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Arts & Music


Encyclopedia of Body Adornment

logo: Encyclopedia of Body Adornment

Addresses the major adornments and modifications, their historical and cross-cultural locations, and the major cultural groups and places in which body modification has been central to social and cultural practices.

Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed.

logo: Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed.

Over 27,000 total entries – from Bing Crosby to Crosby, Stills and Nash; from the Shangri Las to Nirvana; from Bob Marley to Johnny Cash. Larkin has expanded his encyclopedia, which talks about groups and types of music. Not just rock and roll: comprehensive coverage of popular music of all genres and times, including jazz, country, folk, rap, musicals, world music, and more! There is also a song index to find every song mentioned.


Fashion - Costume - and Culture: Clothing - Headwear - Body Decorations - and Footwear through the Ages

logo: Fashion -  Costume -  and Culture: Clothing -  Headwear -  Body Decorations -  and Footwear through the Ages

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, ranging from togas to turbans, necklaces to tennis shoes. Explores 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.

Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever 2013

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Reviews movies that are available on DVD or tape. Each entry includes title, alternate title, one-to four-bone rating, year released, MPAA rating, brief review, length, format, country of origin, cast, technical personnel, awards and made-for-television/cable/video designations.

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Biography


Dictionary of American Family Names

logo: Dictionary of American Family Names

Where did your surname come from? Do you know how many people in the United States share it? What does it tell you about your lineage? This massive undertaking documents 70,000 surnames of Americans across the country. A reference source like no other, it surveys each surname giving its meaning, nationality, alternate spellings, common forenames associated with it, and the frequency of each surname and forename.

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Books & Literature


Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

logo: Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Much loved for its wit and wisdom since 1870, Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable takes you on a captivating adventure through its trademark blend of language, culture, myth and legend. As Susie Dent explains in the foreword, Brewer’s “is not a straightforward dictionary, nor is it an encyclopaedia. It is, in fact, unlike any other reference book that exists, anywhere.” This nineteenth edition encapsulates all the charm and wit that characterise its predecessors and maintains the standards of scholarship and eclecticism that have long been its hallmark.

Celtic Mythology A to Z 2nd ed.

logo: Celtic Mythology A to Z 2nd ed.

Covers the characters, objects, and places that make up the mythic lore of the Celtic peoples of Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, and Wales.


Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music and Art

logo: Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music and Art

An international team of renowned folklorists contributed to this fascinating, comprehensive reference work. Folklore introduces the major types of folklore and the approaches used to study them, from the anthropological through the linguistic, literary, and psychological.

Shakespeare for Students 2nd ed.

logo: Shakespeare for Students 2nd ed.

For anyone who is puzzled by the Bard's plays and poems, Shakespeare for Students is the solution! Plot summaries, character profiles, literary criticism, and analysis of themes and imagery are included.


The Novel 100, Rev. ed. : A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time

logo: The Novel 100, Rev. ed. :  A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time

Provides a reference that profiles great novels drawn from all cultures and periods of literature. Includes a plot summary and assessment of a particular novel, with an emphasis on facts about the novel's creation, critical reception, and contribution to literary history.

The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

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Covering all aspects of mythology, this Companion includes essays on the world's major mythological traditions (Greek, Native American, Indian, Japanese, Sumerian, Egyptian), along with retellings of better-known myths, and entries on mythological types, motifs, and figures (such as the Descent to the Underworld, the Hero, Creation, Odysseus, Spider Woman, and Inanna), and related subjects (such as fairly tales and legends). The Companion locates myth firmly in our lives today by exploring language patterns, psychology, religion, politics, art, and gender attitudes.


The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations

logo: The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations

With nearly 6,000 quotations, this volume offers a stimulating picture of American culture and life. Up-to-date and thoroughly researched, the Dictionary gives readers a nutshell history of what great (and not-so-great) Americans had to say about many topics. This thoughtfully laid out compilation represents Americans ranging from the famous to the infamous, and from the distant as well as recent past, from George Abbott to Fran Lebowitz to Frank Zappa and numerous personalities, presidents, and analysts.

The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations

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This up-to-date collection offers a vivid picture both of the world today, and of the landmark events and key voices leading to it. From Scott's Antarctic Expedition in 1912 to the attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001, it charts watersheds such as two World Wars as well as the ebbs and flows of popular culture.


The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

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A major new edition of the most authoritative dictionary of quotations available brings you the wit and wisdom of past and present – from the ancients of East and West to the global village of the 21st century. Find that half-remembered line in a browser's paradise of over 20,000 quotations for all occasions. Whether you lean towards the words of Jane Austen: ‘Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure’, or the advice of Paris Hilton: ‘Dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in’, the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations provides the ultimate answer to the questions ‘Who said that? (and when, and why)’.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Find comprehensive coverage of children's literature, from medieval chapbooks to J. K. Rowling's immensely popular Harry Potter books. Unlike other references, the Encyclopedia not only documents but also interprets every work, major and minor, that has played a role in the history of children's literature in the world.


The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

logo: The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

This comprehensive reference includes detailed information on the spelling, history, and usage of thousands of foreign words and phrases used by English speakers. There are words from more than forty languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, and Yiddish. Terms from cooking, fashion, and music jostle with others from fine arts, history, law, politics, business, and travel in this great reference to words from around the globe.

UXL Encyclopedia of World Mythology

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Entry topics include gods and goddesses; heroes and other key characters; motifs and global themes; major myths; and national or cultural mythologies. Coverage spans a diversity of cultures, including standard Greek/Roman entries as well as Native North and South American traditions, Norse mythology, Asian Pacific mythology, Judeo-Christian tradition, and Islamic and Hindu mythologies.

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Business & Consumers


America's Top Rated Smaller Cities

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Provides current, comprehensive data on 110 US cities, all top-ranked by Population Growth, Median Income, Unemployment Rate and Crime Rate.

America's Top-Rated Cities 2010

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Provides current, comprehensive statistical information, and other essential data, on the top cities that have been cited as the best for business and living in the United States.


Business Plans Handbook

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For the new entrepreneur or the established business in search of a better way, the Business Plans Handbook provides a diverse collection of existing documents and resources to help you create your perfect plan.

Encyclopedia of Small Business - 3rd ed.

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Voted a best reference source, entrepreneurs can learn more about creating business plans, market analysis and much more.


From Green Industries to Green Jobs

logo: From Green Industries to Green Jobs

Presents occupational profiles, alongside overviews of the green job that cover such details as, what job it is most similar to, what skills are required to perform the job, and what a typical day in the life of that job is like.

Gale E-Commerce Sourcebook

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Combines a variety of information including approximately 100 how to topical entries covering the most commonly asked questions relating to e-commerce. Topics include how to write business and marketing plans, secure financing, and evaluate candidates for designing a website. Covers directory listings of approximately 4,700 associations, consultants, and other organizations related to e-commerce as well as the top 250 leading e-commerce companies worldwide.


How to Prepare a Business Plan

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Explains the process of preparing a business plan, and includes guidance on: producing cash flow forecasts and sample business plans; expanding a business; planning the borrowing; and monitoring business progress.

How to Write Reports and Proposals–Creating Success Series

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Provides practical pointers to impress convince or persuade colleagues or clients on how to make a plan of what to write, transfer ideas onto paper and edit them to achieve the best results.


International Directory of Company Histories

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Provides histories of companies that are a leading influence in a particular industry or geographic location. For students, job candidates, business executives, historians and investors.

Successful Time Management–Creating Success series

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Provides tips and techniques, to help anyone review and assess their own time management and adopt new work practices to improve it.


Taking Minutes of Meetings–Creating Success series

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Covers the entire process behind minute taking from arranging the meeting, writing the agenda, creating the optimum environment, taking, structuring and writing notes up accurately.

The Ultimate Interview, Volume 2

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Offers advice on what interviewers are looking for, how to prepare yourself, researching the background to a vacancy and giving the right answers to the hardest questions.


The West Virginia Capital Access Program (WVCAP)

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WVCAP is the state's new program designed to increase small business access to capital. The program was announced in December 2011 when the United States Department of the Treasury approved the state’s application for State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funding. The approval gives West Virginia access to $13.1 million to fund new small business lending programs.

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Careers & College


Career Information Center - 9th ed.

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What does it take to get specific jobs? What are the employment outlooks? All this and more about 3,000 occupations.

College Blue Book - 38th ed.

logo: College Blue Book - 38th ed.

A useful resource for choosing colleges. Search both 2 and 4 year colleges by degrees offered, location and more. It also includes financial aid resources.


Scholarships - Fellowships and Loans - 30th ed.

logo: Scholarships - Fellowships and Loans - 30th ed.

