Reference Works Online - Facts & Encyclopedias
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Alexander Street Press Streaming Video Collections
Provides a searchable collection of 6,005 online streaming videos - including commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries - for the study of American history.
Provides a searchable online streaming video collection of documentaries and interviews illustrating the history, theory and practice of art, design and architecture - spanning the Renaissance, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Modern, and Contemporary Art - as well as documentaries and interviews illustrating the theory and practice of a variety of art forms.
Provides a searchable online streaming video collection featuring award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews, and archival footage surveying African American history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relationships.
Provides a searchable streaming video collection of issue-based documentaries from around the world covering key issues and events of recent global history in the fields of Immigration and Border Studies, Middle East Studies, Urban Studies, Political Science, Globalization, and Human Rights.
Provides a searchable online collection of recent documentary, performance, animation, and biographical videos about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender political, cultural, and social movements.
Provides a searchable online collection of critically acclaimed documentaries from independent filmmakers worldwide offering a geographical and chronological survey of human history covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania from the earliest civilizations to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
This U.S. Department of State website includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.
Includes the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and current research in disciplines as diverse as anthropology, art history, history, sociology, geography, folklore, museum studies, theatre, and cultural studies as well as fashion and textiles.
- Volume 1: The Spirit of Sustainability
- Volume 2: The Business of Sustainability
- Volume 3: The Law and Politics of Sustainability
- Volume 4: Natural Resources and Sustainability
- Volume 5: Ecosystem Management and Sustainability
- Volume 6: Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability
- Volume 7: China and India: Assessing Sustainability
- Volume 8: The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability
- Volume 9: Afro-Eurasia: Assessing Sustainability
- Volume 10: The Future of Sustainability
Black Thought and Culture contains 1,297 sources with 1,098 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Includes interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters and other primary source materials.
Provides information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.
Offers original narrative accounts of every major piece of legislation that lawmakers considered during a congressional session for each year over the past 60 with tables, graphs, and charts that help explain the issues.
120 primary source documents covering the period 1917 to 2007.
Each annual volume includes approximately 100 documents covering the most significant events of the years 1972 - 2008. These documents range from presidential speeches, international agreements, and Supreme Court decisions to U.S. governmental reports, scientific findings, and cultural discussions.
Includes CQ Global Researcher, CQ Researcher Plus Archive, CQ Almanac, The Contemporary Middle East, The Encyclopedia of Political Science, Encyclopedia of Religion in America, Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, Historic Documents Series, and Political Handbook of the World.
Offers a wide range of concepts and frameworks, both Western and non-Western, highlighting the intersections of politics with philosophy, cultural studies, sociology, religion, psychology, history, and economics.
Covers the significant denominations and movements that have originated or flourished in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, from the beginning of European settlement to the present.
Trace themes over time or delve deeply into American political institutions, culture, and behavior during seven time periods that correspond to key eras in United States history.
Provides country profiles that include key facts, government and political history, current issues, political parties and organizations, legislatures and cabinets, and communications as well as profiles of more than 38 non-UN intergovernmental organizations, such as OPEC, NATO, the WTO, regional banks, and the agencies and specialized bodies of the United Nations.
CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics 93rd Edition, 2013-2014 offers four ways to find the information that you need: Table of Contents Search, Text Search (keywords, sentence, or question), Chemical Structure Search, or Chemical Properties Search.
Find out how to apply the principles of academic integrity to your everyday life as a student.
Contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles.
Sanborn® fire insurance maps are detailed property and land-use records covering more than 12,000 U.S.towns and cities.
Basic introduction to over 75,000 different topics, including encyclopedia articles, maps, news, definitions, and statistics. Includes a dictionary/thesaurus, (media (photographs and selected audio/video files), famous quotations, country profiles, selected websites and news articles.
Offers critical examinations of the role of the print and electronic media in enabling, facilitating, or challenging the social construction of masculinity and femininity in our society, and introduces media and feminist theorists in the social sciences, humanities, and visual studies (including cinema studies and new media).
More than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists.
Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.
Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
Provides detailed profiles of more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, invaluable advice on career skills, more than 55,000 resource entries.
Provides clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body.
Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history-from mid-15th century to the present.
Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.
