Last Updated: Oct 24, 2016
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.
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.
- How do I use the Gale Virtual Reference Library?
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.
- Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.
- Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context
Features pro and con viewpoint articles, periodical articles, primary source documents, statistics, and multimedia.
- JSTOR Arts & Sciences
JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a digital archive of hundreds of academic journals and other scholarly content.
- ProQuest Research Library: Literature & Language
This subset of the ProQuest Research Library covers English, American literature, world Literatures and linguistics.
- Google Scholar
Search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
- How do I find articles using library databases?
- View a complete list of databases
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