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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.
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Full-Text Online Reference Databases
Contains full text encyclopedias and reference books in the social sciences and humanities. Search by keyword or browse by topic.
Oxford Reference Online
Contains full text subject encyclopedias, reference works, dictionaries, and handbooks in all disciplines.
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.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (Portland State University Library Content)
Features full text scholarly encyclopedias and reference works. This expanded collection of the Oregon Gale Virtual Statewide Reference Library includes Portland State University purchased titles. Some additional content may be freely available during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Environmental Law Deskbook by
Call Number: KF3775 .E47 2007 -- 2nd Floor Reference
Publication Date: 2007-06-05
Environmental Statutes Outline by
Call Number: KF3775 .A36924 2007 -- 3rd floor
Publication Date: 2007-08-27
Wetlands Deskbook by
Call Number: KF5624 .W48 2009 -- 2nd Floor Reference
Publication Date: 2010-02-01
Climate Change Deskbook by
Call Number: KF3775 .M387 2009 -- 2nd Floor Reference
Publication Date: 2009-07-15
Treaties with American Indians by
Call Number: KF8203.6 .T74 2008 -- 2nd Floor Reference
Publication Date: 2007-12-12
Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law by
Call Number: KZ1161 .P37 2004 -- 2nd Floor Reference
Publication Date: 2003-12-23
Encyclopedia of Historical Treaties and Alliances by
Call Number: KZ1160 .P48 2001 -- 2nd Floor Reference
Publication Date: 2000-12-01
International Law by
Call Number: KZ1242 .I573 2006 -- 3rd Floor
Publication Date: 2006-08-17