General Reference

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

With articles from over 1,000 reference books, GVRL is a great place to start your research on any subject. 

PowerSearch

Go to this link to search all the Gale/In Context databases simultaneously

Explora

An easy-to-use graphical interface for EBSCO databases that delivers articles, essays, primary sources, and videos from reputable sources.

Academic Search Premier

A database of magazine and journal articles on a wide variety of contemporary subjects.

Biography In Context

Detailed reference articles about hundreds of thousands of famous people, as well as news, video, audio, primary documents and websites.  The best place to begin your research about a famous person.

CIA World Fact Book

"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities."  This is a free database provided online, so no passwords are needed.

World Geography and Culture Online (Facts On File)

World Geography and Culture Online contains regional, country, and state maps, plus thematic and geographical maps and an interesting ranking and comparison feature. Look in the left-side menu for detailed cultural information about each country.