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eBooks

  • Overdrive
    Collection of popular eBook titles that can be downloaded to PC's or portable eBook readers.
  • Gale Virtual Library
    Collection of electronic editions of reference books on a wide variety of topics.
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
    Access to 28,000+ ebook titles, including the latest information technology titles, reference essentials, business and economics resources, best-selling fiction, and more.  To access eBooks on EBSCOhost, users will need to create a free My EBSCOhost account from a RPL library computer.  Once an account has been set up, eBooks on EBSCOhost can be accessed from home, school, or office.

Online Databases

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GENERAL INFORMATION 

  • Academic Search Complete
    Provides full-text for more than 9,500 scholarly publications.
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
    Access to 28,000+ ebook titles, including the latest information technology titles, reference essentials, business and economics resources, best-selling fiction, and more. To access eBooks on EBSCOhost, users will need to create a free My EBSCOhost account from a RPL library computer. Once an account has been set up, eBooks on EBSCOhost can be accessed from home, school, or office.   
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
    Over 25,000 encyclopedia entries covering a variety of subject area
  • InfoTrac Newsstand
    Growing collection of over 400 newspapers from the U.S. and around the world, including several Texas newspapers.  Dates of coverage vary with start dates beginning January of 1996, and a 365 day rolling file for the New York Times.
  • MasterFILE Premier
    A multidisciplinary database designed for public libraries that provides full-text for nearly 2,000 general reference publications.
  • Military & Government Collection
    Provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for nearly 400 titles.  Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government.
  • NewsBank & Dallas Morning News
    Index to and full-text articles of the Dallas Morning News and selected articles from other newspapers.
  • Newspaper Source
    Selected full text for nearly 30 national (U.S.) and international newspapers.  The database also contains full-text television & radio news transcripts, and selected full-text for more than 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers.  This database is updated daily.
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
    Nearly 575 full-text publications, including nearly 550 peer-reviewed titles.  Covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.  Nearly every full-text title included in this database is indexed in PsycINFO.  This database is updated daily.
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection
    This database provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.  Offers more than 300 full-text journals, including more than 250 peer-reviewed titles, making it an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies.  This database is updated daily.

BOOKS AND LITERATURE 

  • 20th Century Poetry Collections 
  • Book Review Digest Plus
    Brings together book reviews on subjects such as art, biography, business, education, general interest, history, humanities, literature, music and more with coverage back to 1983. 
  • Contemporary Authors
    Provides complete biographical and bibliographical information and references on all of the more than 120,000 U.S. and international authors whose entries appear in Contemporary Authors and Contemporary Authors New Revision Series.  Search for an author by name, title of work, nationality, date and place of birth and death, subject/genre, personal and career information, awards and honors, and more.  Updated monthly,
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism - Select
    A collection of more than 11,000 critical essays on contemporary authors.  Each CLC-Select entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, a list of principal works, critical essays, and sources for further study.  Search by author name, title of work, nationality, subject/genre, ethnicity, critic name, and more.  Updated monthly.
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
    Provides nearly 10,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of influential literary figures from all eras and genres.
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
    Access to 28,000+ ebook titles, including the latest information technology titles, reference essentials, business and economics resources, best-selling fiction, and more. To access eBooks on EBSCOhost, users will need to create a free My EBSCOhost account from a RPL library computer. Once an account has been set up, eBooks on EBSCOhost can be accessed from home, school, or office.
  • Essay and General Literature Index
    Cites records in collections of essays and wroks published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada dating back to 1985 and spans the entire range of the humanities and social sciences. 
  • Humanities Full Text
    Includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries and original works of fiction, drama and poetry in all fields of the humanities from art, classical studies, and film to journalism and more.
  • Literary Reference Center
    Provides information on thousands of authors and their works through an expansive collection of author biographies, plot summaries, poems, short stories, author interviews and more. 
  • Literature Resource Center
    Designed to meet the research needs of undergraduate and high school students.  Covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, and other writers.
  • NoveList
    Fiction readers advisory.
  • Play Index
    Covers over 31,000 classic and historical plays dating from 1949, including one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays, classic drama and monologues from famous playwrights. 
  • Scribner Writers Series
    15-20 page, signed essays on more than 1,600 authors and literary genres drawn from the Scribner print series. 
  • Short Story Index
    Contains information on short stories by author or genre, and provides detailed indexing for more than 117,000 stories from more than 4,200 collections and anthologies.
  • Twayne Authors Series
    Comprises 600 full-text titles from the Twayne Literary Masters series, 200 each from Twayne World, U.S. and English authors.
  • WorldCat (Access inside the Library) 
  • WorldCat (Access outside the Library)

