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EBook and reference databases

These databases provide eBooks or reference-type information such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and almanacs. Some databases provide one reference title, and some provide a collection of the reference titles.

  1. Log in to databases using your NetID/password when off-campus. It will be the same user name and password that you use to log in to the on-campus computers (netID@my.lsco.edu/password). Databases with the globe icon are freely available on the Web, no login required.
  2. Database articles in PDF format require Adobe Reader software, a free download.
  3. Click a tutorial icon for basic instruction on using the database from the database providers. Some tutorials require the Adobe Flash Player, a free download.


  • Academic World Book  A comprehensive reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.
  • Biography.ComFreely available Internet resource Web site from the A&E network series, Biography, providing biographies of famous people.
  • Country StudiesFreely available Internet resource Book-length profiles of countries worldwide, published by the Library of Congress.
  • Credo ReferenceCredoReference tutorial Over 600 reference books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks on all topics.
  • EBook Collection (EBSCO)NetLibrary tutorial Large all-subject collection of eBooks published from the 1990s to early 2000s.  Links to  these eBooks are also provided in the library catalog.
  • Encyclopedia Americana Standard all-topic encyclopedia with a North American emphasis.
  • ERsysFreely available Internet resourceInformation on U.S. cities: demographics, climate, cultural aspects, schools, housing.
  • FedStatsFreely available Internet resourceStatistics from U.S. government agencies.
  • Funk and Wagnall's New Encyclopedia (Ebsco) EbscoHost tutorial Standard all-subject encyclopedia.
  • Gale's Virtual Reference Library (Gale) Gale's Virtual Reference Library tutorial Collection of many reference books and series sets from academic disciplines.
  • Handbook of TexasFreely available Internet resourceEncyclopedia about Texas, its history, culture, people and places.
  • Literature Criticism Online (Gale) tutorial All volumes of the Gale reference set Short Story Criticism (over 100 volumes)
  • Literary Reference Center (Ebsco) EbscoHost tutorial Several reference book series providing literary criticism, includes Masterplots, Critical Surveys and others, plus numerous works of classic literature.
  • Literature Resource Center (Gale) Gale's Virtual Reference Library tutorial Literary criticism essays and author biographies from numerous book and journal sources.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale) tutorial button Controversial topics covered in several book series from Greenhaven press, plus newspaper, magazine, journal, statistical and Web site sources.
  • Serials Directory (Ebsco) Information about current periodicals and serials available in publication.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United StatesFreely available Internet resource(Historical Records) The Statistical Abstract series of U.S. compiled by government agencies, has statistics from 1789 to 2012.
  • StatRef (Teton Data) StatRef tutorial EBooks (86 titles) of medical and reference books on medical and nursing topics.
  • Texas Reference Center (Ebsco) Tutorial Magazines, journals and history book information on Texas history.
  • Your DictionaryFreely available Internet resourceWebsite of English and foreign language dictionaries.

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