REFERENCE DESK DATABASES AND LINKS


PREMIUM DATABASES

Databases brought to you by Mobile Public Library, Alabama Public Library Service and the Alabama Virtual Library:

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.


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Designed for college and university libraries, Britannica Academic includes World Data Analyst, Gateway to the Classics, and Notable Quotations

TO CONNECT FROM HOME WITH AVL:
Select the View All Resources tab at the top of the page
and find this database listed alphabetically.


Encyclopædia Britannica App
Britannica Library includes the Complete Encyclopædia, the Student Encyclopædia and the Junior Encyclopædia. There are more than 150,000 articles, links to over 20,000 Internet sites reviewed by Britannica editors, as well as over 750 full text journals and magazines.

TO CONNECT FROM HOME WITH AVL:
Select the View All Resources tab at the top of the page
and find this database listed alphabetically.


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Resource for retrieving, comparing, ranking, and customizing data on the world's nations. Country snapshots feature provides statistics that include maps, area, population, demographics, gross national product, and more. County comparisons offer tools for creating comparison tables and graphs using either recent or historical statistics.

TO CONNECT FROM HOME WITH AVL:
Select the View All Resources tab at the top of the page
and find this database listed alphabetically under World Data Analyst.

Chilton is the world’s most comprehensive and trusted automotive repair database with easy-to-follow, step-by-step repair guidance on thousands of cars and trucks from 1940 to the present.

TO CONNECT FROM HOME WITH APLS:
Find the Chilton Library
under Quick Links and on the Resource & Research Links tab.

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Select Mobile Public Library. Next, at the bottom, tap Databases to see an alphabetical list.
eBooks from The Alabama Virtual Library include ebook encyclopedia from Britannica, Gale and Oxford Reference. Includes Native Peoples of America, Discover America, Illustrated Science Encyclopedia, the Discovery Library (for younger readers), Inside Sports, and more!
Click on the E-Books link at the top of the page.

The Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. The database contains more than 1.3 million records and provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index.


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Engaging interface for schools and public libraries. Provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.


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Searches libraries all over the world for books, articles, papers, Government Publications, etc.   (Staff login here.)

The Funding Information Network provides free public access to Foundation Center databases, directories, fundraising and philanthropy publications, and training resources.
  • Foundation Center Online - a research tool to help nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects


  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online - an online database of nearly 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers


  • Foundation Maps Professional - a data visualization tool and way to see who is funding what and where around the world
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Allows a user to search Gale's General OneFile, Student Edition, General Reference Center Gold, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center at the same time.

TO CONNECT FROM HOME WITH AVL:
Select the View All Resources tab at the top of the page
and find this database listed alphabetically.

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Try the AccessMyLibrary app from Gale.
Select Mobile Public Library. Next, at the bottom, tap Databases to see an alphabetical list.
A database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.

TO CONNECT FROM HOME WITH AVL:
Select the View All Resources tab at the top of the page
and find this database listed alphabetically.

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Try the AccessMyLibrary app from Gale.
Select Mobile Public Library. Next, at the bottom, tap Databases to see an alphabetical list.
General Reference Center GOLD provides access to magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and reference books through one interface. This general interest database offers the content covering current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

TO CONNECT FROM HOME WITH AVL:
Select the View All Resources tab at the top of the page
and find this database listed alphabetically.

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Try the AccessMyLibrary app from Gale.
Select Mobile Public Library. Next, at the bottom, tap Databases to see an alphabetical list.
LISTA indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. 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.


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Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering subject areas of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.


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Mergent Intellect is a web-based application that features a collection of worldwide business information that enables companies to generate business intelligence. Mergent Intellect offers access to private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles, residential date, job search and more.

The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources.

Oxford Reference Online Premium brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource.

Designed for professional educators, this database provides a specialized collection of nearly 520 education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports.


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Get all the latest stock info including a large standard company database covering some 1,700 equity issues. For each stock, it offers year-ahead and three- to five-year probable relative price performance, projections of key financial measures, and concise, objective commentary on current operations and future prospects.

