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Electronic Reference Collections
You can use these collections to search for your topic of interest and get started by finding a broad overview of important background information, including vocabularly that can be used as keywords when searching a database; and bibliographies in articles to find other sources (both primary and secondary).
Provides full text online access to Gale electronic books, including encyclopedias and other reference resources.
Contains the complete texts of many Oxford companions, encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference titles in a fully indexed, cross-searchable database. Included in addition to articles are images, maps, timelines, bibliographies, photographs and much more.
Online Searching Tips
- Look for clues in the URL: .gov, .org, .edu;
- When in doubt, go back to the primary page to find out more (www.mainpage.com/subpage...check out the mainpage to see what it's about);
- When searching, try including the name of a well-known organization or museum, such as the Smithsonian;
- Evaluate, Trust...Verify: once you've evaluated information and decided that it's probably trustworthy, it's a good idea to verify facts and dates through other sources.