Encyclopedias and Dictionaries Online Databases

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Database Name
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: Coverage varies.
Content Type: encyclopedia, reference source
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 Central Academic Complete (ProQuest)

Formerly ebrary. A collection of ebooks in a variety of subject areas.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: ebooks
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
Encyclopedia Britannica Online

An electronic version of this popular encyclopedia.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: encyclopedia
Gale Virtual Reference Library

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

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

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 Knowledge

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 Name
Oxford Art Online

Provides access to Grove Art Online, Benezit Dictionary of Artists, The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Includes image partnerships with ARTstor, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Images for College Teaching, Art Resource, Artists Rights Society and numerous international art galleries and artists.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: dictionary, encyclopedia, reference source
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, encyclopedia
Oxford Music Online

Comprehensive dictionary that covers all aspects of music. Includes Grove Music Online, with access to search The Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: dictionary, encyclopedia
Reference USA

A business directory of U.S. companies that is searchable by company name, ticker symbol, type of business, geography or company size.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: data, reference source
Ulrichsweb: Global Serials Directory

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

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
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: Coverage varies.
Content Type: reference source, scholarly articles