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Biography
  • Biography in Context
    Biographical information on more than 200,000 people throughout history. Search for people based on personal facts, nationality, ethnicity, occupation, or gender. Or combine criteria to create a customized search.

  • Notable Sports Figures
    Features biographies on more than 600 people from around the world and throughout history who have had an impact not only on their sport, but also on the society and culture of their times.

  • Literature Resource Center
    Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Includes information about literary movements and themes as well as literary-historical timelines and definitions.

Business
  • Small Business Resource Center Database
    Offers a variety of small business information in a searchable format, such as industry research, financial planning, marketing, franchising and business plans.
  • Business Plans Database
    Searchable database of quality sample business plans for a wide variety of businesses.

  • Demographics Now
    Fast and easy access to detailed demographic information for Maryland state, counties, and towns with customizable searches. Provides information helpful for marketing, business planning and advertising, as well as facts on population, income and consumer expenditures.

  • Reference USA
    ReferenceUSA: Business Database is a directory database of over 11 million U.S. businesses. Search by company name, type, size or location of a busines or a combination. Parent/subsidiary information is also available.

  • Agricultural Collection
    Provides magazine articles focused on agriculture and its related fields: from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.
  • Business and Economics
    Provides magazine articles focusing on topics in economics, plus regular feeds of video from Forbes.com that contain business news coverage and interviews with CEOs.
  • Encyclopedia of American Industries
    Comprehensive information, including detailed profiles, on a wide range of industries in every realm of American business.
  • Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries
    Provides information about the inception, emergence and current status of new and established industries and business segments that are pioneering new technologies, introducing break-through marketing strategies or implementing innovative means of serving new markets. Consists of detailed profiles newer industries, such as biometrics, risk management services, satellites, specialty tourism, and others.
  • Making Sense of Economics and Personal Finance
    Topics include microeconomics and domestic trade, macroeconomics and international trade, and personal finance. Covers important people, concepts, and events related to understanding economics and finance, addressing such topics as economic systems, market failures, competition, fiscal policy, global trade, saving and managing your money, credit and debt, investing your money, among others.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center
    Provides complete reports for approximately 2,000 funds and 1,000 stocks. Quicktake Reports, which include portfolio, risk, performance, and management information, are available for approximately 13,000 funds and 8,000 stocks. Snapshot information is available for thousands of other funds and stocks. Overall, information for over 100,000 investment offerings is available. Please select the End Session option before you leave your session. When the limit is reached, a username and password prompt will probably be displayed. If this happens, simply wait 15 minutes and then try the link again.
  • Small Business Builder
    Gale Small Business Builder helps patrons interested in planning and optimizing their businesses or nonprofits. Built for aspiring entrepreneurs and those with existing small businesses, it providesa step-by-step process supported by a rich variety of recognized tools that enable users to produce complete business plans and other documents essential for gaining access to capital and growing their enterprise.
Career and College
  • Career and Education Practice Tests
    Career and college (including vocational) search all in one place. Tests include SAT, GED, GRE, State Assessment tests, college credit exams, nursing, military, civil service, U.S. Citizenship, and much more. Complementary eBooks are also provided.

  • Employment (Life and Career Skills series)
    This book guides the reader in gaining job skills, seeking work, interviewing, negotiating salaries and benefits, and thriving in the workplace. It also offers information that applies to all job seekers, as well as guidance for first-time job applicants and workers returning to the workforce after an absence.
  • Job Search Resources
    A list of helpful employment resources compiled by Cecil County Public Library staff. 

  • Learning Express Test and Career Preparation
    This is a leading source for test preparation materials and interactive practice exams based on official tests such as GED, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, Praxis, occupational tests, middle and high school math tests, and more. Immediate scoring and analysis of test results.

Community Information
Cooking
  • Cooking Collection
    Includes 250 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines.  Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes and restaurant reviews.
Current Events and Issues
  • Issues and Controversies (provided by Facts on File)
    In depth investigations of 800 current issues and controversies from politics to popular culture.

