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Dictionaries and Reference Books
Oxford English Dictionary (OED) This link opens in a new window
This comprehensive resource contains 3 million quotations, meanings, pronunciations, and the history of more than 600,000 words dating back over 1000 years.
Gale This link opens in a new window
This database contains access to older eBook resources including dictionaries and encyclopedias.
Newspapers and Library of Congress (Primary Sources)
National Newspapers Expanded (US Newsstream) This link opens in a new window
Access local and regional newspapers including Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and more.
Newsbank - Access World News This link opens in a new window
Newspapers, newswires, web editions, blogs, videos, broadcast transcripts, business journals, periodicals, government documents and other publications from around the world.
Academic Search Complete This link opens in a new window
Access to peer-reviewed journals, magazines and more, about a wide variety of subjects. This is a great place to start when looking for scholarly articles.
America: History & Life with Full Text This link opens in a new window
History and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present in hundreds of journals and periodicals.
Communication & Mass Media Complete This link opens in a new window
Provides the most robust, quality research articles in areas related to communication and mass media.
Opposing Viewpoints This link opens in a new window
This database provides information about current events, economics, environmental issues, news and commentary, political science, and other issues via academic journals, images, magazines, newspapers, podcasts, primary sources documents, statistics, videos, viewpoints articles, and websites.
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