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Columbia Encyclopedia, 2005 -(via Bartleby.com)

Containing nearly 51,000 entries (marshalling six and one-half million words on a vast range of topics), and with more than 80,000 hypertext cross-references, the current Sixth Edition is among the most complete and up-to-date encyclopedias ever produced.

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American Decades Primary Sources

Spanning American history in the 20th Century, this source offers access to more than 2000 primary source materials including selected speeches, letters, legal decisions, government documents, lyrics, advertisements, literary scripts, recipes, scrapbooks, cartoons, and many other types of material. Entries are in chronological order and are supplemented with introductory notes, comments on the significance of the document, and suggestions for further reading.

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Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History

Survey articles on world history from ancient to modern times. Articles address such themes as the arts and literature, commerce and trade, war and peace, the environment, health and disease, migration, social and political movements, science and technology, the role of various countries and cultures, and many more. This online edition features color illustrations and updated bibliographies.

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Comprehensive Organic Name Reactions and Reagents

Comprehensive Organic Name Reactions and Reagents covers 701 organic name reactions and reagents and is the largest, most up-to-date major reference work of its kind. It is a valuable resource for conducting experiments and performing a broad range of applications, from pharmaceuticals to plastics to pesticides. Each reaction listing is clearly organized into uniform sections that allow readers to quickly gather the information they need to conduct their own experimental procedures.

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Oxford Reference Online (Premium Collection)

Provides access to more than 1 million entries in 175 Oxford University Press titles (mainly subject specialized dictionaries and companions), covering the arts , biological and physical sciences,  business and economics, history, politics, philosophy and religion, the classics, mythology, literature, and so forth. Contents include bilingual dictionaries, timelines, biographical entries, maps, more than 20,000 quotations, and 15,000 illustrations. Quick and Advanced search options are available and results can be refined by subject or category.

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Oxford Art Online

Worldwide coverage of all aspects of the visual arts from prehistory through the present. Contains information about genres and works of art from the fine and decorative arts, the art of various civilizations and cultures, plus biographies of artists, architects, patrons, collectors, dealers, theorists, writers, and scholars. Includes the full text of the 1996 edition of “The Dictionary of Art” (34 printed volumes) and quarterly updates.

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Oxford Music Online (Grove)

Oxford Music Online offers full-text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, The Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music, plus updates and new entries.

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Literature Resource Center (GALE)

Literature Resource Center is an online resource for research on literary topics, authors, and their works. Its coverage includes all genres and disciplines, all time periods, and all regions of the world.

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Encyclopedia of Management

Contains articles on terms, concepts, issues, and theories of management, such as benchmarking, aggregate planning, project management, quality of work life, inventory management, outsourcing and off shoring, leadership styles, organizational culture, performance measurement, value chain management, zero-based budgeting, and many more. Supplemented by a management glossary, charts and graphs, and bibliographies.

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Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health (Gale)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health (2nd edition, 2006) contains over 850 entries, some with illustrations, covering basic topics of interest to students. Coverage includes body systems and functions, devices and equipment, professional issues, techniques and practices, and some conditions and common diseases. Entries include definitions of key terms, as well as references to related books, articles, and organizations’ websites. Hyperlinks to related encyclopedia entries are included.

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music

This definitive encyclopedia includes 30,000 entries on popular music from 1900 to the present.  Jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music are all covered, as well as trends, styles, venues, biographies, discographies, album ratings, suggestions for further reading and  so forth.

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Historical Encyclopedia of American Business

This encyclopedia offers nearly 500 articles on broad topics and trends in American business history from colonial times to the financial crisis of 2008. Included are biographies of individuals, histories of companies, historical events, industries, and so forth. Each article is complemented with a bibliography and the appendixes include a glossary of terms, lists of federal agencies and federal laws, notable court decisions, and a time line of events.

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Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Source

International in scope, this title contains primary source materials from the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries. Broad topics include the development of human rights, slavery and genocide, imprisonment, health and housing, labor and working conditions, civil and political rights, and others. Also included are a chronology and a bibliography.

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International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

The “International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences,” (published in 2008), contains nearly 3,000 articles contributed by international experts in all social science disciplines. The HTML view includes links to related articles and topics. Individual articles can also be viewed and downloaded as pdf files. Readers can use the eTable of Contents to access an interdisciplinary annotated bibliography in Volume nine.

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Manufacturing & Distribution USA

Provides statistics on more than 500 SICS and NIACS classifications covering the manufacturing, wholesaling, and retail industries. Statistics are drawn from government publications. Projections and graphs included.

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Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

This online edition of the 7-volume print encyclopedia (2010) covers ancient Greek and Roman antiquity from the Bronze Age to the 5th century CE. Over 1000 scholarly entries cover historical figures and events, literature, religion and mythology, art, philosophy, science and technology, politics, economics, and material culture and everyday life. Also included are maps, a chronology, a topical outline, numerous illustrations, and bibliographies at the end of each entry.

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Oxford Islamic Studies Online

An authoritative, dynamic online resource for students, scholars, government officials, community groups, and librarians, Oxford Islamic Studies Online brings together the best current scholarship in the field and promotes accurate and informed understanding of the Islamic world. This fully integrated resource features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture, and will be regularly updated Includes the full content of four key scholarly works, 180 entries from the six-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (which will add more than 800 new scholarly articles to the site before the end of 2008), two essential English-language interpretations of the Qur’an, the first electronic version of the standard Concordance used by English-speaking scholars around the world, and primary source documents.

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Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History

This multi-volume encyclopedia features more than 650 biographies of individuals and over 600 topical essays on culture, society, geography, history, movements, trends, gender studies, and so forth from prehistory to the present.  End notes for articles, a detailed chronology, a topical outline, and more than 400 illustrations supplement this resource.

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Science and Its Times

Focusing on the social context and significance of scientific discovery, this title spans c.2000 B.C. through the 20th Century. Topics include exploration and discovery, life sciences, mathematics, medicine, physical sciences, and technology and invention. Chronologies, biographical sketches, bibliographies, and numerous illustrations supplement the articles.

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World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Correctional Systems

This source contains thematic essays on broad topics such as aviation terrorism, community policing, global trends in juvenile crime, transnational organized crime, history of policing, cybercrime, and others, as well as essays on nearly 200 countries covering such topics as structure of police forces and correctional systems, police education and training, technology and communications, human rights, police corruption, and prison conditions. Also included are maps, tables, charts, graphs, and a bibliography.

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