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The following databases are free for you to utilize in your research at home (if available) or in the Library. If you need assistance accessing a particular database or you have research related questions, please contact our Adult Reference Desk at 254.298.5702. 

Databases with an asterisk * require login information. That information may be your library card number and password/pin, your email and password, or login information provided by Library Staff. Each database that requires a login will list what that login information at the end (in parenthesis).  

Featured
  • Ancestry
    Ancestry helps you understand your genealogy. A family tree takes you back generations—the world's largest collection of online family history records makes it easy to trace your lineage.* (For use in Library only) 
  • AtoZ Databases
    AtoZdatabases is the premier Reference, Research, Marketing, Mailing Lists/Sales Leads, and Job-Search Database. The database includes 30 million business & executive profiles, over 240 million residents with interests, hobbies and lifestyles information, over 7 million real-time job listings, 2 Million new businesses, over 12 million healthcare professionals, over 12 million new movers, 2 million new homeowners, and much more. The databases are ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, background searches, finding friends, relatives and a whole lot of other possibilities. * (Requires Library Card Number if Used Outside of Library)
  • AtoZ Maps Online
    AtoZ Maps Online is the world’s most comprehensive collection of royalty-free downloadable maps for schools, academic institutions, and public libraries. Students, teachers, library patrons, and businesses can use our more than 100,000 maps in school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects, and business reports. No other reference contains so many maps, map resources, visual glossaries, video dictionaries, geography learning games, and teacher resources as AtoZ Maps Online. * (Requires Library Card Number)
    • All maps are downloadable and royalty-free for non-commercial use.
    • Students and teachers can download maps for school reports and lesson plans.
    • Library patrons can download maps to support historical and genealogical research projects.
    • Business library patrons can download maps for use in marketing reports and presentations.
  • AtoZ The USA
    The United States is one of the most geographically, culturally, and ethnically diverse countries in the world. It is also a young country with a rich history. AtoZ the USA brings this diversity and history to life in a beautifully illustrated resource designed especially for libraries and schools. AtoZ the USA contains more than 115 country-specific articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Library patrons and students will find unmatched coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society. * (Requires Library Card Number)
  • AtoZ World Foods
    With thousands of global recipes, hundreds of fascinating culture and ingredient articles, and essential cullinary resources, AtoZ World Food brings international cuisines to you, from Albanian byrek to Zimbabwean matemba! * (Requires Library Card Number)
  • Cypress Resumes
    Cypress Resume is an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three quick and simple steps.
    1.  Enter your name, contact information, work history and education.
    2. Choose the title of your desired job or simply the skill set you wish to highlight.
    3.  Finally, choose from a collection of concise and professional job statements to ensure your resume will stand out. And that's it! In a few minutes you will have a great-looking, well-written resume that will give you the edge in today's ultra-competitive job market.* (Set up with your email & create a password)
  • Fold3
    Fold3 features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of records come the U.S. National Archives, The National Archives of U.K. and many others. * (For use in Library only) 
  • Foundation Directory Online
    Foundation Directory Online is a research tool to help nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects. This tool includes grantmaker information and funding history. * (For use in Library only) 
  • Global Road Warrior
    Global Road Warrior is the world’s most extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, customs, history, and language worldwide. Global Road Warrior consists of 174 Country Guides of 119 topics each. No other single resource covers so many topics, so well, for so many countries.* (Requires Library Card Number)
  • Grants to Individuals
    Foundation Grants to Individuals includes profiles of 10,000 grantmakers with details on funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals. * (For use in Library only) 
  • Military Database
    The Military Database covers topics across all government and military branches, including international relations, political science, criminology, defense, aeronautics and space flight, communications, civil engineering, and more. An important benefit of the Military Database is its content diversity. Included are scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more. * (Requires Library Card Number)
  • SciTech Premium Collection
    The SciTech Premium Collection includes the Natural Science Collection and Technology Collection databases and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications and more. For researchers who need to conduct comprehensive literature reviews, this database includes specialized, editorial-controlled A&I resources for discovery of relevant scholarly research and technical literature critical to the discipline.* (Requires Library Card Number)
  • TexShare Databases
    The TexShare Databases include databases covering topics such as Business, Career and Job Skills, Do-It-Yourself, eBooks, Education Resources, Genealogy and History, General Reference, Health and Medicine, K-12 Resources, Legal Resources, Literature Resources, Science and Technology. * (Requires login information provided by Library Staff. Please call for access) 

