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Biography in Context

Biography in Context (formerly the Biography Resource Center) is a comprehensive database of biographical information on more than 180,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. It combines more than 242,000 biographies from respected Gale Group sources with full-text articles from nearly 250 periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death years and places, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search path.
(Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

Curriculum Resource Center

Contains hundreds of maps, charts, diagrams and timelines for classroom use and homework help in history, geography, science and math.
(Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and interactive features in Spanish.
(Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

General Proquest

Periodical Abstracts Research One contains abstracts from over 1100 general and subject magazines from 1986 to the present. You may search through the contents of magazines such as Newsweek, New Yorker, Jet, Rolling Stone and Science News. With the database you can easily print out all the information you need for a bibliography.
(Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

History Reference Center

History Reference Center offers full text from more than 2,000 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 120 history periodicals, more than 59,600 historical documents, 49,600 biographies of historical figures, more than 110,200 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.  This database is provided by EBSCO.
(Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

Kids Search

Colorful and visual interface to assist young students find the materials they need.
(Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

Learning Express Library

(Formerly Learn-a-Test) A source of test preparation materials and interactive practice exams, based on official tests, that will help you improve your scores on academic, civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams. Immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and individualized analysis of your score are provided.
(Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

Literature Resource Center

The Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline. Contained are Gale's most used literary databases, Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography; over 30 full text periodical articles, and several of Gale's literature-related print sources, as well as the Scribner Writer Series and the Twayne Author series. These sources are combined into a single Internet searchable service, covering more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers; with in-depth coverage of 2,000 of the most studied authors.
(Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

MAS Ultra - School Edition

This comprehensive database from EBSCO, designed specifically for high school libraries, contains full text for nearly 500 popular, high school magazines including America's Civil War, American Heritage, American History, Archaeology, Astronomy, Bioscience, Careers & Colleges, Civil War Times, Congressional Digest, Discover, Economist, History Today, Nation, National Review, New Republic, New Scientist, Popular Science, Science News, Scientific American, Smithsonian, World War II, etc.

All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for 85,670 biographies and over 107,000 primary source documents. MAS Ultra™ -- School Edition also contains more than 360 reference books (including the Columbia Encyclopedia, the CIA World Fact Book and World Almanac & Book of Facts); an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs; and expanded full-text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.

Content includes:

(Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

MasterFILE Premier

Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 1,750 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, 85,827 biographies, 105,789 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 285,912 photos, maps and flags.  This database is provided by EBSCO.
(Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

Middle Search Plus

Middle Search® Plus from EBSCO contains full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays.

Additionally, Middle Search Plus contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History, reference books including the Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia; American Heritage® Dictionary, 4th Edition from Houghton Mifflin; Encyclopedia of Animals™; and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags.

Content includes:

(Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

Primary Source

All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), which help users to match results to the child’s reading level. This database includes Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia with easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids. Find thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags to aid kids in learning.
(Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

Salem History Reference Resources

Salem History is an online resource that includes the complete content of printed reference sets.

Titles currently available:

Decades in America
  • 50s
  • 60s
  • 70s
  • Great Events from History
  • Ancient World
  • Middle Ages
  • Renaissance
  • 17th Century
  • 18th Century
  • 19th Century
  • 20th Century, 1971-2000
  • GBLT Events

  • Great Lives from History
  • Ancient World
  • Middle Ages
  • Renaissance
  • 17th Century
  • 18th Century
  • 19th Century
  • (Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

    Salem Science Reference Resources

    Salem Science Reference Resources includes The Solar System Online. This is an up-to-date and easy-to-use resource providing information suitable for student research reports.
    (Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

    Sanborn Maps (Digital) - Maryland

    Bell & Howell Information and Learning's Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 provides academic and public libraries digital access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. Users have the ability to easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections, and layer maps from different years. Our subscription includes the Maryland maps from 1890-1953.
    (Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

    Science Reference Center

    Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. Search results can be printed, emailed or saved to a personal folder.

    Science Reference Center contains:

    * 181 Science Periodicals
    * 625 Science reference books
    * 23 Science Encyclopedias
    * 812 Science Essays
    * 3,790 full length Biographies of Scientists
    * 61 Science Animations
    * 10,000+ Science Images
    * 519 Science Videos

    (Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

    Searchasaurus

    Dinosaur themed database to introduce young ones to searching for information.
    (Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

    Student Research Center

    Student Research Center makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type, such as magazines, reference books, photos, and flags. This database is provided by EBSCO.
    (Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

    Virtual Reference Library

    The GVRL: Gale Virtual Reference Library is an online ebook based reference collection available at your library and from home with your library card 24/ 7.
    (Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

    World Almanac For Kids

     The World Alamanac for Kids is an ideal source for student reports, with extensive articles on animals, countries, and states including printable flags and symbols.
    (Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

    World Book Online for Kids

    World Book Online for Kids was developed especially for young public library patrons. The site offers easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities.
    (Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

    World Book Online Info Finder

    World Book Online Info Finder contains content and features designed for school-aged patrons’ homework and research needs. Based on the World Book Encyclopedia, the site features rich collections of multimedia on a variety of topics, science fair projects; a Biography Center; links to world newspapers, correlations to curriculum standards, 21st century research guides, and much more.
    (Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)
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