General Reference Research Guide


Credo General Reference 100
100 reference titles.

Discovering Collection
Comprehensive coverage of core classroom subject areas geared for students from middle school to high school.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Britannica's Global Reference Center
Comprehensive online content in a variety of global languages, including:

Junior Reference Collection
With thousands of biographies, topic overviews, plot summaries and primary sources, this is a one-stop database for in-depth coverage of middle grades curriculum subjects.

Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection
Access the content of more than 100 Oxford reference books with a single search.

Reference USA
Find businesses in the US and Canada based on sales volume, employee size, type of business, and location.

Sirs Discoverer
A general reference resource, geared primarily for grades K - 14.

SIRS Researcher
A general reference resource including pro/con arguments on a variety of current topics. It is geared primarily for grades K - 14.

Research tool providing access to quantitative data, statistics and related information.  Tons of great graphs, charts and infographics.

Student Resource Center Gold
With award-winning content based on national curriculum standards, this database covers the major subject areas and provides a premium selection of reference, thousands of full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary documents, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips and podcasts.


Bernstein's reverse dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary (electronic resource)
The definitive record of the English language.

Oxford Reference Online
Online access to the world's most trusted reference collection including several dictionaries.

Webster's new encyclopedic dictionary


Holidays, festivals, and celebrations of the world dictionary (electronic resource)

Visual Dictionary

Visual English dictionary  (electronic resource)

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Americana annual: an encyclopedia of current events

Britannica Online (e-resource)
The world-famous Encyclopediaædia Britannica customized for college-level users.

Encyclopedia of urban legends (e-resource)

Funk & Wagnalls new world encyclopedia (e-resource)
More than 25,000 entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Global Reference Center
Comprehensive content in a variety of global languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Resources include Gran Enciclopedia Planeta, Enciclopedia Juvenil, Encyclopediaædia Universalis,Britannica Online Japan, Britannica Online Korea, and the Britannica Pocket Encyclopedia (Chinese).

Oxford Reference Online
Online access to the world's most trusted reference collection including several encyclopedias.

World book encyclopedia

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Finding reference books

In order to limit your search to finding reference books at GFU libraries, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Primo's Advanced Search mode
  2. Execute a search 
  3. On the search results screen, scroll down to the "Physical Location" section in the left-hand column
  4. Select "Reference"

Physical Location facet in Primo