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History & Cultures


A TO Z World Food

Explore food culture and recipes from 174 countries around the world. This resource contains more than 7,000 traditional recipes, along with thousands of ingredient, food culture, and reference articles. Paid for by NDL.

Biography in Context

Comprehensive collection of biographical information on people from all eras and cultures, historic and current. Includes both brief and in-depth articles from authoritative reference books, journals and newspapers, as well as thousands of images


For information on countries and states, with detailed articles, images, and video clips. Includes World, Kids, States and Provinces (Canada) editions.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

A comprehensive collection of digitized reference works and encyclopedias. Great for research on a wide range of topics. Save or email your research, and with easy to use citation builder.

National Geographic Virtual Library

Contains the digitized archive of National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to present, as well as a wide range of full-text books published by National Geographic. Includes an easy to use module “for Kids”, as well as maps, photos, National Geographic Traveler magazine and more. Great for travelers and students of geography and history.


A content-rich, language learning resource for over 175 languages, featuring TV and radio broadcasts, video clips and tutorials, newspapers, and much more. Great for anyone wanting to explore cultures around the world or enhance language skills.