Current Issues and General Topics Research

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[ Dictionaries ]

[ Biographies ]

[ Power Searches & eBooks ]

Current Issues Databases

Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society

"This database helps students develop an in-depth understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by controversy—with authoritative historical context, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources on the most enduring and timely issues of the day."+ Guided Tour and Quick Tips

Issues & Controversies

Issues & Controversies 

"Issues & Controversies covers more than 70 controversial topics . . . each year, including the annual National High School Debate Topic. . . . Special online additions include frequent updating, interviews with experts, statistical overviews of major issues, editorials, editorial cartoons, primary documents, etc. . . ."+ Print Guide

Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints

This essential collection of "pro" and "con" documents are vital for researching any controversial topic. Articles are arranged by type, such as viewpoint essays and newspaper articles.

Video Tutorials: Navigating the Home Page, Searching, Topics and Documents and Print: Search Tips

Points of View - EBSCO

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Points of View provides full-text articles on "hundreds of topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Topics addressed include: DNA profiling, . . .immigration, Iraq, Israel & the Palestinians, nuclear proliferation, standardized testing, etc."+ Video Tutorial

Periodicals (Magazines & Newspapers)

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EBSCO indexes, provides abstracts, and many full-text articles from more than 2,000 magazines and journals.

Video Tutorials: Basic Searching, Advanced Searching, and Visual Search

Custom Newspapers #

Custom Newspapers #

This collection features New Jersey newspapers, including The Bergen Record from 1987 to yesterday, plus many more national and international newspapers. Navigation Guide and Search Tips

Google Scholar

Google Scholar

"Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature." + Many of the links are not available for free access.



MagPortal provides full-text articles from 150 magazines and journals.

Scholarly Articles


A new subscription to JSTOR for journals, primary sources, and, now, books! Each user sets his or her own account for access. Visit the Library Media Center for details. Guided Tour

Academic Search Premier

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Guided Tour

Encyclopedia Britannica - High School   

Encyclopedia Britannica - High School

General encyclopedias provide overviews on all topics. Guided Tour

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia - EBSCO #,uid&custid=s9753525&profile=ehost&defaultdb=funk

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary

Video Tour

Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary

Guided Tour

Biography Reference Bank - EBSCO

Biography Reference Bank - EBSCO #,uid&custid=s9753525&profile=ehost&defaultdb=brb

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Biography in Context - Gale-Cengage #

"Virtually every course of study — from history to science to literature — is ultimately tied to the study of people. Biography in Context delivers outstanding research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography."+ Go to the BCCLS Website to access this database which "integrates biographies with articles from hundreds of magazines, as well as images and links to hand-picked web sites." +

Video Tutorials: Navigating the Home Page, Searching, and Topics and Documents


Biography eBooks
Encyclopedia of World Biography

Encyclopedia of World Biography

A biographical source that covers notable people from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.+

Power Searches & eBooks
Power Search - Gale

Power Search - Gale

Search through all of the Gale Cengage databases and eBooks simultaneously.

Video Tutorials: Basic Search, or  Browse and Search

Virtual Reference Library

Virtual Reference Library - Gale


Basics Advanced Search and Browse and Search

Jersey Clicks 

Jersey Clicks #

Jersey Clicks searches 15 full-text databases simultaneously. The databases cover history, business, education, science, current events, literature, and popular fiction.

+ = Annotations provided by the publishers

# = Databases provided by the New Jersey State Library