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eReaders

We have 6 Nook Color eReaders and 12 Kindles at the Circulation Desk available to be checked out. Nook Color eReader
 

Each eReader is pre-loaded with several titles.

 

Plus you can check out electronic library books to read on them as well (see the list to the right).

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eBook Collections

An essential English database that offers access to over 6,000 titiles, including the following publications: American Foreign Relations Since 1600; American Slavery; Daily Life Through History;Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Authors; Historic Events of the 20th Century; Literature in Context.

 

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Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and in a comprehensive databases. Includes newspapers, periodicals and books such including African American Newspapers, The Christian Recorder, The Colored American, Frederick Douglass Paper, Douglass Monthly, Freedom's Journal, HISTORY OF WOMAN SUFFRAGE, The National Era, The North Star, The Pennsylvania Gazette, The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalog, Pennsylvania Newspaper Record, The Pennsylvania Packet, Provincial Freeman, Scenes from the Life of Harriet Tubman, Twelve Years a Slave and Weekly Advocate.

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Contains nearly 3,000 poems from African-American poets in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

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Contains nearly 9,000 poems from African American poets of the 20th century.

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American Fiction, 1774–1920, contains more than 17,800 titles and encompasses prose fiction written by Americans from colonial times to the early twentieth century. The collection includes novels, short stories, romances, fictitious biographies, travel accounts and sketches, allegories, and tract like tales typifying the development of American literature in a changing culture. These texts reveal much about the socioeconomic, political, and religious tenor of America through centuries of radical change, enabling students and researchers to answer key questions about history, society, identity, psychology, race, gender, and culture

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Over 40,000 poems by American poets from the Colonial Period to the early 20th century.

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50,000 poems by American poets from the early 20th century to the present.

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"American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography" is a collection of the life histories of former slaves in the United States complied from nearly 4,000 interviews with ex-slaves.

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ARTFL consists of over 3000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing.

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With the ATLA Historical Monographs Collection (11 Series), religion and theology scholars can focus their research on the era and topics that most closely fit their fields of study. Eleven thematic series provide researchers with specialized content spanning from the 13th century through 1922. The majority of content dates from the 19th and early 20th centuries, a time of great doctrinal, social and organizational turmoil and upheaval in American culture, making this collection a resource for scholars seeking to understand not only religious thought during this time period, but the general social, political and economic transformation of the country as well.

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To access Books24x7 in Skillport, log in to mySeaport, click the Skillport icon. You can then search for books, or click on Browse Library, choose a category and Refine by Type to view just Books.

SkillPort offers faculty, staff and students access to thousands of free unabridged business, technology and reference books via Books24x7.

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The CQ Almanac Online Edition brings together over sixty years of authoritative congressional reporting in one, easy-to-use resource. The site pairs all of the content from the print volumes with a number of exciting electronic features and functions that make navigating this immense amount of content fast and easy.

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An essential database for public and international affairs, CQ Press Political Reference Suite of Online Editions integrates many of CQ Press's acclaimed reference titles on government and politics into a user-friendly, electronic format

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The definitive reference resource for research in American government, current public and international affairs, history, politics, public policy, and data analysis for the social sciences. Search or browse across all CQ Press Library collections: CQ Almanac Online, CQ Researcher Online, CQ Weekly, Political Handbook of the World, Politics in America, and Supreme Court Yearbook.

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Credo Reference is an online full-text library that covers all major subjects such as art, business geography, history, literature, music, psychology, social Sciences, and technology. It includes general reference resources such as dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to zoology. It offers easy keyword searching across the database of resources so you don’t need to know the title of a specific reference book to get started. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.

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Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online provides more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.

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It is a collection of more than 57,000 specially written biographies, which describe the lives of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond from the 4th century BC to the 21st century.

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Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War. Access includes Thomason Tracts and Early English Books Tract Supplement.

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Nearly 25,000 fiction, reference, scholarly, and professional books online. This collection also includes older literary classics in the public domain.

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This resource contains scholarly eBook titles supporting student and faculty research, and general nonfiction titles on topics such as school & studying, career development, arts & leisure, and practical life skills. There are no limits on concurrent multi-user access to ebrary titles, and most titles can be downloaded and read via the new ebrary Reader and on the Bluefire Reader app for Android and iOS.

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Over 160,000 English poems.

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600 volumes of poetry by 283 poets.

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Poets of the twentieth century.

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This five-volume reference work reflects thirty years of new data and scholarship. Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field.

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Quality fiction and nonfiction content from North Carolina publishers. Collection currently consists of more than 1,200 fiction and nonfiction titles from eight North Carolina publishers, spanning a wide range of topics, from history and culture, to cooking and travel.

