UAPL Online Reference Databases

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BookFlix

Pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction titles from Scholastic to create a great resource for parents and early readers.

CultureGrams

Features information on countries, states, and provinces, including recipes, customs, country data, and government information.

Daily Life Through History

Explores the everyday details of past eras, from what people ate and drank, to what they did in their leisure time. Includes reference works and primary documents.

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism

Examines theories of race and racism in the modern era, with entries on the historic origins of ideas of race, and their social and scientific consequences.

Facts on File Issues and Controversies

Explores controversial issues, including topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. Updated weekly.

Facts on File World Geography and Culture Online

Provides information on countries, U.S. states, places, peoples, and geography concepts, including full color maps, and current statistical, geographical, and cultural information.

Gale Biography in Context

Provides biographical information on current and historical figures around the world from multiple perspectives. Updated daily.

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context

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

Kids Search

Searches the contents of several databases at once, so elementary and middle school students can find information on topics including animals, geography, current events, math, and language arts.

LearningExpress Library

Provides access to online practice tests and tutorials for academic and occupational exams, including the ACT, SAT, LSAT, MCAT, TOEFL, and exams in the civil services, cosmetology, plumbing, real estate, and more.

Literary Reference Center

Contains information on authors and literature, including biographies, interviews, book reviews, literary criticism, poetry, and short stories.

MAS Ultra - School Edition

Offers high school students back issues of magazines and periodicals, including primary source documents, with lexile information.

Middle Search Plus

Offers middle school students back issues of magazines and periodicals, including primary source documents, with lexile information.

National Geographic Kids

Explores science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space through the publications of National Geographic Kids.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Recommends fiction and nonfiction books to young readers based on books they’ve liked in the past, their interests, and their reading levels. Includes guides and recommendations based on Common Core.

Oxford English Dictionary

Provides a guide to the meaning and history of words from across the English speaking world, including quotations tracing changes in meaning over time.

Points of View Reference Center

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

Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas

Features information on popular culture in the United States from 1900 to the present.

Primary Search

Offers elementary school students back issues of magazines and periodicals with lexile information.

Searchasaurus

Searches the contents of several databases at once, so elementary school students can find information on topics including animals, history, people, places, math, stories, and more.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

Features information on popular culture, including films, music, print materials, sports, television, radio, art, performance, and more.

Student Research Center

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

TOPICsearch

Explores current events, including social, political, and economic issues, as well as scientific discoveries, controversial issues, and more.

TumbleBook Library

Features animated picture books with sound, music, and narration, so children can read or be read to.

World Book Kids

Offers a kids' version of the popular encyclopedia.