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Major online reference works:

ASM Handbooks OnlineASM Handbooks Online™ is the industry's best known and most comprehensive source of information on ferrous and non-ferrous metals and materials technology. It includes the complete content of 28 ASM Handbook volumes, several ASM Handbook supplements, and two ASM Desk Editions.
Britannica OnlineEncyclopædia Britannica, Inc. is a global educational publisher with products that promote knowledge and learning. They provide timely, relevant, and trustworthy information and instructional products used in schools, universities, homes, libraries, and workplaces throughout the world.
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and PhysicsSearch the 93rd and current edition of the one-volume reference resource for science research.
Encyclopedia of Life SciencesEncyclopedia of Life Sciences (eLS) is a monthly-updating reference work containing over 4,900 specially commissioned, peer-reviewed and citable articles written by leaders in the field. It offers comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the life sciences for students, lecturers and researchers alike.
Encyclopedia of Pharmaceutical TechnologySearch the Third Edition of the Encyclopedia of Pharmaceutical Technology.
Engineering Handbooks OnlineAn eBook collection of over 2,310 cutting-edge and bestselling references with access to the latest handbooks in civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering.
Gale Virtual Reference LibraryThe Gale Virtual Reference Library contains the searchable full text of many reference books – for a complete list of titles, enter the database and then click on "Title List." You may search one title, a combination of titles, or all titles at once. You may also generate citations to these books in MLA or APA format.
International Tables for CrystallographySearch the most recent volumes of the International Tables for Crystallography through the Wiley Online Library.
knovel Engineering & Scientific Online ReferencesDatabase of the fulltext of some of the leading engineering reference handbooks, databases, and conference proceedings.
Oxford English DictionaryOxford English Dictionary is the authoritative historical dictionary for the English language as it has evolved over the last millennium and across the world. Words can be searched both for their own history and their presence within the full-text of other entries.
Thieme Pharmaceutical SubstancesPharmaceutical Substances is designed to be a complete reference guide to every pharmaceutical compound of significance. It provides a compendium of some 2500 active pharmaceutical ingredients (API's) of interest to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Pharmaceutical Substances is an invaluable resource for anybody involved in the design, discovery, development, and evaluation of drugs.
Who's Who on the WebMarquis Biographies Online provides a searchable online database, features comprehensive profiles on over 1.5 million of the most accomplished individuals from all fields of endeavor including: government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports.
World AlmanacsSearch a collection of World Almanac publications in a wide variety of subjects. Topics include biographies, encyclopedia entries, facts, statistics and offer reference sources for students, patrons, reference staff, and scholars alike.