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  • 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
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    The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of 'news' and 'newspapers' and the "free press", totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles. Many of the Burney newspapers are well known, but many pamphlets and broadsides also included have remained largely hidden. Newly digitized, all Burney treasures are now fully text-searchable in Gale Digital Collection.
  • 19th Century British Newspapers
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    19th Century British Newspapers contains full runs of influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of the 19th century British society.
  • ABC-CLIO EBook Collection
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    This is a collection of reference books--encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, etc.--on all subjects, published in 2010. New titles will be added as they become available. You can search the entire collection by keyword, or look for a resource on a specific topic. Content is also available through Credo Reference and Reference Universe. Create a free personal account to save searches, notes, and bookmarks.
  • Academic OneFile
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    Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily.
  • Acronym Finder
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    With more than 750,000 human-edited definitions, Acronym Finder is the world's largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms. Combined with the Acronym Attic, Acronym Finder contains more than 4 million acronyms and abbreviations. You can also search for more than 850,000 US and Canadian postal codes.
  • American Memory
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    The American Memory project from the Library of Congress provides at least 261 discrete digital collections in 18 broad topical areas: Advertising; African American History; Architecture, Landscape; Cities, Towns; Culture, Folklife; Environment, Conservation; Government, Law; Immigration, American Expansion; Literature; Maps; Native American History; Performing Arts, Music; Presidents; Religion; Sports, Recreation; Technology, Industry; War, Military; and Women's History. The content is primarily based on the collections of the Library of Congress, but also draws from the University of Michigan's Making of America project. This free resource is an extraordinarily rich documentary source for American history and culture.
  • American Memory: Photos, Prints
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    The Photos, Prints section of the American Memory Project, from the Library of Congress, presents 66 digitized collections on a broad array of American historical and cultural topics, ranging from Ansel Adams to baseball cards, the Civil War to flutes, the Great Plains to the Ohio River Valley, the Western U.S. to the Wright Brothers. The material includes photographs, posters, pamphlets, manuscripts, essays and printed texts from the collections of L.C.'s Manuscripts Division and its Prints & Photographs Division, as well as contributions from selected other American libraries, museums, archives and historical societies.
  • American National Biography Online
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    The landmark American National Biography offers portraits of more than 17,400 men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the nation. More than a decade in preparation, the American National Biography is the first biographical resource of this scope to be published in more than sixty years.
  • American Periodicals 1740-1940
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    Includes digitized images of over 1,800 American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the 20th century. Titles range from Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine and America's first scientific journal, Medical Repository; popular magazines such as Vanity Fair and Ladies' Home Journal;regional and niche publications; and groundbreaking publications like The Dial (publication of the Transcendentalists), Puck (first successful humor magazine), and McClure's (creator of muckraking journalism).
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library
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    The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” BHL also serves as the foundational literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). BHL content may be freely viewed through the online reader or downloaded in part or as a complete work in PDF, OCR text, or JPG2000 file formats.
  • Biographical Memoirs
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    Published since 1877, Biographical Memoirs are brief biographies of deceased National Academy of Sciences members, written by those who knew them or their work. These biographies provide a personal and scholarly view of the lives and work of America's most distinguished scientists and a biographical history of science in the United States.
  • Biography In Context
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    This database provides biographical information for over 500,000 people. Search for current or historic figures based on name, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates or places, or occupation, as well as by broad subject categories (e.g., the Obama administration, criminals, inventors, etc.), keyword and full text. A sidebar on the home page includes current articles on prominent individuals. Searches can be limited to full-text and/or peer-reviewed articles.Results may include images, video, audio, podcasts, websites.Content comes from over 170 Gale reference works, as well as full-text articles from over 325 newspapers and journals. See Resources for video tutorials and other tips.
  • Books in Print with Reviews
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    Combines the most trusted and authoritative source for bibliographic information with powerful search, discovery and collection development tools designed specifically to streamline the book discovery and acquisition process. The Global edition offers global coverage, including U.S., Canadian, European, and Australian publications.
