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Reference Ebooks: dictionaries, encyclopedias, and more!

  • Blackwell Reference Online
    Reference titles for everything from Law to Literature from Blackwell Publishers. Full-text searchable and browsable.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    A collection of encyclopedias classified by Business, Education, Environment, History, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. Full-text searchable and browsable.
  • Oxford Reference Online
    Dictionaries (English and bilingual), quotation searches, and subject-specific dictionaries and encyclopedias. Full-text searchable; not browsable.
 

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Encyclopedias - your new BFF!

 

  Book search

Books can also be great sources for background information.  Search here for encyclopedias and books--both electronic and in print!  To find e-books, after running a search, limit your results to "eBook" using the options in the left-hand sidebar.

 

For hot topics in the news, try:

An excellent source of reporting and analysis on topics in the news. A good place for students to get background information on an issue.

Follow this link to access CQ Researcher online.

Country Info

If you're looking for basic information about a country, try these sources.

  • World Factbook
    The annual handbook of countries of the world published by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
  • Country Studies/Area Handbooks
    "The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors."
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