Reference Databases

Your best bets:

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Collection of subject encyclopedias. Includes the For Students series (Drama, Poetry, Short Stories, and Novels).
Full text: Yes
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Credo Reference

Reference library of full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and books of quotations. Includes a wide-range of subject specific reference books.
Full text: Yes

Oxford Reference Online

Covers reference entries across Oxford’s dictionaries, companions, and encyclopedias. Includes bilingual dictionaries.
Full text: Yes

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Cabell’s Directory

Provides journal publication details, manuscript guidelines, acceptance rates, and review processes.
Full text: No

Chicago Manual of Style Online

Online version of the Chicago Manual of Style.
Full text: Yes

Culture Grams

Provides facts and figures of countries worldwide with an emphasis on daily life and culture.
Full text: Yes

CUNY GC Legacy (Retrospective) Dissertations, 1965-2014 FT

Dissertations from CUNY Graduate Center.Patron’s Library bar code is required to access this resource.
Full text: Yes

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Digital version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Full text: Yes
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Population statistics, immigration trends, socio-economic indicators, birth and death data, hospitalizations, and local economic data. Includes ability to profile New York City neighborhoods.
Full text: Yes

Learning Express Library

Provides test preparation and practice tests (such as TOEFL, GED, and CLEP) as well as self-testing on math, writing, and grammar. Includes job search and workplace skills preparation. Must create an account to use.
Full text: Yes

Oxford English Dictionary

Online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. Includes the meaning, history, and pronunciation of words.
Full text: Yes
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Oxford Very Short Introductions

Provides subject and topic introductions written by authors who are experts in their field.
Full text: Yes


Grants, internships, and graduate and post-graduate fellowships in all subject areas. Search by keyword; set alerts for relevant opportunities.
Full text: Yes


Web-based bibliographic citation management tool featuring importing of references from databases and creation of bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.
Full text: Yes

Salem Press

Reference books on a wide range of subjects. Includes literature, history, science, and health.
Full text: Yes

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