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Use reference collection resources to:
- identify facts, names, dates, etc.
- find overviews or background information on a subject
- identify possible directions for a topic you're exploring
- put a narrow topic into context
Reference Databases & Online Resources
Full text academic edition of Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster Dictionary; includes video and audio clips
Full text articles and images from subject encyclopedias, biographical dictionaries, and other reference works
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Full text encyclopedias, biographical dictionaries, and subject-specific reference books
Very Short Introductions
Full text overviews of diverse subjects, including ancient warfare, climate, consciousness, economics, game theory, Islamic history, literary theory, privacy, and more from Oxford Univ. Press
Consider, also, if relevant to your topic:
Current events/issues coverage includes full text reports with overviews, historical background, chronologies, pro/con features, and more
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Current social issue topic overviews, including pro/con viewpoint essays, academic journal and news/magazine articles, images, videos, statistics, and more
Oxford African American Studies Center
Full text encyclopedia articles, biographical entries, primary sources, images, and more relevant to African American studies and Africa and diaspora studies
Gale in Context: Science
Current scientific topic overviews, including selected full text for journal and news/magazine articles, images, videos, interactive data maps, and more
Search or browse acronyms and abbreviations by category
Includes Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Columbia World of Quotations, Simpson's Contemporary Quotations, and Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations
Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Includes Learner's Dictionary, Advanced Learner's Dictionary, Dictionary of American English, International Dictionary of Idioms, International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs, Klett Compact French / English Dictionary, and Klett Compact Spanish / English dictionary from Cambridge University Press.
Translate to and from over 50 languages
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online
Includes dictionary, thesaurus, medical dictionary, Scrabble dictionary, & English-Spanish translator. Click tab above search box to change where you search.
Oxford English Dictionary
Landmark historical resource that defines and illustrates through quotations the use of English language words from earliest known occurrence to present
Gale in Context: Biography
Biographical essays on "the world's most influential people," both contemporary and historical, with videos, images, magazine and newspaper articles, and more
Largest collection of genealogy material in the country; includes the U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1940, with page images and corresponding indexes
Something About The Author
Full text essays cover the life, writings, critical reception, and more for authors and illustrators in all genres of English-language literature for children and young adults
Includes toll-free and reverse lookup searches and links to international telephone directories
AtoZdatabases (Business & Marketing)
Addresses, phone numbers, sales volume, credit rating, SIC codes, and more for U.S. businesses and executives; also includes directory information on U.S. residents
Scholarly analytics, contact information, submission guidelines, acceptance rate, type of review, etc., "journalytics" for journals in business, education, psychology, computer science--business information systems, and health administration; also documents violations in "predatory reports" that have questionable peer review or publication practices, website inconsistencies, etc.
MLA Directory of Periodicals (Modern Language Association)
Describes approximately 5,500 journals, including scope, circulation, and submission requirements
Describes U.S. and international journals, magazines, and newspapers
Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory
Describes serials and periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers, etc.)
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