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African American Biographical Database

The African American Biographical Database (AABD) brings together in one resource the biographies of thousands of African Americans, many not to be found in any other reference source. These biographical sketches have been carefully assembled from biographical dictionaries and other sources.

This extraordinary collection contains extended narratives of African American activists, business people, former slaves, performing artists, educators, lawyers, physicians, writers, church leaders, homemakers, religious workers, government workers, athletes, farmers, scientists, factory workers, and more--both the famous and the everyday person. Their stories are pivotal to an understanding of the Black American experience over the last two centuries.

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African American Poetry, 1750-1900

Nearly 3,000 poems written by African-American poets in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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African American Poetry, Twentieth Century

A database of modern and contemporary African-American poetry from the early twentieth century to the present. Features 10,000 poems by around 70 of the most important African-American poets of the last century.
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African-American History

This electronic encyclopedia includes thousand of entries covering the entire breadth of African-American history - from African beginnings through the slave trade and the Civil Rights Movement to the present. Entries are organized into five sections: Biographies, Encyclopedia, Historical Documents, Gallery and Maps and Charts. Each entry is cross-referenced through hyperlinks and searchable by topic, by historical era, and by keyword.
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Alt-Press Watch

Alt-PressWatch is a full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press. As a current and retrospective collection, Alt-PressWatch provides a valuable new  source of coverage, viewpoints and perspectives to complement and challenge the coverage of the mainstream media and serves a broad spectrum of subject areas including the arts, media and popular culture, business and labor studies, education, environmental studies and ecology, global studies, history, journalism, literary and critical studies, political science, government and public policy, social science and more. In an era in which more and more media is owned by fewer and larger corporate conglomerates, the alternative press is one of the last bastions of independent and critical print coverage. Alternative newsweeklies, available in most cities, give readers alternative perspectives on politics, government, policy and culture; report on issues of government and education, local, national and international issues; and cover topics such as hunger, abuse, the environment, religion and the arts.

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Auto Repair Reference Center

The Automobile Repair Reference Center (ARRC) database contains the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information in the market. ARRC contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information starting as far back as 1945 for certain makes. This database is provided by EBSCO.

The database covers more than 35,000 vehicles from 1945 to present. Content includes

New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are continually added to the product. All of the content in Auto Repair Reference Center has been created by ASE certified technicians.

Auto Repair Reference Center is no longer available as of June 2018. It is replaced by AutoMate.

AutoMate

AutoMate includes the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date 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.

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Baltimore Afro-American - Historical Newspaper (1893-1988)

The Baltimore Afro-American was one of the most widely circulated African American newspapers. The paper's contributors have included writer Langston Hughes, intellectual J. Saunders Redding, artist Romare Bearden, and sports editor Sam Lacy.  To see Baltimore history unfold, start here.

 

Provided by ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

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Baltimore Sun

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Baltimore Sun Historical Archive

This database contains issues of the Baltimore Sun from May 1837 up to February 1901.The database is easy to search and contains images of the actual Sun Paper as it appeared on the date of publication.

Baltimore Sun Historical Archive is part of NewsBank's Maryland Historical Newspapers.

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Baltimore Sun, Historical (1837-1991)

This database covers the Baltimore Sun from its beginning to 1991.
The articles are PDF images that can be downloaded, printed or emailed.

Provided by ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

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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.
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Black Drama

Starting with Victorian plays and working up to the present, Black Drama from Alexander Street Press  includes plays and biographies, play bills, images, production notes, performance information and much more.

 

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Black Newspapers

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Black Short Fiction

Black Short Fiction from Alexander Street Press brings together works by writers from Africa and the African Diaspora, from earliest times to present. It presents traditions ranging from  early african oral traditions to Hip Hop and covers fables, parables, ballads, folktales, short stories, trickster tales, story cycles and novellas.

 

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Black Thought and Culture

Black Thought and Culture from Alexander Street Press connects students and researchers with works by leading African Americans. More than 100,000 pages of monographs, speeches, essays, articles and interviews, written by leaders within the black community from earliest times to 1975, illustrate the evolution of what it means to "be black". Teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, veterans, entertainers and others are represented.

 

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BookFlix

With colorful animation, rich audio, and interactive games, BookFLIX® is a perfect resource to engage and support readers from Kindergarden to 3rd grade.

