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  • 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.


  • American FactFinder is a search engine that provides access to the population, housing and economic data collected by the Census Bureau. American FactFinder can be used to retrieve data from the 1990 and 2000 Census, Population Estimates, Economic Census and Surveys and American Community Survey (ACS). Some of the data from these programs will not be available for rural communities.

  • The AFI Catalog is a unique filmographic resource providing an unmatched level of comprehensiveness and detail on every feature-length film produced in America or financed by American production companies. Detailed information on cast, crew, plot summaries, subjects, genres and historical notes are included for each film.

  • Art & Architecture Complete offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 780 academic journals, magazines and trade publications, as well as for over 230 books.

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    Art Index Retrospective provides users with access to over half a century of high-quality indexing of art literature covering fine, decorative and commercial art dating back to 1913. Includes articles, interviews, film and book reviews, bibliographies, conference reports, editorials and much more.

  • This database contains do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added to the product on a regular basis. All of the content has been created by ASE certified technicians.

  • Containing many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies. This resource provides superior coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published).

  • Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities helps professors, graduate students and researchers to publish their manuscripts in academic journals. It offers current contact information and websites for a large number of journals. Also, Cabell’s provides information on publication guidelines, type of review, number of external review, acceptance rate, ISSN, submission process, and more. Coverage available for the subjects of Business and Education.

  • This database offers images, text and multimedia representing a broad range of works of art from the collections of prominent museums. It highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covers the complete range of expressive forms.

  • The CLCD provides reliable one search access to all important and relevant information about Pre K-12 books, authors and illustrators all around the world.

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    CHOICE reviews significant current books and electronic resources of interest to those in higher education. Each year CHOICE publishes more than 6,500 reviews by subject experts.

  • Published CFR from start of publication in 1938 through 2010. Each Part is available in PDF format. May browse or search database.

  • 10,000 company profiles from Datamonitor. Part of Business Source Complete.

  • Only CQ Weekly reports on the world's most powerful legislative body completely and accurately every week.

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    Credo Reference is an online full-text library that covers all major subjects. 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.

  • Entrepreneurial Studies Source™ offers users full text for more than 125 key periodicals, 135 reference books, numerous case studies, thousands of company profiles and over 600 videos with transcripts and related articles from the Harvard Faculty Seminar Series and Vator.TV, one of the world's largest social network sites for high-tech entrepreneurs.

  • This resource offers deep coverage in the areas of  Agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, environmental law, environmental technology, geography, marine & freshwater science, natural resources, pollution & waste management, public policy, renewable energy sources, social impacts, and urban planning.  Includes more than 2.5 million records from thousands of domestic and international titles dating back over 100 years  with over a thousand active core titles.

  • European Views of the Americas is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750 from European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750. The database contains more than 32,000 records, and covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples.

  • The Federal Register is updated on a daily basis. It's coverage is comprehensive and begins from inception (1936).

  • Black Americans of all political persuasions were subject to federal scrutiny, harassment, and prosecution. The FBI enlisted black "confidential special informants" to infiltrate a variety of organizations. Hundreds of documents in this collection were originated by such operatives. The reports provide a wealth of detail on "Negro" radicals and their organizations that can be found nowhere else.

  • Film Index International is a major information resource for entertainment films and personalities produced in collaboration with the British Film Institute.

  • Gale's Literary Index is a master index to the major literature products published by Gale. It combines and cross-references over 157,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and listings for over 210,000 titles into one source.

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

  • HSRProj provides information about research-in-progress before results are available in a published format.

  • Hoover's Online
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    Access to the information contained in Hoover's is now through available through Mergent Intellect.

  • ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. Brought to you by the UNCW Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs 
    Currently available from on campus only.

  • Now available in the new LearningExpress Library Platform! You can access career development, resume tools, and test preparation with one account. All users will need to create a new account on the new interface--just click "Register Now" to begin.

    Click here to access the old Job & Career Accelerator interface. You can finish any remaining tasks, and download any saved resumes from your account
    Access to the old Job & Career Accelerator interface will only be available until May 1st, 2014.

    This online tool provides step-by-step assistance for job seekers at all experience and education levels—from exploring and matching suitable occupations, to finding available jobs in their area from a database of over 5 million up-to-date job postings.

  • Journal Citation Reports® offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling articles' cited references, JCR helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals

  • Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. The full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

  • Classification Web provides a web interface for browsing and searching LC Classification (LCC) schedules, LC subject heading (LCSH) lists, LCC and LCSH correlations, LCSH and Dewey Classification correlations, and LCC and Dewey Classification correlations.

  • Literary Reference Center™ Plus is a comprehensive, full-text database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Combining information from major reference works, books, literary journals, this database features an expansive collection of author biographies, plot summaries & work overviews, full-text essays from leading publishers, literary reference books & monographs, cover-to-cover full text for literary magazines & journals, book reviews from the most prestigious publications, poems from hundreds of sources, short stories, classic texts, author interviews, and much more.

