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Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is a collection of subject-specific encyclopedias, ranging in topics from global warming to urban studies.
A master index to biographical and critical essays on over 165,000 authors that appear in over 130 print literary series published by the Gale Group. The library subscribes to a number of these titles.
A massive and ongoing retrospective digitization project from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, of copyright-cleared titles (70 years and older, in accordance with French law) primarily in French but also including English, German, and other languages. Only limited text-recognition has been performed on the images in this collection, which is searchable down to the level of book title, and tables-of-content and index where present.
GEODOK is a database which contains more than 135,000 entries concerning geographically related literature since 1950. It provides the bibliographical data for scientific articles (primarily in German, English and French) indexed by keywords.
The Geological Survey's Current Research series contains reports that are comparable in scope and subject matter to those appearing in scientific journals and other serials.
This site is based on the former Canadian Mennonite Encyclopedia Online from the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada, a projected conversion of the print publicationThe Mennonite Encyclopedia, in 4 vols. with Supplement (1955-59, 1990). With the participation of two new partners -- the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission and the Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee -- the scope of the project is expanding to include new content from North America and around the world.
The Globe and Mail (1844+) historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts of the politics, society and events of the time.
A bibliography of international literature on classical studies, the majority of the material being in German and English. Gnomon is a supplement to Bibliographische Datenbank on CD (which the library does not have).
Google News presents information gathered from approximately 4500 news sources worldwide. Topics are updated continuously throughout the day, and includes articles that have appeared within the past 30 days. To search Canadian news sources, choose 'Advanced Search' and enter 'Canada' as the location.
An alternative interface to the complete United States Patent and Trademark Office database from the 1790s through to about six months ago, presented as scans of the original images, complete with diagrams. As of December 2006 the collections included approximately 7 million patents.
Google Scholar enables one to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. When searching for an author's name, it's a good idea to search both first-name-first and last-name-first, e.g. "Robert Louis Stevenson" and "Stevenson, Robert Louis." If you are interested only in the book component of Google Scholar, see Google Books at http://books.google.com/.
Le Grand & Collins is a bilingual (French and English) online dictionary.
EBSCO now offers GreenFILE, a freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond.