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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.

Oxford Music Online

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Oxford Music Online provides access to a variety of musical information. Learn about everyone from Beethoven to Beyonce in this informative database. Also enjoy the newly added Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition, to learn the particulars of American artists, composers, and traditions in music. Discover topical guides for different music periods, and learn about the history of opera, or how music was changing in the Renaissance. Additionally, music theory is covered with Sibelius-enabled examples which will allow you to listen to and learn about different concepts.  

If you want to learn more about musicians, check out Gale Biography in Context. To learn more about popular music, take a look at the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. To learn more about music, click on these librarian recommended websites.  



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