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Online Encyclopedias

Search these collections of online encyclopedias provided by the library.  They are a great place to begin your research, gather background information, or explore possible research topics.

Search Online Encyclopedias: Gale Ebooks

Search Gale Ebooks (online academic encyclopedias)

Gale Ebooks (formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference)is a collection of reference "e-books" that can be searched just like a database. The collection is made up of authoritative and respected subject encyclopedias and more.

Search Online Encyclopedias: Oxford Reference Online

Search Oxford Reference Online

A collection of electronic reference books published by Oxford, including bilingual dictionaries, English dictionaries and reference tools, subject-specific dictionaries, and quotation books.

Search Sage Reference books

Encyclopedia Britannica

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

The online version of the classic encyclopedia, with graphs, photos and movies. Supplemented with the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus, a world atlas, a timeline, and a year in review feature. Articles include links to relevant websites.