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Online Reference Materials   Tags: biographies, dictionary, encyclopedia, how to, reference  

The Northwestern University libraries offer many electronic ready reference tools to help you locate facts, statistics, definitions and more. Most are restricted to the Northwestern community and require a current, valid NetID.
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Cross-Searchable Resources

  • Blackwell Reference Online
    Database contains a collection of reference books in the following subject areas: business and economics, history, language and linguistics, literature and cultural studies, philosophy and religion, sociology and psychology.
  • CREDO Reference
    Search hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference sources simultaneously.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Online encyclopedias of business, education, history, medicine, religion and social science.
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online
    Offers peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on specific topics in a growing range of subject areas. There are at least 50 specific topical bibliographies in each subject area. Each of these features an introduction to the topic. Bibliographies are browseable by subject area and keyword searchable.
  • Oxford Reference Online
    Contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. All fully indexed and cross-searchable.
  • Reference Universe
    Searchable database of tables-of-contents and indexes from more than 2500 reference works and subject encyclopedias. No full-text available in this database.

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