Online Databases A-Z

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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Online Databases by Subject

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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.


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.


Books in Print (Available through library staff at the reference desk) Books in Print is an online database that lists book, compact disc, audio-book, DVD and publisher information for items currently in publication. Some items may also be listed in BIP even if the title is not currently available from the publisher.


ChiltonLibrary.com ChiltonLibrary.com represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. ChiltonLibrary.com gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle (guided tutorial).


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.



Ebsco Ebsco provides full text for more than 2,200 periodicals covering an extensive range of subject areas including business, health, education, fitness, sports & leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY, fashion and much more.

Fiction Connection Discover titles similar to books you already enjoy.


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


Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.


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.


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. (guided tutorial)


Morningstar (This subscription ended on 9/30/2014)


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.


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.


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.


Something About the Author Online Something About the Author Online 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.


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).