief articles with links to images, documents, bibliographies and other resources. Also available in French and Spanish.