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Academic Search Premier

  • Information from a wide range of academic areas including the social sciences, humanities, general science, education and multi-cultural studies
  • Full text for nearly 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles
  • Abstracts and indexing for over 8,000 scholarly journals
  • Journal List: HTML  | PDF  
  • Other Resource List: HTML  | PDF  


  • is an electronic text archive, headquartered in New York and named after Herman Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener. It was founded under the name "Project Bartleby" in January 1993 by Steven H. van Leeuwen as a personal, non-profit collection of classic literature on the website of Columbia University. In 1997, it moved to its own domain,, and was called "The New Bartleby Library". In September 1999, was incorporated and started to focus on reference works, including the contemporary 6th edition of the Columbia Encyclopedia. Access to the collection is free to all Internet users.

Biography in Context

  • Virtually every course of study from history to science to literature is ultimately tied to the study of people. Biography in Context delivers outstanding research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. Just like all the new revolutionary In Context products curriculum-aligned resources offer media-rich content in context that's updated daily to meet the needs of today's user. In it you will find:
  • 600,000+ biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals
  • 170+ award-winning Gale reference titles
  • 50,000 new or updated bios added annually in addition to daily updates to account for awards and events
  • Integrated reference material, periodical information and multimedia content
  • Hundreds of hand-crafted topic pages covering the highest-interest features

Newly Included Collection

  • The included Lives & Perspectives Collection supports high-school curricula and university coursework by providing multidisciplinary content on notable figures and the societal forces that have shaped their lives. The integration of this collection provides first-time-ever access to 160,000 bios drawn from:
  • American Men & Women of Science
  • Encyclopaedia Judaica
  • Governments of the World
  • Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
  • And nearly 40 other respected titles from Macmillan Reference USA, Charles Scribner's Sons and Gale
  • Biography in Context Fact Sheet - Academic Libraries click here
  • Biography in Context Fact Sheet - K12 Schools:  click here
  • Biography in context Fact Sheet - Public Libraries click here
  • For a database title list:  click here

Biomedical Reference Collection: Basic Edition

  • Designed for doctors, research scientists, students, clinical specialists and managers
  • Full-text for over 100 journals in a variety of areas pertaining to medical study
  • All titles included in the Biomedical Reference Collection: Basic are indexed in MEDLINE
  • Subject Title List: HTML | PDF
  • Coverage List: HTML | PDF

Business Source Premier

  • Includes topics such as management, economics, finance, accounting, and international business
  • Full-text for over 7,500 publications
  • Full-text backfiles are available as far back as 1922
  • Publication List: HTML  | PDF

  • The Census Bureau Web Site provides on-line access to our data, publications, and products.

Contemporary Authors Online

  • Contemporary Authors Online offers your students and patrons continuous access to current biographical and bibliographical data on more than 120,000 modern authors.  Each Contemporary Authors Online entry contains the most complete and up-to-date entry, accessible through an easy-to-use interface with a variety of search paths to help you locate the information you need quickly and efficiently. You can easily search for an author by name, title of work, subject/genre, nationality, date and place of birth, honors, awards and much more.

    Added to the database annually are approximately 3,000 new entries and 1,000 full-entry updates from the Contemporary Authors and Contemporary Authors New Revision Series print volumes. Look for recent information on J.K. Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Isabel Allende, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Crichton, Derek Walcott, Dave Barry, Toni Morrison, Neil Simon, and many others.   In addition, Contemporary Authors Online offers continuously updated information on the most active authors in this database. Included are author-provided updates, expanded entries, bibliographies, awards, and recent update information.

