When beginning library research, it can be useful to find resources that provide a broad overview of a given topic. The online databases listed below range from encyclopedias to collections of images and analyses that can be helpful when your are selecting a topic or during any time in your research process.
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Contains the renowned McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, plus information on recent research developments, biographies of scientists, late-breaking science and technology news. Provided by McGraw Hill.
Biography Reference Bank Select
Provides comprehensive coverage of people in the news and a full range of history-makers; includes over 236,000 individuals, plus more than 36,000 images. Provided by H. W. Wilson.
Provides the Encyclopedia Britannica, the world's most comprehensive reference product; also includes the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and the Britannica Book of the Year. Provided by Britannica.
Provides topical articles, about 15 - 20 pages long, on social issues; articles include an overview, background information, the current situation concerning the issue, an outlook on possible developments, a special focus, chronology of related events, and pro and con section, and an annotated bibliography. Provided by CQ Press.
Contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri,
encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range or subject-specific
titles covering everything from accounting to zoology. Provides access to the
full text of hundreds of highly regarded and popular reference sources. Provided
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas. Provided by EBSCOhost.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Provides the content of 15 subject encyclopedias. Provided by Gale.
Image Collections - Select "Images" from menu at top of page.
Contains licensed images of photos of people and places, natural science photos, historical photos, maps and flags. Searched via "MasterFILE Premier." Provided by EBSCOhost.
Issues & Controversies
Provides more than 900 timely, in-depth, and objective articles, exploring controversial issues and topics. Provided by Facts.com.
New Oxford American Dictionary - Select "Dictionary" from menu at top of page.
Provided by EBSCOhost.
Opposing Viewpoints In Context
Contains an online library of current event topics; includes
viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to
web sites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles. Provided by Gale.
World Geography and Culture Online
Combines detailed, printable, full-color maps of countries, provinces, and states with up-to-date statistical and local information. Provided by FactsOnFile.