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Academic Search Complete
A comprehensive scholarly database, with more than 7,900 full-text periodicals, including more than 6,800 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 11,900 journals and a total of more than 12,600 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
Access Video on Demand (In-Library Use) - Access Video On Demand (Home Use – click link and enter library card number)
A streaming video collection with over 8,300 full length videos, and over 96,000 video clips. Informative videos and documentaries from BBC, the History Channel, PBS, Scientific American, and many more!
African American History Online
Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.
This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed, journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts.
America’s Historical Newspapers
Searchable American newspapers enable you to explore America’s past. Includes select newspapers from around the United States published between 1690-1922, including a backfile of 25,744 issues of the Times Picayune published between 1842 and 1915, as well as historic runs of 17 other Louisiana newspapers.
Ancestry.com Library Edition
Only available from within the library.
Auto Repair Reference Center
Information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, covering more than 37,000 vehicles from 1945 to present.
A to Z Maps Online
Provides 146,000+ Maps for the World, Continents, Countries, States, Provinces, Climate, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Geology, Animals & Plants, and more.
Bayou State Periodical Index
Indexes popular Louisiana periodicals, going back to 1960.
Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA)
A bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. Covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. BNNA contains more than 137,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present.
Biography Collection Complete
A comprehensive collection of more than 177,000 full-text biographies from many different sources, supporting history, science, the arts, music, literature, multicultural studies, gender studies, business, government & politics, sports, entertainment and many other areas.
Biography in Context
Contains 600,000+ biographies, covering more than 525,000 individuals, drawn from 170+ award-winning Gale reference titles. Search easily for biographies of people from particular profession, nationality, birth place, or era. Includes newspaper, magazine, encyclopedia, and web sources.
Information on about 450,000 music titles and 200,000 DVD/video titles, with more added regularly. Find music or videos featuring a favorite artist or performer, or a specific genre.
Book Collection – Nonfiction
Contains informative abstracts and searchable full text for more than 4,100 popular nonfiction books. The database includes full text entries on core subject areas, as well as information on careers, health, sports, adventure, technology, life skills and more.
Book Index with Reviews
Provides information on over 5 million book titles, in a wide range of formats. BIR also contains almost 800,000 full-text searchable book reviews from the sources that you trust: Library Journal, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and others.
- **Any staff and patrons are now able to register for a full access Booklist account. The trick is that the very first time someone uses the service, they need to be in one of our libraries.
- From any computer in one of our libraries, go to Booklist. Click on the “Create a profile” link on the far right, under the place where you would usually log in.
- Fill out the form and create a profile
- Once a profile has been created within the library, you can use it to access Booklist at http://www.booklistonline.com/ from any computer — both inside and outside the library.
Get instant access to over 300 full text books from the publishers of Encyclopedia Britannica. This collection offers a wide range of informative nonfiction books, for preschool to adult readers.
Business Plans Handbook
Part of Gale Virtual Reference Library. Click on “Business”
Business Source Complete
Indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886, as well as searchable cited references for more than 1,300 journals.
A comprehensive career guide designed for individual, self-directed use, suitable for people from age 11 to adulthood.
- Find careers that match your interests with Career Matchmaker.
- Get the inside scoop on any career with in-depth profiles, multimedia interviews and an on-the-job PhotoFile.
- Learn about the education and training options available.
- Create a portfolio to save career exploration progress and build a professional looking resume.
- Fine work search hints and tips in the Career Cruising employment guide and thousands of job postings using the job search tool.
CINAHL is the authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. This database provides indexing for nearly 3,000 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. The database contains more than 2.2 million records dating back to 1981. For full text versions of these articles, see the Gale Nursing and Allied Health Collection database, below.
Consumer Health Complete
EBSCO’s interface designed for the everyday consumer of health care information. CHC provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.
Full text articles from nearly 300 publications and indexing and abstracts for nearly 450 publications helps you keep up with the latest information and current trends in high technology.
Computer Science Index
Abstracting and indexing of more than 6,500 periodicals and books, including academic journals, professional publications, and other reference sources at the highest scholarly and technical levels of computer science. Coverage going back to the mid 1960s.
