Databases: Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

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High-quality, comprehensive information, including access to the Britannica encyclopedia, atlas, world data, the Classics, biographies, news, multimedia, and more.
Includes six titles: CQ Almanac; CQ Researcher; CQ Magazine; Political Handbook of the World; Politics in America; and Supreme Court Yearbook.
A collection of government and political eBooks.
Provides the largest comprehensive physical science data source available.
Provides access to hundreds of reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, quotations) from over 70 academic publishers.
Featuring comprehensive literary biographies, you'll find profiles of more than 143,000 past and present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights.
Contributors are scholars and specialists in health-related fields.
Contributors are scholars and specialists including geographers, political scientists, chemists, anthropologists, medical practitioners, development experts, and sociologists.
Covers popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day.
Co-published by the National Association of Social Workers and Oxford University Press, the Encyclopedia of Social Work is widely considered the cornerstone of reference in its field.
Provides full text access to more than 250 reference sources, primarily encyclopedias.
Provides combined access to Dictionary of Literary Biography, Literature Criticism Online, and Something About the Author Online.
Biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 150,000 writers in all disciplines.
Oxford Art Online contains the full text of the The Grove Dictionary of Art with over 45,000 articles and thousands of images.
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Limited to 11 simultaneous users.
The authoritative resource for music research with over 52,000 articles written by nearly 9,000 scholars charting the diverse history, theory, and cultures of music around the globe.
Contains full text for classic texts, plot summaries, synopses, work overviews, literary criticism essays, author biographies and interviews, literary journals, book reviews, and poems.
Contains the full text of The Grove Dictionary of Art with over 45,000 articles compiled over a period of 15 years.
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Limited to 11 simultaneous users.
Over 12,500 entries covering musical subjects of all kinds including entries on composers, performers, conductors, musical terms and forms, instruments, works, venues, and a host of other topics.
Biographies of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century.
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Limited to 1 user at a time.
A historical dictionary of English, covering the language from the earliest times to the present day.
Each handbook takes an aspect of its discipline, explaining the key issues, the classic and contemporary debates on those issues, and setting the agenda for how those debates might evolve.
Provides access to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, which includes The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera.
Provides access to nearly 100 online encyclopedias covering history and culture, literature and language, arts, law, and the social sciences.
Provides thorough and accurate information on the major aspects of each country's government and political party system.
Full text access to more than 200 encyclopedias and over 100 handbooks in the social sciences and related subjects.
Provides full text access to subject encyclopedias, primarily about American history.