Online Resources by Subject

The Orion Library provides its users with access to subscription online resources that can be accessed with an Orion library card. Additional resources provided by the Michigan eLibrary can be accessed via MeL.org with a Michigan driver's license.

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Art

Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians

Covers all musical genres, with new entries written by a distinguished group of area specialists as well as the original articles by Nicolas Slonimsky.  This work continues the tradition of offering the most comprehensive and authoritative information on musicians, along with interesting and insightful evaluations of their contributions to the musical world.

Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990

An A-Z biographical reference that focuses on individual artists and groups in all popular styles active from 1990 to the present, including those in rock, rhythm and blues, rap, country, electronica, jazz, vocal and classical.  Features include select discographies, bibliographies, a glossary of musical terms, and other information.  Also features appendix essays on various topics including the music industry, rap, and grunge.

Fine Arts & Music Collection

With more than 100 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection will provide your students with resources to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

Pop Culture Collection

It's all around us and influences our lives every day.  This collection provides useful information for any researcher in a social science, history, art or liberal arts course.  This collection is made up of more than 100 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

SIRS Renaissance

Provides dynamic information on the following topics: architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion, and visual arts.  Full-text articles are selected from more than 1,200 domestic and international publications.  Many articles are accompanied by full-color images, including art reproductions, photographs, and illustrations.

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Automotive

ALLDATA Online

ALLDATA Online provides electronic diagnostic and repair information and services for the automotive service industry.  Find manufacturer TSBs and recalls, OEM wiring diagrams, maintenance tables and other auto repair information.

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Chilton Library

Represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners.  There are thousands of year, make, and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.

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Biography

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.  Bibliographic citations only -- no full-text.

Biography eReference Collection

Sources include:

  • American Women Writers
  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990
  • Business Leader Profiles for Students
  • Contemporary Black Biography
  • Contemporary Hispanic Biography
  • Women in the World

Biography in Context

Biographies from Gale Group sources and full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals.  Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

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Business & Investing

Business and Company ASAP

Provides access to all the business and management journals, trade journals, newspapers and directories needed for in-depth research on companies, products, markets, industries, economics, and management disciplines.  It also provides full-text U.S. and international private and public company directory listings, and full-text PR Newswire releases on those corporations.

Business Economics & Theory Collection

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, users will find more than 150 full-text journals to support their research.

Business eReference Collection

Sources include:

  • Business Plans Handbook
  • China in the Next 30 Years
  • Economic Reform and Institutional Innovation
  • Encyclopedia of American Industries
  • Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries
  • Encyclopedia of Emerging Markets
  • Encyclopedia of Global Brands
  • Encyclopedia of Global Industries
  • Encyclopedia of Management
  • Encyclopedia of Small Business
  • Gale Business Insights Handbook of Innovation
  • Gale Business Insights Handbook of Investment Research
  • Gale E-Commerce Sourcebook
  • Gale Encyclopedia of E-Commerce
  • Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History
  • Market Share Reporter
  • Nations of the World
  • The Value of a Dollar
  • Toward an Innovative Nation

Business Insights: Global

A unique source for international business intelligence offering the most comprehensive and convenient way to find case studies, in-depth statistical data coupled with deep research, and the ability to compare global economies, countries and industries.

Business Plans Handbook

Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses.  Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans.

BusinessDecision

BusinessDecision enables you to research consumer market data, demographic data, and market segmentation data associated with geographies you customize such as addresses, ZIP Codes, cities, and much more.  Users will be asked to create a free account before accessing this resource.

Communication & Mass Media Collection

From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field.  Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

DemographicsNow Library Edition

Robust and highly-detailed demographic data.  Ideal for gaining consumer and market insight as you consider opening a business, finding an untapped audience for your products, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and more.  Reporting capability allows you to rapidly produce a variety of compiled reports to help you make informed and accurate decisions.

