Encyclopedias & Reference

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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 by Infobase offers an expansive, patron-friendly collection of thousands of high-quality videos that complement and enhance your library’s content offerings. We bring exceptional content from around the world that you may never have had the opportunity to see: from Oscar®, Emmy®, and Peabody Award-winning documentaries, to how-to programs that make life easier and richer, top-quality performances spanning the arts, biographies of history-makers past and present, a variety of TV shows and movies, and more for free.

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American Press (NewsBank Edition)American Press (NewsBank Edition)
American Press (NewsBank Edition) by NewsBank offers an online version of some news stories from the Lake Charles, Louisiana American Press newspaper.

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AtoZ The USAAtoZ The USA
AtoZ The USA by World Trade Press contains more than 115 country-based articles & 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. It offers coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society.

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Biography Reference CenterBiography Reference Center
Biography Reference Center by EBSCO 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.

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Black Life In AmericaBlack Life In America
Black Life In America by NewsBank has comprehensive coverage of the African American experience from the earliest times to today. It is sourced from nearly 20,000 American and global newspapers from 1704 to the present, including over 400 African American newspapers. It provides full-text searching as well as access to content by topic, event, and eras in African American History. Not only that, but it is updated daily.

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Britannica E-BooksBritannica E-Books
Britannica E-Books by Britannica offers over a thousand highly-acclaimed, non-fiction e-books, covering a range of popular, specialized, and curriculum topics. Improve reading comprehension and provide additional sources for research with Britannica’s ever-expanding e-book collection. With titles ranging from early childhood through high school, our e-books are Lexile-leveled and cover the entire curriculum, from language arts, math, science, and social studies, to sports, music, art and many other subjects! Spanish and bilingual titles are available.

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Business Source CompleteBusiness Source Complete
Business Source Complete by EBSCO provides an easy way to both browse and search for country economic data, company profiles, industry information, and market research in the EBSCO databases.

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ChiltonLibraryChiltonLibrary
ChiltonLibrary by Gale provides access to repair, maintenance, and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs on the road today, as well as, many new vehicles. This continuously updated resource provides step-by-step repair procedures, troubleshooting guides, diagnostic trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams, and multimedia (videos and animations) to simplify even the most complicated tasks.

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The Columbia Granger's World Of PoetryColumbia Granger's World Of Poetry
The Columbia Granger’s World Of Poetry contains 300,000 poems in full text and 450,000 citations, numbers that will continually expand with each update. The poems in full text are the most widely-read in the English language, as well as in Spanish, French, German, and Italian. Included also is poetry in Portuguese, Polish, Yiddish, Welsh, Gaelic, and other Celtic languages, as well as poems in the ancient languages: Anglo-Saxon, Provencal and Latin. Scholars in each of these languages have reviewed and guided the selection of poems, so that the poetry on Granger’s is also the poetry encountered in the classroom.

The Columbia Granger’s World Of Poetry offers complete coverage of the works of several individual great poets, including the complete poems of Shelley, Blake, Burns, Keats, Marvell, Poe, Unamuno, Heine, Baudelaire, and other major poets. In addition, users will find a wealth of current poetry from some of the best poetry periodicals, such as Poetry Magazine, The Southern Review, and Poetry Northwest.

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Consumer Health CompleteConsumer Health Complete
Consumer Health Complete by EBSCO offers convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information from EBSCO. Search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.

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EBSCOhostEBSCOhost
EBSCOhost by EBSCO 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.

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ExploraExplora
Explora by EBSCO ensures that students, educators, and library patrons can quickly find the reliable information they need to complete homework and research projects, deliver robust school curriculum, achieve their professional goals and satisfy their intellectual curiosity. Explora offers the following and more:

Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results including articles, e-books, essays and primary source documents. High-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers, recognized by library professionals and selected for use in a school environment. Carefully curated topic categories that provide users with a visual entry point to browse popular research topics and subject areas. Topic overviews that provide students a starting point for research. Powerful filters for narrowing search results by source type, date range, Lexile range and content provider. A colorful, mobile-friendly design with featured content areas to engage students.

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

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Gale Business: DemographicsNowGale 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. Connect with a wealth of highly detailed demographic data on more than 24 million U.S. businesses and 206 million consumers. Easily and rapidly produce a variety of both standard and custom reports to help make informed decisions.

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Gale eBooksGale eBooks
Gale eBooks contains a large collection of e-books on a number of non-fiction topics.

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Gale LegalFormsGale LegalForms
Gale LegalForms offers official, state-specific, federal, business, personal, real estate, and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

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HeritageHubHeritageHub
HeritageHub by NewsBank 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 1900s, 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.

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Hispanic Life In AmericaHispanic Life In America
Hispanic Life In America by NewsBank has comprehensive coverage of the Hispanic American experience from the earliest times to today. It is sourced from nearly 17,500 American and global newspapers, including almost 450 Hispanic American newspapers. It provides full-text searching as well as access to content by topic, event, and eras in Hispanic American History. Not only that, but it is updated daily.

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History Reference CenterHistory Reference Center
History Reference Center by EBSCO 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.

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference CenterHobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center by EBSCO 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. It is available in a high-quality PDF format.

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Legal Information Reference CenterLegal Information Reference Center
Legal Information Reference Center by EBSCO 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
Literary Reference Center Plus by EBSCO 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 Library (LDL)Louisiana 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 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.

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MASA Ultra - School EditionMASA Ultra - School Edition
MASA Ultra - School Edition by EBSCO is 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
Middle Search Plus by EBSCO 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.

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NewsBankNewsBank
NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources, including newspapers and magazines, covering a wide array of topics and issues. 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
Primary Search by EBSCO 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.

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Science Reference CenterScience Reference Center
Science Reference Center by EBSCO 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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SkillMillSkillMill
SkillMill is the world-leading skilled trades platform with expert courses that teach you job-ready skills at your own pace. SkillMill includes short, expert-led video courses, 3-D simulations, assessments, knowledge checks, and learning paths to help you advance your technical skills.

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Value LineValue Line
Value Line is an 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, and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance. Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence.

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Weiss Financial Ratings SeriesWeiss Financial Ratings Series
Weiss Financial Ratings Series by Weiss Ratings & Grey House Publishing offers important financial literacy tools like:

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. Create your own personal account to create a watchlist, get upgrade / downgrade notifications and log in from anywhere. Medicare supplement insurance – which plan to choose, how much it will cost, compare rates & plan benefits.

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

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