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Full-text engineering handbooks and up-to-date reference materials from McGraw-Hill, supporting all levels of scientific and technical research in academic, corporate, industrial, and government sectors.
Can be used for course content: Authoritative, regularly updated engineering reference information, instructional videos, calculators, interactive tables and charts. More about affordable course content
Access to leading pharmacy textbooks, an extensive multimedia library, care plans, self-assessment tools, case files, a drug and supplement information database, and more.
Can be used for course content: Leading pharmacy texts and drug information More about affordable course content
ACLS Humanities E-Book
Humanities E-Book (HEB) -- offered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) -- is a digital collection of significant scholarship in the humanities.
Can be used for course content: Searchable collection of high-quality books in the humanities, recommended and reviewed by scholars. More about affordable course content
Clinical reference resource with full-text access to Elsevier journals and medical ebooks, as well as Clinical Overviews point-of-care summaries, procedural videos, drug information, practice guidelines, patient education handouts, and more.
Can be used for course content: Medical books and journals, videos, guidelines, and clinical tools. More about affordable course content
Search or browse Taylor & Francis eBooks. Select 'Show content I have access to' when the results display. Browse by subjects to display results similar to the ...netBASE contents, e.g., Bioscience, Engineering, Environment.
Can be used for course content: Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine ebooks. More about affordable course content
Early English Books Online
Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimiles of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 -- more than 125,000 titles.
Can be used for course content: Page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. More about affordable course content
Recent electronic books from university presses and other scholarly publishers covering all disciplines.
Can be used for course content: Ebooks from trusted publishers in all academic subject areas. More about affordable course content
eBook Collection from EBSCOhost
Large collection of electronic books from leading university, trade and professional publishers. Formerly NetLibrary.
Can be used for course content: Full-text ebooks from trusted publishers in all academic subject areas. More about affordable course content
HathiTrust Digital Library
Vast repository of digital content. Searchable access to millions of books, journals, and other serials covering all subjects and many languages. Full-text access to public domain and open access items.
Full-text legal journals, Congressional Record bound volumes, U.S. Reports back to 1754, United Nations and League of Nations Treaty Series, all U.S. Treaties, Federal Register, CFR, texts, cases, statutes, and more. Searchable, exact page images.
Can be used for course content: Law review articles and much more; permanent links. More about affordable course content
E-books and other reference works in engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, earth and environmental sciences, and other areas. Utilizes interactive tables with customizable data, charts, graphs, and equations.
Can be used for course content: Process and design information, interactive graphs and tables, material and substance properties data, and equations and formulations for specific industries and engineering disciplines. More about affordable course content
Literature Online (LION)
Reference resource for full-text works in English and American literature, full-text humanities journals, and other reference sources including bibliographies, author biographies, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. Includes ABELL.
Music Online provides the most comprehensive database in streaming audio, video, reference, and scores on the web. Integrated searching by ensemble, genre, historical events and more provides in-depth context for music history.
Can be used for course content: Streaming audio and video that spans all time periods, with thousands of artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles. More about affordable course content
National Academies Press
Free access to books, reports and proceedings from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
Full-text scholarly and professional books published by the American Psychological Association and classic books from other publishers. Includes out-of-print books, archival resources, and entries from the Encyclopedia of Psychology.
Can be used for course content: Scholarly books & chapters published by the American Psychological Association. More about affordable course content
Psychiatry portal that features the full-text of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), textbooks, journals and Guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association.
Can be used for course content: American Psychiatric Association portal to journals and books, includes DSM-5. More about affordable course content
Royal Society of Chemistry Journals
Abstracts and full-text access to Royal Society of Chemistry journals covering the core chemical sciences and related fields such as biology, biophysics, energy and the environment, engineering, materials, medicine, and physics.
Safari Books Online
Safari Books Online is now O'Reilly for Higher Education. Access e-books, videos, live online training, case studies, and interactive learning programs on topics ranging from programming and IT networking to project management and business strategy.
Can be used for course content: Includes full text of many educational books and textbooks in science and engineering, with a particular focus on computer science. More about affordable course content
Portal to full-text journal articles and books in the sciences, technology, medicine, and social sciences published by Elsevier.
Can be used for course content: Portal to electronic journals and books published by Elsevier. More about affordable course content
Comprehensive online collection of scientific, technological, and medical journals, books, and reference works published by Springer and a growing number of other publishers.
Can be used for course content: Full-text books, including textbooks, in computer science, mathematics, engineering, life sciences and medicine. More about affordable course content