Senior Research and Composition: Biography Project Guide

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Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks

Search large collections of ebooks simultaneously in these databases:: Gale Virtual Reference Library, Infobase ebooks, and Salem History. Also: Britannica Academic Online contains the complete Encyclopedia Britannica plus authoritative websites and full-text journal access.

RhinoCat

The Library's RhinoCAT is an automated catalog of books, DVDs, and other library materials. RhinoCAT is available from any browser at http://taft.bywatersolutions.com. It is also accessible from your TaftNet homepage. A keyword search using a broad term will yield the most hits. TIP: When you identify a book in RhinoCAT that sounds useful, click on Browse shelf to find additional books for your research project..

Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • Academic Search Complete Our largest database with full text access to over 9,100 journals in all disciplines (Limit your search to Full Text, Document Type: Article, Publication Type: Periodical, and Language: English)
  • ACLS Humanities E-Book An online collection of approximately 4,300 books of high quality in the humanities.
  • Biography in Context Over 500,000 biographies from the ancient world to the present.
  • JSTOR Full text access to back issues of more than 2400 scholarly journals across 60 disciplines, many dating back to the 19th century
  • Modern World History Online Overview essays, biographies, events and topics, primary source documents, timelines, maps and charts, images and videos from the mid-15th century to the present.
  • Oxford Art Online Includes the full text of the 34 volume The Dictionary of Art
  • Oxford dictionary of national biography. The national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century
  • Oxford Music Online Includes the full text of New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
  • US History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary documents, periodicals, maps and multimedia
  • World History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary documents, periodicals, maps and multimedia

Primary Sources

See the course guide Finding Primary Sources for ways to find documents and primary sources in our Library.

Websites

See Find and Evaluating Websites for hints on how to locate quality websites.
Please read Wikipedia's article on Academic use.

Updated 9/2017