Electronic Database Highlight

Oxford Databases

A special collection of online databases available for our patrons, based off digitized       e-books for the famous Oxford University.

British History
The Oxford Companion to British History covers all aspects of the history of Britain from 55 BC to the present day. Written by over 100 distinguished specialist contributors, the variety of entries provides a wealth of essential information touching all aspects of British history: political, economic, social, military, people, events, and institutions.
English Lit

The Oxford Companion to English Literature has long been established as the leading reference resource for students, teachers, scholars, and general readers of English literature. It provides unrivalled coverage of all aspects of English literature ― from writers, their works, and the historical and cultural context in which they wrote, to critics, literary theory, and allusions.

Modern Poetry
This impressive Companion is an extensive guide to the lives of influential poets writing in English, in Britain and around the world, illuminating the influences, inspirations, and movements that have shaped the lives and works of our best-loved poets. It provides over 1,400 thoroughly revised and updated entries on modern poets active from 1910 to the present day.
Music
This new online-only edition of The Oxford Companion to Music is a partial revision that focuses on living composers and their music, and adds some terms, works, and cross-references to the original text. Bibliographies have also been substantially revised and updated. This classic reference work includes articles that range from clear, concise definitions of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of musical forms and styles, with specialist coverage of virtually every musical subject.
Shakespeare

This online edition was reviewed and selectively updated by the original editors in 2011.

From the conjectured identity of the Dark Lady of the Sonnets to the misprints in the First Folio, from Shakespeare’s favourite figures of speech to the staging of Othello in South Africa, a team of 100 internationally renowned scholars provides a lucid, stimulating, and authoritative guide to Shakespeare’s plays and poems, and their interpretation around the world over the last four centuries. Special feature entries on every play are included.

Power Library Feature

cybersmarts

CyberSmarts Teen Cyberbullying ebook This interactive e-book collection includes 5 eBooks for grades 3 – 6 and one newly available eBook for teens titled Teen CyberSmarts. CyberSmarts offers users a safe, simulated Internet experience with hands-on instruction on how to deal with important online safety issues. The set for ages 3-6 contains these five titles: The set contains five titles:

  • Avoiding Predators Online
  • Playing Games Online
  • Protecting Your Privacy Online
  • Stopping Cyberbullying
  • Using Social Networks

The eBook experience contains a series of fun, engaging “simulations” geared specifically to the topic. Users will create usernames, choose avatars, chat, send messages/email, create profiles, and receive friend invitations all in a safe, controlled environment. Additional eBook features include embedded safety tips, vocabulary terms defined in context, sidebars that further explore important or high-interest material, and credible, vetted resources to find help or get more information.