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E-REFERENCE BOOKS

Science     MLA citation
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
Drugs, Alcohol and Addictive Behavior
Encyclopedia of Food and Culture
Endangered Species of North America

PHS eReference     MLA citation
Gale Virtual Reference (GVRL)
Over 100 ebooks that cover all subjects including
business, health, history, medicine, science,
and technology.

 

Social Science     MLA citation
Americans at War
Bowling, Beatnicks, ad Bell Bottoms
Cities of the World
Early Civilizations in the Americas
Encyclopedia of Food and Culture
Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
Encyclopedia of World Cities
Encyclopedia of Modern Middle East & North Africa
Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity
St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture
UXL American Decades
UXL Fashion, Costumes and Culture
 

 


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DATABASE DESCRIPTIONS

 

RESEARCH

Biography in Context - Information on the world's most influential people from ancient times to the present day. Search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.
Company: Gale

 
Consumer Reports - Thousands of qualitative reviews on consumer products based on lab tests to help consumers purchase the best items on the market.
Company: EBSCO

 
CQ Researcher - useful for political issues, social issues, charts and graphs.  Find articles since 1991 on health, international affairs, education, environment, technology and U.S. Economy.
Company: Congressional Quarterly.

 
EBSCO - The comprehensive databases range from general reference collections to specially designed, subject-specific databases that provides information from top newspapers, magazines, and academic journals.
Company: EBSCO

 
Global Issues in Context - includes a variety of sources and media formats to present a rich analysis of issues; social, political, military, economic, environmental, science related, health related, and cultural.
Company: Gale

 
Health Source - This database provides information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health from nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.
Company: EBSCO

 
Infotrac - This database offers audience-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, and sports, from magazines, newspapers, books, and other reference content.
Company: Gale

 
Litfinder - covers poetry, short stories, essays, speeches, plays and authors.  It includes text, summaries, explanations and biographies. (Some text is in Spanish)
Company:  Gale

 
Opposing Viewpoints in Context - find information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Sources include continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to websites. 
Company: Gale

 
Science in Context - includes articles from magazines, newspapers and reference books. Updated daily it also has timelines, primary documents and biographies.
Company:  Gale

 
SIRS - a current issues researcher focusing on a variety of social issues and controversial topics.  Each topic includes articles, almanacs, books, maps and images. 
Company: ProQuest

 
Student Resource in Context - includes information on a wide array of subjects including biographies, current events, government, literature, and social science. Resources are from full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to websites.
Company: Gale

 
Teen Health and Wellness - a health database for teenagers which includes articles on a wide range of topics including diseases, drugs and alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide and bullying, green living, LGBTQ issues, and more.
Company: Rosen

 
World Book Encyclopedia - find information about any topic from three different encyclopedias:  World Book Kids, World Book Student and World Book Advanced.  
Company: World Book

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE

ABC-CLIO - multiple databases allow users to select search for their topic as it pertains throughout history from the Dawn of Man up through present day.
Company: ABC-CLIO
 
American Government - learn about all aspects of our government beginning in the 1600's up through present day.  Resources include primary and secondary sources, maps, documents, images, and timelines as well as biographies of important historical and current government figures.
Company: ABC-CLIO
 
American History - a survey of American history from 1350 to the present day with thousands of primary and secondary sources, including overview essays, biographies, government and court documents, photos, maps, audio/video clips, statistics, and more.
Company: ABC-CLIO
 
Country Reports - information about countries of the world, which focuses on current events and political issues as well as the history, geography, economy, population, and the customs and cultures of the people who live there.
Company: Country Reports
 
Daily Life through History - detailed essays as well as video and audio files, maps, and images offer fascinating insights into history on how people lived from the Dawn of Man up through present day.  
Company: ABC-CLIO
 
Geography (U.S.) - contains a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including maps, photos and primary source images and documents, political and cultural speeches, acts and laws, important individuals and organizations, geographic profiles, and state flags Provides nearly 19,000 primary and secondary sources, including 3,800 images, nearly 600 maps, numerous multimedia clips, and state flags and seals Presents interesting profiles of the 50 U.S. states that include information on geography, history, current issues, and government
Company: ABC-CLIO
 
Geography (World) - contains profiles of nearly 200 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, providing a portrait of each nation's location, people, and culture; recent and early history; politics; and economy; plus more than 600 maps, including political and topographical by country and world region
Company: ABC-CLIO
 
World History (Ancient) - ranging from the dawn of prehistory through the great ancient empires to the beginning of the Renaissance, World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras helps students grasp the significance of every area of the world, including Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Contains moer than 11,000 primary and secondary sources, including selections from the Code of Hammurabi, the Edict of Milan, and Marcus Aurelius's The Meditations; and more than 1,800 biographies of important figures such as Alexander the Great, Confucius, William the Conqueror, and Eleanor of Aquitaine
Company: ABC-CLIO
 
