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  • Academic OneFile contains full-text articles from peer-reviewed journals and reference sources. Areas of focus include physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, and literature. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995.
  • Access Science includes the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, with new trends and developments in science and technology, access to 110,000 definitions, biographies of scientists, and late-breaking science and technology news.
  • Compiled by one of the best-known authorities on Shakespeare’s works, the online-only dictionary A-Z Guide to Shakespeare offers up-to-date information on all aspects of Shakespeare in his own time and on his impact and influence on later ages. It includes entries on the plays and the major characters, on Shakespeare’s life and his contemporaries, on actors from Richard Burbage to Judi Dench, on theatres and directors, plus comments on Shakespeare by later authors such as Jane Austen, Dr Johnson, and Bernard Levin.
  • Biography In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on the world’s most influential people. Organized into a user-friendly portal experience, it merges Gale’s authoritative reference content, including Lives & Perspectives, with periodicals and multimedia. Users can also search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as by keyword and full text. Biography In Context is built on a foundation of more than 650,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study. Providing coverage of the most searched and studied people, Biography In Context includes over 4,500 portal pages on contemporary and historical figures. It offers authoritative reference content alongside, videos, audio selections, images, primary sources, and magazine and journal articles from hundreds of major periodicals and newspapers. This resource is continuously updated to ensure users have access to the very latest information.
  • Brainfuse offers live-tutoring to students (K-12) between 2-11 pm in math, science, reading, social studies, history, geography and language arts. Other services include writing labs, diagnostic testing and individualized flash card creation for studying. The product also features virtual spaces for students to collaborate on projects. Students can click the Help Now button and be instantly connected with a live tutor!
  • Explore thousands of topics in science, social studies, language arts, and mathematics for school projects, review concepts taught in school, or learn something new.
  • Search thousands of magazine and journal articles directly related to search topics. Includes more than 24,000 primary sources; 90,000 images, videos, and audio clips. Content is updated daily.
  • Explore thousands of topics in science, social studies, language arts, and mathematics for school projects, review concepts taught in school, or learn something new.
  • Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA) Complete provides fulltext access to over 150 general interest periodicals. There also is indexing for over 600 periodicals and eight daily newspapers.
  • Communications & Mass Media Collection brings together information found in more than 400 journals. Nearly 3 million articles on all aspects of the communications field, including advertising, public relations, linguistics, and literature, meet the needs of researchers. Exclusive features, including Topic Finder, InterLink, and a mobile-optimized interface, support and enhance the search experience.
  • The Criminal Justice Collection informs the research process for researchers who are studying law, law enforcement, or terrorism, training for paralegal service, preparing for a career in homeland security, delving into forensic science, investigating crime scenes, developing policy, going to court, writing sociological reports, and much more. The Criminal Justice Collection makes research easy by bringing together information from more than 250 journals. Exclusive features, including Topic Finder, InterLink, and a mobile-optimized interface, support and enhance the search experience.
  • The Diversity Studies Collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in the global community. This collection includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals, updated daily.
  • The Encyclopedia of Rhetoric is a comprehensive survey of one of the Western world’s oldest disciplines. Its 150 entries are written by leading scholars, bring together expertise in classical studies, philosophy, literature, literary theory, cultural studies, speech, and communications in a comprehensive treatment of the art of persuasion.
  • The Encyclopedia of Semiotics is a comprehensive reference guide to concepts in semiotics, sign theory, and cultural studies. Three hundred entries by leading scholars in a variety of fields—from anthropology and literary theory to linguistics and philosophy—survey the study of signs and symbols in human culture.
  • The Environmental Studies & Policy Collection is a digital resource that answers inquiries about environmental concerns with coverage of more than 5.4 million articles from more than 300 journals and book reference content from Delmar, including Soil, Science, and Management; Introduction to Agronomy; Food, Crops, & Environment; Fundamental Soil Science; and more.
  • Explora Canada Student Search 6-12 makes it easy for students in grades 6-12 to browse by topic or to search by keyword to find content from AP videos, magazines, encyclopedias and more. Results can be easily sorted by source type—magazines, reference books, news, photos, biographies, and primary source documents.
