Culture and Society

Reference eBooks

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Did you know you don’t always have to go to the library to look up reliable and authoritative information in reference books?

Whether you are working on a school project or research paper, have a bet with a friend over a fact, or just want to satisfy your curiosity about a topic, UAPL card holders can get online access to a variety of encyclopedia titles covering science, history, business, medicine, culture and much more. You can even use your mobile device when you’re on the go!

An example of just a few titles that are available include:

See a full list of all the reference eBook titles by going to Gale Virtual Reference Library,  or download the Access My Library app (iOS | Android) on your mobile device, and choose UAPL as your local library. You can also access individual eBooks through the UAPL Databases page.

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Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

Features detailed information on the countries and dependencies of the world, including articles on the United Nations.

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Database URL:|9781414411132&v=2.1&u=colu60512&it=aboutBook&p=GVRL&sw=w

Explora High School

Searches the contents of several databases at once, so high school students can find information and primary source documents on topics including language arts, business, careers, technology, science, math, and more.

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Encyclopedia of Modern China

Presents critical information on the people, politics, economy, art, and literature of China from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day.

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Database URL:|9780684315713&v=2.1&u=colu60512&it=aboutBook&p=GVRL&sw=w

Travel Resources

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Folding Map by cocoparisienne ( about taking a trip this summer? If so, you better start planning now! The library is a great source of information no matter what kind of vacation you are planning. To get you started, check out our Travel Subject Guide to see what the library has for your research.

Taking an international trip? Learn a little about the culture and language of the people you will encounter using our research databases. Going on a road trip to another state? Come to the reference department to look at road atlases and state and city maps. Traveling local? Learn what Ohio has to offer by browsing a selection of books in the Ohio Room.

All this, plus librarian-recommended websites, books, magazines, and more are featured in our Travel Subject Guide. Check it out today, and start planning your fantastic summer vacation!

For a complete list of all UAPL Subject Guides, find them on the Research Overview page.

Gale's Opposing Viewpoints in Context

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Gale LogoGale Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest issues from the Local Food Movement to Wall Street, Health Care to Immigration. Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context can help you analyze and organize a broad variety of data for research, school assignments, or debates with your friends. This database contains more than 14,000 pro/con essays, 5 million articles, 6,000 statistical tables, and thousands of podcasts, just to name a few sections of its vast content. It also has over 700 reference titles from Gale and other publishers. New reference content is added on an ongoing basis, and new full-text periodical and newspaper content is added every day. Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context is one the best all-around resources we have.

People's Chronology

Presents a global record of human events from prehistory until 2004, including events in the arts and humanities, education, transportation, science and medicine, politics, and war, among others.

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Database URL:|9781414401409&v=2.1&u=colu60512&it=aboutBook&p=GVRL&sw=w

Opposing Viewpoints: Privacy

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By Hustvedt (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsWhat does privacy mean to you? Is it something you value? Or, in the digital world, is privacy a thing of the past? Maybe it’s something you never really considered before.

Privacy is something that everyone should think about, especially now when more people are conducting business and sharing personal details online. You can learn more about this issue by consulting the Privacy page on Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context, one of UAPL’s subscription databases.

Opposing Viewpoints brings balance and perspective to controversial issues by presenting information and pointed arguments from subject experts and top journalistic sources. Explore the concept of privacy by reading encyclopedia, magazine, and journal articles, listening to podcasts, watching videos, plus much more.

You can also check out our Online Privacy Subject Guide for even more valuable information about privacy.

Points of View Reference Center

Provides multiple perspectives on current, controversial social issues, including overviews, articles, and primary source documents.

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