World History (Modern) - this site covers a broad range of topics in depth—the evolution of modern Europe since the Renaissance; concurrent developments in Asia, Africa, and the Islamic world; the global impact of the Industrial Revolution; and the last 100 years of conflicts and international cooperation. coverage of the history of all regions of the world from 1500 to the present
Company: ABC-CLIO
 

eBOOKS & eAUDIO

Flipster - read your favorite magazine in digital form covering a variety of topics including pop-culture, food and recipes, as well as politics, social issues, and sports.
Company: EBSCO
 
GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference) - a multitude of electronic reference books covering a variety of topics from science and health to history, food, and fashion.
Company: GALE Cengage
 
OverDrive - a full digital library to use on your iPad, phone or any digital device.  The selection of material include popular fiction books as well as non-fiction, biographies, and a library of audio books.
Company: OverDrive
 

Auto & Careers

All Data Pro is a resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information covering all manufacturers for the past fifty years.
Company: All Data Pro

Career Cruising - A career guidance and planning system.  It includes detailed occupation profiles, interviews with people in the field, as well as education needed to work in the field, current salary, and future job outlook.
Company:  Anaca Technologies Ltd.


SOCIAL SCIENCE E-REFERENCE

Americans at War

An online reference book which Covers major American conflicts from the Colonial Wars through the War on Terrorism in the context of cultural and social events and conditions on the home front. Illustrated articles cover both biographies and topics such as civil liberties, media, politics, popular culture, religion, memory and national identity, civic celebrations, monumental art, literature, the roles of women and minorities, veterans, science and technology, humor, and music.


Bowling, Beatnicks, and Bell Bottoms

An online reference book  which covers popular culture in America from 1900 through 1999. Topics include economy, sports, film, fashion, and how American lived during each decade.


Cities of the World

An online reference book of current information on cultural, geographic, and political conditions in 193 countries and their cities covering six continents, based on the Department of State's Post Reports and include maps and photos if cities around the globe.

 

Early Civilizations in the Americas

An online reference book of the history of the regions of the American continents in which two of the world's first civilizations developed: Mesoamerica (the name for the lands in which ancient civilizations arose in Central America and Mexico) and the Andes Mountains region of South America (in present-day Peru and parts of Bolivia, northern Argentina, and Ecuador).


Encyclopedia of Food and Culture

An online reference book of food and its place in human culture and society, presented through 600 alphabetically sorted entries. Features multidisciplinary coverage of such topics as comfort food, ethnicity and food, medieval banquets, and nutrient composition, among many others. Includes photographs, illustrations, sidebars, recipes, menus, and timelines.


Encyclopedia of Modern Asia

An online reference book which covers modern Asia, defined as extending from Japan in the east to Turkey in the west, and from Kazakhstan in the north to Indonesia in the south. Presents more than 2,600 alphabetically arranged entries covering such subjects as countries, cities, regions, natural features, religions, social issues, languages, people, events, customs, politics, and economics.


Encyclopedia of World Cities

An online reference book of 50 cities from all over the world, including information on each city's history, neighborhoods, museums, parks, transportation, geography, holidays and festivals, population profiles and much more.


Encyclopedia of Modern Middle East & North Africa

An online reference book which covers the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, with major sections on Colonialism and Imperialism, the World Wars, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the United Nations involvement in the region. Each country in the region is reviewed, detailing its population, economy and government.


Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

An online reference book that spans the globe to explain the issues behind crimes against humanity and human rights issues as they relate to individual countries and the world at large. It traces the history of events that qualify as genocide and crimes against humanity, profiles perpetrators and heroes, and explains international laws and law proceedings aimed at ending genocide and crimes against humanity.

 

St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture

An online reference book about the events, products and people who shaped and influenced society, which includes biographies on politicians, actors, athletes, musicians, and other notable figures during the twentieth century.


United States Geography

This interactive database delivers an unbeatable combination of authoritative research sources, standards-aligned lessons and activities, and coverage of recent events for all 50 U.S. states and Provides nearly 19,000 primary and secondary sources, including state flags and seals, 2,600 images, 150 maps, and multimedia clips.


UXL American Decades

An online reference book which covers 20th-century events and social history beginning in 1900 and ending in 1999. Each decade is covered in one volume. Topics for each decade include: Headline Makers, Topics in the News, Arts and Entertainment, Business and the Economy, Education, Government, Politics, and Law, Lifestyles and Social Trends, Medicine and Health, Science and Technology, and Sports.


UXL Fashion, Costumes and Culture

An online reference book which Provides a broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day. Examines more than 430 items of human decoration and adornment, ranging from togas to turbans, necklaces to tennis shoes. Explores how and why items were created, the people who made them, and their uses. This set shows how clothing, headwear, body decorations, and footwear reflect the different cultural, religious, and societal beliefs.
 

World Geography

World Geography: Understanding a Changing World provides online tools that develop students' global literacy, focusing on the geographical, political, social, economic, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world and Contains almost 200 overviews of countries around the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, providing a portrait of each nation’s location and people culture, recent and early political history, and economy, plus more than 500 maps, including political and topographical by country and world region and includes more than 1,700 biographies of important political and cultural figures