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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

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.

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance- A part of our Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Gale Business: Plan Builder - Gale Business: Plan Builder helps patrons interested in planning and optimizing their businesses or nonprofits. Built for aspiring entrepreneurs and those with existing small businesses, it provides a step-by-step process supported by a rich variety of recognized tools that enable users to produce complete business plans and other documents essential for gaining access to capital and growing their enterprise.

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)

Cooking and Crafts

Cooking and Crafts

AtoZ World Food- With thousands of international recipes, hundreds of fascinating culture and ingredient articles, and essential culinary resources, AtoZ World Food brings international cuisines to you, from Albanian byrek to Zimbabwean matemba!

Creativebug- Provides unlimited access to over 1000 online art and craft classes. Watch classes anytime, anywhere. 

 

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

 

Educators

Educators

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

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

Environmental Encyclopedia- Avaliable as part of the Gale Virtual Referene Library.

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)

(NEW - Access from anywhere with username 23125001122348 and password minot)

*** 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 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

Government & Policy

Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States

Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History

Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law

GPO Monthly Catalog- Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.). Includes a bibliographic citation in each record.

Presidency and the Executive Branch - [located in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, under Nation and World]

Health/Medicine

Health/Medicine

AFHS Consumer Medication Information-AHFS Patient Medication Information (PMI), the trusted, independent resource that is the backbone of the consumer drug information of many popular websites. It is the core medication information in the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM’s) publically accessible Medline Plus website and in its Medline Plus Connect service, and also is the featured patient medication link from DailyMed and from the Consumer portion of FDA’s website. AHFS PMI is a recognized standard for patient drug information.

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

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health

Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health-

Gale Enyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests-

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 Students

K-12 Students

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].

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

Gale in Context  – provides comprehensive coverage of core classroom subject areas accessible through an intuitive graphic interface.

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.

Middle Search Reference Ebook Collection- Complimentary reference eBook collections have been added to several EBSCO database and reference center products. These collections contain reference books from top educational publishers and university presses.

National Geographic Kids- Nat Geo Kids makes it fun to explore your world with weird, wild, and wacky content!

PebbleGo- PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas. Your students will love exploring PebbleGo time and time again.

PebbleGo Next- PebbleGo Next is the next step in research for students grades 3-6. Launching with a States and American Indian studies module, PebbleGo Next is carefully aligned to grades 3-6 curriculum objectives. The databases is simple to navigate and offer key reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting along with a variety of downloadable, including prompts to inspire critical thinking.

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

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

 

 

Learn a Language

Learn a Language

Mango Languages-Mango is an award winning language resource.  Mango is the only single solution that combines quality content, intelligent technology, and an adaptive algorithm that delivers practical phrases from real situations.  This is langauge learning centered around you.  

Magazines

Magazines

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." ***

 

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

U.S. Newstream- US Newsstream enables users to search current U.S. news content, as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s. It features top newspapers, wires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, and news sites in full-text format. US Newsstream provides key national and regional news sources from the U.S. and includes exclusive and preferred access to top titles, including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, and Chicago Tribune. All titles are cross searchable on the ProQuest platform.

*** 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.

 

Reading Suggestions

Reading Suggestions

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.

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

Research/Academic

Research/Academic

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

Article First- OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals.

Britannica Academic Edition- Welcome to Britannica Academic, an accurate, current, and comprehensive resource for college-level learners, researchers, and faculty.

Clase/Periodica- Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities

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

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

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

Electronic Collections Online- An OCLC collection of scholarly journals.

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

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.

Gale Informe-Academico- Gale OneFile: Informe Académico meets the research needs of Spanish-speaking users with a wide range of full-text Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines both from and about Latin America.

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

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

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

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

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

Mega File- EBSCO MegaFILE is comprised of the databases Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Business Source Premier, and Regional Business News. It provides full text for nearly 12,000 total publications as well as indexing and abstracting for more than 16,000 publications. While these publications cover a wide range of interdisciplinary subjects, this database is best for finding business and management sources.

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

OCLC Archive Grid- Archive Grid is a collection of over four million archival material descriptions, including MARC records from WorldCat and finding aids harvested from the web. It is supported by OCLC Research as the basis for our experimentation and testing in text mining, data analysis, and discovery system applications and interfaces, and it provides a foundation for our collaboration and interactions with the archival community.

OCLC Worldcat Dissertation and Thesis-OCLC catalog of dissertations and theses available in OCLC member libraries.

OCLC Electronic Books-This database contains all electronic books available online that were cataloged by OCLC member libraries.

OCLC Papers First-OCLC index of papers presented at conferences worldwide.

Open Dissertation-EBSCO Open Dissertations is a collaboration between EBSCO and BiblioLabs to increase traffic and discoverability of ETD research. You can join the movement and add your theses and dissertations to the database, making them freely available to researchers everywhere while increasing traffic to your institutional repository.

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.

Proceedings First- An OCLC index of worldwide conference proceedings

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

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

Science

Science

Applied Science & Technology Source-This database offers a diverse array of full-text and indexed content covering the full spectrum of the applied sciences and computing disciplines — from acoustics to aeronautics, neural networks to nuclear engineering.

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

Applied Science & Technology Source-This database offers a diverse array of full-text and indexed content covering the full spectrum of the applied sciences and computing disciplines — from acoustics to aeronautics, neural networks to nuclear engineering.

Clase/Periodica- Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities

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

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

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

Science Reference Center eBooks-Science Reference Center Ebooks contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias and reference books. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

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

Encyclopedia of African American History and Culture[located in the Gale Virtual Reference Library, under Multicultural Studies]

Encyclopeia of Clothing and Fashion-  located in the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

European Views of the Americas 1493-1750- European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750, is an authoritative bibliography that is well-known and respected by scholars worldwide. The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples.

Gale Encyclopedia of Multi-Cultural America- located in the Gale Virtual Reference Library

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]

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations- located in the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

World Politics Review- This unique database provides uncompromising analysis of critical global trends to give academics, policymakers and businesspeople the context they need to have the confidence they want.

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.