  • Contemporary Authors fact sheet:  click here

Corporate ResourceNet

  • Designed to meet the diverse information needs of today's companies
  • Full-text articles from over 1,300 magazines and journals
  • Full-text information dates as far back as 1985
  • Publication List: HTML  | PDF


  • Extremely detailed company profiles for the 10,000 largest companies in the world. Brief overviews and more in-depth (PDF) profiles .Updated on a quarterly basis by Datamonitor.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

  • The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact.


eBooks - Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • The Gale Virtual Reference Library offers an online collection of premier reference eBooks. You can search a single eBook, within a Subject, or across your library or institution's entire eBook collection
  • Search Tips

EBSCO Animals

  • Offers in-depth information on a variety of topics relating to animals
  • Indexing, abstracts, and full-text records describing the natures and habitats of familiar animals
  • Images available for some records


  • EBSCOhost is a subscription-based service provided by EBSCO Publishing. It is widely-accessible via private and public databases in libraries and schools. EBSCOhost is an umbrella term for various other databases which provide full text searches and abstracts of magazines, newspapers and reference books in a variety of subject areas, updated on a daily basis. Libraries and other institutions subscribe to EBSCOhost, and optionally choose one or more of the offered databases as part of their subscription. Customers can then search all of the subscribed databases, or focus their search on a subset.

Educational Resource Information Center (ERIC)

  • Contains 2,200 digests and over 500,000 research and technical reports [ERIC documents=ED]
  • Over 100,000 ERIC Documents include full text
  • Indexes more than 980 education and education-related journals in the Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE) [ERIC journal articles=EJ]
  • Selected full-text articles are available for some documents and journal articles
  • Updated monthly

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

  • Contains over 25,000 records
  • Full text for each record
  • Updated annually

Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • The Gale Virtual Reference Library offers an online collection of premier reference eBooks. You can search a single eBook, within a Subject, or across your library or institution's entire eBook collection
  • Search Tips

Google Scholar

  • Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.


  • Offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

Health & Wellness Resource Center with Alternative Health

  • Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials.
  • Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles.
  • Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Health Business FullTEXT

  • Publications covering the business of health care administration, including topics such as staffing, health care regulation, health care facilities management, marketing, and finance
  • Full text coverage for nearly 130 well-known administrative journals
  • Coverage List: HTML  | PDF
  • Subject List: HTML  | PDF

Health Reference Center Academic

  • Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac's award-winning Health Reference Center.
  • All in a single, easy-to-use database, the material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

  • Provides full text from over 250 periodicals covering nutrition, exercise, medical self care, childcare, and drug and alcohol abuse
  • Full text for over 1,000 pamphlets and 140 books
  • Includes Stedman's Medical Dictionary
  • Full text of books from the People's Medical Society
  • Includes Clinical Reference Systems (over 7,000 reports in everyday language, many with images, including Spanish language records)
  • Includes access to Lexi-PALS Drug Guide
  • Coverage List: HTML  | PDF
  • Subject List: HTML  | PDF

Health Source: Nursing / Academic Edition

  • Provides access to over 550 full-text journals, and 800 indexed journals
  • Nursing, allied health and medicine journals are included
  • Can search for peer-reviewed articles
  • Includes access to Lexi-PALS Drug Guide
  • Coverage List: HTML  | PDF
  • Subject List: HTML  | PDF

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center™ contains comprehensive full-text content for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities today. This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World, and many more.

Home Improvement Reference Center

Home Improvement Reference Center™ is a collection of comprehensive full-text content that provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering all manner of home improvement/repair projects. All of the content is organized in a powerful, easy-to-use manner so that users can quickly gain the information they need.

Image Collection

  • Over 100,000 images
  • Includes maps and flags of countries and states
  • Search by image description or browse through images of people, places, or nature

Indiana History Online

Indiana History Online provides a core of primary source documents for the study of Indiana history, packaged with an engaging user interface that provides students and researchers multiple ways of accessing the content. With state and regional histories, travel guides, biographies, speeches and more, the collection provides a range of primary documents.


  • Full text and images of the most popular Spanish-language magazines and pamphlets - not just translations
  • Spanish thesaurus and interface were created exclusively for native Spanish speakers
  • Full-text coverage of over 100 titles
  • Coverage from 1996 to present
  • Updated Daily
  • Publication List: HTML | PDF  | Excel | Word

  • Indiana's public information portal,, is the official Internet resource for Indiana state government resources and information.


