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Not sure where to go for reference information? Reference Universe searches across most of the library`s reference collections (Gale Virtual Reference Library, Credo, print). For authoritative overviews of academic research topics, there`s no better place to search. Get started!

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Credo Reference
Credo Reference is a powerful source of introductory and reference information across all academic disciplines. Combining cross-searchable content from over 500 encyclopedias and other reference sources, Credo will also connect you to related materials in other library databases and collections.
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Encyclopædia Britannica Online Academic Edition
The online academic edition of the well-known general subject full-length encyclopedia. Also includes Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus, videos, timelines, country statistics, world atlas, and many other features.
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Encyclopædia Britannica World Data Analyst
World Data Analyst provides statistics on a country-by-country level, allowing comparisons of countries across multiple statistical categories, or comparing changes over time.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library
A cross-searchable and growing online collection of more than 2,500 reference volumes, including encyclopedias across all academic disciplines.
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Import Genius is a specialized database that provides easy access to international trade data harvested from the shipping manifests of ports in the United States, India and several Latin American countries. It is invaluable for researching supply chains and gathering competitive intelligence. PLEASE NOTE: access requires registration with ImportGenius using your LancerMail e-mail address.
Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
This reference resource includes more than 300 entries and subentries on literary critics and theorists, critical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods.
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Literature Criticism Online
Literature Criticism Online (LCO) is a cross-searchable database comprised of seven collections of both popular and scholarly literary criticism: Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Much of this content is also available from the library in print.
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Literature Online (LION)
Literature Online contains a full library of English literature criticism and reference resources in addition to the full text of poetry, drama, and prose fiction from the seventh century to the present day.
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MarketLine Advantage
MarketLine Advantage is a global business and economic information database used by many major corporations, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date collection of company, industry and country information, including complete profiles, news, financial deals, SWOT analyses and a powerful statistics database.
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Mental Measurements Yearbook
Mental Measurements Yearbook, produced by the Buros Institute at the University of Nebraska, provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments. Designed for an audience ranging from novice test consumers to experienced professionals, the MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership. The MMY series allows users to make knowledgeable judgments and informed selection decisions about the increasingly complex world of testing.
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Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary is the major authority on the development of the English language over the last millenium. It provides definitions, traces etymologies, offers pronunciation guides, and provides numerous quotations for over half a million words in the English language, past and present.
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Oxford Music Online
Oxford Music Online is an integrated music resource on the web, allowing cross-searching of the full text of key music reference sources, including The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (second edition), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (second edition; 3 volumes), The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Second Edition, Revised. This resource is limited to 3 simultaneous users. Please log out when you are finished.
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Political Handbook of the World
Access the up-to-date online edition of this classic guide to country-by-country political information, including more than 200 entries providing the complete facts and analysis of each country's governmental and political makeup. This includes coverage of all major and minor political parties and groups in each political system around the world. Also includes profiles of over 75 intergovernmental organizations.
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RAND California
RAND California presents detailed historical and current statistical data on the state of California in categories like population, demographics, health, business, education, environment, economics, crime, labor, energy and more. Much of the data is available at city, county and state levels.
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Reference Universe
Reference Universe is the simplest and most effective way to find academically respectable reference information. By allowing you to search at once the tables of contents and indexes of the library’s print and online reference collections, including Gale Virtual Reference Library and Credo Reference, it provides a very good way to find trustworthy academic overviews of topics, definitions, and suggestions for further reading.
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Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an open-access and dynamically updated reference resource covering a full range of topics in philosophy.
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Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
Published annually by the federal government since 1878, and now published by ProQuest, The Statistical Abstract of the U.S. is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.
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