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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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Oxford English Dictionary

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The Oxford English Dictionary – or OED to language aficionados – has long been considered the definitive work on the English language.  

In addition to learning the current meaning, pronunciation and usage of a word, you can look up its first known use in print, and learn about how its meaning has changed over time. Using the OED, you can find the origins of English words you may not have thought about, from  “cypher,” and “bead” to “ukulele,” and “nachos.”

Through the Oxford English Dictionary Online, you can also learn who the sandwich was named for, or find all the historical synonyms for commoners. You can even view timelines and discover which political terms were in vogue from the year 1000 to present, with entries ranging from “purple state” to “aproneer.”  

The OED offers a unique insight not only into words, but into history. Check it out, along with UAPL's many other Premium Resources.


UAHS Student Portal

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Students, do you feel overwhelmed trying to find appropriate sources for your projects and homework? Then the UAHS Student Portal is for you!

The UAPL Reference Librarians have narrowed down our extensive list of resources and organized them by categories that are relevant to high school students.

Easily discover databases and eBooks with information from encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, professional journals and other sources appropriate for school work. Many of these resources even tell you how to cite what you found! Best of all, they are all available any time of day.

You will need your UA library card number and PIN to access the valuable resources found through the UAHS Student Portal. And don’t forget, you can always contact a Reference Librarian by phone, textemail, or in person for assistance in using our databases and eBooks.

World Book Encyclopedia

Presents the online version of the award-winning encyclopedia with thousand of images, articles and primary source documents.

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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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