Provides comprehensive information on sources of education-related financial aid sponsored and administered by private organizations and companies. Covers a variety of programs in all educational areas, including area and ethnic studies, business, computer science, education, liberal arts, medicine, physical sciences, theology and religion, and more. Intended for students and others interested in education funding.

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Countries & Travel


A Global Chronology of Conflict: From the Ancient World to the Modern Middle East

logo: A Global Chronology of Conflict: From the Ancient World to the Modern Middle East

From the heroic stand of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae and the brutally efficient conquests of Genghis Khan's Mongol hordes, to the rain of arrows at Agincourt and the blood-stained hills around Gettysburg, this compelling work chronicles the history of conflict in all its guts and glory.

Florence & Tuscany

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Provides background information on Florence and Tuscany; describes the major sights, and suggests hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and outdoor activities.


Germany

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Provides background information on Germany; describes the major sights, and suggests hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and outdoor activities.

Global Road Warrior

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From travel planning to school work, Global Road Warrior connects you with information about countries around the world. Explore hotels, customs, history, even recipes.


Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Holidays

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Written especially for middle and high school students, the Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia offers a worldwide perspective on major holidays like Christmas, Halloween, and more.

Middle East Conflict

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Provides a comprehensive and objective overview of the people, events, and documents that are key to understanding the complex relationships of the countries and cultures of the Middle East


Spain

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Provides background information on Spain; describes the architecture, culture and history; explores the highlights of each region of the country and recommends hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and outdoor activities.

The Rough Guide to California

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A travel guidebook to California. Recommends accommodations, restaurants and attractions for various budgets.


The Rough Guide to Canada

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A travel guidebook to Canada. Recommends accommodations, restaurants and attractions for various budgets.

The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget

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Provides in depth budget information for all seven Central American countries and every aspect of travel, including accommodations, restaurants, special events, festivals, and outdoor activities.


The Rough Guide to China

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A travel guidebook to China. Recommends accommodations, restaurants and attractions for various budgets.

The Rough Guide to England

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A travel guidebook to England. Recommends accommodations, restaurants and attractions for various budgets.


The Rough Guide to France

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A travel guidebook to France. Recommends accommodations, restaurants and attractions for various budgets.

The Rough Guide to Hawaii

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A travel guidebook to Hawaii. Recommends accommodations, restaurants and attractions for various budgets.


The Rough Guide to Ireland

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A travel guidebook to Ireland. Recommends accommodations, restaurants and attractions for various budgets.

The Rough Guide to Italy

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A travel guidebook to Italy. Recommends accommodations, restaurants and attractions for various budgets.


The Rough Guide to Japan

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A travel guidebook to Japan. Recommends accommodations, restaurants and attractions for various budgets.

The Rough Guide to Las Vegas

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A travel guidebook to Las Vegas. Recommends accommodations, restaurants and attractions for various budgets.


The Rough Guide to Mexico

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A travel guidebook to Mexico. Recommends accommodations, restaurants and attractions for various budgets.

The Rough Guide to New York City

logo: The Rough Guide to New York City

A travel guidebook to New York City. Recommends accommodations, restaurants and attractions for various budgets.


The Rough Guide to Scotland

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A travel guidebook to Scotland. Recommends accommodations, restaurants and attractions for various budgets.

The Rough Guide to Turkey

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A travel guidebook to Turkey. Recommends accommodations, restaurants and attractions for various budgets.


Walt Disney World® Resort & Orlando

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Provides background information on Walt Disney World Resort and Orlando; describes the major sights, and suggests hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and outdoor activities.

Washington, D.C.

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Provides background information on Washington, D.C.; describes the architecture, the culture and history, and recommends hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and outdoor activities.


Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations 13th ed.

logo: Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations 13th ed.

Presents easy-to-understand information on 194 countries and dependencies from around the world. Entries discuss a variety of topics in detail, from banking and securities to climate, from government data to demographic statistics. Also includes biographical essays on national leaders.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States 7th ed.

logo: Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States 7th ed.

Discover facts on all 50 states, from history to geography to the state seal and more.

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Education


Career Information Center - 9th ed.

logo: Career Information Center - 9th ed.

What does it take to get specific jobs? What are the employment outlooks? All this and more about 3,000 occupations.

College Blue Book - 38th ed.

logo: College Blue Book - 38th ed.

