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Senior Research and Composition: General 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.


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, click on Browse shelf to find additional books for your research project.

Primary Sources

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

Taft Online Subscription Databases

Refer to Databases on the Library homepage for complete list

  • For journal articles:
    • Academic Search Complete Access full-text articles in thousands of magazines and journals. Tip: Refine your results list using options in the left sidebar, including full text, date range, source types, and more
    • JSTOR Hundreds of full-text scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and sciences, many dating back to the 19th century.


  • See Find and Evaluating Websites for information on how to locate quality websites in our Library and online.
  • From the Wikipedia essay on Academic use: "Wikipedia is not a reliable source for academic writing or research."  

Updated 9/2018