Databases by Subject

General Reference

Gale Academic OneFile – Gale’s premier periodical resource, provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources—including thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN as well as videos from BBC Worldwide Learning. (Click here for access from home.)


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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.


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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.


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Full Text Finder – Full Text Finder assists users in discovering which online databases allow access to specific publications. Search by journal title, publisher, or subject. Use this information to locate and link to journals of interest.


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.


Niche Academy – Instructional video tutorials for digital library resources and more!


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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.


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Proquest Research Library – search 7 databases containing scholarly journals, books, videos & audio, dissertations & theses, newspapers and more.


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Reference USA – ReferenceUSA is the premier database for accurate, up-to-date information on businesses (public, private, government agencies, and non-profit) as well as being a rich household demographics source. Perfect for obtaining business information for startups and job searches, creating lists and marketing plans, and conducting competitive analysis, users have access to 298 million businesses and 319 million consumers, new homeowners and movers, as well as health care listings.


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SCHOLASTIC GO!  – (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

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

Biography

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


Gale in Context: Biography – Information on over 335,000 people. These biographies cover the areas of literature, science, business, entertainment, history, current events and the arts.


Twayne’s Authors Series – Twayne’s is devoted to in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers of the world within the context of the time period in which they lived.

Business

Business Insights: Essential – Today’s business researchers demand instant access to reliable, comprehensive data and the tools to analyze and interpret the information. Gale Business Insights: Essentials delivers authoritative company and industry information, articles, and statistical data. Students, business owners, entrepreneurs, marketing professionals, investors, financial planners, and general researchers can explore real-world applications and develop analytical skills.


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….


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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.


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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 OneFile: Business  – 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.


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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

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

For a LIMITED TIME access from home:

www.alldatapro.com
username: nassautemp
password: nassautemp

Careers and Test Preparation

Look for job openings on Jobs Express from the NY State Department of Labor.


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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.


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Job Now! – JobNow 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.


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Learning Express  – 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.


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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.


Vet Now – Free online job and academic assistance for Veterans transitioning to civilian life

Computers

Gale OneFile: Computer Science – Provides access to business and technical publications in the computer, electronics, and telecommunications industries.

Consumer Information

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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.

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

Educators

Gale OneFile: Educator’s Reference Complete-Educator’s Reference Center seeks to provide full text for titles in the Eric database and covers multiple levels of education from preschool to college, and every educational specialty–such as technology, bilingual education, health education, and testing. It also provides insight on issues in administration, funding, and policy.


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Explora Educator’s Edition focuses on the needs of teachers & school librarians. It offers professional development resources, lesson plans, research guides, and curriculum standards.

Financial

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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.

Genealogy

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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.

For a limited time, access from home:
https://auth.nassaulibrary.org/ancestry/

You will need to log-in using your WHPL library card


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!


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Heritage Quest Online – A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.


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Historical Newsday (1940-1984)


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Historical NY Times (1851-2007) – (Access from home) (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.


NY Heritage-West Hempstead Local History

Health

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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).  (Click here for at home access.)


Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine  – Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine provides access to medical and professional periodicals, health and fitness magazines, and reference books and pamphlets. The database is designed for both nursing and allied health students as well as consumer health researchers. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.


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


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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.


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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.


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Reference USA – Detailed information on health care providers.

History and Social Studies

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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.


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


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

 


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Historical Newsday (1940-1984)


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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 & Controversies

Issues & Controversies – Issues & Controversies helps students and researchers understand today’s crucial issues by exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture. Presented in a balanced, pro/con format, each article presents the key facts, arguments, history, and current context—an ideal resource for research papers, debate preparation, and persuasive writing assignments


Issues & Controversies in American History – With Issues and Controversies in American History, history comes to life, not as a mere recitation of names and dates but as a series of turning points where the future hung in the balance and opinions raged on all sides. This accessible educational database delivers dynamic, concise, and balanced coverage that provides the background, outcome, and contemporary points of view for every major debate and conflict in American history. Includes editorial cartoons, charts, maps, debate topics.


