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Facts on File World News Digest

Key news stories from more than 100 major newspapers, magazines, and other sources from the U.S. and world, from 1940 to present.

Oxford English Dictionary

Guide to the meaning, history, pronunciation, and usage of half a million words, present and past.

Oxford Reference Online

Brings together more than 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable resource.


Full-text short articles on all science & technology topics. Online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online & Merriam-Webster Online

Articles on all subjects, plus related websites, images, videos, and sound files. Includes access to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus online.

Grove Art Online

Full text of The Dictionary of Art and The Oxford Companion to Western Art.

Grove Music Online

Full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.

Print Resources - Encyclopedias & Almanacs

LC call number ranges: AE [Encyclopedias], AY [Yearbooks, Almanacs, and Directories]

Encyclopedia Americana

REF AE 5 .E333 2004

The New Encyclopaedia Britannica

REF AE 5 .E363 2003 [32 v.]

The World Almanac and Book of Facts

REF AY 67 .N5 W7

Print Resources - Dictionaries

LC call number ranges: PA [Greek & Latin languages], PC [Romance languages - French, Spanish, Italian, etc.], PE [English language], PF [German language], PG [Russian & Slavic languages], PL [Asian languages - Chinese, Japanese, Korean]

The American Heritage College Dictionary, 4th ed.

REF PE 1628 .A6227 2002
Basic single-volume English dictionary.

The New Oxford American Dictionary

REF PE 1628 .N429 2001
A dictionary of American English.

The Oxford English Dictionary

REF PE 1625 .O87 1989 [20 v.]
The authority on the history and usage of the English language. See also the online version, in the "Databases" section at the top of this page.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus in Dictionary Form, 2nd ed.

REF PE 1591 .K54 1999


World Factbook (CIA) U.S. Government Source

Basic background information on foreign countries, including political, economic, and cultural information. Also includes country maps and flags.


Includes dictionaries for more than 300 languages, thesauri, subject-related glossaries, online language courses, and more.

Columbia Encyclopedia (Bartleby.com)

The 6th edition (2001) contains "nearly 51,000 entries (marshalling six and one-half million words on a vast range of topics), and with more than 80,000 hypertext cross-references."

The Encyclopedia of World History: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern (Bartleby.com)

The 6th edition (2001) presents a "comprehensive chronology of more than 20,000 entries that span the millennia from prehistoric times to the year 2000."


Last updated 06-20-08