Arts and Entertainment

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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Gale Directory Library

Contains listings from the Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media for radio stations, television stations, and cable companies, including those from the United States and Canada, and listings from the Encyclopedia of Associations for national organizations in the United States.

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Novelist Plus

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Drawing of a boy reading a book in a tree.So you’re planning on getting some reading done this summer? Why not let the Summer Library Club help you meet a goal of reading at least 20 hours? (Bonus: There are prizes for adults, too!) In addition to reading, there are also activities you can complete as well, including checking out one of the library’s coolest online resources, Novelist Plus.

When you finish a book you love, Novelist Plus is where you can go to help you figure out the age-old question: “What should I read next?”

Search by genre or plot to find something you’re interested in, or enter your favorite books for spot-on recommendations (“Read-alikes”) for the next book you’ll love. You can even read multiple reviews on a title before you commit to it. 

Novelist has other valuable content as well. Wondering what order to read the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series? Get discussion guides for your book club. Find out every title that ever won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. All this, and more!

Every time you check out Novelist Plus during the Summer Library Club, it counts as an activity, so use it each time you are ready to start another book!

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

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Are you a knitting enthusiast looking for new patterns to try? Or are you interested in trying a new pastime, like gardening or rock climbing?

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center is a full-text database that has articles from over 740 magazines, books and videos covering over 140 different crafts and hobbies.

In this unique resource you can find information on everything from beading to home brewing. Articles are available in high-quality PDF format. You can search by category or browse resources in your area of interest.

It is available from our Online Databases page. While you're there, be sure to check out our other helpful Consumer or Arts and Entertainment resources.

VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

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E-Book cover for VideoHound's Golden Movie RetrieverLooking for suggestions for films to check out on movie night for you and your family? Get all the information you need about titles available on DVD before you head to the library!

VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever is an extensive and entertaining source for information about almost any title available on DVD! Each entry has information about the cast, director, genre, rating, length, and more. They also have short, but informative, reviews on every title, including a “bone” rating system for a quick reference.

Part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library, VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever is an e-reference book that is available to patrons anywhere, any time of day with a UAPL library card number and PIN.

Using VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever is also an activity in the Summer Library Club, along with watching a movie about a hero. Find a well-reviewed superhero movie in Videohound, and knock out two activities at once!

Novelist Plus

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Wondering what to read next? Find your next favorite book or author with Novelist Plus!

NoveList Plus is an online reader’s advisory resource that helps find books that deliver a satisfying reading experience based on your interests.

Long a staple of our electronic collection, NoveList Plus can help find that “next great read” in a variety of ways, including searching or browsing by title, author, plot or genre. You will also find featured content such as Book Discussion Guides, Book Talks, Recommended Reads and more.

For kids and teens, we also offer NoveList K-8, featuring fiction and non-fiction titles in an easy to use interface designed with young readers in mind.

You can find both NoveList products in our Research Database page, which includes many more useful resources related to Arts, Literature and Entertainment

Oxford Art and Music Online

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Dive deep into the worlds of art and music this summer with two of our fascinating databases! Oxford Art Online and Oxford Music Online are the leading resources in their respective fields.

Oxford Art Online contains thousands of articles encompassing all aspects of visual culture. View images, read biographies of artists, and learn about time periods and movements.

Oxford Music Online covers music from all over the world. Learn about musicians and instruments as well as musical styles and periods.

Even better, visiting these databases is part of the Summer Library Club! Visit each of them to count toward an activity, and be sure to log the time you spend reading articles as well!

Mango Languages

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Start learning a new language today, or brush up on your conversation skills in your tongue of choice with Mango Languages.

Mango Languages offers free interactive courses through a unique method of engaging the user in realistic conversations in the native language. Take lessons in over 45 foreign languages and 15 ESL courses.

Mango has courses on everything from Arabic to Vietnamese to Ancient Hebrew, all available to you at home or on the go with their free mobile app. So if you have always wanted to learn a new language but never had the time, Mango lets you work at your own pace.

Try it today by clicking on the Mango button above, or find it on UAPL's Online Reference Databases page.

Oxford Art Online

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Discover paintings, sculptures, photography and fashion in Oxford Art Online.

This resource has detailed biographies of artists, as well as images of their works. Enjoy the paintings of Frida Kahlo, Vasily Kandinsky or Edgar Degas.

In addition to artists, Oxford Art Online has a dictionary of terms relevant in the art world, as well as thematic guides explaining impressionism, dada, cubism, architecture, and more to the beginning art enthusiast. Timelines of world art from the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia are also available, as are MoMA and Grove Art's resources for educators who want to bring more art in to the classroom.

Oxford Art Online is just one of our valuable Arts, Literature and Entertainment databases. Check them out along with the rest of UAPL's online resources on our Online Reference Databases page.


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