BUSINESS 

  • Academic Search Complete
    Provides full-text for more than 9,500 scholarly publications.
  • Business Abstracts and Full Text
    Offers full-text articles from hundreds of key publications, and provides access to product evaluations, interviews, biographical sketches, corporate profiles, statistical rankings and more. 
  • Business Insights: Global
    Source for international business intelligence offering the most comprehensive and convenient way to find case studies, in-depth statistical data coupled with deep research and the ability to compare global economies, countries, and industries. 
  • Business Source Complete
    A scholarly business database, providing a collection of bibliographic and full-text content.  Contains far more active, peer-reviewed, business related journals than any other database currently available.  As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back to 1886 are included in addition to the searchable cited references provided for more than 1,200 journals.
  • Career Transitions
    Career Transitions is an online career guidance center that walks users through the job-search process from beginning to end.  It brings together all the tools needed to explore and take the leap to a new career.  Career TRansitions employs a step-by-step approach to help people: 1) explore new career possibilities; 2) assess their interests and experience; 3) identify ways to improve their prospects, including networking and education; 4) prepare for a job serach; and 5) search and apply for jobs. 
  • Dallas Morning News & Newsbank
    Index to and full-text articles of the Dallas Morning News and selected articles from other newspapers.
  • DemographicsNow Library Edition
    Robust and highly-detailed demographic data.  Ideal for gaining consumer and market insight as you consider opening a business, finding anuntapped audience for your products, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and more.  Reporting capability allows you to rapidly produce a variety of compiled reports to help you make informed and accurate decisions. 
  • General Business File ASAP
    Analyzes company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics.  Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full-text images available.
  • Job & Career Accelerator
    A powerful career and job search tool designed to guide job seekers searching for a new job or advancing a career by creating powerful resumes, finding job and internship opportunities, mastering interviewing skills, assessing career alternatives in one easy-to-use web application.  
  • Jobs & Career Gateway
    Popular premium job tools and career ebooks in one convenient place.  Resources including Career Transitions and Testing & Education Reference Center provide resume and job search assistance, interview tips, and career development information.     
  • ReferenceUSA
    Profiles of more than 13 million U.S. businesses and 120 million U.S. residents.  The database is useful for compiling mailing lists and offers the capability to limit searches by zip code, city, state, sales, number of employees, and other options.
  • Regional Business News
    This database provides comprehensive full-text coverage for regional business publications.  Incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural area within the United States.  This database is updated daily.
  • Small Business Reference Center
    Contains more than 450 full-text reference books and nearly 400 full-text periodicals that provide detailed "how-to" instructions to address small business topics, such as buying and selling a business, managing employees, writing a business plan, understanding legal information, and much more. 
  • Small Business Resource Center
    Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business.  Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites. 

CAREER ADVANCEMENT

  • Career Transitions
    Career Transitions is an online career guidance center that walks users through the job-search process from beginning to end.  It brings together all the tools needs to explore and take the leap to a new career.  Career Transitions employs a step-by-step approach to help people: 1) explore new career possibilities; 2) assess their interests and experience; 3) identify ways to improve their prospects, including networking and education; 4) prepare for a job search; and 5) search and apply for jobs.
  • Job & Career Accelerator
    A powerful career and job search tool designed to guide job seekers searching for a new job or advancing a career by creating powerful resumes, finding job and internship opportunities, mastering interviewing skills, assessing career alternatives in one easy-to-use web application.
  • LearningExpress Library
    An interactive online database that provides the most comprehensive selection of career-oriented and academic resources available to help with job preparation, career advancement, career changes, and re-entry into the workforce.  It includes practice tests and tutorials for professional certification and licensing, college admissions, GED preparation and refreshing basic reading, writing and math skills. 

