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Animal Sciences

This resource explores the wide-ranging diversity that exists within the animal kingdom. Entries examine how animals develop, animal ecology and behavior, and the connection between animals and humans. Also includes biographies of key scientists who have contributed to the study of animal life as well as career opportunities within the field.


A comprehensive collection of articles on all aspects of biological science, including its history and issues. Includes articles on biology-related careers and important individuals as well as topics from active transport to zoology research. Amply illustrated with full-color photos and line drawings. Glossary illuminates scientific terms.

DISCUS logo  Career eBook Collection

Customized collection of more than 250 electronic books for vocational needs. The Career eBook collection has been made available through the South Carolina State Library and DISCUS. Select “eBooks” from the right-hand menu on the initial screen.

Contemporary Fashion

Provides students and scholars with useful information on more than 400 fashion leaders from the 1940s to today. Fashion, Costume and Culture: Clothing, Head wear, Body Decorations and Footwear through the Ages - 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, head wear, body decorations and footwear reflect different cultural, religious and societal beliefs.

Contemporary Novelists

Biographical/critical essays on the most important living novelists writing in English worldwide.

Contemporary Poets

Biographical and bibliographical information on 789 of the world's most important contemporary English-language poets including 120 new to this edition. Entries include personal and career information, addresses, a detailed bibliography, a list of further reading sources and more. Each entry also includes a signed critical essay covering each poet's career and works, written by an expert in the field.

Dictionary of American History

This authoritative work serves students, scholars, and general readers interested in a wide range of topics in American history, from the well-studied and familiar to the obscure.

Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol
and Addictive Behavior

New essays on contemporary socio-political topics such as the role of drugs and alcohol in the media, the prevalence of drugs in the international sports and fashion industries, the relationship between drug trafficking and terrorism, and the impact of the Internet on drug and alcohol use.

Encyclopedia of Espionage,
Intelligence, and Security

A comprehensive, subject specific guide to the history, uses, scientific principles, and technologies of espionage, intelligence, and security, with special emphasis placed on the current ethical, legal and social issues surrounding this very topical subject.

Encyclopedia of Population

Coverage of demographic topics both in the core field and in neighboring disciplines. Designed to encompass the large-scale changes in emphasis and research directions in population studies during the last 20 years, topics covered include: rapid demographic expansion in poor countries; low fertility rates and problems of old-age support; the environmental impact of a dense population; the press for expanded reproductive rights; and much more.

Encyclopedia of Small Business

Provides how-to information that entrepreneurs can apply to their own business. Contains 600 detailed articles and overviews of all the key information needs of small business owners, including financing, financial planning, business plan creation, market analysis, sales strategy, tax planning and human resource issues.

Fashion, Costume, and Culture

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.

Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Current, unbiased information on alternative and complementary medical practices, including reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, chelation therapy, kinesiology, yoga, chiropractic, Feldenkrais, polarity therapy, detoxification, naturopathy, Chinese medicine, biofeedback, Ayurveda and osteopathy. Information on recommended therapies for specific disorders and diseases, medicinal uses for plants and herbs, are balanced by conclusions of studies on efficacy and analysis of current levels of acceptance by traditional scientists and doctors.

Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer

Survey of 120 cancers, cancer drugs, traditional and alternative treatments, side effects and diagnostic procedures.

Gale Encyclopedia of Children’s Health

Provides in-depth coverage of pediatric diseases and disorders, along with issues related to physical and cognitive/behavioral development. Entries are written in language parents can understand while still providing enough depth to benefit today's health science students. The set, which covers every major body system, is arranged into five main entry types: Diseases & Disorders, Development, Immunizations, Drugs and Procedures.

Gale Encyclopedia of Diets

Examines special diets such as a Gluten-free or high protein diet, dieting and popular weight-loss programs such as the Atkins Diet, dietary concerns, nutritional basics and some effects of a person's dietary choices on one's health.

Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders

Complete information on genetic disorders, including conditions, tests, procedures, treatments and therapies, in articles that are both comprehensive and easy to understand in language accessible to laypersons.

Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine

Information on more than 1,600 medical disorders and concepts. Each article includes in-depth discussion of causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, procedures and other related topics.

