When you search an online encyclopedia, you are searching a compendium of information on just about everything. A compendium is a comprehensive collection of something.

You can also use the word compendium to describe a collection of written works. If you gather all of the anecdotes your parents and grandparents have told you into a book, you'll have created a compendium of family stories. The plural of compendium is either compendiums or compendia.

Definitions of compendium
  1. noun
    a publication containing a variety of works
    synonyms: collection
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    a collection of selected literary passages
    collection of records especially about an institution
    compilation, digest
    something that is compiled (as into a single book or file)
    divan, diwan
    a collection of Persian or Arabic poems (usually by one author)
    florilegium, garland, miscellany
    an anthology of short literary pieces and poems and ballads etc.
    an anthology of articles on a related subject or an anthology of the works of a single author
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    a copy of a printed work offered for distribution
  2. noun
    a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work
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    sum-up, summary
    a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
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