Category Archives: Reference Materials

Reference Universe

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Reference Universe is a unique database that provides searchable access to UNB Libraries’ collection of reference materials, both online and on the shelf.
Reference Universe searches through the tables of contents and the indexes from over 20,000 dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, and other reference materials, and connects you to relevant articles through:

  • Links to Quest (the library catalogue)
  • Links to full-text online reference entries

Search Reference Universe:

By default, only materials available at UNB Libraries are included in your search results. To search beyond UNB Libraries, be sure to select “Non-Local Holdings Only.” Your search results will include both online and print materials.

Online…
You can easily identify online materials by noting the “e-source” symbol. In the example above, click on “Link to 1 Article Title,” then click on the “e-link” for the article you wish to view.
On the shelf…
Click on the title to connect to UNB Libraries’ Quest catalogue in order to find out exactly where the book is located.
Reference Universe also returns a list of article titles and/or index entries related to your search. Click “View Article Title” or “View Index Entries.”

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CREDO Reference

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CREDO Reference gives you content from hundreds of reference books covering every major subject. There are over 3 million entries, 200,000+ images (art, diagrams, maps and photos), and over 100,000 audio pronunciation files and sound clips. The content is enriched by a network of cross-reference links that cut across topics and titles to give you accurate, contextual results.

Find rich content for a variety of academic disciplines:

  • Art and Music
  • Business
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Literature and Language
  • Medicine
  • Religion
  • Science

Four Ways to Search CREDO Reference:

Keyword Search
Use a Keyword Search on the entire Credo Collection.
Find a Book
Browse through UNB Libraries’ Credo title list with the Find a Book option.
Advanced Search
Narrow your focus with the Advanced Search.
Concept Map
Visualize your topic with the Concept Map.

Need more help? Consult the more comprehensive User Guide to Credo Reference.

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Blackwell Reference Online

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Blackwell Reference Online is a collection of over 360 e-books in the humanities and social sciences. Full-text, searchable titles include:

  • Blackwell’s Handbook and Companion series, which offer essay-length critical overviews of key topics in classics, history, literature, psychology, sociology and other subject areas.
  • Major multi-volume reference works, including the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management, Encyclopedia of Sociology, and others.
  • A selection of dictionaries and concise companions, for definitions and quick facts.

Blackwell Reference Online offers three easy ways to find materials on your topic:

Search
Your results will list all matching entries ordered by relevance. Click on the title to view. Citation information is included at the end of each entry.
Browse
To find an e-book title of interest to you, browse major subject areas.
Explore
Discover titles and essays by selecting a subject, place, period, or person.

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Oxford Reference Online

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Oxford Reference Online brings language and subject reference works into a cross-searchable resource. The Premium Collection offers a huge range of fully-indexed, extensively linked, up-to-date, and cross-searchable dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press, including detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the world-renowned Oxford Companions series.

Oxford Reference Online offers multiple ways to search for relevant material:

Phrase Searching
You can search for an exact phrase by enclosing it in double quotation marks (e.g. “bury my heart”).
Multiple Term Searching
If you enter more than one search term, the search engine will look first for all of your search terms in entry headings and other key elements of an entry (e.g. variant forms or section headings). If no matches are found there, the search engine will look for your search terms in the full text of the entries.
Wildcards
Use wildcards to widen the scope of your search. Wildcards are special characters that match any character or sequence of characters. For instance, an asterisk (*) stands for zero or more characters (it can represent single numbers or letters, several characters, even whole words). Thus, a search for car* might find carnal, cardamom, Caribbean, carminative, while *car might find Madagascar, verificar, buffet car, and Wilde, Oscar.If you search for car* at a global level—across all subjects and books—in the Oxford Reference Online database, you may get more results than expected. In this case, restrict your search to a particular subject or book, or try an Advanced Search instead.

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OED

Image of logo for the Oxford English DictionaryThe Oxford English Dictionary (OED) records the development of the English language over the last 1500 years. It traces the evolution of over 600,000 words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of sources—from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts, wills, and cookery books.

As a historical dictionary, the OED is an unrivalled guide to the meaning, history, usage, and pronunciation of English words, both past and present. It records new words and the changing usage of existing words.

Key Features of OED Online:

♦    Distinguish the various meaning(s) of a word in different historical periods

♦    Search for the first recorded use of words

♦    Find etymologies, variant spellings, different pronunciations, and quotations

♦    Find a term when you know the meaning but have forgotten the word

♦    Search for quotations from a specified year, a particular author, and/or work

♦    Search for words that have come into English via a particular language

Find more tips and strategies for searching the OED Online at http://www.oed.com/help/

Get the OED Online to Go: go.lib.unb.ca/oed

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