Research & Study Tools  


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ABC-CLIO United States Geography 
This interactive database helps students better understand the geographic, historic, social, political, cultural, and economic landscape of the United States, as well as the challenges facing the nation and individual states.

ABC-CLIO World Geography 
Provides authoritative content and online tools that develop students' global literacy, focusing on geographic, political, social, economic, and cultural forces.

Academic Search Complete 
Coverage on a wide range of topics. Includes peer-reviewed full text for STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities.

Alldata Online 
A comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information. Must be used in Internet Explorer.

Alt Health Watch 
Full-text alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers the latest information about the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies.

Ancestry Library Edition 
Genealogy resources, including census images.

Applied Science & Technology Source 
Full-text and indexed content covering the full spectrum of the applied science and computing disciplines from acoustics to aeronautics, neural networks to nuclear engineering.

Art & Architecture 
Full-text art research covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. Strong international coverage with hundreds of full-text journals, magazines, and books, plus detailed indexing, abstracts, and thousands of images.

Associates Programs Source 
Full-text coverage for the subject areas most relevant to two-year college programs including biotechnology, graphic arts, criminal justice and veterinary assisting. 
Detailed information on 30 million businesses and executives, over 200 million residents and 2 million new businesses as well as new movers/homeowners, U.S. healthcare professionals, a jobs database, background and criminal search and email marketing.

Service and repair information for thousands, of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls. Designed for touch-enabled devices such as laptops and tablets, AutoMate offers a user-friendly search experience and access to a wealth of information to help users diagnose, repair and maintain today's complex vehicles. Diagrams and images can be easily magnified and printed.

Biography Reference Center 
Coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published).

Brittanica Learning Zone 
Pre K - 2nd grade. Activity-centered learning to explore, play, read, and build technology skills.Letters, numbers, geography, shapes and much more are included. 

Brittanica School 
Suite of Britannica School resources at three levels - Elementary, Middle, and High. Each contains resources at the appropriate learning and skill level including primary sources in subjects such as people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies.

Consumer Health Complete 
Provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

Consumer Health Information 
Detailed answers to the 200 most-commonly-asked health questions. Available in 17 languages. Answers are provided in evidence-based reports that feature graphics, illustrations, easy-to read text and links to additional information.

Consumer Health Information - Spanish 
Spanish language version of Consumer Health Information.

Consumer Reports Online
Product ratings and research.

Demographics Now: People & Business 
Robust and highly-detailed demographic data, ideal for gaining consumer and market insight as you consider opening a business, finding an audience for your products, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and more.

eBooks Academic Collection 
Multidisciplinary eBooks representing a broad range of academic subjects.

eBooks Business Collection 
A key resource for academic and business school libraries.

eBook Collection 
Over 20,000 titles on all topics are available for download to your computer. 

eBooks High School 
Specifically for high school students and educators, this collecton offers full-text eBook coverage that aligns with school's curricula. There is a selection of teacher resources and titles align with Common Core Curriculum Standards.

eBooks K-8 Collection 
Fiction and non-fiction books that can be read online. Picture books, homework topics, language learning.

eBooks Public Library Collection 
General reference collection featuring titles for both adults and kids. Covers topics ranging from self-help and fitness to cooking and personal finance.

Education Source 
Provides scholarly research and information for education students, professionals, and policy makers. Covers all levels of education - from early childhood to higher education - and educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education and testing.

Entrepreneurial Studies Source 
The latest insights on entrepreneurship and small business topics for business students and researchers. Content comes from business journals, magazines, reference books, case studies and company profiles.

Environment Complete 
Offers coverage for students and scholars in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and affiliated areas of study.

ERIC (full version) 
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, it is an essential tool for education researchers of all kinds.

Explora for High Schools 
Magazines and reference books geared towards high school students.

Explora for Middle Schools 
Middle school magazines and reference books including thousands of biographies, primary source documents, over a million photos, maps and flags. Subjects covered include history, current events, science, and sports.

Explora for Primary Schools 
Children's magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries, and an image collection designed for elementary school libraries.

Explora for Public Libraries 
High quality articles and videos with topic overviews and browsable categories.

Gale LegalForms
Official, State specific, Federal, business, personal, real estate and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Health Source: Consumer Edition 
Consumer health information including magazines and reference books. It also includes searchable full text for current health pamphlets.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition 
Provides researchers, allied health professionals, nurses and medical educators access to full-text scholarly journals focusing on many medical disciplines. It provides indexing, abstracts and full-text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals, many of which are peer-reviewed.

History Reference Center 
Covers U.S. and world history topics and features historical reference books, magazines, and thousands of primary source documents.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center 
Books, articles and videos on a wide variety of hobbies and crafts with detailed instructions and photos.

Home Improvement Reference Center 
Articles on a wide range of topics from maintenace to remodeling to decorating.

