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Reference Sources

Reference sources help you start your research by providing background information. They give overviews of topics, concepts, and people; summarize current issues and controversies; provide statistics and country data; and offer definitions, synonyms, and etymologies for unfamiliar words.  


Statistics & Country Information

U.S. and world information; percentages; data.
American Fact Finder
CIA World Factbook
Requires login off campus Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
United Nations Data
Requires login off campus World News Digest

Popular Dictionaries

Quick definitions, word meanings, synonyms, and etymologies.
Requires login off campus American Heritage Roget's Thesaurus
Requires login off campus Collins English Dictionary
Requires login off campus Oxford English Dictionary