General Reference

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General Reference Databases

Database Name Description Click to use at home Click to use at the library

Full-text and multimedia materials from more than 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts.

Gale Virtual Reference Library A central source for encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for a variety of subjects.
General OneFile General-interest periodical, journal, and newspaper database. It includes travel guides, radio and television transcripts, and more.
Grolier Online

Online Encyclopedias, Thesaurus, Dictionary, and Multi-media reference. - US Healthcare Information The official government website for information on the Affordable Care Act, the Healthcare Marketplace, and more.
LitFinder Literature Database Full-text poems, short stories, essays, speeches and plays.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context Pro/Con views for over 13,000 subjects, court cases and other topics, biographies and profiles.  Includes pictures, graphs, references, and more.
World Book Encyclopedia Access encyclopedia content for kids through adult, including the Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.