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Finding Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Almanacs

Find background information and an overview.  These sources are a good place to begin your research.

Credo Reference (Credo Reference) (Cancelled)
This resource has been cancelled, effective 11/30/2014. Search over 500 reference titles using Credo.
Contains the complete Encyclopaedia Britannica, Britannica Student Encyclopedia, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, as well as videos, blogs, news, research tools, and links to editor-selected websites.
Full-text information from about 30 encyclopedias on bioethics, health, psychology, science, and more.
Search over 60 full-text encyclopedias. A good source for social science and health topics.
Campus/Remote AE5.S244
Search most of JMU's reference collection for background articles from encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.
Guide to Reference (ALA) (Cancelled)
A selective guide of reference sources, organized by academic discipline...
Full-text information from over 200 encyclopedias and dictionaries covering all subjects.
Full-text information from over 300 encyclopedias and other reference books.
Facts and full-text overviews of historic events and issues since 1940.
The premier dictionary of the English language.  Definitions, word origins, and quotations.
Interface change coming soon! The FirstSearch platform will transition to WorldCat Discovery on December 31, 2015. Quick facts from several almanacs.
To find specialized encyclopedias on a subject area, do a Word search as follows: encyclopedia* and religion
For online encyclopedias:?Limit to Location - Internet
For print encyclopedias: most?are located in the Reference Collection

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