A useful resource for choosing colleges. Search both 2 and 4 year colleges by degrees offered, location and more. It also includes financial aid resources.


Scholarships - Fellowships and Loans - 30th ed.

logo: Scholarships - Fellowships and Loans - 30th ed.

Provides comprehensive information on sources of education-related financial aid sponsored and administered by private organizations and companies. Covers a variety of programs in all educational areas, including area and ethnic studies, business, computer science, education, liberal arts, medicine, physical sciences, theology and religion, and more. Intended for students and others interested in education funding.

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Genealogy


Dictionary of American Family Names

logo: Dictionary of American Family Names

Where did your surname come from? Do you know how many people in the United States share it? What does it tell you about your lineage? This massive undertaking documents 70,000 surnames of Americans across the country. A reference source like no other, it surveys each surname giving its meaning, nationality, alternate spellings, common forenames associated with it, and the frequency of each surname and forename.

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Health & Medicine


Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Sourcebook 2nd ed.

logo: Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Sourcebook 2nd ed.

Provides updated information about the specific types of autism spectrum disorders. It explains symptoms, assessment, and diagnosis of ASD and describes the importance of early interventions.

Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior - 3rd ed.

logo: Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior - 3rd ed.

The editors address social, medical, legal, and political issues related to substance use and addictive behavior.


Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine - 4th ed.

logo: Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine - 4th ed.

Covering 1,700 medical topics, articles are written for users without medical backgrounds. Disease/disorder articles cover descriptions, causes, treatment and more.

Salem Health

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Salem Health is an online interface to all the content you will find in Magill's Medical Guide, Salem Health: Psychology & Mental Health, and Salem Health: Genetics & Inherited Conditions.


Sexually Transmitted Diseases Sourcebook , 4th edition

logo: Sexually Transmitted Diseases Sourcebook , 4th edition

Provides basic consumer health information about risk factors, symptoms, testing, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, along with prevention guidelines.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health : Infancy through Adolescence 2nd ed.

logo: The Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health :  Infancy through Adolescence 2nd ed.

Provides in-depth coverage of pediatric diseases and disorders, with issues related to physical and cognitive and behavioral development. Covers every major body system. There is a distinct emphasis on health issues affecting children under the age of four.


The Gale Encyclopedia of Fitness

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Covers 300 topics on physiology and fitness, including coverage of Healthy People 2010/2020, the nationwide initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve the nation's health, as well as topics on diseases and conditions related to fitness.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

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Provides detailed information on mental disorders and conditions. Also features entries for prescription, alternative and over-the-counter drugs, as well as the various therapies used to treat mental disorders.


The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests 2nd ed.

logo: The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests 2nd ed.

Provides coverage of numerous surgical procedures, medical tests and related topics, such as anesthetics, common lab test and procedures, medications and postoperative care. Entries for medical test and surgical include definition; purpose; demographic information; diagnosis/preparation; aftercare; risks; morbidity and mortality rates; alternatives; and more.

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History–American


American Civil War Reference Library

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American Civil War Reference Library offers comprehensive and wide ranging research options on this compelling era of American history. Material in each of the three titles has been reviewed by an independent advisory board for its curriculum relevance and its accessibility to students in grades 6-12.

American Decades 1900-1999

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Exploring the 20th century from history to politics to pop culture to sports and more, every decade shares its important and trivial events.


American Decades 2000-2009

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Covers everything from monumental events and groundbreaking individuals to the fascinating details of Americans' daily lives. Supports historical research in disciplines from the arts and business to law, medicine, technology and social trends.

American Eras

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A student-friendly reference source that details American history from the earliest native civilizations to the last years of the nineteenth century. Discover the people, places, and events that shaped our country and our culture. A companion to our e-book American Decades.


Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History - 2nd ed.

logo: Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History -  2nd ed.

A five-volume set and supplement covering all aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present day. Using biographies, historical essays, and thematic pieces, many written by foremost scholars, it addresses a wide array of subjects in over 2,300 articles to define in one source the cultural roots, participation in American life, and current condition of the African-American community..

UXL Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes

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A detailed study of 88 tribes from the United States and Canada, including some small tribes that no longer exist. Supported by maps and source documents, the Encyclopedia examines the history, culture, and literature of each tribe, providing students with an invaluable resource for research and projects.


UXL Encyclopedia of U.S. History

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From the colonization of America to the War in Iraq, important events and individuals from American history are explored.

