General Information

The virtual Information Resource Center (IRC) is the research and reference arm of the United States Embassy in Muscat, specializing in current U.S. policy, legislation, trade data, and social and cultural issues. We offer up-to-date reference services, including online databases, to meet the information needs of individuals and institutions in support of Oman’s economic, social, educational and political development.

eLibraryUSA provides patrons of Information Resource Centers (IRCs) access to 30 authoritative databases, including English Language Learner, ebrary, Encyclopedia Britannica, and the Gale Academic and General OneFile. The website search box can be used to search the eLibraryUSA catalog of IIP materials and selected databases.

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eLibraryUSA Online Databases

Academic OneFile
This database for academics contains over 40 million journal articles from 1980 to the present day on science, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, and literature.

American English
American English provides information and resources for those who are interested in exploring American culture or learning English as a second language, including the Trace Effects game.

Black Studies in Video
Black Studies in Video is a collection of award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. Because this is a resource with videos, it may run slowly in areas with low bandwidth.

BookFlix is designed to help people who are learning to read or who are learning English. Visitors to the site can have a story read out loud, have words defined, and can learn about the authors of the books. The collection includes eBooks and video storybooks.

Britannica Library
Encyclopaedia Britannica’s website offers information on a broad range of subjects. There are three reading levels available: Children, Young Adults, and Reference Center for adults.

Business Source Premier
Business Source Premier is a database for business research with full text articles from over 2,300 journals dating back to 1886.

College Navigator
College Navigator is run by the U.S. Department of Education. Visitors, whether students or educators, can search the website to find information about U.S. colleges and universities, including tuition, types of degrees offered, graduation rates, accreditation, and more.

CQ Researcher Online
CQ Researcher Online is written for people with an interest in in depth political analysis. It offers reports on controversial political and social issues from 1923 to the present day.

Current Affairs for Embassies
Current Affairs for Embassies is a collection of more than 80 books related to such subjects as democracy, peace-building, American life and citizenship, current technological innovations and endeavors, and foreign policy.

Digital Literacy
Digital Literacy teaches users how to safely navigate the digital world. It covers such topics as privacy, social networking, and cyberbulling.

ebrary (includes e-Libro and e-Livro)
ebrary is a collection of over 50,000 English, Spanish and Portuguese full-text books on history, literature, science and technology.

Education in Video
Education in Video is an online video series designed to train and develop teachers. It uses JavaScript and Flash. Because this is a resource with videos, it may run slowly in areas with low bandwidth.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, EducationUSA offers accurate information and advice to try to help international students apply to U.S. colleges and universities.

English Language Learner Reference Center
English Language Learner Reference Center contains information on developing study skills and English language skills. Users of this resource can read over 1,000 articles designed for non-native speakers, take comprehension tests, and improve their language skills in a fun and interactive way.

Filmakers Library Online
Filmakers Library Online features over 1,000 documentaries on topics like health, race, current events, human rights, and more. Because this is a resource with videos, it may run slowly in areas with low bandwidth.

FreedomFlix is a collection of ebooks for young readers about American history.

Fuente Academica
Fuente Academica is a database created for academics that offers over 500 full text publications from 18 countries, focusing on materials from Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.

Gale Directory Library
Gale Directory Library is a collection of business, government, and professional directories from around the world. Users receive access to many different encyclopedias of associations.

Gale Science in Context
Gale Science in Context contains full text articles, experiments, images, and videos on hundreds of extensive science topics. The articles can be translated into eight different languages.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database that provides access to over 65 full text reference works on topics such as science, business and the arts.

Global Issues in Context
Global Issues in Context provides articles from 190 countries on over 250 topics including politics, science, women’s studies, and human rights.

GreenFILE offers academic and government abstracts and full text records that provide multi-disciplinary information on the environment and related matters for intended academics, corporate professionals and government workers.

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) contains information and topic guides on environmental and energy issues.

IIP Digital
IIP Digital is the home page of the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), which engages international audiences on issues of U.S. foreign policy and American society and culture.

Journal of Democracy
Journal of Democracy is an academic journal about the theory and practice of democracy.

JSTOR Arts and Sciences I, II & VII offers access to a wide range of academic journals from around the world.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text
Built for librarians and other information professionals, Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) with Full Text contains over 330 full text journals and books on librarianship and information science.

Literature Resource Center
Literature Resource Center provides full text academic articles and book reviews on poems, literature, and literary topics for scholars.

LitFinder provides access to over 150,000 full-text literary works, including poems, short stories, and plays.

Middle Search Plus
Designed for students aged 11 to 14 and their teachers, Middle Search Plus offers access to more than 140 children and student magazines.

National Geographic Kids
Designed for children aged 6-14, National Geographic Kids provides articles on science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

National Geographic Virtual Library
National Geographic Virtual Library is a complete archive of National Geographic, which covers the areas of science, history, technology, the environment, cultures, and more.

PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science
Created for young students and their teachers, this interactive database offers learning resources on earth and space science. Information on energy, weather, natural disasters, and other aspects of nature is also included.

PowerKnowledge Life Science
Created for young students and their teachers, this interactive database offers learning resources and information on life sciences.

PowerKnowledge Physical Science
Created for young students and their teachers, this interactive database offers learning resources and information on the physical sciences.

ProQuest Basic Search
Search both ebrary and ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global from ProQuest Basic Search.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global has the graduate dissertations and theses from over 700 schools. The dissertations cover a wide range of topics, from mathematics to business administration to sociology.

ScienceFlix is a collection of ebooks for young readers about science.

Share America
Share America is a platform by Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) to share engaging stories and images about democracy, civil society, technology, entrepreneurship and more.

Combining the full archive of Smithsonian Magazine and Air & Space Magazine, this resource has articles history, science, nature, the arts, innovation, technology, and world culture.

Teacher Reference Center
Teacher Reference Center is a collection of journals and books on topics such as course development, continuing education, and grading.

Teen Health and Wellness
Teen Health and Wellness offers teenagers information on diseases, drugs, nutrition, and other topics related to their health and general well being.

TrueFlix is an online collection of nonfiction research books created for students who are honing their literacy skills.

For more information contact:

Information Resource Center Director
American Embassy Muscat
P.O. Box 202
P.C. 115
Madinat Al-Sultan Qaboos
Sultanate of Oman