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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 political and economic information about countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Provides dictionary entries to words and phrases in American English.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Features full text scholarly encyclopedias and reference works. This expanded collection of the Oregon Gale Virtual Statewide Reference Library includes Portland State University purchased titles. 

Features full text scholarly encyclopedias and reference works. It is part of the Oregon Gale statewide databases.

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

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.

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

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

Provides guidelines for citation styles including APA and MLA. The Online Writing Lab from Purdue University was first created in 1994.

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 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.

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.

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

Describes items owned by libraries around the world. WorldCat contains records for books, journals, musical scores, maps, videotapes, and more.