  • Brill Online Reference Works
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    Founded in 1683, Brill is a publishing house with a rich history and a strong international focus. Brill’s publications focus on the Humanities and Social Sciences, International Law and selected areas in the Sciences.
  • C19: Nineteenth Century Index
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    C19 Index draws on the strength of established indexes such as the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue, The Wellesley Index, Poole's Index and Periodicals Index Online to create integrated bibliographic coverage of over 1.4 million books and official publications, 64,891 archival collections and 15.6 million articles published in over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers. C19 Index now provides integrated access to 10 bibliographic indexes, including over 300,000 records from the ongoing digitization of British Periodicals Collection.
  • Cambridge Histories Online
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    With access to the most up to date and authoritative scholarly content, /Cambridge Histories Online/ allows instant access to the renowned texts of the renowned texts of the Cambridge Histories series. The volumes are grouped into topics, making it quick and easy to search and browse through an array of historical subject areas. Offering vastly improved accessibility to the print editions published since the 1960s, it is being continually updated with new volumes taken from the print series shortly after they are published. The extensive bibliographic referencing and other leading functionality, enhances usability and makes this resource ideal for any type of historical research.
  • Chicago Manual of Style Online
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    Fully searchable version of the 15th (2003) and 16th (2010) editions of The Chicago Manual of Style, including a Quick Guide with sample citations.
    Print copies of the manual are available at the Doheny Reference Desk, Leavey Library's Lower Information Commons Desk, and Architecture and Fine Arts Library.
  • ChoiceReviews.online
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    CHOICE reviews significant current books and electronic resources of interest to those in higher education. Each year CHOICE publishes more than 6,500 reviews by subject experts. ChoiceReviews.online provides Web access to the entire database of CHOICE reviews published since September 1988. The database is updated monthly, generally at mid-month, with reviews that will be printed in the next monthly issue of CHOICE. The newest reviews appear, arranged by academic discipline and broad cross-disciplinary topic, in Current Issue. They also are searchable by using Advanced Search, selecting by CHOICE Issue Date, and combining with various other criteria.
  • Columbia Gazetteer of the World
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    Essentially an encyclopedia of geographical places and features, the Gazetteer contains the names, descriptions, and characteristics of over 170,000 places in the world. Entries includes information on many of the following: Demographics; physical geography; political boundaries; industry, trade, and service activities; agriculture; cultural, historical, and archeological points of interest; transportation lines; longitude, latitude, and elevations; distance to relevant places; pronunciations; official local government place-names and changed or variant names and spellings. Length varies from a brief notation on a small village to an essay on a country or region.Includes a glossary of geographical and geological terms.Use it to gather basic socio-demographic information about cities, towns, regions worldwide; look up geographical information; check the spelling of a place name.
  • CQ Press Electronic Library
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    An integrated search environment for obtaining analysis on Congressional issues in the news and coverage of the status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee activity, and backroom maneuvering. This database searches the full-text of CQ Weekly, CQ Researcher, CQ Historic Documents, contact directories, a variety of reference books, and selected datasets focused on issues in U.S. politics and areas of public policy, such as, health care, education, economics, bioethics, environment, and society. Contents are created by more than 125 Capitol Hill reporters, editors, and researchers to provide non-partisan coverage and detailed analysis of issues facing Congress on a daily basis. Coverage is from 1972 to the present.
  • Credo Reference
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    Credo Reference is a digital reference library that places a world of factual information at your fingertips. Containing a selection from 645 high-quality reference books from the world's leading publishers, Credo Reference is the ideal place to start any research.
  • Data-Planet Statistical Datasets
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    Data-Planet (formerly ProQuest Statistical DataSets) is an interactive database that allows users to create tables, maps, and figures from a variety data sources covering banking, criminal justice, education,energy, food and agriculture, government, health, housing and construction,industry and commerce, labor and employment, natural resources and environment, income, cost of living, stocks, transportation, and more. Data holdings for the United States are significant with some data available at state, county, or local geographies. International data,available at the country level, include population, food and agriculture, labor, trade, and more. Data are organized by subject and source.
  • Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference
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    It is a very large dynamic repository with the ability to ingest massive amounts of statistical data combined with descriptive content and a robust suite of visualization, search, and analysis capabilities on a single platform.
