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Access Science    FULL-TEXT CONTENT 

AccessScience is an online encyclopedia of science and technology. AccessScience contains encyclopedia articles, dictionary terms, biographies, research updates, and science news. It is produced by The McGraw-Hill Companies.


Britannica Online Academic Edition    FULL-TEXT CONTENT 

Encyclopedia Britannica Online Academic Edition is a general reference database designed for the needs of college and university researchers. Content includes the Encyclopedia Britannica, full-text journal and magazine articles, 60,000 web sites appropriate for academic work, World Data Analyst, Gateway to the Classics, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Dictionary of Quotations, Britannica's video collection, and more.


Britannica School Edition    FULL-TEXT CONTENT 

Encyclopśdia Britannica School Edition provides access to the Encyclopśdia Britannica, Britannica Student Encyclopedia, and Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia.


Contemporary Authors    FULL-TEXT CONTENT 

Contemporary Authors is part of the more extensive Literature Resource Center (LRC). When you click on the above link for Contemporary Authors, you will be taken directly to the LRC, where you can perform author and other types of searches just as you do in Contemporary Authors. However, in the Literature Resource Center you will have the advantage of a greater range of resources. The Literature Resource Center (LRC) provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from all time periods and literary disciplines. Included are writers in the areas of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, journalism and more. Full-text access to Contemporary Literary Criticism (selected fulltext criticism of numerous authors and works) and to the Dictionary of Literary Biography (biocritical essays on authors and their works, written by academic scholars) is also included. For more information on the LRC, refer to its separate entry in our database lists. Updated annually.


Dictionary of Literary Biography    FULL-TEXT CONTENT 

The Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) is part of the more extensive Literature Resource Center (LRC), to which Musselman Library now offers access. When you click on the above link for the Dictionary of Literary Biography, you will be taken to the LRC, where you can perform author and other types of searches just as you did in the DLB. However, in the Literature Resource Center you will have the advantage of a greater range of resources.


Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia    FULL-TEXT CONTENT 

Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries. Searchable by subject or keywords within the entry.


Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO)    FULL-TEXT CONTENT 

GAMEO provides information on Anabaptist-related (Amish, Mennonite, Hutterite, Brethren in Christ) topics, including history, theology, biography, institutions, and local congregations. Secular topics from an Anabaptist perspective and full-text source documents are also included. This is a growing resource that includes both new articles and articles from the print Mennonite Encyclopedia. All articles from vol. 5 are now included, and those from vols. 1-4 are being added. See also Mennonite Encyclopedia, BX8106 .M37, in the Reading Room, Musselman Library.


Literature Resource Center    FULL-TEXT CONTENT 

The Literature Resource Center (LRC) provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from all time periods and literary disciplines. Included are writers in the areas of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, journalism and more. Content is derived from over 400 reference sources; more than 360 scholarly journals and literary magazines; excerpts from scholarly monographs, literary correspondence and diaries; book reviews; multimedia; and selected websites. Among the reference sources are Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Dictionary of Literary Biography and Merriam-Websterís Encyclopedia of Literature.

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Oxford English Dictionary    FULL-TEXT CONTENT 

Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books. The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis, listings of variant spellings, and shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. The online OED corresponds to the Second Edition (20 volumes in print). Updated quarterly.


Oxford Music Online    FULL-TEXT CONTENT 

Oxford Music Online (formerly Grove) is the most comprehensive and authoritative online resource for research into all aspects of music. It includes the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd edition); The New Grove Dictionary of Opera; and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, (2nd edition). Through a partnership with the music software designer Sibelius, over 500 of Grove's musical examples are now available in sound. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is also available in print, at ML100.N48 2001 in the Musselman Library Reading Room.


Oxford Reference Online    FULL-TEXT CONTENT 

Full text of about 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works from Oxford University Press.


World Book Web    FULL-TEXT CONTENT 

World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that delivers encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. All the databases are editor-screened for authenticity and age-appropriate content. World Book Web includes: World Book Dictionary, World Book Atlas, World Book Advanced (for high school and college students), World Book Kids (for younger users), and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos. WBW uses a powerful search engine that integrates encyclopedia articles, media, primary source documents, e-books, maps, and more in a single search. Other special features: Timeline builder; Citation builder; Classroom activities, lesson plans, and discussion guides for every grade level; and Content correlated to state and provincial standards.


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