Upper Division

Welcome to the Upper Division Library! Below you will find a variety of vetted websites and subscription databases for reading, research and inquiry. All resources are readily accessible on campus, but do require a username and password for home use. To access our subscription resources from home, please refer to the document “Library’s Subscription Databases Upper Division Students – Passwords for Home” located in your Google Drive.

The Upper Division book collection resides on the 7th and 9th Floors. The 7th Floor includes all fiction and nonfiction books from 000 (Generalities and Computer Science) - 800's (Literature and Rhetoric). The 900's (Geography and History) are located in the commons on the 9th Floor. Please make sure to check-out all books on the 7th Floor; there is a computer designated for circulation on the north side of the common area.

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Library Catalog and Subscription Databases

When conducting research, please refer to our databases. Databases are considered authoritative sources (highly-reliable), and are excellent sources of information - most all include both primary and secondary source content. All are readily accessible on campus, but do require a username and password from home.

If you experience any issues with access or can't locate the information you need, please reach out to Ms. Methven or Ms. Yanek. We are here to help!

Library Catalog

Library Catalog – Search Avenues book collection for print and digital books. To read digital books, you must first login to Destiny Discover, using your username (first initial followed by your last name and two-digit graduation year) and password you use to login to your computer.

Book Collections

Gale Virtual Reference Library - A digital collection of specialized reference books.

Questia School – An extensive digital book and journal database (great for research).

Tales2Go (Audiobook Streaming Service) - Search and listen from over 6,000 titles.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Britannica - Online encyclopedia, great for background information as well as primary source content.

Britannica Escolar: Primaria and Secundaria - Britannica in Spanish.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - World Book Encyclopedia in Spanish! Includes many images.

Oxford English Dictionary - The definitive dictionary - where to go when you don't know what a word means.

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online - Dictionaries in both English and Spanish.

World Book Student - Online encyclopedia. Access a variety of resources by topic or general databases.


CQ Researcher Plus Archive - Great resource for in-depth reports on controversial topics.

Digital Literacy - Great for articles on cyberbullying, digital etiquette, search and research skills, and more.

EBSCOhost Research Databases - Search from newspapers, magazines, journals, and more.

eLibrary - Search across extensive magazines, newspapers, books, pictures, and more. Includes research topic pages on a variety of topics, a great starting point for research.

Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society - Great resource for writing pro/con papers, and for understanding controversial and complex issues.

JSTOR – Provides access to a wealth of primary sources, scholarly journals, and books (An account needs to be created on campus to access remotely).

Research in Context - A multidisciplinary database geared specially for middle grade students. Access reference content, including videos, magazine and newspaper articles, and more.

NOVEL (New York Online Virtual Library) – Access a myriad of databases openly available through New York State.

Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas - Great resource covering popular culture in America, past and present.

ProQuest - Excellent resource for newspaper articles, magazine articles, journal articles, and more.

Social Explorer - Using census and survey data, see maps showing different statistics and demographics for the U.S. and Europe.


Teen Health and Wellness - Great database with important information related to health, wellness and disease.


ARTstor – A digital library of over 2 million high-quality images. Search from over (an account needs to be created on campus to access from home).


Biography in Context (Gale) - A great resource for searching biographies, including magazine audio recordings, videos, magazines, academic journals, websites, news, and other facts about celebrated individuals.

Proquest Learning Literature - In-depth biographies and resources about different authors, criticism, multimedia.


Culture Grams - Full of great information by country, state, or province, including facts, anthems, history, lifestyle, and more.

African American Experience (ABC-CLIO) - Comprehensive resource for historical information about African-Americans, arranged by time period, with valuable primary sources.

American Government (ABC-CLIO) - Lots of great information about the government and its different branches and entities, including videos, cartoons, speeches, and more.

American History Online (ABC-CLIO) - A database geared to helping individuals get a thorough understanding of American History by different time periods. Includes primary sources.

American Indian Experience (ABC-CLIO) - Detailed explanation and research via various formats about American Indians.

Annals of American History - A primary source database spanning American history from 1493 to the present.

Global Issues in Context - This resources features serious global issues, provider readers with an in-depth look at the topics.

Historical Newspapers - Useful source for searching newspapers from much earlier periods.

History Study Center - A database including both primary and secondary sources, from ancient times to present times.