  • Economist Historical Archive
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    The Economist Historical Archive ('EHA') is the fully searchable complete facsimile edition of The Economist, the weekly paper which is essential reading for anyone engaged in politics, current affairs and all aspects of business and trade worldwide. Containing every issue since its launch in 1843 and more than 600,000 pages, EHA offers full-colour images, multiple search indexes, topic and area supplements and surveys. Altogether this is an unrivalled multidisciplinary primary source for researching and teaching the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Elements of Style
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    This is the digital version of the classic writing manual from 1918 written by William Strunk. The focus is on rules of usage and most commonly violated composition principles. It is often referred to as Strunk and White. Part of Bartleby.com.Several print copies of the 4th ed. (1999/2000) are available at Doheny Reference and Leavey Library.
  • Familiar Quotations Compiled by John Bartlett 10th Edition
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    Usually known as Bartlett's Quotations, this edition was published in 1919. It contains over 11,000 searchable quotations.The 2002 print edition is available at Leavey Info Commons and Doheny Reference.Oxford Reference Online contains several online dictionaries of quotations published since 2002.
  • Gale Directory Library
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    Information from several Gale reference works including Ward's BusinessDirectory, Encyclopedia of Governmental Advisory Organizations,Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers, Directory ofDatabases, Information Industry Directory, Directory of Publications andBroadcast Media, Encyclopedia of Associations, National FacultyDirectory and the Research Centers Directory.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
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    Contains encyclopedias and reference books in a variety of subjects.
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing
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    A collection of advice on writing and usage containing definitions, suggestions, rules for spelling, information on diagramming sentences, etc. Includes numerous computer-graded quizzes. Capital Community College in Hartford, CT provides this site which has won numerous awards.
  • Guide to Reference
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    Users can set up their own User Profiles so they can create and save lists, notes, as well as save searches. To do that click on the Create a Profile link on the home page in the upper right hand corner. On the home page, to the right of the stacked fields for User Name and Password and the Go button, select the Create a Profile link. This is an essential step for using the interactive features like creating notes and lists, as well as saving searches.
  • gutenberg-e
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    The Gutenberg-e prize winning books represent the most distinguished and innovative scholarship delivered with creative and thoughtful use of digital technology. These books have undergone a rigorous academic review process by distinguished historians brought together by the American Historical Association and produced through a close collaboration between the authors and the electronic publishing staff at Columbia University Press. The books represent a range of historical subjects.
  • Historical Newspapers Online
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    Historical Newspapers contains four major historical resources:
    • Palmer's Index to the Times which covers the period from 1790 to 1905 in The Times
    • The Official Index to the Times which takes the coverage forward from 1906 to 1980
    • The Historical Index to the New York Times which covers The New York Times from 1851 to September 1922
    • Palmer's Full Text Online, 1785-1870, providing access to the full articles referenced in Palmer's index to the Times
  • Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online
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    The Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online (IEDO) reconstructs the lexicon for the most important languages and language branches of Indo-European. It is a rich and voluminous online reference source for historical and general linguists. Dictionaries can be cross-searched. Each entry is accompanied by grammatical info, meaning(s), etymological commentary, reconstructions, cognates and often extensive bibliographical information. New content will be added on an annual basis.
  • Infoplease
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    Online version of the Information Please Almanac.
  • International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages
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    The International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages-Online (IEMA),an entirely new supplement to the Lexikon des Mittelalters (LexMA), is being produced under the joint auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Brepols Publishers; it will be made available at Brepolis, the Brepols site for online medieval encyclopedias, bibliographies, and databases. The chronological range of IEMA is 300-1500 CE, and it will cover all of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. IEMA will complement and fill in gaps in the coverage of the present Lexikon des Mittelalters (LexMA).
