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African-American

American Culture

The Arts

Auto Repair

  • Auto Repair Reference Center
    Auto repair information for domestic and foreign vehicles from 1954 to the present. 
  • Mitchell 1 OnDemand
    Mitchell’s information for domestic and foreign vehicles from 1983 to the present. AVAILABLE ONLY TO USERS IN PGCMLS BRANCHES USING INTERNET EXPLORER; NO REMOTE ACCESS.

Biography

Books & Literature

  • ABC-CLIO eBooks
    Digital versions of encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and guides on topics such as history, business, current events, world cultures, folklore, food and cooking, and many more.
  • American Rhetoric
    Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and other recorded media events.
  • Books and Authors
    Explore the endless possibilities of books, authors, genres and topics. Combines over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian's favorites lists.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    E-reference books which can be searched or browsed; topics include biography, business (including business plans!), environment, medicine, etc.
  • Literary Reference Center
    Provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.
  • Literature Resource Center
    Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. For high school and up.
  • Novelist K-8 Plus
    Search or browse for picture books, novels and series; for infants through teens.
  • Novelist Plus
    For fiction lovers. Includes searchable fiction reviews, read-alike lists, award winners, and reading group guides.
  • The Oxford Companion to the Book from Oxford Reference E-Books.
  • Oxford Essential Quotations from Oxford Reference E-Books.
  • Oxford Reference E-Books
    A collection of electronic dictionaries, encyclopedias and companions to many topics including the arts, human rights, history, and culture.

Business-Finance-Investing

  • ABC-CLIO eBooks
    Digital versions of encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and guides on topics such as history, business, current events, world cultures, folklore, food and cooking, and many more. 
  • Business Source Premier
    Provides full text coverage of 2,966 scholarly business, management and economics journals, includes topics such as accounting, banking, finance, international business, marketing, sales, etc.
  • Career Transitions
    A database which step-by-step guides you to discover your interests, choose a career, prepare a resume, search job openings and more.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    E-reference books which can be searched or browsed; topics include biography, business (including business plans!), environment, medicine, etc. 
  • Mergent WebReports
    Access a vast archive of corporate and industry related documents. WebReports contains more than 180,000 documents covering over 100 countries and industries using an easy to navigate and reliable system.
  • Morningstar Library Edition
    Investment Research Center provides information about stocks, funds, ETFs, and Industries. Use Portfolio X-Ray to view how a set of holdings can work together.
  • ReferenceUSA
    Detailed information on more than 20 million businesses, 220 million consumers, US new businesses, US new homeowners and movers; records are continuously updated.
  • Regional Business News
    Full-text coverage for more than 80 regional business publications for all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
  • SEC EDGAR
    All publicly traded companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Access and download this information for free.
  • ValueLine Investment Survey
    Includes Research Center, Investment Survey, Analyzer, Advisor, and Selection & Opinion.
    View video tutorials and users' guides about Value Line's new platform.

Children

  • Kids Search
    Elementary and middle school students can search and browse articles; includes Teacher Resources.
  • MAS Ultra – School Edition
    This comprehensive database, designed specifically for high school libraries, contains full text for more than 700 popular high school magazines.
  • Middle Search Plus
    Middle Search® Plus contains full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
  • Novelist K-8 Plus
    Search or browse for picture books, novels and series; for infants through teens.
  • Primary Search
    Full-text for more than 70 popular magazines for elementary school research; articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
  • Searchasaurus
    Elementary students can search articles by keyword or by topic.

Consumer

  • Magazine Index - MasterFILE Premier
    Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for more than 1,900 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Includes full-text Consumer Reports articles.
  • ReferenceUSA
    Detailed information on more than 20 million businesses, 220 million consumers, US new businesses, US new homeowners and movers; records are continuously updated.

Directories

  • ReferenceUSA
    Detailed information on more than 20 million businesses, 220 million consumers, US new businesses, US new homeowners and movers; records are continuously updated.

E-Reference Books

  • ABC-CLIO eBooks
    Digital versions of encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and guides on topics such as history, business, current events, world cultures, folklore, food and cooking, and many more.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    E-reference books which can be searched or browsed; topics include biography, business (including business plans!), environment, medicine, etc.
  • Oxford Reference E-Books
    A collection of electronic dictionaries, encyclopedias and companions to many topics including the arts, human rights, history, and culture.

Education

Employment

  • Career Cruising
    This database is no longer available.
  • Career Transitions
    A database which step-by-step guides you to discover your interests, choose a career, prepare a resume, search job openings and more.
  • Learning Express Library 3.0
    Practice tests for college entrance, employment, and citizenship. Tutorials in basic skills for math, reading, and writing.
  • Testing & Education Reference Center
    Practice tests for college entrance, employment, and citizenship, plus college and career search help.

En Español

  • Grolier Online Passport
    Multiple reference sources including Encyclopedia Americana, The New Book of Popular Science, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, Lands and Peoples and more.