Financial Ratings Series Online

Financial Ratings Series Online combines the strength of Weiss Ratings and The Street Ratings to offer a single source for financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering Insurance, Banks, Mutual Funds, and Stocks.  This resource provides the accurate, independent information you need to make informed decisions about your financial planning.

Gale Directory Library

Provides access to Ward's Business Directory of Private and Public Companies in Canada and Mexico, and Business Rankings Annual.  Ward’s profiles over 51,000 companies (approximately 18,000 in Canada and 33,000 in Mexico) listing the industries in which it operates, names of top executives, number of employees, the type of company it is, and financial performance.  The eDirectory version also includes alternative mailing addresses, an expanded list of executives, and historical financial information.  Business Rankings Annual (BRA) provides "top ten" rankings of companies, products, services, and business-related activities compiled from a variety of published sources.

General Business File ASAP

Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics.  Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.

Insurance & Liability Collection

Protection of assets is a concern for all: from the individual property owner to the multinational corporation, all have a vested interest in ensuring the retention of their assets, be it physical or intellectual.  This collection, of journals, takes a broad view of this multimillion dollar industry, covering such topics as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more.

lynda.com

lynda.com helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals.  Orion residents with a valid library card can receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals.  Learn to retouch photos, design web sites, record songs, create spreadsheets, animate 3D graphics, and more from any computer with Internet access.

Offsite access to lynda.com is limited to desktop computers, laptops, and tablets using an Internet browser. Other mobile devices or devices using the lynda.com app must access lynda.com from within the library.

ReferenceUSA

The ReferenceUSA database contains, in module format, detailed information on more than 14 million U.S. businesses and 100 million households.

Small Business Collection

Perfect for business schools and entrepreneurs, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories.  Users will find hundreds of full text subject-appropriate periodicals.

Small Business Resource Center

A comprehensive database offering content that covers all major areas of starting and operating a small business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax and more.

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Careers & Employment

Business Plans Handbook

Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses.  Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans.

Job & Career Accelerator

Assess and explore careers, find jobs and internships, create professional resumes and cover letters, master interviewing skills, prepare for on-the-job success and track job search progress.  To access Job & Career Accelerator, you will be asked to create an account.

LearningExpress Library

A comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of e-study guides, practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons—students and adult learners—succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass.  You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.  To access LearningExpress Library, you will be asked to create an account.

lynda.com

lynda.com helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals.  Orion residents with a valid library card can receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals.  Learn to retouch photos, design web sites, record songs, create spreadsheets, animate 3D graphics, and more from any computer with Internet access.

Offsite access to lynda.com is limited to desktop computers, laptops, and tablets using an Internet browser. Other mobile devices or devices using the lynda.com app must access lynda.com from within the library.

Vocations & Careers Collection

Finding the right career can be a daunting and high stakes task: finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career are all topics covered by this collection, providing current and applicable content for all vocational milestones.  Offering content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

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Computers

Computer Database

Use this database to find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.

Computer Sciences

Reviews the history of computer science, discusses concepts, and profiles contributors in the field.  Also explores the impact of computers on society, with examples in literature and film to illustrate and support trends.  Includes illustrations, sidebars, bibliographies, filmographies, timelines, charts, and a glossary. For general audiences.

Job & Career Accelerator

Assess and explore careers, find jobs and internships, create professional resumes and cover letters, master interviewing skills, prepare for on-the-job success and track job search progress.  To access Job & Career Accelerator, you will be asked to create an account.

LearningExpress Library

A comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of e-study guides, practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons—students and adult learners—succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass.  You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.  To access LearningExpress Library, you will be asked to create an account.

lynda.com

lynda.com helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals.  Orion residents with a valid library card can receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals.  Learn to retouch photos, design web sites, record songs, create spreadsheets, animate 3D graphics, and more from any computer with Internet access.

Offsite access to lynda.com is limited to desktop computers, laptops, and tablets using an Internet browser. Other mobile devices or devices using the lynda.com app must access lynda.com from within the library.

