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About Subject Specific Reference Sources
While general reference sources tend to be broad and multi-volumed works that cover a wide variety of topics and are great for quick reference, subject specific reference sources tend to focus on a specific discipline or subject within a discipline and are useful for academic research because they tend to provide more depth about their subject matter and often point to other sources.
Be sure to to check out Auraria Library's subject guides for reference materials in many more subject areas!
Business and Finance
Oxford Handbooks Online: Business and Management
Access to eBooks covering a variety of business and management topics. Auraria Library has purchased access to full text of titles published in the September 2009, May 2010, and September 2010 updates. Note: All handbooks, except those with a closed padlock icon next to the title, are available full text.
A directory of 14 million businesses, 120 million households and 855,000 Health Care and Dental Practitioners. The business directory includes non-profit and government organizations searchable by a variety of criteria, including industry type, location, and sales volume.
Engineering and Math
An extensive collection of reference ebook titles in science and engineering. Content includes data handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, monographs, conference proceedings and datasets. Many of the reference works are embedded with Knovel's productivity tools for data analysis.
Oxford Art Online
Includes Grove Art Online (a comprehensive online encyclopedia of the visual arts including articles and images), Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. NOTE: Links in e-mails sent by this database will not allow access from off campus. From off campus re-search the database for the specific article.
Oxford Music Online
Includes Grove Music Online (full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed., The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz), The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music. Note: Links in e-mails sent by this database will not allow access from off campus. From off campus re-search the database for the specific article
History Reference Center
Covering both U.S. and world history, the History Reference Center contains full-text historical documents and articles from reference books, history magazines, journals, and newspapers. Additionally, it provides timelines, biographies, maps, photos and video clips.
A collection of in-depth subject-specific encyclopedias and subject and language dictionaries. Find both substantial topic overviews and short definitions. Content is heavier in the arts and humanities but includes titles in the social sciences and sciences.
Health and Nursing
Health and Wellness
Index to medical reference materials
Health and Medicine
Index to magazines and journals in the health and related fields, many articles available online. Provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the personal health information sources in the Health Reference Center.
Provides access to all the articles, fully illustrated, from the latest edition of The Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, including dictionary terms, hundreds of Research updates in all areas of science and technology, and thousands of biographies of leading scientists.
Science Reference Center
Contains monographs, journals and magazines, and reference works on scientific topics including physical sciences, life sciences, and earth and space science.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Teacher Reference Center
Provides indexing and abstracts for nearly 300 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.