Encyclopedias

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Edition Library
    Britannica Reference Center for high school students and up and Britannica Kids for middle school or elementary students and up. Search the encyclopedias as well as magazines, Web sites, and videos. You can also explore Learning Materials, a dictionary and thesaurus, atlases, timelines, and other features -- all at the appropriate grade level.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
    Search this student encyclopedia; contains full-text articles and images.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    E-reference books which can be searched or browsed; topics include biography, business (including business plans!), environment, medicine, etc.
  • Grolier Online Passport
    Multiple reference sources including Encyclopedia Americana, The New Book of Popular Science, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, Lands and Peoples and more.

Entertainment

  • Freegal Music Downloads
    Download 5 free songs per week from a library of millions!  Listen to up to three hours of streaming music per day. Note: Temporary registration numbers will not allow access.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    E-reference books which can be searched or browsed; topics include biography, business (including business plans!), environment, medicine, etc.
  • Hoopla
    Watch or download up to 12 movies, television episodes, music albums, or audiobooks a month. Select from thousands.
  • IndieFlix
    Watch award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries from around the world. Select from thousands.
  • The International Encyclopedia of Dance from Oxford Reference E-Books.
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance from Oxford Reference E-Books.
  • Oxford Reference E-Books
    A collection of electronic dictionaries, encyclopedias and companions to many topics including the arts, human rights, history, and culture.

Fashion

Genealogy

  • America’s Obituaries & Death Notices
    A unique resource that contains more than 15 million recent death records from across the nation with new content added daily; searchable by name, date, or text within the notice. 
  • Ancestry Library Edition
    Search for genealogical information in censuses, passenger lists, citizenship records, birth, death and marriage records, etc.  AVAILABLE ONLY TO USERS IN PGCMLS BRANCHES; NO REMOTE ACCESS.
  • Dictionary of American Family Names from Oxford Reference E-Books.
  • HeritageQuest Online
    For both genealogical and historical information, a collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Contains original page images for all documents (coverage dating back to the late 1700s). Search census, books, periodicals, Freedman’s Bank Records and more.

General Research

  • ABC-CLIO eBooks
    Digital versions of encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and guides on topics such as history, business, current events, world cultures, folklore, food and cooking, and many more.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Library Edition
    Britannica Reference Center for high school students and up and Britannica Kids for middle school or elementary students and up. Search the encyclopedias as well as magazines, Web sites, and videos. You can also explore Learning Materials, a dictionary and thesaurus, atlases, timelines, and other features -- all at the appropriate grade level.
  • Full Text Finder
    Search or browse publications available through Library databases and e-resources.  See the User's Guide here.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
    Search this student encyclopedia; contains full-text articles and images.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    E-reference books which can be searched or browsed; topics include biography, business (including business plans!), environment, medicine, etc.
  • Grolier Online Passport
    Multiple reference sources including Encyclopedia Americana, The New Book of Popular Science, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, Lands and Peoples and more.
  • Magazine Index - MasterFILEPremier
    Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for more than 1,900 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.
  • Magazines A to Z
    Lists, indexes and searches all of the Library's e-resources, including e-journals, titles in full-text databases, and e-books.
  • Student Research Center
    Students may search by keyword or by topic; sort results by source type—magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.

Geography & World Cultures

Government

  • Business Source Premier
    Provides full text coverage of 2,966 scholarly business, management and economics journals, includes topics such as accounting, banking, finance, international business, marketing, sales, etc.
  • FDSys: Government Printing Office
    GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government - search, browse, download or print.
  • SEC EDGAR
    All publicly traded companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Access and download this information for free.

Health & Medicine

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    E-reference books which can be searched or browsed; topics include biography, business (including business plans!), environment, medicine, etc.
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
    Access to nearly 300 full text, consumer health periodicals, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Fit Pregnancy, Harvard Health Letter, Men's Health, Prevention, and Vegetarian Times.
  • Health Source: Nursing Academic Edition
    This resource provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.
  • Maryland Health Connection
    Marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses to compare and enroll in health insurance and determine eligibility for Medicaid and other assistance programs, federal tax credits and cost-sharing reductions. 

