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Biography In Context

  • Biographies and full-text newspaper and magazine articles on people living and dead. Includes many images, links to vetted web sites, and Who's Who entries.
  • Dates:  1985-present
  • Note:  Not an article database.


Credo Reference Online

  • Collection of 642 reference books, subject encyclopedias, handbooks, and
    dictionaries. Includes the Bridgeman Art Gallery Archive, thousands of
    reproductions of art from museums around the world.



  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission database of filings of companies (10-K,10-Q, proxies, etc.) and mutual funds.
  • Dates:  1933-present


Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • Search the full text of encyclopedias and reference books in various disciplines, especially history.  A great place to start a research project or search across subjects and disciplines.
  • Note: Not an article database. 



  • Brief information on 15,000 public and private companies. Information includes summary financials, history, top competitors, top officers, and more.
  • Note:  Not an article database. Some information may only be available for a fee; if you are asked to pay, talk to a librarian!



  • Provides full text, citations, or excerpts from poems, short stories, essays, speeches, and plays. Also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary.
  • Note:  Not an article database.


MLA Directory of Periodicals

  • Detailed information on 7,100 journals, including editorial contact information, frequency, circulation, subscription prices and submission guidelines.
  • Dates:  Current
  • Note:  Not an article database.


Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

  • Encyclopedia articles about major world developments from 1750 to the present, with close attention to social, economic, cultural, and political topics.  Includes articles on world events, countries, and ethnic groups, as well as institutions such as the International Red Cross and the League of Nations.
  • Articles include brief bibliographies and cross-references.
  • Note: Not an article database.
  • Note: Access to this encyclopedia is provided through a gift from the Class of 2010.


Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace

  • Encyclopedia articles on historical, political, theoretical and philosophical issues relating to peace and conflict.  Includes articles on world leaders, major events, organizations, theories, and current events.
  • Articles include brief bibliographies and cross-references
  • Note: Not an article database.
  • Note: Access to this encyclopedia is provided through a gift from the Class of 2010.


Oxford Music Online

  • Comprehensive encyclopedia of Western art music (“classical music”), with general coverage of jazz, non-Western, and folk music. Also includes the Oxford Dictionary of Music and Oxford Companion to Music.
  • Note:  Not an article database.  Previously known as Grove Music Online.


Oxford Reference Online

  • 235 electronic reference books, many dictionaries, published by Oxford University Press.


Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

  • A continuously-updated, growing scholarly encyclopedia of articles on all aspects of philosophy.
  • Note: Not an article database.


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