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Research Databases from your Library

Credo Reference

Credo is an easy-to-use tool for starting research. Gather background information on your topic from hundreds of full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.

ProQuest Research Companion

An award-winning, cloud-based information literacy solution designed to help students conduct effective scholarly research as well as support educators and librarians as they teach how to find, evaluate, and use information. Aligned to Common Core English Language Arts standards.


This easy-to-use curriculum and reference resource delivers one of the largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content designed specifically for schools and libraries of all kinds, as well as additional subject-based material.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: NC Live

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database, in e-book format, of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for research topics on the arts, biographies, education, the environment, history, medicine, multicultural studies, the nation and the world, religion, science, social science, and technology.

ProQuest eBook Central

Find scholarly eBook titles & nonfiction titles on topics such as school & studying, career development, arts & leisure, and practical life skills. Titles can be downloaded and read via the new eBrary Reader and the Bluefire Reader app for Android and iOS.

Researching the Wild West of the Internet

Why can't I Google it? What about Wikipedia?

Google is a business, so it will show you results based on a pay model rather than best results. Google also doesn't have access to the resources you do with your library card!

Wikipedia is editable by anyone with a log-in, so be careful with what you use. You can check source information on Wikipedia, but use it to start your research, not as the only source. 


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Wilmington, NC 28401

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