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eAudiobooks

OneClickDigital

Download and listen to classic titles using your computer or supported mobile device.  New users will be asked to create an account and authenticate using your Orion Library card.

OverDrive

Using an Orion Library card, library patrons are able to download and access eBook and / or eAudiobook titles via computer, eBook reader or compatible mobile devices.  For more information, please see OverDrive eBooks & eAudiobooks.

OverDrive for Kids

OverDrive for Kids, or Kids' eReading Room, shows only kids’ content.  No adult content will appear in the search results.  All titles in the eReading Room are also cataloged by reading level, AT scores and other reading metrics to help parents and teachers select titles to aid in literacy campaigns.  All titles can be sampled in OverDrive Read prior to borrowing or placing a hold.

TumbleBookCloud

TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audiobooks!  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books!  It’s designed specifically for elementary and middle schools.  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

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eBooks

BookFlix

Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.  The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

EBSCOhost eBooks

Provides access to Michigan eLibrary's collection of digital versions of printed materials such as books or journals, databases and any other digital content.  All content is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  Not all EBSCOhost titles support ebook downloading and portable reading device transfer.

EBSCOhost eBooks K-8 Collection

Beginning reader-friendly fiction and nonfiction books you can read online - for school and for fun.  Picture books, homework topics, languages learning.  Online help is available too.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.  Topics include: Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science.  GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.

OverDrive

Using an Orion Library card, library patrons are able to download and access eBook and / or eAudiobook titles via computer, eBook reader or compatible mobile devices.  For more information, please see OverDrive eBooks & eAudiobooks.

OverDrive for Kids

OverDrive for Kids, or Kids' eReading Room, shows only kids’ content.  No adult content will appear in the search results.  All titles in the eReading Room are also cataloged by reading level, AT scores and other reading metrics to help parents and teachers select titles to aid in literacy campaigns.  All titles can be sampled in OverDrive Read prior to borrowing or placing a hold.

TrueFlix

An online resource that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century Skills through the inquiry process.  All of the True Book titles are supported with a deep and diverse reservoir of related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images, and text.

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.  TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which kids can read, or have read to them.

TumbleBookCloud

TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audiobooks!  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books!  It’s designed specifically for elementary and middle schools.  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

World eBook

World Book’s ebook collection includes highly illustrated, engaging titles that support a span of curriculum areas and reading levels. World Book eBooks are always available with no holds required and can be read in World Book’s customized online viewer.

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Education

Communication & Mass Media Collection

From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field.  Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

World Education Encyclopedia

This 3-volume country-by-country survey of educational systems provides detailed essays on the histories, legal foundations, and primary and secondary educational systems of 233 countries.  This updated and expanded edition gives users up-to-date coverage of reorganized educational systems and high-interest topics such as technological advances.

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Encyclopedias & General Reference

EBSCOhost eBooks

Provides access to Michigan eLibrary's collection of digital versions of printed materials such as books or journals, databases and any other digital content.  All content is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  Not all EBSCOhost titles support ebook downloading and portable reading device transfer.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.  Topics include: Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science.  GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context

A one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues.  Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Thomson Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.

World Book Early World of Learning

Early World of Learning is the premier online learning resource for preschoolers and children in early grades, encompassing three interactive learning environments for kids:

  • Trek’s Travels - offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach critical early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more.
  • Welcome to Reading - provides leveled instruction to help young readers develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills.
  • Know It - offers a richly visual kids’ online encyclopedia that will captivate early learners with non-fiction topics of interest and importance to them.

World Book Kids

Designed with younger readers in mind, this resource has engaging images, illustrations, and other rich media content that help bring the text to life for younger readers. Interactive games and activities bring learning and fun together. audio clips of bird songs, popular and classical music, and national anthems enrich the learning experience.

World Book Online for Kids

Developed especially for young public library patrons, this resource offers easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities.

World Book Online Info Finder

Designed for school-aged patrons’ homework and research needs, this resource features rich collections of multimedia on a variety of topics, science fair projects; a Biography Center; links to world newspapers, correlations to curriculum standards, 21st century research guides, and much more.

