Need Definition?

September 22nd, 2008

If the Google strategy define:term search (e.g. define: protein kinase) doesn’t do it for you, try one of our campus libraries’ online reference databases–Oxford Reference Online or Credo Reference (formerly, xreferplus). Go to the campus libraries home page and select the E-Resource Gateway. You can get to these reference databases by searching for the database product by name or by browsing by subject (Subject/category, Reference/subcategory, Introductory Resources).

Oxford Reference Online combines scholarly resources with authoritative, quick-reference coverage of the full subject spectrum. Besides bilingual Spanish, German and French dictionaries and English language dictionaries and thesauri, it includes the following titles:

A Dictionary of Animal Behaviour
A Dictionary of Biology
The New Encyclopedia of Birds
The Oxford Companion to the Body
Dictionary of Chemistry

A Dictionary of Earth Sciences
A Dictionary of Ecology
Dictionary of Economics
A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation
Encyclopedia of Evolution
The Oxford Companion to the Garden
A Dictionary of Genetics
A Dictionary of Geography
Encyclopedia of Global Change
Dictionary of Physics
A Dictionary of Plant Sciences
A Dictionary of Scientists
Dictionary of Social Sciences
Dictionary of Sociology
Dictionary of Statistics
The Encyclopedia of Underwater Life
Dictionary of Weather
Dictionary of Weights, Measures and Units
A Dictionary of Zoology

Credo Reference (xreferplus) is particularly strong in medical dictionaries as well as French, German and Spanish bilingual and other specialty dictionaries.
It includes the following titles:

Dictionary of Astronomy, Peter Collin Publishing
Collins Dictionary of Biology
Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary
Collins Dictionary of Economics
Encyclopedia of Ecology & Environmental Management
Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers
International Dictionary of Food and Cooking
, Peter Collin Publishing
Mosby’s Handbook of Herbs & Natural Supplement
International Dictionary of Homeopathy
Dictionary of Human Geography
Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics
Dictionary of Medical Acronyms & Abbreviations
Mosby’s Dental Dictionary
Benders’ Dictionary of Nutrition and Food Technology
Penguin Dictionary of Physics
Roget’s II The New Thesaurus
Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary
Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
World of Sociology
, Gale

With thanks to librarian, Barbara L for this blog post.

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