Online Resources

Resources by Subject

Unless otherwise noted all resources are accessible from home with your Princeton Public Library card.


Biography

  • African-American History Online: Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.    
     
  • American Indian History Online: Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American people, culture, history, and heritage.  
       
  • American Women's History Online: Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women's history in the United States.  
       
  • Biography Collection Complete (EBSCO): A comprehensive collection of more than 177,000 full text biographies supporting history, science, the arts, music, literature, multicultural studies, gender studies, business, government and politics, sports, entertainment and many other areas.    
     

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Books & Reading

  • Axis360: Read full-color, full-layout eBooks for computers, laptops, eBook readers, tablets, and smartphones. Our collection includes fiction and non-fiction for adults, children, and teens. Please note: to get started, you will need to download the free Blio eReading app (www.blio.com) and create an account. Check out a maximum of 5 books at a time for up to 14 days. No overdue fees; books are automatically returned to the library at the end of the lending period. You will need a valid Princeton Public Library card to check out books. View our Axis360 downloading guide.
     
  • Bloom's Literary Reference Online: Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.   
     
  • EBSCO eBooks (EBSCO): Try out our starter collection of reference and textbooks. EBSCO eBooks offers the ability to read on the screen and search within the eBook's text. The collection is primarily non-fiction eBooks on topics including Arts and Architecture, Business and Economics, Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Health and Medicine, History, Law, Literature and Criticism, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Self-help and Family, Study Aids and Language Learning.    
     
  • Literary Index: An index only to the major literature series published by Gale - Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Literature Criticism, etc.
     
  • Literary Reference Center (EBSCO): Full text from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources. Includes all MagillOnLiterature Plus content.
     
  • Literature Resource Center: Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline.
     
  • NoveList (EBSCO): A reader's advisory database that provides subject heading access, reviews and annotations for both fiction titles and nonfiction titles; and custom created articles and lists, including readalikes and book discussion questions.
     
  • NoveList K-8 (EBSCO): Provides subject heading access, reviews and annotations for fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles that are appropriate for classroom use.
     
  • OneClickDigital: Enjoy this downloadable audiobook collection on your computer (PC or Mac) or on selected mobile devices (including MP3, iPod) and also download directly to your smartphone or tablet. Check out a maximum of 3 books at time for up to 7 days. No overdue fees; books are automatically returned to the library at the end of lending period. You will need a valid Princeton Public Library card to check out books. Visit OneClickDigital's 'Getting Started' Tutorial to find customized downloading instructions for your device. 

  • Oxford English Dictionary: The OED is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of 600,000 words - past and present - from across the English-speaking world.
     
  • Princeton OverDriveRead and listen to great eBooks and audiobooks! To sign in to Princeton OverDrive, enter your library card barcode and PIN. (Your PIN is the last 4 digits of the phone number on your library account. Can't recall? Ask Us!) This collection is hand-selected and built from the ground up with a focus on quality selections that meet the diverse reading and listening preferences of the Princeton community. New titles will be added on an ongoing basis, and OverDrive's popular library of more than 11,000 public domain eBook titles will be available, too. Also, visit the Princeton Overdrive Kids & Teens eReading Room to access titles for children and young adults. Our collection can be enjoyed on your computer (PC or Mac) or on a compatible eReader or tablet (including iPad, iPhone, Android devices, Kindle, Nook, and Sony). Check out a maximum of 5 books at a time for up to 21 days. No overdue fees; books are automatically returned to the library at the end of the lending period.
     
  • Zinio: Enjoy full-color, page-for-page digital copies of over 70 magazine titles, including popular selections such as "Bloomberg Businessweek," "Car & Driver," "Consumer Reports," "Dwell," "The Economist," "Elle," "ESPN Magazine," "Esquire," "Forbes," "Food Network Magazine," "Marie Claire," "Martha Stewart Living," "Men's Health," "Newsweek," "Oprah," "Parenting," "Popular Photography," "Runner's World," and "Shape." Available for the Mac, PC, Apple & Android mobile devices, and Kindle Fire. View our Zinio downloading guide.

