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Reference Tools

Your one-stop for reference sources such as encyclopedias, abbreviations, biographies, dictionaries and more.

Interdisciplinary Encyclopedias


Note: This is not a comprehensive list. For more encyclopedias related to your subject, please visit your subject Research Guides or search using the main search box on the library home page.

The Canadian Encyclopedia - This is considered the most comprehensive encyclopedic source on all things Canadian.

Ebook Central – ( Uof C only)This collection of ebooks contains many reference titles in the arts, humanities, sciences  and social sciences.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (U of C only) - a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Includes over 100 good basic reference materials, searchable individually or as a group

World Encyclopedia  (U of C Only) – This Oxford University Press encyclopedia features concise entries providing essential information on a range of subjects, including world affairs, science and technology, the arts, modern and ancient history, religion, sports, and popular culture

Credo Reference (U of C only) -  online encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauri, covering topics from A to Z 

: Access more than 57,000 articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences - (U of C Only) - "..the largest corpus of knowledge about the social and behavioral sciences in existence.. the social science equivalent of the Egyptian of the great wonders of the scientific world. ..the Web-based version of the Encyclopedia fully unleashes the power, complexity, and organization of this monumental work." Also available in the TFDL general collection: H41 .I55 2001

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