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Each of these large collections of encyclopedias and dictionaries allows you to search many reference books at the same time.
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- Credo Reference - Dictionaries
Use Credo Reference to search and access almost 600 high-quality encyclopedias and dictionaries in a wide variety of subject areas.
- Dictionary of American Family Names
Contains more than 70,000 of the most commonly occurring surnames in the United States, giving their comparative frequencies, linguistic and historical explanations, selected associated forenames, and occasional genealogical notes.
- Historical Dictionary of Native American Movements
Covers topics dealing with key movements, organizations, leadership strategies, and the major issues Native Americans have confronted. Includes entries on important persons, places, events, and institutions and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects. About Gale Virtual Reference
- Merriam Webster Online Dictionary
Merriam-Webster provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, word games, and other English language resources.
- Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Indispensable reference work on all aspects of the Christian Church. Offers unrivaled coverage of all aspects of this vast and often complex subject, from theology; churches and denominations; patristic scholarship; and the bible; to the church calendar and its organization; popes; archbishops; saints; and mystics.
- Oxford English Dictionary
Online access to the 20-volume Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary and the three Additions Series volumes, plus between one and two thousand new and revised entries every quarter.
- The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance
Encyclopedias A-Z List
Provides access to all the articles, fully illustrated, from the latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, Research Updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks, thousands of illustrations, and the latest Science News, headlines, biographies, and more.
- Black Women in America
In nearly 600 entries, Black Women in America celebrates the remarkable achievements of black women throughout history, highlights their ongoing contributions in America today, and represents the new research the first edition helped to generate.
- Credo Reference
Use Credo Reference to search and access almost 600 high-quality encyclopedias and dictionaries and other reference works in a wide variety of subject areas.
- Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 - Present Day
Traces the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and the ascendant influence of African Americans on the American cultural landscape. The Encyclopedia contains approximately 1,200 fully cross-referenced entries all signed by leading scholars and experts, offering the most reliable and extensive treatment to be found on African American history in this era.
- Encyclopedia of African-American History, 1619-1895
In nearly seven hundred entries, the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 documents the full range of the African American experience during that period and shows how all aspects of American culture, history, and national identity have been profoundly influenced by the experience of African Americans.
- Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts
Contains over 3,000 entries covering thousands of years of decorative arts production throughout western and non-western cultures.
- Encyclopedia of Evolution
A comprehensive guide to the essentials of evolutionary biology, these entries by leading experts survey essential concepts and theories, present methods, models and findings, and discuss both the history of the field and current controversies.
- Encyclopedia of Global Change
The 300 authoritative articles in this unique and wide-ranging encyclopedia investigate all types of phenomena that change life on Earth.
- Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States
Draws together the diverse historical and contemporary experiences in the United States of Latinos and Latinas from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
- Encyclopedia of MesoAmerican Cultures
Chronicles Pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern Mesoamerica, defined as the lands stretching from Mexico to the southern tip of Central America.
- Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature
Critically explores the relationships among human beings, their environments, and the religious dimensions of life. This wide-ranging work--chronologically, geographically, religiously--includes 1,000 entries from 520 international contributors.
- Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Featuring 450 articles by an international community of 100 distinguished scholars, the Encyclopedia is the definitive account of what we know about the scroll--their history, relevance, meaning, and the controversies that surround them.
- Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.
- Gale Virtual Reference
Provides access to nearly 100 complete reference works, including encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks. About Gale Virtual Reference and eBook title list
- Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture
Ranges from the Middle East to Central and South Asia, Africa, and Europe and spans over a thousand years of history. Includes in-depth information about dynasties, art forms, artists, architecture, rulers, monuments, archaeological sites and stylistic developments. In addition, over 500 illustrations of sculpture, mosaic, painting, ceramics, architecture, metalwork and calligraphy illuminate the rich artistic tradition of the Islamic world.
- International Encyclopedia of Dance
With nearly 2,000 articles written by scholars from fifty countries, the Encyclopedia covers the full spectrum of dance--theatrical, ritual, dance--drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance.
- Oregon Encyclopedia
Articles on the history and culture of Oregon, covering significant people, events, places, institutions, and more from 10,000 years ago to the present.
- Oxford Companion to World Exploration
Offers information on all topics of exploration worldwide, including advances in navigation, the discovery of the New World, polar expeditions, and the space age.
- Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature
Written by an international roster of more than 300 authors, the Encyclopedia comprehensively documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world.
- Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America
In 700 original, intriguing articles--from "Apple Pie" to "Zombie"--The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America covers the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink.
- Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
This encyclopedia provides authoritative and up-to-date information about theatre and performance from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe. In addition to performances in playhouses, it covers dance, opera, radio, film, television, and popular performance, including carnivals, circus, and public executions.
- Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History
With over 650 biographies of influential women and over 600 topical articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies, Women in World History is the definitive reference work in the field.
- Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace
Offers a comprehensive survey of the full range of historical, political, theoretical and philosophical issues relating to peace and conflict. All major figures are covered, as well as major events, organizations, theories, and much more. Each entry is signed by a leading scholar in the field, contains a bibliography for further reading, and is cross-referenced with other useful points of interest within the encyclopedia. In addition to A-to-Z entries, the Encyclopedia also includes a peace chronology, key documents and appendices.
- Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection
Combines rich and scholarly resources with authoritative quick-reference coverage of a broad range of topics. Includes over 340 dictionaries, encyclopedias, and companion guides to a range of disciplines.
- Oxford Reference: Medicine and Health
The medicine sub-collection of Oxford Reference Online.
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Scholarly introductions to thinkers, concepts, and debates in philosophy.
- Statistical Abstract of the United States
The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.
- The Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art
- The Oxford Dictionary of Art
The Oxford Dictionary of Art is the unrivalled one-volume guide to the art of the Western world. It provides a careful balance of fact and critical appraisal, ranging across painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts from classical times to the present.
(Number of encyclopedias: 29)