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Databases vs. Websites
- Paid for by the library. Often very expensive!
- Cannot be searched in Google.
- Includes sources written by professors, scholars, and journalists, etc.
- Authority of information is verified by experts.
- Access is free. No one is paying for the content.
- Anyone can publish a website. The information included is often NOT verified by anyone.
- Can be searched in a variety of search engines, including Google.
- Must examine with a critical eye!
Full Text Finder This link opens in a new windowThis resource allows you to search for specific journal titles in the OWHL's collection and see which databases have the full text articles.
What is a Pin Number?
A pin number is a unique number for your library account at the OWHL. You MUST have a Pin number to get books through NOBLE. To get a pin, simply bring your ID to the Welcome desk.
Recommended Electronic Databases
For your selected culture and history topics, you may start with the following online sources. They are the paid databases via the library and are very reliable sources.
Gale in Context: Biography This link opens in a new window
This database provides biographical reference articles on more than 650,000 international figures from all times periods and areas of study. It will also link you to relevant popular and scholarly press articles.
ProQuest E-Book Central This link opens in a new window
A vast collection of eBooks on all academic topics from scholarly publishers. All books available in eBook Central can also be found through the OWHL's catalog.
Europa World: The Global Reference Resource This link opens in a new window
This database provides in-depth essays on different aspects of individual countries, specializing in economic and historical information.
Oxford Dictionary Selector This link opens in a new window
Complete dictionaries for the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
PressReader This link opens in a new window
This database provides today's news from over 7000 titles publications across the globe from 120+ countries in 60+ languages.
World Geography and Culture This link opens in a new window
This reference database provides a comprehensive overview of countries and U.S. states, with information on people and cultures, geography, government, and more.
Gale in Context: World History This link opens in a new window
This database provides reference and secondary source information on the most significant people, events, and topics in world history.
Selected Internet Sources