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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.

This resource will cease as of 12/31/2014. Search over 500 reference titles using Credo.
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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.
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Full-text information from about 30 encyclopedias on bioethics, health, psychology, science, and more.
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Search over 60 full-text encyclopedias. A good source for social science and health topics.
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Search most of JMU's reference collection for background articles from encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.
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This resource will cease as of 8/1/2014. A selective guide of reference sources, organized by academic discipline...
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Full-text information from over 200 encyclopedias and dictionaries covering all subjects.
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Full-text information from over 300 encyclopedias and other reference books.
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Facts and full-text overviews of historic events and issues since 1940.
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The premier dictionary of the English language.  Definitions, word origins, and quotations.
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Quick facts from several almanacs.
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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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