Databases by Subject

General Reference

cqpress

CQ Researcher – – ( At Home Click Here ) – Known for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy, CQ Researcher provides award winning comprehensive coverage of the most important issues of the day.

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

 


exploralogo

Explora (General) – A simple search quickly delivers relevant results including articles, essays, and primary source documents. Topic overviews provide starting points for research. Includes more than 60,000 videos from the Associated Press.

Explora Educators Edition is also available to help with lesson planning, curriculum standards and more.


full_text_finder_logo

Full Text Finder (formerly, A-to-Z) – This database gives a single, comprehensive list of periodical titles which we can access online and cites in what databases they appear. Use this information to locate and link to journals of interest. Search for journals by keyword or by browsing an alphabetical list by title or subject.


galevirtualreferencelibrary

Gale Virtual Reference Library – Reference sources in eBook format include multi-volume encyclopedias, business plan handbooks, consumer health references, and specialized reference sources. Find traditional print publications, eg. under the Subject headings of Religion, find 22 volume Encyclopaedia Judaica and 15 volume New Catholic Encyclopedia.


download (3)

NOVELny – (24/7 access with NYS driver’s license #) – The New York Online Virtual Electronic Library is a collection of magazines, newspapers, maps, charts, research and reference books that are available to every New Yorker, free of charge.


PowerSearch – Provides access to all the Thomson Gale content in the library’s collection by exploring one, several or all cross-searchable databases simultaneously.


ProQuestStartHere_logo_RedGrey

Proquest Complete Library – 19 Databases covering 12 subject areas: Arts, Film & Music; Business; Genealogy; General Research; Health & Medicine; Historical Newspapers; History; Literature; News; Science & Technology; Social Sciences; Student Resources.


refusa

Reference USA – This database includes U.S. and Canadian White pages, U.S. and Canadian business listings, and U.S. Healthcare providers.


Scholastic Go

SCHOLASTIC GO! (formerly Grolier Online) – (at home Click Here ) Various encyclopedias, some targeted for elementary, middle school, high school and up. Includes America the Beautiful, Popular Science, Lands and People, and a Multimedia collection that includes quizzes and games.


Art and Music

ahdata25

Fine Arts and Music Collection
Full-text magazines and journals articles to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

Biography

access science

Access Science – (at home Click Here) – Biographies of important people of science.


images

Biography in Context (formerly Biography Resource Center) – Information on over 335,000 people. These biographies cover the areas of literature, science, business, entertainment, history, current events and the arts.


download

Twayne’s Authors Series – Comprises 600 full-text titles from the Twayne Literary Masters series, 200 each from Twayne World, US, and English Authors.

Business

business_insights

Business Insights: Essential – Combines all of the content formerly found in Business & Company Resource Center with a new interface designed around the research goals and workflows of a diverse business research community. Easily find information on companies, industries and more in the context of timely news, statistical data, and in-depth reports.


galevirtualreferencelibrary

Gale Virtual Reference Library – Reference sources in e-Book format in the “Business” subject area include:
Business Plans Handbook Vol. 1-14,1993-2008
Company Profiles for Students, 3 vol, 1999
Encyclopedia of American Industries, 4th ed., 2 vol, 2005
Encyclopedia of Business and Finance, 2nd ed., 2 vol, 2006
and more….


ProQuest Business Market Research Collection (At home? Click here.)

Conduct company, industry, economic and geopolitical market research with information from these sources: Hoover’s Company Profiles,  OxResearch, US and Worldwide Industry & Market Reports from Barnes Reports and Snapshots.


images

Hoover’s Company Records (At home? Click here).- In depth industry analyses, information on a company’s location, summary financials, top competitors, top officers, and more. This is a special collection in the Business section of the ProQuest collection of databases.


morningstar

Morningstar Investment Research Center – ( At Home Click Here ) – Get easy-to-use portfolio management tools, personalized portfolio analysis, select investment ideas, and independent, in-depth analyst reports to help you earn returns you can count on.



Gale Business Collection – Predicast Overview of Markets and Technology. Use this database to research companies, the products and technologies they produce, and the markets in which they compete. Includes summaries and full text from nearly 1,000 business and trade journals, industry newsletters, newspapers, market research studies, news releases, and investment and brokerage firm reports.


ProQuestStartHere_logo_RedGreyProquest Business
– Includes:

Click here for access from home for ABI/INFORM Complete

Click here for access from home for ProQuest Entrepreneurship


download (2)

Reference USA – Offers verified details on 14 million U.S. businesses and 210 million U.S. residents. Use this to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.