Ancestry

  • Castle Garden
    Created by the Battery Conservancy from records at NARA, this free online searchable database contains entries for 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Searchable by passenger name, the database provides information including age, sex, literacy, occupation, country of origin, port of embarkation, date of arrival into New York, and ship name. From 1855 - 1890, Castle Garden was America's first official immigration center.
  • Ellis Island
    Ellis Island has an online searchable database using records from NARA, (created by the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation), of 22.5 million arrivals to New York between 1892 - 1924. Registration is required but free, and you can view scanned images of actual passenger manifests. You can also purchase copies through the site. Over 20 million immigrants passed through the Port of New York at Ellis Island from 1892 - 1924.
  • Family Search
    Search from many databases of records from around the world, including many provided from the National Archives. This website is a project of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).
  • Fold3
    Fold3 features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of records come the U.S. National Archives, The National Archives of U.K. and many others. * (For use in Library only) 
  • Passenger Lists 
    Electronic records at NARA relating to immigrants to America from Germany (1850-1897), Russia (1834-1897), Ireland (1846-1851), and Italy (1855-1900). The National Archives offers the AAD database as a free public resource and it can be accessed from anywhere.

Art

  • Digital Public Library of America
    "DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science."
  • National Public Library
    Contains information on 60,574 works from the National (UK) Portrait Gallery's collection of over 320,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, and photographs

Business

  • Cypress Resumes
    Cypress Resume is an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three quick and simple steps.
    1.  Enter your name, contact information, work history and education.
    2. Choose the title of your desired job or simply the skill set you wish to highlight.
    3.  Finally, choose from a collection of concise and professional job statements to ensure your resume will stand out. And that's it! In a few minutes you will have a great-looking, well-written resume that will give you the edge in today's ultra-competitive job market.* (Set up with your email & create a password)
  • Mergent Intellect
    This database provides you with information regarding businesses, market data, and employer information. * (For use in the Library only) 
  • Thomas Net
    Thomas Net is a Business to Business website that connects businesses, provides business insights, and assists with marketing. 
  • Trade Stats Express
    Get the latest annual and quarterly trade data with customized outputs for visualization and analysis.  

Dissertations

  • PQDT Open
    Find open access dissertations and theses. 
  • EBSCOhost
    American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933 - 1955. 
  • NDLTD
    Search over 4,000 electronic theses and dissertations. 

Driver Information and Driving Practice Tests

  • Driving Tests
    These practice tests are good for the learner license test, driver’s license test and the senior citizens’ refresher test. Practice tests for cars, motorcycles, and your CDL. Tests are available in English and Spanish. Handbooks and TX DMV FAQs are also available for free.
  • DMV Written Test
    These 16 practice examinations are based upon the 2018 Texas Driver Handbook. Each practice exam provides a grade at the end, as well as a link to the online 2018 Texas Driver Handbook.
  • ePermitTest Driver Education
    Ready to start preparing for your Texas drivers permit test? If you are between 14 and 24 years old and live in Dallas, Austin or anywhere else in the state of Texas, you will find everything you need to get started, right here on this page! Welcome to our fantastic, free driver’s education course, suitable for 2020 DPS permit test applicants. This course covers traffic laws, road signs, driving skills and everything else you will be assessed on during the written driver’s license test. It is never too soon to start studying for the permit test, so why not get started right now?
  • ePermitTest Practice Tests
    Use these interactive DMV practice tests to prepare for your driving exam. All of the practice tests are specific to Texas and are supplemented with study aids, and detailed explanations that come up whenever a student makes a mistake. We even have a real DMV test simulator that is provided in the same format as the written exam.  

