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Research - Content Specific

(OPAC - Online Public Access Catalog)
(aka Databases)
To utilize the media center's available databases, please log in using ClassLink. 
Check in the Cole Content Specific folder for the individual databases.
Databases below are grouped alphabetically by Content Subject Area.

Content Specific


Content Subject Area

Chilton Library


Appropriate for: Grades 11-Postgraduate

Auto repair manuals for thousands of makes and models are available digitally for routine maintenance or diagnostic information.

Automotive Library

  • Maintenance and specification tables
  • Step-by-step procedures
  • Troubleshooting diagrams
  • Photographs and illustrations
  • ASE Test Prep Quizzes

EBSCO eBooks - Business

Appropriate for: Grade 11 - Postgraduate

This collection offers more than 18,000 e-book titles selected to assist in business research and to provide students with a better understanding of general business concepts.

Full-text eBooks

  • Business Collection topics
    • marketing,
    • finance,
    • supply chain management and entrepreneurship,
    • additional focus on career growth,
    • personal development,
    • communication and
    • networking.

EBSCO Learning Express

Appropriate for: Gr. 9 - Postgraduate

Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success is a dynamic online learning platform that helps job seekers and career changers build a foundation for success. It provides self-directed resources to boost job search abilities and prepare for occupational training, licensure, and certification.

College, Career, and Military Prep

  • eBooks
  • Practice Tests
  • Tutorials
  • Computer courses
  • Flashcards
  • Career Finder
  • College Finder

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

Appropriate for: Grades 9-12

 This database includes more than 3,000 extensive industry and profession articles; a graduate and undergraduate school finder and database; an internship and apprenticeship database; a financial aid database; step-by-step education and career-planning timelines; an extensive, 180-question career assessment; exclusive career profile video interviews; a sample résumé and cover letter database; and an industry associations and resources directory.  College and Career exploration
  • industry and professions articles,
  • school planning resources,
  • skills and career advice.

Curriculum Resource Center

Appropriate for: Educators

The Curriculum Resource Center is an electronic library of printable teacher handouts for middle school, high school, and the first two years of college curriculum. Teachers have fast access to thousands of easily reproduced handouts to supplement text and lesson plans used in middle school, high school, and junior college classrooms.    Educator Resources
  • thousands of fact sheets,
  • Timelines,
  • an image gallery,
  • printable maps,
  • full-color science diagrams and experiments, and
  • math activities.

EBSCO eBooks - Education


Appropriate for: Grade 11 - Postgraduate

 This collection features more than 4,000 quality titles supporting students and faculty in the education discipline. Titles range from introductory texts for undergraduate coursework to more complex and detailed works for advanced students and scholars.  Full-text eBooks
  • Education Collection
  • Support materials for K-12 teachers and higher ed classrooms

Educator’s Reference Complete


Appropriate for: Educators

Provides periodical and journal articles on multiple levels of education from preschool to college, and every educational specialty—such as technology, bilingual education, health education, testing, administration and more.

Educator Resources

  • Newspaper articles
  • Magazine articles
  • Academic journal articles
  • Images
  • Videos

Bloom's Literature


Appropriate for: Grades 9-12

 Bloom’s Literature offers a comprehensive resource for the study of literature.In addition, it includes a Shakespeare Center housing in one convenient location the database’s treasure trove of content on all things Shakespeare.  ELAR Resources
  • critical essays and discussion questions,
  • author biographies and character analyses,
  • full-length poems,
  • the full text of hundreds of reference books,
  • full-length videos of classic plays and films, and more

Gale Literary Resources

Appropriate for: Grades 8 - College Senior

Gale Literary Sources brings together Gale's premier literary databases in a single digital environment:

  • Literature Criticism Online,
  • Literature Resources Center,
  • MLA International Bibliography,
  • LitFinder,
  • Subcollections of GVRL titles, including Scribner Writers and Twayne's Authors
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online,
  • Something About the Author Online,
  • Contemporary Authors Online

  ELA Resources

  • Biographies
  • Literature criticism
  • Topic and work overviews
  • Reviews and news
  • Primary sources
  • Multimedia
  • Full-text poems, short stories, plays & speeches

Health Reference Center

Appropriate for: Grades 9-12

Health Reference Center includes comprehensive, in-depth coverage of body systems, current health issues, major diseases and conditions, treatments, and procedures, as well as health and nutrition information specific to men, women, children, teens, and seniors.

Health & Science Content

  • hundreds of authoritative sources, including
  • 59 encyclopedias from Facts On File’s Library of Health and Living series, the four-volume Encyclopedia of Health and Medicine, and a wealth of other proprietary titles and esteemed journals
  • more than 5,000 informational video clips and more than 2,500 searchable color illustrations.

Health & Wellness Center - Gale

Appropriate for: Grades 8 - Undergraduate

Whether a lifestyle change, homework assignment, or passing interest, Health & Wellness Resource Center offers reliable health information, now, with user experience enhancements, collaboration tools, and mobile optimization.