Witchcraft in America

logo: Witchcraft in America

A good resource for papers on the witch hunts of Colonial times and the occult in American history.


Worker's Unite: The American Labor Movement

logo: Worker's Unite: The American Labor Movement

Provides a detailed and authoritative overview of the rise of American labor unions and their subsequent impact on the economy and culture of the United States.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States 7th ed.

logo: Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States 7th ed.

Discover facts on all 50 states, from history to geography to the state seal and more.

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History–World


A Global Chronology of Conflict: From the Ancient World to the Modern Middle East

logo: A Global Chronology of Conflict: From the Ancient World to the Modern Middle East

From the heroic stand of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae and the brutally efficient conquests of Genghis Khan's Mongol hordes, to the rain of arrows at Agincourt and the blood-stained hills around Gettysburg, this compelling work chronicles the history of conflict in all its guts and glory.

Ancient Civilizations Reference Library

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The ancient peoples of Europe, Asia, and the Americas are the focus of this remarkable resource. Essays, timelines, maps, and more outline the histories of the Celts, Egyptians, Hebrews, and more.


Ancient Greece and Rome: an Encyclopedia for Students

logo: Ancient Greece and Rome: an Encyclopedia for Students

With over 460 articles, this expansive encyclopedia offers a window into all aspects of Greek and Roman life, from politics and philosophy to art and architecture and more.

Elizabethan World Reference Library

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Encounter the whole spectrum of Elizabethan life! Learn more about the queen and Shakespeare, and uncover the facts behind rural society and religious conflict in an age of great achievement and change.


Fashion - Costume - and Culture: Clothing - Headwear - Body Decorations - and Footwear through the Ages

logo: Fashion -  Costume -  and Culture: Clothing -  Headwear -  Body Decorations -  and Footwear through the Ages

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, ranging from togas to turbans, necklaces to tennis shoes. Explores 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.

Learning About the Holocaust: A Student's Guide

logo: Learning About the Holocaust: A Student's Guide

Offers articles written at the 9th and 10th grade reading levels; includes diary entries and stories about young people who lived during the Holocaust.


Middle Ages Reference Library

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How did the Sunni Shiite split in medieval times bring about modern tensions between Iran and Iraq? Middle Ages Reference Library helps students answer this question and many other enigmas by encouraging them to see how events and ideas are linked.

Middle East Conflict

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Provides a comprehensive and objective overview of the people, events, and documents that are key to understanding the complex relationships of the countries and cultures of the Middle East


Pirates Through the Ages Reference Library

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Explores the history of piracy from ancient times to the present day. Topics include piracy in antiquity and the Middle Ages, the golden age of piracy in the Caribbean, female pirates, the pirate code of conduct and pirate slang, strongholds and hideouts, ships, weaponry, and sea battles, pirates in literature and film, and modern maritime piracy.

Salem History

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Salem History is an online interface to all the content you will find in Great Lives from History: The 17th Century , Great Lives from History: The 18th Century , Great Events from History: The 17th Century , and Great Events from History: The 18th Century.


The Oxford Companion to World Exploration

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Covering all aspects of global exploration, from Antarctica to the North Pole, it examines the lives and expeditions of heroic and influential explorers. It covers navigational and marine sciences, such as navigational techniques, ancient and medieval navigation, ocean currents and winds, longitude, cartography, and aerial surveys. The Companion's temporal scope ranges from the ancient cultures of Egypt, Persia, Greece, Byzantium, China, Polynesia, and Rome, through to modern space exploration.

World Eras - Volume 10: West African Kingdoms - 500-1590

logo: World Eras -  Volume 10: West African Kingdoms -  500-1590

Examines major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and a strong emphasis on daily life and social history. This volume provides in-depth coverage of West African kingdoms, 500-1590.


World Eras - Volume 1: European Renaissance and Reformation - 1350-1600

logo: World Eras -  Volume 1: European Renaissance and Reformation -  1350-1600

Examines major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and a strong emphasis on daily life and social history. This volume provides in-depth coverage of the European Renaissance and Reformation, 1350-1600.

World Eras - Volume 2: Rise and Spread of Islam - 622-1500

logo: World Eras -  Volume 2: Rise and Spread of Islam -  622-1500

Examines major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and a strong emphasis on daily life and social history. This volume provides in-depth coverage of the rise and spread of Islam, 622-1500.