Oxford Islamic Studies - Detailed resource on Islam, including explorations of different versions of the Qur'an, biographies, chaptered works, and more.

United States Geography (ABC-CLIO) - This website includes wonderful profiles of different countries, and would serve as a great place for any geography research.

U.S. History in Context - Looking at different historical events in the U.S.; websites includes biographies, economics, wars, African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Supreme Court cases, government documents, and more.

World Geography: Understanding A Changing World (ABC-CLIO) - This website includes wonderful profiles of different countries, and would serve as a great place for any geography research.

World History in Context (ABC-CLIO) - Chock-full of information, including biographies, overviews of countries and civilizations and cultures, economics, political movements, religions, wars, and search functionality.

World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras (ABC-CLIO) - Good place to start historical research on ancient history and medieval time periods.

World History: The Modern Era (ABC-CLIO) - Comprehensive study of world history from 1500 to the present. Includes primary and secondary sources.

World Religions (ABC-CLIO) - Historical information about modern times (1500 to present), including biographies, historical overviews, images, political cartoons, and more.


Power Speak Languages - Great for learning foreign languages, including pronunciation.

Literature and Criticsm

Books and Authors - Fantastic resource for researching books and authors, to read reviews, learn about read a-likes, explore different genres, and discovering a world of books.

Literature Resource Center - This resource is helping to discover more about different authors and literary criticism.

Literature Resources - Another source for information related to authors, literary works and literary criticism.

Proquest Learning Literature - This database is focused on author profiles, including biographical information, criticism, multimedia, and references.



GREENR: Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources - A global resource including information on environmental and energy issues.

Science in Context - Lots of science resources, divided by topic.

Reading Resources

Below you will find an extensive listing of notable and award-winning books from industry experts and library professionals, as well as readers' advisory resources and tools. If you are in need of specific book recommendations, please don't hesitate to reach out to any of our librarians.

Award Winning Books (Best of 2018)

Children’s Book Week - Children and Teen's Book Choice Awards.

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults - 30 amazing audiobooks from Young Adult Library Association for 2018.

Goodreads Choice Awards - Annual best books chosen by readers.

Great Graphic Novels for Teens - Young Adult Library Association's picks for best graphic novels for teens for 2018.

Horn Book Fanfare - Horn Magazine picks the best books of 2018.

Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus' picks for best books of 2018 by category.

New York Times Book Review: 100 Notable Books - New York Times' picks for most notable books of 2018.

Notable Children’s Books of 2018 - New York Times picks the children's most notable books of 2018.

2018 New York Times/NYPL Best Illustrated Children's Books - New York Times and NYPL pick the best illustrated books for children..

The 10 Best Books of 2018 - New York Times names the best 10 books of 2018.

NPR’s Book Concierge: Guide to 2018’s Great Reads - NPR's picks for great books.

School Library Journal’s Best of 2018 - School Library Journal's picks for the best books of 2018.

Book Awards: View current and previous winners

Printz Award Excellence in young adult literature.

Morris Award Honors a debut book published by a first-time author.

Alex Award Honors books written for adults that have special appeal to YA

Edwards Award Honors an author/specific body of his/her work, for significant contribution to YA literature

Edgar Awards 2018 Edgar Award winners for mystery books.

Kirkus Prize 2018Kirkus' prize-winning books for 2018.

Nonfiction Award Honors best nonfiction book published for young adults

Odyssey Award Honors best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults

Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Best Fiction for Young Adults - Young Adult Library Association's list of 2017 best YA fiction.

YALSA’s Teens' Top Ten - A “teens' choice” list.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Includes previous lists.

New York Libraries

NYPL’s 100 Great Children’s Books - New York Public Library's list of the 100 greatest children's books over the past 100 years.

NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing - New York Public Library shares 100 books great for sharing and reading.

NYPL Summer Reading 2017 - New York Public LIbrary's Summer Reading Program

BPL Summer Reading 2017 - Brooklyn Public Library's Summer Reading page.

Queens Library Summer Reading - Queens Public Library's Summer Reading includes resources by age.

Readers' Advisory Resources and Tools

Books and Authors (Avenues Library Subscription) - A wonderful resource for booksreviews, read-a-like suggestions, information about authors, and more.

NOVEList (Avenues Subscription) - Similar to Books and Authors. Great for book ideas, book summaries, searching across genres, and more.

