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Databases: Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

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Searches AccessScience, Biography Reference Bank, Credo Reference, CultureGrams (States Edition only), Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, and Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia.

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Databases marked with an asterisk * are provided by the Nebraska Library Commission with funding from the Nebraska State Legislature.

For biographical sources see Databases: Biography.

See also the following websites:
Reference and Statistical Sources.

  • AccessScience - FULL TEXT
    Online version of the Encyclopedia of Science and Technology with 7100+ articles, 115,000 dictionary terms, 2000 in-depth biographies of leading scientists, weekly updates on breakthroughs and discoveries in the world of science and technology, plus links to reviewed web sites.

  • Biography Reference Bank (EBSCOhost) - FULL TEXT
    Contains more than 111,000 biographies and obituaries and more than 32,000 photographs of the subjects

  • Britannica Online - FULL TEXT
    More than 118,000 articles and 14,000 illustrations from the complete Encyclopedia Britannica, the Britannica Student Encyclopedia, and the Britannica Book of the Year, plus more than 215,000 entries from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus as well as links to reviewed web sites.

  • Credo Reference - FULL TEXT
    A selection of reference books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, as well as subject-specific titles covering art to accountancy and literature to law.

  • CultureGrams - FULL TEXT
    Cultural profiles of over 170 countries plus information on each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) - FULL TEXT
    More than 40,000 eBooks on a wide selection of topics. Many are available for checkout and offline viewing.

  • EBSCO Animals (EBSCOhost) - FULL TEXT
    Online version of the Encyclopedia of Animals with in-depth information on a variety of topics relating to animals.

  • *eLibrary - FULL TEXT
    Select "Reference" to access a wide collection of dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, and other reference sources.

  • Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia (EBSCOhost) - FULL TEXT
    Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - FULL TEXT
    Includes a number of encyclopedias covering the arts, bioethics, biography, business, crime, education, environment, history, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, the nation and the world, philosophy, religion, science, sociology, and the social sciences.

  • MAS Ultra - School Edition (EBSCOhost) - FULL TEXT (1975- )
    Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database includes (among other sources) more than 250 reference books including the Columbia Encyclopedia, the CIA World Fact Book and the World Almanac & Book of Facts.

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