Click here for additional websites, videos, & courses with information relating to markets & investing.

Car Repair

blue_logo3

ALLDATA Online ( Available in the library only)
Automotive diagnostic & repair information. Access the latest Technical Service Bulletins; print wiring diagrams.

Careers and Test Preparation

careercruising

Career Cruising – An interactive reference guide which provides in-depth profiles of hundreds of different careers. In addition to the job profiles, you’ll find: (1) multimedia interviews with real people in each and every career, (2) career search tools which help users find careers that suit their interests, and (3) a comprehensive database of colleges and universities, so that users can learn where to get education and training.


JobNowLogo

Job Now! – JobNow, powered by Brainfuse, provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job. Features expert resume assistance, live interview preparation and career coaching.


learningexpress

Learning Express 3.0 – Interactive exam preparation, tutorials and practice tests. Includes SAT, GRE, GMAT, Civil Service and Licensing Exams. Provides immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of results. Spanish courses and tests are available.


tutordotcom

Tutor.Com
ADULT EDUCATION AND CAREER CENTER: GED Prep; Citizenship; Back To School
CAREER CENTER: Search for a job, write an effective resume, or prepare for an interview with a career tutor.
COLLEGE CENTER: Tutors can help with college coursework and exam studies.
STUDENT CENTER: Get help with homework, studying for an exam or understanding today’s lesson. Math, Science, Social Studies, and English. All levels including AP*.

Consumer Information

consumerreports

Consumer Reports

Recent and archived issues of the Consumer Reports magazine along with specific guides for appliances, cars, electronics, home and garden and babies and kids.

DMV Permit Practice Test

permit-180-100-green

DMV- Permit Practice Test

Practice makes perfect so practice, study, learn and pass your DMV test.

Financial

morningstar

Morningstar Investment Research Center – ( At Home Click Here ) – Get easy-to-use portfolio management tools, personalized portfolio analysis, select investment ideas, and independent, in-depth analyst reports to help you earn returns you can count on.



Weiss Ratings
Weiss Ratings’ mission is to empower consumers, professionals, and institutions with high quality advisory information for selecting or monitoring a financial services company or financial investment.  Weiss Ratings will adhere to the highest ethical standards by maintaining our independent, unbiased outlook and approach for our customers.

Genealogy

ancestry logo

Ancestry – Library Edition – (Available in the library only)
Detailed family history research materials, including images of original U.S. Census Records, Social Security Death Index.


Ancestry.com New York
Several NY repositories have formed a partnership Ancestry.com to digitize family history records and make them available on line for free.  You can use this link to access from home!


heritageQuest_1

Heritage Quest Online – Family history research materials.


blog-share-nd

Historical Newsday (1940-1984)


New-York-Times-Logo

Historical NY Times (1851-2007) – (Search Historical NewspapersHistorical newspapers provide genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

Health

ABMS-Logo-9-2014

ABMS Directory – Quick and easy access to professional information about more than 800,000 board certified physicians in 50+ specialties and 100+ subspecialties from the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

BrainHQ is an online brain-training system that represents the culmination of 30 years of research in neurological science and related medicine.


Gale-health-wellness

Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center – delivers up-to-date reference material as well as full-text magazines, journals, and pamphlets from a wide variety of authoritative medical sources. A partnership with Healthology, provides health and medical video content and physician-authored articles. A partnership with HealthDay, provides the latest headlines in a section called Topics In the News.


gale 2

Gale Health Reference Center Academic – Nursing and allied health journals address the information needs of health professionals.


Medicine eBooks are a sub-collection of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.


medlineplus

MedlinePlus – Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this website offers reliable, up-to-date health information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.


7ab4dfb8-e413-4833-abb7-2d76ca324489

Natural Medicines (formerly Natural Standard) – ( Access from Home ) – High-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. Natural Medicines regularly monitors scientific literature and industry warnings for clinically relevant new data. Regular updates occur every 3-18 months, variable by topic.


download (2)

Reference USA – Detailed information on health care providers.

History & Social Studies

 

cqpress

CQ Researcher – (At Home Click Here) – In-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy.