  • World News Digest (provided by Facts on File)
    Authoritative summaries of the day's news since 1940, plus special feature articles on historic events, key people, country profiles and an almanac.

  • Magazine Articles
    Access to full-text articles from magazines and reference sources, as well as primary source documents and images. Updated daily, articles range from 1975 to present day.

  • Newspapers
    Selected full-text coverage of U.S. and international newspapers and newswires. Includes full-text of the New York Times and Baltimore Sun, as well as newspapers ranging from Mexico to India and the United Kingdom.

DIY
  • Auto Repair
    Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
    Offers detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.
  • Home Improvement Collection
    This collection of more than 200 home improvement focused magazine titles covers topics such as achitectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and much more. For hobbyists and professionals.

  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center
    Offers assistance in providing routine maintenance as well as extensive repairs and allows users to search by product type, brand, model/engine type, and model numbers. Good choice for people with older machines. 
  • Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture
    A collection of more than 100 magazines focused on key issues in gardening, landscaping and other areas of horticulture.

  • Creativebug
    Creativebug.com has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
Education
  • Educator's Reference Complete
    Access to more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports, including full-text results for nearly half of the journal titles found in ERIC. All levels of education are covered, as well as educational issues such as technology, bilingual education, testing, funding and policy.

  • ERIC - Education Resources Information Center
    Access to citations and bibliographic records for journals, reports and research on topics related to the field of education. If full-text is not provided, contact us to determine availability.

  • Explora Educator's Edition
    Highlights content relevant to teachers, including lesson plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources.
Fast Facts
Genealogy
  • Heritage Quest
    HeritageQuest includes federal census records, source documents, and indexes. Rich with demographic and genealogical detail, the collection contains personal data such as education, place of birth, language, occupation, veteran status. Includes images.

  • Western Maryland History Online
    A searchable website (search by person or location) that offers historical and genealogical information concerning Maryland Revolutionary War soldiers and "military lots" - maps/locations awarded to Maryland soldiers. This site includes historical information from Maryland's public libraries in three western counties.

Health
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center
    Quick and accurate medical information, including magazine articles, links to trusted medical websites, an Alternative Health Module, and a Disease Profiler module.

  • Nursing and Allied Health Database
    Including nearly 900 CINAHL journals in full-text, this collection's current and authoritative content will be of use to both nursing professionals and students.
  • Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health
    This set provides more than 1,000 entries covering topics in nursing and allied health, including body systems and functions, conditions and common diseases, issues and theories, techniques and practices, and devices and equipment.
  • Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs
    This free website is organized by medical condition and/or drug classification. Each category first lists the drugs that fall within it. Next, each drug is described in greater detail in a two page and/or a 15 to 20+ page survey. Each survey also contains comparative cost and dosage information for every listed drug. Spanish language versions are available for many of these drug surveys.

  • MedLinePlus
    Brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus gives easy access to medical journal articles and includes extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

  • Nursing Procedures Made Incredibly Easy
    This comprehensive guide offers expert, step-by-step direction on a broad range of fundamental and system-based nursing procedures.
  • Health and Wellness (Life and Career Skills series)
    This book guides readers in making healthy choices about hygiene, diet, exercise, and medical care. They present easy-to-understand information about health-care coverage options and offer overviews of the types of available medical care, from general practitioners to alternative medicine and mental health providers.
History
  • U.S. History in Context
    Search by person, subject or time period for primary documents, reference titles, magazine articles, images and maps. Covers pre-Colonial times to the present.

  • World History in Context
    Search by person, subject or time period for primary documents, reference titles, magazine articles, images and maps. Includes ancient Europe to Latin America and from the Far East to the Renaissance.

