Reference books are great sources:
Looking for specific reference books on a subject?
Reference Universe indexes the contents of our print and electronic reference titles available at the UF Smathers Libraries.
Additional Online Reference Books:
Gale Virtual Reference Library:
Almanacs and Factbooks
Oxford Bibliographies Online: Includes: Atlantic History, Anthropology, Cinema and Media Studies, Classics, Criminology, International Relations, Islamic Studies, Medieval Studies, Music, Philosophy, Sociology, and Victorian Literature.
Dods Biographical Database: This database is a comprehensive listing of UK Civil Servants and contains career and personal information.
In nearly all cases information is included on name, education, birth-date, place of birth, marital status and offspring, employment histories, personal details and interests.
Obituaries and Death Notices: Search for names in various historical and current online resources.
Dictionaries and Thesauri
Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary (The book for when you know what it is, but not what it's called.)
Oxford Handbooks Online: Business and Management, Philosophy, Political Science and Religion
Selected Specialized Encyclopedias and Resources: