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e-Reference Collections

Major e-Reference Sources

  • AccessScience
    The latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks, Science News headlines, and more.
  • American National Biography Online
    Profiles of more than 17,400 deceased men and women from all eras and walks of life whose lives shaped the nation.
  • Britannica Online Academic Edition
    The Encyclopaedia Britannica, including the year in review, a world atlas, and historical timelines.
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
    Data on properties of inorganic and organic compounds.
  • Merck Index Online
    The Merck Index is an encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals that contains more than 10,000 monographs. Each monograph in this authoritative reference source is a concise description of a single substance or a small group of closely related compounds.
  • Oxford Art Online
    The home of Grove Art Online and the access point for Oxford art reference subscriptions and publications online.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
    More than 50,000 biographies of people who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the 4th century BCE to 2001.
  • Oxford English Dictionary
    The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language, giving the meaning, history, and pronunciation of words and tracing their usage through quotations.
  • Oxford Music Online
    The home of Grove Music Online and the access point for Oxford music reference subscriptions and products online.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States  Icon  Icon
    A compendium of statistical tables covering demographic, labor, health and other data on Americans, 1878-present.

Why use reference materials?

  • get an overview of your subject to clarify the issues & scope of your project
  • find and confirm facts & definitions
  • identify key authors, terms, concepts, & the vocabulary of the discipline - use those terms to search the catalog & databases
  • find journal articles & books mentioned in the text or bibliography for further reading

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