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Animals

Animals

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia - [located in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, under Environment]

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Extinction - [located in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, under Science]

Auto/Engineering

Auto/Engineering

Auto Repair Reference Center – provides repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles.

Chilton Library - When it comes to auto repair, do-it-yourselfers and students in the automotive trades have trusted Chilton manuals for years. Ford, Chrysler, GM, Honda, Toyota and numerous other makes are well-represented. With more than 50 years of information on actual auto tear-downs provided in step-by-step procedures, work on the engine, chassis, electrical, drive train, suspension, and more is made easier for mechanics of any experience. Photos, illustrations and repair procedures help to simplify even the most arduous tasks.

Business

Business

Business Source Premier – provides business researchers with highly refined tools to conduct sophisticated searches for the business content that they require with access to full-text articles from more than 2,100 business related journals

Reference USA - The following are individual business-related resources available through our Reference USA database:

US Businesses - Search for information on current businesses, both large and small.  By clicking on a business's name, you can get contact info, website links, if jobs are available, profile of the business's industry, official business codes, general business overview, demographics, management listing,
stock information, and other financial data.  An interesting feature is the corporate tree, which allows you to see all the individual parts owned by a business and can be especially important when looking into large corporations that have subsidiaries all over the US and even the world.

US Historical Businesses - Businesses records dating back to 2003.  Great tool for judging the ebbs and flows of what has succeeeded and what has failed in your area.  Also offers a comparison feature that allows you to see business data of side-by-side, perfect for seeing how competitors do against one another.

US New Businesses - What new businesses have appeared in your area from just this week to 2 years ago.  This can be important information when judging if a certain type of business is popular in your area.

Regional Business News – provides full text for nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications (including titles from Crain Communications)

 

 

eBooks/eAudiobooks

eBook/eAudiobook

EBSCO eBook Collection – provides access to eBooks on many academic subjects

Gale Virtual Reference Library – a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, including:

Library2Go (aka Overdrive) - offers access to a wide variety of eBooks and eAudiobooks along with videos.  Download the Overdrive app today for any Apple or Android device.  Free to use with a library card.

RB Digital (formerly OneClickdigital) - Provides access to downloadable audiobooks. NOTE: The OneClickdigital app is no longer supported by Recorded Books. Please download the RBdigital app, which also allows access to RBdigital Magazines (formerly Zinio), use your Zinio login, and select “North Dakota State Library” as your library to access audiobooks on your mobile device.  You can also access materials through the RBdigital website.

*** To learn how to use RBdigital and Overdrive/Library2Go, please visit the "eBook/eAudiobook/Database Instructions" section in "Technology Education." ***

TumbleBooks – eBooks for kids with flash animation

 

Education

Education

Core Collections - Provides a listing of books deemed essential to any library collection in 3 different areas: Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Children's.  Great tool for determining the very best books for you to read or collect.

ERIC (Education Resource Information Center) – provides access to education literature and resources

Educator's Reference Complete – provides a selection of academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports and many premier reference sources.

Explora Educators Edition - A database aggregator designed for teachers and home school educators. Assists in creating lesson plans and crafting curcciculum standards. Searches databases such as: ERIC, Teacher Reference Center, Professional Development Collection

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts – indexes more than 560 core journals -- covering librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.

NoveList Plus – the complete readers' advisory solution that empowers librarians, engages readers and connects communities.

Professional Collection – is useful for a variety of users doing research on topics as diverse as 21st century skills, learning disorders, standardized testing, home schooling and more.

Professional Development Collection – includes full text for more than 520 high-quality education journals including: Booklist, Education, Education Digest, Education Week, Educational Leadership, High School Journal, Journal of Education, Journal of Educational Research, Phi Delta Kappan, Reading Teacher, School Library Journal and many others.

Teacher Reference Center – provides indexing and abstracts for 280 periodicals.

Tutor ND – provides live help from a tutor in major subjects like math, science, social studies and English.

Sunday - Thursday, 3 - 10 p.m click here.

Universal Class - provides online continuing education courses. It aims to advance intellectual exchange in teaching, research, and service with a growing course catalog of over 500 online classes.  You can access the FAQ section here.

What do Children and Young Adults Read Next? - [located in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, under Literature]

Environment

Environment

GreenFILE – provides information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond.

Genealogy

Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition (In-Library Only) – provides access to more than 1.2 billion names, more than 3,000 databases, primary source documents, images and a variety of genealogical research features. (Click here to learn more)

Heritage Quest – is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources -- rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories and finding aids.

*** Did you know we also have a large assortment of links to freely available genealogy-related websites?  Please visit the Geneaology listing in our "Internet Links" section through this link or under the "Research" tab to access these resources.

