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Bach Cantatas Website    (Aryeh Oron)
The Bach Cantatas Website (BCW) is a comprehensive site covering all aspects of J.S. Bach's cantatas and other vocal works. It is an international collective project.
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Background Notes    (U.S. Department of State)
Succinctly covers the history, geography, culture, government, politics, economics, climate, and transportation of nations worldwide. Only selected titles are available in print, but all are on the Web site.
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Standard reference books on the web including American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's II Thesaurus, Bartlett's Quotations, the King James Bible, Oxford Shakespeare, Gray's Anatomy, Strunk's Elements of Style, World Fact Book, and the Columbia Encyclopedia and Gazetteer..
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Bartlett's Quotations    (
This tenth edition of 1919 contains over 11,000 searchable quotations and was the first new edition of John Bartlett's corpus to be published after his death in 1905. Provided on
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BBC Shakespeare Plays    (Ambrose Digital)
This streaming video collection contains these Shakespeare plays, all with closed captions available: All's Well that Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Henry IV – Parts 1 & 2, Henry V, Henry VI – Parts 1, 2, & 3, Henry VII, Julius Caesar, King John, King Lear, Love's Labour's Lost, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Pericles, Richard II, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, Troilus & Cressida, Twelfth Night, and Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Beige Book    (Federal Reserve Board of Governors)
Released eight times a year, this publication presents anecdotal information on current economic conditions including interviews with businessmen, economists, and market.
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Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids    (U.S. Government Printing Office)
Learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers to teach how our government works, our civic responsibilities and how to use primary source materials available from the United States government departments, research institutes and agencies.
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Bibliography of Native North Americans    (Ebsco)
Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. Includes citations to books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present.
Bibliography of Scientific and Industrial Reports    (Robert L. Bolin, University of Nebraska Lincoln)
A catalog of formerly secret government research reports made available by the Federal Government after World War II.
Note: Unrestricted access
Copies of most of the documents listed in this index are available from the Library of Congress Duplication Service.
Bibliography of the History of Art     (J. Paul Getty Trust )
The Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) is a comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writings in English and French about the history of western art. The Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) is now available freely on the Getty web site along with the International Bibliography of Art (IBA).
Coverage: BHA, 1990-2007, IBA, 2008-2009. This is an archival repository and is no longer updated.
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Bibliotheca Alexandrina    (Bibliotheca Alexandrina)
The new Library of Alexandria, is dedicated to recapturing the spirit of the original. It aspires to be the World's window on Egypt, Egypt's window on the world, a leading institution of the digital age and it is a center for learning, tolerance, dialogue and understanding.
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Biodiversity Heritage Library    (Biodiversity Heritage Library Project)
Ten major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions have joined to form the Biodiversity Heritage Library Project. The group is developing a strategy and operational plan to digitize the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections. This literature will be available through a global “biodiversity commons.”
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Biographical Directory of the United States Congress    (U.S. Library of Congress)
A searchable database of biographical sketches of members of the United States Congress from the Continental Congress to the present. Includes delegates from Puerto Rico, the Philippine Islands and the Territories and Presidents who were members of Congress.
Coverage: 1774-
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Biography and Genealogy Master Index    (Gale Cengage)
A comprehensive index to more than 11 million biographical sketches in over 3,000 volumes and editions of current and retrospective reference books, covering both contemporary and historical figures throughout the world. Index linked to many complete articles.
Note: Email yourself a copy of the article instead of a link.
Biography Center    (EuropeanServers Ltd.)
Features an index to biographies of contemporary celebrities. Offers versions of the Web site in English, German, Spanish, and French.
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Biography Reference Center    (Ebsco)
Find information about people from virtually all walks of life and time periods culled from books, articles, and quality websites. Information ranges from short paragraphs to multiple pages.
BioInteractive    (Howard Hughes Medical Center (HHMC))
Free short films, animations, classroom activities, and other learning objects for educators on biology topics including bioinformatics and biochemistry.
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BioMed Central    (BioMed Central)
BioMed Central Ltd., an independent publisher in London, England, provides free access to biomedical research publications. These publications include biology and medicine journal articles, current reports, and meeting abstracts. BioMed Central offers information about current controlled trials, as well as topics in modern biology.
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BioOne    (BioOne)
Provides full-text of high-impact bioscience research journals published by small societies and non-commercial publishers. Journals focus on the biological, ecological and environmental sciences.
bioRxiv    (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
bioRxiv (pronounced "bio-archive") is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. By posting preprints on bioRxiv, authors are able to make their findings immediately available to the scientific community and receive feedback on draft manuscripts before they are submitted to journals.
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BNA Tax Management    (Bloomberg BNA)
Currently known as Bloomberg BNA Tax and Accounting Center. Comprises analysis, practice tools (including interactive forms), primary sources, and news regarding taxation of U.S. income; estates, gifts and trusts; and foreign income.
Coverage: current
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Book Review    (The New YorkTimes)
Sunday Book Review section of the New York Times. Reviews searchable and available from 1995.
Note: Unrestricted access
Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1903-1982    (Ebsco)
Book Review Digest Retrospective (BRDR) supplies citations to more than a quarter of million reviews of adult and juvenile fiction and non-fiction English-language books published in magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and books. Includes an excerpt of each complete review.
Book Review Index Plus    (Gale Cengage)
A comprehensive online guide to book reviews with millions of review citations from thousands of publications.
Coverage: 1965-
Note: Email yourself a copy of the article instead of a link. Limited to 2 simultaneous users.
