Dictionaries, Biographies, Encyclopaedias

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Biographies:

Dictionary of Irish Biography
DIB - a collaborative project between Cambridge University Press and the Royal Irish Academy, is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary yet published for Ireland.  It contains 9,014 signed biographical articles which describe and assess the careers of subjects in all fields of endeavour, including politics, law, religion, literature, journalism, architecture, painting, music, the stage, science, medicine, engineering, entertainment and sport.  It is 'the indispensable reference work for Ireland'.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

A collection of 55,000 specially written biographies, which describe the lives of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond.

Encyclopaedias:

Encyclopaedia Britannica
Britannica Online is the electronic version of Encyclopaedia Britannica and provides access to more than 120,000 articles. It includes the Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus, streaming videos, quotations, ‘Gateway to the Classics’, timelines and more.

Oxford Reference Online
Brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource. Includes English dictionaries, thesauruses, bilingual dictionaries (French, German, Spanish, Irish, Italian, Latin, Welsh), quotations, encyclopaedia, timelines, etc.

Oxford Music Online/Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Grove Music Online has been the leading online resource for music research since its inception in 2001. Now the cornerstone of Oxford Music Online, a subscription to Grove Music Online also includes The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music.

Oxford Art Online/Grove Art
More than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,000 images contained within Grove Art Online.

Encyclopaedia of Buddhism
In addition to containing entries on Buddhist scriptures, art, architecture, divinities, monastic orders, festivals, rites and ceremonies, this 2-vol. set explores the history of Buddhism, the different forms it has taken in different parts of the world, and how Buddhism has blended with other religions.

Encyclopaedia of Religion
Presents a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture. The original 2,750 entries have been retained, many heavily updated, and approximately 600 entirely new articles have been added by an international team of scholars and contributors.

The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography
Provides an authoritative and comprehensive source of information on the discipline of human geography and its constituent, and related, subject areas. The encyclopedia includes over 1,000 detailed entries on philosophy and theory, key concepts, methods and practices, biographies of notable geographers, and geographical thought and praxis in different parts of the world.

The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy

An online resource for researching, teaching and studying the philosophy arena and related disciplines. It first appeared in print in 1998 and then moved online from 2000. All this content is available on the database.

LION (Literature Online)
Literature Online is the world's largest cross-searchable database of literature and criticism. Along with over a third of a million full-text works of poetry, prose and drama in English, the database also includes extensive reference material (biographies, encyclopaedias, dictionaries).

Dictionaries

Oxford Dictionaries Pro
Oxford Dictionaries Pro is an extensive, integrated, smart-linked English language resource. It offers quick search access to definitions of words, phrases, and idioms, with expert guidance on style and usage, grammar, and spelling; plus specialist guides for legal and technical writing.

Oxford English Dictionary Online  
The OED is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium covering words from across the English-speaking world.

Oxford Reference Online
Brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource. Includes English dictionaries, thesauruses, bilingual dictionaries (French, German, Spanish, Irish, Italian, Latin, Welsh), quotations, encyclopaedia, timelines, etc.

Dictionary of Old English: A-G Online  
The Dictionary of Old English (DOE) defines the vocabulary of the first six centuries (600 - 1150 A.D.) of the English language.

Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online
A rich and voluminous online reference source for historical and general linguists. It includes 11 dictionaries, contains over 20.000 entries, and covers over 150 languages.

Black's Medical Dictionary
Entries in this 41st edition have undergone major revision where medical knowledge or research has resulted in greater understanding or changed practice. These include anaesthesia, breast screening and mammography, chronic fatigue syndrome, clinical guidelines, clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, Gulf War syndrome, hormone replacement therapy and post-traumatic stress disorder. Black’s Medical Dictionary is neither a textbook of medicine nor a formulary of therapeutic drugs. The many drugs that are included are given their generic title as used in the British Pharmacopoeia. Patients are individuals who react in varying ways to injuries, diseases and their treatments. The dictionary should, however, help readers to decide when it would be wise to seek medical advice and subsequently help them to set such advice in context.

Further Reference:

Medicines Complete
MedicinesComplete offers access to world leading drug resources including: Martindale, Stockley’s Drug Interactions, BNF (British National Formulary) and Clarkes Analysis of Drugs and Poisons.

UK/EIRE Reference Centre - EBSCO
The UK/EIRE Reference Centre combines British & Irish sources (including: magazines, newspapers, and reference books) with international sources to create the most complete collection of full-text research publications for UK/Irish public libraries.

 

Last updated: 20 January 2017