Provides current facts and information about: Economy, Business, and Energy, Crime, Military Affairs, Health and Vital Statistics, Personalities, Arts, and Media, Science and Technology, Consumer Information, Nations of the World, World History and Culture, U.S. Facts and History, U.S. Government, U.S. Cities, States, and Population, and Sports, as well as a chronology of events, featured stories, notable facts, and historical anniversaries for 2006 through 2012.
Provides country geography and physical features, government, people, and society facts at a glance and in-depth coverage through country entries, maps, flags, images, statistics, news articles, a gazetteer, and more.
Links to the FactsonFile databases available at Oakton.
Database contains over 25,000 records with full text and various images in many subject areas.
Includes biographical and critical details on approximately 116,000 modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists, and scriptwriters.
eBook editions of Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Encyclopaedia Judaica, and International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.
eBook editions of Concise Major 21st Century Writers, Drama for Students, Novels for Students, Poetry for Students, and Short Stories for Students.
Includes Grove Art Online, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
Online version of Harper's Weekly (1857-1912), the leading American illustrated magazine of its day, covering political, military, social, and cultural stories. May be browsed by date or literary genre; the full text is searchable by keywords.
Provides a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.
300+ practice tests covering ACT, SAT, GED, civil service, military, and professional licensing, certification practice tests,and more. Includes complete answer explanations and study suggestions. Login with your Oakton Library username and password at an on-campus computer, then use that username and password for on-campus and off-campus access to your account at "My Center."
Provides full-text access to general, regional and international news, company news and financial information, legal information, and other topics such as biographical information.
Literary Reference Center Plus contains the full text of articles/essays of literary criticism, author biographies, literary journals, author interviews, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, classic and contemporary short stories, classic texts, and plot summaries, synopses and work overviews as well as ebook versions of the Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Beacham's Research Guide to Biography and Criticism, The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, The Columbia Companion to the 20th Century American Short Story, and all of MagillOnLiterature Plus.
Provides a comprehensive overview of today's women in global terms covering women's issues and events from 2000 to the present organized into 15 categories: Activism in Theory and Practice, Arts, Business/Commerce/Economy, Countries, Education, Environment, Government/Law and Justice, Health: Mental and Physical, Media and Popular Culture, Religion, Science and Technology, Sports and Recreation, Sexualities, War and Conflict, and Women's Lives.
Online readers' advisory tool that helps readers find new fiction and non-fiction titles based on books they've already read or topics in which they are interested. Readers can look for books about particular subjects, relationships, geographic areas, or periods of time. Book reviews are also available.
Covers career information published by the U.S. Department of Labor
A comprehensive dictionary of the English Language that stresses the historical origins of words.
Primary documents, web sites, and maps. Material is compiled by Oxford University Press from their many reference works, such as Africana, Encyclopedia of African American History, various Oxford Companions, and the forthcoming African American National Biography.
Includes the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, primary source documents, translations of the Qur'an,with links to an online version of A Concordance of the Qur'an by Hanna Kassis. Timelines covering major events in the Islamic world and images and maps are provided.
Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of topics in these subject areas: Arts and Humanities, Law,
Medicine and Health, Science and Mathematics, and Social Sciences. All titles are written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.
Provides full-text access to high quality reference works in many areas of the social sciences: anthropology, criminal justice, education, political science, psychology, public policy, and sociology.
Contains 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture and architecture, as well as archaeological sites.
Provides an interactive Web-based tool to create, explore, analyze and visualize over 220 years of United States demographic data including Census data from 1790 to 2010, American Community Survey data from 2005 to 2011, religion data, and carbon emissions data.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) is maintained and kept up to date by experts in the field and all entries are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public. Fixed editions that are created on a quarterly basis and stored in the Archives can be cited.
Provides data in the Historical Statistics of the United States relates to the social, behavioral, humanistic, and natural sciences including history, economics, government, finance, sociology, demography, education, law, natural resources, climate, religion, international migration, and trade. Includes over 37,000 data series and statistics from more than 1,000 sources.
Find books in libraries around the world through OCLC WorldCat (provided by the Illinois State Library). To request a WorldCat book, come to the circulation desk at either campus.
Provides a searchable online collection of books, images, documents, scholarly essays, commentaries, and bibliographies that document women's activism in American public life.