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New York Times Historical Newspaper

The New York Times in its entirety from 1857 through 1999. Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Advertisements and photos included.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Primary source information about important social issues. Explore issues from all perspectives with newspaper and magazine articles, essays, biographies, court case overviews, podcasts, and more.

Popular Culture Universe

An authoritative, digital library of information on American and world popular culture from the 1900s to the present.  Browse by decade or search by item or event.

The World Almanac

This compendium of information is an authoritative source for entertainment, reference, and learning needs.

Virtual Reference Library

Suite of “reference” ebooks arranged by subject: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Information & Publishing, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation & World, Religion, Science, Social Science, and Technology.

World Geography and Culture Online

Facilitates the study of countries, U.S. states, places, peoples, and geography concepts and skills through a global approach.

Language Resources

Mango Languages Online Language Learning

Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language.


American Song

The history of American music in an online music listening service. The collection contains the African American Song collection.

Classical Music Library

Classical music recordings for listening and learning. You can browse by Composer, Artist, Conductor, Ensemble, Instrument, Genre, Period, or Label.

Contemporary World Music

Music from all regions from every continent such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and more.