Online Reference Books

Note: The Gale Virtual Reference Library material provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners will no longer be available after 30 June 2017 due to funding cuts. Cotuit Library has purchased a number of these resources, however, and we will update this page to reflect the changes after the end of this fiscal year.

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Contemporary Black Biography vols. 1-46

American Decades

American Decades, Primary Sources

American Eras, Primary Sources

Encyclopedia of World Biography

Encyclopedia of Multicultural America

Encyclopedia of Science

Encyclopedia of U.S. History, vols. Government, War

Gale Library of Daily Life, vols. American Civil War, Slavery in America

Global Events: Milestones

Computer Sciences

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism


St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

African American Eras Library

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cultures

American Decades, 2000-2009

Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes

Encyclopedia of U.S. History 

Acronyms, Initialisms & Abbreviations Dictionary - 43 ed.

African American Almanac - 10th ed.

American Decades Primary Sources, 10v

American Eras

Ancient Greece and Rome: An Encyclopedia for Students

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians Centennial Edition


Contemporary Novelists

Crime and Punishment (Social Issues Essential Primary Sources Collection)

Dictionary of American History 

Dictionary of Women Worldwide

Encyclopedia of Bioethics

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance

Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion

Encyclopedia of Education

Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence and Security

Encyclopedia of Food and Culture

Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World

Encyclopedia of Major Marketing Campaigns

Encyclopedia of Religion

Encyclopedia of Small Business - 3rd ed.

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa

Environmental Encyclopedia

Environmental Issues (Social Issues Essential Primary Sources Collection)

Family in Society (Social Issues Essential Primary Sources Collection)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer - 3d ed.

Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law

The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders - 3rd. Ed.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine - 4th ed.

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America

The Gale Encyclopedia of Science - 4th ed.

Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History

Gender Issues and Sexuality (Social Issues Essential Primary Sources Collection)

Gothic Literature: A Gale Critical Companion

Government, Politics, and Protest (Social Issues Essential Primary Sources Collection)

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia

History of the American Cinema: Volume Set of 10

Emergence of the Cinema: The American Screen to 1907. Vol. 1

Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915. Vol. 2

An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928. Vol. 3

The Talkies: U.S. Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1926-1931. Vol. 4

Grand Design: Hollywood as a Modern Business Enterprise, 1930-1939.Vol. 5

Boom and Bust: The American Cinema in the 1940s. Vol. 6

The Fifties: Transforming the Screen, 1950-1959. Vol. 7

The Sixties: 1960-1969. Vol. 8

Lost Illusions: American Cinema in the Age of Watergate and Vietnam,1970-1979. Vol. 9

New Pot of Gold, A: Hollywood Under the Electric Rainbow, 1980-1989. Vol.10

Human and Civil Rights (Social Issues Essential Primary Sources Collection)

Immigration and Multiculturalism (Social Issues Essential Primary Sources Collection)

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences - 2nd ed.

Literature and Its Times: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them, 5v

Literature and it’s Times, Supplement 1: Profiles of Notable Literary Works

and the Historical Events that Influenced Them, 2v

Major 21st-Century Writers


Medicine, Health, and Bioethics (Social Issues Essential Primary Sources Collection)

Pollution A to Z

Reference Guide to World Literature

The Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students

Science and Its Times

Social Policy (Social Issues Essential Primary Sources Collection)

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

Terrorism (Social Issues Essential Primary Sources Collection)

US Immigration & Migration Reference Library 5V

VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever - 2012 ed.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law

World Eras: Volume Set of 10

European Renaissance and Reformation, 1350-1600. Vol. 1

Rise and Spread of Islam, 622-1500. Vol. 2

Roman Republic and Empire, 264 B.C.E.- 476 C.E. Vol. 3

Medieval Europe, 814-1350. Vol. 4

Ancient Egypt, 2615 - 332 B.C.E. Vol. 5

Classical Greek Civilization, 800-323 B.C.E. Vol. 6

Imperial China, 617-1644. Vol. 7

Ancient Mesopotamia, 3300-331 B.C.E. Vol. 8

Industrial Revolution in Europe, 1750-1914. Vol. 9

West African Kingdoms, 500-1590. Vol. 10

World Religions Reference Library 5V + Index

The Writers Directory 2012