Reference Resources

Acronyms

Acronym Finder
Resource Type: Web Site
Common acronyms and abbreviations about all subjects, with a focus on computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military.
Atlases
National Atlas
Resource Type: Web Site
U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Biography
Credo Reference: Search ALL Titles in Biography Restricted Resource
Resource Type: E-Book Collection
The complete Credo Reference contains over 600 reference titles covering all disciplines.


Gale Biography in Context Restricted Resource
Resource Type: Database
Integrates GALE Cengage Learning reference works along with magazine and journal articles, images, videos, audio files, and website links. Search for current or historical people by name, occupation, nationality, and birth/death dates.  Use the advanced search feature for further search options.
Copyright
Copyright Policy, Emmanuel College
Resource Type: PDF

Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance for Academic Institutions
Resource Type: Web Site
Copyright Clearance Center.

United States Copyright Office
Resource Type: Web Site
Country Information
World Factbook
Resource Type: Web Site; Print
Provides country overview and information on geography, people, government, economy, communications, and more. Listed by country and information type. Prepared by the CIA, print updated annually, web site updated weekly.


See also the Country Information guide.
Dictionaries/Thesauri
Credo Reference: Search ALL General Dictionary Titles

Dictionary Link
Resource Type: Web Site
"Guide to free online dictionary and translation services with definitions in most languages, thesaurus, word of the day & encyclopedia links."

English Homophone Dictionary
Resource Type: Web Site
Alphabetical list of sets of words with the same pronunciation but different spellings and meanings.
Created by Peter Suber and A.L.P. Thorpe, Earlham College.

Oxford English Dictionary Restricted Resource
Resource Type: E-Book
Searchable version of the 20-volume set. Defines and identifies earliest known examples of words in written English.

Roget's II The New Thesaurus Restricted Resource
Resource Type: E-Book
Encyclopedias
Catholic Encyclopedia
Resource Type: E-Book
Volunteer project that provides many articles from the 15-volume print encyclopedia, published 1907-1912.
See also The New Catholic Encyclopedia.Restricted Resource

Credo Reference Restricted Resource
Over 600 reference titles covering a variety of disciplines and including foreign language dictionaries. Includes a concept map, which provides related subjects and noted personalities to assist beginning research.


Encyclopedia Britannica Online Restricted Resource
Resource Type: E-Book

Gale Virtual Reference Library Restricted Resource
A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference resources for multidisciplinary research, including: fashion, film and filmmakers, pop culture, and multicultural issues. Includes the six-volume Beacham’s Guide to the Endangered Species of North America.


Encyclopedia.com
Resource Type: Web Site
Online access to published reference works including 49 encyclopedias and more. Contains advertisements.

New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd ed., 2003 Restricted Resource
Resource Type: E-Book; Print


See also the Subject-Specific Research Guides.
Government/Historical Documents
Library of Congress: THOMAS
Resource Type: Web Site
Historical documents, legislation, and data from the United States Congress including the Congressional Record (1989-2014).

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Resource Type: Web Site
U.S. Federal Government website providing access to Federal Government Records and more. Select the Research Our Records option at the top left and, then, Research a Specific Topic.
Population Information/Statistics
FastStats A to Z
Resource Type: Web Site
National Center for Health Statistics.

National Center for Education Statistics
"The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education." 

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Presents comparable statistics regarding economic, social and environmental data for the international community. Explore the statistics by selecting the Countries and Statistics top menu options.


Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1789 - 2012
Resource Type: Web Site
Contains "statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States." Select the Earlier Editions option from the top menu to view statistics back to 1789.
U.S. Census Bureau.

U.S. Census Bureau
Resource Type: Web Site

U.S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Resource Type: Web Site


United Nations Population Information Network
Quotations
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919
Resource Type: E-Book

Creative Quotations
Resource Type: Web Site
Writing Resources: Citations
ACS (American Chemical Society) Citation Style
Resource Type: Research Guide

APA (American Psychological Association) Citation Style
Resource Type: Research Guide

Chicago/Turabian Citation Styles
Resource Type: Research Guide

MLA (Modern Language Association) Citation Style
Resource Type: Research Guide
Zip Code/U.S. Postal Service
Post Office Locator
Resource Type: Web Site
United States Postal Service.

Zip Code Lookup
Resource Type: Web Site