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Library Research Guides and Databases

Immediately following is a list of recommended databases and Web sites organized by subject areas. A complete alphabetical list of all our databases is also available. American Studies Art / Dance / Music Arts / Not-For-Profit Mgmt. Biology Business / Economics Chemistry / Physics Communications Education---also use for: Teacher Educ....
Immediately following is a list of recommended databases and Web sites organized by subject areas.  A complete alphabetical list of all our databases is also available.

Salem Databases, including NC LIVE Resources - Alphabetical List by Name

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ABC-CLIO eBook Collection -  over 200 eBook titles in history, literature and more.

Academic Search Complete Magazines and journals on many subjects, includes peer-reviewed and scholarly works; full text available.

African-American Poetry Nearly 3,000 poems written by African-American poets writing between 1750 to 1900. Remote access not available.

America: History and Life Comprehensive index to articles, dissertations, and books about American history and culture; links to full-text articles and books reviews in other sources.

America's Historical Newspapers 1690-1876 Also known as "Early American Newspapers (Series I)," this is a collection of digitized newspapers printed in colonial and early America. 

American Poetry Over 40,000 poems by more than 200 American poets from the Colonial Period to the early twentieth century. Remote access not available.

American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography A collection of the life histories of former slaves in the United States compiled through nearly 4,000 interviews with ex-slaves. [Subsumed by the Greenwood Digital Collection 4/08] 

Art & Architecture Complete Full-text coverage of 380 periodicals and more than 220 books; indexing and abstracts for more than 780 academic journals, magazines and trade publications; and an Image Collection of over 63,000 images

ARTstor Over 300,000 image files of paintings, drawings, architecture from around the world.  

ArtsWatch A weekly cultural policy publication of Americans for the Arts.

Auto Repair Center Information related to automotive parts & procedures for almost any make & model of car or truck from 1945 to present

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Bills from the NC General Assembly Links for Bill Look-Up and Full Text Search of bills from 1997 to present.

Biography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies

BioOne a global, not-for-profit collaboration bringing together scientific societies, publishers, and libraries to provide access to critical, peer-reviewed research in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.

Books in Print Listings for over 5.6 million print, audio, and video titles as well as full-text reviews for selected titles.

Business Source Complete Indexes over 1500 business magazines from 1984 to present, including The Wall Street Journal; full text for 750+ titles.

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CAMIO Collection of art images

Career Library Includes career interest assessment tests, college and career profiles, résumé examples and much more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources about diseases, health conditions, and other special topics.

CINAHL Indexing for over 1,200 nursing journals, abstracts for over 250 journals, and full text for over 300 health journals.

Classical Music Library Over 30,000 classical music files--and growing !

Communication & Mass Media Complete Full-text coverage for over 300 titles and indexing for all communication studies' core journals.

C Q Researcher Online Comprehensive, non-biased reporting and analysis on issues shaping our world.

C Q Weekly Coverage of the U.S. Congress: bills, votes, amendments, committees, etc.  

Crime in North Carolina (Uniform Crime Report) The UCR Program collects data on the age, race, and sex of persons arrested for all crimes except traffic violations. Statistics are broken down by county.

Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers An in-depth analysis of current, best-selling fiction with regular annual updates covering new works. [Subsumed by the Greenwood Digital Collection 4/08]  

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Daily Life Through History eBooks that offer detailed portrayals, with illustrations,of what life was like for ordinary people in different cultures throughout history. Includes lesson plans.  

DigitalNC Digital Images Exploring North Carolina's Heritage.

Discovering American Women's History Online   This database provides access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document the history of women in the United States.

Dissertation Abstracts International Dissertations and theses from institutions in North America and Europe. NB: FirstSearch offers many databases; you must first select the "Dissertations" database before you can search in it.

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EBSCO eBook Collection Search and browse reference resources including encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, handbooks, thesauri and more.

Economic Development Information System Includes profiles of counties and industries in NC. Provides a searchable database of available industrial properties, and comparisons between states for multiple indicators such as population, taxes, infrastructure, and labor force.

English Poetry The complete English poetic canon indexed from 600 to 1900. Over 165,000 poems by more than 1,250 poets drawn from nearly 4,500 printed sources.  Remote access not available.