World Book Online Reference Center

Designed for school-aged patrons’ homework and research needs, this resource features rich collections of multimedia on a variety of topics, science fair projects; a Biography Center; links to world newspapers, correlations to curriculum standards, 21st century research guides, and much more.

World Book Timelines

World Book Timelines offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines across eight broad topics, which cover various time periods in history or span the life of historical public figures. Featuring more personalization and customization options than any other World Book site, World Book Timelines also allows users to create their own timeline from scratch, adding events, descriptions, and media.

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Environment

Agriculture Collection

With broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields, this collection provides a comprehensive view of this growing body of knowledge.  Comprised of nearly 200 titles, researchers will have access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.

Beacham’s Guide to the Endangered Species of North America

This guide presents extensive data on the habitats and ecosystems of more than 1,200 species identified as endangered or threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service.  Entries include introductory information with an image of the species; a summary section detailing information on each species; a concluding summary of recovery efforts; and a bibliography of contacts for further information.

Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy

Examines the philosophical and ethical issues underlying contemporary and historical environmental issues, policies, and debates.  Covers concepts, institutions, topics, events and people, including global warming, animal rights, environmental movements, alternative energy, green chemistry, industrial ecology, and eco-sabotage.

Environmental Encyclopedia

Provides in-depth, worldwide coverage of environmental issues.  Each article is written in a nontechnical style and provides current status, analysis, and suggested solutions whenever possible.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

A collection of over 800 journals and 6 subject specific Delmar reference titles provide robust coverage of environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Collection

Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture.  A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.

Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia

A completely revised and updated version of the original work published in Germany in 1960, this edition incorporates recent developments in the animal world as noted by prominent advisors and contributors from the scientific community.

Grzimek’s Student Animal Life Resource

This resource book offers broad, comprehensive coverage of the animal kingdom, ranging from the simple -- sponges and corals -- to the complex -- mammals.  Animals are grouped by major classifications: sponges; corals; jellyfishes; segmented worms; crustaceans and mollusks; insects; fishes; amphibians; reptiles; birds; and mammals.

Water: Science and Issues

This set covers all important water science concepts and current issues and highlights major historical developments and key figures.

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Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition (ancestry.com)

Collection of approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. federal census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes), Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes), The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630, Social Security Death Index, WWI Draft Registration Cards, Federal Slave Narratives, and a strong Civil War collection.

Not Available for Home Access

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.  Bibliographic citations only -- no full-text.

HeritageQuest Online

A collection of over 25,000 family and local histories, and content. Complete U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1930.

Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online

Drawn from the Sabin collection and other Gale sources, the archive provides access to a wide variety of documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children's books.

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Health

Culinary Arts Collection

The Culinary Arts collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines.  Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

Health and Medical eReference Collection

Sources include:

  • ADHD
  • Amnesia
  • Anorexia and Bulimia
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco: Learning about Addictive Behavior
  • Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol and Addictive Behavior
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health: Infancy through Adolescence
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Fitness
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers
  • MRSA
  • Phobias
  • Plague
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • UXL Encyclopedia of Drugs and Addictive Substances

Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module

Use this Resource Center to find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Prescription Drugs, etc.  Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites as well as government databases.  The material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Health Reference Center Academic

Use this database to find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc.  The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

Nursing Resource Center

Provides a wide array of content needed for research papers and basic nursing theory overviews, including access to sample care plans, multimedia content, full-text reference books, citations to journals in the field and more.  Ideal for students preparing to take the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN.

Psychology Collection

This set explores what makes people "tick" from childhood to death.  This collection gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops -- and diminishes -- over time.  Library users will have instant access to 200 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy Collection

Both researcher and practitioner alike will find relevant, authoritative content in this collection, which includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine.  Covering a wide spectrum of information, researchers will have access to a diverse, but focused set of topics in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more.

