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ACLS Humanities E-Books HEB

Collection of over 4,000 full-text ebooks from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) about various world cultures, religions, history, and more.

Background Notes

This U.S. Department of State website includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.

Berg Fashion Library

Includes the Berg Fashion Library, e-books, reference works, images, and current research in disciplines as diverse as anthropology, art history, history, sociology, geography, folklore, museum studies, theatre, and cultural studies as well as fashion and textiles.

CQ Press Library

Includes CQ Global Researcher, CQ Researcher Plus Archive, CQ Almanac, The Encyclopedia of Political Science, Encyclopedia of Religion in America, Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, Historic Documents Series, and Political Handbook of the World.

CQ Press Encyclopedia of Political Science

Offers a wide range of concepts and frameworks, both Western and non-Western, highlighting the intersections of politics with philosophy, cultural studies, sociology, religion, psychology, history, and economics.

CQ Press Encyclopedia of Religion in America

Covers the significant denominations and movements that have originated or flourished in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, from the beginning of European settlement to the present.

CQ Press Political Handbook of the World

Provides country profiles that include key facts, government and political history, current issues, political parties and organizations, legislatures and cabinets, and communications as well as profiles of more than 38 non-UN intergovernmental organizations, such as OPEC, NATO, the WTO, regional banks, and the agencies and specialized bodies of the United Nations.

Credo Reference - All Subjects Search

Contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles.

eHRAF Archaeology

Contains information on the prehistory of the world organized by regions and archaeological traditions. Each tradition consists of a general summary and documents including books, journal articles, dissertations, and manuscripts.

eHRAF World Cultures

Contains ethnographic collections covering 281 cultures, including indigenous peoples and ethnic groups, as well as immigrant cultures in the U.S. and Canada. Comprehensive summaries cover topics such as economy, history and cultural relations, family and kinship, sociopolitical organization, and religion.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Basic introduction to over 75,000 different topics, including encyclopedia articles, maps, news, definitions, and statistics. Includes a dictionary/thesaurus, (media (photographs and selected audio/video files), famous quotations, country profiles, selected websites and news articles.

Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2007

More than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists.

FactsOnFile Ancient and Medieval History Online

Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

FactsOnFile Modern World History Online

Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history-from mid-15th century to the present.

FactsOnFile World Almanac Online

Provides current facts and information about: Economy, Business, and Energy, Crime, Military Affairs, Health and Vital Statistics, Personalities, Arts, and Media, Science and Technology, Consumer Information, Nations of the World, World History and Culture, U.S. Facts and History, U.S. Government, U.S. Cities, States, and Population, and Sports, as well as a chronology of events, featured stories, notable facts, and historical anniversaries for 2006 through 2012. 

FactsOnFile World Geography & Culture

Provides country geography and physical features, government, people, and society facts at a glance and in-depth coverage through country entries, maps, flags, images, statistics, news articles, a gazetteer, and more.

FactsOnFile World Religions Online

Explores religion and spirituality in an unbiased manner, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the rituals of today.

Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia EBSCO

Database contains over 25,000 records with full text and various images in many subject areas.

Jewish Studies Source

Jewish Studies Source offers a multidisciplinary view into the study of Jewish civilization from its historical origins to the present. Contains over 1600 biographies of leading historical and contemporary Jews.


Find current and historical maps, atlases, land-use records, and gazetteer information for Illinois, the United States, and the World.

Oxford Islamic Studies

Includes the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, primary source documents, translations of the Qur'an,with links to an online version of A Concordance of the Qur'an by Hanna Kassis. Timelines covering major events in the Islamic world and images and maps are provided.

The World Factbook

This CIA online publication provides information about countries throughout the world. Information includes maps, flags, statistics, history, culture, economy, etc.