Credo Reference (Now Part of Literati by Credo)
Easily search the electronic editions of over 525 reference books from more than 70 publishers.
Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Part of Gale Virtual Reference Library. Click on “History”
EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)
Search almost all of our databases at once! EDS lets you simultaneously search our top databases at once to find encyclopedia articles, newspaper and magazine articles, and even ebooks and videos. You may get a lot of results, so be sure to use the limiters on the left side of the page to narrow down your search.
Econom a y Negocios
More than 82,000 records, dating back to the early 1980s, provide coverage for more than 320 Spanish and Portuguese-language periodicals published in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, the United States and elsewhere.
Encyclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
A Spanish-language student Encyclopedia from World Book
Contains more than 1,957,000 records from more than 1,700 domestic and international titles going back to the 1940s (including 1,125 active core titles) as well as more than 120 monographs. Environment Index also features an in-depth thesaurus, and author profiles are be provided for 6,500 authors in the discipline.
ERIC (Education Resource Information Center)
ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1,300,000 records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.
Fold3 History and Genealogy Archives Plus
Combines an unprecedented collection of original historical documents and personal histories. This database offers a vast, growing array of valuable and unique content consisting of over 60 million pages of historical documents, including millions of records available from a content partnership with the National Archives and other institutions.
Fuente Academica offers more than 450 scholarly journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain. All major subject areas are covered.
Funk and Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia
Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.
Gale Biography in Context
Contains 600,000+ biographies, covering more than 525,000 individuals, drawn from 170+ award-winning Gale reference titles. Search easily for biographies of people from particular profession, nationality, birth place, or era. Includes newspaper, magazine, encyclopedia, and web sources.
Gale Directory Library
Contains three Encyclopedias of Associations, covering international organizations, national organizations, and state and local organizations. Also contains the Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media and the National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search through our online collection of reference titles by keyword, and download the pages you need as pdf files that look just like the print pages! This growing shelf of e-books is available to you from any computer with internet access, and includes the Business Plan Handbook, the UXL Encyclopedia of US History, a complete set of the Encyclopaedia Judaica and the New Catholic Encyclopedia, plus many more.
Offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
Health Source – Consumer Edition
Health information in plain English, here you will find nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines with information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.
Health Source – Nursing/Academic Edition
Nearly 550 scholarly full text medical journals, and access to the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which includes 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets for more than 4,700 brand name prescriptions.
Digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records and other genealogy information. This online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. For remote use, please contact the library for login information.
History Reference Center
History Reference Center offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.
HomeworkLouisiana offers FREE online tutoring and academic resources from Tutor.com for Louisiana residents. Get help in math, science, social studies or English from a live tutor. The service can be accessed from a Louisiana public library or from your home computer.
Hospitality and Tourism Index
A bibliographic database covering scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism.
Humanities International Complete
Full text articles from nearly 1,200 journals, books and other published sources from around the world.
A wide selection of electronic reference books from Infobase Publishing.
Information Science and Technology Abstracts (ISTA)
ISTA indexes journal articles from more than 450 publications plus books, research reports, and conference proceedings and patents, with ongoing comprehensive coverage of the most important periodicals in this field. Coverage dates back to the mid 1960s.
Internet and Personal Computer Abstracts
Internet and Personal Computing Abstracts (formerly Microcomputer Abstracts) provides abstracts and indexing for literature related to personal computing products and developments in business, the Internet, the home, and all other applied areas. Over 400 of the most important trade publications, mainstream computer magazines, and professional journals are covered, including those that focus on specific topics such as Macintosh and Windows platforms, programming, web development and more.
Issues and Controversies
Balanced, objective coverage of more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. Great for research papers and in-depth coverage of current controversies. Provides topic overview plus links to trusted print material. A Facts on File resource.
JSTOR (In-Library Use) - JSTOR (Home Use)
With more than 1,000 academic journals and over 1 million images, letters, and other primary sources, JSTOR is one of the world’s most trusted sources for college level academic content.
Kids Search makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type: magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.
Offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, and eBooks. Includes Learning Centers for computer skills, college entrance exams, GED, and more. Set up your own free account and work at your own pace, easily picking up where you left off from session to session.
This database contains full text for more than 250 of the world’s most respected, scholarly law journals. Legal Collectionis an authoritative source for information on current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world.
A French Language Encyclopedia from World Book
Library and Information Science, and Technology Abstracts (LISTA)
Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.
Literary Reference Center
A comprehensive literary reference database, which provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to the present day. Combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources not available anywhere else.
Literati by Credo
An expanded version of Credo Reference, this database lets you easily search the electronic editions of over 525 reference books from more than 70 publishers.
Search the catalogs of all the public libraries in Louisiana, and request books through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
Louisiana Digital Library
Provides over 144,000 digital materials from libraries, museums, and other institutions around the state.
Louisiana Historical Quarterly
The Louisiana Historical Society “published 147 issues of the Quarterly between 1917 and 1972. In addition to the Quarterly, this site also contains the Publications of the Louisiana Historical Society, issued in two sets: I, from 1895 to 1916 and II, in 1973 and 1974.” Call the Reference Department at 876-5861, ext. 2, for a password.
Louisiana Jobs and Career Center
Job search, career, and small business resources from the Louisiana State Library.
LOUISiana Union Catalog
Search the catalogs of all the college and university libraries in Louisiana.
Learn practical conversation and cultural awareness for 29 of the world’s most popular languages. It’s the fun, easy and incredibly effective way for English speakers to learn to speak another language. Mango also offers a complete set of ESL classes for students from a variety of countries to improve their English skills. Set up a free account to learn at your own pace, picking up where you left off each time you Mango!
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as the Image Collection, with over 502,000 photos, maps & flags.
MAS Ultra – School Edition
Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines, more than 360 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an image collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.
MedicLatina is a unique collection of medical research and investigatory journals from renowned Latin American and Spanish publishers. This Spanish language database contains full text for 130 peer-reviewed medical journals in native Spanish.
MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine.
Middle Search Plus
Provides full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an image collection of photos, maps and flags.
Military and Government Collection
Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. The Military & Government Collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for more than 400 titles.
National Geographic Kids
Includes National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009-present, as well as over 200 kids books, and over 500 kid-friendly images, all from National Geographic!
National Geographic Virtual Library
This collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.
Newsbank: America’s Newspapers
Offers tens of millions of current and archived full-text articles from news sources nationwide in a single, fully searchable online database. It includes the complete electronic editions of more than 1,500 U.S. news sources and news video clips.
Provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided.
Provides full text for more than 70 popular magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.
Professional Development Collection
Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles and more than 200 educational reports.
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
A comprehensive database covering topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. This is the world’s largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals.
Regional Business News
This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business Newsincorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
Religion and Philosophy Collection
Provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. Religion & Philosophy Collection offers nearly 300 full text journals.
Salem Health (In Library Use) - Salem Health (Home Use – click link and enter library card number)
Easily search full text versions of Magill’s Medical Guide, Sixth Edition (2011), Addictions & Substance Abuse, Genetics & Inherited Conditions, Salem Health: Cancer, and Psychology and Mental Health.
Salem History (In Library Use)- Salem History (Home Use – click link and enter library card number)
Search by 25 browseable categories, by geographical location, or by curriculum topics. Includes the full text of the following multi-volume encyclopedias:
Weapons and Warfare
The Eighties in America
Great Lives from History: The Ancient World, Prehistory-476 c.e.