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

Provides understandable yet detailed information on mental disorders and conditions. Includes entries for all 150 disorders classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, text revision (DSM-IV-TR). It also features entries for prescription, alternative and over-the-counter drugs, as well as the various therapies used to treat mental disorders.

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America

8,000 to 12,000 word essays on specific culture groups in the United States emphasizing religions, holidays, customs and languages in addition to providing information on historical background and settlement patterns. Also covers ethno-religious groups such as Jews, Chaldeans and Amish. Each essay lists organizations and research centers; name, address, and contact information for periodicals, radio, and television stations; and a further readings section.

Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders

Provides in-depth coverage of neurological diseases and disorders, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, Tourette Syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, cerebral palsy, vertigo, amnesia and epilepsy. Related topics include communication aids, electric personal assistive mobility devices, medications for treating neurological diseases and conditions, understanding the needs of Alzheimer patient caregivers and more.

Gale Encyclopedia of
Nursing and Allied Health

Entries cover topics in body systems and functions, conditions and common diseases, issues and theories, techniques and practices, and devices and equipment. Also discusses the roles of all major health professionals.

Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health

Contains more than 600 entries that cover various issues related to one's aging body, how diseases affect it and treatment options including medications. Coverage includes use of various adaptive devices and equipment, transportation issues, housing options, maintaining mental acuity, definitions and descriptions of the roles of different caregivers, nutrition and exercise guidelines, definitions of different types of medical insurance and more.

Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History

Addresses such key questions as: How has the U.S. Constitution shaped the economy of the United States? What were the consequences of Prohibition on consumers' behavior? This title presents 1,000 entries, era overviews, event/movement profiles, biographies, business/industry profiled, geographic profiles and more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias 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. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia

This edition incorporates recent developments in the animal world as noted by prominent advisors and contributors from the scientific community.

International Dictionary of Films
and Filmmakers

Thorough coverage of legendary films, actors, actresses, directors, writers and other production artists through detailed essays and commentary by experts. Entries include biographies, filmographies, comprehensive credits, production information, major awards and bibliographies.


Search and read the latest technology books online. Complete, unabridged contents of thousands of books, documents and other reference materials in a fully searchable, Web-based environment. Subjects span the spectrum of technology tiopics. such as C#, Java, SOA, SQL, AJAX, CISA/CISM, Linux, IT governance, A+ certification, e-commerce, virtualization, data mining, Microsoft® technologies, system administration, Web services and much more.


Explores the functions of math in daily life, as well as its role as a tool for measurement, data analysis and technological development. This illustrated set also explains basic concepts of math and geometry, and provides information on historical milestones, notable mathematicians, and today's career choices. Each volume includes photos, illustrations, sidebars, bibliographies and a glossary. Broadly applicable for middle school through high school students as well as general readers.

Plant Sciences

A comprehensive collection of articles on all aspects of plant sciences, from forensic botany to genetic engineering, from wheat to kudzu. Includes articles on careers related to plant sciences and important individuals, as well as topics from acid rain to wood products. Amply illustrated with full-color photos and line drawings. A glossary illuminates scientific terms.

Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students

Renaissance-era topics most studied in high school world history, art, literature, economics and science curriculum. Includes entries on a range of topics, including Florence, Galileo, heraldry, Medici family, opera, piracy, Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci and many others. Includes a master chronology with topical timelines, a bibliography with age-appropriate further reading sources and a comprehensive index.

Space Sciences

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.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

More than 2,700 signed essays ranging from 500 to 2,500 words, written by subject experts and edited to form a consistent, readable, and straightforward reference. Entries include subject-specific bibliographies and where appropriate, photographs and textual cross-references to related essays.

UXL Encyclopedia of Diseases & Disorders

Contains over 200 entries on medical conditions, from avian flu to warts. Concise entries cover infectious diseases, injuries, genetic disorders and others. Easily understood by middle school students, high school students and lay adult readers.

UXL Encyclopedia of Landforms
and Other Geologic Features

Focuses on the physical and geological aspects, structure and features of 48 of the earth's landforms–what they are, how they look, how they were created, how they change over time and major geological events associated with them.

World of Earth Science

Guide to the concepts, theories, discoveries, pioneers and issues relating to topics in earth science. Its encyclopedic approach offers approximately 650 entries in a convenient A-Z format, cross-reference headings and is written in easy to understand language.