Entrepreneurial Studies Source offers users full text for more than 125 key periodicals, 135 reference books, numerous case studies, thousands of company profiles and over 600 videos with transcripts and related articles from the Harvard Faculty Seminar Series and Vator.TV, one of the world's largest social network sites for high-tech entrepreneurs.

Environment Complete offers coverage in applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.



ERIC (direct) Citations and abstracts for articles and documents on education research and practice.

ERIC (via NC LIVE) Indexes over 750 journals in the field of education from 1966 to present.

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Faber Poetry Library A collection of some of the most influential poets of the twentieth century.  Remote access not available.

FirstSearch databases Many indexes, but limited full text. Use with discretion.

Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia Includes the full text of over 25,000 subject entries in the encyclopedia.


Gale Virtual Reference Library Searchable collection of electronic book reference titles.  

GreenFILE  Compilation of resources related to environmental issues.

Greenwood Digital Collection Searchable collection of electronic book reference titles focusing on history and literature. 

GuideStar A wealth of information on not-for-profit organizations; available only to registered faculty and students in Salem not-for-profit courses. Current passwords available from Salem instructor.

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Health Source:Consumer Edition Consumer-oriented information on many health topics such as the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, and general health; many journals include full text.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition More than 400 scholarly full text journals covering many medical disciplines; abstracts and indexing for over 500 journals; also includes Stedman's Medical Dictionary.

Healthfinder A gateway consumer health information web site sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Dept of Health and Human Services.

HealthLink Plus Links to reliable, recent, and authoritative websites related to consumer health information as selected by the Public Library System of Mecklenburg County's professional staff.

Heritage Quest Research materials for tracing family history and American culture  

Historic Events of the 20th Century This one-stop resource invites the reader to discover how events of the last century have shaped and continue to influence today's events. Teacher lesson plans are included. [Subsumed by the Greenwood Digital Collection 4/08]  

HIV InSite Designed by the U of California San Francisco AIDS Research Institute as a gateway to in-depth information about particular aspects of HIV/AIDS.

Hoover's is a business research platform that allows you to search U.S. and international company listings by industry, size, & geography to build lists, create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, and raise funds.

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ISI Highly Cited Identifies the most cited researchers in chemistry, engineering, neuroscience, and physics; includes contact information, bibliographies, and more. Searchable by name, institution, subject area, or country.

ISI Web of Science: Science Citation Index Expanded This database supersedes the Basic Sciences Index, indexing over 5,900 math and science journals, with citation cross-referencing. 

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JSTOR Full-text articles in over 375 core academic journals with back-files lacking only the most recent 3 -5 years.



LearningExpress Library Practice tests and tutorials, including the GRE and the Praxis I  

Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms.

Legislative Directory Includes links for finding representatives to both the NC General Assembly and the U.S. Congress by county, district, and Zip code. Also includes maps of voter precincts and a history of the current congressional districts.

LEXIS NEXIS Academic Universe Index to articles, with full text, in hundreds of news, business, legal, medical, and general reference resources.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) with FULL TEXT  Provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.

Literary Reference Center Plus Detailed information on the most studied authors and their works - from antiquity to present day.

Literature in Context   A curriculum-based series containing primary source material, collateral readings, and commentary to help students understand the historical, social, and cultural milieu associated with major literary works. 

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MasterFile Complete Covers a wide variety of topics from about 3,100 magazines and journals from 1984 to the present. Includes many complete articles from more than 1,500 periodicals from 1990 to the present.

MAS Complete A general reference database designed for high school/ junior college. Includes over 460 of the most wanted K-12 magazines, Essential Documents in American History (over 1,000 original historical documents), and 3,000+ charts, tables, graphs.

Mayo Clinic Health Oasis An excellent consumer source of medical and health information. Editors include over 1,200 physicians, scientists, writers, and educators at the Mayo Clinic.

MEDLINEplus Extensive information about diseases and medical conditions from the National Institutes of Health. Includes lists of hospitals and physicians, medical dictionaries, and more.

Middle Search Plus For middle & junior high school students learning how to research current events and general topics.  Incorporates the Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Animals, Essential Documents in American History, and the CIA World Factbook.