Encyclopedia Britannica

Encyclopedia Britannica – (At Home Click Here) – A comprehensive multimedia encyclopedia.


download (4)

Daily Life Through History – (At home Click here)


galevirtualreferencelibrary

Gale Virtual Reference Library – Includes many Social Studies titles. eg., Cold War Reference Library, Colonial America Reference Library, The Crusades Reference Library , and more…

blog-share-nd

Historical Newsday (1940-1984)


New-York-Times-Logo

Historical NY Times (1851-2007) – (Search Historical Newspapers) – Historical newspapers provide genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.


issues

Issues & Controversies – Today’s Top Issues


download

Issues & Controversies in American History – Includes editorial cartoons, charts, maps, debate topics.


scholastic

SCHOLASTIC GO! – (at home Click Here ) Various encyclopedias, some targeted for elementary, middle school, high school and up. Includes America the Beautiful, Lands and People, and a Multimedia collection.


download

U.S. History in Context – A premier online resource providing a complete overview of America’s past and covers the most studied events, decades, conflicts, wars, political and cultural movements, and people. Includes full-text newspapers and periodicals, videos, and audio files.


download

World history in Context – A premier online resource that reaches back to the ancient world – and forward to today’s headlines – to deliver a chronicle of the great cultures that have shaped the human race. Rare primary sources, reliable references, and multimedia content put this vast topic into context for students and researchers.


Kid-Oriented Databases

Britannica School – Britannica School is a safe, up-to-date, and age-appropriate information resource for Elementary, Middle, and High School.

Explora (Primary School) – Provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects, or homework.


download

Kids InfoBits – K-5 – Magazine & newspaper articles for grades K-5 covering current events, science, history, etc.


novk8plus200

NoveList K-8 Plus – Designed especially for younger readers. It has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for kids in grades K-8. In addition to finding the right books that appeal to each reader’s interests and match their reading level, you can use it to find books that meet Common Core State Standards..


Scholastic-Go

SCHOLASTIC GO! – (at home Click Here) – Encyclopedias, atlas, dictionaries. Explore subject area links along the left hand side of the homepage.


SciFlix

SCIENCEFLIX – (at home Click Here) – ScienceFlix combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9.


download

Sesame Street eBooks – (at home Click Here) – The Sesame Street eBook Reader displays eBook content in your Internet browser just like it appears in a printed book. There are 4 different kinds of eBooks: read along books, audio books, animated books, and interactive books.


Trueflix

TRUE FLIX – Perfect for students who love nonfiction and learning facts. Combines conventional e-books with video clips and adds links to Grolier online encyclopedia articles, profiles of important people, primary sources, stories, poems, charts and tables, and multimedia. (At home access)


TumbleBookLibrary

TumbleBook Library – Animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.


tumblebookcloudjr

TumbleBookCloud Junior – An online collection of read-along titles geared towards Grades 3-8. Read-Alongs are great for emergent and reluctant readers, and as an excellent tool for ESL.

Languages-Research & Learning

informe_lg

¡Informe! – Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias. (Full text of 50 Spanish language and bilingual periodicals, including Actual, Latina and Siempre. Full text of the El Nuevo Herald (Miami, FL).)


 

learningexpress

Recursos para hispanohablantes – Learning Express Este centro ofrece práctica para mejorar las habilidades básicas, práctica para el examen de GED® o ser ciudadano estadounidense.


plogo-b

Pronunciator – With courses in over 80 languages, Pronunciator is the world’s largest language-learning service. Pronunciator is home to the largest ESL curriculum, with courses taught in 51 non-English languages.


 

 

 

Britannica Escolar – ( At Home Click Here ) This site offers resources in Spanish for all ages including: Britannica Secundaria for adults and Britannica Primaria for children. Este portal le ofrece recursos de referencia en español en dos interfaces exclusivas — cada una con una enciclopedia adaptada al lector: Enciclopedia Secundaria para adultos y estudiantes y Britannica Primaria para estudiantes de 6 a 12 años de edad.

Legal

galevirtualreferencelibrary

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Reference sources in e-Book format include specialized reference sources. Click on subject area “Law” to find traditional print publications, eg.American Law Yearbook (2005-2009),
Major Acts of Congress (2004),
National Survey of State Laws (2005),
Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, 2006.

 


NUWAV Legal Documents
Legal documents made easy.  Estate, civil, family, business, personal finance, and more!


Have a civil legal question? Ask it on ny.freelegalanswers.org

ny.freelegalanswers.org is a FREE website where eligible New Yorkers can ask volunteer attorneys a question about their non-criminal legal issue.  Volunteers have 30 days to respond to your question.

