General Reference Databases

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Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 4,600 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,500 journals and a total of more than 10,000 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for nearly 1,000 journals .

The definitive database of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With selective indexing for 1,700 journals from 1964 to present, this database is without question the most important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history. Strong English-language journal coverage is balanced by an international perspective on topics and events, including abstracts in English of articles published in more than 40 languages.

A rich online collection of 2,000+ hours of documentary, newsreel, and archival footage available for the study of American history. Historical coverage in the collection ranges from the early history of Native Americans, to the lost colony of Roanoke, to the 1988 Vicennes Affair in the Persian Gulf. Biographical coverage ranges from eighteenth century figures such as Benedict Arnold and Daniel Boone to modern day figures such as Thurgood Marshall and Helen Thomas. American History in Video offers searchable transcripts synchronized to video. Users can drill down in seconds to find the footage of interest from thousands of hours of video. This collection is an exclusive collaboration with A&E Television Networks and features some of their most important documentaries and series from The History Channel®, A&E Network®, and Biography®. (Alexander Street Press) System Requirements •This product is optimized to operate with Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, and Firefox 3.0 or higher. •Audio and video resources are accessible with Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher. •Getting Started and Frequently Asked Questions •Streaming service is currently available for these mobile devices: Apple iPhone on 3G network or better and Mobile Devices with Android OS

Over 12.7 million entries for the table of contents of over 12,000 sources with links to libraries that own the periodicals

Links to Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, King James Bible, Oxford Shakespeare, Gray’s Anatomy, Strunk’s Elements of Style, and World Factbook.

Explores economic models and strategic partnerships that balance the needs of all stakeholders, and currently demonstrates this balance by offering financially sustainable information services in the biological sciences. BioOne supports best practices that increase operational effectiveness and technological standards that integrate its content with a global network of scholarly exchange.

Bibliographic data on biotechnology research, developments, and patents in the fields of medicine, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, the environment, and marine biology.

In line with the commitment of Cambridge University Press to advance learning, knowledge and research worldwide, the Press currently publishes over 250 peer-reviewed academic journals for the global market. Containing the latest research from a broad sweep of subject areas, Cambridge journals are accessible worldwide in print and online.

Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. Reference tab includes: maps of major world regions, as well as flags of the world, a physical map of the world, a political map of the world, and a standard time zone of the world map.

Early in the last century, suffragette Alice Gram Robinson realized that discerning students of the legislative process had few places to turn to for, in her words, “an impartial view of controversial issues.” With the launch of Congressional Digest in 1921, Robinson pioneered what was to become an enduring publication format: the even- handed presentation of opposing views on contentious national questions, Pro & Con. Alice Gram Robinson’s vision of neutral analysis of current controversies is as essential to elevating policy debates in the era of 24/7 cable chatter as trusted, independent journalism was to offsetting a sensationalistic and censored press in the early twentieth century. Today, under the Congressional Digest banner, students, teachers, librarians, policymakers, and other concerned citizens still have a time-honored, impartial source for information on controversial topics – with no agenda beyond the promotion of independent thought and a well-informed electorate.

The official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and the database of record for graduate research, this database offer full-text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong prospective full-text coverage for older graduate works. Also includes 2.7 million searchable citations to dissertations and theses from around the world from 1861 to present.

A comprehensive list of all of the EBSCO databases available to students at Southside Virginia Community College

Contains listings for documents printed by the U.S. government and its agencies since July 1976. It covers all types of U.S. government documents, including congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records, judiciary materials, and documents issued by executive departments.

For Short Stories only: Full-text biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 writers from a variety of periods and disciplines.

Index, abstracts, and full text covering nearly all subjects including general reference, business, health, and much more. Designed for a general (as opposed to academic) audience.

Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine.

Indexes books, articles and dissertations published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics, providing coverage from 1926 to the present. It includes the MLA Thesaurus and the MLA Directory of Periodicals, which lists detailed information on over 5,500 journals, including over 4,400 indexed in the Bibliography.

Provides access to the full-text of this scholarly publication from 1960 to date.

Contains the entire text of the 22 volume OED 2nd edition with supplements prepared throughout this century. In addition to containing the definitions for most words in the English Language, the OED also provides information on word origins and quotations showing the history of a word's meanings.

Brings together language and subject reference works from one of the worlds biggest and most trusted reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource. Contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press, including the titles in OXFORD COMPANION SERIES. All books are cross-searchable.

Supporting high school curricula and university coursework, Science in Context features authoritative information for assignments and projects, and provides detailed coverage of popular subjects. From earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography, this revolutionary, this curriculum-oriented online experience is designed to boost achievement for students and researchers.

Database includes the contents of: The World Almanac and Book of Facts, The World Almanac of the U.S.A., The World Almanac of U.S. Politics, and The World Almanac for Kids. The database covers arts and entertainment, people in the news, information about U.S. cities and states, nations of the world, vital statistics, science and technology, the environment, taxes, national defense, historical anniversaries and more. It is updated annually.

Features frequent updating, expanded World Almanac content, a wide variety of information from other Reference Suite @ FACTS.com databases, and special features available only online. Users can search content from The World Almanac and the World Almanac Encyclopedia simultaneously.

World Book Online Reference Center

OCLC's online catalog to thousands of the world's libraries. Cataloging records for more than 1 billion records in 400 languages cover thousands of subjects and includes items dating as far back as 1000 AD. Items cataloged include books, computer data, films, journals, magazines, manuscripts, musical scores, newspapers, slides, sound recordings, and videotapes.