  • Rich in biographical, bibliographical, and critical content, Gale's Literature Resource Center is the premier Internet resource for information on literary figures from all time periods writing in such genres as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, journalism, and more.

  • Authoritative medical information for professionals and consumers.

  • Guide to prescription and over-the-counter medications.

  • Provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 3,000 contemporary testing instruments. The MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership.

  • Intellect is a business intelligence application that provides access to private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, and industry profiles. Intellect is powered by the same Dun & Bradstreet® data found in Hoover’s™, and includes content from First Research®. It allows users to research companies, develop mailing lists and perform market research.

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    Mergent InvestorEdge provides a powerful business research tool, access to the documents and financial information you need for each individual company – incorporating the latest research technology for comprehensive investment research. Look up all corporate documents including annual, industry and equity reports as well as general contact information for each domestic and international company in our database.

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    Mergent Online, source for global business and financial information on over 10,000 U.S. public companies, and 17,000+ non-U.S. public companies, as well as extensive corporate and municipal bond, UIT, and dividend information.

  • Search over 18,000 stocks and mutual funds to determine where to invest your money. Identify stocks and funds that meet your criteria and read reports prepared by Morningstar. Obtain an analysis of your current portfolio or see how the stocks and funds you select work together to form a balanced portfolio.

  • NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

  • Database of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts with summaries of more than 180,000 criminal justice publications.

  • Seminar style audio-visual talks (over 1,000) presented by leading world experts on the latest developments in the study and understanding of neurodegenerative diseases.

  • The News & Observer Index is an alphabetical list of names and subjects, with references to the newspaper articles in which they occur and a guide to help find references to articles with more information about a particular topic.

  • Visit the website to search and browse more than 300 directories from cities and towns across North Carolina from the 1860s to the 1930s.

  • The North Carolina Newspaper Locator database, reflecting the microfilm holdings of the Government & Heritage Library, contains listings for nearly 2,000 unique newspaper titles dating from 1751 to today. 

  • NoveList K-8 Plus is a database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.

  • NovelList Plus is a database of reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.

  • 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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    Play Index enables users to search some 44,000 plays published individually or in collections from 1949 to the present. The database covers a wide range of plays written or translated into English, including one-act plays, pageants, radio and television plays, and classic drama.

  • Points of View Reference Center™ is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.

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    Public opinion polls.

  • An OCLC index of worldwide conference proceedings.

  • The ProQuest Congressional service provides users with efficient, targeted access to the most comprehensive collection of historic and current congressional information available anywhere online.

  • 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.

  • The Public Affairs Information Services database provides information on public affairs, public and social policies and international relations. PAIS includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world.

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    The world's premier online information system on coral reefs, and provides information services to coral reef professionals involved in management, research, monitoring, conservation and education. Also included is full-text to first through the tenth International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) Proceedings.

  • Search through eReference collections from Sage Publications, Inc.

  • The Serials Directory provides serials information such as e-mail and Internet address, language, publication frequency, ISSN, Library of Congress, Dewey Decimal Classification, and more.

  • Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, Small Engine Repair Reference Center provides users with detailed, yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines.

  • Each volume in the Something About the Author series provides illustrated biographical profiles of thousands of authors and artists.

  • Business and financial data.

  • The Statistical Abstract is the best known and most popular single source of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. This database is designed to serve as a convenient, easy-to-use statistical reference source and as a guide to statistical publications and sources.

  • U.S. Census Bureau.

  • Select the "Medical Dictionary" link once connected to Health Source Plus: Nursing/Academic Edition.

  • Research designed for students in grades 6 through 12.

  • Search ThomasNet.com, the most comprehensive resource for industrial information, products, services, CAD drawings, and more…

  • North Carolina through Florida Keys Online tide schedules

  • The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has launched an internet-based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point from which users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN System.

  • Women and Social Movements in the United States brings together primary documents, books, images, scholarly essays, book reviews, Web site reviews, and teaching tools, all documenting the multiplicity of women’s activism in public life.

  • Includes the full text of all of the Almanac titles: The World Almanac and Book of Facts; The World Almanac of the U.S.A.; The World Almanac of US Politics; The World Almanac for Kids; and the Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia.

  • World Development Indicators Online, published by the World Bank, is a comprehensive database of development information covering more than 575 indicators, 225 countries, and 18 regional and income groups. The extensive collection includes data on population, income, social, economic, financial, natural resources and environmental indicators from 1960 onwards.

  • Database of country profiles produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

  • This database contains records for over 5 million items cataloged as dissertations, theses, or published materials based on theses or dissertations, in WorldCat, including titles provided by NetLibrary. The database allows users to quickly and efficiently retrieve records for theses and dissertations.
  • Books and other materials in libraries worldwide.