For an overview of EncycloReader and the underlying technology, see the About page.

1. The EncycloReader Search Page

The EncycloReader search page is divided into several areas, shown in this screenshot and described below.

Header Options

Search Options

Supported encyclopedias

Here is the list of encyclopedias supported by EncycloReader: EduTech Wiki Encyclopedia of Mathematics Encyclopedia Mythica World History Encyclopedia International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

2. Understanding EncycloReader Search Results

There are two main distinctions that determine how search results are organized: title search vs. content search and internal search vs. external search.

Title Search vs. Content Search

See the screenshots in the next section for some specific differences between title and content searches.

Internal Search vs. External Search

The EncycloReader search results page is divided into "internal" and "external" results. The following screenshot shows typical results for a content search.

When an external article is viewed from the search results page, it triggers the EncycloReader to add the article to the internal database, or to update the article if it is already stored internally. This process can take up to 30 minutes, so it's possible that the internal search results may not reflect the most recent version of the article when you view it from the fast search section. Articles accessed from external search always show the most recent version.

Here's an example of a title search. As shown in the screenshot below, the search results are still divided into internal search and external search but the internal search results do not display the relevance score or date last indexed.

If you would like to perform searches using either the internal or external search, use these search forms:


3. Adding EncycloReader to Web Browser Search

You can add EncycloReader to your Firefox address or Search bar.

  1. Go to the EncycloReader page and click the magnifying glass in the Search bar of Firefox.
  2. Click Add for the dark-yellow icon of EncycloReader.

EncycloReader search will appear in your available search options. You can make EncycloReader the default search engine by right-clicking it and using the context-sensitive menu).

4. Adding Articles to the Encyclosphere

The Encyclosphere is based on building an internal database in ZWI file format extracted from external sources. Given that, there are two ways that you can add an article that is indexed into the Encyclosphere database.

Option 1, the "push" method

The "push" method is preferred because it results in more complete ZWI files that include previous revisions of the articles. This method submits your article in the form of a ZWI file ZWI file to the Encyclosphere. EncycloRreader then finds it when it searches the internal Encyclosphere network.

  1. Create an article in or
    You can also use the portal, which provides lightweight editors to create and submit articles using the Mediawiki and DocuWiki-style editors.
  2. Use the ZWI export button (from the ZWIMaker Mediawiki extension) supported by these encyclopedias.

Option 2, the “pull” method

This method uses EncycloReader to fetch your article from external encyclopedias and submit it to the Encyclosphere network.

  1. Create an article in any of the encyclopedias that EncycloReader supports.
  2. Search for the article in EncycloReader.

If EncycloReader finds the article in the external encyclopedia, it displays the article in its search results and automatically adds it to the network.

5. Downloading and Sharing ZWI Files

One can view and download articles from the Encyclosphere network from the network monitoring page. You can download all ZWI files and share a mirror of this network as explained here.