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Encyclopedias and Reference Books / eBooks

Search large collections of reference ebooks simultaneously in the Gale Virtual Reference Library 

Also: Britannica Academic Online contains the complete Encyclopedia Britannica plus authoritative websites and full-text journal access.

The following reference books are on the book truck for you to use IN THE LIBRARY ONLY:

  • 120 banned books: censorship histories of world literature. Main Z 658 .U5 K35 2011B
  • Banned in the U.S.A.: a reference guide to book censorship in schools and public libraries. Main Z 658 .U5 F64 1994
  • Beacham's popular fiction, 1950- present [1986]. Ref PS 374 .P63 B43 1986 vol. 1
  • Censorship (The history of issues series). Main Z 658 .U5 C3924
  • Censorship (Opposing viewpoints series). Main Z 658 .U5 C4 1997
  • Cyclopedia of world authors. Ref PN 451 .C93 1997 vol. 1
  • Encyclopedia of utopian literature. Ref PN 56 .U8 S66 1995
  • The fifties in America. Ref E 174 1950 .N56 2005  vol. 1 (also an online book)
  • Glossary of literary terms. Ref  PN 44.5 .A2 1999
  • Literature and its times: profiles of 300 notable literary works and the historical events that influenced them. Ref PN 50 .L574 1997 vol. 5, 1960-2000  (also an online ebook)
  • Science fiction writers. Ref PS 374 S35 S36 1982
  • Social history of the United States: the 1950s. Ref HN 57 .S622 2009 vol. 6

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  • American History Online Overview essays, biographies, primary sources, videos and slideshows, images, timelines, and maps and graphs in American political, military, social, and cultural history
  • Biography in Context Biographies of more than 650,000 individuals throughout history
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context Viewpoint articles, reference content, full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, statistics, and links to web sites. Can be searched together with Global Issues in Context.
  • U.S. History in Context Comprehensive collection of reference sources, primary documents, periodicals, maps and multimedia


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