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Directory Library

Search for groups or organizations using the Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, Brands and Their Companies, Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S., and more online. 

Explora

Find articles, essays and primary source documents on a variety of popular topics with easy-to-browse categories with easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Explora for Kids

A research database designed for elementary school students and educators.  Learn more about your favorite subject. Read magazines, newspapers, biographies, primary sources, country information. Find images for class projects and learn vocabulary. Translate articles into more than 30 languages.

Explora for Teens

A research database designed for middle and high school students and educators. Learn more about your favorite subject. Read magazines, newspapers, biographies, primary sources, country information. Find images for class projects and learn vocabulary. Translate articles into more than 30 languages.

Oxford Dictionaries (Foreign Languages)

Dictionaries in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, and Portuguese. Oxford Dictionaries is your destination whenever you need to know the meaning or pronunciation of a word, how to translate it into another language, or whether you're using it correctly.

Oxford English Dictionary

The unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of more than 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

Oxford Reference

Combines quick reference coverage of many subjects with the rich resources of the Oxford Companions.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Offers long-form overview articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars on major areas of research across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Virtual Reference Library

A collection of online reference books in the humanities, social sciences, science and technology, health, business, career development and more, accessible within a single search.

World Book

A suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.

World Book Early World of Learning

Offers an interactive learning environment for children in preschool and early elementary grades, which includes resources to help them grasp critical early childhood themes while developing reading and oral language skills.

World Book French

World Book du livre et il est "le contenu éditorial, du multimédia et contenu interactif" est maintenant disponible en français!

World Book Kids

Features content and tools developed especially for young students. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, comparison tools, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.

World Book Spanish

¡World Book y que es "el contenido editorial, multimedia y contenido interactivo" ya está disponible en español!

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Columbia Encyclopedia – 6th Edition

Browse and/or search this online encyclopedia to access its more than 50,000 entries.

Dictionary and Thesaurus – Merriam-Webster Online

Use this site to search the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Thesaurus, Elementary Dictionary, Medical Dictionary, Spanish-English Dictionary, and/or Visual Dictionary.

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