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Basic Reference Resources   Tags: dictionaries, encyclopedias, general_encyclopedias, general_information_sources, ready_reference_shelf, reference  

Handy reference resources for fast facts, bibliographic information, and citation style help. (Formerly known as the Ready Reference Shelf.)
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Dictionaries & Thesauri


People and Organizations

  • Biography in Context  
    Contains biographies on 528,000+ people from around the world and throughout history.
  • Marquis Who's Who  
    Background profiles of over 1.4 million persons of note, past and present.
  • Orbis  
    Single largest database of public and private company information, including over 40 million firms worldwide.
  • ReferenceUSA  
    White- and yellow-pages directory listings for all U.S. residences and businesses, with additional information.

Publications & Media

  • Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media
    Covers newspapers, with some circulation data, as well as radio and television stations.
  • Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory  
    Provides bibliographic and access information for over 300,000 periodical publications, including popular and trade magazines, scholarly journals, monographic series, newsletters, newspapers, and electronic serials published throughout the world.
  • WorldCat  
    Combined catalog of millions of books, periodicals, sound recordings, videos, musical scores, archival materials, maps, electronic resources, etc., held in 10,000 libraries worldwide.

Citation and Style Guides



News & Events

Search full text of thousands of newspapers, magazines, blogs, broadcast transcripts, etc.


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