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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

Authoritative content and online tools that develops 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

Comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information. Must be used in Internet Explorer. Must be used inside the library.

Alt HealthWatch

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.

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 Program Source

Full-text coverage for the subject areas most relevant to two-year college programs including biotechnology, graphic arts, criminal justice and veterinary assisting

AtoZdatabases

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.

AutoMate

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 – Elementary

Grades 3-4. Find information on countries, animals, and people in articles, media, and a world atlas.  Watch and learn with videos, games, and activities.

Brittanica School – High

High School and adult. Primary sources for quick facts and in-depth information on history, geography, people, places, science, and much more. Biographies, world atlas, countries comparison, articles and interactive resources are available.

Brittanica School – Middle

Grades 5-7. Find maps, photos, articles, and famous people and places. Compare countries and tour the U.S.A. For homework help and your curiosity.

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.

DemographicsNow: Business & People

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.

eBook High School

For high school students and educators. There is a selection of teacher resources and titles align with Common Core Curriculum Standards. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

eBook K-8

Titles that support K-8 students across all subject areas. Also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators including Common Core alignment. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

eBook Public Library Collection

Large collection of reference books featuring titles for both adults and kids. Covers a wide variety of topics from self-help and fitness to cooking and personal finance. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

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

Coverage for students and scholars in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and related 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

Provides hundreds of popular magazines and reference books for high school libraries. Covers subjects such as art, history, sports, and music. Includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents. Also includes photos, maps, and flags

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

Arts, biography, business, current events, geography and culture, health, history and social science, science and math.

Gale Legal Forms

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.

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 standardized academic or professional occupation 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 time frames. Wide range of subjects covered including plot summaries, literary criticism, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, short stories and novels, and author interviews.

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.

MyHeritage Library Edition

One of the largest, most internationally 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.

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 and USA Today.

Novelist K-8 Plus

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

Contains information on over 260,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles. Features lists of award-winning books, book discussion guides, Read-a-Like recommendations, and complete series information. Also includes reader ratings and reviews. Create your own reading wish list.

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

Courses offered include Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean as well as ESL for Spanish and Chinese speakers. A Howell Library Card is required to access this database from home.

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.

ReferenceUSA

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.

ScienceFlix

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.

Small Business Reference Center

Offers coverage that addresses many small business topics from consumer small business reference books and business videos. Includes a 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.

Tutor.com

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, contains 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.

World Book Kids

Easy to use online encyclopedia in eight major subject categories: Arts, History and Government, People, Places, Plants and Animals, Science and Mathematics, Sports and Hobbies, World Religions. Has full-featured pictures, sounds and videos.

World Book Online

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