Trial Database: PolicyMap


The Community College of Philadelphia Library has a trial to PolicyMap, a new online mapping tool, accessible on-campus.

What is PolicyMap?

PolicyMap, an online (no software installation necessary) multi-disciplinary tool, has applications for research, grant-writing, outreach and planning. It is a US-National web-based Geographic Information System used to understand communities, a “GIS tool for non-GIS users.”

PolicyMap’s data indicators are accessible via easy to use menus organized in categories including demographics, income and spending, housing, lending, quality of life, economy, education, health, federal guidelines and analytics. The PolicyMap data team continuously updates the existing data collection as well as identifies and adds new sources on an ongoing basis.

PolicyMap can be used in many different academic disciplines, such as urban studies and planning, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, and public health, among other areas. Users can leverage thousands of US data indicators in PolicyMap to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis, from a neighborhood census block group in many cases, up to a national level, as well as create custom regions, for their research and studies.  PolicyMap data can be presented as maps, tables, charts and pre-built reports that can be incorporated into papers, presentations, blogs and websites.  In addition, students can upload unlimited amounts of their own address-based data for use in PolicyMap, and can share these maps with others.  Users can also download data from PolicyMap for use in other tools.

Here are some short PolicyMap tutorial videos:

Trial runs until  Friday October 21, 2016

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Encyclopedia Britannica Online Cancelled

The College Library’s subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica online has ended. Try the following…

Credo Reference

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (2016)

Religions of the World (2010)

Oxford Reference Online

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

…to name a few.

Contact us for more information.

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MLA Literary Research Guide

logo-lrgThe College Library now subscribes to the 6th edition of the Literary Research Guide: An Annotated Listing of Reference Sources in English Literary Studies, by James L. Harner, with updates by Angela Courtney,  published by the Modern Language Association (MLA).

The Literary Research Guide is a selective, annotated guide to reference sources essential to the study of British literature, literatures of the United States, other literatures in English, and related topics. The scope and organization of the content are described in the introduction. Use one of the tabs at the top of the page for navigation.


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Visit the College Library’s Databases Page for access to, a unique platform for classical music videos, live and on demand.

logo-mediciEach year, discover more than 100 events broadcast live from the most prestigious venues: Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Concertgebouw, Teatro alla Scala, Berliner Philharmonie, Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Verbier Festival, Salzburger Festspiele.

Access includes the largest online collection of classical music videos in the world, with 1,600 original program available on demand and with unlimited access, plus hundreds of new films each year, including concerts, operas, and ballets.

Visit’s YouTube channel for a preview, especially when off-campus.

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Kanopy Streaming Service


The College Library now subscribes to Kanopy,  a video streaming service for colleges offering a “Netflix-like” experience with a broad selection of over 26,000 documentaries, feature films and training videos from thousands of producers. You can explore their films from our Databases page (available on-campus and through MyCCP).

Covering many topics, featured producers in Kanopy’s collection include Criterion Collection, PBS, HBO, The Video Project, New Day Films, The Great Courses, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation, First Run Features, BBC, and many more.

Browse these broad subject areas to discover even more topics: Film & Popular, The Arts, Business, Education, Global Studies & Languages, Health, Media & Communications, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Instructional Films & Lessons.

Additional help in using Kanopy can be found here.

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Trial Database: Oxford Bibliographies


From Oxford University Press, Oxford Bibliographies, developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects.

Access through the Trial Databases page.

Off-campus: Use the current username/password combination found in the Campus Announcements section of MyCCP.

Trials ends June 12, 2016.

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Trial Databases

The College Library currently has trials to the following databases:

ABC-CLIO History databases


logo-mediciClassical music, opera, and dance videos

mit Brain and Cognitive Sciences

logo_obo From Oxford University Press

visiblebody From Ovid


Please visit our Trial Databases page for more information. You need to be on-campus (or in MyCCP) to access most of these trials.

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