The Value Line Investment Survey's main section, "Ratings & Reports," presents full-page, individual stock reports (encapsulating the company's past performance, current status, and outlook) and industry reviews. The "Summary & Index" provides a key to locating the latest quarterly and supplementary reports and cites the most recent data on each of the stocks followed. Finally, "Selection & Opinion," a feature section, gives Value Line's views on the economy and the stock market and on stocks of special interest. It also provides model portfolios for investors with various objectives and a number of economic and stock-market statistics.

The Value Line Small/Midcap Stocks Edition has now been added to the Value Line subscription. Access Investment Survey Plus on Value Line to see the Ratings & Reports and Summary & Index for Small and Midcap Stocks.

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Getting Started Guide

LINKS

Other online resources:

  • Look It Up FAST!

    The Alabama State Data Center - quick links to all kinds of stats based on the US Census - population, income, race, commuting patterns, education, disability and much, much more!
    The Blue Letter Bible - search bible verses and keywords with access to 14 versions, biblical dictionaries, maps, Hebrew, Greek and Latin, links to appropriate hymns, devotionals and more
    The Calculator Edge - hundreds of calculators, from general use to scientific and technical, useful for everyone from students to engineers!
    The Currency Converter Site
    EasyBib - an easy way to create a bibliography
    The Encyclopedia of Alabama
    The Florida Lottery
    Helpline Information and Referral - From emergency situations to the beginning of a long-term program, the HelpLine connects and directs you to the right channels to get you back on your feet. The HelpLine is an anonymous, confidential community resource serving Mobile, Baldwin, Clarke and Washington counties. Volunteers provide information and referrals to community agencies and groups as well a a listening ear, a helping hand and crisis prevention/intervention.
    Get Latitude and Longitude
    Maps from the University of Alabama - Historical and contemporary maps plus Aerial photography from all over the world. Great for Alabama History school projects and genealogists, too!
    Metric Conversions - Detailed Metric Conversions. Also includes formulas, information on units, and the ability to see answers out to 8 digits or as a fraction
    Official US Time - get the right time every time for any US time zone
    Online Conversion
    Perpetual Calendar
    Sunrise/Sunset Calculator
    Worldtime
    Zipcodes
  • General Reference

    Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Community Information Center - Search the Sex Offender Registry and see current Amber Alerts, Emergency Missing Child Alerts, Missing Senior Alerts, and Blue Alerts.
    American FactFinder
    ChemicalElements.com - "an online interactive periodic table of the elements"
    The Chemical Scorecard - Information on Pollution
    Debatabase - Debate reference utility. Enter keywords in the search engine above to search debating topics, each with arguments for and against, background information, and much more.
    GlobalEdge - a must for international business info. Get country background, stats, key facts, history, economy. Stats even has info on language and the environment. The corporations section lists the top companies in the country.
    Google Patent Search - use advanced search to find patents by keywords, inventor, title, number, owner, etc. and get illustrated results. Click on Help to learn more
    Great Websites for Kids: Reference Desk - Websites geared to children from birth to age 14 compiled by the Association for Library Service to Children a division of the American Library Association.
    IFixIt.com - The free repair guide for everything, written by everyone.
    Immigration Statistics from the U.S. Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS), Department of Homeland Security. At this site you can compile statistics on immigration by state.
    The Library Spot - Reference tools, books and more
    Living Will Form from the Alabama Department of Public Health. (5 page PDF)
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - Info and stats on safety issues like airbags, seatbelts, and crash testing
    New York Times On This Day - get not just facts and birthdays from history but everyday features a new front page story from history complete with a thumbnail of the paper and the article
    The Nobel Prizes - a database of prizes and winners with bios on recent winners
    The Occupational Information Network - Use this site to download the O*NET database, career exploration tools, job analysis questionnaires, employer guides, and technical reports.
    Rural Population and Migration - From USDA, Links to info on the changing face of rural America including black and hispanic migration, population loss, with links to research, maps, and even pix of County Courthouses!
    US Census Bureau
    U. S. Copyright Office - Info and copyright searching
    U. S. Patent and Trademark Office
    WebExhibits - see art exhibits on the web
    Where to Write for Vital Records
  • Directories