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Business

  • Business Source Premier (EBSCO): Business Source Premier is the industry's most popular business research database, featuring the full text for more than 2,200 journals. Full text is provided back to 1965, and searchable cited references back to 1998 
     
  • Factiva: Full text articles from over 14,000 worldwide newspapers, magazines, trade journals, newswires, and broadcast transcripts, plus extensive company information. (In Library Use Only)
     
  • Financial Ratings Series: Weiss and The Street Ratings: A single source for financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering Insurance, Banks, Credit Unions, Mutual Funds and Stocks.
     
  • OneSource: Provides key international public and private company, executive and industry intelligence including full text analyst reports. If logging in from home, click on OneSource from the Reference USA home page.
     
  • Reference USA: Directory information on millions of U.S. and Canadian businesses and residences.  Search for businesses by category, size and geographic location.  Search residences by name, location and phone number.
     
  • Regional Business News (EBSCO): Full text articles from 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the U.S.
     
  • Small Business Resource Center: Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles, and websites.
     
  • U.S. Consumer/Lifestyles: Use this database of over 203 million U.S. consumers to conduct market research. (Please note this is available within the list of resources within Reference USA.)

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Children

  • Searchasaurus (EBSCO): General Database for elementary students with a general encyclopedia, an animal encyclopedia, a dictionary, Primary and Middle School Search and lots of pictures.
     
  • Kid's Search (EBSCO)
     
  • Middle Search (EBSCO): Full text of popular magazines and reference books with middle school reading levels.
     
  • Muzzy Language Learning: MUZZY is an award winning BBC Online Language Program for children from beginners to early intermediate language learners. Learn to speak Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese Mandarin, Portuguese and English. Surrounding learners with visual, aural and contextual language, MUZZY employs a natural immersion approach, modeled on the way we all learn our first language.
     
  • NoveList K-8 (EBSCO): Provides subject heading access, reviews and annotations for fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles that are appropriate for classroom use.
     
  • OneClickDigital: The OneClickDigital Children & Young Adult audiobook subscription consists of approximately 1,000 titles for beginning readers, children and young adults. All titles in the collection are multiple-use, which means an unlimited number of listeners may download a title at any one time. Included in the collection are best-selling authors such as Avi, Jeff Kinney, Meg Cabot, Walter Dean Myers, and many more. Also included are 200 classic titles like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Anna Karenina, Peter Pan and Smart Pass Classics and Smart Pass Shakespeare. Enjoy this downloadable audiobook collection on your computer (PC or Mac) or on selected mobile devices (including MP3, iPod) and also download directly to your smartphone or tablet. Check out a maximum of 3 books at time for up to 7 days. No overdue fees; books are automatically returned to the library at the end of lending period. You will need a valid Princeton Public Library card to check out books. Visit OneClickDigital's 'Getting Started' Tutorial to find customized downloading instructions for your device.
     
  • Primary Search (EBSCO): Full text of about 70 popular elementary school magazines.
     
  • Princeton OverDrive Kids & Teens eReading RoomRead and listen to great eBooks and audiobooks specifically selected for children and young adults! To sign in to Princeton OverDrive, enter your library card barcode and PIN. (Your PIN is the last 4 digits of the phone number on your library account. Can't recall? Ask Us!) Our collection can be enjoyed on your computer (PC or Mac) or on a compatible eReader or tablet (including iPad, iPhone, Android devices, Kindle, Nook, and Sony). Check out a maximum of 5 books at a time for up to 21 days. No overdue fees; books are automatically returned to the library at the end of the lending period.
     
  • World Almanac for Kids Online: Provides resources for homework, reports, and projects in a fun format while encouraging online research skills. Contains biographical, career, history, science, and readers' advisory resources.

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Education & Careers

  • Career Transitions (Gale): Search jobs, internships, and more in this one-stop career resource center. Get tips on writing a resume, cover letter; and explore different careers.

  • Brainfuse: LIVE one-on-one academic coaching, practice test center, and online resources to help you achieve your learning and career goals. Includes resources for GED, US citizenship test prep, resume writing, help with Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint, and more.

  • Curriculum Resource Center: Provides a library of printable teacher-handout material for the middle school, high school, and junior college curriculum.    
     
  • ERIC (EBSCO): The acronym for the Educational Resource Information Center which provides access to education literature and resources.
     
  • Ferguson's Career Guidance Center: Provides detailed profiles of more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, invaluable advice on career skills, more than 48,000 resource entries, and much more.    
     
  • Job and Career Accelerator: Create resumes and cover letters; learn interviewing techniques, and prepare for related exams; access millions of job listings.
     
  • Jobs4Jersey OnRamp: Create resumes, enhance existing resumes; gain tools that can increase your visibility to employers; access real-time job openings; do active or automatic job searches.
     
  • Learning Express Searchable eBooks: Provides full-text career guides, study aids, and test preparation books, spanning subjects from real estate and civil service exams to reading and writing skills to a selection of books in Spanish for GED and citizenship. *Note: Your username is your library card number. This is the same username/password for Job and Career Accelerator.
     
  • Teacher Reference Center (EBSCO): Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 270 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.
     

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Encyclopedias & Almanacs

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (for direct access inside the library, click here): The entire encyclopedia plus a dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, timelines, video clips and rated and reviewed subject related web sites.
     
  • World Almanac for Kids Online: Provides resources for homework, reports, and projects in a fun format while encouraging online research skills. Contains biographical, career, history, science, and readers' advisory resources.
     
  • World Atlas: Combines detailed, printable, full-color maps of countries, provinces, and states with up-to-date statistical and local information.    
     
  • World Book Online Reference Center: Online encyclopedia of articles, selected web links, animations, and interactive maps, plus Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - an intermediate Spanish language encyclopedia. 

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Genealogy

  • Ancestry Library: Genealogical and historical information from census, military, church, vital, court, land and probate records, passenger lists and more. (In Library Use Only)
     
  • HeritageQuest (for direct access inside the library, click here): A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids, with coverage dating back to the 1700s.

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Health & Medicine

  •  Alt HealthWatch™ (EBSCO):  Focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness, offering full-text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports.
     
  • Health Reference Center: Provides clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body.
     
  • Health Source - Consumer Edition (EBSCO): Provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines plus full text of many full text health publications and reports.
     
  • Medigap Buyer's Guide & Premium Calculator: From Weiss Financial Ratings Series, comes this comprehensive tool, providing users step-by-step guidance to learn how to select a Medigap insurance plan, which plans are right for them and which insurance company has the lowest rates. By simply entering their name, age, gender and zip code, users get immediate access to their own 80+ page, information-packed Buyer’s Guide & Premium Calculator, customized just for them.
     
  • Nursing and Allied Health Collection (Gale): The Allied Health Collection covers all aspects of the Nursing profession -- from direct patient care to health care administration. Including nearly 400 titles, this collection is of use to both working professionals and nursing students.
     
  • Nursing Resource Center (Gale): Designed for nursing students, with an easy-to-use interface, disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts.
     
  • Salud en Espanol (EBSCO): (Consumer Health Complete Spanish Version) Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine; and covering topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, and men & women's health.

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History & Social Sciences   

  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCO): Abstracts and full text articles from thousands of academic and peer-reviewed publications.
     
  • African-American Biographical Database: Biographies, rare books, and historical information on thousands of African-Americans. (In Library Use Only)
     
  • African-American History Online: Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.     
     
  • American History Online: Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.     
     
  • American Indian History Online: Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American people, culture, history, and heritage.    
     
  • American Women's History Online: Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women's history in the United States.    
     
  • Ancient and Medieval History Online: Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.   
     
  • Facts on File: Reference database in science, history, literature, geography, health and career guidance, plus a curriculum resource center for grades K-5 and 6-12.  Also includes a database of personal and business forms.
     
  • Issues and Controversies (Facts on File):A database providing in-depth investigations of today's top issues.  Updated weekly, more than 800 hot-topics in business, politics, education, and pop culture are covered.
     
  • JSTOR: Full text coverage of core scholarly journals in various subjects, many from the first issue up to 3 to 5 years ago. (In Library Use Only)
     
  • MAS Ultra - School Edition (EBSCO): Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines, more than 350 full text reference books, 84,774 biographies, 100,554 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 235,186 photos, maps and flags.     
     
  • Modern World History Online: Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from mid-15th century to the present.     
     
  • New York Times Archive (1851-2008): Full text, including advertising, charts and photos, of the entire paper from 1851 (the beginning of the publication) through 2008. (In Library Use Only)
     
  • Points of View (EBSCO): A database designed to assist students and researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. It includes essays, questions, and thousands of supporting articles.     
     
