Professor John Munro passed away on December 23, 2013. This site is maintained and kept online as an archive. For more infomation please visit the Centre for Medieval Studies
Professor John H. Munro
Department of Economics
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G7
My Home Page
ON-LINE ENCYCLOPEDIAS, DICTIONARIES, AND SEARCH ENGINES FOR
For the academic year 2008 - 2009
Updated: on 22 August 2008
- The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History:
accessible from a site licence obtained by the University of Toronto Libraries. This is probably the single most
important on-line search engine now available for economic historians; but freely available in this form, i.e., via
this link on my web-site, only
to the academic community at the University of Toronto. If your computer is off-campus, and has high-speed
broadband internet, you cannot use this specific web site, but instead you must access it through the
website, of the University of Toronto's on-line Library Catalogue, clicking on the box (top of the screen) for
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries, entering the name 'Oxford
Encyclopedia of Economic History'. When it appears, you have to enter your library barcode number and pin number,
in the two boxes indicated. If, however, you use a telephone-based modem to connect with CHASS,
you can gain access directly from this
website (URL) on my Home Page. Others must acquire their own site licence.
The print edition is also available in our University of Toronto Library system:
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, ed. by Joel Mokyr (editor in chief), Maristella Botticini
(assistant editor), Maxine Berg, Loren Brandt, Erik Buyst, Louis Cain, Jan de Vries, Paul Lovejoy,
and John Munro (area editors), in 5 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003).
- The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. If not now available,
it will be as soon as the University of Toronto acquires a site licence.
- Online Glossaries and Dictionaries of Economics.
- Google search engine, which is also
accessible via the
Netscape Google site.
- Google Scholar :
which permits you to find publications by the name of the author or scholar. Its help-service instructs you,
for example, on how to find a specific article
Answers.Com: Is my favourite academic search engine, especially useful in searching for
historical facts, names, places, ideas, events, economic concepts, technological
innovations, etc. It draws on materials from Wikipedia, Britannica Online, and
other similar sites, listed below.
- Wikipedia: perhaps the most popular search engine, after Googel: more reliable, now, than many critics
contend, but not fully reliable. Its chief defect is in allowing users to edit encyclopedia entries.
Here is the URL link for just the English language version.
- For a better alternative, try Veropedia: based on Wikipedia, this search engine has
two major differences: (1) each entry has been verified for accuracy; (2) users cannot edit or change the entries in any way. But so far,
the volume of entries is miniscule compared to Wikipedia and/or to my favourite search engine, which follows:
- Britannica Online: the web version of the renowned
Encyclopaedia Britannica (but Wikipedia has more entries).
- High Beam Library Research: not as good (in my opinion) as the
others listed above.
- ProQuest: Dissertations and Theses: very important
especially for any graduate student seeking to establish a thesis topic -- to make sure that the topic has not been done before. But useful for any
students or scholar. Under 'search tips', one can search for an item by author, title, university, department, etc.
By clicking on the URL for 'Databases', one can find a wide variety of other sources online. For example: ProQuest Research Library
- The Orb: On-Line Reference Books for Medieval Studies: The Orb Encyclopedia: A
- See also: The Orb: On-Line Reference Books for Medieval Studies: Guide to Medieval Terms
To verify your results, use more than just one search engine.
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