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Online Reference Sources

Reference books are great sources:

  • to help you choose and/or refine your topic 
  • to provide an overview
  • to find additional primary and secondary resources

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Reference Universe indexes the contents of our print and electronic reference titles available at the UF Smathers Libraries.

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Additional Online Reference Books:

Gale Virtual Reference Library:


Oxford Digital Reference Shelf

Sage Reference Online

Other General Online Resources

Almanacs and Factbooks

CIA World Factbook

 Inforrmation Please Almanac

Annual Reviews

Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology


Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature, 1920-

MLA International Bibliography

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.

Biographical Sources

African American Biographical Database

American Men & Women of Science

American Presidents: Life Portraits

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774-present

Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Biography in Context

Biography Index Past and Present

Biography Reference Bank

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.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Dictionaries and Thesauri

Concise Oxford Dictionary

Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary (The book for when you know what it is, but not what it's called.)

Oxford English Dictionary


Oxford Handbooks Online: Business and Management, Philosophy, Political Science and Religion

Sage Handbooks Online

Statistical Resources

Florida Statistical Abstract Online

ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States

Style Guides

Chicago Manual of Style

Other Style Guides

University of Florida Home Page

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