Military & Government Collection Offers current news pertaining to all branches of the military; nearly 400 titles are indexed, many in full text.

MLA Bibliography Indexing for over 4,000 language, literature, and folklore journals, books, and dissertations. 1963 - present. Direct links to 223 full-text journals.

Morningstar Library Edition Comprehensive information on mutual funds and stocks

Multilingual Health Databases provide hundreds of reports in the latest evidence-based health information for the most common health topics in up to 17 different languages

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National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) Women's health information sponsored by the U.S. Public Health Service.

NC Health Info Online guide to web sites of quality health and medical information and local health services throughout North Carolina.

NC LIVE Media Collection Online access to more than 250 acclaimed PBS programs. Requires Flash Media Player 9 or higher & a high speed Internet connection.

New York Times NY Times website, includes full text with images and multimedia (1851 - present)

New York Times Full text articles for the past 365 days (via Proquest Database).

New York Times [January 2004 to 2006]. Full text-articles that bridge the gap between the Historical NYT database and the current year's database.

New York Times (Historical) Full page and article images with searchable full-text from 1851-2003; includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue. See titles above for more recent articles.

Newspaper Source Plus Full text for 149 national & international newspapers and selective full text for 410 U.S newspapers; also, full-text television & radio news transcripts.

North American Women's Letters and Diaries Over 150,000 pages of published letters and diaries plus 4,000 pages of previously unpublished materials depicting the personal experiences of hundreds of women, Colonial times to 1950. Remote access coming soon.

North Carolina Agricultural Statistics Service Provides statistical information in table, map, and graph formats on farm animals, crops, cash receipts, and weather; provides comparisons between NC counties, and to other states.

North Carolina Community Newspapers Links to NC newspapers available in full text. Some may provide only recent issues or selected stories.

North Carolina Curriculum Included are specific Department of Public Instruction goals and objectives for classroom subjects and grade levels for NC. Use to verify the instructional objectives of the Standard Course of Study at a given grade by subject area.

North Carolina Digital Heritage (DigitalNC) Explore the history and culture of North Carolina through original materials from cultural heritage repositories across the state.

North Carolina Driver's Manual Includes the full text of the current Dept of Motor Vehicles driver's manual in English and Spanish, pictures of road signs, and the Newcomer's Guide to Motoring in NC.

North Carolina Education Directory Contains addresses and phone numbers of every NC public, federal, or charter school and public school system, all employees of the SDPI, contact information for education organizations, associations, NC commissions, and educational material suppliers.

North Carolina Encyclopedia Includes links to information that students of all ages request about the state, its history, people, government, and educational institutions.  

North Carolina Government Employee Telephone Directory NC State Capital Area Telephone Directory online. A searchable alphabetical listing, plus the departmental directory are included.

North Carolina Health Info Offers access to web sites of local health services & providers of programs serving residents of NC. 

North Carolina Homepage NC@Your Service is the NC Government portal, and provides comprehensive and online services for citizens, businesses, and state employees of NC.

North Carolina Job Openings This NC Employment Security Commission (ESC) site contains links to the NC Job Bank, a list of job openings in the state.

North Carolina Periodicals Index An index to state periodicals including Our State, North Carolina Literary Review, and North Carolina Architecture.

North Carolina Public Schools Statistical Profile Statistical data from NCDPI on students, personnel, and finances. Provides breakdowns by school system and in some appropriate cases by age (grade), race, and gender.

[North Carolina] State Data Center The NC State Data Center (SDC) is a consortium of state and local agencies that provides information and data about the state and its component geographic areas. 

[North Carolina] State Demographics The State Demographics Unit provides state, county, and municipal population estimates and projections by year, age, race, and sex.

North Carolina State Publications Collection Digital access to state government publications, focused on documents created since 2002.

North Carolina Teacher Academy Links to Internet-based resources for K-12 classroom teachers and educational sites recommended for students and parents.

(NC) Division of Public Health of the NC Dept of Health and Human Services Covers a wide range of programs and services, all aimed toward protecting and improving the health of the people who live and work in NC. 

(NC) State Center for Health Statistics A comprehensive collection of NC health statistics, including mortality, pregnancy, birth, etc.

