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Reference Materials

Spiva Library

The print Reference Collection is located on the 3rd floor of the library by the Reference desk.  Below are listings of online reference sources.  Some are only accessible to MSSU students, faculty and staff via their Missouri Southern log on (MSSU Only).  Others are freely available to anyone.

Encyclopedias & Almanacs

Gale Virtual Reference Library   MSSU Only

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia   MSSU Only

Encyclopedia Britannica Online


The World Factbook

Dictionaries & Thesauri

Oxford Reference Online    MSSU Only

Oxford English Dictionary   MSSU Only

Merriam Webster Online

Wordsmyth: Dictionary-Thesaurus



Contemporary Authors   MSSU Only

Dictionary of Literary Biography Online   MSSU Only

BIO Channel Biographical Dictionary

Biography Center

Inforplease Biography

PBS Biographies

Citation Style Guides

APA Style Guide -sponsored by Purdue Online Writing Lab

Chicago Quick Guide

MLA Style Guide  -sponsored by Purdue Online Writing Lab

Turabian Quick Guide