  • KidsClick! was created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System, as a logical step in addressing concerns about the role of public libraries in guiding their young users to valuable and age appropriate websites.


  • Covers over 1,000 generic medications, 100 natural products, and 19 vaccines.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)

  • Indexes more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings
  • Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more
  • Coverage extends back as far as the mid-1960s
  • Coverage List: HTML | PDF

Lit Finder

  • LitFinder is international in scope, covers all time periods, and contains a wealth of primary literature content, including more than 126,500 full-text poems, 850,000 poem citations and excerpts, 5,000 full-text short stories, 2,800 full-text essays, 1,800 full-text speeches, and 1,000 full-text plays. LitFinder also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary. A subject navigator provides over 10,000 subject headings, and basic and advanced search modes allow users to search by keyword, author, subject, work title, work date, nationality, gender, timeline, and more.
  • LitFinder's easy-to-use interface allows users to easily target the information they are looking for or to browse the database through various refine search and browse options. For example, users can find everything from the sonnets of Shakespeare to the poetry of Maya Angelou, the love poetry of the 13th century to contemporary poems by African American women, the inaugural speeches of George Washington through George W. Bush, short stories by Edgar Allan Poe to stories by up-and-coming writer Elizabeth Weld, or essays on such subjects as the arts, science, and religion.
  • For a title list:  click here

  • For a basic search guided tour:  click here

  • For a guided tour on Managing Results in LitFinder:  click here

  • To visit the LitFinder Product Website:  click here

MAS Ultra--School Edition

  • Full text general reference database designed for high school students
  • Indexes over 600 journals, with more than 500 journals in full text
  • Includes over 5,000 Magill Book Reviews
  • Includes Essential Documents of American History, a database of over 1,000 primary historical documents including the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, The Federalist Papers, historical speeches, etc.
  • Coverage of the CIA World Factbook
  • Full text for over 500 pamphlets
  • Publication List: HTML | PDF

MasterFILE Premier

  • Full text from over 2,000 general reference, business, health, general science, and multi-cultural periodicals
  • Indexing and abstracts for over 2,500 periodicals
  • Full-text backfiles go as far back as 1975
  • Updated daily
  • Publication List: HTML | PDF

McClatchy-Tribune Collection (formerly Knight Ridder)

  • 90-day archive of almost 300 newspapers from the McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
  • Updated daily
  • Publication List: HTML | PDF


  • Provides authoritative article abstracts and citations from the professional journals and publications on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and healthcare 
  • In the EBSCOhost Interface there are links to some full-text EBSCOhost journals
  • Covers over 4,000 current biomedical journals from around the world
  • Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), with tree structures and explosion capabilities
  • Updated monthly


  • MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.

Middle Search Plus

  • Designed for middle school students
  • Provides full text from over 150 general reference, health and science magazines
  • Indexing and abstracts for nearly 200 magazines
  • Full text of 265 pamphlets, over 5,000 Magill Book Reviews, 36 reference books, and 1,800 full-text historical essays
  • Full-text backfiles go as far back as January of 1990
  • Indexing and abstract backfiles go as far back as January of 1984
  • Publication List: HTML | PDF

Military & Government Collection

  • Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military
  • Cover-to-cover full text for nearly 400 journals and periodicals
  • Indexing and abstracting of over 500 titles
  • Publication List: HTML  | PDF  

Military & Intelligence Collection

  • The Military and Intelligence Database periodical list has been hand-selected by Gale editors to meet the content needs of libraries serving military personnel.
    Additionally, the product includes some basic reference materials that are updated annually: The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia and The World Almanac
    and Book of Facts.
  • Journals: Excel   

Newspaper Source

  • Provides selected full text for 200 U.S. and 20 international newspapers, 21 newswires and newspaper columns, and 26 TV and radio news transcripts
  • Full text includes the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and the Washington Post plus indexing and abstracting for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal
  • Updated daily
  • Publication List: HTML  | PDF  

Nursing & Allied Health Collection

  • All aspects of the Nursing profession -- from direct patient care to health care administration -- are covered in this collection. Including nearly 400 titles, this collection's current and authoritative content will be of use to both professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.

