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Electronic resources marked with an asterisk are provided by DISCUS - South Carolina's Virtual Library.

 

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Academic Search Premier*
In Library | Home Access
Covering multiple disciplines, this resource contains thousands of subject specific scholarly full-text and indexed periodicals.
 
AGRICOLA*
Citations from the U.S Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library. No full text documents. Access this resource through EBSCOhost Research Databases.
 
Alt HealthWatch*
In Library | Home Access
Covering various perspectives in holistic medicine, treatment, and approaches to wellness with periodicals from around the world.
 
American Marketplace: Demographics and Spending Patterns
In Library | Home Access
 

American Men: Who They Are & How They Live
In Library
| Home Access

 

American Women: Who They Are & How They Live
In Library
| Home Access

 
American Wholesalers and Distributors
In Library | Home Access
Online directory of wholesalers and distributors searchable through Gale Directory Library.
 
America's Historical Newspapers
In Library | Home Access
Historic American newspapers in full text from 1690's to 1922.
 
America's News
In Library | Home Access
Search current and archived state and national full-text articles on issues, events, business, government and more including The Post and Courier (12/6/1994 to Current) and The State (12/1/87 to Current).
 
Ancestry Library Edition
In Library Only
Search over 1.2 billion records in 7,500 databases including U.S Census records (1790-1930) and UK Census records (1841-1901), plus sources for U.S military, land, court, immigration, probate, vital records and more.
 
Applied Science & Technology Full Text (H.W. Wilson)*
In Library | Home Access
Description: full-text, indexing and abstracts from trade, industry, professional and technical society journals; buyers’ guides, directories and conference proceedings.
 
Arbordale eBooks 
Home Access 
Science and math storybooks. Pre-K through elementary school.
 
Auto Repair Reference Center*
In Library | Home Access
Automotive maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair guide with content from EBSCO, 5 Point Technologies and Chilton publishers.
 

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Best Customers: Demographics of Consumer Demand
In Library
| Home Access

 
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
In Library | Home Access
An index to print-based biographical sources.
 
Biography in Context*
In Library | Home Access
Biographical information on people of achievement.
 
Bloom's Literature*
In Library | Home Access
Literary research on writers and their works. For middle school students through adults.
 
Books & Authors
In Library | Home Access
Fiction and non-fiction book suggestions based on awards, reviews and summaries for informed reading decisions.
 
BrainPOP Jr*
In Library Only
Watch and play along with video clips on various school related topics. Explore concepts in math, science, social studies, English, art & music, health and technology.
 
Britannica Escolar Online (Spanish)*
In Library Home Access
Spanish elementary encyclopedia for early readers of Spanish. 
 
Britannica Learning Zone*
In Library | Home Access
Early childhood general learning tool for Pre-Kindergarten to 2nd grade students.
 
Britannica Library*
In Library | Home Access
Online Encyclopaedia Britannica
 

Britannica Library Children*
In Library | Home Access
Multimedia encyclopedia--and more--for children.

 
Business Insights: Essentials
In Library | Home Access
Industry and company overviews including articles, investment reports, and financial statements. Previously called Business and Company Resource Center.
 
Business Source Premier*
In Library | Home Access
Periodicals resource covering various business fields with scholarly, trade, and newsletter content. Select large company and country overviews are also included.
 

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Career eBook Collection*
In Library
| Home Access
Job and career research, resume and cover letter e-books.
 
College Blue Book
In Library | Home Access
A guide to 2- and 4-year schools in the U.S. and Canada. Covering expected listings and detailed descriptions, degree programs offered, scholarships and occupational education programs.
 
Computer Source*
Consumer and technical periodicals resource covering computer sciences and related subjects. Access this resource through EBSCOhost Research Databases.
 
Consumer Health Complete*
In Library | Home Access
General consumer health care information with browseable medical encyclopedias, popular reference books and magazine articles.
 
Credo Reference*
In Library | Home Access
Hundreds of online full-text reference books in many subject areas. For middle school students through adults.
 
CultureGrams*
In Library | Home Access
Family and daily life cultural reports of most countries and all the states in the United States and Canadian provinces.
 

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Daily Life through History
In Library | Home Access
Historical daily life and activity from beginning of time to recent history.
 

DemographicsNow
In Library | Home Access
Analyze the demographic and market potential of any area in the United States.

 
Digital Sanborn Maps
In Library
| Home Access
South Carolina regional property maps from the 1860's to the 1970's.
 

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eBook Collection (Career eBooks)*
In Library | Home Access
See links under Career eBook Collection* to access these books on career selection, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, changing careers, and test-taking strategies.

