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Titles: Wikipedia - L’Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (1751) - Denis Diderot and Jean d’Alembert -
An encyclopedia (alternatively encyclopædia) is a written compendium of human knowledge.
The term comes from the Greek words εγκύκλιος παιδεία, enkyklios paideia ("in a circle of instruction"). From εγκύκλιος, circuit shaped from κύκλος circuit and παιδεία, meaning instruction. See the Note on spelling below.
Encyclopedias can be general, containing articles on topics in many fields (the English language Encyclopædia Britannica and German Brockhaus are well-known examples), or they can specialize in a particular field (such as an encyclopedia of medicine or philosophy). There are also encyclopedias that cover a wide variety of topics from a particular cultural or national perspective, such as the Great Soviet Encyclopedia.
Encyclopedic works have been produced throughout much of human history, but the term encyclopedia was not used to refer to such works until the 16th century. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encyclopedia, Apr 2004
CompendiumA compendium is a short but comprehensive compilation of a body of knowledge. A compendium usually contains principal heads, or general principles, of a larger work or system. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compendium, Apr 2004
Welcome to Disinfopedia, a collaborative project to produce a directory of public relations firms, think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and special interests. Sponsored by the Center for Media and Democracy, the Disinfopedia was started in February 2003 and are now working on 5022 articles. To learn how you can edit any article right now, visit Disinfopedia:Welcome, newcomers, our Help page, Frequently Asked Questions, or experiment in the sandbox. --http://www.disinfopedia.org/
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