Online Reference Resources

ProQuest Research Companion

An award-winning, cloud-based information literacy solution that enables educators and librarians to guide students through research projects efficiently.


AccessScience is an authoritative and dynamic online resource that contains incisively written, high-quality reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines. An award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, it offers links to primary research material, videos and exclusive animations, plus specially designed curriculum maps for teachers. With these and other online features, AccessScience is continually expanding the ways it can demonstrate and explain core, trustworthy scientific information in a way that inspires and guides users to deeper knowledge.


AnyWho provides a free online white pages directory where you can find people by their name, address or you can do a reverse lookup by phone number. The directory is updated weekly with phone numbers of individuals from across the nation.

BBC News: Country Profiles

Provides concise information on countries, territories, and some international organizations. Entries are organized alphabetically by continent (and by organization name for international organizations). Unique content includes audio of each country's national anthem along with a picture of each country's flag. Video and audio clips from BBC archives are included as well.

Biography Reference Center

This database offers a comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies, including the complete full-text run of Biography Today and Biography, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases. In addition to keyword searching, users can also locate biographies of interest by browsing more than 30 genre categories, including actors, authors, composers, explorers, figures relevant to U.S. & world history, inventors, musicians, Presidents of the United States, current world leaders and many others.

eLibrary Curriculum Edition

This easy-to-use curriculum and reference resource delivers one of the largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content designed specifically for schools and libraries of all kinds, as well as additional subject-based material.

Europa World

Europa World is the online version of the Europa World Year Book, the indispensable source of information on world-wide affairs. First published in 1926, the year book is renowned as one of the world's leading reference works, covering political and economic information in over 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Gale Literary Sources

An integrated research experience, Gale Literary Sources brings together Gale's premier literary databases in a new digital environment that allows researchers, faculty and students to search across these resources to discover and analyze content in entirely new ways. No other publisher offers this unmatched combination of uniquely rich literary content, dependable metadata, and intuitive subject indexing - all enriched by features and design that breathes new life into the study of literature. As Gale makes additional Literary Resources available through Gale Literary Sources, and if your library has access to these products, they will be automatically added to the Gale Literary Sources experience upon release.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

This resource provides respected authoritative essays on varied topics from numerous subject areas, all in E-Book reference title format.

GQuery: Search NCBI Databases (formerly Entrez)

This wonderful search engine searches across all of NCBI's databases (National Council of Biotechnology Information), including an online ebook collection, PubMed, and other life sciences resources. A great place to start looking for medical and life-science articles

Literary Reference Center Plus

Literary Reference Center is a full text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. Content includes over 35,000 plot summaries, synopses, and work overviews; nearly 100,000 articles and essays of literary criticism; nearly 257,000 author biographies; more than 660 literary journals; more than 705,000 book reviews; 99,000 classic and contemporary poems; more than 23,100 classic and contemporary short stories; more than 7,300 author interviews, 72 literary videos, and more than 8,200 classic texts.

Natural Medicines

"The most authoritative resource available on dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies." Includes searchable checkers for interaction, effectiveness, nutrient depletion, effects on pregnancy and lactation, as well as adverse effects.


This site, which is maintained by the Information Services Branch of the State Library of North Carolina, gives an overview of the people, the government, the history, and the resources of North Carolina. The information is organized into the following broad information categories: Counties and Communities, Education, Geography, Health and Society, History, People, State Government, and State Symbols. Most of these categories offer an opportunity to select either more specific or additional information on a particular topic.

Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection

The Premium Collection offers over 175 fully-indexed, cross-searchable dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press, including detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the world-renowned Oxford Companions and Oxford Dictionaries series, plus the Visual English Dictionary, the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and new heavily illustrated natural history titles such as the Encyclopedia of Mammals. The titles also include full-color maps and illustrations, timelines, weblinks, and bibliographies.

Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center is a full-text database consisting of a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides more than 280 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide. Topics covered include affirmative action, cloning, DNA profiling, HIV/AIDS status disclosure, immigration, Iraq, Israel & the Palestinians, Katrina and FEMA response, nuclear proliferation, separation of church and state, standardized testing, stem cell research, tax cuts, voting machines, and many more.

Read North Carolina Novels

This site, now a blog, offers information on novels set in the Tar Heel State, including recently published novels from the full range of publishing houses, and even self-published novels, as well as information on older novels set in North Carolina across the decades. All the novels listed on the site are available in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For many, but not all, of the titles the North Carolina Collection has copies that can circulate to individuals and other libraries. The novels are searchable by author, by county, by genre, by region, by series, by fictional place, by electronic format, and by year of publication.


Web-based mapping application that lets you create professional-quality maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data.<br> <strong>Please Note</strong>: It is highly recommended that you create your own "Personal Work Space" on the site in order to save your work (once you create it, you will receive an email in which you must click on an activation link to activate your new account). The site does allow you to use a temporary work space, but if you do so, your work is not saved. Also, tutorials on how to use the site are available under the "Tutorial Videos" link in the top right corner once you use either the "Temporary Work Space" or "Personal Work Space" logins. (If the site is busy, try again later, as we have a limited number of "seats" to this resource and traffic may at times be heavy.)

SIRS Government Reporter

A subsection of the SIRS Knowledge Source focused on Historic and Government Documents, Directories, and Almanacs likely to be of interest and use to students.

SIRS Knowledge Source

Articles, primary sources, websites and graphics to support K-12 students with research, study and homework.

SIRS Renaissance

A subsection of the SIRS Knowledge Source focussed on on the Arts & Humanities.

What's Next: Books In Series

A local Michigan library's reader's advisory aid that enables you to determine the order of youth and adult fiction books in a series. Searchable by author name, book title, series title, and genre.

World Factbook

Includes country profiles developed by the CIA on nations of the world, listed alphabetically by country name.