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Academic Search Premier

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A multi-disciplinary database of more than 4,600 magazines and journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to the full-text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for 8,470 journals. 
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Business, Health and Medicine, History, Language and Literature, Performing Arts, Dance, Reference, Magazines, Journals and Serials, Social Sciences, Area and Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Political Science, Psychology
English

Biography in Context

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Provides biographical information on 650,000+ people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines. For more in-depth biographies of figures from American history, consult American National Biography
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Biography, Reference, Homework Help, Encyclopedias, African American Studies, American Studies
The included Lives & Perspectives Collection supports high-school curricula and university coursework by providing multidisciplinary content on notable figures and the societal forces that have shaped their lives.
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Credo Reference

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Provides full-text online access to hundreds of multidisciplinary reference book collections, including art, history, law, medicine, psychology, technology, bilingual dictionaries and encyclopedias.  
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Art, Architecture, Art History, Business, Government and Law, Health and Medicine, Biography, United States History, World History, Language and Literature, English and American Literature, Performing Arts, Music, Philosophy, Science, Dictionaries, Homework Help, Encyclopedias, Religion, African American Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Native American Studies, Women's Studies, Economics, Education, Geography, Psychology, Technology
Credo is a vast, online reference library, providing access to the full text of hundreds of highly regarded and popular titles. And Credo brings the facts alive with images, sound files, animations, and much more. Find speedy, simple answers and authoritative, in-depth articles. Credo Reference contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopaedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range or subject-specific titles covering everything from accounting to zoology, via maps, math, management, martial arts, media studies, medicine, mountains, moons, music, multimedia, mythology.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

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Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is an online library of reference titles for multi-disciplinary research, including texts related to American and world history, biography, health, arts, business, travel, religion, and multicultural studies. 
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Art, Business, Industry Surveys and Profiles, Imports and Exports, Jobs, International Business, Government and Law, Law, History, Biography, United States History, Language and Literature, Science, Reference, Homework Help, Encyclopedias, Social Sciences, Technology
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Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society

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Covers a variety of contemporary debated subjects to explore different viewpoints and develop critical thinking skills.  Material is divided into an alphabetical list of subjects (Topics) and concepts divided into categories (Perspectives), supported with articles, images, speeches, and other documentation.  A good companion to Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center.  
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Government and Law, Health and Medicine, Science, Homework Help, Religion, African American Studies, American Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, Women's Studies, Criminology, Sociology, Political Science, Technology
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JSTOR

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A searchable, digitized archive -- from the first date of publication to the last three to five years -- of major scholarly journals in many academic fields.  Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to NYPL cardholders working from home, courtesy of JSTOR.
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Art, Government and Law, History of Africa, Language and Literature, Linguistics, Dance, Science, Magazines, Journals and Serials, Social Sciences, African American Studies, Economics, Political Science, Technology
Subject coverage includes Asian studies, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, population studies, science, and sociology.
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New York Times (1851-2017) w/ Index

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Searchable full-text and page images from The New York Times archive with the option to search by subject headings (index covers 1851-1993).     
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Business, Government and Law, History, Genealogy, New York City History, United States History, Performing Arts, Reference, Magazines, Journals and Serials, Historical Newspapers, U.S. Newspapers, American Studies
English

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

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The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary contains all work to date of the third edition, reflecting daily updates and revisions. Also includes the full-text of the second edition, and a historical thesaurus. 
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Language and Literature, Linguistics, Reference, Dictionaries
Contains the complete text of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition. The following information is provided for each word: etymology, definition, part of speech, date of origination, pronunciation, quotation, and cross-references.
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Oxford Reference Online

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Oxford Reference Online brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource.  Titles cover a wide range of humanities, social science, performing arts, and general reference subjects.  Dance publications include the International Encyclopedia of Dance and the Oxford Dictionary of Dance. Theatre publications include The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance and The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre. 
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Art, Government and Law, History, United States History, World History, Language and Literature, Performing Arts, Dance, Philosophy, Reference, Books and Libraries, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Religion, Social Sciences, Area and Cultural Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Technology
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PowerSearch (Gale)

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This resource searches across all of the Gale databases to which NYPL subscribes, including Academic One File, General One File, and Infotrac Newsstand. 
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Art, Business, Health and Medicine, History, Language and Literature, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Science, Reference, Homework Help, Magazines, Journals and Serials, Manuscripts and Rare Books, Historical Newspapers, International Newspapers, U.S. Newspapers, Religion, Social Sciences, Area and Cultural Studies, American Studies, Economics, Education, Political Science, Technology
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Project Muse

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Provides full-text access to over 500 peer-reviewed scholarly journals and top quality book-length scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.  
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Art, Government and Law, Health and Medicine, History, History of Africa, Language and Literature, Performing Arts, Dance, Music, Philosophy, Science, Religion, Social Sciences, Area and Cultural Studies, African American Studies, American Studies, Women's Studies, Political Science
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ProQuest Research Library

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Provides articles from periodicals covering arts, business, children, education, health, humanities, law, multicultural studies, sciences, social sciences, and general interest. Full text is available for nearly two-thirds of its titles. 
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Art, Business, Government and Law, History, Language and Literature, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Science, Magazines, Journals and Serials, U.S. Newspapers, Religion, Area and Cultural Studies, African American Studies, American Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, Jewish Studies, Women's Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Technology
ProQuest Research Library contains articles from over 2600 newspapers and periodicals covering the arts, business, humanities, health, social sciences, sciences. Of those journals approximately 1700 are available with the full text and/or image.
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World Book Online Reference Center

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Comprehensive access to encyclopedia articles, web links, periodical articles, animations, maps and more.  
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History, Homework Help, Encyclopedias
World Book Online, from the publishers of the World Book Encyclopedia, provides access over 31,000 encyclopedia articles, 6,000 web links, 25,000 periodical articles, 800 animations and sounds, 400 interactive maps, 100 3-D bubble views, and much more.
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WorldCat -- OCLC

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Search for materials held in libraries around the world. 
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Reference, Books and Libraries, Library Catalogs
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