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The collections, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference sources below are general. More specialized reference sources can be found on subject pages and research guides. In addition, the Electronic Books: Reference page links to individual reference books.

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Artemis is a research experience that unites Gale's digital archives and reference collections. By building a research environment for multiple collections, Gale is creating the largest digital humanities and social sciences collection in the world.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

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Search across Oxford's digital academic content, including:
Digital Reference Shelf
Oxford Art Online
Oxford Handbooks Online
Oxford Journals
Oxford Music Online
Oxford Reference Online
Oxford Scholarship Online

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Full text reference resources including encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, thesauri and more.

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Indexes of more than 40,000 electronic and print reference works.

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Biographies of over 30,000 African-Americans from Chadwyck-Healey’s acclaimed Black Biographical Dictionaries 1790-1950.

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Enables users to locate biographical entries contained in more than 1,000 volumes and editions of important current and retrospective biographical reference sources.

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Biography Resource Center combines Gale biographies with related full-text articles from magazines and newspapers, thousands images, and links to vetted websites.

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Featuring retrospective coverage from Biography Index back to its first publication in 1946, it combines retrospective coverage with current indexing. Previous vendor was Wilson.

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An interactive, multimedia dictionary representing the full panoply of American regional vocabulary.

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The definitive dictionary and record of 1000 years of the English language with present-day meanings and histories of individual words traced through quotations, from literature, periodicals, and specialist sources. Also available in print. Main Library Reference -- PE1625.M7 1989.

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Directory of community services and resources.

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CollegeSource Online features over 13,624 College Catalogs in complete cover-to-cover, original page format representing 2-year, 4-year, graduate and professional schools.

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Full text directories:

  • Awards, Honors & Prizes
  • Directories in Print
  • Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers
  • Encyclopedia of Associations
  • Gale Directory of Databases
  • Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media
  • Government Research Directory
  • International Research Centers Directory
  • Publishers Directory
  • Research Centers Directory
  • Ward's Business Directory

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Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia database indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics.

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Publications & Publishers

Prices, frequency of publication, addresses, phone and fax numbers, e-mail and Web addresses for journals, magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals worldwide. Indicates available formats, intended audience, special features and indexing/abstracting services coverage. Formerly named Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory

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