Magazine Articles and Other Databases

Along with books, magazines, and audio-visual materials, the Inglewood Public Library subscribes to numerous databases for you. These databases are the core of the Inglewood's Virtual Branch, available from your home or business 24/7. To search a database, click on their names below. When accessing databases from outside the library, you may be prompted to enter the number on the back of your library card. If you need assistance in accessing your databases, please contact the Main Library's Adult Reference Desk when we are open at (310) 412-4280, chat with us on Facebook, or e-mail us.



Want to use many of these databases on your smartphone or tablet? Just navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app for Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®. Thank you!



NEW! The Library has received a national grant for the special Muslim Journeys collection on Islamic culture. As part of this grant, we can offer free access to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database for the next year, until February 2014! Try it our and look for more details by clicking on "History and Travel" below!

 

Automobile Repair and Home Improvement

Auto Repair Reference Center

Includes more than 28,000 vehicles from 1945 to present. Find repair manuals, troubleshooting guides, general overviews, recalls and schematics.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321).

Home Improvement Collection (InfoTrac)

Even the smallest home improvement project can be daunting; with this collection of home improvement-focused titles, hobbyists and professional carpenters alike will immediately put their projects on a more solid foundation. Coverage includes such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more. Over 4 million articles.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.



Biographies

Biography in Context

This excellent resource includes biographies and photographs of more than 525,000 people. You can search by name, occupation, nationality and place of birth or death; many biographies also have addresses, links to the person's website and lists of their works.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.



Business

AtoZdatabases - Demographics and Telephone Directories Search

AtoZ is the best tool we offer for phone number and address lookups, demographics and marketing research, and company contact information. The multiple databases include 30 million U.S. businesses, 215 million U.S residents, over a million healthcare professionals, new movers and homeowners. Library members can use AtoZ to print, e-mail, and download up to 1000 records per session.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321).

Business Economics and Theory Collection (InfoTrac)

With a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit database, this collection provides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics. Perfect for business classes, researchers will find hundreds of full-text journals to support their work; over 13 million articles.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Business Insights: Essentials

Start your business analysis here: Thousands of company profiles, information on brands, rankings and tables, investment reports, financials, company histories, chronologies, timelines and thousands of magazine articles related to business and economics.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Los Angeles Business Journal (InfoTrac)

Search here for the full-text content of the Los Angeles Business Journal dating from 1986 until today, with citations dating back to 1985. This publication may be embargoed (delayed) up to 14 days.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.



Career Resources and Sample Tests

Career Transitions

Are you looking for a new job or thinking of changing careers? Career Transitions is a self-paced application that walks job-seekers through the entire process; you can build a resume and a personal career portfolio, match your current skills and interests with fulfilling career paths, investigate thousands of industries and companies, find classes to increase hiring chances in your career, and search job listings from around the country. This resource is a great one-stop start to your future!

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321); you will need to register to create a resume or search for jobs. For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Testing and Education Reference Center

One of our favorite databases; use this resource to reach your education and career goals. Take online practice tests and use test preparation books; are you looking for a GED or ASVAB book, and because of high demand the library copies are out?  Sign up here, and you have 90 days to complete dozen of practice tests.  You can also search thousands of college and graduate school entries, and identify scholarships that meet your financial needs.  Get that job or college degree with the help of your public library!

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321); you will need to register to take the online tests. For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.



Directories

Associations Unlimited

Locate over 150,000 detailed listings of international and American nonprofit associations and professional societies in all fields. This database includes IRS data on over 300,000 U.S. 501(c) nonprofit organizations.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Gale Directory Library

The Directory Library includes important directories that the library formerly received in paper; now try them online, day or night! We currently subscribe to the following resources:

  • Business Rankings Annual - This database includes thousands of items from periodicals, newspapers, financial services, directories, statistical annuals and other printed material regarding different rankings. The "top 10" from each of these rankings appears in this volume, grouped under standard subject headings for easy browsing. Readers can quickly locate all rankings in which a given company, person or product appears by consulting the comprehensive index.
  • Directories in Print - The most comprehensive source in its field, describing more than 16,000 rosters, guides and other address lists published worldwide; hundreds of additional directories are cited, with status notes, in the index.
  • Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media - This media directory contains thousands of listings for radio and television stations, cable companies, newsletters, magazines and newspapers in all 50 states and internationally. Most of the entries include addresses, phone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses, key personnel including editors, and much more.
  • Trade Shows Annual - Listings for more than 10,000 trade shows, 6,000 sponsoring organizations, and 5,900 facilities, services and information sources on trade shows and exhibitions held around the world.
Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Gale Ready Reference Shelf

The Ready Reference Shelf incorporates popular general reference databases, with more than 350,000 addresses and contacts for associations, research centers, publishers, newspapers, periodicals, databases, television and radio stations and more.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.



Encyclopedias

Britannica Online Reference Center

This database from the Encyclopædia Britannica includes all of their encyclopedia articles, as well as a world atlas, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, a Spanish-English dictionary, useful timelines, thousands of quotations, and even videos. This database also has access to Compton’s Encyclopedia for Kids and writing guides for students.

Available in the Library by clicking on the name above; from home or outside the library, click on this link and enter your library card number (looks like 22008007654321).



Español

Informe

Una colección de revistas en texto completo en Español. Discute los negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otros temas. A collection of full-text magazines in Spanish. Covers business, health, technology, culture, current topics and other subjects.

Disponible en la Biblioteca y de la casa por ingresar su número de tarjeta de la biblioteca (parece 22008007654321). Por Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® o iPad®, vaya a http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ y descargar el "Access My Library" app.



Genealogy

African American Heritage

Search historical records for African Americans, including the US Census, marriage, military draft and service records, the Register of Slaves and Free Persons of Color, records of the Freedman's Bank and much more. Join the AfriGeneas volunteer social network, explore Black Genesis, a resource book on African genealogy in North America, and consult dozens of other online books about the specific issues in African American genealogy and heritage.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321).

Ancestry Library Edition

A genealogy research tool that provides you instant access to a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research.  These include the U.S. Census, birth, death, marriage and military records, immigration applications, old phone directories, and hundreds more.

Available in the Library only.



Health and Medicine

Health and Wellness Resource Center

This database offers thousands of articles from health and medical journals, numerous reference volumes, over 700 videos from Healthology, Inc., hundreds of pamphlets, and health-related articles from over 2,200 general interest publications. Includes a special module on alternative medicine and treatments. For informational purposes only; ALWAYS consult a doctor for any serious illness.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Natural Standard

This database was created by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about alternative medicines, including dietary supplements (herbs, vitamins, and minerals), functional foods, diets and integrative therapies like exercise, acupuncture and chiropractic treatment. Grades reflect the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition. Natural Standard's clients include corporations, manufacturers, retail pharmacies, hospitals, universities, organizations and private professional practices. For informational purposes only; ALWAYS consult a doctor for any serious illness.

Available in the Library through the link above; or click on this link and enter your library card number (looks like 22008007654321) from outside the Library.

Nursing and Allied Health Collection (InfoTrac)

All aspects of the nursing profession -- from direct patient care to health care administration -- are covered. This collection's current and authoritative content will be of use to both professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum. Over 9 million articles.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.



History, Geography and Travel

Great Events from History

Great Events from History is the online part of Salem History. Our subscription covers the ancient world and the Middle Ages; events covered are from prehistory to 1453 CE. Included are the population of South America, the Upanishads, acupuncture, the Parthenon, Nero's persecution of Christians, St. Augustine's writing of the City of God, the proliferation of documents issued from the newly invented printing press, the end of the Hundred Years' War, and the fall of Constantinople. Appendices include a timeline, glossary, website listings, a chronology and four indexes: geographical, categorized, personage and subject.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321).

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection (InfoTrac)

With current and relevant content from industry journals, travel guides and magazines, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field, while also allowing for focused study of specialized aspects of the industry, including the cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, economic aspects of tourism, and more. Over 15 million articles.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Maps.com

An extensive collection of over 6,000 maps, with over 500 National Geographic video shorts on a variety of subjects from every corner of the globe. Maps.com includes a Reference Atlas for every country in the world and all 50 states with a political map, physical map, country and state flags, and statistics for that region. Some maps are interactive, with some type of change or movement. The Global Perspectives section holds the very popular Geography News Network, Geography in the News and content collections to highlight Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month. There is also an entire section designated to Spanish language content as well.

