June 22, 2011
By Elisabeth Grant
For students seeking information on a U.S. state or territory, EDSITEment’s list of 13 encyclopedias (including Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Guam, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia) offers a gateway to edited and authoritative information. These encyclopedias offer an extensive amount of facts, as well as photographs, maps, and more. Below we highlight just a few, but see the EDSITEment page for all 13.
Starting off at The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, check out the Arkansas Overview and learn the square mileage, population, senators, state fruit, and more for the state. More in-depth examination of the state and the people that make up its history can be found by browsing through the different media available (photos, maps, documents, video, and audio), choosing a time period, or just checking out what’s new on the site. Click on the calendar on the right side of the homepage and learn about “This Day in Arkansas History.” The site is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and hopes to expand to a mobile version in the near future.
Dozens of scholars from universities, historic collections, and elsewhere have contributed to the KnowLA site. Content has been broken up into categories (architecture, art, folklife, history, literature, and music), time periods from 10,000 BCE to the contemporary period, and regions. In the history category, get a sense of how people, economics, wars, and more have changed and influenced Louisiana over time. Also, see well-known time periods, such as the Civil War, from the Louisiana perspective.
Encyclopedia Virginia is published by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Visualize history through the interactive map, which presents markers on locations and links back to longer articles. Get daily updates from the Encyclopedia Virginia blog, and learn about both small-scale (like a 1736 will) and larger events (like the attack at Port Republic). Create your own account and bookmark content on the site (entries, images, videos, and maps) so you can return to it later.
The complete list extends from Connecticut to Guam, for more, and the editors promise to add “new entries, photographs, and maps.” So even if your state or territory is not currently on the list, be sure to keep an eye on the site for future developments.