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Reference materials like dictionaries and encyclopedia are a great starting point for research. They include:

  • definitions     
  • background information     
  • overviews     
  • history     
  • fast facts     
  • statistics

The Library's reference materials are available in a variety of formats, including: databases, online books or e-books, and books in print.

Online Dictionaries and Encyclopedia

A Dictionary of Business and Management

This wide-ranging and authoritative dictionary contains over 7,100 entries covering all areas of business and management, including marketing, organizational behaviour, business strategy, law, and taxation.

Reference Material Databases

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Encyclopedia Britannica

Multidisciplinary encyclopedia with comprehensive articles, plus biographies, timelines, images, videos, world atlas, country snapshots, statistics and an online dictionary.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library (GALE)

Access to encyclopedias, almanacs and specialized reference sources covering many subject areas.

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Oxford Reference Online

Dictionaries, encyclopaedias and other reference books online. A great resource for definitions, quick facts, quotations, maps, timelines and more.