Reference Help

Our Reference Department will help you find the information you need, whether it’s for a school report, college term paper, your business, or a topic of personal interest. Librarians are available to assist you in person, over the phone, through email, and via chat.

Additional Reference Services

  • Reader’s advisory to students and adults
  • Business information
  • Tax forms
  • Subject guides
  • Interlibrary loan

Databases A-Z

Need a database for a specific topic? You can research any time of the day or night and from anywhere with our databases. Below is a list of them, but if you would like greater detail about what each database is about, please take a look at our detailed databases list.

African-American History OnlineCovering more than 500 years of African-American history, this comprehensive reference database features thousands of entries.
American History OnlineAmerican History Online is a comprehensive and authoritative reference to the most important individuals, events, and topics in United States history.
American Indian History OnlineAmerican Indian History Online is an authoritative reference database that provides in-depth coverage of more than 5,000 years of culture, legends, and leaders.
American Women’s History OnlineAmerican Women’s History Online is extensively hyperlinked and provides direct access to thousands of entries.
Ancestry Library EditionThis resource is only available at GCLS libraries.
Ancient and Medieval History OnlineThis comprehensive database gives a balanced, global view of the ancient world as it explores six ancient centers of civilization—Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mesoamerica, and Mesopotamia.
Antiques Reference (Prices4Antiques)This resource is only available at the Mullica Hill Branch. The P4A Antiques Reference database contains detailed information on antiques, collectibles, fine art and more.
Biography Reference Center (EBSCO)Containing many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies.
Bloom’s Literary Reference OnlineBloom’s Literary Reference Online provides the details and context needed to fully appreciate great works of world literature and their authors.
Business Plans Handbook CollectionIncludes Business Plans Handbook, company profiles, encyclopedias, etc.
Business Resources (Gale Virtual Reference Library)Includes Business Plans Handbook, company profiles, encyclopedias, etc.
Business Source Premier (EBSCO)This collection features full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines.
Career Guidance Center (Ferguson’s)Comprehensive and up to date, this database profiles more than 2,000 of today’s most exciting jobs in more than 90 industries.
ChiltonLibrary.com (Automobile Repair)ChiltonLibrary.com represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners.
Consumer Reports Magazine Full TextComplete issues of the Consumer Reports magazine from 1/1/1991 to current month.
Curriculum Resource CenterFor middle school, high school, and junior college teachers and students seeking material to supplement their coursework in core subject areas—including U.S.
Data Axle Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA)Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) provides detailed, current directory information about and for businesses. It contains information for 12 million U.S. businesses, 102 million U.S.
Demographics Now (Gale)DEMOGRAPHICSNOW: Business & People is a comprehensive business and residential reference and research tool.
eBook Reference Collection (EBSCO)A collection of reference books in electronic format.
Ebooks and Audiobooks (Overdrive)Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks are digital versions of the latest best sellers, book club favories, award winning authors and more.
Ebsco Legal FormsBrowse Nolo legal forms through Explora, an EBSCOhost experience.
EBSCOhost: Fulltext ArticlesIf you want to search more than one EBSCHOhost database at once, click on this link to see the entire group of databases. They cover a broad spectrum of topics.
Encyclopedia of Associations (Gale Directory Library)The Encyclopedia of Associations is a comprehensive source of detailed information on over 135,000 nonprofit membership organizations in the United States.
Facts on File World News Digest (1940-present)Full text of the print edition of Facts On File World News Digest.
Fold3 Military GenealogyFold3® features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military.
Funk & Wagnalls New World EncyclopediaFull text access to the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia.
Gale Presents: UdemyThe top-rated courses offer upskilling in the areas of business, tech, and personal development across 75+ different categories.
GreenFileGreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment.
Health and Medical Information (Ebsco)This full-text database covers a wide variety of subjects, including information on specific diseases as well as overall health topics.
Health Reference CenterHealth Reference Center is a comprehensive, authoritative encyclopedic database containing more than 20,000 hyperlinked entries on today’s most pressing health and social issues.
HeritageQuest OnlineHeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources.
History Reference Center (Ebsco)History Reference Center offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books.
hooplaInstantly borrow digital movies, music, & more with your GCLS library card!
Issues and ControversiesExplores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture.
Kanopy – On Demand Video StreamingThe Kanopy on demand video streaming service provides access to over 30,000 films and documentaries from hundreds of popular producers.
LearningExpressThis is a leading source for test preparation materials and interactive practice exams based on official tests.
Legal Information Reference Center (EBSCO)Legal Information Reference Center provides online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books. It contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms.
Literary Reference Center (Ebsco)Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a comprehensive literary reference database, which provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to the present day.
Mango LanguagesWe’re here to help you start a conversation. Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and communication in over 70 world languages.
Middle Search PlusMiddle Search Plus is a full-text database providing popular middle school magazines and reference books.
Military and Government CollectionDesigned to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content.
Modern World History OnlineModern World History Online covers the important civilizations and cultures of world history from prehistoric times through the modern era.
MorningstarInvestment research center
New York TimesNow you can enjoy seamless full access to NYTimes.com through GCLS.
Newspaper Source (EBSCO)This database provides cover-to-cover full text for hundreds of national (U.S.), international and regional newspapers.
NoveList PlusAn electronic readers’ advisory resource which assists fiction and nonfiction readers in finding new authors and titles.
NoveList Plus K-8An electronic readers’ advisory resource which assists fiction and nonfiction readers in finding new authors and titles.
Overdrive Digital MagazinesOur Overdrive Digital Magazines collection includes hundreds of magazines such as US Weekly, The New Yorker, Good Housekeeping, The Economist, Newsweek, and much more!
Overdrive eBooksDownload eBooks from the Overdrive (via the South Jersey Audiobook and eBook Download Center).
Peterson’s Test and Career PrepFind all the tools you need to discover your passion, ace your exams, and excel in your career.
Points of ViewPoints of View Reference Center is a full text database designed to provide students and schools with a series of controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.
Primary SearchPrimary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection.
Referencia LatinaReferencia Latina, a comprehensive Spanish-language database, offers content from a variety of sources.
Science OnlineScience Online conveys the visual nature of science in a clear and easy-to-comprehend manner.
Science Reference Center (Ebsco)Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content.
Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO)This database offers full text for many consumer small business reference books, as well as the necessary tools and instructions to address a wide-range of small business topics.
Today’s ScienceBridges the gap between the science that students learn in the classroom and the discoveries pushing the boundaries of science today.
Udemy (Gale presents)The top-rated courses offer upskilling in the areas of business, tech, and personal development across 75+ different categories.
WestlawAccess is limited to in-library use only and one simultaneous user for the entire library system.
World Almanac for Kids OnlineThe online database version of the World Almanac for Kids, the best-selling reference book for kids.
World Geography and World Culture OnlineFilled with the most up-to-date information available, World Geography and World Culture Online provides more than 1,200 clear, reproducible, full-color maps.

