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Before the internet and websites, encyclopedias mostly meant going to the library, picking up a really heavy volume and leafing through a colossal amount of information. That's no longer the case today. With the availability of these best encyclopedia apps for iPhone and iPad, everything you want to explore is right on your fingertip.

So, if you are in search of a trusted source for your research or want to enhance your knowledge, these encyclopedia apps for iOS can be immensely helpful. Depending on what you are after, you can pick the suitable option to give your quest the right direction. Let's find out!

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Best Encyclopedia Apps for the iPhone and iPad

Best Encyclopedia Apps for the iPhone and iPad

#1. Wikipedia

Wikipedia iPhone and iPad App IconAs everyone knows, Wikipedia is by far the most popular encyclopedia app. Featuring more than 39 million articles in 300 different languages, it's made to be the top source for your quest.

The explore feed lets you access gazillion of highly researched articles and original photos.  As the feed regularly updated, you always have something new to read. Better still, it also recommends articles for you based on your interest.

Price: Free
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#2. PCMag.com

PCMag.com Encyclopedia iPhone App IconThis one is for IT professionals. It is one of the finest IT websites that provides quality information and knowledge about products, tools and computers and other aspects. This app is a huge collection of information found on PCMag.com.

You can search all 25,000 IT and consumer electronics definitions even offline. There are more than 4,000 illustrations, diagrams, and photos to give your hunt the right perspective. Think of it as an encyclopedic reference to almost all the products reviewed or featured on the website.

Price: Free
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#3. Wikipanion

Wikipanion iPhone App IconWikipanion has been designed to let you search, navigate and use Wikipedia more conveniently. It features several search methods including Google search, Wikipedia search, and Smart completion entry preview.

You have the option to bookmark not just any topic but also a particular section to access it a bit easily. As the history is grouped by last visit date, you will be able to instantly access the previously read contents. The table-based category browsing brings more convenience into the play.

Price: Free
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#4. Animals Encyclopedia SMART Guide

Animals Encyclopedia SMART Guide iPhone and iPad App IconLooking to explore the world of animals and find out authentic information about them? Animals Encyclopedia can be a brilliant option for you. It provides all the important facts such as classification, weight, conservation, habitat, behavior, etc.

Having more than 2000 entries in 18 different categories like birds, mammals, fish, insects, it provides you the complete guide about the life of animals. There are plenty of quizzes and puzzles to keep your interest alive. And, if you find anything missing in the app, you can contribute to correct it.

Price: Free
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#5. Encyclopedia of Angels

Encyclopedia of Angels iPhone and iPad App IconDo have the interest of knowing the life of angels? If yes, “Encyclopedia of Angels” has to be your perfect selection. This features the list of every famous angel and her photos which you can browse by the century or chronological list.

Since the app ties directly with other web services, you will be able to explore more about those gorgeous fairies who come in your dreams. You can bookmark any article to read later or easily access it.

Price: Free
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#6. Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopædia Britannica iPhone and iPad App Icon“Encyclopaedia Britannica” is readied to be a great asset for learners. It features more than 80, 000 articles written by well-known authors. Its contributors consist of more than 100 Nobel Laureates along with subject guiders like Bill Clinton, Tony Hawk, Desmond Tutu and more.

The various charts and diagrams provide detailed information about any topic. With the use of LinkMap, you can easily explore each article. It also features quizzes which will not just test your knowledge of literature, pop-culture, science but also enhance it.

Price: Free
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#7. Wikiwand

Wikiwand iPhone and iPad App IconWikiwand enormously enhances your experience with Wikipedia. With the multiple-language search (up to three languages at once), you can instantly access the topic you wish to read.

It allows you to comfortably switch the languages of the articles in your preferred articles. The elegant user-interface and super typography add more value to it. It also features interactive maps for cities, countries or any place.

Price: Free
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#8. Minipedia

Minipedia iPhone App IconWikipedia is the one that comes to our mind when we think of a good encyclopedia. And Minipedia – Offline Wiki is definitely the one that is scaling the heights when it comes to offline versions of Wikipedia.

Minipedia lets you access 10, 000 articles free. You also get the option to install multiple languages. A great interface along with some good customization options make searching and reading easier.

Price: Free
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#9. WikiArt

WikiArt iPhone and iPad App IconWith WikiArt, you have the easy access to vast repositories of top art available online. It features more than 110, 000 artworks covering 13-21 centuries timespan from 73 countries. Over 2000 artists have contributed in enriching its quality and making it one of the most trusted sources. It consists of both public domain art pieces as well as those protected by copyright law.

Price: Free
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#10. Global Top 50 Encyclopedia Websites

Global Top 50 Encyclopedia Websites iPhone App IconThis is a consortium of 50-odd encyclopedia websites (not just Wikipedia). When you search for some information on this, it consolidates info from all these websites and presents this to you. While the interface might not be as impressive as others, the algorithm and information collation is pretty good. If you are in quest of a very useful encyclopedia app for iOS that can let you comfortably access trusted reference, you should give it a serious look.

Price: $0.99
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Signing Off

These are my favorite encyclopedia apps for iOS simply because of the quality they offer. Whether you are writing a comprehensive research or looking to improve your knowledge, they can be very helpful in enlightening you.

(You may also want to read: Best language learning apps for iPhone, best writing apps for iPhone and iPad.)

Is there any app you want to see on this list? Do let us know that in the comments below and stay connected with via Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus to continue to read more such top lists of iOS apps.

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