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Encyclopedias, Dictionaries & Handbooks -- Reference Books: Online Versions & Excerpts

The UCF Libraries provide online access to a variety of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference resources. Consider entries from some of these works to explain fundamental concepts or to clarify specific topics.

The guide for Encyclopedias, Dictionaries & Handbooks identifies all of the online books available in the following library databases:

  • Access Medicine
  • Annual Reviews
  • Biography Resource Center
  • Business & Company Resource Center
  • Credo Reference
  • Gale Directory Library
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center
  • History Resource Center: U.S.
  • Literature Resource Center
  • Magill
  • MD Consult
  • NetAdvantage
  • Ovid Books
  • Peterson's
  • R2 Health Sciences Books
  • Thieme Electronic Book Library

A sampling of titles from the NetLibrary database is listed, but please note that titles in the NetLibrary database should not be assigned for classroom reading assignments because only one person at a time can access a specific NetLibrary title.

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