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Information Please Almanac
Online version of the popular almanac, which you can browse by topic or search. Also includes the Random House Webster's College Dictionary and the Columbia Encyclopedia.
The Columbia Encyclopedia: Sixth Edition
This is an online version of the current (year 2000) edition of the Columbia Encyclopedia, a one volume, short-entry encyclopedia with over 50,000 entries.