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NOTE: These databases are licensed for use by Western Piedmont students, faculty, and staff only.  We must, therefore, restrict off-campus access per our agreements with database vendors.  Students, faculty and staff can use their standard Western Piedmont Network username and password when accessing this content off-campus.  If you are on-campus, you will never be challenged for a username or password.

Clip art image of open books Western Piedmont E-Books Library
Search our library of over 119,000 full-text electronic books, available for you to read on your computer or download to your portable eReader. These books cover a wide range of subject areas and interests.  Whether you are working on a research paper or planning an addition to your house, there is something here for you!

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NC LIVE, North Carolina’s electronic library provides access to magazine articles, national and state newspapers, business and professional journals, reference sources and research information — all electronically.

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Academic OneFile
Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily.

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Associates Programs Source
Contains nearly 1,000 full-text journals as well as 11 full-text books. This database is designed specifically for the research needs of two-year colleges, and provides comprehensive coverage of the most relevant associates program level content. The database covers subjects as wide-ranging as: alcohol & drug abuse counseling, audiology, biotechnology, computer & data processing, CAD, cosmetology, electrical technology, fashion design, forensics, graphic arts, health information technology, interior design, law enforcement & criminal justice, paralegal studies, robotics, travel & tourism, veterinary assisting, and dozens more equally varied areas of study.Associates Programs Source offers information from many sources that are unique to this database.
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Facts on File is a set of history databases covering American History and Modern World History.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).
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Literary Reference Center™ is a comprehensive, full-text database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It contains full text for more than 31,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism, more than 159,000 author biographies (including more than 22,000 in-depth bios), 450 literary journals, more than 632,000 book reviews, more than 69,000 classic and contemporary poems, more than 18,000 classic and contemporary short stories, more than 5,600 author interviews, more than 8,200 classic texts and much more.
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National Agricultural Library Digital Archives
This repository was launched in April 2006 to provide access to the full text of publications digitized by NAL or through NAL’s partnerships. The majority of the publications available were published by the USDA.  Examples include the Agriculture Information Bulletin,  the Agricultural Economic Report, and the Yearbook of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Publications are added on an ongoing basis.A complete list of full-text publications is provided in the Table of Contents.
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Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center  is a dynamic online library of current event topics–the facts as well as the arguments of each topic’s proponents and detractors. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center organizes thousands of articles, statistics, essays and more by source type so students can reach their own conclusions. A virtual library of resources, designed to aid in the study of today’s hottest social issues. Access is restricted to Western Piedmont Community College students, faculty, and staff.

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Lively learning guides covering many topics in such academic areas as Literature, Poetry, U.S. History, Economics, Civics, Biography, Music, etc., written primarily by Ph.D. and Masters students from top universities, like Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, and Yale.
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Small Business Reference Center™ provides up to date information on relevant topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business. The database contains nearly 400 full-text periodicals and over 450 full-text reference books.The user-friendly interface guides users through small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding. Business videos provide critical information for business owners: interviews, ‘lessons learned’ features, lectures and ‘how to’ videos help foster success in all aspects of managing a business. A collection of state-specific resources supports the researcher with demographic data and other local information.