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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2321  Thursday, 11 October 2001

From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Wednesday, 10 Oct 2001 09:45:32 -0500
Subject:        Britannica

I've just become aware of the following: according to my reference
librarian, the online Encyclopedia Britannica appears to be close to
going under. It is currently available by individual subscription, but
not apparently at an affordable price for institutions (not mine,
anyway, and UT Austin is always thought to have lots of money), and
seems to be getting closer and closer to disappearance.

I have used this tool for some time to provide quick and dirty
historical data to classes (bios of Surrey or Sidney, for instance; a
summary of the reign of Henry VIII; etc.). Does anyone have suggestions
for online tools that might substitute for the Britannica decently so
far as British history goes? My head reference librarian is not sanguine
about it.

There is the (old) DNB, of course, and the History of Parliament, on
CD-ROM. However, I'm hoping for Internet online sources, so that I can
refer interested students to them, as well as use them myself.

Frank Whigham

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