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Encyclopedias and Reference Databases

Below are reference databases and books for locating background information and more!

General ReferenceSubject Specific | Statistics | Other

General Reference:  
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Full text of the complete encyclopedia
Oxford Reference Online Database Online reference library 
ABC-CLIO Reference Books Individual Reference Books --- listed alphabetically
Subject Specific Reference Materials:  
American National Biography Biographies of people who have shaped American history and culture
Bloom's Literary Reference Online Literary criticism from Professor Bloom and others
CQ Press Political Reference Suite Political reference information
CQ Researcher Non-biased coverage of political and social issues in the US and international issues 
CQ Voting & Elections Collection National and state election coverage, voter demographics and campaign finance 

Cambridge Histories Online

Includes 14 subject areas: General History, Regional History, Literary Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Music History, Economic History and more

Cambridge Collections Online

Includes the Cambridge Companions in Literature and Classics and the Cambridge Companions in Philosophy, Religion and Culture.
Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences A collection of e-books of lectures on cell and molecular biology and biomedicine, including the neurosciences.  New series and lectures are added continuously and existing lectures will be revised as needed
Contemporary Middle East Contains primary source documents from 1917 to the present day. 
Encyclopedia of American Law 3rd Ed   formerly called West's Encyclopedia of American Law -- Covers today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, notable persons involved with the law, and important documents. Includes topics such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, physician-assisted suicide and more.
Encyclopedia of Business Ethics Covers the relationships among business, ethics, and society, with an emphasis on business ethics and the role of business in society.
Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent Encyclopedia focuses on educational reform whether religious, cultural, social, philosophical or pedagogical grounds.
Encyclopedia of Geography Encyclopedia gives historical geographical insight as well as focuses on the current need to understand geography ( (1) globalization, (2) environmental destruction, (3) new geospatial technologies, and (4) cyberspace.)
Encyclopedia of Middle East Wars: The United States in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts Just as the Cold War colored global relations in the last half of the 20th century, developments in the Middle East and the proliferation of terrorism are coloring global relations during the opening years of the 21st century. A knowledge of these issues is critically important to understanding both the cultural clashes between East and West and U.S. military, diplomatic, and national security policy in the new millennium.

Encyclopedia of Modern China

Provides information on China including: the people, politics, economics, religion, philosophy, traditions, art, and literature are explored from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day
Encyclopedia of Motherhood Information on the central terms, concepts, topics, issues, themes, debates, theories, and texts as well as to examine the topic of motherhood in various contexts such as history and geography and by academic discipline.
Encyclopedia of Native American Healing The various aspects of Native American healing found cross-culturally in North America, including Canadian & Inuit cultures are explored
Encyclopedia of Native American Shamanism Focuses on "medicine" or sacred ceremonies conducted through shamans in North America
Encyclopedia of Philosophy English-language reference source for philosophy," considered by some to be the cornerstone of the philosophy reference shelf
Encyclopedia of Political Science  includes information on a wide-variety of political science topics, including American and international politics, political ethics, public policy, religion and politics, terrorism, and more
Encyclopedia of Religion in America A multidisciplinary examination of religion in American life
Encyclopedia of Research Design a collection of entries covering how to plan and conduct empirical research, including the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media Contains essays on "issues such as human rights media, indigenous peoples' media, and environmentalist media, and on key concepts widely used in the field such as alternative media, citizens' media, and community media."

Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World

Covers issues in contemporary women's and gender studies.
Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History (CQ Press) Explores the events, policies, activities, institutions, groups, people, and movements that have created and shaped political life in the United States from the 1500s to the present day.
Great Lives from History: The 20th Century (Salem History) Full text access to the complete reference book
Grove Art Online Grove Dictionary of Art   
Grove Music Online New Grove Dictionaries of Music  
Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (CRC ) Full text handbook covering biochemistry, chemistry and physics   *not included in ENGnetBASE*
Hoover's Online Company, industry, and market information
International Encyclopedia of Communication Full text access to the complete encyclopedia 
International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences Full text access to the complete encyclopedia  
Latino American Experience full-text database focusing on the history and culture of Latinos living in the United States from the pre-Columbian Indigenous civilizations of the Americas to present-day U.S. Latinos.
New Catholic Encyclopedia Online encyclopedia covering theology, philosophy, history, literary figures & more
Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print Descriptions and reviews of standardized tests and a bibliography of all known commercially available tests in the English language
Milestone Documents in American History (Salem History) Full text access to the complete reference book
Oxford Art Online Online art encyclopedias and companions  
The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages   Covers all key aspects of European history, society, and culture from 500 to 1500 A.D., as well as the Byzantine Empire, Islamic dynasties, and Asiatic peoples of the era.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Biographies of people who have shaped British history and culture
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology Provides an exhaustive and accurate view of how and why wars were waged throughout Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the Crusader States between 500 C.E. to 1500.
Oxford English Dictionary The history and meaning of English words    
Oxford Music Online Online music dictionaries and encyclopedias  
Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online version of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd ed
Psychiatry Online Access to the DSM-IV-TR® and psychology journals and textbooks  
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Full text of the complete encyclopedia  
Salem History Online Access to the Great Lives & Great Events encyclopedias 
Salem Health Online Full text access to Salem Health: Psychology & Mental Health
Salem Literature Online Contains "the Critical Insights" series, which focuses on an individual author’s entire body of work or on a single work of literature.

Scribner Writers Online

Contains original and detailed bio-critical essays on the lives and works of important authors from around the world.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Full text of the encyclopedia
Twayne's Authors Series Literary criticism of US, English and World authors
Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated Access to biographies, obituaries and photographs of notable subjects 
World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia Provides an introduction to the literature composed in Spanish. This linguistically based (rather than nationally defined) understanding of Spanish literature transcends genres, time periods, and political boundaries and recognizes that the growing diversity within national borders and the increasing interdependence between nations require new ways of understanding “national” literature.
Statistical Abstract of the United States  Statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States
ChoiceReviews Online Reviews of current books and electronic resources
Readers' Guide Retrospective Index to general-interest periodicals, 1890-1982
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory An international directory of periodicals 
Online Book Portals & Gateways Links for locating books that are in the public domain

**Subscription databases are restricted by licensing agreements to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff of Grove City College.   These databases (including the Journal List) are only available from the GCC campus network.  more information

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