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Best Bets for Online Reference

  • Reference Universe - Search the contents of UFV's print and electronic reference collections in one easy step
  • Oxford Reference Online Premium - Over 170 online reference books from Oxford University Press.  (UFV has a license for this product.) 
  • Sage Knowledge - This reference database includes hundreds of Sage handbooks and encyclopedias, providing detailed, authorative background information in the social sciences.
  • Blackwell Reference Online - Authoritative handbooks and companions in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - Subject specialized encyclopedias from prestigious academic publishers including Greenwood, Elsevier, MacMillan and Gale.  (UFV has a license for this product.)
  • AccessScience - A multi-media scholarly reference source in the area of science and technology, and is comprised of the following: McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (10th edition), McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, Yearbook of Science & Technology, and approximately 3500 biographies of scientists.
  • Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia - a general encyclopedia covering all subject areas. (UFV has a license for this product.)
  • Encyclopedia of British Columbia - Comprehensive online reference source for British Columiba-related information, including articles, photographs, statistics, maps, tables, charts, diagrams, sound clips, video clips and links to Web sites. (UFV has a license for this product.)

Virtual Reference Collections

  • - wide subject coverage, with material drawn from recognized reference sources
  • - respected reference sources, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, and much more
  • Virtual Reference Shelf - general and subject specific reference sources, compiled by Library of Congress

Almanacs, Yearbooks, Annual Reports  ( Provide good Statistical information )




Dictionaries / Thesauri

Digital Collections


Associations and Organizations

College and Universities


Libraries and Museums

Postal/Phone Directories


  • Books in Print (Global) - Database of over 11 million books, audio books and video titles. Provides publishing and price information.  (UFV has a license for this product.) 
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory  - comprehensive directory of information for serials (journals, magazines, etc.) published worldwide. (UFV has a license for this product.)

Social Service Agencies


Government Information


Internet Searching 

Concept Clustering

Subject Directories

Law and Legislation




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