Encyclopedias & Reference

Featured Resources

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (EBSCOhost)
World Book Encyclopedia
Explora Encyclopedia
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Access Video On DemandAccess Video On Demand
Access Video On Demand offers thousands of educational and interesting videos provided free of charge by Films On Demand.
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American PressAmerican Press ePaper
American Press ePaper is the online version of the Lake Charles American Press newspaper. This service is only available when connected to the internet at the Beauregard Parish Library; please leave the log-in blank when trying to log in.
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AtoZ The USAAtoZ The USA
AtoZ The USA contains more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia; and it offers coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society.
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Biography Reference Center (EBSCOhost)Biography Reference Center (EBSCOhost)
Biography Reference Center (EBSCOhost) offers a comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full-text biographies, including the complete full-text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

Download the mobile app: Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
All, Middle School, High School
Black Life In AmericaBlack Life In America
Black Life In America explores the experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media.
All, Middle School, High School
Britannica Ebooks - Digital LearningBritannica E-Books
Britannica E-Books offers hundreds of downloadable full color and black & white non-fiction e-books for preschool through high school.

Download the mobile app at the Google Play Store or the Apple Store.
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Business Source Complete | EBSCOBusiness Source Complete (EBSCOhost)
Business Source Complete (EBSCOhost) provides an easy way to both browse and search for country economic data, company profiles, industry information and market research in the EBSCO databases.

Download the mobile app: Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

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Gale Chilton LibraryChilton Library
Chilton Library offers vehicle maintenance and specification tables, service and repair guides, vacuum diagrams, wiring diagrams, and Delmar ASE Technician Test Preparation (TTP) quizzes.

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Columbia Granger's World Of PoetryColumbia Granger's World Of Poetry
The Columbia Granger’s World Of Poetry contains over 250,000 poems in full text and 450,000 citations. The poems in full text are the most widely read in the English language, as well as in Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
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Consumer Health Complete (EBSCOhost)Consumer Health Complete (EBSCOhost)
Consumer Health Complete (EBSCOhost) offers convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information from EBSCO. Search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.

Download the mobile app: Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
All, Middle School, High School
EBSCOEBSCOhost
EBSCOhost is a powerful online reference system accessible via the Internet. It offers a variety of proprietary full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. The comprehensive databases range from general reference collections to specially designed, subject-specific databases for public, academic, medical, corporate, and school libraries.

Download the mobile app: Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
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ExploraExplora
Explora offers reliable content from the world's leading magazines and reference books in the EBSCO databases. Browse categories organized by popular topic, with overviews that provide a starting point for your research; or use the simple search that quickly delivers relevant results, including primary source documents, news articles, and Associated Press videos.

Download the mobile app: Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
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Financial Ratings SeriesFinancial Ratings Series
Financial Ratings Series offers important financial literacy tools from Weiss Ratings & Grey House Publishing such as: independent unbiased financial strength ratings of banks/credit unions/insurance companies, conservative buy-hold-sell ratings of thousands of stocks / mutual funds/exchange-traded funds, personal accounts to create a watchlist with notifications, and a Medicare / Medigap supplement insurance planner. When not accessing this service from the library network, put BPL in front of the card number with no space, for example: BPLB000000 or BPL29962.

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Funk & Wagnalls New World EncyclopediaFunk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (EBSCOhost)
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (EBSCOhost) is a database that provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Download the mobile app: Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
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Demographic ResearchGale Business: DemographicsNow
Gale Business: DemographicsNow offers population and Census data to housing expenditures, users of Gale Business: DemographicsNow will have access to demographic information including: income, housing, race, age, education, retail spending, consumer expenditures, businesses, and more.

Download the mobile app
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All, High School
Gale EbooksGale EBooks
Gale eBooks contains a large collection of e-books on a number of non-fiction topics.

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All, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Gale Legal FormsGale Legal Forms
Gale Legal Forms offers official, state-specific, federal, business, personal, real estate, and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

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Heritage HubHeritageHub
HeritageHub lets you explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images.

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HeritageQuest OnlineHeritageQuest Online
HeritageQuest Online is digitized from the popular UMI Genealogy and Local History collection on microfiche, this online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical hobbyists and professionals. A tutorial is available here.

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History Reference Center History Reference Center (EBSCOhost)
History Reference Center (EBSCOhost) offers full text from over 1,620 reference books and encyclopedias and non-fiction books, full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, 57,000 historical documents, over 77,000 biographies of historical figures, over 113,000 historical photos and maps, and over 80 hours of historical video.

Download the mobile app: Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
All, Middle School, High School
Hobbies & Crafts Reference CenterHobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center offers exclusive articles from the EBSCO databases covering over 140 topics, as well as many other periodicals, books and videos that focus on categories commonly referred to as hobbies and crafts; and it is available in a high-quality PDF format.

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Legal Information Reference CenterLegal Information Reference Center
Legal Information Reference Center provides online full text from EBSCO for many of the top consumer legal reference books and contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms.

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Literary Reference Center PlusLiterary Reference Center Plus (EBSCOhost)
Literary Reference Center Plus (EBSCOhost) offers information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Information Services.

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Louisiana Digital LibraryLouisiana Digital Library (LDL)
Louisiana Digital Library (LDL) is an online library of more than 400,000 digital items from Louisiana archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories, making unique historical treasures accessible to students, researchers, and the general public in Louisiana and across the globe. The items in the Louisiana Digital Library are as diverse and interesting as the people and places in Louisiana, with photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, oral histories, and more documenting the state’s history and culture.
MASA Ultra - School Edition (EBSCOhost) MASA Ultra - School Edition (EBSCOhost)
Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for nearly 500 popular, high school magazines. It also provides more than 360 full-text reference books, 85,670 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs, and expanded full-text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.

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Middle Search PlusMiddle Search Plus (EBSCOhost)
Provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. It also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps, and flags.

Download the mobile app: Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

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All, Middle School
Newspaper ArchivesNewsBank
NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources, including newspapers and magazines, covering a wide array of topics and issues; and it offers archives for The Beauregard Daily News going back to 1999 as well as numerous other Louisiana newspapers.

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Primary SearchPrimary Search (EBSCOhost)
Primary Search (EBSCOhost) provides full text for more than 70 popular magazines for elementary school research. All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full-text information dates as far back as 1990.

ownload the mobile app: Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
Elementary School
Science Reference CenterScience Reference Center (EBSCOhost)
Science Reference Center (EBSCOhost) is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and more. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology, and wildlife.

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ValuelineValue Line
Value Line is the uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased information, Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets, and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools, proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence.

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All, High School
WorldBook EncyclopediaWorld Book Online
World Book Online is an online version of the renowned encyclopedia that is available in French and Spanish, it has different search options for different grades / Lexile levels, and it has citations and a life skills section, and the student model has additional educator tools that include lessons plans.

WorldBook Tutorial
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