BookFLIX includes:

Please consult these technical specifications to ensure your device and browser are compatible.

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Business Insights : Essentials

Business Insights : Essentials provides business and industry content in the following areas: Periodical articles, news articles, and press releases. Detailed information for domestic and international companies and associations, including information on:

Replaces Gale Business Resources
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Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier. Full text searching of journals, business related newspapers and journals. All business disciplines are covered, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. Non-journal content includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.
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Catalog of Nonprofit Literature

The Foundation Center's Free bibliographic database to access the literature of philanthropy, drawn from books, periodicals, pamphlets, and more. 60% of references have abstracts.
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Digital Microfilm - ProQuest

Digital Microfilm provides images of the original newspapers, including full images. The collection includes these major newspapers:

 

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Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and interactive features in Spanish.
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ERIC: Education Resources Information Center

ERIC is an online digital library of education research and information.  ERIC - the Education Resources Information Center is a comprehensive, easy-to
Within the ERIC Collection, you will find records for:

 

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Ethnic Newswatch

Ethnic NewsWatch is a full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. A rich collection of articles, editorials, columns, reviews, etc. provides a broad diversity of perspectives and viewpoints.  English and Spanish language search options are available.
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Explora - Educator's Edition

Highlights content relevant to teachers, including lesson plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources.
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Explora - Primary Schools

Designed specifically for elementary school students, this database provides access to popular full-text magazines for elementary school research
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Explora - Public Libraries

Supports student research. Search results include articles, essays, and primary source documents.
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Explora - Secondary Schools

Offers the most complete collection of full-text reference resources available for middle schools.
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Flipster

Read magazines online from any web browser, or install the Flipster app, available through the iTunes store and on the Google Play store to download magazines for offline reading. Browse and view magazines through Flipster. Select the Open in App option to download magazines to the app, where they can be read and managed offline.

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Gale Courses

Short, topical courses taught by college instructors and other experts in the field, offering a high-quality, high-impact educational experience for all ages. Most courses are six weeks long and students receive a certificate upon completion.

Gale Courses includes technical, vocational, and recreational offerings such as:

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General Proquest

General ProQuest contains abstracts from over 1100 magazines from 1986 to the present. Includes Newsweek, New Yorker, Jet, Rolling Stone and Science News.
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Gran Hispánica

Hispánica Saber: Gran Enciclopedia Hispánica is a comprehensive Spanish-language reference tool for upper-level students. This product is part of the World Book Online suite.
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HelpNow

With HelpNow, patrons are just a click away from expert tutors and a powerful suite of services to accommodate virtually any need:

Powered by Brainfuse.

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HeritageQuest

HeritageQuest Online contains essential collections of genealogical and historical sources - with coverage dating back to the 1700s.

Now powered by Ancestry, HeritageQuest Online offers the following core data sets:

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Historical Newspapers

The ProQuest Historical Newspapers database offers the original news articles exactly as they appeared to the original readers decades ago. The articles are PDF images that can be downloaded, printed or emailed.

This database includes the following newspapers:

These are available individually or in cross-searchable collections.

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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.
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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more.
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Home Improvement Reference Center

Home Improvement Reference Center features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines, images not found anywhere else online and videos of popular home repair projects. All of the content is organized in a robust, easy-to-use interface so that users can quickly find the information they need.
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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.
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Literary Sources

Search these resources at one time: Literature Resource Center, LitFinder, MLA International Bibliography, Literature Criticism Online and the Virtual Reference Library (Gale).

Discover new features: enhanced Subject Search, Term Frequency graphing, and an interactive Term Cluster search feature.

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Small Business Builder

Using this resource, customers will easily turn small business ideas, plans, and finances into a comprehensive business plan. Gale Small Business Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. Users will be guided through Ideation, break-even analysis and financial projections. The product includes steps needed to create and run a non profit organization.

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Maryland Newspapers

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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:

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MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and/or health-related organizations. Preformulated Medline\PubMed searches are included in MedlinePlus. These give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
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Mergent Online

MergentOnline offers information on 11,000 U.S. public companies and 17,000 non-U.S. public companies. Included are detailed company histories, business descriptions and financial statements.
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Mergent WebReports

WebReports contains more than 180,000 documents covering over 100 countries and industries using an easy to navigate and reliable system.
Use Moody’s Digital Corporate Manuals and Digital Municipal & Government Manuals to research
 
• Corporate history
• Business descriptions
• In-depth financial statements

The collection is all searchable by company name, year or manual type. The information ranges back to 1900.