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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.


Gale In Context: U.S. History  – 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.


Gale In Context: World History  – Gale in Context: World History reaches back to the ancient world — and forward to today’s headlines — to deliver a chronicle of the great cultures and societies that have formed the history of the human race. Rare primary sources, reliable reference and multi-media content put this vast topic into context for students. Content is aligned with state and national curriculum standards.


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.


Kids InfoBits – Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.


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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..


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


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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.


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

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Gale OneFile: ¡Informe! Academico – Informe Académico proporciona acceso a periódicos y revistas especializadas de lengua española y portuguesa. La base de datos ofrece una amplia gama de contenidos sobre América Latina.

Informe Académico provides access to Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines. The database offers a wide range of content both from and about Latin America.


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


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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 60+ 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

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
The goal of NUWAV Legal Documents is to provide documents that meet the needs of the everyday citizen. Easily compose documents in categories like Business, Contracts, Landlord/Tenant disputes, Divorce and much 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

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.


Literature Resource Center – Literature Resource Center is Gale’s most current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database offering the broadest and most representative range of authors and their works including a deep collection of full-text critical and literary analysis. The database provides researchers with unbounding evidence to support their literary responses and thesis statements through a diversity of scholars and critics that ensure all views and perspectives are represented. (Part of the Gale Digital Archive).


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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.


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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.


Twayne’s Authors Series – Twayne’s is devoted to in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers of the world within the context of the time period in which they lived.

Local Organizations and History

2-1-1 Long Island connects people to local health and human service agencies and programs.

West Hempstead Community local organization listings.



New York Heritage 


 

West Hempstead Now and Then


NYS Historic Newspapers

News/Journals/Current Issues

NEWSPAPERS AND CURRENT ISSUES

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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.


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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.


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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.


Gale OneFile: News – This innovative full-text newspaper resource allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section, or other fields. It provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.  Includes the New York Times (Jan 1, 1985 – Current)


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

For historical newspapers see:

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PROQUEST US NEWSSTREAM (At home? Click here.) – US Newsstream enables users to search the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format. US Newsstream offers access to the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal.
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MAGAZINE ARTICLES AND ACADEMIC JOURNALS

Gale 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. (Click here to access from home.)


 

Gale 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.


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


Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints  – 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.

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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.


 

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.


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GreenFile –  This comprehensive resource draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.


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


Gale In Context: Science  – Gale in Context: Science is an engaging online resource that provides contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. Drawing students in with captivating subject matter, Gale in Context: Science showcases how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues ranging from bacteria to obesity and weather. The collection includes millions of full-text articles that includes national and global publications as well as 200+ experiments, projects, and top reference content.


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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.


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:

Gale In Context: Biography  Gale in Context: Biography is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on the world’s most influential people. It merges Gale’s authoritative reference content (including Lives & Perspectives) with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.


Twayne’s Authors Series – Twayne’s is devoted to in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers of the world within the context of the time period in which they lived.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE:

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


Gale In Context: Science  – Gale in Context: Science is an engaging online resource that provides contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. Drawing students in with captivating subject matter, Gale in Context: Science showcases how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues ranging from bacteria to obesity and weather. The collection includes millions of full-text articles that includes national and global publications as well as 200+ experiments, projects, and top reference content.


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

LITERATURE:

Literature Resource Center – Literature Resource Center is Gale’s most current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database offering the broadest and most representative range of authors and their works including a deep collection of full-text critical and literary analysis. The database provides researchers with unbounding evidence to support their literary responses and thesis statements through a diversity of scholars and critics that ensure all views and perspectives are represented. (Part of the Gale Digital Archive).


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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.


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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.


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!

HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES:

 

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


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


 

Gale In Context: Middle School – Created specifically for middle school students, Research In Context combines videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, U.S. and world history, literature, and many more.


Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints  – 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.


 

Gale In Context: US History  – 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.

 


Gale In Context: World History  – 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.

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Vet Now 
– Free online job and academic assistance for Veterans transitioning to civilian life.

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.