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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

  • Birds of North America

    Provides detailed scientific information for each of the 716 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada. Account contents are updated frequently, with online-coordinated contributions from researchers, citizen scientists, and designated reviewers and editors.

    Resource URL: Birds of North America

  • Oxford English Dictionary

    The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words, past and present, from across the English-speaking world.

  • History Reference Center

    Features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books. Also includes full text for more than 150 periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 77,000 biographies; more than 113,000 historical photos and maps. Brought to you by the Library of Michigan via the Michigan eLibrary (https://mel.org).

  • Reference Latina

    A comprehensive Spanish-language database including 49,000 encyclopedia entries; 50,000 images; 2,500 health reports; a Spanish-English dictionary and full text for over 100 reference books and dozens of general interest magazines. Brought to you by the Library of Michigan via the Michigan eLibrary (https://mel.org).

    Resource URL: Reference Latina

  • Oxford Reference Online: Premium

    Contains over 175 reference works - dictionaries, encyclopedias, companions--from Oxford University Press.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

    Over 100 scholarly reference books across a variety of subjects. Brought to you by the State of Michigan via the Michigan eLibrary (http://mel.org).

  • Literature Resource Center

    Full text access to three key resources--Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and Dictionary of Literary Biography--along with over 300 journals, a variety of other important reference works, and selected Web sites. 1991 to present.

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