  • International Historical Statistics
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    International Historical Statistics provides access to 490 tables, covering data on 211 countries and territories collected between 1750-2010. Includes data on the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania as well as on countries whose borders have changed and are now difficult to source (e.g. Czechoslovakia and Zaire). Within each region are chapters on population and vital statistics, labor force, agriculture, industry, external trade, transport & communications, finance, prices, education, and national accounts. Each section has a full description of the sources used to compile the statistics; all statistical tables can be downloaded as ePDFs and/or Excel files with the ability to remove sections and merge tables.N.B. As with all statistical sources, the frequency and completeness of the data will vary by country and source.
  • Internet Acronym Server
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    The Internet Acronym Server is, as its name implies, a database of acronyms collected from the Internet for the best part of two decades. An acronym is a kind of abbreviation. Acronyms are usually made from the capitalized initials of the words it represents, for example FBI is an acronym for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Contrary to what some sources say, acronyms do not have to be pronounceable words.
  • Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957-1994
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    This database features English translations of foreign-language monographs,reports, serials, journal and newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from regions throughout the world. With an emphasis on communist and third-world countries, this database contains a wealth of hard-to-find scientific, technical, and social science materials translated from many languages. These reports are ideal for researching military,socioeconomic,political, environmental, scientific and technical issues and events.
  • KnowUK
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    KnowUK is a unique online service developed to provide libraries with a complete collection of current, useful and UK-specific reference information from over 100 of the most widely used reference publications in the UK.
  • Lexicool
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    This web site provides a searchable directory to over 6000 freelyavailable online bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and glossaries.Searches may be entered by language(s), subject, or title/keyword.Search results provide the number of entries and links to the onlinedictionaries. The site also provides a directory of translation andinterpreting courses, a listing of translator and interpreterassociations worldwide, language resources, freeware to download andlinks to sites for currency conversion, text analysis and languageidentification. Language-related software and products may be purchasedat the website.
  • LexisNexis Academic
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    Database of full text online news, business, financial, legal, medical, biographical, government and domestic and international newspaper resources.
    Please check all license agreements posted on the Lexis/Nexis Website at http://www.lexisnexis.com/terms/general. Failure to follow the Terms & Conditions may result in revocation of the Lexis/Nexis license for the University of Southern California. Furthermore it is expressedly forbidden to write search scripts to search this databases.
  • LibDex
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    LibDex is a website which serves as a directory of libraries of all types (though it appears not to be comprehensive in its coverage) in dozens of countries around the world. Access is first by country and then by city. Information fields, not all of which are completed, are provided for a library's web pages, hours, contact information, web catalog, systems vendor, and descriptive information.
  • LibriVox
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    LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain (no longer subject to copyright restrictions). LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. The goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.
  • Metric conversion charts and calculators for metric conversions
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    The website currently provides temperature, length, area, volume and weight/mass unit conversions with both on-line calculators and printable tables in a very user friendly format available in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
  • Obituaries & Death Notices
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    The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. Extensive editorial review of all newspaper sections ensures thorough selection of obituaries for easy access. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
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    Subtitled "The people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond," the Oxford DNB covers noteworthy people in any walk of life who were connected with the British Isles and British history worldwide (/e.g.,/ Benjamin Franklin Empress Eugenie of France, Mahatma Gandhi). Contains signed, scholarly articles, many with extensive bibliographies, of 57,000 individuals, 6,000 of whom are women, who died in 2005 or earlier. Includes thematic interactive maps (e.g., British gardeners) and over 450 theme articles (reference lists, groups, and feature essays). Updated 3 times/year
  • Oxford English Dictionary
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    "The OED Online contains the complete text of the 20-volume Second Edition, first published in 1989, together with its 3-volume Additions Series, published in 1993 (volumes 1 and 2) and 1997 (volume 3). Updated quarterly

    The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

    The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet."

  • Oxford Language Dictionaries Online
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    OLDO provides fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials. It features over 4 million words, phrases, and translations. Includes Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish into and out of English with pronounciation software.