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

Children’s Book Week 2013 Finalists and Winners

Good Reads: A wonderful website to read book reviews, see author profiles, read book lists, and add your own book reviews as well. Great for staying on top of what an author you like has written.

Goodreads(YA Fiction) - Readers' choice award for Goodreads for best YA Fiction.

Goodreads (YA Fantasy) - Readers' choice award for best YA fantasy fiction.

Goodreads (Middle Grades and Children) - Readers' choice award for best middle grade fiction.

International Reading Association Children’s Choices (2016) - Reading lists from the International Reading Association, selected by children and teens.

IndieBound’s Indie Next List (Recommendations from independent booksellers) - Various top ten lists, by age range.

Literature Map - A totally awesome website that shows you visual maps of similar authors. Type in an author's name, and watch the visual map popular with names of other authors.

National Book Award - The 2016 list of best books.

ReadKiddo Read - James Patterson's Website - great recommendations by genres and age.

The Reading Without Walls Challenge –Gene Luen Yang's website encouraging people to read outside their usual reading habits.

Teen Book Finder APP for YA - Award-winning book lists.

Your Next Read - Type in a title you love, and see a visual map of other book titles you might like too.

What Should I Read Next? Not sure what to read next after you have finished an awesome title? Simple type in the title, and see a list of some great suggested titles.

Required Reading

6th Grade - The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez

7th Grade - The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

8th Grade - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

9th - 12th Grade - How Does It Feel to Be A Problem? by Moustafa Bayoumi

Video Streaming Subscriptions

Below you will find sources for videos, both subscription and recommended websites. All subscriptions require a username and password to access.

Avenues Video Subscriptions

Brain Pop - Animated curricular content, spans all disciplines.

Classroom Video on Demand - Includes many well-made videos on a variety of topics with explanations.

Classroom Video on Demand: World Cinema Collection - The World Cinema collection includes a variety of full-length films from around the worlds.

Digital Theatre+ – Provides classic and contemporary performances from some of the greatest performers and practitioners in history. Search from plays and productions, practice and practitioners, and theory and criticism (Refer to Google Drive for login information).

Safari Montage – Safari Montage is the sole provider of all PBS content, this video streaming service also offers Reading Rainbow, Scholastic, Schessingler Media, and much more (to login, use your username and password that you use to login to your computer).

General Video Websites

Amnesty International (YouTube) - Amnesty International's YouTube page focuses on human rights issues.

BBC YouTube - British Broadcasting Company's video on the latest news in the world.

dotSUB - Helps to add language and captions to videos.

Google Video Search - Use Google's search functionality to search for videos.

Justice Talking (NPR) – Search programs about law and American life.

Open Vault – WGBH Media Library and Video Archives.

Open Culture – Search from 380 free movies online (classics, indies, westerns, etc.).

The World Bank (YouTube) - A collection of videos by The World Bank, an enormous organization dedicated to the goal of development assistance.

World Economic Forum (YouTube) – World Economic Forum’s video channel.

Selected Websites for Documentaries

FreeDocumentaries.org – Streams full-length documentary films free of charge.

Free Documentary TV – Covers a variety of subjects.

JohnLocker – Documentaries organized by topic.

Nonfictionvideos – Archive of documentary films, constantly updated.

Snagfilms – Free full-length documentaries, organized by a variety of topics.

Top Documentary Films - Documentaries arranged by an extensive array of topics, and top 100s make this website very browsable.

Website by Subject

Below you will find a variety of vetted websites organized by subject.

General Reference

DailySource.org – Great site for top national and international news.

Directory of Open Access Journals – Good community-curated source for full-text, scientific and scholarly journals.

Finding Dulcinea Web Guides – Search hundreds of topics, includes background, media, and primary sources.

Info Please Almanac - Tons of information, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesaurus, plus information organized by extensive topics.

Virtual Reference Desk - Full of tons of links, facts, news articles, and more.


CIA World Fact Book - In-depth country profiles.

Economic Indicators  - From the Census Bureau, this website collects a variety of economic indicators for the American economy.

Economic News Releases - Most recent news releases for U.S. economy.

UN Data – Search topics and statistical resources from UNdata, and links to international statistical websites.

World Development Indicators - The World Bank's incredibly thorough database including very specific data by country.

