Reference Databases

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

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Academic Writer (formerly APA Style Central)
Academic Writer helps you develop your writing and research skills, combining sophisticated learning and teaching tools, advanced authoring technology, and full integration of the APA manual.
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Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology
The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology is an essential reference resource for those interested in global hymnody, with authoritative information on the hymns of many countries and languages. It contains over 5,000 entries on individual hymns, hymnals, organizations, and themes, as well as information on hymn tunes and their composers.
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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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DynaMed Plus
DynaMed Plus is a point-of-care reference tool that provides health professionals with evidence-based content to support clinical decision-making. It contains evidence-based summaries for over 3,200 topics of diseases, disorders, and symptoms, with information on etiology, associated conditions, history and research findings, differential diagnosis and diagnostic testing, prognosis, treatment, prevention, relevant guidelines and links to patient information. Summaries are derived from peer-reviewed sources and it is updated daily.
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EHRAF World Cultures
A cross-cultural and ethnographic database that contains descriptive information on all aspects of cultural and social life for over 300 cultures, from the Abipón to the Yurok. A wide variety of scholarly books, articles and dissertations are included -- over 3,000 documents in total, comprising nearly 700,000 pages. Each paragraph is indexed by subject, facilitating precise retrieval within documents.
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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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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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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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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 over 3,000 detailed reviews of commercially available testing products in psychology, education, business and leadership.
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OneSearch Reference
The easiest way to find academically credible overviews and introductions from academic encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks and other reference information sources from across the library's print and online collections.
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Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a great starting point for all of today's most common research topics. Featured "viewpoints" provide accessible overviews, which are supplemented by many articles from popular magazines and academic journals, as well as books, newspapers, statistics, videos and even audio recordings. A good way to get started in this database is to click "Browse Issues" in the upper left corner.
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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 millennium. 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, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (second edition; 3 volumes). 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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PrivCo
A rich source of hard-to-find information on privately owned businesses, including family-owned, private equity-owned, and venture-backed companies. Company reports may include data on revenues, expenditures, employment, funding, competitors and more. Also features reports on investors, fundings, mergers/acquisitions, and private equity deals. Find a specific company, or use the advanced search tool to build and export a report. NOTE: PrivCo is for educational, non-commercial use only.
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PsycTESTS
The PsycTESTS database is an extensive collection of psychological measures, scales, surveys, and other instruments essential to research in the behavioral and social sciences. It includes a wide range of reliable measures originally developed for research but never made commercially available, as well as references to classic instruments spanning over a century.
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Reference Universe
Reference Universe is an effective way to find academically respectable reference information across all of the library's collections. By searching 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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SciFinder
SciFinder is the world's most comprehensive and authoritative source of chemical substances, reactions and literature references. Note: Registration is required. SciFinder is made available to CBU for educational use only. Use of SciFinder for commercial research or for organizations other than CBU is strictly prohibited.
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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