Available in the Library and from home. Click on "subscriber login" button after typing in your library card number (looks like 22008007654321) for both username and password.

United States History in Context

Access to thousands of primary (original) documents, articles, images, videos and audio recordings from dozens of reference books and over a hundred full-text history journals covering themes, events, individuals and periods in United States history.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

World History in Context

A comprehensive collection of full-text history articles, images, maps, videos and charts from leading scholarly publications and journalists. From ancient Europe to Latin America and from the Far East to the Renaissance, world history curricula is supported with thousands of primary sources, dozens of reference books and more than 110 journals.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.



Just for Kids!

Britannica Online for Kids

This database from the Encyclopædia Britannica includes Compton’s Encyclopedia, an elementary level encyclopedia, and a dictionary! It also has subject guides, information on animals, geography, statistics about states and countries, a world atlas, biographies of important people, videos, and guides on how to write papers or do research for students. One of our best resources!

Available in the Library by clicking on the link above; from home or outside the library, click on this link and enter your library card number (looks like 22008007654321), then click on "Jump to Britannica for Kids" in the upper-right corner.

Kids InfoBits

A great database developed especially for young beginning researchers in Kindergarten up through Grade 5, covering geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more. This is where kids can learn to use the Inglewood Library Virtual Branch!

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Social Studies Fact Cards for California

These excellent fact cards are designed for anyone studying California history, and include information on the missions and mission life, Native American tribes, European explorers, governors, and history by decade. Fact Cards are a series of research resources designed for quick reference for students in grades 4 through 8, with topics included in the social studies curriculum. For the past ten years, printed versions of these Fact Cards have been used extensively in California elementary and middle schools, as well as in public libraries; these online versions are hosted by Califa, a statewide organization of California libraries.

Available anywhere through the Internet.



Law

Criminal Justice Collection (InfoTrac)

Whether studying to become a lawyer or law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security, this collection rises to the challenge. Users have access to over 6 million articles.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.



Literature, Music and Art

Communications and Mass Media Collection (InfoTrac)

From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information in full-text from journals focused on all aspects of the communications field, including advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and more. Over 6 million articles.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Fine Arts and Music Collection (InfoTrac)

With hundreds of full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection will provide you with resources in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. Over 10 million articles.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Literature Resource Center

The essential database for anyone doing research on books, plays, authors, critics and playwrights. Thousands of full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and brief overviews of over 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. A fantastic resource.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Magill's Literary Annual

Magill's Literary Annual critically evaluates 200 major examples of serious literature published during the previous calendar year. Magill's covers works of interest to general readers, written by authors being taught in literature programs, that will stand the test of time. By filtering the thousands of books published every year down to 200 notable titles, the editors at Magill's have provided the busy reader with an excellent advisory tool and a guide for choosing worthwhile reading material. Available back to 1977.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321).

NoveList

Looking for a good fiction book? This database contains thousands of fiction titles, book reviews and booklists on a wide range of topics. NoveList also includes book discussion guides useful for Book Clubs.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321).

Online Book Club

Join our Online Book Club and every weekday we will e-mail you a short excerpt or chapter of a book that takes about 5 minutes to read! A quick way to catch up on your reading; we offer book clubs for teens, romance lovers, general fiction, popular nonfiction, inspirational titles, business and the classics. NEW! Enjoy our audio book club, which sends you free audio books to listen to on your iPod or other PDA!

Enroll at the website, and enjoy excerpts through your e-mail account.

Signing Savvy - American Sign Language Dictionary

Signing Savvy is the most comprehensive online sign language resource for educators and students. This database contains high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs and other common other signs used in conversational signing within the United States and Canada. Our constantly expanding dictionary has videos for more than 7000 words and phrases! You can browse signs by letter, search for signs, view example sentences, post comments on the interpretations of a sign, download a member app for Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad® devices, print flash cards, build phrases and sentences, and share with other members.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). To save lists of signed words or download the mobile app, you will need to enroll at the website with your e-mail address.