NoveList A readers' advisory service. Helps readers find new books based on books they've read or topics in which they are interested. Includes many book reviews.

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Oncolink: U of Pennsylvania Cancer Center Resource Provides information solely on the various forms of cancer; search by disease and medical specialty menus, cancer causes, screening and prevention, clinical trials, and global resources for cancer information.

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Points of View Reference Center is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.

Policy File offers access to U.S. foreign and domestic policy papers and gray literature, PolicyFile is updated weekly with abstracts and links to the latest reports, papers, and documents from think tanks, research institutes, and agencies.

Primary Search Indexes 116 children's magazines from 1984 to present; full text for 35 children's magazines from 1990 to present; Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, the World Almanac for Kids, and more.

Project Muse Full-text scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences

ProQuest Education Journals Contains more than 550 titles on education--including primary, secondary, and university-level topics--with nearly 300 in full text.

ProQuest Newspapers: Wall Street Journal Includes selected coverage of the Wall Street Journal.

ProQuest Research Library Information from over 1,800 newspapers and periodicals on a wide range of topics.

PsycARTICLES Index to full-text articles from 38 journals published by the APA and 4 other organizations. 1988 to the present.

PubMed From the National Library of Medicine; provides access to over 11 million citations from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

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Regional Accounts Data--Local Area Personal Income From the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Dept of Commerce.

Regional Business News Currently contains abstracts for 67 regional business publications, with full text for 52 of those titles including Business North Carolina.

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Sanborn Maps for North Carolina Provides digital access to 11,173 large-scale maps of 158 North Carolina towns and cities. Users can easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections, and compare maps from different years.

Scientific American Archive This database has full-text articles, with color charts and pictures, dating from 1993 to the present.

ScienceDirect An interdisciplinary database showcasing Elsevier's scholarly journal collections (very limited full text).  Use Interlibrary Loan services to obtain articles.

SCIRUS Searches for science articles, reprints, reports, etc. --many in full text !!  

Searchasaurus For elementary and middle school students, this is a portal to multiple databases: American Heritage Children's Dictionary, Encyclopedia of Animals, Image Collections, Middle Search Plus, and Primary Search.

Serials Directory Provides up-to-date information and pricing for popular magazines and other serials. Contains listings for over 150,000 U.S. and international titles, including 8,000 newspapers. Also includes data on over 87,000 publishers worldwide.  

Simply Map A web-based demographic, business and marketing data mapping tool. USERS MUST "CREATE PERSONAL WORKSPACE" TO SAVE WORK.

Small Business Reference Center This resource offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, provides users with detailed, yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines.

SocINDEX with Full Text -  offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study.

SPORTDiscus with Full Text -  covers the areas of: sports, physical fitness, sport science and recreation. Resources include periodicals, books, conference proceedings, dissertations and theses, research papers, etc.

Start Squad An excellent resource for anyone seeking quality web sites for kids. Sites were selected and organized by professional librarians--the State Library of NC and the NC Library Association.

STNEasy Provides access to chemistry databases, including Chemical Abstracts. HOURS of access are RESTRICTED. See Dr. Eskew for the passwords.

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Teaching Positions in North Carolina For public school teachers: links to information about licensure, national board certification, application forms, and local job fairs.

Teaching Reference Center Journal information geared towards K-12 educators and librarians. 

Twentieth Century African-American Poetry A collection of poetry written by the most important and influential African American poets of the twentieth century. Presently includes over 6,000 poems from over 100 complete editions by 46 poets. Remote access not available.

Twentieth Century American Poetry A database of modern and contemporary American poetry from the early twentieth century to the present. Presently includes 36,000 poems drawn from 460 volumes by 217 poets. Remote access not available.

Twentieth Century English Poetry A database of modern and contemporary English poetry from the early twentieth century to the present. Contains tens of thousands of works by 288 poets. Remote access not available.

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United Nations Common Database (UNCDB) United Nations Common Database--statistics on every country in the world.

Wall Street Journal Full text coverage to this respected business-focused newspaper.

WDI Online World Development Indicators Online--statistics from around the globe. Published by the World Bank.

WorldCat Union catalog of materials held in libraries world-wide.  Also see: Open World Cat to identify books held in regional libraries.

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