To help you relax, some links just for fun.
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Academic Search Premier for in-depth research projects search over 8,200 academic and scholarly journals.
MasterFile Premier should be used for most general topics and school assignments. Search over 1,950 popular magazines and journals. This resource also contains biographies, primary sources and an image collection.
Point of View Reference Center is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides more than 270 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide.
Student Research Center is designed especially for kids in grades 6-12 and allows them to choose to research in magazines and newspapers, reference works, biographies, radio and TV, news, country, state or province reports, primary sources and photos, maps and flags.
Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World looks at Islam’s role in the modern world, doing so in the context of the religion’s history and development over the last 13 centuries. Containing thematic articles, biographies of key figures, definitions, illustrations, maps and more, this new encyclopedia fills a need in this key area of religious studies.
Encyclopedia of Race and Racism examines the anthropological, sociological, historical, economic, and scientific theories of race and racism in the modem era. Delves into the historic origins of ideas of race and racism and explores their social and scientific consequences.
Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia
The online F&W Encyclopedia provides over 25,000 entries, covering a variety of subject areas.
World Book Encyclopedia
Select World Book Student, the version created especially for you. Or, for specialized research, check out a World Book Specialty Site or Digital Library.
World Book Encyclopedia with library card
World Book on-line for Verizon FIOS customers and out-of-state Rhode Islanders.
American Historical Newspapers
Searchable American newspapers enable users to explore America’s past. Available here: Rhode Island’s Historical Newspapers and America’s News Magazines.
New York Times Click on “news” and select “New York Times”.
New York Times Historical 1851-2007 Click “historical newspapers”.
Literary Reference Center is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames. It combines information from respected reference works, books, and literary journals as well as original content from the publisher.
Reference Guide to World Literature
Covers writers from the ancient Greeks to 20th-century authors. Includes biographical-bibliographical entries on nearly 500 writers and approximately 550 entries focusing on significant works of world literature. Each author entry provides a detailed overview of the writer’s life and works. Work entries cover a particular piece of world literature in detail.
Shakespeare for Students
Critical Interpretations of Shakespeare’s Plays and Poetry – Collection of essays by Shakespeare scholars that have been selected for students at the high school or undergraduate college level. Each entry includes an introduction; a plot synopsis; a character list; a discussion of the work’s principal themes; information about the style and literary devices used; a conversation about the work’s historical context; and a critical overview.
Biography Collection Complete has biographies on figures past and present.
GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 612,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 9,100 records.
History Reference Center features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. The database also includes full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, 57,000 historical documents, more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.
Mango Languages is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. You can gain a very basic understanding of the language or progress up through more challenging levels. Mango Languages also provides a translator page.
Topic Search is a current events database that allows you to explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries, and other popular topics from today’s classrooms.
Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) database contains the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information in the market. The database covers more than 37,000 vehicles from 1954 to present. Content includes millions of drawings and step-by-step photographs, approximately 110,000 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer, over 180,000 enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing, specifications & maintenance schedules, Labor Time Guide & Estimator, AutoIQ, Quick Tips (a complete guide to vehicle ownership & maintenance), Diagnostic information and much more. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are continually added to the product. All of the content in Auto Repair Reference Center has been created by ASE certified technicians.
Universal Class available only to patrons of the Newport Public Library (your card had to be issued here), provides non-credit courses provided for your personal enrichment. These courses are not intended to be a substitute for any state, government, licensing, or educational requirements. Attend class and do assignments on your schedule. Each course has a real instructor.
Just for Fun
NoveList is your guide to fiction reading. Find book awards lists, author biographies and personalized recommendations based on authors, series and subjects you enjoy.
Video Hound’s Golden Movie Retriever reviews movies that are available on DVD or VHS. Each entry includes title, alternate title, one-to four-bone rating, year released, MPAA rating, brief review, length, format, country of origin, cast, technical personnel, awards and made-for-television/cable/video designations.
Freegal, available only to patrons of the Newport Public Library (your card had to be issued here), is a way to download music legally for FREE. Each patron is allowed three titles per week. That is a pretty good deal if you think about it so get your dancing, running, strutting or “whatever” shoes on and get moving to your own beat.