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Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary

Alternative Titles
MWU, MWUD, Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, MWCD, MWCT, MWCD&T, MWCD+T
Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, Spanish-English, French-English, Concise Encyclopedia
Description
Provides 700,000 definitions of 476,000 words, including 5,000 new entries added since the publication of the most recent print edition, plus:  etymologies; illustrative quotations from skilled writers and additional example sentences to clarify meanings; synonyms and antonyms; usage guidance for commonly misused words; nearly 1,000 pictorial illustrations; audio pronunciations; and expanded & advanced search features including access to the Merriam-Webster citation files 
 
Incorporates other Merriam-Webster reference works including the Collegiate® Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Encyclopedia; Medical, Spanish-English, and French-English Dictionaries.
Type
Dictionary
Coverage
Continuously updated edition. Based on Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8847
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Dictionary of Substances and their Effects (DOSE)

Alternative Titles
DOSE, Dictionary of Substances and their Effects
Description

A comprehensive compilation of peer-reviewed health and environmental data on several thousand chemical substances. Includes biological, ecological and toxicological risks, hazards, and effects data and regulatory limits for the substances.

Type
E-Book(s)
Coverage
Second edition of 1999.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8841
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Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
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Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive (full access)

Alternative Titles
USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive
Visual History Archive
Shoah VHA
Description

The Visual History Archive contains 52,000 digitized video interviews with holocaust survivors. Interviewees are primarily Jewish Survivors, though the archive also includes interviews with gay/lesbian, Jehovah's Witness, and Roma (Gypsy) survivors, liberators and Nuremberg trial participants. The interviews were conducted in 56 different countries, in 32 different languages and is the most extensive resource of its type. Each interview is fully indexed and allows a viewer to search for relevant portions of interviews.

The Visual History Archive is only accessible on the UM Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. If you are off campus, please see the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive Online (www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/995241) which allows searching of the full database and access to a small number of sample testimonies in English. 

Type
Video
Coverage
Interviews collected between 1994-2000.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8835
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Authorized UM users (no guest access)Authorized UM users (no guest access)
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iPoll

Alternative Titles
iPoll (Roper Center for Public Opinion Research)
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
Description
Polling data from nearly 400,000 questions asked on national public opinion surveys. Searchable by keyword, polling organization, and date. May not work with Internet Explorer on computers with Windows NT.
Type
Statistics
Coverage
1935-
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8831
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LexisNexis Academic

Alternative Titles
Academic Universe, Lexis-Nexis, Lexis Nexis, Lexis/Nexis, LN, LNA, LexusNexus, Lexus Nexus, LexisNexus, LexusNexis
Description

Provides full-text access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information, including hundreds of U.S. and foreign newspapers, legal and business publications, wire services, broadcast media transcripts, and trade/news magazines.

Type
Article Index
Coverage
1980 - (but varies by title) Over 5,900 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8817
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Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

Description
Provides 3000+ peer-reviewed articles, images, a glossary of terms, news, and some multimedia files on a wide variety of life sciences topics.
Type
Encyclopedia
Coverage
Released 2001, continuously updated, from Grove/Macmillan Publishing
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8819
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FirstSearch

Alternative Titles
OCLC First Search
Description

Access to 15 databases provided by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) using their FirstSearch interface, including:  WorldCat; ArticleFirst; Alternative Press Index; Clase and Periodica (1975-2011); ERIC; GPO Monthly Catalog (1976-2012); OAIster; PapersFirst; ProceedingsFirst; and SCIPIO.  Permits simultaneous searching of up to three databases at once.

Type
Search Engine
Coverage
Varies by database.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8797
Access
Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
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Gale Databases: Michigan e-Library (MeL)

Alternative Titles
Gale Databases: MeL
InfoTrac
PowerSearch
Description
Combined search of 17 databases from Gale provided to all public libraries statewide by the Michigan e-Library (MeL), including Academic OneFile, Business & Company ASAP, Computer Database, Educators Reference Complete, General BusinessFile ASAP, General OneFile, Health Reference Center Academic, Informe, InfoTrac Custom Newspapers, LegalTrac, etc. Provides ability to limit searching to sets of full text articles in 24 different interdisciplinary subject areas, including Diversity Studies, Environmental Studies and Policy, Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Pop Culture, War & Terrorism, etc. Also provides links to 8 additional Gale databases provided by MeL, including Business & Company Resource Center, Chilton Library, Health & Wellness Resource Center, etc.
Type
Search Engine
Coverage
Varies by database.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8799
Access
Authorized for UM users + guests provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL)Authorized for UM users + guests provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL)
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NewsBank

Alternative Titles
News Bank
Description
Access to 11 databases from NewsBank, Inc., including: Access World News [full text newspapers, 1990s-present]; AccessUN [index of United Nations documents, 1944-present]; Archive of Americana, combining America's Historical Newspapers with Early American Imprints, Series I. Evans (1639-1800) and Series II. Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819) [digitized American books 1639-1819]; Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports and Electronic Index [translated from foreign language news sources, 1974-1996]; Hispanic American Newspapers; and World Newspaper Archive, combining America's Historical Newspapers with Latin American Newspapers.
Type
Search Engine
Coverage
Varies by database.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/8795
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Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)Authorized UM users (+ guests in UM Libraries)
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