GENEALOGY AND HISTORY 

  • Ancestry Library Edition (Available in Library only)
    Coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
    A bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life.  This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy.  BNNA contains more than 80,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada.  Data of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present.
  • Handbook of Texas
    A multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association.
  • Heritage Quest
    Collection of genealogical information covering America since the late 1700s.  Collections include census images from 1790 to 1930; 25,000 family and local history books; Revolutionary War records; Freedman's Bank Records; and the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) covering over 6,500 genealogical periodicals since 1800.
  • Texas Digital Sanborn Maps
    Large-scale historical maps of selected towns and cities.  Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods.  This includes information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors.  The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers.
  • Texas Reference Center
     Includes more than 80 full-text journals and books about Texas history, ethnic & cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, business as well as home & garden and sports & leisure.  This database contains biographies as well as newspapers containing Texas and national news coverage.
  • World History Collection
    A global look at history with content from Africa, Asia, North and South America, Europe and the Middle East.  This database contains cover-to-cover full-text for nearly 150 titles, including many peer-reviewed journals.  Full-text dates as far back as 1964.

HEALTH AND MEDICINE 

  • Alt HealthWatch
    Alternative health database provides full-text for 180 publications in the collection, including full-text for many peer-reviewed journals.  Provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.  
  • Health Reference Center Academic
    Multi-source database provides access to the full-text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac's Health Reference Center.
  • Health Source - Consumer Edition
    Consumer health information providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences, and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.  Features searchable full-text for nearly 150 journals. This database is updated daily.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
    This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.  Also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals.  This database is updated daily.
  • MEDLINE
    Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.  Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree numbers, tree hierarchy and explosion capabilities to search abstracts from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.
  • Natural & Alternative Treatments
    A complementary and alternative medicine database designed specifically for the consumer health researcher.  Contains evidence-based articles covering medical conditions, alternative therapies, herbs & supplements, functional foods, drug interactions, and homeopathy.  The articles are based on double-blind, placebo-controlled studies and other forms of meaningful scientific evidence.

HOME

  •  Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
    Offers "how-to" instructions for virtually every hobby enthusiast with full text for more than 1,500 leading hobby books and craft magazines that cover Arts & Crafts, Collecting, Home & Garden, Indoor Recreation, Kids's Crafts, Model Building, Needlecrafts & Textiles, and more.
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
    Provides users with user-friendly "how-to" information covering a range of home improvement and repair projects and features full-text content from leading magazines, images not found anywhere else online, and videos of popular home repair projects.   
  • Small Engine Repair and Reference Center
    Provides repair guides for small engines and routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) and also allows users to search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type, and model numbers.

HOMEWORK AND EDUCATION 

  • ERIC
    The Educational Resource Information Center contains more than 2,200 digest along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals.
  • Kids Search
    Kids Serach includes a visually appealing look and feel with the ability to search by topic, subtopic, or keywords.
  • Learn4Life
     Online, interactive, instructor-led classes that cover computer software applications and many other topics.  Courses run for six weeks and new sessions of each course begin every month.
  • MAS Ultra--School Edition
    Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full-text for more than 700 popular, high school magazines.  Also provides more than 500 full-text pamphlets, more than 350 full-text reference books, 85,000 biographies, 100,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 202,000 photos, maps, and flags.  This database is updated daily.
  • Middle Search Plus
    Full-text for 140 popular magazines for middle and jr. high school research.  All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full-text information dates as far back as 1990.  Also contains 85,000 biographies, 100,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 235,000 photos, maps, and flags.
  • Primary Search
    Full-text for nearly 70 popular magazines for elementary school research.  All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full-text information dates as far back as 1990.  This database is updated daily.
  • Professional Development Collection
    Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 550 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles.  This database also contains more than 200 educational reports.  The most comprehensive collection of full-text education journals in the world. 
  • Searchasaurus
    A full-text database for elementary school research and reading.
  • Student Research Center
    Provides students in secondary education with the most appropriate research tools to easily pre-determine which content sources (e.g., Magazines, Newspapers, Biographies, Country Reports, Film & Video) will be included in their search.
  • Teacher Reference Center Index 
  • Testing and Education Reference Center 
    Current information on colleges and universities, available scholarships and financial aid; eBooks on test preparation; preparatory online entrance tests and study aids.
  • TOPICsearch
    This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms.  Contains full-text for over 139,800 articles from more than 4,800 diverse sources.
  • Vocational and Career Collection
    Designed for vocational and technical libraries servicing high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public.  This collection provides full-text coverage for more than 350 trade and industry-related periodicals. 

