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Online Databases: E-Books
Database Services from MCPS and from our local funds. These databases are a very good source for your research papers. Most of them include the MLA format for the article.
An eBook platform delivering unlimited simultaneous browsing of the MBHS Library collection of epointplus books. If you just want to read these books, click on this link.
If you want to view, take notes, highlight and save your work on this rich platform of over 100 selected titles, then log in through Destiny. Ask Ms. Lamphier for help with this.
When you first enter the site, you are on Blair's account. You can sign into your personal account using:
Student Login is Student ID# // password is your MCPS password.
Teacher Login is your Outlook LOGIN (in ALL CAPS) // password is your Outlook email address (with Capital Initials).
An online collection of books that you can read or have read to you. Many are bilingual titles which allow the user to read the book in two languages.
Teachers Note: Many of the books contain lesson plans.
Gale Cengage eBooks collection
Here's the link to our Gale Virtual Reference Library collection by subject.
Here's the link to our Gale Cengage“For Students” subcollection.
Gale Cengage eBook individual links
American Decades Series by Vincent Tompkins (Editor); Victor Bondi (Editor); Judith BaughmanAmerican Decades documents and analyzes periods of contemporary American social history. Each volume begins with an overview and chronology covering the entire decade. Subject chapters follow, each including an explanatory background overview; subject-specific timeline; and alphabetically arranged entries discussing the people, events and ideas important to that subject during the period. Included are biographies; explanations of concepts; terms and events; quotations; charts; sidebars covering high-interest topics; and much more.
Call Number: EBK 973.9 AME
Publication Date: 2000-12-01
American Home Front in World War II by Richard Clay Hanes; Sharon M. Hanes; Allison McNeillUnlike other resources, which often focus on the day-to-day battles and other military details of World War II, "American Home Front in World War II examines the effect of those battles on the people living in America from issues of ethnicity to home front organizations. "American Home Front in World War II: Almanac discusses major events on the home front. "American Home Front in World War II: Biographies highlights 26 key figures. "American Home Front in World War II: Primary Sources includes primary material from a variety of sources.
Call Number: EBK 973.917 AME
Publication Date: 2004-10-29
Arts and Humanities Through the Eras by Edward BleibergThis 5-volume set offers a fresh perspective on history by examining the development of the arts and humanities in historical time periods. Patterned after Gale's World Eras series, each volume combines chronologies, sidebars, primary documents, biographies, and critical narrative analysis to cover information typically left out of history books. Profiling milestones and movements in the arts, literature, music and religion from a specific period, each volume in this set helps students and researchers understand the various disciplines of the humanities in relation to each other, as well as to history and culture. Each volume begins with an overview of the period and a chronology of major world events. Nine chapters follow covering the major branches of the humanities: architecture and design, dance, fashion, literature, music, philosophy, religion, theater and visual arts. Each chapters starts with a chronology of major events within the discipline followed by articles covering the movements, schools of thought and masterworks that characterize the discipline during the era and biographical profiles of pioneers, masters and other prominent figures in the field. quotations, excerpts from artists about their work and/or commentaries/criticism published during the period, and a list of general references for further information.
Chemistry by J. J. LagowskiThis is a reference tool, designed to guide the reader through all the aspects of a discipline that is core science and providing a knowledge base for a large number of other disciplines. Showing the myriad of ways in which chemistry plays a role (both seen and unseen) in our daily lives, this work also makes the foundations of chemistry accessible for the lay reader. are also entries providing scientific, commercial and career information. This work not only details the basic underlying scientific principles of the field, but also relates the subject matter to the reader through examples.
Drama for StudentsProvides critical overviews of the most-studied plays of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Includes discussions of themes, characters, critical reception, dramatic devices and traditions as well as cultural and historical context.
