The Industrial Revolution

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 contains the complete Encyclopedia Britannica plus authoritative websites and full-text journal access.


The Library's RhinoCAT is an automated catalog of books, 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 research project.

Taft Online Subscription Databases

  • Academic Search Complete Our largest database with full text access to thousands of journals in all disciplines
  • ACLS Humanities E-Book An online collection of over 5000 books of high quality in the humanities
  • Biography in Context Biographies of more than 650,000 individuals, including the full-text of Current Biography magazine 1940 - current
  • Biography Reference Bank Biographies of more than 600,000 individuals, including the full-text of Current Biography magazine 1940 - current
  • British Periodicals (1681-1937) Full facsimile images of more than 160 periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts, and the social sciences.
  • Britannica Image Quest Access millions of images which are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use
  • Classroom Video On Demand Provides access to thousands of full-length videos and clips on core-curriculum topics
  • Daily Life Through History Explore aspects of everyday life in different historical eras through thousands of primary sources and information from over 100 books from Greenwood Press and ABC-Clio.
  • History Reference Center An Ebsco database featuring content from reference books, non-fiction books, and history periodicals
  • JSTOR Extensive backfiles of full-text scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and sciences, many dating back to the 19th century. Also contains a 19th century British pamphlet collection and ebook content.
  • 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.
  • Science in Context Topic overviews, experiments, biographies, and links to quality websites, as well as coverage of the latest scientific developments in over 200 magazines and academic journals.
  • Science Reference Center Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other reliable sources. Also includes the Science Image Collection, a database of more than 270,000 high-quality science images.
  • The Times (London) Digital Archive 1785 - 2010 More than 200 years of news in full facsimile images from London's premier newspaper
  • World History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary documents, periodicals, 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.

Primary Sources

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


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

Updated 10/22/2017