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Reference Collection

The Reference collection includes Dacus Library Online and  the library's online catalog (DOC); various online, CD-based and print indexes; and reference books, including directories, encyclopedias, almanacs, telephone directories, atlases, and bibliographies. Most reference sources are for use in the library only. Online Ready Reference Resources is a Dacus Library Research Guide that identifies a variety of online dictionaries, encyclopedias and other ready reference resources.

Dacus Library Online

The Web-based Dacus Library Online  provides access to a variety of online databases and electronic resources, and the Internet in addition to the library's book collection and journal subscriptions.   Some of these online resources include:

EBSCOHost Research Databases

This resource provides access to over 50 research and academic databases in a wide variety of disciplines.  The databases are available only to Winthrop students, faculty and staff.

Gale Databases 

This Web-based service provides access to over 25 different indexes and databases covering thousands of general interest magazines and scholarly journals in all subject areas and magazines, journals, and newspapers in the areas of business, medicine, law, literature, science, and the social sciences. Many of the items retrieved include the full-text of the article. This database is available only to Winthrop students, faculty and staff.   

Other Online Indexes and Databases

Dacus Library Online provides direct links to over 100 online indexes and full-text databases.  For a full listing, see of List of All Databases

Research Guides

Library resource guides on a variety of topics are available on Dacus Library Online.  For a full listing, see our "Research Guides" site.


Local and state newspapers such as The Herald (Rock Hill), the Charlotte Observer, and The State (Columbia) maintain sites on the Internet useful for finding articles of interest. Another site, ABZY NewsLinks ( ) directs users to other newspapers in the U.S. and worldwide.  Some regional, national and internations newspapers are available full-text via LexisNexis Academic, Newsbank, and Infotrac Newsstand, which are available online to Winthrop students, faculty and staff.

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