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A site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. Includes birth and death records, slave names and surnames.

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Access 2,500 subscription and free databases containing millions of family names, full-text records and indexes, digitized images of census records, periodical indexes, Social Security death index, obituaries, vital records, public records and Ancestry World Tree.

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BillionGraves is the world′s largest resource for searchable GPS cemetery data, and is growing bigger and better every day. You can help by collecting headstone images from local and other cemeteries, and then by transcribing the personal information found on the images

Comprehensive source for biographical information with more than 600,000 biographies of people from around the world and throughout history. Includes full-text articles from hundreds of magazines, daily newspapers and newswires as well as from over 170 Gale reference titles. Multimedia content includes video, audio clips and images.

Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

BrainPOP Jr. is an online education tool for students in grades K-3. It's full of fun video and learning activities that engage young learners.

Research and analyze companies and industries around the world. Featuring extensive reference content from Gale's core business collection, easy-to-use company fundamentals and investment research reports, industry rankings, profiles, market share data, company histories and more.

Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. This database provides full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998. Business Source Premier is superior to the competition in full text coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost.

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Career Ready 101 is a career training course that helps users build workplace skills, explore careers and their skill requirements, and create life-literacy with such skills as financial awareness and job searching. It includes KeyTrain®, which is a comprehensive but easy-to-use system for improving the basic skills measured by the WorkKeys® Assessment System. Using KeyTrain, users can assess their potential WorkKeys scores, review topics in each WorkKeys skill area, and practice problems similar to those on an actual WorkKeys assessment. 

Chilton Library represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. Chilton Library gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle.

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Consumer Health Complete is 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.

Over 3,600 in-depth, themed reports that analyze issues that have shaped the modern world, including reportage of current events placed within historical context. Search full-text of the reports, limit searches by date and topic and use Issue Tracker to trace important changes in issues over time.

Credo Reference is a perfect starting point for students, researchers and lifelong learners who are creating research projects, writing topic papers or just doing research. It contains hundreds of subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies and dictionaries. In addition to this traditional content, Credo offers DRM-free access to over 200,000+ images and audio files and nearly 100 videos.

Easy to use website with answers to all those questions about a country’s geography, history, peoples, customs, lifestyles and society. In-depth profiles of countries and territories worldwide. 200+ United Nations-member countries included. Create comparison tables for multiple countries. Browse the Photo Gallery or Recipe Collection for that added touch of local flavor. Find essential facts on the 50 U.S. States, including maps, mottoes and flags, and much more.

The Million Dollar Database provides the information professional, marketer and sales executive with information on U.S. and Canadian leading public and private businesses located in South Carolina. Company information includes industry information with up to 24 individual 8-digit SICs, size criteria (employees and annual sales), type of ownership, principal executives and biographies.

DemographicsNow introduces novice and expert users of demographic data to a new and powerful way to view and act upon consumer and market insights, using instant interactive maps, detailed summary and comparison reports, and fast access to U.S. Census data sorted by geographies and demographic characteristics

Administered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch includes both U. S. and international vital records, probate, land and military records and more. Researchers can also search the Family History Center’s library catalog and receive research guidance.

The Fold3 collections feature documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U.S. Presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization documents. In addition to hosting millions of records, Fold3 creates an environment where members can share their content and insights, ranging from major historical events to personal accounts and family histories

The Gale Directory Library hosts a variety of directory products that particular libraries can choose from. Use it to search, sort and export information from both current directory editions as well as prior editions that are maintained as searchable backfiles. Multiple directories can be cross-searched or users can mine individual directories for the particular kinds of data they contain, such as financial information for companies, circulation figures for publications and much more.

Magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories and information on a variety of health issues. Topics include alternative health, fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public and occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, prescription drugs, and more.

Census data, family records and local histories. Every extant U.S. federal census, family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage and death records, genealogical and local history serials, and more.

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 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more

Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

ItPro provides complete, unabridged contents of thousands of books, videos 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.

Provides a wide selection of South Carolina (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

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Plot summaries, synopses, work overviews, author biographies and interviews, literary criticism and book reviews, full-text of over 300 literary journals, and more. Detailed information on the most studied authors. Content from major literary reference works and from Harold Bloom’s literary criticism series.

Literature Criticism Online provides centuries of analysis - the scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals - delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals. 

GCLS card holders now have access to thousands of free online training videos and courses. Want to learn to code? Need help with Photoshop, Excel, financial literacy, writing or overcoming procrastination? There is a topic for everyone! Courses can be taken on any desktop, laptop or tablet. You create your own account, track your progress and even earn certificates to show others you are keeping your skills razor-sharp.

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This easy-to-use, remotely-accessible, web-based language learning database teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Conversational lessons incorporate vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture components. Languages offered: Spanish (Latin), Russian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Japanese, Irish, Italian, Hebrew, Greek, German, French, Chinese (Mandarin), Arabic (Levantine), ESL Spanish, ESL Portuguese, ESL Japanese, ESL German, ESL French, ESL Chinese (Mandarin), ESL Arabic (Egyptian).

