TITLE: The Catholic Encyclopedia
The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church, edited by Charles G. Herbermann et al., was published in 15 volumes plus index between 1907 and 1912. This monumental work contains 11,568 articles, from Aachen to Zwirner, written by leading Catholic scholars of the day. It is aimed at high school students and up. Though showing its age in some respects, the Catholic Encyclopedia is still a worthy starting point for research on matters related to Catholicism. It is most useful for theology and religious studies, but is also surprisingly strong in philosophy, and very helpful for medieval history.
The online version of the Catholic Encyclopedia is a volunteer project, coordinated by Kevin Knight. As of 12 September 1997, volunteers had typed or scanned in 3,159 (27%) of the articles. These contributions are then converted into a handsome, Lynx-friendly HTML format, and linked from the alphabetical table of contents. The online Catholic Encyclopedia also contains numerous papal and conciliar documents that were not included in the original. Where possible, encyclopedia articles are linked to other referenced articles, to relevant church documents, or to the Summa Theologica (which is also hosted at this site).
Elizabeth T. Knuth
Clemens and Alcuin Libraries,
College of St. Benedict and St. John's University
Date of review: 18 October 1997