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  • Cambridge Collections Online (CCO) A Best Bet database
    Full-text of over 200 Cambridge Companions in Literature and Classics; and Philosophy, Religion and Culture. Includes over 2,200 essays on these topics. varies.
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  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
    Latest edition of the standard handbook for physics, chemistry, and allied fields.
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    • Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Online
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  • Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
    Covers all areas of biology with many references and illustrations, and over 3,000 peer-reviewed articles. Also covers anatomy, genetics, and neuroscience.
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    • ELS
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  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Full-text of several print reference books from Gale.
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    • GVRL
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  • Knovel
    Over 800 full-text engineering and scientific reference works, handbooks, encyclopedias, reference books, and standards in engineering and chemistry.
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  • New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
    Full text access to the print encyclopedia. 2006.
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  • Oxford African American Studies Center
    Over 10,000 scholarly encyclopedia articles, from titles like the Encyclopedia of African American History, the Encyclopedia of African American History, Black Women in America, and the African American National Biography.
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  • Oxford Art Online
    Over 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography) from prehistory to the present. current.
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    • Grove Art Online
    Oxford Art Online is limited to 14 simultaneous users. If you can't get in, please wait a short time and try again!
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  • Oxford English Dictionary (OED) A Best Bet database
    Full-text of 20-volume Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
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  • Oxford Music Online
    Comprehensive encyclopedia of Western art music (“classical music”), with general coverage of jazz, non-Western, and folk music. Also includes the Oxford Dictionary of Music and Oxford Companion to Music.
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    • Grove Music Online
    Grove Music Online is limited to 8 simultaneous users. If you can't get in, please wait a short time and try again.
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  • Oxford Reference Online
    100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works. Subjects include: biology; classics; computing; dance; earth sciences; economics; mythology; history; law; literature; medicine; opera; performing arts; politics; science, theater; and more.
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