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  • Access My Library is a mobile app that provides you with access to Gale reference resources, such as databases, ebooks, encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources. Available on Google Play and Apple App Store.

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    An authoritative and dynamic online resource that contains incisively written, high-quality reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines.

  • 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.

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

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    Contains more than 2,000 transcripts of actual therapy sessions, 44,000 pages of client narratives and 25,000 pages of major reference works. There are diaries, letters, autobiographies, oral histories, and personal memoirs along with the full text of therapy and counseling sessions themselves. All accounts are non-fiction, delivered in the first person and, where possible, contemporaneous.

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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.

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

  • 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.

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    Updated interface.

    Presents industry-leading literature content, including criticism, biographies, reference articles, reviews, primary sources, plot analysis, explication, and multimedia. Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Literature Resource Center includes selected author biographies from Contemporary Authors Online, the Dictionary of Literary Biography Online (except documentary volumes), selected author biographies, work and topic overviews from Contemporary Literary Criticism Online.

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

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    Includes 2 million digitized entries from Oxford’s Dictionaries, Companions, Encyclopedias, Essential Quotations and Timelines. Oxford Reference is the premier online reference product, spanning 25 different subject areas.

  • This database serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. This award-winning online reference resource features a highly-respected, diversified mix of content including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos. Comparable to EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete.

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    ReferenceUSA helps users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people. The database includes access to information about more than 20 million businesses, 222 million consumers, U.S. new businesses, and U.S. homeowners and movers. ReferenceUSA's quality information helps researchers, students and job-seekers answer a wide variety of questions, and saves them valuable time and money.

  • Search through eReference collections from Sage Publications, Inc.

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    Reference content, plus magazines, journals, news sources, experiments, and more, covering earth science, life science, space, technology, mathematics, science history, and biography.

  • A portal to relevant, credible information selected by SIRS editorial staff. Designed to support student research, study, and homework in key curricula subjects. Includes articles, primary sources, websites and graphics. SIRS is comprised of Issues Researcher (covering the leading issues most studied and debated by students), Government Reporter (historic and government gocuments, directories and almanacs), SIRS Renaissance (current perspectives on the Arts & Humanities) and WebSelect (editorially selected web sites). Comparable to Points of View Reference Center.

  • 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.

  • North Carolina through Florida Keys Online tide schedules

  • Ulrichsweb is an easy to search source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.

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

  • 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.

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

  • WorldCat [FirstSearch Interface]
    Resource Advisory:

    Our access to the WorldCat FirstSearch interface is ending June 30, 2015. However, this does not mean we will be completely without access to the information contained in WorldCat after this time. By utilizing a combination WorldCat.org and locally produced solutions, we have every intent of providing our faculty and researchers with access to the WorldCat information you need, albeit through different channels. Please visit our news item for more information.

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    Please help us understand how you have used WorldCat FirstSearch by filling out this survey: How do you use WorldCat FirstSearch?  This information will help us provide you with solutions to alleviate the loss of FirstSearch.