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What are reference books?
A reference book (either e-book or print) is a collection of information on a given topic, usually organized alphabetically. Reference books include bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, directories, and indexes.
Selected e-books by subject
The library offers more than 17,000 books in electronic format from various publishers and providers. Our major collections of e-books include:
Browse or search more than 100,000 articles from Encyclopædia Britannica
Cambridge Histories Online
Online access to more than 300 volumes from the Cambridge Histories series, providing scholarly coverage of many academic subjects
A digital reference library of dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, books of quotations, and subject-specific titles, covering many subjects, all from leading publishers.
EBSCO eBook Collection
A collection of more than 12,500 electronic books, including scholarly monographs, reference materials, and more. Formerly known as NetLibrary.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
A database of encyclopedias and other reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
Full-text dictionaries and other reference books in many subject areas from Oxford University Press
A collection of more than 170 specialized encyclopedias and handbooks. Particularly strong in the social sciences, medicine, and the environment.
Encyclopedias / Ready Reference
Gale Directory Library
Features standard directories such as Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers, Encyclopedia of Associations, and Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media
Reference Universe searches much of the reference collection—both print and online sources. You can count on these sources to be scholarly and authoritative.
*Results list both links to e-books and print items (note call #s for books on reference shelves) .
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