Database Searching Tips

Want to know the best way to find the information you need in the databases? Keep these tips in mind:

Use Keywords: Use major keywords that cover what your topic is about as search terms. For example, search for “photosynthesis AND plants” instead of “how does photosynthesis make energy in plants?” While databases are getting better at handling Google-like searches like the latter, it’s a lot simpler to use keywords!

Use Search Operators: Notice that capitalized AND in the above example? That’s not for emphasis – that’s a Boolean operator. It helps link your terms together for an effective search.
AND: If you use AND, the database will return items with all of the specified terms. For example, “cats AND dogs” will give you articles that contain both terms.
OR: If you use OR between keywords, the database will return items with any combination of those keywords. For example, “cats OR dogs” will get you items only about cats, only about dogs, and items about both cats and dogs. It is the broadest search operator possible.
NOT: If you use NOT between keywords, the database will eliminate any results that contain the specified keyword. For example, “cats NOT dogs” will return items that only have cats in them. Any results with “dog” will be eliminated.
Want to know the best way to find the information you need in the databases? Keep these tips in mind:

Use Keywords: Use major keywords that cover what your topic is about as search terms. For example, search for “photosynthesis AND plants” instead of “how does photosynthesis make energy in plants?” While databases are getting better at handling Google-like searches like the latter, it’s a lot simpler to use keywords!

Use Search Operators: Notice that capitalized AND in the above example? That’s not for emphasis – that’s a Boolean operator. It helps link your terms together for an effective search.
AND: If you use AND, the database will return items with all of the specified terms. For example, “cats AND dogs” will give you articles that contain both terms.
OR: If you use OR between keywords, the database will return items with any combination of those keywords. For example, “cats OR dogs” will get you items only about cats, only about dogs, and items about both cats and dogs. It is the broadest search operator possible.
NOT: If you use NOT between keywords, the database will eliminate any results that contain the specified keyword. For example, “cats NOT dogs” will return items that only have cats in them. Any results with “dog” will be eliminated.

Use Filters: After running your initial search, take advantage of the search filters to make your results more relevant. You can filter by things like publication date, subject, full text availability, and more.