  • Oxford Reference Online
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    The Core Collection brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable resource.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online Economics and Finance
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    Oxford University Press has an extensive list of publications in Economics and Finance. Authors range from classic thinkers to modern masters, including twentieth-century Nobel Prize winners, and come from across the globe. USC has access to the full text of titles published up to and including the February, 2006 update.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online Philosophy
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    A full text database of philosophy monographs in all areas of philosophy published by Oxford University Press. USC has access to the full text of titles published up to and including the February, 2006 update.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online Political Science
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    A cross-searchable digital library containing more than 200 classic and newly-published works in political science that include coverage of political theory, comparative politics, political economy, democratization, international relations, environmental politics, and American, European Union, UK and Russian politics. USC has access to the full text of titles published up to and including the February, 2006 update.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online Religion
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    A full text database of religion and theology monographs in all areas of religion and theology published by Oxford University Press. USC has access to the full text of titles published up to and including the February, 2006 update.
  • ProceedingsFirst
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    Citations of every congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received at The British Library. Updated 24 times a year.
  • ProCon.org
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    The web site’s mission is to promote “critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.” Topics such as Sex and Gender, Religion, and Media and Entertainment have at least one pro/con issue. The "for" and "against" text is in two columns, preceded by a “Did you know” and followed by a background essay. Footnotes are embedded in the text with many live links.
  • Reference Universe
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    Reference Universe provides online access to more than 20,000,000 authoritative citations in almost 20,000 electronic and print reference resources, including Gale Virtual Reference Library and Oxford Reference Online.
  • Refworks
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    "RefWorks is a Web-based bibliography and database manager that allows users to create their own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases. They can use these references in writing their papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds. First time users should sign up for an individual account and select a username and password. From USC computers and for those using USC dial-up or VPN, no group code is required. The group code is needed when logging in remotely to your account from non-USC connections.The group code is RWUSC."
  • Safari Technical Books
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    Safari Techbooks Online provides e-books from the publishers specializing in computer application user and training manuals. These publishers imprints include such well-known names as Addison-Wesley, Alpha, Financial Times Prentice Hall, Cisco Press, New Riders, O'Reilly, Peachpit Press, Prentice Hall PTR, Que and Sams. The Safari collection also includes some business and management texts.Users of this database can search, browse and read e-books online right from a browser, no additional software is needed.

    5 simultaneous users. USC only has access to books published in the most current three years.
  • Sociological Abstracts
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    Sociological Abstracts Database is a primary resource for accessing the latest research sponsored in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database draws information from an international selection of over 2,600 journals and other serials publications, plus conference papers, books, and dissertations. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and nonevaluative abstracts of journal articles.

    Updated monthly.

  • SPINPlus
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    SPINPlus is comprised of SPIN, a funding opportunities database designed to provide up-to-date information on over 5,000 current federal, non-federal, & international funding sources; GENIUS, which provides a searchable resource for locating academic investigators/research partners for potential collaborations; and SMARTS, an electronic matching and funding opportunity notification system which provides a direct link to comprehensive & available national and international research funding information. Includes a Quick Reference Guide (under help) and a tutorial.
  • TermDoc: Online Dictionaries About Cultural Heritage
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    Search multilingual dictionaries to translate cultural heritage terms. Definitions are not included. Covers French, German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, and Dutch.
  • Times Digital Archive
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    Researchers can search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching. Coverage is from 1785-2008.
  • ulrichsweb.com (Ulrichs)
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    Ulrich's Periodical Directory provides users with essential serials bibliographic and access information that ranges from subscription rates to the latest web sites updated monthly. Nearly a quarter of a million consumer and trade magazines, academic and scholarly publications, monographic series, newsletters, newspapers, electronic publications, 'zines, and many other types of serial publications and services published throughout the world on all subjects, are profiled.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.
  • Visual Dictionary Online
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    With Merriam-Webster's Visual Dictionary Online /either search ideas within organized subject fields to quickly locate more than 20,000 terms with full definitions or consult over 6,000 illustrations of a wide variety of objects from all aspects of life. 15 major themes offer a variety of engaging, browsable topics. Please note this site includes advertisements.
  • World Almanac
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    World Almanac is the cover name for a suite of resources included with OCLC First Search: Funk & Wagnall's New Encyclopedia; The World Almanac and Book of Facts; The World Almanac of the U.S.A.; The World Almanac of U.S. Politics; and The World Almanac for Kids.
  • World Factbook
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    World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. The Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.