The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture is the most current and comprehensive reference resource for the visual arts of the Classical period. It features an abundance of in-depth articles on this field of enduring importance—from biographies to thematic entries on architecture, ceramics, metalwork, mosaics, painting and sculpture.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History
Features 900 articles on all aspects of economics written by scholars in the field. Articles range from shorter articles of 500 words to longer, more comprehensive articles of around 8000 words.
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Background information from many different subject encyclopedias and dictionaries comprise the Credo Reference series. Credo also provides direct links to other library resources.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.
Infoplease In addition to an electronic database that is continuously updated and expanded by a team of reference, entertainment, and sports editors, the Infoplease site includes the contents of the following reference works:
- The TIME Almanac, with Information Please®, edited by Borgna Brunner of Information Please and published by Time Inc.
- The ESPN/Information Please Almanac®, edited by Gerry Brown and Michael Morrison and published by Hyperion.
- The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, published by Columbia University Press.
- Infoplease® Dictionary, based on the Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
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Oxford Dictionary of American Family Names
The Dictionary of American Family Names contains more than 70,000 of the most commonly occurring surnames in the United States, giving their comparative frequencies, linguistic and historical explanations, selected associated forenames, and occasional genealogical notes.
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World Book Encyclopedia (Advanced) Excellent source of background information on general topics from all disciplines. Features a Citation Builder that helps to create APA and MLA citations.
Provides clear, complete information on genetic disorders, including conditions, tests, procedures, treatments and therapies, in articles that are both comprehensive and easy to understand in language accessible to laypersons.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
"Includes information on more than 1,600 medical disorders and concepts. Each article includes in-depth discussion of causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, procedures, and other related topics. Written for a general audience with an authoritative tone."
This very reliable source provides explanations of medical problems, procedures and treatments. It is written for the average consumer and comes from the National Library of Medicine.
This work has 700 articles by noted scholars on the Enlightenment period from 1670 to 1815.
This work features 3000 articles on all aspects of the Middle Ages from the 5th to the 15th century. Such topics as art, architecture, language, science and philosophy are discussed. In addition, cultural, religious, intellectual, social and political history are covered here.
Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
"The Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America contains 152 original essays (about 8,000-12,000 words each) on specific minority and ethnic groups in the U.S., with an emphasis on culture (religions, holidays, customs, language) in addition to information on historical background and settlement patterns. The Encyclopedia also covers ethnoreligious groups such as Jews, Chaldeans and Amish."
"Provides primary source documents focused on immigration and multiculturalism in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Contains approximately 175 full or excerpted documents---speeches, legislation, magazine and newspaper articles, essays, memoirs, letters, interviews, novels, songs, and works of art---as well as overview information that places each document in context. International in scope."
Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance
This work has comprehensive coverage on all aspects of the Renaissance in Europe from the 14th to the 17th centuries. Has some articles on the influence of the Renaissance on our culture today. Contains many biographical entries.
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation is the definitive source for information about the entire range of religious and social changes that altered the face of Europe in the sixteenth century, encompassing not only issues of church polity and theology but also developments in politics, economics, demographics, art and literature. This broadly cast, interdisciplinary definition allows for a comprehensive social and intellectual history of early modern Europe.
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World "Through its fluent global coverage, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World provides information about major world developments from 1750 to the present, with close attention to social, economic, cultural, and political topics"
Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature Covers all aspects of British literature, including essays on individual authors, as well as literary movements, works and themes.
Jointly published by the National Association of Social Workers and Oxford University Press, this important work provides background information on a variety of topics in the Social Work field.