 Health & Science Content

  • Newspaper articles
  • Pamphlets
  • Academic journal articles
  • Images
  • Videos
 GREENR - Gale


Appropriate for: Grades 8 - Undergraduate

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) is an electronic resource that focuses on the study of sustainability and the environment. Topics include global warming, food safety, access to health care, and the impact of economic development on international relations.

Science, Soc. Stud. Content
  • News/magazine articles
  • Academic journal articles
  • Statistics and case studies
  • Images, podcasts
  • Primary sources
 Science in Context - Gale 

Appropriate for: Grades 8 - Undergraduate

 An engaging online resource that provides contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. By integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos, students see how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.  Science Resources
  • Newspaper articles
  • Magazine articles
  • Academic journal articles
  • Images
  • Videos

Science Online

Appropriate for: Grades 9-12

This database has expansive reference coverage of the full range of scientific disciplines .

Science Content

  • extensive essays,
  • videos,
  • diagrams,
  • definitions,
  • interactives, and
  • experiments.

American History

Appropriate for: Grades 8-12

Spanning our nation’s history—from prehistory to the present day—American History was developed and curated by leading editors and scholars in the study of American history.

Soc. Studies Resources

  • Articles,
  • Images,
  • primary source documents,
  • Timelines,
  • videos, and
  • slideshows

American Indian History

Appropriate for: Grades 9-12

American Indian History offers fast access to more than 15,000 years of culture and history, covering more than 600 Native American groups. This award-winning database allows for an interactive, multifaceted look at the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Soc. Studies Resources

  • videos and slideshows,
  • images,
  • biographies of key people,
  • event and topic entries,
  • primary sources,
  • maps and graphs,
  • and timelines.

Ancient and Medieval History


Appropriate for: Grades 9-12

Ancient and Medieval History provides thorough coverage of world history from prehistory through the mid-1500s.

Soc. Studies Resources

  • special Topic Centers on key civilizations and regions: ancient Near East, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient and medieval Africa, ancient and medieval Asia, the Americas, medieval Europe, and the Islamic World.
  • Each civilization’s history is brought to life through articles, videos and slideshows, primary sources, and more.

EBSCO eBooks - History

Appropriate for: Grade 10 - Postgraduate


This collection features more than 17,000 world history titles to meet the content needs of students in their research.

 Full-text eBooks
  • medieval history,
  • history of music,
  • history of science,
  • history of the world,
  • history of the Caribbean & West Indies,
  • history of the Holocaust,
  • law in history,
  • history of philosophy,
  • history of Africa,
  • art history,
  • history of technology and engineering,
  •  history of business & economics,
  • history of the Middle East,
  • history of Latin America,
  • history of Canada,
  • history of Asia,
  • history of religion,
  • European history,
  • Military history
  • US history

Maps 101

Appropriate for: Grades 6-12


 A comprehensive, interactive, engaging support materials repository available for geography. 

 Soc. Studies Resources
  • Maps
  • National Geographic Videos

Modern World History

Appropriate for: Grades 9-12  

Modern World History offers a comprehensive look at world history from the mid-15th century to the present.

  Soc. Studies Resources
  • Thousands of subject entries, biographies, images, videos and slideshows, maps and graphs, primary sources, and timelines combine to provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, events, and ideas that have defined modern world history.

Salem Press  


Appropriate for: Grades 9-12

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  • Milestone Documents in African American History
  • Milestone Documents in American History
  • Milestone Documents of American Leaders
  • Milestone Documents of World History
  • Milestone Documents of World Religions
 Soc. Studies Resources
  • Primary Source

World Geography and Culture Online

Appropriate for: Grades 6-12

Every country of the world is profiled in depth, covering all aspects of its geography, history, society, and culture. Plus, there are comprehensive entries about the U.S. states are also available.

Soc. Studies Resources

  • At-a-glance information
  • maps and flags
  • Videos
  • Images
  • gazetteer entries,
  • biographies of famous people
  • Timelines
  • current news supplement to each country profile

World History in Context - Gale

Appropriate for: Grades 6-12

World History In Context reaches back to the ancient world and forward to today’s headlines to provide a chronicle of the great cultures and societies that have shaped history. 
  • Soc. Studies Resources
    • major reference works,
    • millions of news and periodical articles
    • rare primary source documents
    • multimedia content

US History in Context - Gale

Appropriate for: Grades 6-12

Offering a complete overview of our nation’s past, U.S. History In Context covers the most significant people, events, and topics in U.S. history. U.S. History In Context interlinks with Smithsonian Primary Sources In U.S. History.

Soc. Studies Resources

  • major reference works,
  • multimedia content
  • millions of news and periodical articles
  • more than 5,000 rare and vital primary source documents (from slave journals to presidential papers).