Geography & Travel

Geography & Travel

AtoZ the USA – provides editorial content and images for 56 U.S. states and territories, including maps, demographics, crime statistics, weather, climate, education, government and politics.

AtoZ World Culture – provides information on 175 nations (including religion, business culture, historical notes, government, stereotypes, holidays and festivals) and over 1,500 country maps.

 

Government & Policy

Health/Medicine

Health/Medicine

Alt HealthWatch – provides full-text articles and peer-reviewed journals and reports focusing on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

Consumer Health Complete – is designed to support the information needs of patients and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.

Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior

Gale Encyclopedia of Child Health

Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine

Health Source: Consumer Edition – provides access to over 80 full-text consumer health magazines, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Harvard Health Letter, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times and many others.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition – provides full-text articles from over 590 scholarly journals in the medical and health sciences.

K12

K12

Britannica School Edition – provides teachers and students with instant access to four complete encyclopedias and other resources that ensure consistency with classroom topics and age-appropriate language [to access outside of library, click here].

Discovering Collection  – provides comprehensive coverage of core classroom subject areas accessible through an intuitive graphic interface.

Explora Primary - A database aggregator for students K-5. Designed to help students find information appropraite for school use. Searches several databases such as: Funk & Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia, American Heritage Children’s Dictionary, Middle Search Plus, Primary Search, Topic Overviews K-5

Explora Secondary - A database aggregator designed for students in grades 6-12. Designed to help students find information appropriate for school use.  Searches several databases such as: Funk & Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia, Middle Search Plus, MasterFILE Premier, Health Source (Consumer), MAS Ultra, Columbia Encyclopedia, Consumer Health Complete, Literary Reference Center, Science Reference Center, Topic Overviews 6-12

Junior Edition Edition K12 (InfoTrac) – provides libraries with a sophisticated yet simple solution for managing a wealth of periodical, reference and primary source information for junior high and middle school ages.

Junior Reference Collection – this one-stop database for in-depth coverage of middle grades curriculum subjects eliminates guesswork from student research and places the emphasis on success.

Kids Edition K12 (InfoTrac) – provides children with easy access to magazines, reference books and newspaper articles selected just for their age group.

Kids InfoBits – provides an engaging, developmentally appropriate graphic interface, premier reference content and the best magazines for elementary students.

Mas Ultra:School Edition – provides full-text articles from nearly 500 popular high school magazines, including America's Civil WarAmerican HeritageAmerican History, Archaelogy, AstronomyBioscienceCareers & CollegesCivil War TimesCongressional DigestDiscover, etc.

Middle Search Plus – provides full-text articles from more than 150 popular middle school magazines and thousands of biographies and historical essays.

Primary Search – contains full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines.

Scholastic GO!- provides vetted, comprehensive sources targeted toward grades 3 and up.

Student Edition K12 (InfoTrac) – helps students find the answers to general reference questions using a variety of full-text sources that include leading magazines, newspapers and reference books that librarians prefer.

Student Resources in Context – helps students develop both research and critical-thinking skills while covering the spectrum of student-focused subject matter.

Tutor ND – provides live help from a tutor in major subjects like math, science, social studies and English.

Sunday-Thursday, 3-10 p.m. click here.

 

Learn a Language

Learn a Language

Pronunciator - includes 75 languages, and 50 languages in which to learn them — for a total of 3,750 possible course combinations. Within each language, Pronunciator offers up to 10,000 phrases; 354 hours of audio lessons; 8 types of interactive drills and 6 types of scored quizzes.

*** To learn how to use Pronunciator, please visit the "eBook/eAudiobook/Database Instructions" section in "Technology Education." ***

Magazines/Journals

Magazine/Journal

Academic Search Premier – provides full-text journal articles in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion, etc.

EBSCO MegaFILE – provides full-text articles from EBSCO's Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier and Regional Business News databases.

Educator's Reference Complete – provides a selection of academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports and many premier reference sources

E-Library- Through eLibrary, users can find images, video, eBooks, and 100% full-text articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. They can also find maps, transcripts, audio files, graphics, interactives, dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, timelines, slideshows, editorially created research pages, and hand-selected websites. Publications are updated promptly, and thousands of new images are added every day. Click here for off-site access

Expanded Academic ASAP – offers balanced coverage of every academic concentration -- from advertising and microbiology to history and women's studies

General Science Collection – is a collection of over 200 journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments -- including such topics as particle physics, advanced mathematics and nanotechnology

MasterFILE Premier – provides full-text articles from nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.

National Geographic Virtual Library -This collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine -- every page of every issue -- along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images, and videos.

