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Business & Career

Business Source Main Edition
Business Source Main Edition is a scholarly business e-resource providing the complete text for over 2,200 magazines and journals as well as indexes and abstracts for over 2,300 titles. The collection, dating back to 1985, ranges from general business magazines to scholarly journals and trade periodicals. Content includes: Marketing, Management, MIS, POM, Accounting, Finance, and Economics.
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LearningExpress Library
LearningExpress Library offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses and information you need to achieve the results you want – at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.
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MorningStar Investment Research Center
MorningStar Investment Research Center offers much more depth of information than the free Internet site. Morningstar covers all stocks traded on the NY Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and the American Stock Exchange – nearly 23,000 mutual funds and 500 exchange traded funds. Includes Analyst reports, fund and stock star ratings.
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ReferenceUSA
ReferenceUSA enables you to locate any US business with a phone number. Job applicants, students and researchers can get valuable information on industries and companies. Search by name, geographic area, type of business and more. Also includes residential listings.
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Computer & Internet

CyberSmarts
CyberSmarts offers kids, teens and parents guidance and information about online safety, including about playing internet-based games.
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LearningExpress Library
LearningExpress Library offers online practice tests and computer skills tutorials. You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the information that's right for you.
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Mango
Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.
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DIY & Hobbies

Auto Repair Reference Center
Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) is a comprehensive collection of automobile repair information for most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added to the product on a regular basis. All of the content in ARRC has been created by ASE certified technicians. Includes coverage of more than 37,000 vehicles from 1954 to present, millions of drawings and step-by-step photographs, approximately 110,000 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer, 180,000+ enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing, and much more.
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Mango
Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Our online learning system is so easy to use, you'll see incredible results after just one lesson! Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. By listening to and repeating after material designed from native conversations, you'll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you'll know how they're used in practical situations and conversations. You'll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation, you'll learn how to communicate.
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p4A Antiques Reference
Learn about and value antiques, collectibles and fine art. The p4A Antiques Reference database includes hundreds of thousands of individual records, updated daily, with pictures for every item and explanatory reference notes.
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e-Books, e-Audiobooks & Digital Music

BookFlix
BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.
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eBooks on EBSCOhost
eBooks on EBSCOhost offers hundreds of thousands of high-quality eBook and audiobook titles from leading publishers, ensuring that you’ll find valuable, trusted content with every search.
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Freegal
Freegal is a new downloadable music service we offer to patrons in our member communities. All you need is your BAPL card number and PIN to login to Freegal and download (and keep!) up to 3 songs each week! Freegal offers access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a special collection of e-books that includes the Comparative Guide to American Hospitals, Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer, Gale Encyclopedia of Diets, Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers, Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests and other titles.
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TumbleBookLibrary
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading.
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Valley Downloadable Library
Valley Downloadable Library is BAPL's online collection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. Be sure to first login before browsing to see the biggest selection of both eBooks and audiobooks that includes of exclusive BAPL Advantage Collection.
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Zinio Digital Magazines
Zinio features full digital copies of your favorite magazines. Choose from a wide variety of titles, including Martha Stewart Living, Consumer Reports, Men's Journal, Vegetarian Times and many more. Zinio magazines may be read on your computer or mobile device. Compatible devices include PC, MAC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Blackberry Playbook.
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Education

CyberSmarts
CyberSmarts offers essential information for kids and teens. Guides on safe online use, including how to avoid CyberBullying!
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LearningExpress Library
LearningExpress Library offers online practice tests and computer skills tutorials. You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the information that's right for you.
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LISTA
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 600 periodicals plus books, research reports and proceedings covering the field of information science.
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Mango
Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Our online learning system is so easy to use, you'll see incredible results after just one lesson! Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. By listening to and repeating after material designed from native conversations, you'll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you'll know how they're used in practical situations and conversations. You'll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation, you'll learn how to communicate.
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MasterFILE Main Edition
MasterFile Main Edition is a multidisciplinary eResource that provides full text for more than 1,350 general reference publications. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFile Main Edition also contains full text for nearly 300 reference books, over 164,400 primary source documents,and an Image collection of over 460,000 photos, maps & flags.
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Teacher Reference Center
Teacher Reference Center (TRC) contains over 260 titles from teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals and books, providing extensive coverage on key education topics.
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Genealogy

