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More E-Reference Books


In addition to our two large handbook libraries, Knovel and ENGnetBASE, the following scientific and general reference materials are available online.


CU = Resources marked with this symbol are available in campus libraries and to students, staff, and faculty via the campus network. Use of these resources is subject to terms of use for electronic resources. Off-campus access information.


CU AccessScience @ McGraw-Hill
This online encyclopedia is tailored to researchers and students looking for the most relevant, readable, and trusted sources of information in science and technology available. It is the online edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.


CU Books 24x7

Provides full-text access to over 14,000 e-books in various information technology areas: certification, hardware, networks and protocols, operating systems, programming languages, wireless communication, etc.; Business Topics; and Finance Topics. Accompanying tables can be downloaded in excel format for further manipulation. The database supports full-text keyword searching and allows bookmarking of pages with annotations.

*Patrons need to register/login before accessing. Must use colorado.edu email address for registration.



CRC Handbooks for chemistry and physics including the Combined Chemical Dictionary (CCD), The Handbook of Chemistry & Physics, and the CRCPress Periodic Table Online.


CU Encyclopædia Britannica online
Encyclopædia Britannica is one of the most complete and accurate information sources in the world. It contains both short and book-length articles on every subject. Search the encyclopaedia's by subject, A-Z, index, and topic. Contains a world atlas, ability to compare countries, timelines, year in review, world data, notable quotations, and video browse.

CU Encyclopedia of polymer science and technology
Database presents full coverage in all areas of polymer science, covering nanotechnology, imaging and analytical techniques, methods of controlled polymer architecture, biomimetics, and much more. Coverage added regularly and comprises about 300 articles covering all aspects of the field of polymer science. Search by keyword or browse the menu of topics. An index and chemical thesaurus help you precisely find the information you need, while a dynamic table of contents enables you to browse the ToC and then jump to any article.



Environmental handbooks online. Includes titles on: Earth Science, Ecological Economics, Ecology, Environmental Modeling & Systems Analysis, Environmental & Ecological Risk Assessment, Environmental & Occupational Health & Safety, Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Law, Management, and Compliance, Geology, GIS and Mapping, Landscape Ecology, Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry, Resource Management & Sustainability, Turfgrass Science & Engineering, and Water Science, Technology, and Engineering.


CU Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.


CU Gale's ready reference shelf

Incorporates: Encyclopedia of Associations: National Associations, Encyclopedia of Associations: International Associations, Encyclopedia of Associations: Regional, State and Local Associations, Publishers Directory, Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, Directories in Print, Newsletters in Print, Gale Directory of Databases, Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers, Research Centers Directory, Government Research Centers Directory, International Research Centers Directory, Encyclopedia of American Religions, and Encyclopedia of Governmental Advisory Organizations.


CU Kirk-Othmer encyclopedia of chemical technology
Database presents articles on chemical substancesincluding their properties, manufacturing, and uses. It also focuses on industrial processes and unit operations in chemical engineering, as well as covering fundamentals and scientific subjects related to the field. Additionally, environmental and health issues concerning chemical technology are also addressed.


CU Reference universe

Provides an index of print and reference works such as dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias, and web-based reference works. Searchable by article titles and index terms found in back-of-the-book indexes from wide variety of subject encyclopedias, compendia, handbooks and other reference works. The database allows you to restrict the search to titles available in the University Libraries.


CU Safari Tech Books online

Safari Bookshelf is an online library of several hundred full-text e-books covering topics such as computer programming languages, databases, software and hardware, human-computer interaction, markup languages, networking, and more. The books are collected from top publishers in the IT industry and are all searchable from this single platform.


CU Science of synthesis

Science of Synthesis is the first critical and comprehensive survey of the synthetic organic and inorganic literature in English, providing an appraisal of methods for preparation of all classes of compounds. This database is of use for chemistry, biology, and engineering where the synthesis of molecules is required. (May 2007)


CU Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science

Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science is a collection of e-books written by leading engineers and scientists and published by Morgan & Claypool. The basic component of the Synthesis library is a 50 to 100 page lecture that synthesizes and analyzes an important research or development topic. The library and its lectures are organized by series with topics ranging from antennas and signal processing to biomedical and tissue engineering. New series and lectures will be added continuously and existing lectures will be revised as needed.


CU World almanac

Reference source that includes biographies, encyclopedia entries, facts, and statistics on a broad range of topics. Sources from: Funk & Wagnall's New Encyclopedia, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, The World Almanac of the U.S.A. , The World Almanac of U.S. Politics, and The World Almanac for Kids.