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Morningstar Investment Research Center

This reliable financial research tool is now available online. The database offers analysis on 1700 stocks, 2000 mutual funds and 300 exchange traded funds (ETFs). Designed as a tool for investors, it is also an excellent place to get brief information on many major companies.

 

Only one user at a time can access this resource.
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National Newspapers

This collection of 54 newspapers provides full-text online access to many of the most respected and widely read national newspapers including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

These major regional newspapers are also included:

 

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NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor’s)

NetAdvantage Features: 

Access to the Industry surveys section  permitted only at Pratt Library locations.  Remote access is not available.

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Pamphlet Plays at Pratt

Search and filter over 6000 acting versions of play scripts available in the Humanities Department.
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ReferenceUSA : Business Database

ReferenceUSA: Business Database is a directory database of over 11 million U.S. businesses. Search by company name, type, size or location of a busines or a combination. Parent/subsidiary information is also available.
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ReferenceUSA : Health Care Database

Health Care Database, a ReferenceUSA product, is a directory database of 650,000 U.S. physicians and dentists.  Search by name, location, primary specialty or combinations.
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ReferenceUSA : Residential

ReferenceUSA: Residential Database is a database of over 11 million U.S. residents. Search by name, address, phone number or a combination.
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Regional Business News

Regional Business News provides full text articles from nearly 100 regional U.S. and International business publications. Includes titles from Crain Communications, Business Philadelphia, Daily Record (Baltimore Edition), New York Observer and Washington Times).
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Rosetta Stone Library Solution

Whether looking to learn a new language, further your ESL learning, or brush up on a language for business or vacation travel, the Rosetta Stone Library Solution is an effective, easy-to-use program that allows you to learn a new language on your own time, at your own pace.

Rosetta Stone offers the proven immersion method that more than 22,000 schools and 12,000 businesses have trusted for over 20 years. This award-winning interactive approach has been used by millions of learners around the world and is now accessible in the library — or anywhere, anytime.

Content Includes:

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Safari Books Online

Current eBooks in Computer Technology and beginning programming. Includes content from top publishers such as O?Reilly, Sams, Microsoft Press and more.

 

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Salem Press Online

Access reliable Salem Press titles including:

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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.
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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

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Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Small Engine Repair Reference Center offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) and allows users to search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type and model numbers.
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Teacher Reference Center

Teacher Reference Center provides resources for a wide range of teacher’s needs. Includes Best Practices, Curriculum Development, School Administration, Teacher Education and more.
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U.S. Government Documents

The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) consists of both historical and current Government publications since July 1976. Eventually, the CGP, will include records dating back to the late 1800s. Several features of the new CGP include access to authenticated government documents online and the ability to save and email documents. Documents can also be located in other Federal depository libraries in any State. In addition, the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, periodicals, Internet publications, and new electronic titles can be accessed.
The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP).
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U.S. Major Dailies

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Value Line

Value Line provides investors with the most accurate and independently created research information available, in any format they choose, and teaches them how to use it effectively to help meet their financial objectives.  For seventy-five years Value Line has been synonymous with trust, reliability, objectivity, independence, accurate information and proven performance for investors.

Value Line is:

Value Line publishes more than a dozen print and electronic products which we think are used by more than half-a-million investors for timely information on stocks, mutual funds, special situations, options and convertibles.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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World Book Student

World Book Student features current events, assessment tools for educators, and dedicated resource guides. Advanced students and adults will value thousands of articles, primary sources, and online books designed to support learning. World Book Student contains access to worldwide news publications, government links from numerous countries, and multimedia reference materials.

Special Feature: Timelines

Timelines offers visual engagements, multimedia content, and an educational games, activities, and projects. Choose one of World Book’s detailed timelines, or create your own to illustrate an assignment.

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World Book Timelines

Timelines offers visual engagements, multimedia content, and an educational games, activities, and projects. Choose one of World Book’s detailed timelines, or create your own to illustrate an assignment.

Timelines is also available through World Book Student.

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