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History

History eReference Collection

Sources include:

  • Africa: An Encyclopeida for Students
  • American Civil War Reference Library
  • American Decades
  • American Decades: 2000 - 2009
  • The American Economy: A Historical Encyclopedia
  • American History Through Literature 1820 - 1870
  • American History Through Literature 1870 - 1920
  • American Home Front in World War II
  • American Inaugurals: The Speeches, The Presidents, and Their Times
  • Ancient Civilizations Reference Library
  • Ancient Greece and Rome: An Encyclopedia for Students
  • The Crusades Reference Library
  • Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
  • Encyclopedia of European Social History
  • Encyclopedia of Latin American History
  • Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America
  • Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
  • Encyclopedia of Modern China
  • Encyclopedia of Russian History
  • Encyclopedia of the American Revolution: Library of Military History
  • Encyclopedia of the Great Depression
  • Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
  • Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained
  • Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History
  • Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History: Government and Politics
  • Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History: War
  • Gale Encyclopedia of World History: Governments
  • Gale Encyclopedia of World History: War
  • Great Depression and the New Deal Reference Library
  • Learning About the Holocaust: A Student's Guide
  • Middle Ages Reference Library
  • The 9/11 Encyclopedia
  • Renaissance and Reformation Reference Library
  • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
  • Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources
  • The Sixties in America Reference Library
  • Supreme Court Drama: Cases That Changed America
  • The Value of a Dollar: Prices and Incomes in the United States, 1860 - 2009
  • Vietnam War Reference Library
  • Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia
  • World War I Reference Library
  • World War II Reference Library

iDigOrion – Digital Archive

Searchable databases containing the Lake Orion Review (most issues published since 1935, plus many older issues), Heir-Lines (the quarterly publication of the North Oakland Genealogical Society), the Orion Legacy (the Orion Historical Society Newsletter), and Jim Ingram’s Time Tracs.

Military & Intelligence Database Collection

Both the historian and reporter on the frontline will find useful information in this collection, composed of content from over 400 journals, which covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs.  Key subjects covered include: socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more.

Oakland County Historical Resources

Oakland County Historical Resources (OCHR) is a full-text, searchable database composed of digitized text and images of original documents, death notices, maps, photos, etc. contributed or approved by OCHR members.

Pop Culture Collection

It's all around us and influences our lives every day.  This collection provides useful information for any researcher in a social science, history, art or liberal arts course.  This collection is made up of more than 100 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

U.S. History Collection

As any historian will state, the study of history is as much about the present as the past: to that end, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.  This compilation of journals provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.

War & Terrorism Collection

A definitive periodical collection of hand selected titles for analysts, risk management professionals and students of military science, history, social science.

World History Collection

As any historian will state, the study of history is as much about the present as the past: to that end, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in World History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.  This compilation of journals provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.

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Home Economics

Culinary Arts Collection

The Culinary Arts collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines.  Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Collection

Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture.  A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.

Home Improvement Collection

Even the smallest home improvement project can be daunting: with this collection of nearly 100 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.

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Language

Communication & Mass Media Collection

From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field.  Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

Mango Languages

Mango teaches you to think critically in new languages and retain what you have learned. When it comes to the language-learning content you will encounter, we keep it real. You'll learn from conversations between native speakers and culture-packed films you might see in theaters in the country where your new language is spoken.  And Mango goes wherever you go with full apps for iOS and Android mobile devices. You'll need to create an account before accessing Mango Languages via iOS or Android apps.

¡Informe! en Espańol

Full text. Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos.  Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.

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Law & Government

Criminal Justice Collection

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 will have access to 150 journals.

Gale Legal Forms

Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas.  Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others.  Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

Insurance & Liability Collection

Protection of assets is a concern for all: from the individual property owner to the multinational corporation, all have a vested interest in ensuring the retention of their assets, be it physical or intellectual.  This collection, of journals, takes a broad view of this multimillion dollar industry, covering such topics as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more.