  • Eras of American History, Colonial to Modern Day
    Resources covering major eras and decades in American history, including early civilizations in the Americas, Colonial America, the Depression, all the way through modern day.
  • History of American Wars Collection
    Online resources for the American Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War.
  • World News Digest (provided by Facts on File)
    Authoritative summaries of the day's news since 1940, plus special feature articles on historic events, key people, country profiles, world heads of state and an almanac.
  • Renaissance and Reformation Reference Library
    A 6 volume resource that covers the people and the events of the Renaissance and Reformation, from Luther's Revolt to the writings of Shakespeare and more.

  • Western Maryland History Online
    A searchable website (search by person or location) that offers historical and genealogical information concerning Maryland Revolutionary War soldiers and "military lots" - maps/locations awarded to Maryland soldiers. This site includes historical information from Maryland's public libraries in three western counties.

  • Civics
    This reference set supports middle school civics, economics, history, and U.S. government curricula.
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States
    Details current geographical, social, and political data, historical narrative, and statistical information on the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Caribbean and Pacific dependencies of the United States. Maps, tables, flags and official state seals are included.
Homework Help

  • Learning Express Library
    This is a leading source for test preparation materials and interactive practice exams includes middle and high school math tests, and more. Immediate scoring and analysis of test results.
  • Science Reference Center
    Full-text from science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals covering topics such as biology, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, technology, wildlife and more.

  • Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia
    General encyclopedia covering a variety of subject areas.

  • Kids InfoBits
    Provides students in kindergarten through grade 5 access to magazine and book articles through both text searching and a picture topic tree.

  • Student Resource in Context
    Start your research by accessing primary sources, magazine and multimedia updated daily to include a popular topics list.

  • Explora Primary Schools
    Designed specifically for elementary school students, this database provides access to popular full-text magazines for elementary school research.
  • Explora Secondary Schools
    Offers the most complete collection of full-text reference resources available for middle schools.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    eBooks and encyclopedias on a wide variety of topics that support research and education for students and teachers.
Investing
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center
    Provides complete reports for approximately 2,000 funds and 1,000 stocks. Quicktake Reports, which include portfolio, risk, performance, and management information, are available for approximately 13,000 funds and 8,000 stocks. Snapshot information is available for thousands of other funds and stocks. Overall, information for over 100,000 investment offerings is available. Please select the End Session option before you leave your session. When the limit is reached, a username and password prompt will probably be displayed. If this happens, simply wait 15 minutes and then try the link again.

Languages
Legal
Literature
  • Books and Authors
    Looking for a good book, but not sure where to start? Try Books and Authors!

  • Literature Resource Center
    Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Includes information about literary movements and themes as well as literary-historical timelines and definitions.

  • Encyclopedia of Mythology
    Each entry in this set details a myth or character with associated plot points, historical context, and the mythological allusions needed to fully understand how mythologies not only reflect cultures of old but also remain meaningful in society today.
Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers
  • Magazine and Journal Articles
    Access to full-text articles from magazines and reference sources, as well as primary source documents and images. Updated daily, articles range from 1975 to present day. Find Consumer Reports articles by searching "consumer reports" and the item of interest.
  • Newspapers
    Selected full-text coverage of U.S. and international newspapers and newswires. Includes full-text of the New York Times and Baltimore Sun, as well as newspapers ranging from Mexico to India and the United Kingdom.

  • Educator's Reference Complete

    Access to more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports, including full-text results for nearly half of the journal titles found in ERIC. All levels of education are covered, as well as educational issues such as technology, bilingual education, testing, funding and policy.

  • Student Resource in Context
    Start your research by accessing primary sources, magazine and multimedia updated daily to include a popular topics list.

  • Kids InfoBits
    Provides students in kindergarten through grade 5 access to magazine and book articles through both text searching and a picture topic tree.