World Eras - Volume 3: Roman Republic and Empire - 264 B.C.E.- 476 C.E.

logo: World Eras -  Volume 3: Roman Republic and Empire -  264 B.C.E.- 476 C.E.

Examines major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and a strong emphasis on daily life and social history. This volume provides in-depth coverage of the Roman Republic and Empire, 264 B.C.E.-476 C.E.

World Eras - Volume 4: Medieval Europe - 814-1350

logo: World Eras -  Volume 4: Medieval Europe -  814-1350

Examines major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and a strong emphasis on daily life and social history. This volume provides in-depth coverage of medieval Europe, 814-1350.


World Eras - Volume 5: Ancient Egypt - 2615 - 332 B.C.E.

logo: World Eras -  Volume 5: Ancient Egypt -  2615 - 332 B.C.E.

Examines major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and a strong emphasis on daily life and social history. This volume provides in-depth coverage of ancient Egypt, 2615-332 B.C.E.

World Eras - Volume 6: Classical Greek Civilization - 800-323 B.C.E

logo: World Eras -  Volume 6: Classical Greek Civilization -  800-323 B.C.E

Examines major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and a strong emphasis on daily life and social history. This volume provides in-depth coverage of classical Greek civilization, 800-323 B.C.E.


World Eras - Volume 7: Imperial China - 617-1644

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Examines major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and a strong emphasis on daily life and social history. This volume provides in-depth coverage of imperial China, 617-1644.

World Eras - Volume 8: Ancient Mesopotamia - 3300-331 B.C.E.

logo: World Eras -  Volume 8: Ancient Mesopotamia -  3300-331 B.C.E.

Examines major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and a strong emphasis on daily life and social history. This volume provides in-depth coverage of ancient Mesopotamia, 3300-331 B.C.E.


World Eras - Volume 9: Industrial Revolution in Europe - 1750-1914

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Examines major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and a strong emphasis on daily life and social history. This volume provides in-depth coverage of the Industrial Revolution in Europe, 1750-1914.

World War II Reference Library

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Provides background and information on major topics about the World War II period, biographies of significant men and women involved in the war, and primary sources such as full or excerpted speeches, diary entries, newspaper accounts and other original documents.

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Kids


The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Find comprehensive coverage of children's literature, from medieval chapbooks to J. K. Rowling's immensely popular Harry Potter books. Unlike other references, the Encyclopedia not only documents but also interprets every work, major and minor, that has played a role in the history of children's literature in the world.

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Law & Government


Checks and Balances: The Three Branches of the American Government

logo: Checks and Balances: The Three Branches of the American Government

Presents easy to understand information about the inner workings of the federal government. Includes historical overviews and examinations of the day-to-day operations of each branch, as well as Constitutional duties and obligations of each branch, specifics related to eligibility, elections and appointments of key positions, changes since 1776, the future of each branch, and other topics. For student and general audiences.

Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law - 2nd ed.

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Geared toward the non-lawyer, users will find historical articles and practical information on law in everyday life.


Supreme Court Drama: Cases That Changed America

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Profiles major U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have made a significant impact on American society. Each volume is organized by broad legal principles such as individual liberties, criminal justice, equal protection, and business and government law. Within this framework, case entries are arranged under the more specific legal issue to which they relate, such as affirmative action, capital punishment, freedom of speech, and monopolies.

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Multicultural Studies


Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History - 2nd ed.

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A five-volume set and supplement covering all aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present day. Using biographies, historical essays, and thematic pieces, many written by foremost scholars, it addresses a wide array of subjects in over 2,300 articles to define in one source the cultural roots, participation in American life, and current condition of the African-American community..

Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music and Art

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An international team of renowned folklorists contributed to this fascinating, comprehensive reference work. Folklore introduces the major types of folklore and the approaches used to study them, from the anthropological through the linguistic, literary, and psychological.


UXL Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes

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A detailed study of 88 tribes from the United States and Canada, including some small tribes that no longer exist. Supported by maps and source documents, the Encyclopedia examines the history, culture, and literature of each tribe, providing students with an invaluable resource for research and projects.

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Religion


Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls

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The Encyclopedia is the definitive account of what we know about the Dead Sea Scrolls--their history, relevance, meaning, and the controversies that surround them. Discovered in 1947 by a Bedouin shepherd, the collection of 800 manuscripts is older than any other collection of manuscripts of the Hebrew Scriptures by almost one thousand years.

Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Beliefs, Customs, Tales, Music and Art

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An international team of renowned folklorists contributed to this fascinating, comprehensive reference work. Folklore introduces the major types of folklore and the approaches used to study them, from the anthropological through the linguistic, literary, and psychological.




Introduction to the World's Major Religions: Judaism, Volume 1

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This offers an accurate, enjoyable introduction to the Jewish faith, people, and practices in a global context.


The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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The Oxford Companion to the Bible provides an authoritative one-volume reference to the people, places, events, books, institutions, religious belief, and secular influence of the Bible. Written by more than 250 scholars from some 20 nations and embracing a wide variety of perspectives, the Companion offers over seven hundred entries, ranging from brief identifications--who is Dives? where is Pisgah?--to extensive interpretive essays on topics such as the influence of the Bible on music or law.

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Science


Alternative Energy

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Introduces students to issues surrounding current energy sources and alternative energy options.

Chemical Elements 2nd edition

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Designed specifically for students, this collection includes the history and uses of 112 known chemical elements, as well as information on recently-discovered elements. A perfect resource for your research paper.


DK Eyewitness Books: Hurricane & Tornado

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Explores various types of extreme weather including tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms, and hailstorms, among others.

DK Eyewitness Books: Volcano & Earthquake

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Explains the causes and effects of volcanoes and earthquakes and examines specific occurrences throughout history.


Disasters, Accidents, and Crises in American History

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Covers some of the most significant calamities and crises in American history; includes a broad array of events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, floods, epidemics, riots, assassinations, rebellions, shipwrecks, collisions, plagues, depressions, explosions, tornadoes, blizzards, poisonings, scandals, bombings, bridge collapses, dam failures, environmental calamities, and others.

E.Explore: Dinosaur

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Provides online links with fossil hunters, scientists, and the people who bring dinosaurs to life.


Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather

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For most of history, humans have made every possible effort to accurately foretell the weather, evolving from the use of guesswork, rule of thumb, and signs in the sky to the development of contemporary forecasting techniques drawn from two scientific disciplines, climatology and meteorology.

Gadgets and Necessities: An Encyclopedia of Household Innovations

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This comprehensive encyclopedia covers innovations and objects, inventors, organizations, institutions, manufacturers, and themes. Taking the average home of today as a starting point, the volume covers the household objects and technologies that did not exist in homes before 1900.


Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource

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The famous 20-volume set is available on your home computer with this digital resource. Explore major classifications of animals, view species by biome or geographic range, and more.

Mathematics

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Explains mathematical concepts with an historical overview of the field. Explores the uses and effects of math in daily life, and provides information on different career choices in this field. For academic readers.


Salem Science

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Salem Science is an online interface to all the content you will find in The Solar System.

Space Sciences

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From the history of space exploration to the future of "space business", this set offers a broad survey of the space sciences. Includes biographies of scientists and the space-related job market.


The Basics of Chemistry

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This book covers the basic concepts found in introductory high-school and college chemistry courses.


The Basics of Physics

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An excellent introduction to the basics of physics from antiquity to the modern era, including motion, work, energy, heat, matter, light, electricity, quantum & nuclear physics.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of U.S. and Canadian Environmental Issues

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Covers the environmental issues for each U.S. state and Canadian province. Essays include an introduction that describes the geographical and geological features of the state/province, information on how global climate change could affect the state/province and its inhabitants, information on natural resources, energy, Green Economy, Green Jobs, and Green Building, and a special section that covers a major environmental topic in each state/province.

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Travel


America's Top Rated Smaller Cities

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Provides current, comprehensive data on 110 US cities, all top-ranked by Population Growth, Median Income, Unemployment Rate and Crime Rate.

America's Top-Rated Cities 2010

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Provides current, comprehensive statistical information, and other essential data, on the top cities that have been cited as the best for business and living in the United States.


Global Road Warrior

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From travel planning to school work, Global Road Warrior connects you with information about countries around the world. Explore hotels, customs, history, even recipes.

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The Unexplained


Encyclopedia of the Vampire: The Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture

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Covers the full range of topics relating to vampires, including literature, film and television, and folklore.

Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained

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This online 3-vol. set is written at a level that younger students and researchers can understand.


Witchcraft in America

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A good resource for papers on the witch hunts of Colonial times and the occult in American history.

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