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Resources: General Research

A to Z Food America

Explore regional American cooking with over 2000 recipes including books for all 50 states and six US regions, recipes for each of 33 major US ethnic groups, ingredient articles, historical cookbooks dating back to the 1700s, original food commercials dating back to the 1940s, and food preparation videos.

A to Z World Food

Explore recipes and food culture by country. Includes traditional recipes and information on food culture for 174 countries such as appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages.

A to Z World Travel

Travel information for over 200 cities around the world with 88 topics per city. Topics include passport, visa and immunization requirements, food and local restaurants, climate, currency, transportation and more!

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Organized by themes and time periods and vividly illustrated with thousands of primary sources, these 17 databases cover topics such as world religions, world history, the world at war, US geography, pop culture, modern genocide, daily life through history, the Latino American Experience, African American Experience, world geography, American government and more.

Academic Search Premier

A multi-disciplinary database of more than 4,600 magazines and journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to the full-text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for 8,470 journals. Search for subjects such as: Business, Health and Medicine, History, Language and Literature, Performing Arts, Dance, Reference, Magazines, Journals and Serials, Social Sciences, Area and Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Political Science, and Psychology.

Access World News Research Collection

Explore and stay informed on local, national and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from around the world to around the corner.

Addison Suburban Life

Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of Addison Suburban Life.

Asian Life in America

Provides access to primary source content on Asian American history and daily life. Explore content related to arts and entertainment, civil rights, activism, religion, science, technology and culture. This online resource contains varied and diverse perspectives on a wide range of subjects.

Biography Reference Bank

Continuously supplemented with new biographies and updated versions of preexisting articles. Up-to-date information on featured subjects. Users can search for individuals based on any combination of occupation, activity, gender, place of origin, birthday and lifespan.

Black Life in America

The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media from 1704-present.

Craft & Hobby

Explore in-depth online instructional videos and classes that span 22 different creative categories, including painting & decorating, crochet and knitting, quilting, woodworking, cake decorating, and more. Also included is a craftsy section and craftsy en español.l .


Discover online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more.


Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images.

History Reference Center

Covering topics in U.S. and world history from the earliest civilizations through the 21st century. Contains full-text journals, magazines, reference books and thousands of primary source documents, plus thousands of historical documents, biographies of historical figures, photos, maps, and videos.

Literature Resource Center

Comprehensive resource for research on literature and authors. Biographical information, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers.

MasterFILE Complete

General interest database of journals, magazines, reference books, photos and videos from the Associated Press (AP). Covers topics including business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY and fashion.

Points of View Reference Center

Covering almost 400 topics, each has an overview, background, description and argument and counter-argument on current topics. Also included for each topic is a Guide to Critical Analysis for help in evaluating controversial subjects and opposing viewpoints.

Scholastic Teachables

Thousands of searchable and printable educational materials for Pre-K through 8th grade, including skills and activity sheets, mini-books and lesson plans by topics.

World Book

World Book has the classic encyclopedia entries students have used for years as well as activity ideas, timelines, and interactive early learning games.