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Name Description Guide

Find Articles, Books and More at Drew:

Academic Search Premier

Interdisciplinary database of newspapers, magazines and journals, with full-text for a majority of the articles. Also includes a searchable file of images.

Accessible Archives

Primary source material and historic periodicals including African American Newspapers, Civil War materials, eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical records.


ARTstor is a digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. The collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists’ estates.
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Britannica Online

Online version of Encyclopaedia Britannica, with links to recommended web sites.

Credo Reference

Searchable online reference books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and quotation books in many subject areas.

Literature Resource Center

Author biographies, work overviews, literary criticism and bibliographies.

Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Searchable dictionary of quotations ancient and modern.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

Current, online version of the definitive dictionary of the English language. Traces the evolution of a word over time.

Oxford Reference Online

Searchable access to over 200 Oxford University Press reference sources.

Proquest Research Library

A general index to popular, professional and scholarly publications. Many full text articles available.

Reader’s Guide Retrospective

Indexes popular topics in older issues of popular journals. Covers 1890 through 1983.

Reference Universe

Search across all of Drew Library’s electronic and print reference sources.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

A comprehensive collection of statistics related to social, political and economic conditions in the United States.  Published annually by the government since 1878; as of 2013 published by Proquest.  Updated monthly.

Statistical DataSets

Research tool with over 15 billion economic, legal, governmental, political and education-related data points from both licensed and public domain sources.

Web Sites

Not finding anything? Try the Cross-Database Search -- but try the regular resources (below and by subject) first; results may be unpredictable.

  • ASL Browser

    Glossary to American Sign Language, with video examples of each sign, from Michigan State University. Links to other such dictionaries as well.

  • BBC Languages

    Language learning resources online: in-depth (12-week) online programs on Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese, and Greek as well as “Quick Fix” lessons in more than 30 other languages, including Arabic, Russian, Turkish, Urdu, Japanese etc. Video, audio clips and culture components. Additional high school and primary grade resources. From British Broadcasting Corporation

  • BBC News: Country Profiles

    Relatively up-to-date profiles of countries including news information on leaders and links to national media.

  • Best Search Tools Chart –

    An excellent guide to selected web directories, meta-search engines, and search engines.

  • Google Books

    Search the contents of a vast array of books. Those that are covered by copyright (generally published in the last 70 years) are usually not fully available online, but you can check to see if Drew owns them, or you can request the works through Interlibrary Loan.

  • HathiTrust Digital Library

    Similar to Google Books, and based on many of the same institutions. Use the Advanced Search to search the contents of books, as well as their titles, authors, and subjects.

  • Internet Public Library

    Organizes a solid list of recommended websites; search or browse by topic.

  • Internet Scout Report Archives

    Describes and reviews the best sites by topic. (Searchable)

  • Martindale’s The Reference Desk

    Links to online resources on a wide variety of topics

  • National Atlas of the United States

    Create and view layered maps combining boundary, scientific/geologic, demographic, industrial, etc. factors, or print out pre-created subject maps of the U.S.

  • Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

    One of the best indexes to online maps available. Begins with a thematic list; use the left sidebar to find maps by location/theme.

  • Printable Maps List: Reference and Outline Maps of the United States

    A U.S. Government source for maps of the US and individual states. Map types include county borders, counties and towns, rivers and lakes.

  • Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues

    “We promote critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship. Our sites present controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format. “

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States

    THE standard source for social, political and economic statistics from 1878 to the present. Government and private source data.

  • The Online Books Page – Archives and Indexes

    Links to online books and texts, collected by the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Writing in College – A Short Guide to College Writing

    From the University of Chicago