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Quick Reference

Oxford Bibliographies: Renaissance and Reformation
The Renaissance and Reformation module of the Oxford Bibliographies is a reliable, selective, and authoritative guide to the best literature in Renaissance and Reformation studies. It is designed to help researchers find reliable resources quickly. Each article is peer-reviewed and updated regularly.

Reference Universe
Reference Universe is designed to be used in conjunction with a library's print reference collection. It provides the ability to search the article titles and back-of-the-book indexes to over 4,200 subject encyclopedias and reference works from 250 publishers, with links directly to EUCLID to indicate which of the titles Emory owns. It also links to online versions of the sources, if available, and to reviews of the works indexed. The Browse feature permits exploration by publisher, title, subject heading, index terms, and LC call number.

An Encyclopedia of Continental Women Writers
Reference PN481 .E5 1991
This encyclopedia presents basic essays and bibliographies needed for researching continental women as authors of literature and related fields.

Women Writers of Great Britain and Europe: An Encyclopedia
Reference PN471 .W565 1997

Encyclopedia of the Renaissance
Reference CB361 .E52 1999

Encyclopedia of European social history from 1350 to 2000 (Online)
Reference HN373 .E63 2001

Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance: Italy, France and England
Stacks HQ1148 .W67 2007

Encyclopedia of Renaissance Literature
Reference PN721 .C66 2006

Cambridge Collections Online
Cambridge Companions Complete Collection presently contains the Cambridge Companions to literature, philosophy, religion, classics and culture.


Italian women writers: a bio-bibliographical sourcebook
Reference PQ4063 .I88 1994
This reference work contains biographical, critical, and bibliographical profiles of 51 writers from the 14th century to the present day.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Provides full, accurate, concise, and readable articles on noteworthy people in all walks of life. No living person is included: annual updates cover individuals who have died after 2000. The ODNB covers people who were born and lived in the British Isles, people from the British Isles who achieved recognition in other countries, people who lived in territories formerly connected to the British Isles at a time when they were in contact with British rule, and people born elsewhere who settled in the British Isles for significant periods or whose visits enabled them to leave a mark on British life.

Biography Resource Center
A database of biographical information on people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Combines biographies from Gale Group biographical sources such as Biography and Genealogy Master Index and nearly one million biographies from Marquis Who's Who publications. In-depth profiles, thumbnail sketches, and full-text journal articles are included.

Biography Reference Bank
Includes Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated, Current Biography, the Junior Authors & Illustrators Series, the Wilson biographical series on world artists, authors, composers, nobel prize winners, songwriters, musicians, film directors, american reformers. In addition to this list, Biography Reference Bank contains links to every article on any individual–full text articles, abstracts, book review excerpts, and more–from the periodicals covered by H.W. Wilson databases.

Biography & Genealogy Master Index
Indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.

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