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Encylopaedia Britannica New!

The online Encyclopaedia Britannica offers three levels for searching: one for children, young adults and reference. Britannica Library also offers Original Sources (find the link in the upper right-hand corner). Original Sources has thousands of primary source documents in history, literature, politics, religion and more. Check out our mobile app page for Britannica Library on the go!

Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia New!

A student encyclopedia, Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia database indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics. Full text for each rec ord may be easily accessed by double clicking on the topic from the display. The database contains various images, offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas.

Grzimek’s Animal Life

Animal Life: Animals: from aardvark to zorilla! This online resource, based on the acclaimed encyclopedia, covers more than 4,000 species, and includes information on evolution, habitat and behavior and includes thousands of photos, maps, videos and audio tracks. Also included is information on endangered species, biomes and prehistoric animals.

Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.




Recommended Websites

CIA World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

ipl2: Information You Can Trust

From the Internet Public Library, hosted by Drexel University, comes a rich collection of websites, newspapers, and much more.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

A peer-reviewed encyclopedia from the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University.

U.S. Department of State Background Notes

Background Notes include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of world countries.

Visual Dictionary Online

Merriam-Webster’s online visual dictionary is a resource of meticulously labeled images — combining dictionary-scale definitions with exceptional illustrations, making it the most complete dictionary.