BAPL News Article Index
Dating from 1867, a compilation of local news article extracts from the pages of the Bethlehem Times, Bethlehem Globe, Bethlehem Globe-Times and Express-Times.
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BAPL Obituary/Biographical Article Indexes
Dating from 1867, compilation of marriage, death and other biographical article extracts from the pages of the Bethlehem Times, Bethlehem Globe Bethlehem Globe-Times and Express-Times.
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HeritageQuest
HeritageQuest allows you to search over 25,000 family and local histories PLUS the complete US Census from 1790-1930.
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ReferenceUSA
ReferenceUSA enables you to locate any US business or residence with a phone number. Search by name, geographic area, type of business and more. Don't forget to check out our Magazine and Newspaper selections for your genealogy quest.
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World War II Article Index
Compilation of local news article extracts pertaining to WWII personnel from the pages of the Bethlehem Globe-Times.
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General Research & Homework Help

Access World News
Access World News offers one ot the most comprehensive collections of full-text newspapers globally, including The Express-Times, Bethlehem News and The Morning Call. Access World News provides extensive coverage at any level—local, state, regional, national and international. This fully searchable web-based resource features the vast majority of U.S. newspapers by circulation, along with almost 1000 hard-to-find local and regional titles, the majority of which are unavailable elsewhere. Additionally, Access World News offers searchable news video clips and over two thousand international news sources from scores of countries on six continents, translated into English when written in other languages.
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Discovering Collection
Gale's Discovering Collection allows students to get the "whole picture" on any curriculum topic. Award-winning reference content from Gale will help students develop their critical-thinking skills by placing people, places, events and primary documents in context.
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Gale Student Resources in Context
Gale Student Resources in Context Covers all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more. GSRIC offers more than 1,100 full-text periodicals & newspapers, primary sources, creative works, plus multimedia.
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Learning Express Library
Learning Express Library includes elementary and middle school (K-8th grade) skills improvement tests plus computer skills tutorials.
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MasterFILE Main Edition
MasterFile Main Edition is a multidisciplinary eResource that provides full text for more than 1,350 general reference publications. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFile Main Edition also contains full text for nearly 300 reference books, over 164,400 primary source documents,and an Image collection of over 460,000 photos, maps & flags.
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Searchasaurus
Searchasaurus provides an exciting and easy way for elementary school students to access information. With a colorful animated interface complete with erupting volcanoes and a dinosaur guide, Searchasaurus helps students gather information on a wide range
of topics.
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World Book Web
World Book Web is a suite of online research tools:

World Book Online Kids includes 1000's of easy-to-read articles, great images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, plus teacher resources. Connect Now

World Book Online Info Finder includes World Book Encyclopedia articles, a Biography Center, atlas, dictionary, multimedia collection, 1000's of selected Web sites, correlations to curriculum standards, and much more. Connect Now

World Book Online Reference Center Connect Now

World Book Discover for differentiated instruction, includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, plus interactive video. Connect Now

Enciclopedia Estuduantil Hallazgos a comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia that includes over 100,000 articles, more than 9,000 images and maps, and nearly 1,000 videos, animations, sounds, and interactive media. Connect Now

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History & Biography

Discovering Collection
Gale Discovering Collection allows students to get the "whole picture" on any curriculum topic. Award-winning reference content from Gale will help students develop their critical-thinking skills by placing people, places, events and primary documents in context.
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Gale Student Resources in Context
Gale Student Resources in Context Covers all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more. GSRIC offers more than 1,100 full-text periodicals & newspapers, primary sources, creative works, plus multimedia.
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New York Times - Historical Newspapers

ProQuest Historical Newspapers for The New York Times offers an unparalleled online resource for study of historical events, social and consumer history, economics, literature, technology, and more. Every issue is reproduced in cover-to-cover including news, editorials, graphics and advertisements. Title coverage spans from 1851 to 2001.
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New York Times Graphical Interface Using the special graphical interface, it is easy to browse newspaper articles on a topic, by timeline, see what happened on this day (or any other day) in history. You can even look up "Famous Dead People".
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Just for Kids

