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Best Databases

CQ Researcher

The CQ Researcher is an excellent source on the most critical events and controversial subjects of the day. Each of the 44 weekly issues offers a balanced, in-depth analysis of a contemporary topic by a veteran journalist, pro and con arguments by experts, a chronology, and annotated bibliographies to guide additional research. The CQ Researcher reports on important issues in a wide range of areas including social, economic, political, and environmental policy.

Global Issues in Context

Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Each of these gateway pages includes an overview, unique "perspectives" articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source and statistical information. Rich multimedia - including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal. Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.

Issues & Controversies in American History

The database provides explanations of the most contentious issues in American history, contains essays of opposing points of view, as well as biographies, timelines, background articles, photographs, and maps.

Issues & Controversies

Provides up-to-date, in-depth factual information on a broad range of current issues and controversies.

LexisNexis

Search both United States and international newspapers, television & radio transcripts, wire services.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

This database provides contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues including the Death Penalty, Gun Control, Genetic Engineering, Censorship, Endangered Species, and Terrorism.

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Statista

Statista provides statistical data from thousands of institutions and sources. It provides access to data from market and opinion research institutions, as well as from business organizations and government agencies. Statista includes data on more than 85,000 topics from 18,000 sources. About 20 percent of the total data in Statista comes from sources available free online, such as the World Bank and the U.S. Census, but the data also includes numerous exclusive sources which include industry, marketing, and trade groups. Much of the data is related to marketing, demographic, government and industry information, and is international in scope. Data can be downloaded in JPG, PowerPoint and Excel.

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Other Resources

MasterFILE Premier

Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,950 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, 84,011 biographies, 83,472 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 192,999 photos, maps and flags.

General OneFile

A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social sciences, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles.

Films On Demand

Contains over 20,000 academic videos available for streaming. Watch full-length videos or one of over 231,000 video segments grouped by subject: Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Science & Mathematics, Health & Medicine. Films on Demand also offers videos about careers. 

Kanopy Streaming

Kanopy is a leading distributor of educational videos. Major subjects covered include the arts, business and training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education. Users can search, browse and stream videos. 

Online Books

HCC Online Catalog

Most of HCC's online books are linked from the online catalog. The catalog also includes physical items in the library: reference books, circulating books, music, dvds, audio books, and other media. You may also use the online catalog to search for items in your public library.

Commonwealth eBook Collection

A collection of books available to all the residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Includes over 120,000 academic books as well as bestsellers, popular fiction, and primary historical documents.  Search the general collection in the above link or just the academic books in EBL (login required).

Ebrary Collection

This is a collection of over 100,000 books online.

EBSCO e-books

A growing collection of over 110,000 e-books that can be read online or with the EBSCO eBooks App

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Simultaneously search through more than 200 encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Overdrive Digital Catalog

Overdrive Digital Catalog offers hundreds of audiobooks, ebooks, and videos. Browse and search popular titles and download them to your computer (Mac and PC), transfer them to your portable device (Nook, Sony Reader, iPhone, and others), or burn them onto CDs for reading and listening anywhere, anytime. 

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