 

EBSCOhost Research Databases*
In Library | Home Access
Offers a point of access to specialized research databases. Provides the ability to cross-search EBSCO databases.

 
Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson)*
In Library | Home Access
Content from education journals. Subjects include special education, educational testing, adult education, multicultural/ethnic education, and teaching methods.
 

Encyclopedia of American Industries
In Library | Home Access
Contains reports on every industry in the SIC manual, organization and structure with background, current conditions, outlook and more.

 
ERIC®*
Education resource. Cross-search ERIC (Education Resource Information Center) with other electronic resources through EBSCOhost Research Databases*
 
Britannica Escolar Online (Spanish)*
In Library | Home Access
Spanish elementary encyclopedia for early readers of Spanish.
 
European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750*
Index to historical works analyzing the United States from a European perspective. Access this resource through EBSCOhost Research Databases.
 

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Ferguson's Career Guidance Center*
In Library | Home Access
Profiles jobs, industry overviews, career advice and college planning and financial aid.

 
Foundation Directory Online
Available at the Main branch only.
Please ask staff at the Reference Desk.
Current and historical foundation grants for mostly non-profit organizations.
 
Fuente Académica*
In Library | Home Access
Scholarly journals predominately from Latin America in Spanish.
 

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Gale Directory Library
In Library | Home Access
Online directory of wholesalers and distributors searchable through Gale Directory Library.
 
Gale Virtual Reference Library
In Library | Home Access
An online collection of research titles in the following subject areas: Biography, Business, Education, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Mulitcultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science.
 
GreenFILE*
Environmental related publications with full text and indexed periodicals and reports. Access this resource through EBSCOhost Research Databases.
 

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Health & Wellness Resource Center
In Library | Home Access

Health assessment tools, Drug & Herb Finder, Health News.Includes an Alternative Medicine section.
 
Health Source: Consumer Edition*
In Library | Home Access
General consumer health care information with browseable medical encyclopedias, popular reference books and magazine articles.
 
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition*
Full text scholarly medical periodicals, dictionary and drug guides for physicians and patients. Access this resource through EBSCOhost Research Databases.

Heritage Quest
In Library | Home Access
American Census records (1790-1930), genealogy and local history books, Revolutionary War Records, Freedman's Bank records and the LexisNexis U.S Serial Set. Additional PERSI source Index files may be obtained via our Interlibrary Loan Service (guidelines and form) or purchased online.

 
History Reference Center*
In Library | Home Access
Periodical and reference texts about history.
 

Household Spending: Who Spends How Much on What
In Library
| Home Access

 

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Kids InfoBits*
In Library | Home Access
Magazine and reference sources for children in grades K-5.
 

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LearningExpress Library*
In Library | Home Access
Test preparation and practice with skills improvement resources (select courses are available with Spanish instructions) and ebooks. Login instructions: For new users use your library card. Previously established returning user logins should work. Password: Your choice. Must be used each time.
 
Legal Forms
In Library | Home Access
Legal forms on a variety of subjects including business, personal and real estate.
 
Library Literature & Information Science Index (H.W. Wilson)*
Index of prominent library periodicals on various topics with select coverage back to 1980. Access this resource through EBSCOhost Research Databases.
 
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)*
Index, abstracts and some full text of prominent library periodicals on various topics with citations going back to 1960. Access this resource through EBSCOhost Research Databases.
 
Literary Reference Center*
In Library | Home Access
Full-text database of ariticles/essays of literary criticisms, plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, book reviews, author biographies and interviews. Source materials is from literary journals, reference works; and there is text of numerous classics, poems, and short stories.
 
Literature Resource Center
In Library | Home Access
Provides select commentary and criticism about prominent titles and authors.
 

Lowcountry Digital Library
All Access No library card required.
This is a collaborative project led by the College of Charleston that includes materials from a variety of libraries, museums, cultural heritage repositories and archives from throughout the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. The Lowcountry Digital Library includes digitized primary documents, photographs, publications, oral histories and other resources.

 

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Mango Languages
In Library | Home Access
Learn a new language with the Mango online language-learning system. Take a course in Spanish, French, English for Spanish Speakers, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese or one of many other languages.
 
MAS Ultra*
In Library | Home Access
High school oriented with popular magazines, reference books, biographies and primary sources in full text and an images collection.
 
MasterFILE Premier*
In Library | Home Access
A general audience multi-discipline resource that contains thousands of topical periodicals like (Consumer Reports, New Yorker, Real Simple etc..) general reference works, primary source documents and images.
 
Masterplots
In Library | Home Access
Analyzes long fiction, short fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction throughout history and around the world, helping to define and critique the major literary works.
 
