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Credo Reference 
Offers millions of full-text entries from over 560 reference sources: encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, quotations, etc., plus links to related articles in some of our databases. This is a great place to begin your research by exploring the breadth and facets of your topic.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search this library of over 1,000 reference books for information on all kinds of topics, from celebrity biographies to literary criticism to bioethics. You can download PDFs of articles to your e-reader, or even translate articles in many different languages.

Oxford Reference Online
Over 100 full text language and subject dictionaries and reference works. Topics covered include general reference, language, science and medicine, humanities, social sciences, and business.  



General Subject Encyclopedias

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Search the content of encyclopedias, a dictionary and thesaurus, a multimedia database with images, videos, and sound files, the Web's Best Sites, selected magazines and journals, country statistics from World Data Analyst, notable quotations, and Gateway to the Classics (a collection of works of Western history, literature, philosophy, and science).

Encyclopedia Americana
Most articles have been prepared by leading authorities in their fields, and many entries contain additional materials, including maps, flags, tables, and links to related sites on the World Wide Web. Also includes the Journal, a current events database; Editor's Picks, an introduction to research on various topics; and Profiles, biographies of famous and influential people.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Part of EBSCO's Primary Search database, Funk & Wagnalls is a respected elementary school-level encyclopedia with articles written specifically for kids.


Subject-specific Encyclopedias

La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre
A comprehensive encyclopedia for Spanish speakers and Spanish-language students, this resource includes thousands of articles and images, hundreds of fact boxes and tables, world history timelines, Spanish-language news stories, a dynamic Spanish atlas, teacher resources, and the "Aula de español" module, developed for Spanish-language learners.

Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems 
Unique in many ways, the EOLSS has a thematic organization instead of the standard alphabetical arrangement of most encyclopedias. In an attempt to forge pathways between disciplines it deals in detail with interdisciplinary subjects, but it is also disciplinary as each major core subject is covered in great depth by world experts.

Oxford Music Online
A portal offering users the ability to access and cross-search multiple music reference resources in one location, OMO includes Grove Music Online as its cornerstone, The Oxford Companion to Music, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and the landmark Encyclopedia of Popular Music.

Oxford Art Online
The most extensive and easily searchable online art resource available today; a virtual art reference library of unparalleled scope and depth. An innovative gateway offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference resources: Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the forthcoming addition of Benezit Dictionary of Artists in 2011.


Oxford Reference Online
Over 100 full text language and subject dictionaries and reference works. Topics covered include general reference, language, science and medicine, humanities, social sciences, and business.

Oxford English Dictionary 
Widely acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English in the world, the OED is the definitive record of English language development over the last fifteen hundred years. It traces the evolution of words through millions of quotations, and includes etymological analysis, variant spellings and pronunciation guides.    


NEW! Market Share Reporter (Gale Directory Library)
Presents comparative business statistics. Each entry features a descriptive title; data and market description; a list of producers/products along with their market share; and cites original sources.    


American National Biography 
The landmark American National Biography offers portraits of more than 17,400 men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the nation. The ANB Online features thousands of illustrations, more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, and links to select web sites.
Updated semi-annually

Biography Reference Bank Select
Provides comprehensive coverage of people in the news and a full range of history-makers. It covers over 236,000 individuals, plus more than 36,000 images. The content comes from a wide variety resources, featuring biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches (Wilson’s Speeches of the American Presidents), or obituaries.
Ancient times-present; updated daily

Heritage Quest Online
Combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
A ground-breaking and engaging reference work providing 50,000 specially-written signed biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of the British past, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2000. State-of-the-art search options, extensive internal cross-referencing, access to articles from the original DNB, and navigation by "themes" combine with rigorous research and scholarship to make the Oxford DNB one of the most innovative and important reference sites available online.  


RCLweb (Resources for College Libraries)
Core list of over 65,000 titles of books and Web pages in 58 curriculum-specific subjects for academic libraries. Titles have been selected by more than 300 subject specialist librarians. Book reviews from Choice magazine included where available.
Updated quarterly 

Books in Print 
Contains over five million records of in-print, out-of-print, and forthcoming book, audio book, and video titles from over 44,000 North American publishers. Also includes many book reviews.    


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