World Mapper – A collection of world maps and territories organized by economic, scientific, and demographic sets.


American Memory - Includes many different topics by time periods.

GPO Access - Collection of archived government publications.

MAPLight.org: Money and Politics - This website examines the connections between money and politics.

UNdata Search topics and statistical resources from UNdata, and links to international statistical websites.

University of Oklahoma: Law Center: A Chronology of US Historical Documents - Links to U.S. Historical documents by date.


Abraham Lincoln Net - A complete record for President Lincoln's career.

The American Journey Modern Times: Spotlight Videos – Access U.S. History Videos – Antebellum through the beginning of the 21st century.

American Memory - Includes many different topics by time periods.

American Museum of Natural History (YouTube) - Access a variety of videos produced by NYC's American Museum of Natural History.

Chronicling America - Access historical newspapers.

Conversations with History – An interview program.

Documenting the American South - A variety of resources on the American south, including culture, history, and literature.

FedFlix – United States government video tapes.

Guide to History Resources on the Web - Links to a vast array of internet resources.

History Animated – Military history presented with animation.

History Channel Videos - Access the History channel's vast array of full episodes.

The History Net - A collection of history resources from the world's largest history magazine publisher.

History Resources from Free Technology for Teachers - An updated and reviewed website including a variety of history technology for teachers.

Holocaust Encyclopedia – Access photos, testimonies, histories, and more. Also, relates history to current events.

Library of Congress (YouTube) - Library of Congress’s video Channel.

Mapping History – Interactive and animated representations of fundamental historical problems, events, developments, and dynamics.

Talking History – Audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, and other aural history resources.

Teaching A People’s History – A rich portal with resources inspired by Howard Zinn.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Steven Spielberg Film & Video Archive) – Archival resource for materials pertaining to the Holocaust and related aspects of WWII.

U.S. National Archives – U.S. National Archives’s video Channel.

Valley of the Shadow - Examines two different towns (one Northern, one Southern) during the Civil War, including real newspaper archives and other artifacts.

Wikimedia Commons’ Atlas of WWII – Access dozens of maps related to World War II from Wikimedia Commons.



dotSUB - View, upload, transcribe any video into and from any language.

Google Translate - Translates words, phrases, and web pages.

Latin America Network Information Center (LANIC)Web-based resource guides. Browse by subject or region.

Quick Translator – Auto detects the language of the text you paste in the translation box.


Google Scholar – Search for scholarly literature (across disciplines and diverse sources).

Romeo and Juliet: The Shakespeare App

Poetry Foundation - The definitive source for poetry in America includes access to many poems, visual and audio.


CNN Video Access CNN's news on video.

C-SPAN Video Library - Access to many different news segments on video.

Hulu/NBC Time Capsule – View old news segments and entire news programs from NBC.

Link TV – Provides global perspectives on news, events and culture.

NBC News Archives on Demand K-12 - NBC's news geared for grades K-12.

New York Times Video Homepage – Education/Instructional videos.

Academic Earth – Video lectures by top scholars.

DNA Tube – Scientific video site. Search featured videos, categories, and topics.

Math TV – Search videos by topic.


TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

YouTubeEDU - Some of the best educational videos on YouTube are featured on this channel.


BioMed Central – Access 222 peer-reviewed open access journals searchable by subject.

The National Science Digital Library - Educational resources focusing on STEM.

Public Library of Science (PLOS) – Access scientific and medical literature.

Science.Gov - Everything science from the U.S. government.

UNEP: Global Environment Outlook – Posters visually and graphically display information about environmental data.

Primary Sources

In addition to the extensive primary sources available from our subscription databases, below are selected websites with available primary source content. Primary sources are original documents and objects created at the time under study. Examples include diaries, speeches, manuscripts, artifacts, recordings, etc.

Court Cases

Event Specific

Maps and Images

100 Milestone Documents (NARA) – View a complete list of U.S. documents.

American Hypertexts

American Memory Collection Finder

American Memory: The Teachers Page/Primary Sources

The American Pagent: A History of the Republic (Cengage) – Access a range of primary source documents organized by event.

American Rhetoric

American Revolution (AP US History)

AMDOCS – Documents for the study of American History.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation (American Memory)

A Chronology of US Historical Documents (University of Oklahoma) – Spans from pre-colonial to present day.

