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Government publications, dissertations, papers presented at conferences, pamphlets, etc. may be indexed along with periodical articles in the indexes mentioned above, but sometimes you will need to use specialized indexes (Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, Dissertation Abstracts International, etc.) to locate these types of resources. Check the individual VTC libraries.

Ask a reference librarian for advice. Note: Many federal and state government resources and other information are available on the World-Wide-Web.

Selected Online Resources:

Biographical Resources:
Biographical Dictionary

Contemporary Authors (VIVA)

Business Resources:
Edgar Database of Corporate Information

Conference Papers & Proceedings:
Conference Papers Index (VIVA)
PapersFirst (VIVA)
ProceedingsFirst (VIVA)

Dissertation Sources:
Dissertation Abstracts Online (VIVA)

Facts & Statistics Sources:
Census Bureau

CIA World Factbook


Government Information:
from ODU's Homepage
News Sources (ODU)

Virtual Reference Shelves (dictionaries, directories, quotations, maps, etc.):
Reference Materials on the Internet (ODU)
Virtual Reference Desk (Purdue)
Virtual Reference Desk (Rancho Cucamonga Public Library)
Virtual Reference Shelf

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    Contact:  Karen Vaughan  kvaughan@odu.edu
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