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Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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About Library Resources

Your Library Resource Center has many resources you will want to use in your LibGuide.  See the boxes to the right to learn how to   link to a library search or one of the many databases MPS has to offer.


Database Search Tools



Research databases

Databases Links

 Databases available through MPS:

  • Encyclopedia Britannica
    Online encyclopedia with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites.
  • Facts on File
    Online reference materials for schools and libraries. Specializes in core subject areas, such as history, science, literature, geography, health, and more.
    Collection of social studies resources.
    Integrated service that provides reference databases, subscription management, online journals, and more.
  • GALE
    Articles from all over the world from newspapers and Magazines.

Library Books





Books cover virtually any topic, fact or fiction. For research purposes, you will probably be looking for books that synthesize all the information on one topic.

A few books are now available electronically on the Internet (e-books) and are purchased by your library




     Databases contain articles taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines, websites, newscasts and other information formats. Tha databases offer you current, accurate, unbiased, reviwed information.  Most databases give you citation information in MLA format and others.

     An Article Database

     Article databases (also called periodical databases) include the citations, abstracts or brief summaries, and full text of articles in magazines, journals and newspapers. An example of an article database that is available through the Library Resource website is EBSCO

     Subject Oriented Databases

    Rather than build one massive, centralized database, most companies are building numerous subject-oriented databases. Examples of a few subject databases available through the Library Resource website are Facts on File, American History Online, or Science Online.


    Encyclopedias contain factual articles on many subjects. There are two types of encyclopedias -- general and subject. General encyclopedias provide overviews on a wide variety of topics. Subject  encyclopedias contain entries focusing on one field of study.

     Use an Encyclopedia

    • when looking for background information on a topic
    • when trying to find key ideas, important dates or concepts 

    *Note:  All databases are available through the Library Services web site.


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