Law & Government eReference Collection

Sources include:

  • Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
  • Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law
  • Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History: Government and Politics
  • Gale Encyclopedia of World History: Governments
  • Governments of the World: A Global Guide to Citizen's Rights and Responsibilities
  • Major Acts of Congress
  • National Survey of State Laws
  • Nations of the World
  • Supreme Court Drama: Cases That Changed America

LegalTrac

Use this database to find articles in all major law reviews, law journals, specialty law and bar association journals and legal newspapers.  Included are articles on Federal and State Cases, Laws and Regulations, Legal Practice, and Taxation.  Also included are: British Commonwealth, European Union and International Law.

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Literature

American History Through Literature: 1820 – 1870

Presents literature not as a simple inventory of authors or titles but rather as a historical and cultural field viewed from a wide array of contemporary perspectives.  The set, which is "new historicist" in its approach to literary criticism, endorses the notion that not only does history affect literature, but literature itself informs history.

American History Through Literature: 1870 – 1920

Presents literature not as a simple inventory of authors or titles but rather as a historical and cultural field viewed from a wide array of contemporary perspectives.  The set, which is "new historicist" in its approach to literary criticism, endorses the notion that not only does history affect literature, but literature itself informs history.

Books & Authors

Designed to help you decide what to read next.  Search by character, topic, setting, time period, genre, title, author, and series.  Includes over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner, and librarian's favorites lists.  Titles include both fiction and non-fiction.

Communication & Mass Media Collection

From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field.  Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

NoveList

Locate books to read and learn more about fiction books and authors through Author Read-alikes, Feature Articles, Book Discussion Guides, and Book Talks.

NoveList K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 allows you to discover fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in the classroom.  Use favorite book titles and authors to find additional books to read or use in the classroom.

SIRS Renaissance

Provides dynamic information on the following topics: architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion, and visual arts.  Full-text articles are selected from more than 1,200 domestic and international publications.  Many articles are accompanied by full-color images, including art reproductions, photographs, and illustrations.

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Magazines & Journals

Academic OneFile

A premiere source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals and reference sources with extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.  Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995.

eLibrary

Search more than 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts -- plus thousands of maps, pictures, educator-approved websites from Homework Central, and top-quality multimedia files.

Expanded Academic ASAP

From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.  Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images.

General OneFile

A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of 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.  Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

General Reference Center Gold

General interest database.  Use to find articles from newspapers, reference books and periodicals, many with full-text and images.

Infotrac Student Edition

This database is designed for high school students, with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

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Multicultural

Diversity Studies Collection

A must-have for social science, history and liberal arts coursework, this collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community.  This set includes more than 150 journals.

Multicultural eReference Collection

Sources include:

  • The African-American Years: Chronologies of American History and Experience
  • Contemporary Black Biography
  • Contemporary Hispanic Biography
  • Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History in America
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
  • Multicultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans

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Nation & World

CultureGrams Online

CultureGrams provides concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on hundreds of countries, as well as the U.S. state and Canadian Provinces.  Information about each country, state and province is written and reviewed by natives and updated every year to ensure that it reflects the most accurate information.  Each report covers 25 categories, including history, religion, family, economy, gestures, current events and more.

Military & Intelligence Database Collection

Both the historian and reporter on the frontline will find useful information in this collection, composed of content from over 400 journals, which covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs.  Key subjects covered include: socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more.

Nation & World eReference Collection

Sources include:

  • America's Top Rated Cities 2009: A Statistical Handbook
  • America's Top Rated Smaller Cities: A Statistical Handbook
  • China in the Next 30 Years
  • The Comparative Guide to American Suburbs: Covers 2,756 Suburban Communities in the 75 Largest Metro Areas - With Rankings
  • The Comparative Guide to American Suburbs: Covers 2,400 Suburban Communities in the 50 Largest Metro Areas - With Rankings
  • Countries and Their Cultures
  • Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook
  • Encyclopedia of Food and Culture
  • Encyclopedia of Islam & the Muslim World
  • Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
  • Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
  • Encyclopedia of Modern China
  • Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
  • Nations of the World
  • Profiles of Michigan
  • Toward an Innovative Nation
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

World History Collection

As any historian will state, the study of history is as much about the present as the past: to that end, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in World History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field.  This compilation of journals provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.

