Library

Online Databases

General Information

Databases are collections of actual articles from magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias. They are not considered the same as Internet or websites sources.

You need an Upland Public Library card to access some of these databases. The username/patron ID for all databases is your 14 digit library card number and the password is the last four digits of the phone number you used during the library card registration process.

*NEW* Archives Unbound

To access Archives Unbound, please click here.

The Upland Library is proud to offer Archives Unbound! The unique historical collections include primary source materials covering a vast array of subject areas. Explore topics such as Regional and Local History, American History, Women's Studies, or Cinema Studies. With more than 280 archives and over 14 million pages, these free resources are excellent for research.

These historical documents can be printed, emailed, and citations can be created for student research papers.

EBSCO: Biography Reference Center

To access Biography Reference Center, please click here.

*Library card required.

Containing many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies.

This resource provides superior coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published).

In addition to keyword searching, Biography Reference Center users can locate biographies of interest by browsing key categories, including occupation, nationality, publication and more than 30 genre categories including actors, artists, athletes, authors, current world leaders, explorers, scientists and many others.

EBSCO: History Reference Center

To access History Reference Center, please click here.

*Library card required.

Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents.

History Reference Center content comes from leading history publishers such as Branden Publishing, Compass Point Books, Houghton Mifflin, Lerner Publishing Group, Mason Crest Publishers, Morgan Reynolds, Inc., Oxford University Press and Rourke Publishing LLC, and includes exclusive proprietary content from Salem Press.

History Reference Center supports students and educators with the following functionality:

  • Mobile-friendly interface available 24/7 via desktop, smartphone or tablet — both at school and at home
  • Text-to-speech for HTML articles to assist auditory learners, struggling readers or those learning English
  • Personal folders for saving and sharing content
  • Citation tool to help students format bibliographic references
  • Ability to save, print and e-mail citations directly from the interface
  • Google Classroom integration, allowing educators using Google Apps for Education to quickly share content with students

EBSCO: Points of View Reference Center

To access Points of View Reference Center, please click here.

*Library card required.

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

Points of View Reference Center contains 400 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Each topic features a Guide to Critical Analysis which helps the reader evaluate the controversy and enhances students’ ability to read critically, develop their own perspective on the issues, and write or debate an effective argument on the topic.

Points of View Reference Center provides a balance of materials from all viewpoints with main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio and television news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. The database also offers related images and supplementary research guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating.

EBSCO: Science Reference Center

To access the Science Reference Center, please click here.

*Library card required.

Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images.

Science Reference Center is available via EBSCOhost or a dedicated interface that allows students to browse topics by category and have quick access to science experiments, a citation tool, and helpful research guides. Science Reference Center supports both students and educators with the following functionality:

  • Mobile-friendly interface available 24/7 via desktop, smartphone or tablet — both at school and at home
  • Text-to-speech for HTML articles to assist auditory learners, struggling readers or those learning English
  • Personal folders for saving and sharing content
  • Citation tool to help students format bibliographic references, as well as the ability to save, print and e-mail citations directly from the interface
  • Google Classroom integration, allowing educators using Google Apps for Education to quickly share content with students

EBSCO: Explora

To access the regular interface, please click here.

To access the secondary school student interface, please click here.

To access the primary school student interface, please click here.

*Library card required.

Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books. Available on library computers and from mobile devices, Explora offers the following content and features:

  • High-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers and recognized by library professionals
  • Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results, including primary source documents, news articles, and Associated Press videos
  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
  • Topic Overviews that provide users with a starting point for research
  • Text-to-Speech for HTML articles to assist struggling readers or those learning English
  • No ads or pop-up windows
  • COPPA compliancy, meaning EBSCO does not ask for or require personal information to use its databases
  • Password-protected personal folders that allow users to save search results in a secure and organized holding area
  • Citation help, including the ability to export citation information to online bibliography generators such as EasyBib and NoodleTools

EBSCO: NoveList Plus & NoveList K-8

To access NoveList Plus, please click here.

To access NoveList for K-8 Students, please click here.

*Library card required.

The NoveList Plus database connects readers to their next book by making recommendations for what to read next. One of the most popular elements is read-alikes. This feature suggests titles that are ‘just like’ other titles. If you’ve just finished a great book, log into NoveList Plus and find great read-alikes. There are also read-alikes for authors and series. Consider NoveList Plus your one-stop guide to great reading. It contains lists of recommended reads and award-winning books. It covers both fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages from the youngest readers to adults. It also has extra content like reviews (both professional reviews and reader reviews), book discussion guides, curriculum guides, and other book-oriented articles. Book groups and teachers find these resources especially helpful.

ProCitizen

To access ProCitizen, please click here.

*Library card required.

Are you preparing for the U.S. Citizenship test? What about someone you know? Check out ProCitizen! ProCitizen is the perfect online resource to study for the test and prepare to become a U.S. citizen. 

Pronunciator

To access Pronunciator, please click here. En Espanol: click here.

*Library card required.

Pronunciator is database for learning new languages. 80 language courses total are available, each taught in 50 different languages. Plus, we have ESL for speakers of 51 non-English languages!

Each language course has on average 9,600 instructional phrases, and ~4 years of activities. Many languages also have live teachers!

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