Professional Collection – is useful for a variety of users doing research on topics as diverse as 21st century skills, learning disorders, standardized testing, home schooling and more

RBdigital (formerly Zinio) - Full digital copies of over 100 popular magazines available to view on your computer or mobile device.  NOTE: The Zinio app is no longer be supported by Recorded Books.  Please download the RBdigital app, which also allows access to RBdigital Audiobooks (formerly OneClickdigital), use your Zinio login, and select “North Dakota State Library” as your library to access magazines on your mobile device.  You can also access materials through the RBdigital website.

*** To learn how to use RBdigital, please visit the "eBook/eAudiobook/Database Insturctions" section in "Technology Education." ***

Youth Magazines

 

Movies

Movies

Library2Go (aka Overdrive) - Our Ebook Database, Library2Go, also contains over 1,000 videos (including movies and tv shows). The videos are also accessible on your mobile device through the Overdrive App. 

Mythology

Mythology

UXL Encyclopedia of World Mythology - [located in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, under Nation and World]

Newspaper

Newspaper

Newspapers - Over 680 full-text U.S. and international newspapers and news sources

*** Did you know we also have an assortment of links to local North Dakota newspapers?  Please visit the Newspapers - N. Dakota listing in our "Internet Links" section through this link or under the "Research" tab to access these resources.

Reference USA - Personal and Business Search

Reference USA - Personal & Business Search

The following are individual resources available through our Reference USA database which can be accessed by clicking here.

US Consumers/Lifestyles - Acts as a telephone and address directory for the US as well as a source of information for call lists, mailings, and consumer interests.  By clicking on an individual's name, you get not just the phone number and address, but neighborhood income, housing value, and a Google Map interface.  If information is found to be wrong, Reference USA provides an online feedback form.  

US Jobs/Internships - Job and internship search engine powered by Indeed.com, one of the world's leading job search sites.  Search by category or by location.  Clicking on results takes you to main Indeed.com website.  "Job Help" provides access to a variety of basic job hunting links that discuss key topics such as resume writing, salary estimates, search tips, and interviews.

US Businesses - Search for information on current businesses, both large and small.  By clicking on a business's name, you can get contact info, website links, if jobs are available, profile of the business's industry, official business codes, general business overview, demographics, management listing,
stock information, and other financial data.  An interesting feature is the corporate tree, which allows you to see all the individual parts owned by a business and can be especially important when looking into large corporations that have subsidiaries all over the US and even the world.

US Historical Businesses - Businesses records dating back to 2003.  Great tool for judging the ebbs and flows of what has succeeeded and what has failed in your area.  Also offers a comparison feature that allows you to see business data of side-by-side, perfect for seeing how competitors do against one another.

US New Businesses - What new businesses have appeared in your area from just this week to 2 years ago.  This can be important information when judging if a certain type of business is popular in your area.

 


Religion

Religion

Religions of the World, Second Edition: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices - Provides comprehensive, global coverage of religion, emphasizing larger religious communities without neglecting the world's smaller religious outposts.

 

Research/Academic

Research/Academic

Discovering Collection provides comprehensive coverage of core classroom subject areas accessible through an intuitive graphic interface

Expanded Academic ASAP – offers balanced coverage of every academic concentration -- from advertising and microbiology to history and women's studies.

Explora Public Libraries - A database aggregator designed for public use. Designed to help the public find reliable information.  Searches databases such as: Academic Search Premier, Middle Search Plus, Teacher Reference Center, Professional Development Collection, Business Source Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Health Source (Consumer), MAS Ultra, Columbia Encyclopedia, Consumer Health Complete, Literary Reference Center, Science Reference Center, Topic Overviews for Public Libraries

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia – provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

General Science Collection – is a collection of over 200 journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments -- including such topics as particle physics, advanced mathematics and nanotechnology.

Points of View Reference Center – a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.

Science Reference Center – contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.

Science

Science

Alternative Energy - introduces students to issues surrounding current energy sources and alternative energy options [located in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, under Science]

Science Reference Center – contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.

Space Sciences - from the history of space exploration to the future of "space business", this set offers a broad survey of the space sciences. Includes biographies of scientists and the space-related job market [located in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, under Science]

Shopping

Shopping

Consumer Reports – provides product reviews and ratings for cars, appliances, electronics and much, much more! (even for the best popcorn!)  (Click here to learn more)

***Consumer Reports 5 Year Index allows you to see what issues specific products were mentioned in within the last 5 years before this current year***

Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Foods and Recipes of the World - [located in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, underNation and World]

UXL Encylopedia of Native American Tribes - [located in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, under Multicultural Studies]

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life - [located in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, under Multicultural Studies]

Stocks & Finance

Stocks & Finance

Value Line (In-Library) – Provides investors with the most accurate and independently created research information available [to access outside of library, click here]

Please visit our extensive Internet Links section on "Stocks & Finance."  It contains links to brokerage firms for trading, important basic investing and personal finance information, and news sites.  Remember, invest at your own risk.