History

Homework Help

  • ABC-CLIO eBooks
    Digital versions of encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and guides on topics such as history, business, current events, world cultures, folklore, food and cooking, and many more.
  • Biography in Context
    Biographies with related full-text articles from magazines and newspapers. Search for people, both current and historic from all eras and fields of endeavor.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Library Edition
    Britannica Reference Center for high school students and up and Britannica Kids for middle school or elementary students and up. Search the encyclopedias as well as magazines, Web sites, and videos. You can also explore Learning Materials, a dictionary and thesaurus, atlases, timelines, and other features -- all at the appropriate grade level.
  • Full Text Finder
    Search or browse publications available through Library databases and e-resources.  See the User's Guide here.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
    Search this student encyclopedia; contains full-text articles and images.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    E-reference books which can be searched or browsed; topics include biography, business (including business plans!), environment, medicine, etc.
  • Grolier Online Passport
    Multiple reference sources including Encyclopedia Americana, The New Book of Popular Science, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, Lands and Peoples and more.
  • Homework Help-Live Tutoring
    A comprehensive suite of tutoring services designed for a range of academic needs; whether it’s tackling a tough homework problem, learning an academic skill, or writing a term paper.
  • Kids Search
    Elementary and middle school students can search and browse articles; includes Teacher Resources.
  • Magazine Index - MasterFILEPremier
    Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for more than 1,900 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.
  • MAS Ultra – School Edition
    This comprehensive database, designed specifically for high school libraries, contains full text for more than 700 popular high school magazines.
  • Middle Search Plus
    Middle Search® Plus contains full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    Covers today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration, includes more than 14,000 pro/con viewpoint essays. 
  • Primary Search 
    Full-text for more than 70 popular magazines for elementary school research; articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
  • Searchasaurus
    Elementary students can search articles by keyword or by topic.
  • Student Research Center
    Students may search by keyword or by topic; sort results by source type—magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.

Languages

  • Transparent Language Online
    An online language learning program using a wide variety of high-quality learning material and seamless integration of real-life language use by native speakers - all packaged together in an easy-to-use interface that can be accessed at any time and from any computer with Internet access. Note: Temporary registration numbers will not allow access.

Law

  • Business Source Premier
    Provides full text coverage of 2,966 scholarly business, management and economics journals, includes topics such as accounting, banking, finance, international business, marketing, sales, etc.
  • Encyclopedia of Human Rights from Oxford Reference E-Books.
  • FDSys: Government Printing Office
    GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government - search, browse, download or print.
  • Gale Legal Forms
    Legal forms for Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia – wills, name changes, contracts, and more. Click on "Other States" to access legal forms for DC and VA.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    E-reference books which can be searched or browsed; topics include biography, business (including business plans!), environment, medicine, etc.

Magazines & Newspapers

  • America’s Obituaries & Death Notices
    A unique resource that contains more than 15 million recent death records from across the nation with new content added daily; searchable by name, date, or text within the notice.
  • Full Text Finder
    Search or browse publications available through Library databases and e-resources.  See the User's Guide here.
  • Journals of the American Physics Society
    Search or browse current and back issues of physics journals; see a list of available titles by clicking Browse the Journals in the left menu.
  • Magazine Index - MasterFILEPremier
    Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for more than 1,900 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.
  • Washington Post
    Search or browse issues from 1988 to the present for one of America's most respected newspapers.

Multicultural

Photography

Religion

  • ABC-CLIO eBooks
    Digital versions of encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and guides on topics such as history, business, current events, world cultures, folklore, food and cooking, and many more.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    E-reference books which can be searched or browsed; topics include biography, business (including business plans!), environment, medicine, and more.

Science & the Environment

  • ABC-CLIO eBooks
    Digital versions of encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and guides on topics such as history, business, current events, world cultures, folklore, food and cooking, and many more.
  • Encyclopedia of Evolution from Oxford Reference E-Books.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    E-reference books which can be searched or browsed; topics include biography, business (including business plans!), environment, medicine, etc.
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
    Access to nearly 300 full text, consumer health periodicals, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Fit Pregnancy, Harvard Health Letter, Men's Health, Prevention, and Vegetarian Times.
  • Health Source: Nursing Academic Edition
    This resource provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.
  • Journals of the American Physics Society
    Search or browse current and back issues of physics journals; see a list of available titles by clicking Browse the Journals in the left menu.
  • Oxford Reference E-Books
    A collection of electronic dictionaries, encyclopedias and companions to many topics including the arts, human rights, history, and culture.
  • Science Reference Center
    Contains full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Small Business

  • Business Source Premier
    Provides full text coverage of 2,966 scholarly business, management and economics journals, includes topics such as accounting, banking, finance, international business, marketing, sales, etc.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    E-reference books which can be searched or browsed; topics include biography, business (including business plans!), environment, medicine, etc.
  • ReferenceUSA
    Detailed information on more than 20 million businesses, 220 million consumers, US new businesses, US new homeowners and movers; records are continuously updated.

Social Issues

Spanish Language

  • Grolier Online Passport
    Includes La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, a Spanish language encyclopedia.
  • HelpNow - Online Tutoring powered by Brainfuse
    Spanish speaking tutors are available through Live Help. 
  • Hoopla
    Some downloadable movies, audio books and music albums are available in Spanish.
  • Learning Express Library 3.0
    Practice tests for college entrance, employment, and citizenship. Tutorials in basic skills for math, reading, and writing.
  • Overdrive
    Some downloadable ebooks and audio books are available in Spanish. Note: Temporary registration numbers will not allow access.
  • Testing & Education Reference Center
    Practice materials are available for the U.S. Citizenship test, the GED, ASE automotive tests, and cosmetology tests in Spanish.

Test Practice