  • Frontier Life. The settling of vast areas of the world by Europeans has left a particular and lasting influence on history. This collection of digitized primary source documents sheds light on the many dynamics of frontier existence and its lasting influence.
  • This collection of journals aims to provide balanced coverage of this significant aspect of our culture, covering such topics as gender studies, family and marital issues, health aspects, and many more.
  • General Science Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines covering the latest scientific developments. Key subjects covered by the database include biological sciences, computing, engineering, and technology.
  • The International Encyclopedia of Linguistics encompasses the full range of topics in linguistics, including such areas as historical, comparative, formal, mathematical, functional, philosophical, and sociolinguistics. Special attention is given to interrelations within these branches of the field and to relations of linguistics with other disciplines.
  • Language learning for kids 0-6, this resource introduces children to foreign languages in a way they can understand and enjoy. Accessible and engaging for young children, the method incorporates words and themes that are relevant to the child’s daily life, and research shows that early language learning enhances verbal development, social and cognitive skills.
  • An online language learning program teaching practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world’s most popular languages. Each lesson incorporates interactive tools and rich imagery that eliminates boredom and keeps you engaged.
  • The Oxford Companion to the Book is a unique work of reference, covering the book, broadly conceived, throughout the world from ancient to modern times. It includes traditional subjects such as bibliography, palaeography, the history of printing, editorial theory and practice, textual criticism, book collecting, and libraries, but it also engages with newer disciplines such as the history of the book and the electronic book.
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature surveys the vibrant terrain of American literature in 350 essays from leading scholars, encompassing the range and depth of American literary history from the 1600s to the present day. It includes essays on poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists, as well as major works and essays on literary movements, periods, and themes. No mere catalog of dates, events, and synopses, the Encyclopedia’s articles offer historical perspective and social context along with a range of possibilities with regard to critical approach.
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature provides comprehensive coverage of literature from the Abbey Theatre to Israel Zangwill, covering the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages (Anglo-Saxon, English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, and Latin). It includes substantial accounts of individual authors (e.g., Spenser, Pope, Austen) and detailed histories of particular themes, movements, genres, and institutions, whose impact upon the writing or the reading of literature was significant (e.g., The Stationers’ Company, the sonnet, the ‘School of Night, ’ or the Sublime).
  • Written by an international roster of more than 300 authors, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature comprehensively documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world. With a global perspective that pays attention to significant international trends and the multicultural expansion of the field, it includes brief biographies of every major author and illustrator. Also included are feature essays on all genres of children’s literature, individual works, and prominent trends and themes, as well as general essays on the traditions of children’s literature in many countries throughout the world.
  • Pop Culture Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that both analyze and contribute to popular culture. The database offers useful information for researchers in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses.
  • Provide access to authoritative periodical content supporting research in all fields of psychology— abnormal, biological, cognitive, comparative, developmental, personality, quantitative, social and all areas of applied psychology. Researchers, psychologists, counselors, and behavioral scientists will discover relevant information from the thoughts, views, discoveries, and reports found in this comprehensive collection.
  • ScienceFlix is transforming the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build a lasting interest in science, technology, and engineering. Curriculum-driven leveled content is integrated with interactive features and intuitive navigation in this highly engaging mobile-ready science resource. With its emphasis on the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix provides students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types, and so much more.

    Areas of study include:

    • Earth Science
    • Space Science
    • Life Science
    • Health and Human Body
    • Physical Science
    • Technology and Engineering
  • Ideal for business schools and entrepreneurs, Small Business Collection is updated daily and provides insights, tips, strategies, and success stories. Users find more than 500 subject-appropriate, active, full-text periodicals, including: Beverage Industry, Black Enterprise, Economist, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, HR Magazine, Real Estate Weekly, Restaurant Business, Tea & Coffee Trade Journal, and more.
  • U.S. History Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines useful to both novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers. The database offers balanced coverage of events in U.S. history and scholarly work being established in the field.
  • World History Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines useful to both novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers. The database offers balanced coverage of events in world history and scholarly work being established in the field.
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