Research Databases

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List of research database titles, descriptions and links
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Explora for Kids

Provides students in grades K-5 access to magazine and newspaper articles, essays, biographies, primary sources, country information, pictures, videos, and more in the areas of animals, art and music, biography, geography, language arts, health, math, science, and social studies. Includes Lexile reading levels, text-to-speech, and the ability to translate articles from English to a number of other languages.

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Explora for Teens

Provides students in grades 6-12 access to magazine and newspaper articles, essays, biographies, primary sources, country information, pictures, videos, and more in the areas of the arts, literature, biography, business, government, current issues, geography, health, history, science, and math. Includes Lexile reading levels, text-to-speech, and the ability to translate articles from English to a number of other languages.

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Crafting instructions, how-to information, and creative ideas for artists, crafters and hobbyists. Includes full-text articles from hobby and craft magazines and books, as well as access to hundreds of crafting videos. Topics include painting, woodworking, jewelry making, collecting, wine making, genealogy, gardening, cooking (with recipes), card & board games, kids' crafts, models, needlecrafts, dancing, puppetry, robotics, ham radio, scrapbooking, paper crafts, birding, fishing, hunting, and much more.

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Home Improvement Reference Center

Designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance and remodeling projects. Offers step-by-step illustrated instructions, tips, and suggestions from books and magazines, as well as over 35,000 helpful images and nearly 100 videos. Topics covered include: decorating, electrical work, maintenance, outdoor improvements, plumbing, remodeling, woodworking, and more.

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Kids Infobits

A kid-friendly graphic interface provides an introduction to database searching for students in grades K-5. Provides full-text, age-appropriate magazines and news articles, videos, images, graphs, and more. Includes text-to-speech and Lexile reading levels.

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MAS Ultra

Designed for high school students, this database contains full-text articles from popular high school magazines. Includes access to pamphlets, biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection of photographs, maps, and flags. Also provides more than 350 full-text reference books including the Columbia Encyclopedia, the CIA World Fact Book, and the World Almanac and Book of Facts.  Updated daily.

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Middle Search Plus

Provides full-text articles from popular magazines for middle school students. Also offers access to biographies, historical essays, primary source documents, fact sheets for countries and states, Magill Book Reviews, and an image collection of photographs, maps, and flags. Includes Lexile reading levels. Updated daily.

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Points of View Reference Center

Offers resources that present multiple sides of current and/or controversial topics. Includes more than 1,300 essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents, and reference books. Each topic includes an overview (background/decscription), point (argument), and counterpoint (opposing argument), plus guides to critical analysis. It also offers guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating.  

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Regional Business News

Access articles from business journals, newspapers, and newswires, covering metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. Many publications offer full-text articles, while some only offer citations. Dates of coverage vary considerably among the publications. Updated daily.

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