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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Credo Reference (Eckerd login) 500 encyclopedias and dictionaries in Art, Biography, Business, History, Literature, Psychology, Religion, Science, Technology and more.

Encyclopedia Britannica (Eckerd login) Full-text of over 100,000 articles and 23,000 graphics from the classic encyclopedia.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Eckerd login) Click on "Connect to InfoTrac" and scroll down to Gale Virtual Reference Library. Over 20 titles in the areas of Arts, Biography, Business, Environment, History, Literature, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Science, and Social Science.

International Studies Encyclopedia (Eckerd login) This resource is the most comprehensive reference work of its kind for the fields of international studies and international relations. International studies online is updated twice annually and is enhanced by live links to archives, datasets, cases, pedagogical aids, and other relevant materials.

Oxford Reference (Eckerd login) 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works, containing well over 60,000 pages are available in a single cross-searchable resource. Subjects include: Art, Biology, Business, History, Religion, Philosophy, and more.

Oxford English Dictionary (Eckerd login) The complete 20 volume print Dictionary (the world's leading authority on the history and development of the English language since 1150) plus at least 1000 new entries each quarter.

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online (Eckerd login)Comprehensive French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Italian dictionaries with usage, grammar, and pronunciation guidelines.

Citation and Style Guides

Diana Hacker: A Writer's Reference - Online Student Center (APA, MLA, Chicago)

MLA Formatting and Style Guide from Purdue Online Writing Lab

MLA Style Guide from Cornell University

MLA Handbook Website FAQs from MLA

APA Formatting and Style Guide from Purdue Online Writing Lab

APA Style Guide from Cornell University

APA Style Guide to Electronic References from APA

APA Style Website from APA

Chicago Formatting and Style Guide from Purdue Online Writing Lab

Chicago Style Guide from University of Arizona

Statistics: State County, and Local

USA Counties Over 6,000 data items for the United States, States and counties from a variety of sources.

City and Town Statistical profiles for most US cities and towns.

StateMaster Graphically compare a variety of statistical data from each state.

American FactFinder Population, housing, economic, and geographic data at the local level.

Statistics: National

Statistics: International

Economic International Accounts Transactions, trade, investments, etc.

Population Reference Bureau Population, health, education, environment, etc.

Nation Master Graphically compare statistical data from countries and territories.

International Statistical Agencies  Alphabetical list of country statistical agencies.

Country Studies

Europa World Yearbook (Eckerd login) Political and economic information for over 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Entries include detailed historic overviews and statistical data.

Encyclopedia of American Studies (Eckerd login) Over 660 articles and bibliographies covering the wide range of disciplines related to the histories and cultures of the United States from pre-colonial days to the present.

World Factbook Entries include geography, statistics, government, economic and other summary data.

Country Profiles from BBC news- Profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories.

Country Studies from the Library of Congress- The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

World Scholar: Latin America & the Carribbean (Eckerd login) A rich collection of primary source documents about Latin America and the Caribbean, including academic journals and news feeds covering the region, reference articles and commentary, maps and statistics as well as audio and video.


Who's Who (Eckerd login, on-campus only) Professional and personal profiles of key U.S. and international figures. Combining biographies included in twenty print volumes since 1985, it gives you the facts on over 1,000,000 people.

Biography Reference Bank (Eckerd login) Extensive coverage with full-text articles, page images, and abstracts of over 500,000 people from ancient times to the present. Includes biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, and obituaries.

Current Biography Illustrated (Eckerd login) 15,000 biographies and almost 10,000 obituaries from all of the volumes of the Current Biography Yearbook. Search by by name, profession, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, titles of works, date of birth, date of death, and keywords.

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