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A literature database combining biographical, bibliographical, and contextual information on authors and their works.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Multidisciplinary collection of encyclopedias, biographical collections, specialized handbooks, and more.
A reference database of 365 online encyclopedia, dictionary, and companion titles published by the Oxford University Press.
A database of reference books published by SAGE covering the social sciences and humanities.
Secondary Resources - Databases for Literature Research
MLA International Bibliography
Citations, abstracts, and full text materials. Includes articles and books. Does not include book reviews.
Humanities International Index
Citations and abstracts for articles, books, reviews, and reference sources in the humanities. Many links to full text articles.
America, history & life
Resources published from 1964 to present on American and Canadian history.
Journal articles. Most items are older than five years.
Journal articles. Most items are recent publications (less than five years old).
Library Catalog Searching - Subject Headings
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Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.
This land acknowledgment has been reviewed and approved by the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' leadership.