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Newspapers

iDigOrion – Digital Archive

Searchable databases containing the Lake Orion Review (most issues published since 1935, plus many older issues), Heir-Lines (the quarterly publication of the North Oakland Genealogical Society), the Orion Legacy (the Orion Historical Society Newsletter), and Jim Ingram’s Time Tracs.

Infotrac Newsstand

InfoTrac Newsstand is a full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields from a collection of thousands of national, international, state and local newspapers.  (1980 - present)

Lansing State Journal

Comprehensive coverage of articles, stories, columns, commentaries, reviews and more for the newspaper from the state capital of Michigan. (2002-Present)

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Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy & Religion eReference Collection

Sources include:

  • Contemporary American Religion
  • Encyclopedia of American Religions
  • Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World
  • Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Encyclopedia of Religion

Religion & Philosophy Collection

Why do some people believe in Heaven?  Is it fear, hope, upbringing or blind faith?  Users of this collection can research different religions, philosophies and how they impact our daily lives.

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Science

Agriculture Collection

With broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields, this collection provides a comprehensive view of this growing body of knowledge.  Comprised of nearly 200 titles, researchers will have access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.

Chemical Elements

Chemical Elements provides in-depth information on 112 known chemical elements, plus coverage of recently discovered elements 113 through 116 and 118.

Communication & Mass Media Collection

From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field.  Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

A collection of over 800 journals and 6 subject specific Delmar reference titles provide robust coverage of environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Collection

Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture.  A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.

General Science Collection

A collection of over 1,000 peer-reviewed journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments.

Science eReference Collection

Sources include:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology: In Context
  • CDs, Super Glue, and Salsa
  • Chemical Elements: From Carbon to Krypton
  • Chemistry: Foundations and Applications
  • Computer Sciences
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Encyclopedia
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders
  • Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
  • Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource
  • Real-Life Math
  • UXL Complete Life Science Resources
  • UXL Encyclopedia of Science
  • Water: Science and Issues
  • Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Human Evolution
  • World of Earth Science
  • World of Microbiology and Immunology

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Social Sciences

Diversity Studies Collection

A must-have for social science, history and liberal arts coursework, this collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community.  This set includes more than 150 journals.

Gender Studies Collection

This collection of journals aims to provide balanced coverage of this significant aspect of our culture, covering such topics as gender studies, family and marital issues, health aspects, and many more.

Military & Intelligence Database Collection

Both the historian and reporter on the frontline will find useful information in this collection, composed of content from over 400 journals, which covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs.  Key subjects covered include: socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context

A one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues.  Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Thomson Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites.

Pop Culture Collection

It's all around us and influences our lives every day.  This collection provides useful information for any researcher in a social science, history, art or liberal arts course.  This collection is made up of more than 100 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

Psychology Collection

This set explores what makes people "tick" from childhood to death.  This collection gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops -- and diminishes -- over time.  Library users will have instant access to 200 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

Social Science eReference Collection

Sources include:

  • The Baby Boom: Americans Born 1946 - 1964
  • Child Development
  • Encyclopedia of Aging
  • Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol and Addictive Behavior
  • Encyclopedia of  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History
  • Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology
  • Generation X: Americans Born 1965 - 1976
  • The Millennials: Americans Born 1977 - 1994
  • Older Americans: A Changing Market
  • Psychologists and Their Theories for Students
  • Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources

War & Terrorism Collection

A definitive periodical collection of hand selected titles for analysts, risk management professionals and students of military science, history, social science.

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Tests & Training

LearningExpress Library

A comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of e-study guides, practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons—students and adult learners—succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass.  You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.  To access LearningExpress Library, you will be asked to create an account.

lynda.com

lynda.com helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals.  Orion residents with a valid library card can receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals.  Learn to retouch photos, design web sites, record songs, create spreadsheets, animate 3D graphics, and more from any computer with Internet access.

