Reference Book

Quick background reading material, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, etc.

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Made available through Science Direct this comprehensive encyclopedia comprises 4,000 articles, commissioned by 52 Section Editors, and includes 90,000 bibliographic references as well as comprehensive name and subject indexes.

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Detailed Subject browsing available.

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Current and comprehensive.
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Revised and updated November 2004

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

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The online version of the ready-reference book of chemical and physical data, this important reference tool provides broad coverage of all types of physical science data commonly encountered by scientists and engineers.

The interface for the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics has been designed to enable quick and easy access to all the data within the Handbook. It is split into three sections: Table of Contents Window (left-hand window), Search Menu (upper window), and Data and Information Window (central window) which contains additional information about the Handbook.

The Search Menu section of the interface enables you perform a basic search by entering a term or formula in the 'Search' box or to perform a Substance/property search by clicking on the Substance/Property search link which enables searching across multiple fields.

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Much of the information comes in .pdf format.

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Yearly
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Most links can be copied directly from the Table of Contents.

Credo Reference

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Credo Reference is an online reference library that provides you with access to a selection of reference books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, not to mention a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law.  (from the website)

Includes:

  • Language dictionaries
  • English dictionaries
  • Thesauri
  • Quotation dictionaries
  • Subject dictionaries and encyclopedias
  • Literature guides

See the 100 books available on Trent's subscription. (The selection of titles is reviewed annually and may change based on use.)

The following brief videos from Credo Reference demonstrate their product:

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Direct link to list of books.

This resource was formerly called xreferplus.

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Varies by title; all recent.
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Ongoing.
Stable URL: 

A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

Find a stable link at the bottom of the record, under "Retrieved from...".  Add the proxy prefix http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

A complete link will look like this:

http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://www.credoreference.com/entry/wileyazcsr/diversity

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

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For the most part, the biographies that appear in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online reproduce those that were originally commissioned by the Dictionary of Canadian Biography for its print version and were republished, some with minor corrections, in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Volumes I-XIV. A selection of biographies from unpublished volumes is also included. The Dictionary of Canadian Biography, whose first volume appeared in 1966, is a joint project of the University of Toronto and the Université Laval and presents the work of researchers and writers in many fields from across Canada and around the world.

(from Background)

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Persons have been entered under family name rather than title, married name, pseudonym, stage name, popular name, nickname, or name in religion: Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal; Florence Daly Lucas (Thompson); Louis Gonnet, named Brother Réticius; Marie-Françoise Huot, named Sainte Gertrude. Where possible the form of the surname is based on the signature, although contemporary usage is taken into account. Common variant spellings are included in parenthesis.

Names of aboriginal people have presented a particular problem, since a person might be known by his/her own name (written in a variety of ways by people unfamiliar with aboriginal languages) and by a nickname or baptismal name. Moreover, some aboriginal families, such as the Copes [see John Noel Cope], adopted family surnames. Aboriginal names have been used when they could be found, and, because it is impossible to establish original spellings, the form generally chosen is the one found in standard sources at the time of original publication; variants are included in parenthesis: Ahchuchwahauhhatohapit (Ahchacoosacootacoopits, Star Blanket). Métis, unless they remained wholly within aboriginal cultures, are entered under their "European" name: Louis Guiboche. To assist readers who go back to contemporary documents, the names of aboriginal bands have been given in a form likely to be found in those documents.

(from Help)

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Up to 1930
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Not currently updated. The print editions are updated annually. Call number: F 5009 .D53 Ref.

e-CPS (Canadian Pharmacists Association)

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The e-CPS is the Canadian Pharmacists Association's online Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties. The e-CPS contains thousands of Health Canada–approved drug monographs, links to Health Canada advisories, printable information for patients, searchable product images and more.

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Ongoing

GALE - All Databases

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Gale is a publishing company, from which we purchase several online databases. These databases are available on the Gale search engine.

  • Some are "cross-searchable" - you can search them all at once. (Use the link above to see all of these.) 
  • Others (at the bottom of the list) must be searched individually.

Cross-searchable databases:

 Database Description CPI.Q 1980-

  • Use this database to find articles from a comprehensive list of Canadian and international journals, magazines, selected sections of the Globe and Mail, Canadian biographies, and other reference content from Thomson Gale, all with a Canadian focus.

 

     Database Description Academic OneFile  1980-

    • A source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals and reference sources.
    • Coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.
    • Millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text.
    • Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995.

     

       Database Description Gale Virtual Reference Library

      • A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

       

        E-Books

        • A selection of e-books from Gale Publishing.

         

           Database Description Grzimek's Animal Life

          • Provides coverage on more than 4,000 species, and includes more than 11,000 images, videos, illustrations, and maps

          Databases that must be searched individually: 

          Database Description  Literature Resource Center

          • Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
          •  Includes MLA Bibliography.

          Database Description Eighteenth Century Collections Online

          • Digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century.
          • Full-text searching of approximately 26 million pages.

          Database Description The Times Digital Archive 1785 -1985

          • Complete digital edition of The Times (London),
          • Keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page.
          • The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

          Database Description 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection

          • Newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757 - 1817).
          • 700 or so bound volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets published mostly in London, also some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.
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          Some of these databases were one-time purchases with Knowledge Ontario (not funded since 2012).

