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Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks

START HERE: These resources provide essential background information - who, what, when, where, why, how.

  • Search large collections of reference ebooks simultaneously in these databases: 
  • Britannica Academic contains the complete and regularly updated Encyclopedia Britannica plus authoritative websites and full-text journal access.
  • Reference sources by region
  • Additionally, a number of other databases contain reference articles (see Taft Online Subscription Databases below)

Books / eBooks

(also called secondary sources and monographs)

RhinoCat is the Library's automated catalog of books, ebooks, DVDs, and other library materials. RhinoCat is available from any browser at 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, open the book's full record, scroll down and click on Browse shelf to find additional books for your project.

Primary Sources

  • Search Rhinocat for library books and ebooks containing primary source documents by copying and pasting the following phrase into the basic keyword search, substituting your topic for xxxxxsu,wrdl: personal narratives or su,wrdl: sources or su,wrdl: diaries and kw,phr: xxxxx
  • Primary source databases
    • Access World News provides full-text current and archived articles from international, national, regional, and local news sources.
    • New York Times 1980-current Full-text coverage 
    • Newspaper Source Plus Provides cover-to-cover full text for 131 national & international newspapers, as well as television and radio news transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.
    • ResearchIT CT Newstand A ProQuest database containing the following full text newspapers: Christian Science Monitor (1988-present), Hartford Courant (1992-present), Los Angeles Times (1985-present), New York Times (6/1/1980-present), Wall Street Journal (1984-present), Washington Post (1987-present).
  • See Taft Online Subscription Databases below for additional resources containing primary sources.
  • See also the course guide Find Primary Sources for more ways to find documents and primary sources in our Library and on the internet.

Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • Country Reports More than 35,000 pages of cultural, historical and statistical information content on the countries of the world.
  • Global Issues in Context News, perspectives, video, reference, country information, primary source documents, journal articles, and statistics on issues of global importance.
  • Issues & Controversies Provides exclusive, extensive coverage of hundreds of today's hot topics, with unbiased analysis and rich related resources.
  • Modern World History Reference articles, biographies, events and topics, primary source documents, timelines, maps and charts, images and videos from the mid-15th century to the present.
  • Sirs Knowledge Source General reference database containing thousands of full-text articles and other resources. Includes a pro/con issues database and SIRS Government, a comprehensive resource for the study of all aspects of U.S. federal government, including government documents, Supreme Court decisions, and more.
  • World History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary sources, journal articles, maps and multimedia.
  • World History: The Modern Era Covers the history of the world from 1500 to the present. Includes reference articles, media and primary source material.
  • Journal article databases
    • Academic Search Complete Access full-text articles in thousands of magazines and journals. Tip: Limit your search to Full Text, Articles, and language.
    • JSTOR Extensive backfiles of full-text scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and sciences.
  • Image databases
    • Britannica ImageQuest Access millions of images which are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use.
    • Click here for additional databases and websites you may use for images.
  • Video database


Wikipedia's general disclaimer: "Wikipedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields." 

  • Current History: a Journal of Contemporary World Affairs (Taft Library Journal Subscription; Articles since 2000 are also available on the CH website)
    • The Library keeps the current print issue plus three years of back issues in the Reading Room.
    • Each issue focuses on a country, region, continent, or international issue.
    • Search your country in the "Title" search field in the left sidebar.
    • Note on citation: If you use the internet journal, you will choose Website in NoodleTools and then Journal. Your citation will include the full URL of your article. If you use the print journal, choose Print or In-hand and then Journal.