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Springer Nature STM and HSS References Portfolio

Springer Nature’s Major Reference Works (MRWs) portfolio features trusted, peer-reviewed, high-profile encyclopaedias, handbooks, dictionaries, and atlases from the leading brands, Palgrave Macmillan and Springer. Our references span science, technology, engineering, medical, the humanities, the social sciences, business, management, economics, and more, and play an instrumental part as the foundational starting point for students, researchers, and professionals needing authoritative, expertly validated overviews of a field, topic, or concept.

References are one of the many book types offered by Springer Nature's 20 eBook Subject Collections which deliver a rich mix of book types for every level of learning and researching for library users, click to learn more.

We have

  • 800+

    Reference works

  • 8,000+

     updates each year

Why choose Springer Nature's Major Reference Works?

  • Online-first dynamic publishing means current, up-to-date information

  • Peer-reviewed content ensures scholarly integrity and quality

  • Content grows as new reference titles are published and previously published works are updated

  • Easy access to valued and much-used reference works across all subjects through SpringerLink

  • High-quality images and illustrations

  • Content available in multiple formats, including eReference works

Major Reference Works

As part of Springer Nature’s global strategy to provide the most user friendly experience in accessing and interacting with content, The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and The Stateman’s Yearbook have recently been migrated onto the SpringerLink platform. 

If you are an existing licensee of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics content and have questions regarding the change, download the FAQ for detailed information, including usage reports.

If you are an existing licensee of The Stateman’s Yearbook content and have questions regarding the change, download the FAQ for detailed information, including usage reports.



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