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Virtual Reference Collection

The IRC offers its users online access to more than 30 reference works on US related topics, free of charge. This service is available only to residents in Argentina To get a password, send an email to If you have a password, access here

Titles in the collection

  • Business Titles
    Business Titles

    "Encyclopedia of American Industries"; "The Elements of International English Style: A Guide to Writing Correspondence, Reports, Technical Documents, and Internet Pages for a Global Audience"; "A Financial History of Modern U.S. Corporate Scandals: From Enron to Reform" 

  • Education Titles
    Education Titles

    "Almanac of American Education"; "Copyright Catechism: Practical Ansewrs to Everyday School Dilemmas"; "Education: Meeting America's Needs?"; "Encyclopedia of Education"; "Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration"; "Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans"; "The College Blue Book"; "21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook"; Education: Meeting America's Needs?"; Encyclopedia of Education Law"  

  • Environment Titles
    Environment Titles

    "Climate Change: In Context"; "Endangered Species: Protecting Biodiversity"; "Environment: A Revolution in Attitudes" 

  • General Reference Titles
    General Reference Titles

    "Acronyms, Initialisms, & Abbreviations Dictionary" 

  • History Titles
    History Titles

    "American Decades Primary Sources"; "American Inaugurals: The Speeches, The Presidents, and Their Times"; "Datapedia of the United States: American History in Numbers"; "Dictionary of American History"; "The Eighties in America"; "Encyclopedia of African american History"; "Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy"; "Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence and Security"; and more titles. 

  • Law Titles
    Law Titles

    "Capital Punishment: Cruel and Unusual?"; "Checks and Balances: The Three Branches of the American Government"; "Constitutional Amendments: From Freedom of Speech to Flag Burning"; "Crime and Punishment in America Reference Library"; "Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice"; "Encyclopedia of Education Law"; "Encyclopedia of Governance"; "Encyclopedia of the American Constitution" and more titles. 

  • Library Science Titles
    Library Science Titles

    "An Automation Primer for School Library Media Centers and Small Libraries"; Digital Libraries: Principles and Practices in a Global Environment"; Exemplary Public Libraries: Lessons in Leadership, Management, and Service"; "Planning the Modern Public Library Building"; "Your Library Goes Virtual" 

  • Multicultural Studies Titles
    Multicultural Studies Titles

    "African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations"; "The African-American Years: Chronologies of American History and Experience"; Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America"; U*X*L Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes" 

  • US and the World Titles
    US and the World Titles

    "America's Top-Rated Cities 2009: A Statistical Handbook"; "America's Top-Rated Smaller Cities: A Statistical Handbook"; Blackbirch Kid's Visual Reference of the United States"; "Cities of the United States"; "Encyclopedia of Terrorism"; "Global Perspectives on the United States"; "How Your Government Really Works: A Topical Encyclopedia of the Federal Government" and more titles. 

  • Religion Titles
    Religion Titles

    "Contemporary American Religion" 

  • Energy, Science & Technology Titles
    Energy, Science & Technology Titles

    "Alternative Energy"; "Biotechnology: Changing Life Through Science"; "Energy for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Guide to Conventional and Alternative Sources"; "Space Exploration Reference Library"; "McGraw-Hill 2005 Yearbook of Science and Technology"; "Energy: Supplies, Sustainability, and Costs" and more titles 

  • Social Sciences Titles
    Social Sciences Titles

    "Abortion: An Eternal Social and Moral Issue"; "AIDS/HIV"; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drugs"; "The American Economy"; Animal Rights"; "Careers and Occupations: Looking to the Future"; "Child Abuse and Domestic Violence"; Crime, Prisons, and Jails"; Death and Dying: End-of-Life Controversies"; "Drugs and Society"; "Electronic America"; "Gambling: What's at Stake?"; "Growing Old in America" and more titles.