Online Databases

To search a database, click on the links below. When accessing databases from home you will be prompted to enter your 10-digit library card number (no spaces).

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Databases A-Z Listing

Databases by Subject

Auto Repair

Biographies

Business & Investing

Encyclopedias

General (Nonspecific Subject Databases)

Health & Medicine

History

Homework

Kid-Friendly (Ages 5-12)

Law & Criminal Justice

Library Catalogs (Online)

Literature & Composition

Magazines & Newspapers

Popular Culture

Science

Social Issues

Social-Cultural Resources

Student Resources

World Cultures

Reference eBooks

 

Auto Repair

  • Chilton Library Detailed step-by-step service instructions, photographs, illustrations, wiring diagrams, diagnostic trouble codes, recall information, and maintenance and specification tables. Covers domestic and import vehicles up to current model year (guided tutorial).

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Biographies

  • Literature Resource Center Literary criticism, biographies, overviews of literary topics and works from all genres, disciplines, time periods and regions of the world.

  • Something About the Author provides first-time comprehensive online access to all volumes ever printed in Gale's™ acclaimed and long-standing Something About the Author series, which examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults and is the preeminent source on authors and literature for young people. Something About the Author Online includes both the main series and Something About the Author Autobiography Series, totaling more than 217 volumes, 12,000 entries, and nearly 17,000 images -- all delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals.

  • World Book Encyclopedia This magnum opus is made up of three distinct sections: World Book Online Reference Center (25,000 encyclopedia articles plus thousands of additional reference articles, technology tutorials, photographs, maps, videos, animations, and audio clips), World Book Online Info Finder (with over 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles, biographies, multimedia collections, geography resource guides, web links, and research tools), and World Book Online for Kids (with easy-to-read articles, images, illustrations, interactive maps, and teacher resources).

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Business & Investing

  • Morningstar Morningstar provides data on more than 385,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 8 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets.

  • ReferenceUSA ReferenceUSA is a directory database of business firms located in the United States. It contains more than fourteen million entries for companies of all sizes and types, and can be searched by company name or by business type and geographic location.

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Encyclopedias  

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

  • Worldbook Encyclopedia This magnum opus is made up of three distinct sections: World Book Online Reference Center (25,000 encyclopedia articles plus thousands of additional reference articles, technology tutorials, photographs, maps, videos, animations, and audio clips), World Book Online Info Finder (with over 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles, biographies, multimedia collections, geography resource guides, web links, and research tools), and World Book Online for Kids (with easy-to-read articles, images, illustrations, interactive maps, and teacher resources).

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General (Nonspecific Subject Databases)

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Titles include: Encyclopedia of Small Business, Gale Encyclopedia of E-Commerce, American Decades, History Behind the Headlines, West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, and Reference Guide to World Literature.

Health & Medicine

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History

  • Daily Life Through History The Daily Life Databases are a combination of three rich databases that provide a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary resource that supports history, social studies, English, and language students. Daily Life Online moves seamlessly from past to present, providing context for contemporary life and culture

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Homework

  • Daily Life Through History This is a combination of three rich databases that provide a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary resource that supports history, social studies, English, and language students. Daily Life Online moves seamlessly from past to present, providing context for contemporary life and culture.

  • Literature Resource Center Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world, supplemented by the scholarly materials of the Scribner Writers Series and Twayne's World, U.S., and English Authors Series.

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVIC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites. New to the database are Lexile reading levels for periodicals and an integrated national and state curriculum standards search with content correlated to the standards (guided tutorial).

  • Worldbook Encyclopedia This magnum opus is made up of three distinct sections: World Book Online Reference Center (25,000 encyclopedia articles plus thousands of additional reference articles, technology tutorials, photographs, maps, videos, animations, and audio clips), World Book Online Info Finder (with over 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles, biographies, multimedia collections, geography resource guides, web links, and research tools), and World Book Online for Kids (with easy-to-read articles, images, illustrations, interactive maps, and teacher resources).

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Kid-Friendly (Ages 5-12)

  • BookFLIX is a great site featuring video storybooks paired with related nonfiction ebooks. Perfect for children from preschool through 3rd grade. Bookflix can be used either inside the library or from home using your library card number.

  • World Book Encyclopedia World Book Online for Kids has easy-to-read articles, images, illustrations, interactive maps, and teacher resources.

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Law & Criminal Justice

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Library Catalogs (Online)

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Literature & Composition  

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Magazines & Newspapers

  • National Geographic Virtual Library  As journalism's most trusted name in exploration and discovery, National Geographic Virtual Library(NGVL) supports a range of scholarly research needs in the areas of science, history, technology, the environment, cultures, and more. NGVL brings the National Geographic Society to the library in a cross-searchable platform that fits the way today's students and patrons conduct their research.  For your viewing pleasure, our virtual library includes the National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to present, as well as “People, Animals and the World.” “Explore like never before.”

  • Newsbank The electronic editions of record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers--all in one easy-to-search database. Each paper provides unique coverage of local and regional news, including companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and people in the community. Paid ads are excluded.

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Popular Culture

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Science

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Social Issues

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites. New to the database are Lexile reading levels for periodicals and an integrated national and state curriculum standards search with content correlated to the standards (guided tutorial).

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Social-Cultural Resources

  • The African-American Experience is an online resource that provides information on the experiences of African Americans from the 16th century to the present.  The database contains text, images, audio and video resources. 

  • The Latino-American Experience is a multi-faceted database that contains information concerning the experiences of Latino Americans. The database can be searched by era and by media type.

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    Student Resources (Grades K through 12)

    • Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVIC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites. New to the database are Lexile reading levels for periodicals and an integrated national and state curriculum standards search with content correlated to the standards (guided tutorial).

    • Something About the Author provides comprehensive online access to all volumes ever printed in Gale's™ Something About the Author series, which examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults and is the preeminent source on authors and literature for young people. Something About the Author Online includes both the main series and Something About the Author Autobiography Series, totaling more than 217 volumes, 12,000 entries, and nearly 17,000 images - all delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals (guided tutorial).

    • Worldbook Encyclopedia This magnum opus is made up of three distinct sections: World Book Online Reference Center (25,000 encyclopedia articles plus thousands of additional reference articles, technology tutorials, photographs, maps, videos, animations, and audio clips), World Book Online Info Finder (with over 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles, biographies, multimedia collections, geography resource guides, web links, and research tools), and World Book Online for Kids (with easy-to-read articles, images, illustrations, interactive maps, and teacher resources).

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    World Cultures

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    Reference eBooks

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