BookFlix
BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.
Connect Now

CyberSmarts
CyberSmarts offers essential information for kids and teens. Guides on safe online use, including how to avoid CyberBullying!
Connect Now

Gale Student Resources in Context
Gale Student Resources in Context Covers all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more. GSRIC offers more than 1,100 full-text periodicals & newspapers, primary sources, creative works, plus multimedia.
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Kids Search
Kids Search makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type — magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc..
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Learning Express Library
Learning Express Library includes elementary and middle school (K-8th grade) skills improvement tests plus computer skills tutorials.
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SIRS Discoverer
SIRS Discoverer an award-winning e-resource for young researchers. Arcticles and graphics from more than 1,600 magazines, newspapers and document are carefully selected for educational content, iinterest and level of readability.
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Searchasaurus
Searchasaurus provides an exciting and easy way for elementary school students to access information. With a colorful animated interface complete with erupting volcanoes and a dinosaur guide, Searchasaurus helps students gather information on a wide range
of topics.
Connect Now

TumbleBookLibrary
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading.
Connect Now

World Book Web
World Book Web is a suite of online research tools:

World Book Online Kids includes 1000's of easy-to-read articles, great images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, plus teacher resources. Connect Now

World Book Online Info Finder includes World Book Encyclopedia articles, a Biography Center, atlas, dictionary, multimedia collection, 1000's of selected Web sites, correlations to curriculum standards, and much more. Connect Now

World Book Online Reference Center Connect Now

World Book Discover for differentiated instruction, includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, plus interactive video. Connect Now

Enciclopedia Estuduantil Hallazgos a comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia that includes over 100,000 articles, more than 9,000 images and maps, and nearly 1,000 videos, animations, sounds, and interactive media. Connect Now

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Lehigh Valley

Access World News
Access World News offers one ot the most comprehensive collections of full-text newspapers globally, including The Express-Times, Bethlehem News and The Morning Call. Access World News provides extensive coverage at any level—local, state, regional, national and international. This fully searchable web-based resource features the vast majority of U.S. newspapers by circulation, along with almost 1000 hard-to-find local and regional titles, the majority of which are unavailable elsewhere. Additionally, Access World News offers searchable news video clips and over two thousand international news sources from scores of countries on six continents, translated into English when written in other languages.
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BAPL News Article Index
Dating from 1867, a compilation of local news article extracts from the pages of the Bethlehem Times, Bethlehem Globe, Bethlehem Globe-Times and Express-Times.
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BAPL Obituary/Biographical Article Indexes
Dating from 1867, compilation of marriage, death and other biographical article extracts from the pages of the Bethlehem Times, Bethlehem Globe Bethlehem Globe-Times and Express-Times.
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HeritageQuest
HeritageQuest allows you to search over 25,000 family and local histories PLUS the complete US Census from 1790-1930.
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World War II Article Index
Compilation of local news article extracts pertaining to WWII personnel from the pages of the Bethlehem Globe-Times.
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Literature & Reading

Contemporary Authors
Gale Contemporary Authors offers a biographical guide to current writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures and television.
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Discovering Collection
Gale Discovering Collection allows students to get the "whole picture" on any curriculum topic. Award-winning reference content from Gale will help students develop their critical-thinking skills by placing people, places, events and primary documents in context.
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Gale Student Resources in Context
Gale Student Resources in Context Covers all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more. GSRIC offers more than 1,100 full-text periodicals & newspapers, primary sources, creative works, plus multimedia.
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Literature Criticism Online
Gale Literature Criticism Online offers centuries of analysis - scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals - delivered in an easy-to-use online format that matches the look and feel of print originals.

