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Encylopedias and Dictionaries Subject Guide

Databases and Journal Indexes

Britannica Online   DISCUS icon
Contains the well-respected Encyclopaedia Britannica with over 73,000 short and book-length articles on every subject. This online resource also includes a multimedia database with thousands of photographs, illustrations, and sound files; links to thousands of Web sites reviewed by Britannica editors to ensure their quality and appropriateness; hundreds of video clips; links to selected magazines and journals; Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus; the World Data Analyst which combines detailed statistics with powerful tools for analysis and display, features a unique collection of in-depth information about the countries of the world, and allows you to create interesting and information comparative charts and tables; more than 4000 quotations from both historical and contemporary men and women on a wide variety of topics; and a selection of 225 works by 140 authors to introduce you to the great writing and ideas of the Western world.

Credo Reference   DISCUS icon
Provides access to more than 600 subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies, dictionaries, and reference titles from over 80 publishers, covering every major subject. Offers over 200,000 images and audio files and nearly 100 videos. Over 10,000 Topic Pages present and organize a variety of information resources on a subject and act as a starting point for research.

ebrary PASCAL icon
A growing collection of over 100,000 electronic books in a wide range of academic subject areas with unlimited, multi-user access. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser without downloading or installing anything to your computer. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download up to 10 entire books for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free). Individual chapters can also be downloaded in PDF format. Login to your personal account to take advantage of additional functionalities including setting a default citation format, highlighting and note taking within the text, adding hyperlinks to the text, saving books to a personal bookshelf, downloading content for offline use, and access to iOS and Android mobile apps. Off-campus users are automatically logged in to their personal accounts. On-campus users will be prompted to login when they need to use one of the additional functions or when they click the Sign In link. For more information, see the Quick Start Guide or the Download Guide.

EBSCO eBook Collection
A collection of over 21,000 electronic books available in full text online. These titles may be searched in the library's catalog or directly in the EBSCO database. Formerly known as NetLibrary, titles in this collection cover all subject areas.

Enciclopedia Moderna (from Encyclopedia Britannica)   DISCUS icon
A comprehensive encyclopedia in the Spanish language for high school ages and up published by Encyclopedia Britannica. Includes over 50,000 encyclopedia articles plus images, maps, and tables. Complete with a dictionary, atlas, and timelines.

Escolar (Britannica)   DISCUS icon
Spanish elementary encyclopedia for early readers of Spanish. More than 1,500 encyclopedia articles and 1,000 pictures. Searchable and alphabetically browsable. Interactive materials supporting language arts, math, science and social studies. Content selected for curriculum relevance and age appropriateness.

Fuente Academica (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
Offers full text for more than 450 scholarly journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain, with detailed abstracts and indexing in multiple languages. All major subject areas are covered with particular emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion and sociology.

Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon
This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group)
The electronic books included in this collection are provided by the CSU Library and are in the categories of: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. See also the GVRL ebooks provided by DISCUS.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group)   DISCUS icon
The electronic books included in this collection are provided by DISCUS and are in the categories of: Education, History, Medicine, Nation and World, and Science. See also the GVRL ebooks provided by the CSU Library.

HathiTrust     FREE
HathiTrust is a growing digital repository of books and journals from a group of large research libraries. It includes both in copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives at HathiTrust partner libraries. The full text of all materials is searchable by everyone, and the full text of materials in the public domain are openly viewable by everyone. To limit your search to the approximately 30% of the HathiTrust collection which is in the public domain, simply check the "Full view only" box on the search screen. Additional options are available for non-partners by creating a Friend Account. Hathi (pronounced hah-tee) is the Hindi word for elephant, an animal highly regarded for its memory, wisdom, and strength.

Oxford English Dictionary
Find the definition, pronunciation, etymology, quotations, and a date chart for words in the dictionary.

Oxford Reference Online Premium
Combines language and subject reference works together to form a large reference library. It contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works.

World Almanac (OCLC FirstSearch)
This full-text resource includes Funk & Wagnall's New Encyclopedia, the World Almanac and Book of Facts, the World Almanac of the U.S.A., the World Almanac of U.S. Politics, and the World Almanac for Kids. It offers a fundamental reference source for students, library patrons, library reference staff, and scholars alike, and includes biographies, encyclopedia entries, facts, and statistics.

A shared catalog that provides information about books, periodicals, audio/visual materials, etc. from thousands of libraries around the world and indicates which libraries hold the items.

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