What if you don’t qualify for free legal help?
Visit http://www.lawhelpny.org to find legal forms, videos, referrals, and more.

Literature

galevirtualreferencelibrary

Gale Virtual Resource Library – e-Books in the Literature section include multi-volume encyclopedias for drama, poetry, and short stories. Graphic novelists, world mythology, and Shakespeare are also covered.


gale-lrc-jpg

Literature Resource Center – Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.


litfinder

LitFinder – Access to full-text poems, short stories, essays, plays, and speeches. Includes brief biographical information of authors, explanations of poetry and other works, and a glossary of terms. Enter a basic keyword search, use advanced search, or browse by topic.


novelistplus

Novelist Plus – This is a fiction and nonfiction database that allows you to search by title, author, plot and series name. It also gives annotations, author read-alikes, booklists, book discussion guides, booktalks and feature articles.


novelistk8plus

Novelist K-8 Plus – This fiction and nonfiction database is aimed at the K-8 population and allows you to search by title, author, series, theme, or topic. It also provides full-text reviews and booktalks and includes picture books, children’s chapter books, and young adult titles. A teacher resources page gives standards-based thematic units, picture book extenders, a guide for teaching with fiction and booktalks.


twaynes

Twayne’s Authors Series – Comprises 600 full-text titles from the Twayne Literary Masters series, 200 each from Twayne World, US, and English Authors.

News/Journals/Current Issues

NEWSPAPERS AND CURRENT ISSUES

cqpress

CQ Researcher – (At Home Click Here) – In-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy.


blog-share-nd

Historical Newsday (1940-1984) (Access from home) – This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers, and scholars with online, easily searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society, and events of the time.


New-York-Times-Logo

Historical NY Times (1851-2007) – (Access from home) – This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.


InfoTrack

InfoTrac Newstand – National and international newspapers, including the New York Times (Jan 1, 1985 – Current)


download (1)

New York State Newspapers – Includes NY Post (Jan 19, 2000 – Current)


PROQUEST GLOBAL NEWSSTREAM (At home? Click here.)- Global Newsstream enables users to search the most recent global news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. This product provides one of the largest collections of news from the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.
Includes:

MAGAZINE ARTICLES AND ACADEMIC JOURNALS

image_1420_13149004290_academic onefile

Academic OneFile – Peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions; updated daily.


download (2)

General OneFile – A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.


download (1)

Issues & Controversies (Facts on File) – Information on hotly debated topics. Explores more than 800 timely topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture.


download (3)

Opposing Viewpoints in Context – Covers current social issues to help students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for the purposes of conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations.


pq-researchProquest Research Library (At home? Click here)– (Search General Research) – ProQuest Research Library provides one-stop access to more than 4,000 periodicals. Search from a highly-respected, diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, and magazines covering over 150 academic disciplines.

Science

as

Access Science – (at home Click Here) – Provides easy access to all the articles, from the latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, research updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks, thousands of illustrations, and the latest Science News headlines, biographies, and more.


galevirtualreferencelibrary

Gale Virtual Reference Library – Click on + sign next to “Science” to find encyclopedias and other reference e-books such as Grzimek’s Student Animal Life Resource and U*X*L Encyclopedia of Weather and Natural Disasters.


GreenfileGreenFile – Environmental concerns are addressed.


scholastic

SCHOLASTIC GO! – ( From Home Click Here ) – NEW BOOK OF POPULAR SCIENCE has articles arranged by topic.


colored background

Science in Context – Supports high school and university coursework, in topics including earth science, life science, space, technology, mathematics, history, biography, and many more.


Science_icon

Science Online (Facts on File) – Includes diagrams, experiments, and videos for science fairs.

Student-Oriented Databases

GENERAL REFERENCE:

Scholastic Go

SCHOLASTIC GO! (formerly Grolier Online) – (at home Click Here ) Various encyclopedias, some targeted for elementary, middle school, high school and up. Includes America the Beautiful, Popular Science, Lands and People, and a Multimedia collection that includes quizzes and games.


tutordotcom

Tutor.com – Students in grades K-12, entry level college and adult learners can receive specialized one-to-one tutoring help in the areas of math, science, English, social studies and writing. Professional tutors are available online from every day from 2:00pm to 10:00pm EST through any internet-enabled computer or mobile device.This service is also available in Spanish.