  • Student Research Center (EBSCO)
     
  • World Atlas: Combines detailed, printable, full-color maps of countries, provinces, and states with up-to-date statistical and local information.     
     
  • World Geography and Culture Online:
     
  • World News Digest (Facts on File): This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940.

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Images, Films & Pictures

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online: The entire encyclopedia plus a dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, timelines, video clips and rated and reviewed subject related web sites.
     
  • Facts on File: Reference database in science, history, literature, geography, health and career guidance, plus a curriculum resource center for grades K-5 and 6-12.  Also includes a database of personal and business forms.    
     
  • Films On Demand: A web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7. Choose from more than 6,500 educational titles in many subject areas relating to the humanities and social sciences. These videos can be viewed in the library, a classroom or at home. Funding made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
     
  • New York Times Archive (1851-2008): Full text, including advertising, charts and photos, of the entire paper from 1851 (the beginning of the publication) through 2008. (In Library Use Only)
     
  • World Book Online Reference Center (for direct access inside the library click here): Online encyclopedia of articles, selected web links, animations, and interactive maps, plus Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - an intermediate Spanish language encyclopedia.

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Languages

  • Mango Languages: An online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective. The system is completely web-based and remotely accessible, so you can learn anywhere you have an Internet connection. As you listen to and repeat after native speakers, you'll learn more than just words and phrases. In addition to lessons, Mango also offers language learning through a selection of streaming, full-length films with interactive content. Languages include Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian, Portuguese, German, Mandarin, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. English courses are available for non-English speakers. On the go? Set up a free account through our Mango database or download the free Mango Mobile Library Edition app, and start learning!

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Legal Forms

  • Gale Legal Forms: U.S. Legal Forms is the original and premiere site for legal forms on the Internet. featuring over 36,000 legal

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Library & Information Science

  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCO): An index to more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings on librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

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Magazines & Journals

  • Princeton Public Library Electronic Periodical Holdings 
     
  • Princeton Public Library Print Periodical Holdings
     
  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCO): Abstracts and full text articles from thousands of academic and peer-reviewed publications.
     
  • Consumer Reports (via MasterFILE Premier): Access full text articles from this perennially popular consumer review publication. Find ratings on hundreds of products, from dishwashers to automobiles. Type "Consumer Reports" in the publication field, then enter the name of the product for which you are searching in the search field at the top of the page.
     
  • Factiva: Full text articles from over 14,000 worldwide newspapers, magazines, trade journals, newswires, and broadcast transcripts, plus extensive company information. (In Library Use Only)
     
  • JSTOR: Full text coverage of core scholarly journals in various subjects, many from the first issue up to 3 to 5 years ago. (In Library Use Only)
     
  • MasterFILE Premier (EBSCO): MasterFILE Premier provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents. This database also provides an Image Collection containing photos, maps & flags.   
     
  • Student Research Center (EBSCO)   
     
  • Zinio: Enjoy full-color, page-for-page digital copies of over 70 magazine titles, including popular selections such as "Bloomberg Businessweek," "Car & Driver," "Consumer Reports," "Dwell," "The Economist," "Elle," "ESPN Magazine," "Esquire," "Forbes," "Food Network Magazine," "Marie Claire," "Martha Stewart Living," "Men's Health," "Newsweek," "Oprah," "Parenting," "Popular Photography," "Runner's World," and "Shape." Available for the Mac, PC, Apple & Android mobile devices, and Kindle Fire.

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Music

  • Freegal: Download free songs and music videos from a selection of thousands of tunes from the Sony Music catalog. Compatible with PCs, Macs, MP3 and iPod. Search the collection by artist, title or genre. A free mobile app is available for smartphones and tablets. You will have the option to download three songs or a combination of one music video plus one song a week using your Princeton Public Library card, and you can create a Wish List to keep track of what you want to download next. (Available until May 1, 2014)

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Newspapers 

  • Factiva: Full text articles from over 14,000 worldwide newspapers, magazines, trade journals, newswires, and broadcast transcripts, plus extensive company information. (In Library Use Only)
     
  • Local Newspaper Index: An index of the "Princeton Packet" and "Town Topics." Articles of general interest to the Princeton Community are indexed from 1983 to and including 2006, with obituaries indexed back to 1975. In addition, obituaries from the "Princeton Packet" are indexed from 1892 to 1950. A searchable, full-text version of the Town Topics is available in Papers of Princeton, an ongoing project to digitize local papers. It also features historical collections of The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University Weekly Bulletin, and Local Express. 
     
