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AtoZdatabases AtoZdatabases is a premier reference and marketing database including 30 million business profiles and 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more! Menlo Park library card required for home use.
Associations & Nonprofits Associations and Nonprofits is officially known as the Gale Directory Library, and is composed of the Encyclopedia of Associations and National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations. Locate approximately 460,000 international and U.S. national, regional, state, and local nonprofit membership organizations in all fields, including IRS data on U.S. 501(c) nonprofit organizations. It can also be used to monitor association trends; identify related associations; network and make professional contacts; and market to associations, their members, and markets.
Auto Repair from Chilton Library Chilton Library represents itself as the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.
Auto Repair from ALLDATA ALLDATA claims to be the world's most comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information.
Use the Online Search feature to locate information quickly.
Access the latest Technical Service Bulletins with the new TSBs feature.
Print wiring diagrams on 8.5-by-11-inch paper.
ALLDATA is only available from inside the Menlo Park Library.
Business Insights: Global Business Insights: Global is a unique source for international business intelligence offering the most comprehensive and convenient way to find case studies, in-depth statistical data coupled with deep research, and the ability to compare global economies, countries, and industries.
Consumer Reports Consumer Reports is the full-text, online version of the popular consumer magazine. CR is only available from inside the Menlo Park Library.
PowerSearch PowerSearch lets you search all 9 cross-searchable databases from Gale, containing over 124 million documents including magazine, newspaper, and reference book articles. Or you can choose only those databases relevant to your topic, and perform a single search of them. Additional databases listed on the MPL and Gale pages must be searched separately.
Infotrac Infotrac (a.k.a. General Onefile) is a general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use the General Reference Center to find articles from magazines, reference books, and newspapers, many with full-text and images. Find the latest information on current events, popular culture, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.
Student Resources in Context Student Resources in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of topics, people, places, and events. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files, and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience combined with new features such as "Search Assist" and quick fact boxes.
Academic OneFile Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily.
Kid's InfoBits Kid's InfoBits is a periodical database designed for elementary school students, with easy access to full-text magazines, newspapers, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.
Health & Wellness Resource Center Health and Wellness Resource Center (including Alternative Medicine collection) can be used to find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, prescription drugs, and more. Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites as well as government databases. The material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.
Science In Context Science In Context contains thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures, and illustrations just a few clicks away. The latest scientific developments are covered in articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals, as well as links to quality web sites. The database covers curriculum-related science topics and offers teachers an easy-to-use tool to identify content directly correlated to state and national standards.
Opposing Viewpoints Opposing Viewpoints draws on the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, as well as core reference content from other Gale and Macmillan Reference USA sources, to provide:
Access viewpoint articles
Complete one-stop source for information on social issues
Full-text magazine and newspaper articles
Links to websites
U.S. History U.S. History provides integrated access to over 4,000 historical (primary) documents, articles from more than 30 reference titles, and over 110 full-text journals covering themes, events, individuals, and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.
World History World History provides expansive geographic and chronological research materials for the study of world history, supported by over 1,800 primary sources, over 27 reference titles, and more than 110 journals.
American Decades American Decades (an 11-volume reference book in electronic form) covers 20th-century events and social history beginning in 1900 and ending in 1999.
Renaissance Renaissance and Reformation Reference Library (a 6-volume reference book in electronic form) covers everything from Luther's Revolt to the writings of Shakespeare. It includes extensive background information on the period, approximately 50 biographies of people of the era, and includes full or excerpted speeches, diary entries, newspaper and magazine articles, poems, and documents.
Biographies Biographies lets you search for current or historic figures based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth / death dates and places, or gender, as well as keyword and full text. Also get nearly 160,000 concise and in-depth biographies drawn from subject encyclopedias published under the highly respected Macmillan, Scribner, and Gale imprints.
Countries & Their Cultures Countries and Their Cultures (a 4-volume reference book in electronic form) focuses on cultures and countries around the world, specifically what is and is not shared culturally by the people who live in a particular country. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information.
Fashion & Costume Fashion and Costume (a 5-volume reference book in electronic form) provides a broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day. Examines more than 430 items of human decoration and adornment, how and why items were created, the people who made them, and their uses. This set shows how clothing, headwear, body decorations, and footwear reflect the different cultural, religious, and societal beliefs.
Encyclopedia of Religion Encyclopedia of Religion (a 15-volume reference book in electronic form) is the definitive work in the field for the 21st century.
U.S. Immigration & Migration Reference Library U.S. Immigration and Migration Reference Library (a 6-volume reference book in electronic form) chronicles and interprets the phenomenal waves of immigration to the United States from the earliest times up to the present day, when restrictive policies have temporarily stanched the flow of immigrants. It covers the economic, religious, and political forces that compelled people to seek a better life in a new land, profiles both prominent and lesser-known people of the immigrant experience, and features key documents related to the topic.
eBooks You can get eBooks a few different ways:
1) Visit the eBook vendor's site, sign up / log in, and search / browse
On left side of screen under Format, click Books - eBook or Audiobooks - Downloadable Audiobook
Click a title and look for "Connect to this.." link on left side.
You are taken to the particular eBook vendor who carries that item
3) Find eBooks that are compatible with your reading device, by using this comparison chart.
BookBrowse for Libraries
BookBrowse for Libraries is a unique hybrid between a readers' advisory database and an online magazine by combining rich content with a user-friendly, fully searchable interface that links back to the library's catalog. Key features include:
80+ previews and 30+ in-depth reviews each month
Browse and cross-reference by more than 70 subjects and themes
Fully searchable archives of thousands of books, including excerpts, reviews, and author biographies
Read-alike suggestions from all recommended books
Resources and reading guides for book clubs
Summaries of reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, The New York Times, and other reputable sources
Menlo Park library card required for home use of BookBrowse.
Literature Resources lets you research authors and their works, literary movements, and genres. Search across several major literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews.
Language & Reading Skills Mango Languages
Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Menlo Park library card required for home use of Mango.
Little Pim Little Pim lets children age 0-6 learn language skills in English and 9 other languages. Menlo Park library card required for home use of Little Pim.
Reading Horizons provides reading instruction for beginning or struggling readers in grades K-3. First register with MPL children's librarian Michelle Burnham (330-2531), and then access Reading Horizons here. Get a detailed overview by visiting the Reading Horizons website.
BookFlix BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic. Menlo Park library card required for home use of BookFlix.
Still need more? Depending on where your home library is (look on the back of library card for city name), you may be able to access other PLS databases.