BIOGRAPHIES:

images

Biography in Context (formerly Biography Resource Center ) Information on over 335,000 people. These biographies cover the areas of literature, science, business, entertainment, history, current events and the arts.


download

Twayne’s Authors Series – Comprises 600 full-text titles from the Twayne Literary Masters series, 200 each from Twayne World, US, and English Authors.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE:

McGraw_hill_Access_science

Access Science (at home Click Here ) – Encyclopedia articles, videos, news, and biographies covering science, technology, mathematics and medicine.


Science in Context – Supporting high school curricula and university coursework, from earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography.


Science Online – Concepts, terminology, and theories; diagrams and experiments – helpful for science fairs.

LITERATURE:

gale-lrc-jpg

Literature Resource Center – Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.


novelistk8plus

NoveList K-8 Plus – Designed especially for younger readers. It has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for kids in grades K-8. In addition to finding the right books that appeal to each reader’s interests and match their reading level, you can use it to find books that meet Common Core State Standards.


novelistplus

NoveList Plus – The premiere reader advisory database. It includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, series and genre information, award lists, read-alikes by title, author, and series, discussion guides and more.


galevirtualreferencelibrary

Gale Virtual Reference Library – This database includes Drama for Students (vol. 1-27), Novels for Students (vol.1-35), Poetry for Students (vol.1-36), Short Stories for Students (vol. 1-31) AND MORE! Click on the + sign next to Literature to find these e-books.

HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES:

download (4)

Daily Life Through History – (At home Click here)


 

cqpress

CQ Researcher – (At Home Click Here) – In-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy.


Issues & Controversies

Issues & Controversies – Includes editorial cartoons and debate topics, historic primary source documents, maps and charts.


IssuesConAmHistory

I&C in American History – Explores historical events that have shaped our nation by examining the key players and the battles they fought.


opposingviewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints in Context – Covers today’s hottest social issues for help when conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations.


TumbleBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources perfect for  middle and high school students.  Offering include Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting! If you can access the internet, you can be reading, watching, or listening to fantastic content.


download

US History in Context – Gale’s U.S. History In Context is the premier online resource providing a complete overview of America’s past and covers the most studied events, decades, conflicts, wars, political and cultural movements, and people. U.S. History In Context brings a personal perspective to history with thousands of rare and vital primary source documents along with full-text newspapers and periodicals, and videos and audio files from respected sources such as The New York Times, National Geographic, and NPR.


download

World History in Context – Gale’s World History In Context is the premier online resource that reaches back to the ancient world – and forward to today’s headlines – to deliver a chronicle of the great cultures that have shaped the human race. Rare primary sources, reliable references and multimedia content put this vast topic into context for students and researchers.

shutterstock_129449258-web-1024x976What is a library database?

Library databases are digital collections of newspaper and magazine articles, encyclopedia entries, reference books, and other sources on many different topics. They are part of the “hidden web” and are NOT searchable via most search engines.

Many of the fine reference books formerly in print have migrated to online formats and must be accessed electronically for a fee. Just as you might subscribe to your favorite magazine or newspaper, the library subscribes to (pays for) a variety of general and special interest databases for patrons to use for research and enjoyment.

www-linksResearch on the Internet

The Internet is a worldwide network of computers. It has opened up an overwhelming amount of information to us, at our fingertips, at any time of the day. What you must remember is that there is NO quality control – anyone can put up a professional-looking website, but the information may be outdated or inaccurate. It is up to you, the reader, to evaluate the information and determine what is reliable.

What are the criteria for choosing databases and websites as research resources?

Librarians have always set high standards for choosing the books and other materials we maintain in our library. We use the following criteria to determine whether a website is trustworthy:

Authority:  Is the name of the author/institution clearly indicated? Are information sources cited?
Accuracy:  Is the article well written? Is the information reliable? Are there spelling or grammatical errors that indicate a lack of attention to details?
Currency:  When was the website created or last updated?
Purpose: What is the objective of the site: to inform, advertise, or entertain? Is there a bias?

Alphabetical Listing of Databases

How to access our databases:

  • You may use most of these resources from home, but some must be used in the library.
  • When you access our online resources from home, you may be prompted to enter the barcode on the back of your West Hempstead Library card.
  • On some entry screens you may need to scroll down a list of titles to reach the one you want.
  • Check the “help” menu in each online research source for hints about searching and using special features.
  • If you have questions about using these resources, please call (516) 481-6591 ext. 21 to speak with a Reference Librarian during library hours, or email reference@whplibrary.org.