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Credo Reference – Cross search over 600 full-text reference books from 65 well-known publishers, with a single search. Easy to use search box and all results are clearly documented as to what book title is displaying results. Click a button and your search can be continued in our other reference databases such as the Gale Virtual Reference Library, Britannica and Oxford Reference. When you're ready to move to the next level you can continue your search in the WSU Library's Online Catalog; Academic Search (EBSCO) or Academic One File (Gale). Also has “concept map” interactive software to map out and focus your chosen research topic.

Biography in Context. Huge collection of biographies on over 525,000 people worldwide. Includes full text articles from hundreds of periodicals, including the full text of standard reference titles such as: Webster's Biographical Dictionary, Encyclopedia of World Biography (28 vols.), Dictionary of American Biography (20 vols.), Newsmakers, and more.
Note: Access to the Gale/Cengage databases is made possible by the Massachusetts Regional Library System.

Britannica Online. Browse and search the complete encyclopedia plus hundreds of articles not in the print set. Also access to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition), and thousands of links to other WWW sites evaluated and selected by Britannica editors. 

McGraw Hill's Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (online portal Access Science) Complete text of the 11th edition (2012) . Written by leading subject experts in the world, 38 of whom are Noble Prize winners. The online site also includes over 3,000 in-depth biographies of leading scientists, continually updated news feed from Science News, on breakthroughs and discoveries in science and technology, from biology, Earth and environmental sciences, chemistry, physics and beyond. Includes 110,000 definitions taken from the McGraw Hill Dictionary of Scientific Terms.  

Gale Virtual Reference Library. Available through InfoTrac. Contains full text for over 50 standard reference works in the humanities and social sciences as well as numerous medical, history and literature encyclopedias. Note: Access to the Gale Group of databases is made possible by the Massachusetts Regional Library System

Oxford Reference OnlineFrom one of the world's most respected reference publishers, the Premium collection brings together 200 well-known and trusted sources such as the complete Dictionaries series, Oxford Companion series plus the complete Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Specialized subject sources in foreign languages, mythology, science, medicine, philosophy, and more.

Pop Culture Universe – A library of almost 400 online reference books from reputable publishers Greenwood Press and ABC-Clio. Search box, or by decade from the 1920’s through the 2000’s; also by broad historical periods all the way back to the Colonial Era. Users can also search by broad topic such as art and visual culture, fashion, advertising, ethnic culture, food, music, sports, TV, and other media.  Winner of the 2009 Dartmouth Medal for outstanding new reference source.



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Academic One File - [all INFOTRAC databases] research across all academic disciplines. Indexes peer-reviewed, full text articles available in HTML or PDF formats from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from radio and television broadcasts.    Note: Access to the Gale Group of databases is made possible by the Massachusetts Regional Library System. 

Academic Search Complete
 - [all EBSCO databases] largest academic, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 6,100 full-text periodicals, including more than 5,100 peer-reviewed journals.Covers many areas of study of interest to a college audience. 

ProQuest Central - Search 28 databases in one single search that cover many subjects including computing, nursing & allied health, health management, education, criminal justice, biology and general sciences, psychology and general social sciences - lots of full text.  

Public Affairs International  Obviously useful for global issues such as affirmative action, AIDS, ethnicity, climate change, political persecution, women's rights, war and conflict, etc. While this title can be searched on its own, it's best to search it through the larger, full text ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection.      

Issues and Controversies - From the reliable Facts on File resource.  In-depth essays help researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. Updated weekly, with links to a 12-year back-file.   

Opposing Viewpoints in Context - (InfoTrac) Helps researchers analyze and organize a broad variety of data from a wide spectrum of sources on today's hottest social issues such as stem cell research, gay marriage, animal experimentation, etc.

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