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Background Information (Library Databases)
The databases below link to information in encyclopedias and other reference sources available online. These sources provide background information on a subject and are preferred to Wikipedia because they provide information that is credible, reliable and accurate.
Full-text dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale. A collection of encyclopedias and handbooks on many subjects. Searchable as a group or individually.
Scholastic Inc. Includes eight encyclopedia databases: Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples,Amazing Animals and The New Book of Popular Science.
Opposing Viewpoints In Context
Covers current social issues. Includes viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.