MEDLINE*
Provides authoritative medical periodicals and e-texts on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and more. Cross-search MEDLINE* with other electronic resources through EBSCOhost Research Databases*
 
Middle Search Plus*
In Library | Home Access
Full text of popular magazines, biographies and primary source documents with a collection of photos, maps and flags for middle school students.
 
Military & Government Collection*
News and related events with a collection of periodicals, academic journals and primary sources. Access this resource through EBSCOhost Research Databases.
 
Morningstar Investment Research Center
In Library | Home Access
Comprehensive investment research database. Features stock analysis, mutual fund information, investor education, portfolio tools and more.
 

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Newspaper Source Plus*
In Library | Home Access
The latest news from national and international sources, including newspapers and broadcast media transcripts.
 
NoveList Plus*
In Library | Home Access
Fiction plus nonfiction reading suggestions and select reviews of works for all ages.
 
NoveList K-8 Plus*
In Library | Home Access
Reading suggestions for children through 8th grade.
 
Nursing Resource Center*
In Library | Home Access
Student centered resource with nursing e-books, guides and journals.
 

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On Demand 5
Available at the Main branch only.
Please ask staff at the Reference Desk.
A Mitchell automotive troubleshooting, repair and maintenance database.

 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context*
In Library | Home Access
Topical overviews and position statements in the sciences and social sciences from magazines and e-books.

 

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Points of View Reference Center*
In Library | Home Access
Periodical and discussion papers covering controversial subjects from various perspectives.
 
Post and Courier Index Temporarily unavailable
In Library | Home Access
Finding aid to Charleston area news, feature stories and obituaries (Stories: 1994 to March 2011; Obituaries: 1994 to current).
 
P4A Antiques Reference
In Library | Home Access
Historic household goods, fine art, and collectibles with auction prices, pictures, and select product overviews.
 
Professional Development Collection
For professional educators. Access this resource through EBSCOhost Research Databases.
 
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection*
Full text and citations to periodicals and documents covering: emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods.
Access this resource through EBSCOhost Research Databases.
 
 

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Reference Universe
In Library | Home Access
Print reference book search database.
 
Reference USA
In Library | Home Access
Business, government, and residential directory.
 
Regional Business News*
In Library | Home Access
Regional and local business periodicals from across the U.S., including the Charleston area and South Carolina.
 
Religion & Philosophy Collection*
Periodicals covering philosophy, religions around the world and within dominations and biblical studies. Access this resource through EBSCOhost Research Databases.
 

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Salem History
In Library | Home Access
American historical primary documents series.
 
Sanborn Maps
(see Digital Sanborn Maps)
 
Science in Context
In Library | Home Access

Concepts, trends and scientist biographies from science e-books, journals and newspapers.
 
Science Reference Center*
In Library | Home Access
Full text of various science encyclopedias, reference books and periodicals.
 
Searchasaurus : for Elementary School Students*
In Library | Home Access
Explore the world of animals, art, health, history, stories, sports, science, math and more for early elmentary students.
 
Small Business Reference Center*
In Library | Home Access
Comprehensive resource for all small business startup and management topics. Sources include full-text periodicals, reports, sample business plans, books and videos.
 

Small Business Resource Center
In Library | Home Access
Business concepts, trends, sample plans and other topics in e-books, journals and directories.

 
Student Research Center: High School*
In Library | Home Access
Information for high school students on many topics from magazines, newspapers, books, and photographs, video and more.
 
Student Research Center: Middle School*
In Library | Home Access
Information for middle school students on many topics from magazines, newspapers, books, and photographs, video and more.
 
StudySC*
All Access
A website with South Carolina-specific resources for students in K-12.
 
Sylvan Dell eBooks
See Arbordale eBooks
Science and math storybooks. Pre-K through elementary school.
 

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Teacher Reference Center*
Full text, abstracts, and citations to education related periodicals. Access this resource through EBSCOhost Research Databases.
 
TOPICsearch*
In Library | Home Access
Collection of periodical articles on current events, including opinions on controversial topics.
 
TumbleBook Library
In Library | Home Access
Animated talking picture books for children!
 

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U.S. History in Context
In Library | Home Access
Books, journal articles, primary sources, timelines and maps covering U.S. history.
 

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Value Line Research Center
In Library
Home Access
Information, projections and advice on thousands of stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles.
 
Vocational & Career Collection*
In Library | Home Access
Trade and industry related periodicals.
 

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Wilson Catalogs
In Library | Home Access
Reading suggestions in fiction and non-fiction for young children to adults covering a broad range of subjects.
 
World History in Context
In Library
| Home Access
Books, journal articles, primary sources, timelines and maps covering world history.
 

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