Humanities Source 
Covers literary, scholarly, and creative thought. Ideal for students, researchers, and educators interested in any aspect of the humanities.

Learning Express Library 
A comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help student and adult learners succeed on academic or licensing tests. 

Legal Information Reference Center 
Designed to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds. Coverage includes exclusive full text for many top consumer legal reference books, thousands of legal forms, and detailed how-to instructions covering a wide range of legal issues. a majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo.

Legal Source 
Authoritative database for current issues, studies, thoughts, and trends of the legal world. It is an excellent resource for attorneys, educators, business people, law librarians, students, paralegals, and others involved with the law.

Literary Reference Center 
Covers a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Wide range of subjects covered including plot summaries, literay criticism, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, short stories and novels, and author interviews.

Livingston Daily Press & Argus
Full-text and searchable from 2007 - present.

MAS Complete 
Designed for high school libraries and offers coverage of popular high school magazines and reference books. Wide range of subjects offered including art, history, sports, and music. Over 1,000,000 photos, maps, and flags.

MasterFILE Complete 
Content from popular full-text magazines, reference books, and other highly-regarded sources. Covers wide range of subjects including business, health, fashion, sports, and personal finance.

Merck Manual
One of the world's most widely used medical information resources.

Merck Veterinary Manual
Provides concise and authoritative information on diseases and management of food-producing, companion, laboratory, and exotic animals.

Morningstar Investment Research Center
Comprehensive financial information on stocks, mutual funds and market trends.

My Heritage 
My Heritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most inernationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. Access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.

National Geographic Magazine Archive
Complete archive of the magazine from 1888 to the mid-1990s.

Newspaper Source Plus 
Provides coverage from newspapers, newswires and news magazines. TV, radio transcripts, and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources are also included. Primary full coverage newspapers are the Washington Post nad USA Today.

NoveList K-8 
Recommendations for children's fiction and nonfiction. This resource offers extensive reader's advisory services including read-alike titles, series, and authors as well as professional reviews, reader reviews, articles, lists, genre overview, discussion guides and more. Books are also tagged with appeal factors.

NoveList Plus 
Covers both fiction and nonfiction. This resource offers extensive reader's advisory services including read-alike titles, series, and authors as well as professional reviews, reader reviews, articles, lists, genre overviews, discussion guides and more. Books are also tagged with appeal factors.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context  
Information on social issues, viewpoint articles, overviews, statistics, and full text articles.

Poetry and Short Story Reference Center 
Coverage includes classic and contemporary poems as well as short stories, biographies, and authoritative essays.

Points of View 
Presents multiple sides of an issue. Helps students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

Political Science Complete 
Covers political topics with a worldwide focus. Designed for students, researchers, and government institutions.

Powerspeak Languages
Provides users with the ability to learn, apply and enjoy a new language quickly and more proficiently using a variety of proven methods that engage all types of learners. Courses offered include Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean. ESL for Spanish and Chinese speakers is also offered.

Psychology & Behavioral Health Collection 
Covers a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines. For psychologists, counselors, researchers, and students.

Read It! 
Designed for middle and high school students who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects.

Provides detailed information on millions of U.S. and Canadian businesses; searchable by company name, geographic area, yellow pages heading, and more. Additional databases cover U.S. Healthcare and Consumers/Lifestyles. Updated annually. New to ReferenceUSA? Try these video tutorials.

Referencia Latina 
Theme-based Spanish-language interface designed to make content readily accessible to non-English users. This full-text Spanish-language database covers a broad array of subjects inside and outside academia. It offers content from a variety of sources, including reference books, general interest magazines and health reports. Daily updates insure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers from 10 Latin American countries.

Regional Business News 
Provides coverage from regional business publications for the U.S. and Canada.

Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9.

Science Reference Center 
Full-text science magazines, encyclopedias, reference books, and a collection of images. 

Small Business Reference Center 
Offers coverage that addresses many small business topics from consumer small business reference books, business videos, help and advice section and how to create business plans.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center 
User-friendly, detailed repair guides for all kinds of small engines including motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles, ATVs, tractors, outdoor power equipment and generators. (Live Homework Help)
Connect with a live tutor 24/7 in 40+ subjects including Math, Science and English. Practice skills, get help with homework, or write a paper.

Value Line
Provides information, Ratings and earning estimates related to companies whose securities are publicly traded.

Vocational Studies Premier 
Designed specifically for the research needs of two-year colleges. Scholarly content most relevant to vocational programs. Wide range of subjects covered including counseling, biotechnology, cosmetology, fashion design, forensics, graphic arts, health information technology, law enforcement, and veterinary assistant.

WorldBook Online
Premier online reference source containing every article from the 22-volume print set plus state-of-the-art multimedia, maps, and editor-reviewed web sites.