Book, Movie, Music, Play and Video Reviews    (LexisNexis)
Use the Advanced Options to limit content to specific article types including book, movie, music, theatre and restaurant reviews.
Botanicus    (Missouri Botanical Garden)
Botanicus Digital Library is a freely accessible, web-based encyclopedia of historic botanical literature from the Missouri Botanical Garden Library. Includes the Missouri Botanical garden Library's Rare Book collection. This is a large database of botanical and gardening illustrations and text available to scholars, gardeners, and book enthusiasts.
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Boulder County Latino History Project    (BCLHP)
The Boulder County Latino History Project (BCLHP), is a collaborative, grass-roots initiative to document and describe the history of Latinos in Boulder County, Colorado over the past century, with a primary focus on the towns of Longmont (an agricultural center), Lafayette (a coal mining community), and Boulder (shaped by commerce and the University of Colorado).
Note: Unrestricted access
BoulderNews:The Daily Camera    (Daily Camera)
Current Boulder Colorado newspaper's website.
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Bridgeman Images    (Bridgeman Art Library Limited)
An extensive archive of images drawn from collections throughout the world from the national museums to private collections. All are available for licensing. Faculty and students should look at the collections available in the Library's subscription to ArtStor.
Note: Unrestricted access. But the images are not free to use without licensing.
Britannica Online - Academic Edition    (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Use Britannica and the resources bundled within the collection for topic overviews, biographies, word and concept definitions, a world atlas, historical timelines, quotations, illustrations, photos, videos, links to relevant articles and websites, primary sources, and the World Data Analyst accessible through customizable charts and tables of statistics on countries of the world. Users can suggest edits and additions to content.
Note: Check the end of each article for a Citation Exporter.
British Library on Flickr    (The British Library)
The British Library’s collections on Flickr Commons offer access to millions of public domain images, available to explore and re-use. The release of these collections into the public domain represent the Library's desire to improve knowledge of and about them, to enable novel and unexpected ways of using them, and to begin working with researchers to explore and interpret large scale digital collections.
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Brookings Policy Brief Series    (Brookings Institute)
Brookings Policy Briefs are short informative analytical editorials of current domestic and foreign policy challenges.
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Budget of the United States government    (U.S. Office of Management and Budget )
Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year.
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Buildings of Ireland    (Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)
Website of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH). The NIAH is a section within the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.The NIAH identifies and records the architectural heritage of Ireland, from 1700 to the present day. The ongoing surveys are presented by county, and consist of a database record and images of each building/structure surveyed.
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Bureau of Justice Statistics    (U.S. Department of Justice)
Statistics related to U.S. crime, criminology, policing and punishment.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics    (U.S. Department of Labor)
Statistics related to U.S. and foreign labor, employment, wages, earnings and benefits, inflation and consumer spending including the Consumer Price Index. see also the agencies listed at FedStats - Labor. Use Economy at a Glance for state economic statistics.
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Bureau of Transportation Statistics    (U.S. Department of Transportation)
"Numbers to move people"
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Business Collection     (Gale Cengage)
Use the Gale Business Collection to research companies, the products and technologies they produce, and the markets in which they compete. Includes summaries and full text from business and trade journals, industry newsletters, newspapers, market research studies, news releases, and investment and brokerage firm reports. This collection replaces PROMT, Business Index ASAP, Business & Company ASAP, and General Business File.
Coverage: 1999-
Note: Email yourself a copy of the article instead of a link.
Business Commons    (Digital Commons Network)
The Business Commons provides open access to peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work, on Business and related disciplines from colleges and universities worldwide. It is curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions.
Note: Unrestricted access
Business Decision Academic    (CIVIC Technologies)
Business Decision Academic (BDA) provides data and graphic reports to support various types of research projects, such as business, marketing and strategic plans, and also provides demographic analysis in various fields, including Public Administration, Sociology, Public Health, and Urban Planning. This resource can be used to evaluate potential sites for new stores, service centers or clinics; evaluate market penetration; analyze trade areas; perform competitive analyses, and more.
Coverage: Uses Census 2010 data and geographies, updated annually.
Note: Occasional problems with graphics may occur in IE 9. If they do switch to Chrome or Firefox.
Note: Help using the BDA and links to the Tapestry data manual.
Business Insights: Essentials    (Gale Cengage)
Presents full text profiles, including histories, chronologies, civil claims, financial data and rankings, of US and international firms; articles from business journals, newsletters, and the business sections in newspapers; selected investment reports from Investext; industry overviews; and industry trade associations. Formerly called Business and Company Resource Center.
Note: Email yourself a copy of the article instead of a link.
Business Insights: Global    (Gale Cengage)
Business Insights Global contains full case studies, analytical tools, and in-depth statistical data in global industry research reports for specific industries within specific countries. Use it to compare global economies, and companies and industries and personalize interactive live charts of economic and business indicators.
Business Learning Materials from MERLOT    (University of California System)
MERLOT is a free and open educational resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education which contains high quality learning resources. This is the section on business.
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Business Source Premier    (Ebsco)
Business Source Premier supplies access to thousands of regional, national, and international scholarly business journals, business periodicals, and industry publications, on topics such as management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and much more. There is full text coverage for a high percentage of the titles. Includes embedded full page images for many of the full text journals. Also has country economic reports from the Economist Intelligence Unit, WEFA, CountryWatch and the Icon Group.
Business Wire    (BusinessWire)
The most current five-days worth of full-text news releases on U.S. companies, searchable by company name. News items are geared to public relations professionals and investors.
Coverage: last 5 days
Note: Unrestricted access