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Reference Sources: Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Handbooks, and More!: Subject Specific Reference Sources
Do you usually use Wikipedia to get your bearings on a topic? Find even more from authoritative resources using the Library's specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other "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. Subject specific reference sources 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!
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 businesses, households and 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
STAT!Ref Online is a cross-searchable, healthcare reference e-source that integrates core titles with evidence-based resources and innovative tools all in one location. Includes Stedman's Medical Dictionary and Lippincott's Video Series: Nursing Procedures (2009).
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.