Call Number: EBK 808.82 DRA
Publication Date: varies
Elizabethan World Reference Library by Sonia G. Benson; Elizabeth Shostak; UXL (Created by)During the reign of Elizabeth I, 1558-1603, England was transformed from a backward and isolated island to a leading military power and commercial center in which culture and the arts flourished. Filling the gaps left by other Shakespearean resources, < I>Elizabethan World Reference Library< /I> covers the broad sweep of the culture of the times, from Elizabeth's court to rural life, and from the New World explorations to the remarkable flowering of literature and drama for which the era is renowned. Perfect for both history and literatures studies, this set was designed with the student in mind: numerous illustrations for key visuals, chronology to maintain perspective, sidebars to add interest, words to know for additional clarification, subject index for easy navigation and many other features, such as research and activity ideas and further reading suggestions. The Library is divided into three separate volumes. < P>The < I>Almanac< /I> focuses on major topics such as religion and politics, war and conflict, science and education, as well as the Elizabethan worldview, Elizabethan court, daily life and the culture of music, art and literature. < P>< I>Biographies< /I> includes Shakespearean contemporaries and notables such as Walter Raleigh, Francis Drake, Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth I, Jane Grey, Francis Bacon, Catherine of Medici, James I, as well as Shakespeare himself. < P>< I>Primary Sources< /I> is a hand-picked collection of some of the most significant and studied documents of the era, among them "Elizabeth I: Speeches," excerpts from "The Book of Common Prayer," "Pope Pius V's Bull against Elizabeth" and Shakespeare's "Richard II."
Call Number: EBK 942.05 ELI
Publication Date: 2006-11-30
Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society by Paula S. FassThis three-volume set presents the social and cultural history of childhood from antiquity to the present. "Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society examines this history through articles on education, parenting, child labor, economics, images of childhood, children's literature, play, toys and games, health, physiology, law, the criminal justice system and social welfare. Comparative articles include information about childhood in cultures throughout the world. Features 250 photographs representing the visual images of childhood.
Call Number: EBK 305.23 ENC
Publication Date: 2003-10-03
Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450 by Thomas Benjamin, editor in chief.The overseas empires of Western Europe, including the US first as colony then as colonizer, is deemed here to have ended in the middle to late 20th century. Over 400 articles provide information about such aspects as economic concepts and ideas, explorations and migrations, industries, organizations and institutions, people and peoples, religions,
Europe since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction by Gale Editors (Editor)The tumultuous recent century of Europe's history is traced in this five-volume set, which picks up the story begun in its companion set, Europe 1789-1914 . Profiling the age of war and reconstruction, Europe Since 1914 details European history from the Bolshevik Revolution to the European Union, linking it to the history of the rest of the world. Many transformations in the European story are covered in this easily accessible collection of about 675 illustrations and 920 articles: Europe sundered by war and genocide, Europe reconfigured after World War II and the Cold War, and Europe making a new place for itself on the world stage. Written by about 500 leading experts from universities all over the world, the set effectively covers a broad scope, encompassing the period's scientific and economic, social and cultural, political and military developments. Users will find in it the major facts about the period, clear explanations of the main lines of scholarly interpretation and guidance through scholarly controversies. Sidebars add interest and clarification, a chronology and thematic outline offer concise context that builds meaningful connections, and article specific bibliographies offer guidance for further reading. Each volume also includes an 8-page color insert and a comprehensive index that allows quick access to target information.
Great Depression and New Deal Reference Library by Gale Research StaffThe economic crisis that began with the American stock market crash of 1929 had dire effects all over the world, particularly in Europe. Covering both the disastrous failure of the economy and its gradual recovery, "U· X· L® 's Great Depression and New Deal Reference Library" examines the causes of the collapse; the impact of unemployment and under-employment; the sinking confidence of people throughout the world; the disorder in Germany after World War I that led to the rise of Adolf Hitler; and many other dimensions of this global calamity. Special attention is paid to the New Deal, Franklin D. Roosevelt's domestic reform program. "Almanac" covers the era in 15 subject chapters. "Biographies" profiles approximately 30 of the major figures of the period. "Primary Sources" features approximately 18 annotated excerpts from speeches, newspaper and magazine articles, literature, and other documents from the period.
