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Online Reference Sources

Reference books are great sources:

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  • to provide an overview
  • to find additional primary and secondary resources

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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

 Information Please Almanac

Annual Reviews

Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Bibliographies

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature, 1920-

MLA International Bibliography

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Includes: African Studies, Anthropology, Atlantic History, Art History, Chinese Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, Classics, Criminology, Hinduism, International Relations, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Renaissance and Reformation, 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

Obituaries and Death Notices: Search for names in various historical and current online newspapers.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Dictionaries and Thesauri

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

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary

Thesaurus.com

Handbooks

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

Sage Handbooks Online

Statistical Resources

Florida Statistics available from the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR)

ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States

Style Guides

Chicago Manual of Style

Other Style Guides

General and Specialized Encyclopedias

General Encyclopedias:

Encyclopedia.com

Encyclopedia Britiannica (free version)

Wikipedia

Selected Specialized Encyclopedias and Resources:

Encyclopedia of Global Religion

Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics

Encyclopedia of Local History

Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought

Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Social Sciences

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas

Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America

Oxford Research Encyclopedias includes encyclopedias covering: American History, Business and Management, Climate Science, Communication. Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics and Finance, International Studies, Latin American History, Linguistics, Literature, Politics, and Religion.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

University of Florida Home Page

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