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Online access to The D&B Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios and Hoover's Handbooks.

The D&B Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios are made possible through over one million financial statements in the D&B Financial Information Base. This file consists of U.S. corporations, partnerships and proprietorships both public and privately owned, in all size ranges, and includes over 800 different lines of business as defined by the U.S. Standard industrial Classification (SIC) code numbers.

Hoover's Handbooks is a four-title series of handbooks that covers, literally, the world of business. The series includes Hoover’s Handbook of American Business, Hoover’s Handbook of Private Companies, and Hoover’s Handbook of Emerging Companies. This series brings you information on the biggest, fastest-growing, and most influential enterprises in the world

Mergent Intellect is a highly flexible web-based application that features a deep collection of worldwide business information that enables companies to generate insightful business intelligence. Coupling Mergent's expertise in developing products for the reference marketplace with D&B®'s private company database, Mergent Intellect offers new and existing clients a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more.

Mergent InvestorEdge provides a powerful business research tool, access to the documents and financial information you need for each individual company – incorporating the latest research technology for comprehensive investment research. Look up all corporate documents including annual, industry and equity reports as well as general contact information for each domestic and international company in our database

Mergent Online provides business and financial information for U.S. and international companies. 30 years of historical stock prices are available. SEC filings (real-time and archived to 1993) are included for the 10,000+ NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ exchange companies.

Financials for 15 years are "as reported" and can be downloaded to spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel. Also included: select private company reports; Equity Reports with analysis and advice; country background reports; and economic statistical series (domestic and international).

Morningstar Investment Research Center is an easy to navigate database that was designed especially to help you reach your investment goals. It’s the one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investment options, and getting the most up-to-date financial news commentary.

Browse current events by Hot Topics and News Headlines/Activities for timely research questions and research paper ideas. Browse Special Reports by subject category. Access broadcast transcripts, newswires, select Spanish language news sources, U.S. government publications and American news magazines by browsing publication title links as well as keyword, full-text searching and more.

Nursing Resource Center provides authoritative information written in accessible language for nursing students completing research papers, class assignments and those preparing for their clinical experiences as they learn how to care for and treat patients. Thorough nursing-specific texts are complemented by relevant journal results from top publications in the field and by animated depictions of the human anatomy.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context draws on the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, as well as core reference content from other Gale and Macmillan Reference sources to provide a complete one-stop source for information on social issues. Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

This definitive English language guide provides the meaning, history and pronunciation of over half a million words from across the English-speaking world. The usage of words is traced through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources. The dictionary is updated quarterly with between one and two thousand new and revised entries.

The p4A Antiques Reference database can be used to evaluate almost every kind of antique in today’s collections. Antiques Reference database focuses on the American regional marketplace and includes the types of material seen locally and regionally at auction and retail outlets. These antiques are organized into 1,280 different classifications on subjects including furniture, glass, pottery and porcelain, paintings, prints and many others.

NetAdvantage is a comprehensive, professional source of proprietary investment analysis and company data. The site includes tools to better understand the dynamics of investing and financial market trends. Standard & Poor's is the world’s foremost provider of independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluations and investment research.

Science in Context is an in-depth, curriculum-oriented science database that provides a one-stop resource for all science-related research needs. The database focuses on key concepts and subject areas taught in school classrooms, including: Earth Science, History of Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Science as Inquiry, Space Science and more.

Learn about science, access topics, gain scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering! Scienceflix includes videos, anchor articles written at three reading levels, a read aloud feature news stories with study guides, careers features to inspire budding scientists, and editorially vetted and safe web links for further learning.

This database offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as the necessary tools and instructions to address a wide-range of small business topics. In addition, it provides business videos, a help and advice section, and information on how to create business plans.

When starting a new business, entrepreneurs need all the help they can get. Small Business Resource Center covers all major areas of starting and operating a business including financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting and taxes. An easy-to-use "How To" menu tackles the most-frequently asked new business questions, including "How to start a small business."

A non-commercial volunteer-based project that's fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone. County and state level information for all 50 U. S. states, the District of Columbia and Oklahoma’s Indian Territory.

The TumbleBook Library collection includes over 500 fiction and non-fiction animated and talking story, and chapter books. Also included in the collection are French and Spanish books as well as National Geographic videos, puzzles, games, and songs; all resources designed to teach children the joy of reading and learning.

With comprehensive coverage of more than 50 of the most-studied topics in U.S. history, this database provides access to nearly 5,000 primary historical documents, articles from more than 95 reference titles, and 613,000+ periodical articles from respected publications like NewsweekAmerican Heritageand The Historian covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present

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One of the premier law reference databases in the country; includes access to primary legal materials including court decisions, statutes and regulations from all U.S. state and federal jurisdictions as well as secondary materials including legal treatises and encyclopedias, form finders, and law reviews.

World History in Context draws upon themes and trends from current history curriculums and world history textbooks to offer students and researchers comprehensive, award-winning reference content, academic and scholarly journals, as well as 1700+ of primary sources, images and maps. Includes coverage of the 20th century.