LANGUAGE LEARNING

  • Powerspeak Languages
    Powerspeak Languages includes a combination of scored online activities, exercises, lessons and games. There are five language courses -- Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese and English for Spanish speakers.

LAW 

  • Legal Collection
    This database contains full text for nearly 250 of the world's most respected, scholarly law journals.  The Legal Collection is an authoritative source for information on current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world.
  • Gale LegalForms
    Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas.  Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others.  Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

LIBRARIAN'S REFERENCE SHELF 

  • Directory of Open Access Journals
    Provides indexing, abstracting, and free full-text access for selected international scholarly journals in many subject areas, including agriculture and food science, biology, chemistry, health science, languages and literature, mathematics, physics, engineering, the arts, business, environmental science, history, law, political science, philosophy, religion, and social science.
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts 
  • Serials Directory 
    Provides access to the most up-to-date and accurate bibliographic information as well as current pricing structures for popular serials.  It contains over 212,000 U.S. and international titles, including newspapers; data from over 108,000 publishers worldwide, including e-mail and Internet addresses.
  • TDNet Journal Locator (Access inside the Library)
  • WorldCat (Access inside the Library) 
  • WorldCat (Access outside the Library)

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 

  • Agricola
    This database contains bibliographic records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library.  Coverage dates back to 1970 and includes more than 2.5 million citations.  The citations are comprised of journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports related to agriculture.
  • Computer Source
    Information and current trends in high technology.  This database offers full-text for nearly 300 publications and indexing and abstracts for nearly 450 publications.  
  • GreenFILE
    Information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment.  Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
  • Information Science and Technology Abstracts
    A leading database in the areas of information science.  It indexes journal articles from more than 450 publications plus books, research reports, and conference proceedings and patents, with ongoing comprehensive coverage of the most important periodicals in this field.  Coverage dates back to the mid 1960s.
  • Internet and Personal Computing Abstracts
    Provides abstracts and indexing for literature related to personal computing products and developments in business, the Internet, the home, and all other applied areas.  Over 400 of the most important trade publications, mainstream computer magazines, and professional journals are covered, including those that focus on specific topics such as Macintosh and Windows platforms, programming, web development and more.
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
    Nearly 575 full-text publications, including nearly 550 peer-reviewed titles.  Covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.  Nearly every full-text title included in this database is indexed in PsycINFO.  This database is updated daily.
  • Science and Technology Collection
    Contains over 800 leading full-text journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community.  Topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, chemistry, computer technology, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology, and materials for science.  In addition to the full-text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 1,700 publications.

EN ESPANOL 

  • Fuente Academica
    Esta base de datos multidisciplinaria ofrece contendio completo en negocios y economia, ciencias médicas, ciencias politicas, leyes, ciencias de computación, ciencias de información y bibliotecas, literatura, linguística, historia, filosofía y teologia.
  • MedicLatina
    Esta exclusiva base de datos proporciona acceso al texto completo de casi 100 revistas especializadas en medicina y arbitradas.
  • Salud en Espanol (Consumer Health Complete in Spanish)
    Designed to support the information needs of patients and provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine by covering topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, and men & women's health in Spanish. 
  • Economia y Negocios
    Esta base de datos en español, que está especializada en economia y negocios, engloba más de 60,000 registros bibliográficos.  Incluye más de 200 publicaciones periódicas de España y Latinoamérca.   

 

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