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Reference books -- refer to these resources when you are looking for factual, authoritative information. If you are writing about a topic you know little about, sometimes reading an article from an encyclopedia can help you to generate keywords and get a foundation of information.
Online Reference Book Collections:
Gale Virtual Reference Library Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of hundreds of full-text encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These works fall under the subjects of Business, History, Law, Medicine, Multicultural studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, Social Science, Technology, and more. Includes major publishers like Elsevier, Macmillan, Sage, Gale, and Oxford