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Reference Sources

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  • Search the Century Library Reference Collection
  • Literary Index (Gale)
    A master index to the major literature products published by Gale, including over 165,000 author names and listings for over 215,000 titles.
  • Reference Universe
    Reference Universe searches the actual indexes of more than 10,000 authoritative encyclopedias, compendia and handbooks.
    • Confused by the array of reference books out there? Try searching our collection of print and online reference books using Reference Universe.

      Just enter your topic in the box below, then click search to see a list of reference books that cover your topic. Click on a title for information from the library catalog about the book (including a link to the online version, if available). In addition, click on the article or index links to locate exact page numbers within the book where you can find information on your topic.

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Full-Text Resources
  • Britannica Online Academic Edition
    Includes content of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the yearbooks as well as selected web sites, periodical articles, and other resources.
  • Credo Reference
    Credo Reference covers every major subject and includes titles from the world's leading academic publishers. Search hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, subject-specific titles, images, audio files, and videos.
  • Literature Resource Center (Gale)
    Full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on over 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
  • Salem Health
    Salem Health provides online access to Salem Press health reference works, including Magill’s Medical Guide.
  • Salem History
    Salem History provides online access to Salem Press history reference works, including the Encyclopedia of American Immigration.
  • Salem Literature
    This full-text database provides online access to Critical Insights and Masterplots. Each volume of Critical Insights focuses on an individual author or on a single work of literature. Masterplots provides plot synopses and critical evaluations of English-language and world literature.
  • Salem Science
    Provides online access to Salem Press science reference works, including the Encyclopedia of Global Resources.
  • Writer's Reference Center
    A one-stop resource that provides users with all of the tools necessary to write and research effectively. Includes definitions from over a dozen thematic dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference books, and more than 150 essays covering grammar, style, research, and more.
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