Reference Resources

Recommended Resources

Search for books, video and audio materials in print, forthcoming, and out of print. Includes a directory of publishers.

Contains full text subject encyclopedias, reference works, dictionaries, and handbooks in all disciplines.

Offers the tables-of-contents and indexes of most reference books in the Portland State Library.

Contains full text encyclopedias and reference books in the social sciences and humanities. Search by keyword or browse by topic.

Features bibliographic, access, and pricing information for newspapers, magazines, and journals published in the United States and internationally. Distinguishes peer reviewed and refereed journals from popular magazines.

Other Resources

McGraw-Hill's Digital Engineering Library includes reference works on mechanical, civil, green, and electronic engineering.

Contains the full text of McGraw Hill's Encyclopedia of Science and Technology as well as Science News from 2000 to the present.

Consists of searchable digital facsimiles of local newspapers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Read eyewitness reporting, editorials, letters, advertisements, obituaries, and reviews.

Composed of full text, research reviews of current and emerging topics in a variety of disciplines including the biomedical, physical and social sciences.

Maintains full text biographical entries and obituaries of individuals. Search by name, date of birth, date of death, profession, or country of origin.

Provides the Cambridge Histories series online that covers ancient to modern history.

This repository holds the full text of open access dissertations and theses. The authors of these dissertations and theses have chosen open access publication of their works, thus providing free access from the Internet.

Covers political and economic information about countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Houses information on foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities. In-library use only for one user at a time. Please visit the Library reference desk for access information.

Features full text scholarly encyclopedias and reference works.

Consists of U.S. demographic and economic statistics from colonial times to the present.

Provides access to major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers as well as leading international papers.

Provides evaluation and comparison scores for scholarly and technical journals in all areas of science, technology, and the social sciences. Features impact factor, citation counts, citation frequency, and duration information.

Merges technical references in engineering with complex search capabilities and analysis tools.

Provides reference, literary timelines, and articles on authors, journalists, and critics from all literary periods. Covers literary genres such as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, and journalism.

Archives books or monographs on economics and business published from 1450 through 1850. Includes materials on commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade, and transport.

Comprised of full text, topical articles and reports on current issues in the headlines such as health, the environment, and politics. 

Includes scholarly bibliographies that provide research guidance in several topical areas. Our current subscriptions area Atlantic history, classics, Jewish studies, Islamic studies, Medieval studies, Renaissance and Reformation, British and Irish literature, cinema and media studies, education, communication, linguistics, philosophy, public health, childhood studies, and social work. 

Covers the history of the English language. Contains word definitions, pronunciation, history, and language of origin. The OED is a comprehensive record of the English language and generally regarded as its definitive dictionary.

Contains full text, Sage research methods books, handbooks, and encyclopedias. Includes videos and interactive mapping tools.