START with these databases:
Features cultures of 182 countries, including maps, statistics, photographs, national anthems, recipes and currency converters. Includes information about each U.S. state as well.
• Europa World Online
A great resource for statistics, recent political history, and government, includes Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Regional Surveys of the World.
• World Data Analyst Online
Detailed statistical comparisons of countries across the world, using both the most recent and historical figures.
Additional databases to search:
• Chicago Tribune
Coverage of the full-text paper from 1985 to Current.
• Credo Reference
A great place to begin research on any subject. Includes more than 500 trusted titles from over 70 publishers, plus relevant links to other quality sources.
• Daily Life Online
Explore how others lived and live their lives, and how their lives shaped ours. Content is enhanced with new books, articles, images, maps, primary documents, and more.
• Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Complete encyclopedia with related Internet links, best websites rated by EB editors, Britannica's Lives and the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary.
LiveMocha offers accessible and engaging online language courses in 35 languages. With more than 9 million members from 195 countries, LiveMocha's online learning community allows people around the world to help each other learn and communicate with native speakers in a fun and friendly way.
• Gale Virtual Reference Library
Contains the full text of hundreds of reference books on a wide variety of subjects, including history, business, medicine, science and humanities. Includes tables of content, indexes and illustrations. (Guided Tour)
Historic Map Works
This high quality, full color digital collection of historic maps is one of the most extensive available. The core of the collection consists of over 1.5 million maps of the United States and the world.
• LexisNexis® Library Express
(Access to the legal module is available in-Library only.)
News, consumer, business and legal information.
• Mango Languages
Easy and fun online language-learning system teaches conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Great for travelers, beginners and ESL students. Listen, repeat, and learn using material designed from native conversations.
• New York Times
Full-text articles from the New York Times are available from 2000 through current. Also included are the New York Times Book Review and The New York Times Magazine.
New York Times Historical Edition
Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. This collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
• Transparent Language Online / Byki
Allows library patrons to follow a simple, linear, learning progression, or jump right in and explore the many, exciting language and culture resources. With 80+ languages to choose from, there is something for every language learner.
Those familiar with Byki™ Online can rest assured; Transparent Language Online contains the entire collection of Byki material and much more.
• Wall Street Journal (1984-Current)
The financial newspaper of record offering in-depth coverage of national and international finance as well as first rate coverage of hard news.
• World Book Online
Start here for background research on any topic. Articles are updated with current events information, useful links on the Internet, a monthly calendar of important dates and a Today in History feature.
Modern World History Online
Provides in-depth coverage of the history of all regions of the world from 1500 to the present.