Made possible by a grant from Keystone Nazareth Charitable Foundation

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MasterFILE Premier
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents. This eResource also provides an Image Collection containing photos, maps & flags
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Newspaper Source Plus
Newspaper Source Plus includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. The e-Resource contains comprehensive full text for major newspapers such as New York Times (from January 1985 to present), Christian Science Monitor, Irish Times (Ireland), San Francisco Chronicle, The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The Times (UK), Toronto Star, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times (DC), and many others.
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What Do I Read Next?
Looking for suggestions on a good book to read? Need a quick list of all of the books in a series? What Do I Read Next includes inspirational, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror, western and historical novels, general fiction, classic fiction and nonfiction. Search by title, author, subject, genre, locale and more.
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WorldCat
WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. WorldCat.org lets you search the collections – books, music CDs and videos – of libraries in your community and 1000s more around the world.
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Magazines & Newspapers

Access World News
Access World News offers one ot the most comprehensive collections of full-text newspapers globally, including The Express-Times, Bethlehem News and The Morning Call. Access World News provides extensive coverage at any level—local, state, regional, national and international. This fully searchable web-based resource features the vast majority of U.S. newspapers by circulation, along with almost 1000 hard-to-find local and regional titles, the majority of which are unavailable elsewhere. Additionally, Access World News offers searchable news video clips and over two thousand international news sources from scores of countries on six continents, translated into English when written in other languages.
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AP Images
Associated Press Images offers more than 500,000 current and historical photographs and graphics that can be searched by date, place and subject. More than 800 photographs are added to the archive daily.
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BAPL News Article Index
Dating from 1867, a compilation of local news article extracts from the pages of the Bethlehem Times, Bethlehem Globe, Bethlehem Globe-Times and Express-Times.
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BAPL Obituary/Biographical Article Indexes
Dating from 1867, compilation of marriage, death and other biographical article extracts from the pages of the Bethlehem Times, Bethlehem Globe Bethlehem Globe-Times and Express-Times.
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GreenFILE
GreenFILE collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
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MasterFILE Premier
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents. This eResource also provides an Image Collection containing photos, maps & flags
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Morning Call Digital Microfilm
ProQuest Digital Microfilm™ features microfilmed copies of The Morning Call, starting in 2010. The online user interface makes microfilmed newspaper content easily accessible. Users can navigate by publication, title, date, and page number. Photos, graphs and tables are replicated, providing cover-to-cover full image content. Highlights include straight- forward navigation, two viewing windows, easy image control and print, email and save options.
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Newspaper Source Plus
Newspaper Source Plus includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. The e-Resource contains comprehensive full text for major newspapers such as New York Times (from January 1985 to present), Christian Science Monitor, Irish Times (Ireland), San Francisco Chronicle, The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The Times (UK), Toronto Star, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times (DC), and many others.
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New York Times - Historical Newspapers

ProQuest Historical Newspapers for The New York Times offers an unparalleled online resource for study of historical events, social and consumer history, economics, literature, technology, and more. Every issue is reproduced in cover-to-cover including news, editorials, graphics and advertisements. Title coverage spans from 1851 to 2001.
Connect Now

New York Times Graphical Interface Using the special graphical interface, it is easy to browse newspaper articles on a topic, by timeline, see what happened on this day (or any other day) in history. You can even look up "Famous Dead People".
Connect Now

World War II Article Index
Compilation of local news article extracts pertaining to WWII personnel from the pages of the Bethlehem Globe-Times.
Connect Now

Zinio Digital Magazines
Zinio features full digital copies of your favorite magazines. Choose from a wide variety of titles, including Martha Stewart Living, Consumer Reports, Men's Journal, Vegetarian Times and many more. Zinio magazines may be read on your computer or mobile device. Compatible devices include PC, MAC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and Blackberry Playbook.
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Science & Health

Discovering Collection
Gale's Discovering Collection allows students to get the "whole picture" on any curriculum topic. Award-winning reference content from Gale will help students develop their critical-thinking skills by placing people, places, events and primary documents in context.
Connect Now

Gale Virtual Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a special collection of e-books that includes the Comparative Guide to American Hospitals, Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer, Gale Encyclopedia of Diets, Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers, Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests and other titles.
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GreenFILE
GreenFILE collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
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Gale Student Resources in Context
Gale Student Resources in Context Covers all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more. GSRIC offers more than 1,100 full-text periodicals & newspapers, primary sources, creative works, plus multimedia.
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