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Why Reference Works?
Scholarly reference works are useful for the following:
- An overview of a topic
- Topic ideas for a paper topic or narrowing your topic
- Finding keywords for searches
- Bibliographies for further research
Reference works are good starting points for research, but are rarely cited in research as secondary sources.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (Oregon State Library Content)
Features full text scholarly encyclopedias and reference works. It is part of the Oregon Gale statewide databases. Some additional content may be freely available during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Oxford Reference Online
Contains full text subject encyclopedias, reference works, dictionaries, and handbooks in all disciplines.
Contains full text encyclopedias and reference books in the social sciences and humanities. Search by keyword or browse by topic.
Offers reports on key issues in the U.S.Congress from 1923 to the present. Includes a searchable archive by keyword, date, or subject.
EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit)
Reports on country commerce, country finance, and doing business in various countries.
Offers research covering all aspects of human impact on the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government, and general interest titles covers global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and recycling. Some additional content may be freely available during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Gale in Context: Environmental Studies
Maintains a global reference on the environment, energy, and natural resources. Some additional content may be freely available during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Making of the Modern World
Archives books or monographs on economics and business published from 1450 through 1850. Includes materials on commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade, and transport.
Oxford Handbooks Online
Contains full text Oxford University Press handbooks on topics in the fields of business, management, philosophy, political science, and religion. Handbooks provide overview, background, historical synthesis and reference lists.
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries