January 19, 2022

Research Tools: Online Version of “Mississippi Encyclopedia” Now Available (Free to Access)

From the University of Mississippi:

Mississippi-Encyclopedia-art-232x300The online version of the 1,451-page Mississippi Encyclopedia, a project that began at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture in 2003 and concluded with publication in 2017, is now available at MississippiEncyclopedia.org.

The Mississippi Encyclopedia offers a breadth of topics unavailable anywhere else, with entries on every county, every governor, and numerous musicians, writers, artists and activists in the state. It is the first encyclopedic treatment of the state since 1907.

The volume, published by the University Press of Mississippi, appeals to anyone who wants to know more about Mississippi. It’s especially helpful to students, teachers and scholars researching, writing about or otherwise discovering the state, past and present.


Ted Ownby, director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, used the print version of the encyclopedia in teaching a HST 452: History of Mississippi course at UM, and echoed the importance of an online version widening availability for learners.

“Using the encyclopedia as a reference in teaching Mississippi history this spring enabled me to make the course much more distinctive because it made teaching more about the specific individuals – people and places – rather than generalities, so the online version will be more useful for schools and students doing projects,” Ownby said.

Direct to MississippiEncyclopedia.org

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.