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Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

(Denver Public Library's subscription databases available with your library card are appropriate for research bibliographies.)

database icon= Available from any Denver Public Library or from home with a Denver Public Library Card. Tip: Filter your results by "Full Text" to see only articles you can read online.

Gale Virtual Reference Library This is an online collection of all types of encyclopedias and reference books. Art, science, biography, religion and much more can be found here. Great for starting a research project because its articles give good background about a subject and also a bibliography to use for further research. Click on any of the Subjects in the box on the right side of the page to see the titles of books in GVRL for that subject. Video Tutorial

Available from any Denver Public Library or from home with a Denver Public Library CardFunk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia This one is good for short and pretty simple information on a wide variety of topics. 
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Available from any Denver Public Library or from home with a Denver Public Library CardOxford Dictionaries In addition to being a respected and reliable dictionary, this database has some other great stuff. Notice the links at the top of the page for synonyms, grammar (with tips about punctuation and effective writing), and "Explore" to lead you to fun facts about the amazing English language.

Available from any Denver Public Library or from home with a Denver Public Library CardOxford English Dictionary A guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of English words, both present and past. This is the pace to look for when a word was first used, examples of where it appeared, information about whether it has origins in another language, help figuring out expressions from older books. Video Tutorial

InfoPlease Available on the internet without logging in with a library card number. It has an encyclopedia and dictionary as well as some other good reference books. If you don't have your library card with you it can help, but usually you'll find there isn't quite as much information available here as in the databases above.