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Use this source to find a list of Full-text reference books dealing with your topic.
Oxford Reference Online brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource and is a more trustworthy alternative to Wikipedia.

 

Art

Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture
The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture is the most current and comprehensive reference resource for the visual arts of the Classical period. It features an abundance of in-depth articles on this field of enduring importance—from biographies to thematic entries on architecture, ceramics, metalwork, mosaics, painting and sculpture.

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Business

Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History
Features 900 articles on all aspects of economics written by scholars in the field. Articles range from shorter articles of 500 words to longer, more comprehensive articles of around 8000 words.

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Culture

A-Z World Cultures
Provides cultural aspects of countries throughout the world. Also has other information including business and economics, climate, travel and history.

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Foreign Languages

Mango Languages
This is a guide to learning 34 foreign languages conversationally. It also has an English as a Second Language component. To begin click on "Start Learning".

Powerspeak
"Whether you want to learn a language for travel, business, or personal enrichment, Powerspeak Languages is a breakthrough in online language learning.

The highly engaging course utilizes an arsenal of progressive language learning methods. Powerspeak Languages is an entertaining and effective way to learn a new language."

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Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition
The Ancestry Library Edition collection is a genealogical database including census, vital, and immigration records. It also includes U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing historical maps; the Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection.

HeritageQuest Online
"This online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s."

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General Information

Bartleby.com
Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Reference sources on English usage, quotations, history, culture, anatomy, etiquette, fiction, non-fiction and verse. Nearly 51,000 entries, and more than 80,000 hypertext cross-references.

Credo Reference
Background information from many different subject encyclopedias and dictionaries comprise the Credo Reference series.  Credo also provides direct links to other library resources.

Foundation Directory Online
The Foundation Directory provides access to grant information from foundations throughout the United States.  A powerful search tool enables users to pinpoint grants that they need.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.

Oxford Dictionary of American Family Names
The Dictionary of American Family Names contains more than 70,000 of the most commonly occurring surnames in the United States, giving their comparative frequencies, linguistic and historical explanations, selected associated forenames, and occasional genealogical notes.

Oxford Reference Online
Oxford Reference Online brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource and is a more trustworthy alternative to Wikipedia.

RefDesk.com
Provides access to hundreds of websites that provide reference information.

World Book Encyclopedia (Advanced) Excellent source of background information on general topics from all disciplines.  Features a Citation Builder that helps to create APA and MLA citations.

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Geography

A-Z World Cultures
Provides cultural aspects of countries throughout the world. Also has other information including business and economics, climate, travel and history.

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Health Sciences

Concise Medical Dictionary
Definitions of over 12,000 terms from all aspects of medicine. Published by Oxford University Press.

Dictionary Of Nursing
"With over 10,000 clear and concise entries, written by medical and nursing specialists, this trusted dictionary covers the theory and practice of nursing, and even includes entry-level web links." Published by Oxford University Press.

Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
"Includes information on more than 1,600 medical disorders and concepts. Each article includes in-depth discussion of causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, procedures, and other related topics. Written for a general audience with an authoritative tone."

Medline Plus
This very reliable source provides explanations of medical problems, procedures and treatments.  It is written for the average consumer and comes from the National Library of Medicine.

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History

Black Women in America
"In nearly 600 entries, Black Women in America celebrates the remarkable achievements of black women throughout history, highlights their ongoing contributions in America today, and represents the new research the first edition helped to generate."

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
This work has 700 articles by noted scholars on the Enlightenment period from 1670 to 1815.

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
This work features 3000 articles on all aspects of the Middle Ages from the 5th to the 15th century. Such topics as art, architecture, language, science and philosophy are discussed. In addition, cultural, religious, intellectual, social and political history are covered here.

Oxford Companion to World Exploration
From Antarctica to the North Pole, The Oxford Companion to World Exploration offers information on all topics of exploration worldwide, including advances in navigation, the discovery of the New World, polar expeditions, and the space age.

Oxford Dictionary of American Family Names
The Oxford Dictionary of American Family Names contains more than 70,000 of the most commonly occurring surnames in the United States, giving their comparative frequencies, linguistic and historical explanations, selected associated forenames, and occasional genealogical notes.

Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
This is a classic reference source on over 1000 years of Byzantine history. Contains over 5,000 entries.

Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance
This work has comprehensive coverage on all aspects of the Renaissance in Europe from the 14th to the 17th centuries. Has some articles on the influence of the Renaissance on our culture today. Contains many biographical entries.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
Featuring 600 original articles written by leading scholars, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt goes far beyond the records of archaeology to make available what we know about the full social, political, religious, cultural and artistic legacy of this 5,000-year civilization.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation
is the definitive source for information about the entire range of religious and social changes that altered the face of Europe in the sixteenth century, encompassing not only issues of church polity and theology but also developments in politics, economics, demographics, art and literature. This broadly cast, interdisciplinary definition allows for a comprehensive social and intellectual history of early modern Europe.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World
"Through its fluent global coverage, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World provides information about major world developments from 1750 to the present, with close attention to social, economic, cultural, and political topics"

Oxford English Dictionary
"The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world."
As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You'll still find these in the OED, but you'll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books."

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Literature

Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature
350 essays from leading scholars covering American literary history from the 1600's to the present day. Includes essays on poets, playwrights, novelists, etc, as well as articles on literary movements, periods and themes.

Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature
Covers all aspects of British literature, including essays on individual authors, as well as literary movements, works and themes.

Oxford English Dictionary
"The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world."
As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You'll still find these in the OED, but you'll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books."

Oxford International Encyclopedia of Linguistics
This encyclopedia encompasses the full range of topics in linguistics, including such areas as historical, comparative, formal, mathematical, functional, philosophical, and sociolinguistics.

Scribner's Writers Online
This source access many different American and British, Latin American and World reference sources from the Scribner company.  You can search for information on different authors.

Twayne Writers Series- Excellent Source for finding information on authors and their works.

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Music

Classical Music Library

Social Sciences

A-Z World Cultures
Provides cultural aspects of countries throughout the world. Also has other information including business and economics, climate, travel and history.

Black Women in America
"In nearly 600 entries, Black Women in America celebrates the remarkable achievements of black women throughout history, highlights their ongoing contributions in America today, and represents the new research the first edition helped to generate."

Encyclopedia of Social Work-Jointly published by the National Association of Social Workers and Oxford University Press, this important work provides background information on a variety of topics in the Social Work field.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America
In 700 original articles—from “Apple Pie” to “Zombie”— The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America covers the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States
This landmark scholarly work offers comprehensive, reliable, and accessible information about the fastest growing minority population in the United States. With an unprecedented scope and cutting-edge scholarship, the Encyclopedia draws together the diverse historical and contemporary experiences in the United States of Latinos and Latinas from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

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Science

Encyclopedia of Global Change
This work investigates all types of phenomena that change life on Earth. The entries cover a range of general research categories: altered ecosystems, climate change, food and water supply, population, politics and global change, institutions and policies, biographies, and case studies.

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