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Contains the full text of McGraw Hill's Encyclopedia of Science and Technology as well as Science News from 2000 to the present.

Covers the history of the English language. Contains word definitions, pronunciation, history, and language of origin. The OED is a comprehensive record of the English language and generally regarded as its definitive dictionary.

Contains full text subject encyclopedias, reference works, dictionaries, and handbooks in all disciplines.

Contains full text encyclopedias and reference books in the social sciences and humanities. Search by keyword or browse by topic.

Features bibliographic, access, and pricing information for newspapers, magazines, and journals published in the United States and internationally. Distinguishes peer reviewed and refereed journals from popular magazines.

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McGraw-Hill's Digital Engineering Library includes reference works on mechanical, civil, green, and electronic engineering.

Maintains full text biographical entries and obituaries of individuals. Search by name, date of birth, date of death, profession, or country of origin.

Provides citations and excerpts from book reviews of adult or juvenile fiction and nonfiction.

Search for books, video and audio materials in print, forthcoming, and out of print. Includes a directory of publishers.

Comprised of academic journal publication outlets for graduate students and faculty in business, economics,and education.

Provides the Cambridge Histories series online that covers ancient to modern history.

Provides access to systematic reviews, usually international in scope, in education, criminal justice, and social welfare.

Provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age. Funded by donors to the Dean's Fund for Excellence in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Includes academic freely available ebooks.

Offers open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact.

Maintains citations, abstracts, and full text of dissertations from 1997 to the present along with citations and abstracts for selected masters theses from 1962 to the present. Includes subject, title, and author indexing to U.S. dissertations from 1861 to the present.

This repository holds the full text of open access dissertations and theses. The authors of these dissertations and theses have chosen open access publication of their works, thus providing free access from the Internet.

This collection enhances the Gale Virtual Reference Library Statewide collection with Portland State University purchased titles. Features full text scholarly encyclopedias and reference works.

Part of the Gale Statewide Databases. Features full text scholarly encyclopedias and reference works.

Google Scholar searches the academic, scholarly Web for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles. Searching Google Scholar from the Portland State University Library will identify full text articles available from PSU Library resources as well as open access articles from other universities and colleges.

Consists of U.S. demographic and economic statistics from colonial times to the present.

Includes records of journal articles, conference proceedings, books, dissertations, serials, maps, and other materials in the history of science, technology, and medicine.

Indexes citations to articles from scholarly social science and humanities journals from 1907 to 1984.

Indexes citations to journal articles, dissertations, and books about world literature, literary criticism, language, linguistics, and folklore from 1963 to the present.

Archives the New York Times with full page, cover-to-cover images of the newspaper from 2008 to the present. Indexed by date and page number of articles.

Archives the New York Times from 1851 to 2009 with full page images and articles.

Comprised of full text, topical articles and reports on current issues in the headlines such as health, the environment, and politics. 

Provides selected full text of regional and national newspapers in the U.S., as well as international newspapers. Also contains television and radio news transcripts.

Maintains controversial contemporary topic summaries and overviews of current issues that include aspects of the issues along with pro and con arguments and opinions.

Indexes the Oregonian (Portland, 1852-1987) as well as the University of Oregon student newspaper, the Daily Emerald, and the Register-Guard (Eugene).

Contains archival, full text articles of the Oregonian from 1861 to 1987, presented in image format as they appeared in the newspaper.

Indexes citations to Oregonian articles published from 1851 to 1987.

Includes scholarly bibliographies that provide research guidance in several topical areas. Our current subscriptions area Atlantic history, classics, Jewish studies, Islamic studies, Medieval studies, Renaissance and Reformation, British and Irish literature, cinema and media studies, education, communication, linguistics, philosophy, public health, childhood studies, and social work. 

Contains full text Oxford University Press handbooks on topics in the fields of business, management,  philosophy, political science, and religion. Handbooks provide overview, background, historical synthesis and reference lists.

Archives pdf images U.S. companies annual reports from 1844 to the present.

Maintains the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

Covers articles in general and popular U.S. magazines from 1890 to 1982.

Provides profiles of U.S. companies, health care providers, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

Contains full text, Sage research methods books, handbooks, and encyclopedias. Includes videos and interactive mapping tools.

Contains state-level historical data for the areas of agriculture, crime and law enforcement, defense, economy, education, employment and labor, energy and environment, geography, government finances, health, households and housing, population, social welfare as well as transportation.

Provides access to abstracts and references for scholarly science and technical journals.

Indexes the citations of articles in high impact social science journals. Includes cited reference searching, (papers that have cited a paper of interest after it was originally published). Covers journals published from 1992 to the present.

Includes citations of journal articles, dissertations, and conference proceedings focused on social work, human services, social welfare, social policy, and community development.

Features bibliographic, access, and pricing information for newspapers, magazines, and journals published in the United States and internationally. Distinguishes peer reviewed and refereed journals from popular magazines.

Includes full texts of the Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, The World Almanac and Book of Facts 1998, The World Almanac of the U.S.A., The World Almanac of U.S. Politics, and The World Almanac for Kids.

Contains data for countries and country groups covering financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics.

An archive of international news translated into English. It includes foreign newspaper articles, broadcast transcripts and datelines from 130 countries.

Features videos and  full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century.