Online Reference

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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

Britannica Concise Encyclopedia
This encyclopedia has comprehensive coverage on a variety of subjects including, arts, business, geography, history, literature, philosophy, politics, pop culture, science, sports, and more. It includes pronunciation help, relevant tables, and international maps.

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

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

Biography Reference Center
Comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies, including the complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies not available in other databases.

Features a focus on people-based records, which contain information about both everyday people and prominent individuals across societies and periods of time. Access to information both about specialized topics (regions, time periods) as well as social, cultural, and political trends, with a wide scope.

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.   


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