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Annals of America
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Explore the rich and varied history of the United States . This valuable online chronicle provides a year-by-year documentary of American thought and action. Read the original words of more than 1,500 authors who made and analyzed American history through their speeches, writings, memoirs, poems, and interviews.  Includes 2,100 entries from 1493 to the present.  

Biography In Context
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Combines biographies from reference books with full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. 

Books and Authors
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Books & Authors offers new ways to explore  books, authors, genres and topics by combining over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian’s favorites lists.  Books & Authors makes exploration of genre fiction and essential non-fiction easy and fun. 

Britannica Online Public Library Edition
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Britannica Online Public Library Edition contains comprehensive content for everyone from elementary students to college students, from business professionals to curious seniors. Whether it’s frogs or physics, gardening or geography, Britannica Online Public Library Edition covers it all. Extensive and thorough yet intuitive and fast, this powerful collection delivers trustworthy information. Includes four complete encyclopedias, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Quotations, a World Atlas, as well as The New York Times, BBC News, and SBS World News headlines from around the world. 

Britannica World Data Analyst
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Easy access to printable country statistics including map, area, population, demographic and vital statistics, gross national product, and more.  Create your own tables and graphs comparing countries using the most recent statistics or historical statistics, which show changes in countries over time.  See how different countries compare on economic and population measure, or get information on significant geographic features such as highest mountains and largest deserts.

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select
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An extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary writers. Each entry also contains a biographical/critical introduction, a list of principal works, and sources for further study.

CQ Researcher 
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CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day, with reports written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to a variety of subjects. Funded by Thayer Public Library.

Gale Virtual Reference Library 
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A mix of more than 50 full-text reference books covering the arts, biography, business, the environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, geography, and science. 

Global Issues In Context
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Research international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Includes articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source and statistical information. Also features multimedia results such as podcasts, video, and interactive graphs.  

Literature Resource Center
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This current, comprehensive, and reliable online literature resource includes critical, biographical and contextual materials on authors and their works in all genres and disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.  Includes biographical entries on more than 135,000 authors, more than 850,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from over 390 scholarly journals and literary magazines, and more than 75,000 selected full-text critical essays and reviews.  

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
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A one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. The Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, as well as links to Websites.  

From Home or the Library
Select multiple databases from a  list and then search across all of the databases you have chosen.  

From Home or the Library
Learn a foreign language the fun, easy way! Choose from sixty languages. Each language includes quick start lessons for travelers so you can learn essential words and phrases for your next trip. Continue your lessons when you’re on the go with downloadable MP3s and an app for your iPod, iPhone or iPad. You’ll be speaking another language in no time!

Salem History
From Home  From the Library
Includes full text of the following reference books:
Decades --
Includes the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
Great Athletes -- A comprehensive look at over 1,400 sports heroes and legends.
Great Events from History --
Includes  Renaissance; 17th Century; 18th Century; 19th Century; 20th Century, 1901-1940; 20th Century, 1941-1970; 20th Century, 1971-2000; Modern Scandals; and GLBT Events.  
Great Lives from History -- 
Includes Notorious Lives and Inventors and Inventions.
Milestone Documents --
Includes African American History; American History;  and American Leaders.
Musicians & Composers --
Biographical profiles of important figures in all  genres of music.
Weapons and Warfare
A historical view of the development of weapons and military tactics.
Provided by Thayer Public Library.

Salem Literature
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Access to the following titles on Salem Literature:
Critical Insights: Authors 
Jane Austen 
Gabriel García Márquez 
Nathaniel Hawthorne 
Ernest Hemingway 
Toni Morrison 
Critical Insights: Works 
Great Expectations 
The Great Gatsby,  
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 
Tales of Poe 
Things Fall Apart 
To Kill a Mockingbird 
Provided by Thayer Public Library.

Salem Science
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Provides online access to the full text of  The Solar System, Encyclopedia of Global Warming, and  Forensic Science. 
The Solar System
includes essential coverage of all major aspects of Earth's solar system, from every feature of the major planets to their satellites, small bodies, interplanetary phenomena, and cosmological context.  
The  Encyclopedia of Global Warming provides comprehensive coverage of the questions of global warming and climate change, including scientific descriptions and explanations of all factors, from carbon dioxide to sunspots, that might contribute to climate change.
Forensic Science
is a comprehensive reference source on the theory, techniques, and applications of the various forensic sciences.  Provided by Thayer Public Library

Science In Context
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Find information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics from full-text magazines and academic journals.  Also includes , news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.  

U.S. History In Context
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Easily find information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History from full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites. 

World Book Online Reference Center

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Online reference source-containing every article from the 22-volume World Book Encyclopedia print set plus thousands more. Includes state-of-the-art multimedia, maps, as well as editor-reviewed Web sites. Special features include World Book Advanced for grades  8 and up that offers primary and secondary source content in one integrated search and World Book Kids, which is designed for younger students. Funded by Thayer Public Library.

World History in Context 
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Easily find information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History from full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.