Offsite access to lynda.com is limited to desktop computers, laptops, and tablets using an Internet browser. Other mobile devices or devices using the lynda.com app must access lynda.com from within the library.

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Youth

BookFlix

Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.  The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

EBSCOhost eBooks K-8 Collection

Beginning reader-friendly fiction and nonfiction books you can read online - for school and for fun.  Picture books, homework topics, languages learning.  Online help is available too.

eLibrary

Search more than 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts -- plus thousands of maps, pictures, educator-approved websites from Homework Central, and top-quality multimedia files.

eLibrary Elementary

Tailors all the media types and search functionality of eLibrary for the young reader.  Students use the colorful, graphical search interface to find the answers they need from more than 130 magazines, newspapers, books, transcripts, maps, images, weblinks, and audio/video titles, all selected as appropriate for elementary school studies.

Infotrac Junior Edition

This periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school, with magazines, newspapers and reference books (most are full-text) for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Infotrac Student Edition

This database is designed for high school students, with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5.  It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

NoveList K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 allows you to discover fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in the classroom.  Use favorite book titles and authors to find additional books to read or use in the classroom.

OverDrive

Using an Orion Library card, library patrons are able to download and access eBook and / or eAudiobook titles via computer, eBook reader or compatible mobile devices.  For more information, please see OverDrive eBooks & eAudiobooks.

OverDrive for Kids

OverDrive for Kids, or Kids' eReading Room, shows only kids’ content.  No adult content will appear in the search results.  All titles in the eReading Room are also cataloged by reading level, AT scores and other reading metrics to help parents and teachers select titles to aid in literacy campaigns.  All titles can be sampled in OverDrive Read prior to borrowing or placing a hold.

PebbleGo

PebbleGo, the award winning PreK-3 database for reading and research, includes database options for Animals, Earth and Space, and Biographies.

SIRS Discoverer

A children's database of articles, books, video, audio on all topics.  The interface is appropriate to children and includes reading levels, teacher's help pages, over 3,000 maps, and more.

TrueFlix

An online resource that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century Skills through the inquiry process.  All of the True Book titles are supported with a deep and diverse reservoir of related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images, and text.

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.  TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which kids can read, or have read to them.

TumbleBookCloud

TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audiobooks!  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books!  It’s designed specifically for elementary and middle schools.  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

World Book Early World of Learning

Early World of Learning is the premier online learning resource for preschoolers and children in early grades, encompassing three interactive learning environments for kids:

  • Trek’s Travels - offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach critical early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more.
  • Welcome to Reading - provides leveled instruction to help young readers develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills.
  • Know It - offers a richly visual kids’ online encyclopedia that will captivate early learners with non-fiction topics of interest and importance to them.

World Book Kids

Designed with younger readers in mind, this resource has engaging images, illustrations, and other rich media content that help bring the text to life for younger readers. Interactive games and activities bring learning and fun together. audio clips of bird songs, popular and classical music, and national anthems enrich the learning experience.

World Book Online for Kids

Developed especially for young public library patrons, this resource offers easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities.

World Book Online Info Finder

Designed for school-aged patrons’ homework and research needs, this resource features rich collections of multimedia on a variety of topics, science fair projects; a Biography Center; links to world newspapers, correlations to curriculum standards, 21st century research guides, and much more.

World Book Online Reference Center

Designed for school-aged patrons’ homework and research needs, this resource features rich collections of multimedia on a variety of topics, science fair projects; a Biography Center; links to world newspapers, correlations to curriculum standards, 21st century research guides, and much more.

World Book Timelines

World Book Timelines offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines across eight broad topics, which cover various time periods in history or span the life of historical public figures. Featuring more personalization and customization options than any other World Book site, World Book Timelines also allows users to create their own timeline from scratch, adding events, descriptions, and media.

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