American Decades is an excellent cross-disciplinary source for United States history research. Intended for junior and high school students and general researchers, this collection offers a single, consistent reference to document and analyze periods of contemporary American social history.
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external:American Decades 2000-2009
Covers everything from monumental events and groundbreaking individuals to the fascinating details of Americans' daily lives. Supports historical research in disciplines from the arts and business to law, medicine, technology and social trends.
external:American Decades Primary Sources
American Decades Primary Sources includes full or excerpted primary sources that provide insight into the seminal issues, themes, movements, and events from each decade.
The Speeches, The Presidents, and Their Times: Get a unique glimpse into our nation's history as you read the speeches of America's greatest leaders, exactly as they were delivered. Each speech is preceded by an introductory, fact-filled section that includes photographs, political background, and sidebars.
This encyclopedia explores the many peoples of early European civilizations responsible for such accomplishments as the rise of farming in the Neolithic era and the building of Stonehenge. Coverage expands from prehistoric origins through the early Middle Ages (8000 BC to AD 1000) when tribal movements helped define the end of ancient culture and the rise of the modern European world.
Credo Reference is a full-text online reference service including over three million entries from titles by the world's best reference publishers. Find information in dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, multi-lingual references, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare and law to literature. Available for use in the Cedar Mill Community Library and the Bethany Branch.
external:Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites.
external:Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
A three-volume survey of clothing, costume and fashion, presented through 640 essays. Coverage includes the origins of clothing and body adornment, the development of fabrics and technologies, and the social meanings of dress, as well as representative costumes from a wide range of historical eras. For students and researchers at the high-school level or higher. Heavily illustrated.
external:Encyclopedia of Global Religion
Provides a comprehensive overview of the globalization of religious culture and society around the world in both its historical and contemporary aspects.
From rodeos to quilting bees, stickball to stock car racing, American pastimes comprise a broad range of activities. The two-volume Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America provides a comprehensive survey of these activities from the Colonial era to the present. This title examines how the pursuit of leisure has changed over time, reflecting shifting social, cultural, political and economic trends in the United States. Particular attention is paid to how leisure activities have varied by region, class, ethnicity, gender and age.
external:Encyclopedia of Religion
The standard reference in the field, expanded and heavily updated for this 2nd edition. Over 3300 articles present a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture.
external:Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment
Features a series of essays that examine the historical background of the Fourth Amendment along with its key facets relating to: technology, privacy, terrorism, warrant requirement, congress, and states.
Focuses on the substance of American law, the processes that produce its legal principles, and the history of the Supreme Court, from its creation to the present. Overview essays address the history of such topics as citizenship, due process, Native Americans, racism, and contraception, emphasizing the social context of each and the social and political pressures that shaped interpretation.
external:Environmental Encyclopedia - 4th ed.
Provides in-depth, worldwide coverage of environmental issues. Each article is written in a nontechnical style and provides current status, analysis, and suggested solutions whenever possible.
Explores European history from 1450-1789, from the print revolution to the French Revolution. Includes 1,150 articles written by eminent scholars covering major topics in art, government, and education as well as providing biographical entries on key figures of the period. Also covers topics specific to the era, such as apocalypticism, guilds, food riots, royal mistresses and lovers, the Spanish Inquisition, Utopia and others.
Introduces food culture from more than 150 countries and cultures around the world, including some from remote and unexpected peoples and places.
Covers topics such as dieting and popular diets, dietary concerns, nutritional basics, and the effects of a person's dietary choices on one's health. Topics are organized around the development and history of a diet, its basic principles, any key figures that influence the trend, and any public or regulatory concerns associated with the practice. Provides information across all age groups from infants to the elderly.
Responds to the surging interest among students for information on topics relating to magic, witchcraft, the supernatural, and other mysterious phenomena. Information is arranged in an objective manner, presenting varying viewpoints when appropriate, and is written at a level that younger students and researchers can understand. Covers the history, people, and practices related to each topic, as well as popular literature, television programs, and movies related to the subject.
external:Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search a collection of dozens of online reference books for adults and kids. Find reliable, authoritative information in the fields of history, social sciences, government & law, religion, science & technology, biography, and literature.
external:Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
The highly rated encyclopedia taken a step further with constantly updated facts, figures, news, views and more.
Amphibians (3 v.); Birds (5 v.) ; Corals, jellyfishes, sponges, and other simple animals; Crustaceans, mollusks, and segmented worms; Reptiles (2 v.); Fishes; Insects and spiders (2 v.); Mammals (5 v) ; Cumulative index.
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Designed specifically for students in grades 5-12, this reference set includes information on the physical properties and characteristics of nearly 200 countries.
An easy-to-use, systematic guide to the history and current status of 315 cultural groups outside the United States, including 25 groups new to the set. In nine volumes, the Encyclopedia is intended to offer students background and current status on cultures of the countries they are most likely to study.
external:New Encyclopedia of Africa
Addresses the entire history of African cultures from the pharaohs and the ancient civilizations of the south through the colonial era to the emergence of 53 independent countries, some of them newly emergent in world commerce and others deep in conflict. Covers issues facing the continent such as global development, the AIDS crisis, and international terrorism.
external:Philip's Astronomy Encyclopedia
The best A-Z encyclopedia for enthusiastic skywatchers, with more than 3000 articles on all aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. Written by more than 100 leading astronomers from the world's universities and observatories, it is comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible.
Explores the impact of terrorism on economics, public health, religion, and even pop culture. Ethical issues such as the role of torture in interrogations, competing notions of security versus liberty, and the debates over FISA legislation and Guantanamo Bay are covered.
external:Science of Everyday Things
This 4-vol. set illustrates the importance of scientific and mathematical principles through their use in everyday life. Each volume focuses on a specific scientific discipline — biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics — offering students an in-depth understanding of each discipline and its theories.
Entry topics include gods and goddesses; heroes and other key characters; motifs and global themes; major myths; and national or cultural mythologies. Coverage spans a diversity of cultures, including standard Greek/Roman entries as well as Native North and South American traditions, Norse mythology, Asian Pacific mythology, Judeo-Christian tradition, and Islamic and Hindu mythologies.