          Coverage: 
          Varies by database.
          Update Frequency: 
          Varies by database.

          Gale Virtual Reference Library

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          This is an e-book platform, with many reference books available. The books can be searched as a group, or an individual title can be opened, viewed, or searched.

          The following Reference titles are included:

          • Business Leader Profiles for Students , 2v,  1999
          • Cities of the World , 6th ed.,  4v,  2002
          • The College Blue Book , 33rd ed.,  6v,  2006
          • Company Profiles for Students , 3v,  1999
          • Computer Sciences , 4v,  2002
          • Countries and Their Cultures , 4v,  2001
          • Encyclopedia of Business and Finance , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2006
          • Encyclopedia of Communication and Information , 3v,  2002
          • Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice , 2nd ed.,  4v,  2002
          • Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior , 2nd ed.,  4v,  2001
          • Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America , 3v,  2004
          • Encyclopedia of Management , 5th ed.,  2006
          • Encyclopedia of Products & Industries - Manufacturing , 2v,  2008
          • Encyclopedia of Public Health , 4v,  2002
          • Encyclopedia of Sociology , 2nd ed.,  5v,  2001
          • Encyclopedia of World Biography , 2nd ed.,  23v,  2004
          • Encyclopedia of World Biography , Vol. 24,  2nd ed.,  2005
          • Encyclopedia of World Biography , Vol. 25,  2nd ed.,  2005
          • Encyclopedia of World Biography , Vol. 26,  2nd ed.,  2006
          • Encyclopedia of World Biography , Vol. 27,  2nd ed.,  2007
          • Enfermedades y Trastornos de la Salud , 3v,  2004
          • Environmental Encyclopedia , 3rd ed.,  2v,  2003
          • Gale E-Commerce Sourcebook , 2v,  2003
          • Gale Encyclopedia of E-Commerce , 2v,  2002
          • The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology , 2nd ed.,  2001
          • The Gale Encyclopedia of Science , 3rd ed.,  6v,  2004
          • Geo-Data: The World Geographical Encyclopedia , 3rd ed.,  2003
          • International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis , 3v,  2005
          • Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Physical Geography , 5v,  2003
          • Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cities , 4v,  2000
          • Lucent Library of Science and Technology: Virtual Reality , 2004
          • Nutrition and Well-Being A to Z , 2v,  2004
          • Pollution A to Z , 2v,  2004
          • Psychologists and Their Theories for Students , 2v,  2005
          • Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans , 22nd ed.,  2006
          • Science and Its Times , 8v,  2001
          • Science of Everyday Things , 4v,  2002
          • UXL Encyclopedia of Science , 2nd ed.,  10v,  2002
          • Water: Science and Issues , 4v,  2003
          • World of Earth Science , 2v,  2003
          • World Press Encyclopedia , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2003
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          This product comes from Thomson Gale publishers and is available on the Gale interface with other Gale databases. It is part of the Knowledge Ontario package.

          Stable URL: 

          A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

          To link to a particular book or article, click on "Bookmark" and copy the URL provided.

          Very Short Introductions (VSI)

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          The Very Short Introductions (VSI) series was launched in 1995 by Oxford University Press and offers concise introductions to a wide variety of subjects across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

          The e-books purchased by Trent Library are individually listed in TOPCAT and can be found by searching TOPCAT (see the webpage on Finding E-Books). TOPCAT will provide a link to the book on the publisher's platform.

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          Limited to one simultaneous user.

          • Only one person can access it at a time.
          • If you get a "simultaneous user limit exceeded" message, please try again later. It is still possible to browse titles with this error, however you will not be able to access full-text.

           

          Coverage: 
          Various
          Update Frequency: 
          Regularly.
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          A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.  

          For Very Short Introductions the URL that appears in your browser should act as a stable URL.

          Very Short Introductions is also DOI compliant.

          SAGE Knowledge E-Books

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          SAGE Knowledge offers more than 4,000 high-quality books and reference books in the Social Sciences. The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide span of authoritative content from one source.

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          Individuals chapters and entries can be downloaded as a PDF and loaded into eBook readers or hand-held computers in that format.

          Click on "Export Citation" to copy/paste a citation to a work in your preferred citation style.

          See related digital rights information in our License Information database.

          See more Help on the SAGE site.

          Stable URL: 

          A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.  

          In SAGE Knowledge, the url in the address bar is a durable link to the book.  A DOI is also provided.

          Political Science Complete

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          Political Science Complete provides full text for more than 500 journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for over 2,900 titles.

          More than 340 full text reference books and monographs.

          Over 36,000 full text conference papers

          Political Science Complete is a database from EBSCO publishers. See more information on the EBSCO site.

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          See the mobile access information for EBSCO.

          Many articles are full text from the database. A Get It! Trent option also appears for all records.

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          Varies - Current.
          Update Frequency: 
          Daily.
          Stable URL: 

          A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

          In Public Affairs Index , to link to a particular record in the database, look for the icon Permalink. When you click on it, a box appears with the persistent link you can then copy.

          Permalink Example:
          http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=poh&AN=47878150&site=ehost-live

          To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:
          http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

          Example: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=poh&AN=47878150&site=ehost-live

          Since this database also contains links to you can use the "Save Citation" data to create a link to an article.

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