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Books & Media

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Books and Authors
Offers new ways to explore readers’ advisory by topic, genre, and more.

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Mango Languages
Self-paced learning in 70+ languages available across desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

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NoveList
Have you ever found yourself saying, what will I read next? This online research tool for adults and children will help you choose that next title and provide book reviews, descriptions, and links to author home pages and other fiction web sites to help you make your decision.

 

Education

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Biography in Context
Fully searchable biographical information on more than 1 million people throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Includes pictures.

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Brainfuse HelpNow
Live online tutoring and more! Chat online with a tutor 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Kindergarten through college students can get help in math, science, English, social studies and more. Build academic skills through diagnostic skills, lessons, flash-cards and quizzes. Adults can access resources for GED, Microsoft Office skills and resume writing.

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Gale Academic OneFile Select
Provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers across multiple subject area, including the arts and humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.

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Gale In Context: High School
An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a wide array of subjects. The solution merges Gale's authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

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Gale In Context: Middle School
Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research In Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.

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Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete
Provides access to more than 1,100 periodicals on education topics ranging from preschool to college and every educational specialty--such as technology, bilingual education, health education and testing. Primarily for educators.

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Kids InfoBits
Cross-curricular research and homework help for K-5 students. A graphic interface and a subject-based topic tree search will appeal to the early learner.

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Lynda.com from Linkedin
Lynda.com, a LinkedIn Company is an online educational site that includes over 5,700 courses (and over 180,000 videos) in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business. Experts create and deliver all courses as well as provide supplemental materials like exercise files and relevant work samples. Users will need to create accounts in order to track course progress, create playlists of potential coursework, and keep course notes.

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Occupational Outlook Handbook
Career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations. Provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

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Testing and Education Reference Center
An online tool library customers and students of all ages can use for standardized test preparation, researching and selecting college and graduate schools, finding tuition assistance, and exploring careers. Includes test prep assistance for career certification exams, as well as, advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing and networking, and so much more.

 

Magazines and Newspapers

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Carroll County Times Archive
Full-text access to the Carroll County Times for the years 1933 - 2016.

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Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports provides the latest ratings and reviews plus rigorous reporting on issues that impact consumers. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services.

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Gale General OneFile
A general interest periodical resource providing access to full-text articles from thousands of popular magazines.

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Gale OneFile: High School Edition
This version of InfoTrac provides high school students with access to magazines, newspapers, books, and other reference content. The database offers audience-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

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Gale OneFile: News
Provides access to full-text newspapers and allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section, or other fields. The database offers a one-stop source for current news and searchable archives.

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RB digital
More than a mobile reading application, RB digital provides access to the digital editions of the magazines you love, delivering the exact same material you get in print‚ plus exclusive features like video, audio and live links, on your iPad, iPhone, desktop and laptop.

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The New York Times - Home Access
Access The New York Times here for 72 hours of full off-site access. You will need to create an account with the New York Times.

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The New York Times - In-Library Access
Access The New York Times for free from any CCPL branch. You will need to create an account with the New York Times.

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The Washington Post - Home Access
Access The Washington Post here for 7 days of full off-site access. You will need to create an account with The Washington Post.

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The Washington Post - In-Library Access
Access The Washington Post for free from any CCPL branch.

 

Health and Science

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Gale OneFile: Science
Provides access to scholarly journals and magazines covering the latest scientific developments. Key subjects covered by the database include biological sciences, computing, engineering, and technology.

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MedlinePlus
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How Stuff Works
Just how did they do that? Find out how all kinds of things really work.