Reference Databases by Subject

Reference Databases by Subject


Britannica Academic (a general encyclopedia aimed at college students)

Britannica Library (a general encyclopedia intended for public library users)

Credo Reference (articles from almost 900 reference works, such as subject-specific encyclopedias)

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (a general encyclopedia)

Gale Virtual Reference Library (a small set of reference resources on various subjects)

Infoplease (an almanac)

Oxford Reference (almost 900 reference resources, such as subject-specific encyclopedias, in all subjects)


Biography in Context (information about notable people, both contemporary and historical, from a wide range of sources, such as biographical dictionaries, magazines, newspapers, and academic journals)

Biography Reference Bank (information about notable people from periodical articles and biographical dictionaries)

Current Biography Illustrated (focuses on information about celebrities)


Company Profiles (over 10,000 MarketLine profiles of the world’s most important companies)

EDGAR: SEC Company Filings (financial information about public U.S. companies)


LearningExpress Library (guides to professional certification exams such as Praxis as well as graduate school entrance exams such as the GRE, MCAT, LSAT)

StudySC (supports South Carolina-specific curriculum standards)

Reference Sources for K-12 Students

Hispanic Studies

Britannica Escolar (Spanish-language encyclopedia for children)

Britannica Moderna (Spanish-language general encyclopedia for secondary students)


History Reference Center (a multimedia resource that includes reference sources, academic journals, primary historical documents, and videos)


Bloom’s Literature (information on literature primarily from high school textbooks and academic books)

Gale Literary Sources (a database covering mostly (but not exclusively) English-language literature and comprising all sorts of resources, including reference works, academic journals, book reviewing magazines, and even full-length monographs)

Literary Reference Center (an eclectic database comprising literary criticism, author biographies, plot summaries, and even complete classic works of literature)

NoveList Plus (recommends novels based on user-selected criteria)

Oxford English Dictionary [OED] (traces the historical development of English-language words)

Writer’s Reference Center


Musical Theater Songs

Naxos Music Library

Oxford Music Online


Congress.Gov (formerly known as THOMAS: Legislative Information from the Library of Congress) The U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal

World FactBook (brief information on all countries)


Science Reference Center (science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals) (scientific information generated by federal governmental agencies such as the EPA, the National Library of Medicine, and NASA)

South Carolina

SCIWAY (web sites providing information on South Carolina)

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