Nursing Resource Center

  • Designed for nursing students, the Nursing Resource Center brings together in 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.
  • The information is written in accessible language for students completing class assignments and preparing for clinicals as they learn how to care for and treat patients.
  • Search results are returned in tabs that correspond to steps in the nursing process.

Primary Search

  • Provides full text articles from over 60 children's magazines appropriate for elementary schools and children's reading rooms
  • Indexing and abstracts for over 85 magazines
  • Includes over 1,100 full-text historical documents and 100 pamphlets
  • Full text of 18 student reference texts, including the World Almanac and the World Almanac for Kids
  • Contains 310 health and science related pamphlets
  • Updated weekly
  • Publication List: HTML  | PDF

Professional Development Collection

  • A highly specialized collection of electronic information especially for professional educators
  • Information on everything from children's health and development to cutting-edge pedagogical theory and practice
  • Abstract and index coverage for over 800 well-known professional development titles
  • Full text for over 750 journals
  • Publication List: HTML | PDF  

Project Gutenberg

  • Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.

Regional Business News

  • Provides comprehensive full text for regional U.S. business publications (including titles from Crain Communications) covering business, politics, and economics
  • Full-text items from more than 75 sources
  • Updated daily
  • Publication List: HTML  |  PDF  

Science InContext

Part of Thomson Gale's science product line for students, the Science Resource Center is an in-depth, curriculum-oriented science database that provides a one-stop resource for all science-related research needs. The Science Resource Center reflects curriculum trends and focuses on key concepts taught in school classrooms.

Small Business Resource Center

  • Small Business Resource Center -- is the perfect resource for public and academic libraries, chambers of commerce and small business development centers -- covers all major areas of starting and operating a business including financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting and taxes. Startup and established businesses alike can find the answers they're looking for from an easy-to-use interface that includes a "How To" menu that tackles the most-frequently asked new business questions -- including "How to start a small business."
  • Whether the aspiring businessperson searches by existing business topics, types, sample business plans or creating their own, search results will be returned quickly and are designed for easy readability and use.   Small Business Resource Center is home to the best resources Gale has to offer, including the entire Business Plans Handbook Series, which contains hundreds of sample business plans created by real-life entrepreneurs.   Also included are the Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources, Encyclopedia of Management and Small Business Management - A Framework for Success. Small Business Resource Center also features as dozens of titles from John Wiley & Sons -- best known for the popular and easy-to-understand "For Dummies" series -- such as Portable MBA Strategy, 2nd Ed., The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth and Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship.  Small Business Resource Center also includes nearly 200 business journals -- both specialty/vertical market and general business.
  • For a title list:  click here

  • For a current Webinar Schedule for this product:  click here

  • is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. Our online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities.

  • Video Demonstrations of click here

Testing and Education Resource Center (TERC)

  • Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals.
  • Create your own account to track your progress
  • Free electronic study guides / prep books (SAT, MCAT, ASVAB, etc.)
  • Publication List: Excel


  • Explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms
  • Over 78,000 full text documents
  • Selected full text articles for nearly 100 U.S. newspapers
  • 2,500 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information
  • Includes an online dictionary
  • Publication List: HTML | PDF

What Tree Is That?

  • Full-color photographs identify trees by leaves, fruit or bark
  • Includes information on over 170 different trees of the Midwest by both common and Latin names


  • Includes millions of records built from the bibliographic and ownership information of contributing libraries.
  • Records for everything from stone tablets to electronic books, wax recordings to MP3s, DVDs and Web sites.
  • Many records are enriched with cover art, tables of contents, reviews, excerpts and other descriptive information.
  • Records typically have library holdings information attached to show where they can be accessed.
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Updated 2-10-2014