Electronic Reference Sources and Ebooks Databases

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Most Useful

Database Database Description
Britannica Online

An online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica.  

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: encyclopedia
CQ Press Electronic Library

Collection of publications from CQ Press, including encyclopedias, covering American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: encyclopedia
Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Archive of digital facsimile images of works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700

Dates of coverage: 1473 - 1700
Content Type: ebooks, primary sources
eBook Collection (Ebscohost)

Provides the full-text of thousands recently-published books from selected academic and commercial publishers, as well as the full-text of a large number of older works in the public domain.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: ebooks
ebrary

A collection of ebooks in a variety of subject areas.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: ebooks
Gale Virtual Reference Library

Collection of online encyclopedias and reference books covering a variety of subject areas.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: ebooks, encyclopedia, reference source
Oxford Reference Collection

Includes over 180 encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs and handbooks on all subject areas. Search at the entry screen or click on Subjects and Books to see titles included.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: dictionary, encyclopedia, reference source
Sage eReference

Collection of online encyclopedias and reference books covering a variety of subject areas, including history and the social sciences.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: ebooks, encyclopedia, reference source
Stat!Ref

Fulltext access to a collection of medical reference books, manuals and encyclopedias, including Mosby's Drug Consult, Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Stedman's Medical Dictionary.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: ebooks, encyclopedia

Also Useful

Database Database Description
Grove Dictionary of Art

Comprehensive dictionary that covers all aspects of visual art, including artists, art forms, styles, and time periods.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: dictionary, encyclopedia
Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians

Comprehensive dictionary that covers all aspects of music.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: dictionary, encyclopedia
Idea Group E-Access

Collection of fourteen encyclopedias on a variety of subjects, including education and human-computer interaction.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: ebooks, encyclopedia
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Over 50,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: dictionary, encyclopedia
Oxford English Dictionary

The dictionary of record. In addition to definitions, it also includes the history of how individual words have been used.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: dictionary, reference source
Reference USA

A business directory of U.S. companies that is searchable by company name, ticker symbol, type of business, geography or company size. This database is only available on campus.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: data, reference source
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory

Directory of periodicals, including journals, magazines and newspapers. Provides bibliographic information, including indexing, subject coverage, and price.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: reference source
WorldCat (FirstSearch)

Over 35 million records of any type of material owned by libraries throughout the United States and several other countries.

Dates of coverage: All time periods
Content Type: reference source, scholarly articles