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After you follow the link, click on the "Hoover's" tab to access these handbooks.

Dating back over 20 years, the Hoover's collection of handbooks provides historical insight into the most influential public, private and state-owned enterprises in the world. Part of Mergent Archives.

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This is an online collection of practice tests and study aides on a variety of topics. It also includes basic reading, writing, and math skills improvement for school children and adults. A "skills improvement" section is also included with Spanish language instruction.

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Expanded coverage.

Literature Criticism Online collects and organizes literary commentary representing a variety of genres, time periods, and nationalities. Each entry focuses on an author, work, or topic and includes critical essays, reviews, and other materials reprinted from periodicals, scholarly journals, monographs, and books that are specially selected to provide a representative range of viewpoints and a chronological record of the critical responses.

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MyiLibrary contains more than 350 ebooks with subjects focusing primarily on classic literature, history, biography, language learning, health, and medicine. Readers can view the books online without downloading any material and no proprietary eBook reader is needed to view the books.

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A collection of 250 British and Irish novels from the period 1782 to 1903, stretching from the golden age of Gothic fiction to the Decadent and New Woman novels of the 1890s. Major novelists of the period such as Austen, Scott, Mary Shelley, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy and the Brontës feature alongside popular romances, sensation fiction, colonial adventure novels and children's literature.

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Through this collection, all of North Carolina has access to a large-scale shared downloadable eBook collection called the Open Library eBook Lending Collection. The eBooks in this collection are digital scans of books contributed by libraries around the country.

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Oxford Art Online is an innovative new gateway that offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and Oxford art reference in one location. Including eBooks on art and art history.

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57,000+ biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond.
From the earliest times to the year 2000.

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The Oxford English Dictionary is the world's leading authority on the history and development of the English language since 1150.

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An essential database for foreign languages and literatures, the innovative Oxford Language Dictionaries Online site offers fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages.

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Oxford Music Online is the gateway offering users the ability to access and cross-search multiple music reference resources in one location. With Grove Music Online as its cornerstone, Oxford Music Online also contains The Oxford Companion to Music (revised 2011), which offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works; and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition (revised 2006), which supplements Grove's more-extensive articles with content geared toward undergraduates and general users. Both of these sources are included in subscriptions to Grove Music Online.

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PhilPapers is a comprehensive index of philosophy books and articles. PhilPapers offers unique features such as real-time indexing of pre-prints, fine-grained classification by topic, email alerts, reading lists, advanced search functionality, and discussion forums.

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Download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android or other mobile or cell phone.

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PsycBOOKS, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a database of over 55,000 chapters in PDF from over 3,500 books published by APA and other distinguished publishers. It also includes nearly 2,600 classic books of landmark historical impact in psychology dating from the 1600s, and the exclusive electronic release of more than 1,500 authored entries from the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology. It also includes digitized content of historical significance from the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) collection.

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Rittenhouse Book Distributors Inc. offers access to ebooks covering the subjects of Nursing, Medicine and Allied Health. Randall Library has purchased access to over 94 of the 150 titles in the R2 Library. There is also an A-Z Topic index and an A-Z Drug index in the database.

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Search through eReference collections from Sage Publications, Inc.

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SAGE Research Methods has moved to a new platform. Learn more about it on their Migration FAQ page.

SAGE Research Methods contains more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by world-leading academics from across the social sciences, including the largest collection of qualitative methods books available online from any scholarly publisher. The site is designed to guide users to the content they need to learn a little or a lot about their method.  Supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process. Access includes research methods case studies and datasets.

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Accessed through SpringerLink, we have access to the full collection (over 43,000 titles) of Springer eBooks from 2005-2015. Covers wide range of subjects including Philosophy, Education, and Social Sciences. Heaviest coverage in Science and Life Sciences.

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Summon allows you to search for articles from journals to which we subscribe, content from participating databases to which we subscribe, freely available content such as from open access journals or government websites, and books, ebooks, government documents, archival materials, special collection and many other types of items from our library. A simple search of one or two words will return thousands of results; use phrase searching, field searching, and facets to refine your search and return fewer results. Keep in mind that Summon searches many but not all library resources and comprehensive searches should be done in subject specific databases.

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African-American poetry 1900-1999

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American poetry 1900-1999

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English poetry 1900-1999

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An essential resource for the study of popular art, art history, and entertainment in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Consists of four components: Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic; Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks; Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment; and Moving pictures, optical entertainments & the advent of cinema. Includes full-text, full-color reproductions of books, ephemera, handbills, pamphlets, photos, posters, programs, scripts, and other types of materials. Coverage is most extensive for Great Britain; but there is also a fair range of materials for the U.S.A

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Contains encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

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