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Reference materials help you find background information on a topic, and are a great place to begin your research.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    More than 90,000 reference articles from subject-specific encyclopedias across all major disciplines.
  • World Geography: Understanding a Changing World
    This reference database provides essential knowledge of the geographical, political, social, economic, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world with overviews of each nation and the ability to make demographic comparisons between countries.
  • CultureGrams
    Cultural reports for more than 200 countries, including categories such as land and climate, history, economy, education, health, and events and trends.
  • Oxford English Dictionary
    The OED, widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language, is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words from past to present.
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Books & Videos

Books about cultures will have call numbers that begin with GR and GT. Books about linguistics and media begin with P.   This video will help you find books on the shelves that are organized by the Library of Congress classification system.


These databases help you find articles from newspapers, magazines, professional and trade publications, and scholarly journals.


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