Encyclopedias & More
Encyclopedias give you a broad overview of your topic and provide you with key people, places, events, and ideas related to your subject. The encyclopedias the Library offers are written and edited by experts and are credible sources of information the you can cite in your papers and projects.
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More than 550 reference works, including general and subject-specific encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and directories in many subject areas.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
More than 300 encyclopedias, including general and subject-specific encyclopedias in many subject areas.
Oxford Reference Online
More than 100 reference works published by Oxford University Press, including academic encyclopedias, dictionaries, and directories in many subject areas.
Encyclopedia Britannica - Academic Edition
A high-quality general encyclopedia with supplementary tools like dictionaries, maps, country statistics, pictures, quotations, and timelines.
ABC-CLIO Reference Collection
A collection of 35 academic encyclopedias. Covers many subject areas.
Sage Reference Collection
A collection of 40 academic encyclopedias. Particularly strong in the social sciences, education, and sustainability fields.
A comprehensive and current encyclopedia for all things science-related.
Merriam-Websters Collegiate Dictionary
The classic college student's dictionary.
The Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely considered the definitive record of the English language and traces the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000+ English words over the last 1,000 years. The use and changing meaning of words is illustrated by over 3 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources. The online version is updated every 3 months.
More Quick Facts
Almanacs help you answer quick, factual questions.
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Directories are lists of information about people, places, things, and events that are usually organized alphabetically or by category to help you find the information you need.
Statistics and Polls
Resources to help you find data about a variety of subjects, from the economy to population to public opinion on current issues. If you need numbers, start here.