Prepare to embark on an off-the-beaten-path tour of some of the lesser-known, often overlooked, super cool features of the MDC Library Databases.
And the best part is, it's all expenses paid! No credit cards, Venmo, or traveler's checks required. Your passport is your MDC login, and this web page is your trusty guide.
Is your final destination a research paper, project, or essay? Be sure to bring along the handy toolkit you can find in Literary Reference Center Plus. Once inside the database, locate the Reference Shelf and then click Research Guide to find helpful handouts on developing a thesis statement, avoiding plagiarism, organizing your essay, and more.
You've boarded your transport, your carry-on is stowed, and your seatbelt is securely fastened. Now it's time to sit back, relax, and leisurely browse through some popular magazines. Reach into the imaginary seat pocket in front of you to find Flipster, a database of cover-to-cover digitized versions of magazines such as National Geographic, Time, Vogue, Essence, Sports Illustrated, Southern Living, Forbes, People, Hola, Seventeen, The New Yorker, Wired, Rolling Stone, and more.
No need to purchase a subscription! Simply enter through the links above to unlock premium content like Consumer Reports' Ratings & Reviews.
Our itinerary begins with a visit to the museum. Or, more accurately, hundreds of museums! The Artstor Digital Library contains over 2.5 million high quality art images from world class institutional and public collections. Once inside the database, create a free Artstor account for full access to premium content and features.
As demonstrated in the brief video below, you can zoom into images for close-up examination, and compare two or more works in a side-by-side view.
Visit Medici-tv for a front-row seat at a classical music concert, opera, or ballet, or sit in on a master class with a world-renowned performing artist. You can even attend live events streamed from prestigious concert halls, opera houses, festivals, and competitions. Add them to your calendar for reminders to tune in, or enjoy them later on demand.
Prefer to catch a play? Head over to Digital Theatre+ for full length theatrical productions, interviews, lectures, and dramatic texts.
For more graphic novels, visit OverDrive Digital Media Library, open the Collections drop-down menu, and click Check out the latest in Graphic Novels.
OverDrive offers ebooks and audiobooks in a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres. Try OverDrive's Libby app to sync your selections to all your devices.
Image source: Travelin' Librarian
Laugh and learn with the editorial cartoons in Issues & Controversies, a database that makes it easy to explore the pros and cons of political, social, and other types of issues.
For more cartoons, visit the SIRS Researcher database and search for editorial cartoons or political cartoons and then select the Images source type.
Teachers will want to click the Educators' Resources link in the SIRS Researcher database for Curriculum Guides designed to help students analyze editorial cartoons, infographics, statistics, and more.
Build your own collection of vintage sound recordings with Music Online Listening, a streaming platform featuring classical music, world music, jazz, folk, and more. Once inside the database, set up a free account to create customized clips and playlists.
AtoZdatabases is your go-to destination for employment listings, company info, career advice, and more. Take a skills assessment test, learn the do's and don'ts of interviewing, and find just the right buzzwords to include in your résumé. The reverse phone lookup is a handy tool for finding people and businesses.
Another stop on your road to success is Peterson's Testing & Education Reference Center. Once you've created your free account, you can search for colleges and universities, explore career tools, prepare for U.S. citizenship, and find practice tests for the CLEP, TEOFL, ASVAB, NCLEX, and other academic and vocational exams.
Tell Books & Authors what you like to read, and let it introduce you to your new favorite book. Browse hundreds of lists of award-winning titles, expert picks, and librarian favorites, or mix and match time periods, locations, and characters to generate customized recommendations. Whether you're looking for steampunk adventure, culinary mystery, paranormal romance, or any other genre, the Books & Authors database is sure to hook you up.
For the next leg of our database adventure, let's jet set over to the south of France to check out the buzz at the Cannes Film Festival. We can get there through Kanopy, an eclectic collection of full length documentaries, indie films, cinematic classics, and more.
To find more movies you can watch for free, visit Swank, a database of Hollywood blockbusters and other feature films. Some of the selections are old, but gold.
Another of Kanopy's bingeable treasures is the "Great Courses" series of video tutorials on topics ranging from nuclear physics to stone age cooking. Would you like to learn to play piano, speak Greek, train your dog, or write a best-selling novel? Search Kanopy for "Great Courses" for these and other instructional gems.
New York Times Historical is the digitized version of "all the news that's fit to print" going all the way back to 1851. Travel through time with the original news reporting of the Apollo moon landing, the D-Day Invasion, the Gettysburg Address, and other significant historical events. Or find out what was happening on the day you were born, or on the day your great-grandmother was born!
Why not bring the little ones along for the ride? Elementary (Gale in Context) is a kid-friendly database for inquiring young minds.
Hungry yet? The eBook Collection (EBSCO) contains dozens of cookbooks to satisfy your culinary curiosity. Once inside the database, click Cooking in the Browse by Category list.
If an archive of scholarly journals sounds boring, you haven't visited JSTOR lately. JSTOR now offers creative tools for interacting with its extensive collection of journals, ebooks, and primary sources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
The databases mentioned on this page are only a few of the many research tools available to MDC students, staff, and faculty. Visit the Research Tools & Services page for shortcuts to our most popular databases, or use the drop-down menus in the A-Z Database Directory to search for databases by subject area or resource type.
Your local Public Library has many more databases for you to discover. Residents of most of Miami-Dade County can apply for an eCard for free access to the Miami-Dade Public Library System's wide variety of online resources.
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