Great Lives from History: The Middle Ages
Great Lives from History: The Seventeenth Century
Great Lives from History: The Eighteenth Century
Great Lives from History: The Nineteenth Century
Great Lives from History: The Twentieth Century
Great Lives from History: Asian and Pacific Islander Americans
Great Lives from History: Latinos
Great Lives from History: Notorious Lives
Milestone Documents in World History
Milestone Documents of World Religions
Salem Literature (In Library Use) - Salem Literature (Home Use – click link and enter library card number)
This new online resource contains updated versions of classic reference works that have long been staples of our library’s print collection:
Critical Survey of Long Fiction
Critical Survey of Poetry: American Poets
Critical Survey of Poetry: British, Irish, & Commonwealth Poets
Critical Survey of Poetry: European Poets
Critical Survey of Poetry: World Poets
Magill’s Literary Annual
Masterplots, Fourth Edition
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: History, Theme, and Technique
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Manga
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independents & Underground Classics
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes & Superheroes, First Edition
Critical Survey of Poetry: Topical Essays
Salem Science (In-Library Use) - Salem Science (Home Use – click link and enter library card number) – We’ve added even more to Salem Science this fall, and it now contains all entries from the following multi-volume reference sets:
Earth Science: Earth’s Weather, Water, and Atmosphere
Earth Science: Earth Materials and Resources
Earth Science: Earth’s Surface and History
Earth Science: Physics and Chemistry of the Earth
Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society
Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, Revised Edition
Encyclopedia of Global Resources
Encyclopedia of Global Warming
The Solar System
Salud En Espanol
Salud en Espanol provides comprehensive evidence-based reports and fact sheets in Spanish on all aspects of consumer health and wellness.
Access to large-scale Louisiana maps, 1867-1970. For remote use, please call the reference desk for login information (985) 876-5861, option 2.
Science and Technology Collection
Contains over 830 leading full text journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community. Topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, chemistry, computer technology, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology, and materials science. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 1,740 publications.
Science Reference Center
Easy access to full text articles from nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
Scribner Writers Series
The Scribner Writers Series includes more than 2,400 essays on authors of all nationalities and time periods.
Searchasaurus makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results.
The Serials Directory provides access to the most up-to-date and accurate bibliographic information as well as current pricing structures for popular serials. This database contains nearly 250,000 U.S. and international titles, including newspapers; data from nearly 108,235 publishers worldwide, including e-mail and Internet addresses; and Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal Classifications for every entry.
Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) and allows users to search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type, and model numbers. PDF full text is available for all documents.
SocINDEX with Full Text
Contains full text for more than 820 journals dating back to 1908. This database also includes full text for more than 830 books and monographs, and full text for 14,636 conference papers.
Provided by the Sport Information Resource Centre, SPORTDiscus offers comprehensive bibliographic coverage of sport, fitness and related disciplines. This database contains well over 1,660,000 records with journal and monograph coverage going back to 1800; over 22,000 dissertations and theses and reference to articles in 60 different languages.
Student Research Center
EBSCO’s Student Research Center makes it easy for middle and high school students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type: magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.
Teen Health & Wellness
A comprehensive database that allows teens (and those who care about teens) to research health-related issues important to their well-being. It’s both a research/report tool and a self-help resource.
Twayne’s Authors Series
Contains nearly 600 entries from Twayne’s U.S. Authors, Twayne’s English Authors, and Twayne’s World Authors. Good source of author biographies.
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Official information and services from the U.S. government. Whatever you want or need from the U.S. government, it’s here. You’ll find a rich treasure of online information, services, and resources.
Vocational & Career Collection
Provides full text coverage for nearly 340 trade and industry-related journals, magazines, and news publications.
World Book Discover
For differentiated instruction, includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video.
World Book Online for Kids
Developed especially for young public library patrons, this site offers easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities.
World Book Online Info Finder
Contains content and features designed for school-aged patrons’ homework and research needs. Based on theWorld Book Encyclopedia, the site features rich collections of multimedia on a variety of topics, science fair projects; a Biography Center; links to world newspapers, correlations to curriculum standards, 21st century research guides, and much more.
World Book Online Reference Center
This site features thousands of e-books, tens of thousands of articles, and hundreds of thousands of primary source documents and features developed especially for public library patrons such as computer and web tutorials, “how to” documents, and government resources.
World History Collection
Offers a global look at history with content from Africa, Asia, North and South America, Europe and the Middle East.World History Collection contains cover-to-cover full text for 150 titles, including many peer-reviewed journals. Full text dates as far back as 1964.
Writer’s Reference Center
Covers the fundamentals of quality writing and provides a wealth of vocabulary-building reference dictionaries.