The complete text and images of hundreds of reference books can be searched simultaneously for all kinds of topics. Browse individual books or subjects. Search results also link to our other database subscriptions and the UCC library catalog. A great place to start your research.
The authority on words and etymology of the English language, the OED is currently being revised, with the aim of producing a completely updated third edition. Draft material from the revision programme is published online, alongside unrevised entries from the 20-volume Second Edition, first published in 1989, and its 3-volume Additions Series, published in 1993 (volumes 1 and 2) and 1997 (volume 3). Many of the entries in the Additions volumes consist of sections which are additions to an entry previously published in the Second Edition; such sections are appended to the end of the appropriate Second Edition entry. Complete entries published for the first time in the Additions volumes are presented as free-standing entries, along with entries from the Second Edition.
This online version of The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology includes 7100 articles, 115,000 dictionary terms, 2000 scientific biographies, hundreds of research updates, news, and more.
A highly graphical interface intended to assist students with research assignments of a literary nature. Both journals and reference books are available in full text. Find literary criticism, biographies, reviews, and more.
CQ from Congressional Quarterly provides a complete source on the most current and controversial issues of the day with comprehensive articles, complete summaries, all the pros and cons, bibliographies and more.
This database draws from several informative series: At Issue, Contemporary Issues Companions, Current Controversies, and more. The complete text of essays on contemporary social issues are supplemented with reference content from Gale and MacMillan Reference sources, full text articles from 30 major newspapers and news magazines, and statistics and tables from Information Plus reference books.
Current, relevant, organized, easy-to-read information. The entries are thorough; in depth; and written in clear, concise terms. Several curriculum area content sets are integrated into one searchable database.
This multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,750 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering subject areas of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and 164,424 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 453,000 photos, maps & flags.
This database contains the online versions of reference sets published by Salem Press, including: Magill's Medical Guide; Psychology & Mental Health; Genetics; Addictions & Substance Abuse; Complementary & Alternative Medicine; Infectious Diseases & Conditions; and Cancer. The databases covers diseases, disorders, genetics, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and related issues, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders.
Learn about countries, their culture, and their customs. Find recipes, business etiquette, languages spoken, country demographics and statistics, ethnic groups, stereotypes, society and culture, and lots more.
Use the UCC Library Search Box to find articles in academic and trade journals, news and magazine articles, print books, ebooks, streaming video, and patents.
Using the UCC Library Search Box, you can find:
These show at the top of your search results and are usually an encyclopedia entry related to your search terms.
Reference sources in the form of ebooks
For example, an encyclopedia or dictionary in the form of an ebook.
Reference sources available in print at the UCC Library or in the Douglas County Library System
For an example, a paper encyclopedia or dictionary.
You can also find print reference sources by browsing the shelves of the library.
You can also find the citation for each reference source that you find using the library search box.
Search by Keyword
Search Terms for Reference Sources
When looking for reference works on a specific subject, use very simple keywords. Examples: social psychology, solar system origin.
The keyword phrase women's rights would bring more results than women's rights in the 19th century in Oregon.
Use as few words as possible to sum up your general topic. If you do not get many search results, reduce the number of words you are using in your search terms.
Do NOT write sentences or ask questions (natural language) as you would in Google.
If I were searching for reference sources about net neutrality, I could try some of the following search terms:
Search by Title
If you know the specific title of a reference book, you can do a title search in the UCC Library Search Box to get the call number.
For example, I am looking for the ICD-10 (The international Classification of Diseases - 10th edition), I could enter part of the title, icd, in the search box and click Search.
I find that this book is available as a print book at UCC. The call number for its location at UCC is 651.961 I. This is the book's location on the shelves at UCC. The library staff at the front desk of the library are always happy to help you find the location of a book.