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Library Electronic Reference Sources


The EMU Library subscribes to a growing collection of online reference resources which include dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, company information, style guides, etc.

This site contains links to over 400 online reference titles, organizes them by discipline, and allows you to browse descriptions of the titles. Disciplines include subcategories. For example, biology includes subcategories for botany, genetics, molecular and microbiology, zoology and animal resources. Multidisciplinary titles are usually listed under multiple disciplines.

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American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary
Title: The American Sign Language handshape dictionary [computer file] / Richard A. Tennant, Marianne Gluszak Brown ; illustrated by Valerie Nelson-Metlay. The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary departs from most sign language dictionaries in that it is organized by the various shapes of the hands used to form signs rather than in English alphabetical word order. This unique format allows users to search for a sign that they recognize but whose meaning they have forgotten or for the meaning of a new sign they have seen for the very first time. Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Clerc Books, Gallaudet University Press, c1998.

ARBA Guide to Subject Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Title: ARBA guide to subject encyclopedias and dictionaries [computer file] / [edited by] Susan C. Awe. American reference books annual. Edition: 2nd ed. Publisher: Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1997.

Books Online
The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all. It is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. Major parts of the site include: An index of thousands of online books freely readable on the Internet; Pointers to significant directories and archives of online texts; Special exhibits of particularly interesting classes of online books; Information on how readers can help support the growth of online books.

Cambridge Thesaurus of American English
Title: The Cambridge thesaurus of American English [electronic resource] / William D. Lutz. Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994. This title offers the easy to use alphabetical arrangement allows readersto find quickly the word for which they need a synonym.

Canadian Encyclopedia
The full text of The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources has been made available online by the Historica Foundation as a public service since 1999. Since its publication in book form in 1985, The Canadian Encyclopedia has provided the most comprehensive, objective and accurate source of information on Canada for students, readers and scholars across Canada and throughout the world.

Chase’s Calendar of Events, 2005
Title: Chase’s calendar of events, 2005 [electronic resource]. Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, c2005.

Chicago Manual of Style
Chicago manual of style / University of Chicago Press. Publisher: [Chicago] : University of Chicago, c2006. Description: Printing --Style manuals. Authorship --Style manuals. English language --Grammar --Handbooks, manuals, etc. Punctuation --Handbooks, manuals, etc. Bibliographical citations --Handbooks, manuals, etc.

County and City Extra, 2005: Annual Metro, City, and County Data Book
Title: County and city extra, 2005 [electronic resource] : annual metro, city, and county data book / editors, Deirdre A. Gaquin, Katherine A. DeBrandt. Edition: 13th ed. Publisher: Landham, MD : Bernan Press, c2005. Description: 1 v. (various pagings) : maps ; 28 cm.

Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
This classic guide gives advice on grammar and writing style.

Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics
This Encyclopedia considers both the professional ethics of science and technology, and the ethical and political issues raised by science and technology in an increasingly complex and global society. This broad coverage supports the numerous courses in applied and professional ethics and policy related to the practice of science and technology in education.

Encyclopedia of Supreme Court Quotations
Title: Encyclopedia of Supreme Court quotations [electronic resource] / Christopher A. Anzalone, editor. Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, c2000.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Art to Zoology
Although not strictly a general purpose encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia Smithsonian "features answers to frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian and links to Smithsonian resources on subjects from Art to Zoology." Since there is no search function, the only way to navigate is through the rather eclectic A to Z topic listing. Using your browser Find function to search for specific words (Control-F in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Netscape) might be useful on this long index page. Although the interface is chunky, the content is first rate, so don't let it stop you from exploring what the Smithsonian has to offer. From Barbara Feldman: Surfing the Net with Kids (viewed 2/29/2008)

Famous First Facts: a Record of First Happenings, Discoveries, and Inventions in American History
Title: Famous first facts [electronic resource] : a record of first happenings, discoveries, and inventions in American history / Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin & Janet Podell. Edition: 5th ed. Publisher: New York : H.W. Wilson, 1997.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library: Search and display the contents of 12 reference books: Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America (6v.), Biology (Macmillan) (4v.), Countries and their Cultures (4v.), Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (St. James) (5v.), Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine (4v.), Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer (2v.), Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders (2v.), Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine (5v.), Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (3v.), Gale Encyclopedia of Small Business, Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History, World of Earth Science (2v.).

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia 2nd Edt.
A completely revised and updated version of the original zoological work published in Germany in 1960, this edition incorporates recent developments in the animal world as noted by prominent advisors and contributors from the scientific community. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. Michael Hutchins, Arthur V. Evans, Jerome A. Jackson, Devra G. Kleiman, James B. Murphy, Dennis A. Thoney, et al, eds. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2003. 9609 pp. 17 vols.

Hutchinson Dictionary of Quotations
Title: The Hutchinson dictionary of quotations [electronic resource]. Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Helicon, c2005.

Hutchinson Pocket Dictionary of Difficult Words
Title: The Hutchinson pocket dictionary of difficult words [electronic resource]. Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Helicon, c2005.

Intellectual Freedom Manual
Intellectual freedom manual [electronic resource] / compiled by the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. "Libraries Censorship United States Handbooks, manuals, etc. Freedom of information United States Handbooks, manuals, etc." American Library Association, 1996. Z711.4 .I57 1996eb

Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy
Macmillan encyclopedia of energy / John Zumerchik, editor in chief Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Macmillan Reference USA, 2001. Articles explore everything from Albert Einstein, seismic energy, and acid rain, to lasers and building design. The Encyclopedia supports the curriculum in earth science, chemistry and life sciences, social studies, political science and more.

Oxford Dictionary of Medical Quotations
Title: Oxford dictionary of medical quotations [electronic resource] / Peter McDonald. Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004. Description: 212 p. ; 24 cm.

Sage e-Reference Books
Browse or search the contents of 51 reference books published by SAGE covering the social sciences and education, including such areas as African American Studies, Aged & Gerontology, Anthropology, Communication and Media Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Gender & Sexuality Studies, History, Politics, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Work & Social Policy, and Sociology.