    Anywho - White Pages. Directory of phone, fax, e-mail, URL and website info
    Super Pages - Resource for finding information and insights on businesses and retailers. Find local business information from driving directions and hours of operation to Web links and customer reviews.
    Skipease - Collection of the best people and public record searches.
    The Switchboard - searches directories online for residences and businesses. Includes reverse phone search.
    USA.gov - Official Guide to Government Information and Services.
  • Dictionaries, Almanacs, etc.

    English to ASL Dictionary
    Glossary of Internet Terms
    Information Please - almanacs, biographies, encyclopedia and dictionaries
    The Idiom Dictionary - explains over 7,000 idioms current in British, American and Australian English
    Merriam Webster Dictionary Online - complete with a thesaurus, word of the day, and word games
    One Look Dictionaries - access to over 460 dictionaries including medical, foreign language etc.
    The World Factbook - Detailed Country Maps and Info
  • Geography and Maps

    Alabama Maps - great maps by county, demographics, education, forestry, & health
    CIA World Fact Book - provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
    Library of Congress: Maps - The Library of Congress has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world. The online map collections represents only a small fraction that have been converted to digital form.
    National Atlas - A unique and valuable resource for American maps. You can create maps or download ready-maps such as full color maps of the country, individual states, waterways, federal and tribal lands, and much more.
    Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection - provides links to more than 5,000 maps including population density maps, reference maps, vegetation maps, etc. USGS Mapping Information - view aerial, satellite and elevation maps, and more!
  • Grants

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
    Chronicle of Philanthropy
    Federal Register - Browse or search listings of federal grant opportunities
    The Foundation Center Online - Info and Links to Foundations and Foundation Center Libraries
    Fundsnet - Provides a directory of Funders and links to grantwriting resources
    Grantsmanship Center - Daily listings of grant opportunities from the Federal Register, contact information for community foundations, etc.
    GrantStation.com - Provides information on grant seeking and advice on putting your grant proposal together for submission
    NonProfit Gateway from FirstGov
  • Holidays and Festivals

    Calendars through the Ages - this site is helpful to anyone interested in calendars, history, and learning about holidays in other cultures
    Earth Calendar - Search holidays by date, country, religion, and a lunar phase calendar with names and dates of the moons!
    Festivals.com - search for festivals by state
    The Holiday Zone - Facts, crafts, activities and more for many of the major holidays
  • Criticism and Analysis

    Visit our Books & Literature Page for more criticisms
    Arts and News Daily - from the Chronicle of Higher Education. This site is updated six days per week and features links to newspapers, magazines and journals, book reviews, articles, essays, editorials, news services, columnists, literary criticism, and 'amusements' in every area of the humanities.
    Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore, and Drama - Excellent site for all aspects of Ireland, including a large section on culture
    Literary History and Criticism
    Sparknotes is like Cliff Notes but way more fun!. It contains plot summaries; discussion and analysis of major characters; themes, motifs and symbols; important quotations explained; and study questions and essay topics
    Voice of the Shuttle - VoS English Literature: English Literature Page
  • Research

    Visit our Homework Page for more research help.
    Biography.com from the Arts and Entertainment television network - this site includes an online version, in database form, of the Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia
    DiRT Directory - registry of digital research tools for scholarly use
    SIRIS - Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
    Works Cited 4 U - Creates a formatted bibliography for you, just fill out the form. Uses the MLA style sheet
  • Science

    Visit our Science & Mathematics Page for more links.
    Albert Einstein Archives - contains digitized images of some 900 Einstein papers as well as a searchable list of 43,000 documents in the archive
    How Stuff Works - clear explanations with illustrations of everything from vcr's to bread
    Public Library of Science - a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource