Reference and Research

Very Short Introductions


Very Short Introductions provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects. In this digital resource, hundreds of titles can be searched at once, opening up new pathways across subjects.

Students can use Very Short Introductions to consider study options, embark on a new module, topic, or essay, or revise a particular subject.

Teachers and other educators can assign chapters, or whole books to students.

Adult learners can also gain new insights through an introduction to a topic.

Very Short Introductions: now also online

Oxford Research Encyclopedias


The Oxford Research Encyclopedias offer long-form overview articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. Each of the twenty-five distinct encyclopedias cover both foundational and cutting-edge topics in order to develop, over time, an anchoring knowledge base for major areas of research across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Oxford Classical Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Social Work are two of those encyclopedias.


American Physical Society Journals


The American Physical Society (APS) provides free online access to all APS journals in U.S. public libraries and high schools. Among the journals available are Physical Review Letters, Physical Review X, Physical Review, and Reviews of Modern Physics.


Journals can be accessed IN LIBRARY ONLY.

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Explora is a colorful, mobile-friendly interface to selected EBSCO information databases that provides not only a simple search box, but easy-to-browse categories.
Explora includes: topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research; articles, essays, and primary source documents to help students feel successful in their research; and reading level indicators (Lexile® Measures) to simplify discovery of grade-appropriate content.


Congressional Record (daily)

Congressional Record Index

Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents

FDsys: GPO's Federal Digital System

Federal Register (daily)