Civil War Newspapers (Harper’s Weekly) – Original Harper’s Weekly Newspapers (1861-1864).

Columbia University Libraries-Digital Collections – Access a myriad of digital collections, including John Jay Papers and Lehman Papers: Special Correspondence Series,

Digital History – Rich primary sources, an online textbook, and interactive timeline.

Documenting the American South – Primary sources for southern history, literature, and culture.

Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 – Provided by Duke University Libraries Digital Collections.

EyeWitness to History.com – From the Ancient World to the present.

The Founders’ Constitution

From Revolution to Reconstruction – Spans from colonial period to modern.

Gifts of Speech – Browse and search women’s speeches from around the world.

Historical Text Archive – Covers a broad range of historical documents, photos, links, and more.

History and Politics Out Loud – Searchable archive of significant audio materials.


National Archives Experience (Digital Vaults)

New Deal Network

Original Source Documents in U.S. History – Search by topic and/or time period, 1600-Present.

Primary Resources and Real-World Data – Access a myriad of primary source links provided by eduScapes.

Regional Oral History Office – Oral and video history documents.

Source Documents in U.S. History

Thomas: The Library of Congress – Legislative information from the Library of Congress.

The Presidents


United States Documents

World Documents

WWII Resources – Original documents on all aspects of the war.

Scholarly Resources for Victorian Research - Resource for the study of nineteenth-century Britain.

Treaties and Other International Agreements (Penn Libraries) - Guide to treaties and agreements to which the United States is a party.

The National Archives – The UK government’s official archive.

Middle East History and Resources - Provides Middle East historical and peace process source documents.

German Propoganda Archive – Nazi and East German propaganda.

EyeWitness to History.com – Ancient World to present.

Eurodocs – Online sources for European History.

Copyright and Fair Use

Below you will find websites for locating copyright-friendly images and music that can be used freely without permission, in addition to websites to help with understanding copyright and fair use.


behold – A visual image search for high quality Creative Commons images.

CC Search – Search for images that can be adapted, modified or used commercially.

Compfight – A Flickr Search Tool – Search engine for visual inspiration and free stock photos.

Copyright-Friendly and Copyleft Images and Sound – Search for images and sound with generous copyright licensing.

Flickr: The Commons – View the world’s public photography archives and add comments or tags.

Flickr Creative Commons Portal – Browse and search through photos under each type of license.

Google Image Search – Search for copyright friendly images by selecting usage rights. Some photos are available for use in the public domain.

Yahoo Creative Commons Search – Search content across the Web that has a Creative Commons license.

Wikimedia Commons – Online repository of free-use images, sound and other media files.


ccMixter – Community remix site sponsored by Artis Tech Media, created by Creative Commons.

Creative Commons Audio

The Freesound Project – Collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds.

Jamendo – Download and listen to over 20.000 albums (CC licenses).

JamStudio – Create music beats.

Jewel Beat – Free music and sound effects.

JL Studios – Free sound effects for video, film, audio and multimedia productions.

OpSound – Download, share and remix music.

Open Music Search – A search engine for Copyleft, Creative Commons, Open Source and public domain works.

Podsafe Audio

Royalty Free Music

Soundation – Online sequencer with real time effects, virtual instruments and a fully integrated sound shop.

Sound Jay – Free sound effects website.



Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Media Literacy Education – A “code of best practices” to facilitate educators in what constitutes fair use.

Copyright-Friendly Pathfinder – Access an extensive list of images and sound portals for use in media projects, Web pages, wikis, blogs, etc.

Copyright Confusion Wiki – A wiki dedicated to understanding and learning more about copyright and fair use – access multiple useful links!

Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use – Documentary filmmakers’ statement of best practices in fair use.

Six Resources About Learning About Fair Use

Spartan Guides on Fair Use – Understanding fair use in media production.

Temple University Media Lab Teaching Resources for Fair Use – Extensive collection of free multi-media curriculum resources.

Unites States Copyright Office - The definitive, official website for copyright from the U.S. government.

Wes Fryer’s Copyright Wiki - Great guidelines, videos, websites, and articles geared towards educating on copyright issues.

YouTube Copyright Education – Material on fair use and remix culture.

Citation Tools and Resources for Avoiding Plagiarism

Below you will find resources to generate a bibliography and sources to better help you understand and avoid plagiarism.

Citation Tools

Avoiding Plagiarism

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