  • Explora Primary Schools
    Designed specifically for elementary school students, this database provides access to popular full-text magazines for elementary school research.
  • Explora Secondary Schools
    Offers the most complete collection of full-text reference resources available for middle schools.
  • Explora Educator's Edition
    Highlights content relevant to teachers, including lesson plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources.
  • Explora Public Libraries
    Supports student research. Search results include articles, essays, and primary source documents.
Practice Tests
  • CCPL's Test Prep and Scholarship Resources
    Collected by Cecil County Public Library workers, this page lists CCPL's resources for the SAT, GRE, GED, AP exams, and other tests.
  • Learning Express Test and Career Preparation
    This is a leading source for test preparation materials and interactive practice exams based on official tests such as GED, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, Praxis, occupational tests, middle and high school math tests, and more. Immediate scoring and analysis of test results.

  • Testing and Education Resource Center
    Career and college (including vocational) search all in one place. Tests include SAT, GED, GRE, State Assessment tests, college credit exams, nursing, military, civil service, U.S. Citizenship, and much more. Complementary eBooks are also provided.

  • Maryland MVA
    Online Driver Tutorial Online tutorial to help new drivers prepare for the written driving tests in Maryland.

  • Driving Tests
    Practice tests for MVA permits including auto, motorcycle, and CDL

Reading Recommendations
  • Books and Authors
    Looking for a good book, but not sure where to start? Try Books and Authors!

  • Catalog Features (provided through the Cecil County Public Library)
    The Catalog's home page has links to the current bestseller lists, including the New York Times Bestsellers, the Pulitzer Prize Award winners, Oprah Winfrey, and the Today Show recommendations.

Religion
  • Encyclopedia of Religion
    Presents a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture.  Written by an international team of scholars and contributors.

  • Encyclopedia of Religious Practices
    This set provides information on current religious practices around the world with an emphasis on how religions impact the daily lives of their followers.
  • Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    This set provides essays on a wide range of philosophical subjects, including religious, social and political philosophy as well as biographical entries.
Science and Math
  • Science Reference Center
    Full-text from science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals covering topics such as biology, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, technology, wildlife and more.

  • Alternative Energy
    This resource provides an introduction to issues surrounding both current energy sources and alternative energy options, such as scientific discoveries, current examples of use, and challenges and obstacles to large-scale implementation.
  • Chemical Elements: From Carbon to Krypton
    Provides in-depth information on 112 known chemical elements. For younger and middle school students, but also appropriate for high school students.
  • Encyclopedia of Biomes
    Information on land biomes and water biomes and covers climate, elevation, soil, water bodies, vegetation, animal life, food web, plant and animal adaptations, endangered species, human effects on the biome and the effects of the environment on humans' culture and economy.

  • Environmental Encyclopedia
    Provides in-depth, worldwide coverage of environmental issues. Each article is written in a nontechnical style and provides current status, analysis, and suggested solutions whenever possible.
  • Grizmek's Animal Life
    Thorough articles familiarize readers with animals found everywhere on the globe, detailing their life cycles, predators, food systems, overall ecology.
  • How Everyday Products Are Made
    Explores the creation of products from super glue to salsa.

  • Real-Life Math
    Reviews the mathematical concepts that apply to everyday life.

  • Today's Science
    Science news written especially for students.

  • Endangered Species
    Covers the endangered and threatened status of a myriad of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, mollusks, insects, arachnids, corals, crustaceans, and plants. Each entry provides the species' common/scientific name, classification information, current status according to the IUCN and the Endangered Species Act, description, location, reason for endangerment, and measures being taken to protect it.
  • Personal Finance
    This book guides readers in making prudent decisions about spending, saving, and borrowing, walking them through major life events, such as buying or renting a home, purchasing or leasing a car, and saving for college and retirement. It also offers practical guidance about purchasing insurance, applying for government benefits, and being an informed consumer.
  • Encyclopedia of Weather and Natural Disasters
    Introduces students to the topic of weather and natural disasters, covering such topics as weather basics, weather phenomena, forecasting, and climate. Provides information on the scientific aspects of various types of disasters including: blizzards, earthquakes, flooding, tornadoes, volcanoes, and wildfires.
Travel
  • Travel Collection
    A searchable collection of magazine articles on travel, as well as travel handbooks from Fodor's.