  • New York Times Archive (1851-2008): Full text, including advertising, charts and photos, of the entire paper from 1851 (the beginning of the publication) through 2008. (In Library Use Only)
     
  • News for You Online: Designed for people who are learning to read, write, or speak English, seven new stories are posted for 48 weeks a year. These engaging articles, based on world and national news events, are written at reading levels 3-6 and ESL levels high-beginning and low-intermediate. All users must enter the following password in order to access the news articles: 830B6C.
     
  • Newspaper Source (EBSCO): Selected full text for about 30 national and international newspapers including Washington Post, Boston Globe and New York Daily News, plus radio and TV news transcripts.
     
  • Regional Business News (EBSCO): Full text articles from 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the U.S.
     
  • Papers of Princeton (including Town Topics Archive): This site contains a digitized collection of historical periodicals from the town of Princeton and of Princeton University. Titles include: "Town Topics" (available online: March 17, 1946 to February 24, 2010); "Local Express" (available online: February 13, 1935 to March 9, 1939); "The Daily Princetonian" (available online: September 22, 1876 to January 20, 2003); and "Princeton University Weekly Bulletin (September 23, 1911 to June 14, 2010). 
     
  • The First Ten Years: The digital version of the first 10-years of the Town Topics, 1947 - 1956. In 2008-2009, Princeton resident Steven Fuchs digitized these first ten years as part of his Eagle Scout project. This tool enables researchers to search by keyword with the results displaying just as they appeared in the newspaper. This is a great way to learn more about what life was like in Princeton during the 1940's and 50's. Thank you to Steven and all the volunteers who helped with this project.
     
  • World News Digest (Facts on File): This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940.

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Princeton

  • Papers of Princeton (including Town Topics Archive): This site contains a digitized collection of historical periodicals from the town of Princeton and Princeton University. Titles include: "Town Topics" (available online: March 17, 1946 to February 24, 2010); "Local Express" (available online: February 13, 1935 to March 9, 1939); "The Daily Princetonian" (available online: September 22, 1876 to January 20, 2003); and "Princeton University Weekly Bulletin (September 23, 1911 to June 14, 2010). 
     
  • Local Newspaper Index: An index of the "Princeton Packet" and "Town Topics." Articles of general interest to the Princeton Community are indexed from 1983 to and including 2006, with obituaries indexed back to 1975. In addition, obituaries from the "Princeton Packet" are indexed from 1892 to 1950. A searchable, full-text version of the Town Topics is available in Papers of Princeton, an ongoing project to digitize local papers. It also features historical collections of The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University Weekly Bulletin, and Local Express. 
     
  • The First Ten Years: The digital version of the first 10-years of the Town Topics, 1947 - 1956. In 2008-2009, Princeton resident Steven Fuchs digitized these first ten years as part of his Eagle Scout project. This tool enables researchers to search by keyword with the results displaying just as they appeared in the newspaper. This is a great way to learn more about what life was like in Princeton during the 1940's and 50's. Thank you to Steven and all the volunteers who helped with this project.

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Science

  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCO): Abstracts and full text articles from thousands of academic and peer-reviewed publications.
     
  • GreenFILE: Provides information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment in a collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles.  Some titles are full text, the rest are abstracts only.
     
  • Science Online: Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.     
     
  • Today's Science (Facts on File): Science news written especially for students that links what is learned in the classroom with today's real world science discoveries.

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Spanish

  • Brainfuse: LIVE one-on-one academic coaching, practice test center, and online resources to help you achieve your learning and career goals. Includes resources for GED, US citizenship test prep, resume writing, help with Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint, and more.
     
  • Informe: Full text articles from many Spanish language newspapers and periodicals.
     
  • Referencia Latina (EBSCO): A Spanish language database including encyclopedia entries, images, reports, a Spanish-English dictionary, reference books and general interest magazines.
     
  • Salud en Espanol (EBSCO): (Consumer Health Complete Spanish Version) Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine; and covering topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, and men & women's health.

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