Dictionaries/Encyclopedias/Reference Databases

Database Name Description
Oxford English Dictionary OnlineThe OED is "the ultimate authority on the English language as well as a history of English speech and thought from its infancy to the present day." It is a unique source of scholarly information on the meaning, history and pronunciation of 500,000 words, tracing their historical appearances through 2.5 million quotations.
Oxford Reference OnlineThe award-winning Oxford Reference Online (ORO) database contains the full text of over 200 reference books and dozens of English and bilingual dictionaries, plus 50,000 in-depth articles, hundreds of links to valuable web resources, and thousands of maps and illustrations, all produced by the authoritative Oxford University Press. ORO provides efficient one-stop-shopping for facts, definitions, biographies, and dates in one scholarly, full-text database.  How to Search This Database
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (now Britannica Academic)The online version of the well respected paper encyclopedia. In addition to the regular encyclopedia, the online version includes the Britannica Elementary and Student encyclopedias, an online atlas, timelines, video and media clips, year in review events and calendar, internet sites, and a limited selection of full-text journal articles.  How to Search This Database
Gale Virtual Reference Library Comprehensive collection of reference materials in electronic format, across a wide range of subject and curriculum areas including Arts and Humanities, Child Care studies, History, Business and Finance, Education and much more.

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