The Library subscribes to well over 500,000 electronic books in many subjects. Most are available in large collections which can be searched through the publisher's interface; all are individually cataloged in JOSIAH (search for titles below). In addition to the collections to which the Library subscribes, several publically available e-book collections are listed.
Browse entire list
Find ebooks with titles beginning:
16 entries found for: Reference
Chicago Manual of Style Online
15th edition; contains updated material throughout to reflect current style, technology, and professional practice. Also includes new coverage of journals and electronic publications, comprehensive new chapter on American English grammar and usage, updated and rewritten chapter on preparing mathematical copy, reorganized and updated chapters on documentation, including guidance on citing electronic sources.
Current; CREDO Reference is the world's largest online reference service, offering access to 622+ electronic reference books on most subjects, including dictionaries, biographical sources, quotations, medicine, literature, music, technology, and many other interdiscipinary sources.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Current; a reference site for students and educators synthesizing editorially reviewed websites and the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Encyclopaedia of Islam
Current edition; includes the text and illustrations of Volumes I-XI and the Supplement(Volume XII) to the printed version of the Encyclopaedia of Islam. Also included are addenda & corrigenda, glossary and index of terms, index of proper names, and index of subjects.
Brown University from A to Z by University Archivist, Martha Mitchell. [This resource is publicly available.]
Encycopedia of Social Measurement
The Encyclopedia of Social Measurement captures the data, techniques, theories, designs, applications, histories, and implications of assigning numerical values to social phenomena. Provides information on transdisciplinary descriptions of quantitative and qualitative techniques, measurement, sampling, and statistical methods. Covering all core social science disciplines, the 300+ articles of the Encyclopedia of Social Measurement not only present a comprehensive summary of observational frameworks and mathematical models, but also offer tools, background information, qualitative methods, and guidelines for structuring the research process.
Europa World Year Book
Current; Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book. One of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories. Includes comparative statistics and international organizations.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of ebooks that includes encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of book and ejournal titles digitized from libraries around the world. As members of HathiTrust, Brown users get PDF download access to nearly 3 million public domain or permissioned works that were a part of the Google Books digitization projects, or were contributed to the trust by other member institutions.
To login, click the LOGIN BUTTON and select Brown University from the list of institutions. If you have not already authenticated with your Brown username and password, you will then be asked to do so. While you can read articles without logging in, you will NOT be able to download articles.
Historical Statistics of the United States
Millenial Edition, 2006. Historical Statistics of the United States presents data on social, behavioral, humanistic, and natural sciences including history, economics, government, finance, sociology, demography, education, law, natural resources, climate, religion, international migration, and trade - quantitative facts of American History from the earliest times to the present. Each series is fully documented and placed in historical context by a recognized expert. Dozens of new topics have been added including American Indians, slavery, poverty, non-profit organizations, race and ethnicity.
International Who's Who
From heads of state, politicians, religious leaders and ambassadors, to the eminent and successful in business, finance, technology, film, music, fashion, sport, literature and the performing arts, The International Who\'s Who outlines the lives and achievements of more than 25,000 of the most distinguished men and women from almost every country in the world.
JapanKnowledge: Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Databases
Current; JapanKnowledge is one of the largest collections of reference sources about Japan. The database provides access to a wide range of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other resources, including: Encyclopedia Nipponica; Nihon kokugo daijiten, an unabridged dictionary of the Japanese language; Kokushi daijiten, an encyclopedia of Japanese history; Nihon jinmei daijiten, a biographical dictionary of Japan; and full-text books in the Toyo bunko series as well as Shinpen Nihon koten bungaku zenshu, a complete collection of Japanese classical literature.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
2004 edition; an illustrated collection of 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the fourth century BC to the year 2001.
Oxford English Dictionary
The OED Online contains the complete text of the 20-volume Second Edition, first published in 1989, together with its 3-volume Additions Series, published in 1993 (volumes 1 and 2) and 1997 (volume 3). The OED is currently being revised, with the aim of producing a completely updated third edition by the year 2010. Draft material from the revision programme will also be published online, representing the latest progress towards the new edition. More revised and new entries will be added to the online Dictionary every quarter.
Current; the core collection of Oxford Reference Online brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works published by the Oxford University Press into a single cross-searchable resource. The Premium Collection offers all of the above, plus added functionality and more detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the world-renowned Oxford Companions Series, to enhance the coverage already provided by the Core Collection. Click here for a list of the publications included.
Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory
Ulrich's is a database providing detailed, comprehensive, and authoritative information on serials published throughout the world. It covers all subjects, and can be useful in identifying where a specific journal may be indexed.
Deep Searching of eBooks with InfoGate
In addition to using Josiah for known items (author/title) and for LC Subject Heading searching, there are other ways to search deeply into some subscribed ebooks and many free ebooks: Google Book, Internet Archive, and Project Gutenberg searching and linking can be performed within these options.
- Enhanced searching of full text (chapters, indexes, and Table-of-Contents) -- use subject QuickSets and general QuickSet.
QuickSets are found at: http://sfx.brown.edu:8331/V?func=quick-1
Good for very specific searching, and discovering detailed portions of larger general works. Searches across aggregated full-text services (e.g. Early English Books, engineering handbooks, etc).
Not as good for general subject discovery ... see Josiah for controlled vocabulary and broad subject headings ... and to discover LC call number ranges for browsing the physical book stacks.
- Seamless federated searching of Josiah and fulltext ebooks
The QuickSets above offer one-stop searching of both Josiah and deep fulltext searching. This allows for both keywords within online texts and controlled subject headings within library subject catalogs. The less sophisticated search interface does not offer the best of either service, but it provides a good compromise for starting research. This will often lead researchers to more powerful native mode searching in various platforms.