Reputable alternatives to Wikipedia

Wikipedia is fun to browse but where do you go if you need authorative, reliable, factual information for an essay or research; information that you can cite with confidence?

Here is a selection of some of the reputable information sources available through your CSU Library. You can access them from the Online Resources page on the Library’s homepage. If you need any assistance or more information contact the CSU Library’s online help desk Ask a Question or contact the Library by phone.

ABS – Australian Bureau of Statistics
Outstanding site providing access to statistics on virtually every aspect of Australian society including:
– 2006 census data
– key national indicators
– environmental statistics
– population data
– consumer price index
– national accounts
– labour force data.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online Academic Edition (only available to CSU students and staff)
Britannica Online includes the full encyclopedia; country information and comparative statistics; a comprehensive dictionary and thesaurus; a multimedia database of thousands of images, illustrations and sound files; world atlas; audio and video clips; and access to articles from journals (drawn from ProQuest and EBSCO) Also included are the fulll text of top news stories from the New York Times, BBC and SBS.

Europa World (only available to CSU students and staff)
Outstanding resource providing comprehensive country profiles including:
– country statistics and comparative statistics
– facts; languages, religion, economy, public holidays, maps, flag, etc
– extensive information on government, politics, judical system, society, media business and commerce.

Information obtained from Europa World is recognised as reputable and can be cited with confidence for essays and assignments.

Oxford Reference Online (only available to CSU students and staff)
contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of these books, giving subscribers unprecedented access to a comprehensive information resource.

OED – Oxford English Dictionary Online (only available to CSU students and staff)
The unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

Grove Art and Grove Music Online (only available to CSU students and staff)
Access Grove Art for information on artists, all forms of art from painting to experimental film, thousands of images, articles, bibliographies and links to the world’s best art on the web. Grove Music is your source for information on performers, composers, all forms of music from Bach to Hip-hop, articles and links to recommended web sites.

Don’t forget that CSU students and staff have access to thousands of journals (including refereed and peer reviewed), newspapers, book chapters and conference papers through the CSU Library’s collection of databases. Not sure what a database is or how to use it? Why not check out SmartSkills, the Library’s online interactive tutorial. There is a module specifically on databases. SmartSkills is available from the Library’s home page.

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