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Looking for World Book Online?

After reviewing the use and cost of World Book Online in comparison to other resources we have available online, the University Library decided to cancel our online subscription to World Book Encyclopedia effective November 1, 2011.

The University Library provides online access to several other resources that have content similar to what can be found in World Book:

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (also available in Mobile version)

Academic Edition, with ten times the content of the free web version, including hundreds of articles not found in the print edition, plus Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, and the Britannica Book of the Year (1994- ), with thousands of web links selected by editors.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Provides online access to the complete full text of over 100 reference works from Gale, Macmillan, and other publishers, including an extensive collection of subject specific encyclopedias.

In addition, World Book Encyclopedia is still available in print format in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library reference collection.

If you have questions or concerns about this decision, please contact the University Library’s General Reference & Popular Press Electronic Resources Team at grpp@umich.edu

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Last modified: 03/22/2013

ArticlesPlus

Alternative Titles
Articles Plus, Articles+, A+, APlus
Summon
Description

ArticlesPlus is perhaps best described as "Google for the library's online content - without the ads!" From a simple single search box, ArticlesPlus searches full-text content as well as metadata from a wide variety of sources and returns a list of relevancy-ranked results.  Over 7,500 publishers are represented in ArticlesPlus, totaling over a half-billion articles from over 125,000 journals, newspapers and magazines.  Also included are millions of entries from reference works, and works of all kinds from open access archives and institutional repositories.

Note:  Access to the ArticlesPlus index is open to all users; but access to the full text of articles through the MGet It buttons is generally restricted to current faculty, students, and staff of the University of Michigan.

Type
Article Index
E-Journal(s)
Search Engine
Coverage
Indexes published materials from long ago up to the present.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11303
More Information
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Open access for all usersOpen access for all users
Subjects

Sanborn Maps Geo Edition

Alternative Titles
ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition 1867-1970
Sanborn Maps GeoEdition
Description

Sanborn maps are large-scale plans of American cities and towns, created 1867-1970.  They were created to assist fire insurance companies to assess the risk associated with insuring a property.  The maps were drawn at a scale of 50 feet to one inch.  ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition provides geo-coding and indexing by address for a selection of Sanborn maps.  Searching can be done by address or by latitutde/longitude coordinates.  Maps from different years can be layered, including modern maps using the Google Map interface.

Eight states are included:  Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. 

Cities included: Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Richmond, Seattle and Washington DC.

For other all areas use Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970, without geo-coding.

Type
Images
Map(s)
Coverage
1867-1970
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11301
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

Filmakers Library Online

Alternative Titles
Filmmakers Library Online
Filmmaker's Library Online
Film Makers Library Online
Description

Filmakers Library Online provides over 1000 documentary films (over 800 hours), originally distributed by Filmakers Library.  Films are on a variety of topics such as health, history, education, gender studies and psychology.  MLibrary has Filmakers Library Online Volume 1 and Volume 2.

Each film has a transcript; many include filmmaker biography and notes. Clips and playlists can be created, saved and shared. Videos can be downloaded to an Apple OS or Android phone, available for 48 hours. 

Type
Video
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11283
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

Music and Performing Arts (Alexander Street Press)

Alternative Titles
Music & Performing Arts
Description

Music Online is a cross-searchable portal of audio and video products from Alexander Street Press, including American Song, Classical Music Library, Jazz Music Library,  Smithsonian Global Sound, Classical Music in Video, Opera in Video, Dance in Video, Theatre in Video, Silent Film Online, and New World Cinema.

Type
Audio
Video
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11281
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

World History in Video

Description

Upon completion, World History in Video will contain over 1750 documentary films and newsreels (over 1000 hours) of significant events in world history, in streaming video. Each film includes a transcript; many include filmmaker biography and notes. Clips and playlists can be created, saved and shared. Videos can be downloaded to an Apple OS or Android phone, good for 48 hours.

Type
Video
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11261
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

American History in Video

Description

Upon completion, American History in Video will contain over 5700 documentary films and newsreels (over 2000 hours) of significant events in U.S. history, in streaming video. Each film includes a transcript. Clips and playlists can be created, saved and shared. Videos can be downloaded to an Apple OS or Android phone, good for 48 hours.

Type
Video
Coverage
Videos cover topics that occurred in 1492-2001. 1898-2010
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11263
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

Chicago Manual of Style Online

Alternative Titles
CMOS Online, Chi Manual, Turabian, CMS
Description

Provides searchable online access to the 16th (2010) and 15th (2003) editions of the standard style manual, as well as a downloadable facsimile of the first edition (1906). Also includes Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide, and Chicago Style Q&A (editors' answers to questions submitted by readers, updated monthly).

Type
Handbook
Coverage
16th Edition (2010), 15th Edition (2003), First Edition (1906).
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11231
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

Picture Post Historical Archive

Description
The complete archive of the Picture Post from its first issue in 1938 to its last in 1957 - all digitized from originals in full colour. Provides a fascinating snapshot of British life from the 1930s to the 1950s, with thousands of photos of ordinary people doing ordinary things – from boys rolling a tyre, to a view of a postwar bedsit, to young women on a rollercoaster – all caught in a single moment in time.
Type
Newspaper(s)
Coverage
1938-1957
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11225
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

Illustrated London News

Description
A full facsimile run of the illustrated newspaper, 1842-2003. Includes over 260,000 pages, including specials and presentation pieces.
Type
Newspaper(s)
Coverage
1842-2003
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11223
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
Subjects

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