The Literature of Autobiographical Narrative by Gale Editors (Editor); St. James Press Staff (Editor)"Every one of us is a witness to history. The times we live in will be studied and analyzed by future generations, just as we currently study and analyze the past. Autobiographies, oral histories, diaries and journals are records of the human experience, snapshots of a time and place that are brought to life in our consciousness through words on a page. In reading these works, we bear witness to and come to better understand the societies, cultures, and experiences of the past directly from the people who lived during those periods. Gale's Literature Of Society Series, The Literature Of Autobiographical Narrative is a three volume set examining works that chronicle a life or are compiled from narrated memories. This helps us understand history more from a personal, rather than historical, level. Three hundred engaging entries focuses on autobiographies, diaries, journals and oral histories from around the world and various time periods to bring us closer to the human experience of history. Some entries look at those who carry on the tradition of oral history, such the West African Griot, Scandinavian Skald, British and Gaelic bards, Native American storytellers, and more. "
Call Number: EBK 920 LIT
Publication Date: 2013-06-18
The Middle Ages by William C. Jordan (Editor)More than 300 illustrations, including photographs of art and architecture, maps, diagrams, and heraldic insignia, enliven the volumes. Additionally, three sections of full-colour plates display the daily life, the art and architecture, and the people of the Middle Ages.
Call Number: EBK 940.1 MID
Publication Date: 1996-05-01
Nonfiction Classics for Students by David GalensNonfiction Classics for Students provides in-depth literary and historical background on the most commonly studied nonfiction essays, books, biographies and memoirs in a streamlined, easy-to-use format. Covering 15-20 works per volume, this five-volume reference set gives high school and undergraduate students an ideal starting point for class assignments, term papers and special projects.
Call Number: EBK 808.8 NON
Publication Date: 2003-05-22
Novels for StudentsEach volume of Novels for Students contains easily accessible and content-rich discussions of the literary and historical background of 12 to 15 works from various cultures and time periods. Each novel included in this new resource was specially chosen by an advisory panel of teachers and librarians -- experts who have helped us define the information needs of students.
Call Number: EBK 808.83 NOV
Publication Date: 1998
Poetry for StudentsFeatures discussion and analysis of poems of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Provides an overview of the poem and discussion of its principal themes, images, form and construction.
Television in American Society by Laurie Collier HillstromFocused on a popular topic, this exciting collection gives students and teachers substantial material for discussion and research. The three-volume set shows how television has reflected and influenced American society and culture throughout its history, covering both positive and negative effects. Accessible and interesting as well as informative, this Library includes more than 180 interesting illustrations and sidebars, clear prose, and ideas for activities, research and further reading. A subject index, chronology and words-to-know section are among the many other features supporting student achievement. The Library contains three distinct volumes. The Almanac looks at the history of television chronologically, starting with the introduction of the technology in the 19th century and ending with issues that face the industry as well as its future outlook. Included in its coverage are the most popular and influential TV programming and seminal moments in TV history. Other subject include networks, viewing trends, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), types of programming (such as Children's, educational, dramas, comedies, news, sports), advertising and the emergence of cable television. Biographies focuses on television's early pioneers, news figures, performers and executives. Included are engaging portraits of key figures such as Roone Arledge, Lucille Ball, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, Walter Cronkite, Norman Lear, William Paley and Barbara Walters. Als presented are in-depth profiles of important and popular TV programs, among them All in the Family, Cheers, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Saturday Night Live and Monday NightFootball. The Primary Sources volume collects key documents and writings pertaining to the television industry, including transcripts from Tom Brokaw from the fall of the Berlin Wall and excerpts from Raising PG Kids in a X-Rated World and The Code of Practices for Television Broadcasters (Seal of Good Practice, 1981). For example, in the volume are comparisons of early and more recent advertising, coverage of such news events as JFK's assassination and 9/11, and excerpts from boo by news and industry leaders.
World ErasExamines major civilizations that have flourished from antiquity to modern times, with a global perspective and a strong emphasis on daily life and social history.
Call Number: EBK 909 WOR
Publication Date: 2007-12-01
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices by Thomas Riggs, editor in chief."Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices presents detailed information on current religious practices around the world, with an emphasis on how religion impacts the daily lives of its followers. Entries cover everything from central doctrines and sacred texts to dietary customs and significant holidays. The three-volume set explores 13 major religions, plus 24 sects, and spans Asia and Oceania, Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. Also includes 300 illustrations, belief tables showing how individual religions are unique and what they share with other religions, a glossary, maps, a cumulative index and much more.