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American National Biography Online
Oxford University Press
Biographical sketches of men and women from all eras and walks of life who were significant to U.S. History and culture
  • Text
  • Images
  • Links
More than 19,000 signed biographies and biographical sketches of men and women from all eras and walks of life who were significant to U.S. History and culture
  • 2000

  • Quarterly
ArchiveGrid
ArchiveGrid.org
History, archives
  • Records
Collection description records for historical documents, personal papers, and family histories from thousands of libraries, museums and archives worldwide
Books in Print with Reviews
OCLC
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Please ask at Information Desk.
Books and other published material on all subjects
  • Citations
  • Abstracts
  • Reviews
4 million+ citations from 44,000 publishers
  • Varies

  • Weekly
Britannica Online
Britannica Online
All subjects, including historical treatments and current events.
  • Text
  • Images
  • Web links
65,000+ authoritative articles
  • 1968+

  • Daily
Britannica World Atlas
Britannica Online
All countries
  • Citations
  • Articles
  • Web links
Flags, maps, statistics, and articles treating geographical, cultural, historical, and recent events of all countries

Chicago Manual of Style Online
University of Chicago Press
N/A
  • Text
Customizable and completely searchable online manual with tools such as sample form letters, style sheets, and publishing process diagrams.
  • 15th edition

  • Varies
ChoiceReviews.online
ACRL
All subjects
  • Citations
  • Reviews
Searchable databases of reviews issued in the print magazine Choice.
  • 1988-

  • Monthly
CQ Researcher Plus Archive
Congressional Quarterly
Current hot social and political issues, e.g. the economy, education, environment, health, international affairs, science and technology
  • Text
  • Images
In-depth, single-topic reports that include background and chronology, assessment of current situation, tables and maps, pro/con states from representatives of opposing positions, and bibliographies of key sources
  • 1991+

  • Weekly
CREDO Reference
CREDO
All subjects
  • Text
414+ electronic reference books
  • Varies by title

  • Varies by title
Current Biography Illustrated
EBSCO
People in all disciplines
  • Text
  • Images
25,000+ articles and obituaries and 19,000+ images of historical figures from World War II to today, with 450 new profiles added each year
Digital LIS
SIUe LIS
Various
  • Test
  • Images
  • Video
Almost a dozen digitized collections created from special materials held by Lovejoy Library.
  • Varies
Dissertation Abstracts Online
ProQuest/OCLC
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All subjects
  • Citations
  • Abstracts
1.8 million+ dissertations and theses, U.S., Canadian, and European
  • Citations, 1861+
  • Dissertation Abstracts, 1980+
  • Theses Abstracts, 1988+

  • Monthly
ebrary Perpetual Access Collection
ebrary
All subjects
  • Text
179 electronic books
  • 2005+

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EBSCO Animals
EBSCO
All topics relating to animals
  • Abstracts
  • Text
  • Images
Easy to read articles written especially for children
  • Current edition

  • Annually
Funk & Wagnalls
New World Encyclopedia

EBSCO
All subjects
  • Abstracts
  • Text
25,000 topics
  • Current edition

  • Annually
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale
Business, education, literature, medicine, religion, science, social sciences, and technology
  • Text
30+ electronic reference books, including the International Directory of Company Histories (v.1/1988 -) and World Literature and its Times (v.1 - 8/ 1999 - 2006)
  • Varies by title

  • As titles added
GPO Access
U.S. GPO
U.S. law, legislation, regulation, executive and congressional documents
  • Text
  • Images
  • Links
Publications of the U.S. government
  • 1993+

  • Daily
King James Bible
Chadwyck-Healey
King James Bible - 'Authorized' Version
  • Text
Biblical text, notes, and apparatus
  • 1611

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Merriam-Webster's
Collegiate Dictionary

Britannica Online
English-language words
  • Entries
Definitions, hyphenations, inflected forms, etymology, usage dates and notes, and cross-references.
  • 10th edition, 1996

  • Irregularly
Merriam-Webster's
Collegiate Thesaurus

Britannica Online
Thesaurus
  • Citation
Synonyms and antonyms
  • Latest edition

  • Daily

Naxos Spoken Word Library

Classic novels, plays and poetry in the literary arts, humanities and education
  • Audio
  • Text
More than 350 works by 100 authors, playwrights and poets read by professional actors
  • -----

  • ~30 titles/year
OAIster
OCLC
All subjects
  • Text
  • Audio
  • Images
  • Movies
  • Datasets
Union catalog of digital resources from open archive collections, including theses, reports, papers and image collections
  • Varies
  • Quarterly
OED Online
Oxford University Press
The ultimate authority on English language words and quotations.
  • Text
Complete content of the 23-volume Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition
  • 1997

  • Quarterly
Opposing Viewpoints
Gale
Social sciences
  • Text
A virtual library of resources designed to aid students in the study of today's hottest social issues
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Oxford University Press
Men and women who shaped all aspects of British history, from the 4th century BC to the end of 2000
  • Text
  • Images
  • Links
More than 50,000 signed biographies
  • Jan. 2005 edition

  • Regularly
PapersFirst
OCLC
All subjects
  • Citations
2 million+ conference papers
  • 1993+

  • Semi-monthly
ProceedingsFirst
OCLC
All subjects addressed by conferences, symposia, and expositions worldwide
  • Citations
12,500 sources
  • 1993+

  • Semi-weekly
Safari Books Online
ProQuest
A broad range of technical fields, including business, computer science, information technology, and software engineering.
  • Citations
  • Text
  • Images
202 electronic books
  • Varies by title

  • Varies by title
Something About the Author Online
Gale
Humanities
  • Text
  • Images
Comprehensive access to all 215 volumes of the main and autobiographical series of this respected title, including 19,000+ entries and 17,000+ images
Testing & Education Reference Center
Gale
Education and career information
  • Text
College and vocational test preparation materials, college information and career selection tools, and related ebooks
  • 2003+
  • Varies
TumbleBookLibrary
TumbleBooks.com
Children's books on many subjects in English, Spanish and Chinese
  • Text
  • Images
  • Audio
90+ animated, talking children's picture books, with related puzzles, quizzes and resources for teachers
  • Vary by title
TumbleTalkingBooks
TumbleBooks.com
All subjects
  • Audio
Almost 400 digital audio books
  • Vary by title
Webster's Unabridged
Dictionary

LION
The English language
  • Text
450,000 vocabulary entries
  • 1993

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World Almanac
OCLC
All subjects
  • Citations
  • Text
5 almanacs
  • Current

  • Annually
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