Reference Resources


We have two electronic collections of encyclopedias: Gale Virtual Reference Library and Oxford Reference. To search either of them, use the search boxes below; we recommend trying both for your topic as they search completely different collections of information.

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Oxford English Dictionary

The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium.

Oxford Dictionaries

An online language dictionary product covering Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

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Reference Resources
Subject Guide

An extensive list of print and electronic reference resources, organized by academic discipline.

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