Magazines and Newspapers

A to Z Serial Search

One of the largest collections in the Inglewood Virtual branch, this A to Z is a shortcut to almost 27,000 online magazines and reference books included in the other databases listed on this page. A to Z is also a connection to over 9,000 "open access" online journals on the Internet. Just click on the link and search or browse for a title or a subject; each title lists our online holdings and links you directly to them! NOTE: This database is NOT for searching articles, just magazine titles by subject. To find magazine articles, use General OneFile; for e-journal articles, use EBSCO E-Journals, both below.

Available in the Library only.

EBSCO E-Journals Search

EBSCO E-Journals consolidates over 20,000 online journals from all major publishers, covering practically all disciplines. Paper magazines are going online! With this database, you can find journals, view tables of contents and abstracts, and discover new e-journals in your field of interest by browsing subject categories.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321).

General OneFile - Magazine Article Search (InfoTrac)

Start here if you’re looking for magazine or scholarly journal articles on a very wide range of popular topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Ideal for homework, research or reading for pleasure, the vast majority of these citations include the full text of the article, and many include either photographs or an actual .pdf image of the article. For scholarly journals only, check the box that says "peer-reviewed only". Updated daily; over 100 million articles available.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

InfoTrac Newsstand

Here is your virtual library resource for newspapers (except for the Los Angeles Times, a separate database below). Search more than seventy million articles within over 1000 newspapers worldwide, many dating back to the early 1980s.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Los Angeles Sentinel

Search here for the full content of the Los Angeles Sentinel dating from 1934 to 2005, the oldest still-operating African American newspaper in California; these are actual images of the original newspaper.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321).

Los Angeles Times

Search here for the full-text content of the Los Angeles Times dating from 1985 until today, including obituaries. This database, unfortunately, does not include the classified advertisments.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321).



Science and Technology

Agriculture Collection (InfoTrac)

With a comprehensive view of hundreds of journals and magazines, researchers will have access to current and authoritative content that spans this industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture. Over 5 million articles.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection (InfoTrac)

Providing robust coverage of environmental issues and policy, these magazines and academic journals provide instant access to the multiple viewpoints of this volatile field of study, including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests. Over 5 million articles.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection (InfoTrac)

Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture. This collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies. Over 3 million articles.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

Psychology Collection (InfoTrac)

This collection gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops and diminishes over time. Researchers will have access to hundreds of subject-appropriate full-text periodicals - many cited in the PsycINFO index. Over 4 million articles.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.



Social Issues, Statistics and Controversial Topics

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

If you are researching a controversial or current issue, Opposing Viewpoints provides a complete one-stop resource for information, including over 14,000 full-text pro-and-con articles on topics in the news, over 5,000 statistical charts and graphs, and thousands of National Public Radio programs.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.

RAND California

RAND is a preeminent governmental research body; this website contains over 170 statistical databases with information on California and national public policy issues, including employment, taxes, demographics, crime, education, hospitals, government budgets, energy use and much more. For national and international statistics use the Statistical Abstract below.

Available in the Library only.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

Formerly a book published by the Bureau of the Census, the ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of thousands of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Start here to do numerical research on race, ethnicity, housing, immigration, gender, births, deaths, marriage and divorce, health and nutrition, education, law enforcement and prisons, geography and environment, elections, Federal, state and local government, national security and veterans Affairs, Social Security, labor and earnings, income, poverty and wealth, science and technology, agriculture, fishing, mining, energy, construction, trade, transportation, banking and insurance, the arts, travel, commerce, and even some international statistics.

Available in the Library at the library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321).

Student Resources in Context

For teachers and students of middle and high school grades, this database covers core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies and more, providing a premium selection of reference material. More than a thousand full-text periodicals and newspapers, maps, images, primary sources, creative works and multimedia, including hours of video, audio clips and podcasts are at your fingertips. This database also provides the Lexile reading levels for periodicals.

Available in the Library and from home by entering your library card number (looks like 22008007654321). For Android™, iPhone®, iPod Touch® or iPad®, navigate to http://www.gale.cengage.com/apps/ and download the "Access My Library" app.