Education

  • AtoZ Maps Online
    AtoZ Maps Online is the world’s most comprehensive collection of royalty-free downloadable maps for schools, academic institutions, and public libraries. Students, teachers, library patrons, and businesses can use our more than 100,000 maps in school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects, and business reports. No other reference contains so many maps, map resources, visual glossaries, video dictionaries, geography learning games, and teacher resources as AtoZ Maps Online. * (Requires Library Card Number)
    • All maps are downloadable and royalty-free for non-commercial use.
    • Students and teachers can download maps for school reports and lesson plans.
    • Library patrons can download maps to support historical and genealogical research projects.
    • Business library patrons can download maps for use in marketing reports and presentations.
  • AtoZ The USA
    The United States is one of the most geographically, culturally, and ethnically diverse countries in the world. It is also a young country with a rich history. AtoZ the USA brings this diversity and history to life in a beautifully illustrated resource designed especially for libraries and schools. AtoZ the USA contains more than 115 country-specific articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Library patrons and students will find unmatched coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society. * (Requires Library Card Number)
  • CREDO
    Credo is aneasy-to-use tool for research, homework, and other reference needs. Gatherbackground information on your topic from over one thousand full-textencyclopedias and subject handbooks, as well as 500,000+ images and audio filesand over 1,000 videos.
  • Global Road Warrior
    Global Road Warrior is the world’s most extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, customs, history, and language worldwide. Global Road Warrior consists of 174 Country Guides of 119 topics each. No other single resource covers so many topics, so well, for so many countries.* (Requires Library Card Number)
  • Heinonline
    HeinOnline is a premier online database containing more than 173 million pages and 270,000 titles of historical and government documents in a fully searchable, image-based format. HeinOnline bridges an important research gap by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,700 law-related periodicals. In addition to its vast collection of academic journals, HeinOnline contains the entire Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, and entire databases dedicated to treaties, constitutions, case law, world trials, classic treatises, international trade, foreign relations, U.S. Presidents, and much more.
  • History Matters
    Designed for high school and college teachers and students, History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.
  • ERIC
    The ERIC online system provides the public with a centralized ERIC Web site for searching the ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966. More than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based services only, are now available for free.
  • Library of Congress
    Utilize databases from the Library of Congress that cover information from the arts and humanities to science and technology. 
  • MERLOT
    Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare
    Search for college class materials available free online.
  • ProQuest
    Browse information from 8 databases including the Military Database, SciTech Premium Collection, 20th Century American Poetry, 20th Century English Poetry, GeoRef, and the Coronavirus Research Database. 
  • SciTech Premium Collection
    The SciTech Premium Collection includes the Natural Science Collection and Technology Collection databases and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications and more. For researchers who need to conduct comprehensive literature reviews, this database includes specialized, editorial-controlled A&I resources for discovery of relevant scholarly research and technical literature critical to the discipline.* (Requires Library Card Number)
  • Texas Archival Resources Online
    TARO (Texas Archival Resources Online) makes descriptions of the rich archival, manuscript, and museum collections in repositories across the state available to the public. The site consists of the collection descriptions or "finding aids" that archives, libraries, and museums create to assist users in locating information in their collections. Consider these an extended table of contents which describe unique materials only available at the individual repositories. In most cases, the collections themselves are NOT available online.
  • Teaching Books
    A collection of materials for children, teens, and educators surrounding books, including read along performances, meet the author exclusives, book lists, virtual teaching ideas, and more! 
Financial
  • Banzai
    In depth lessons on financial topics including saving money, insurance, retirement, taxes, housing, borrowing and credit, investing, and more! 
  • Foundation Directory Online
    Foundation Directory Online is a research tool to help nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects. This tool includes grantmaker information and funding history. * (For use in Library only) 
  • Grants to Individuals
    Foundation Grants to Individuals includes profiles of 10,000 grantmakers with details on funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals. * (For use in Library only) 

Journals 
  • DOAJ
    The DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) was launched in 2003 with 300 open access journals. Today, this independent database contains over 16 500 peer-reviewed open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. Open access journals from all countries and in all languages are welcome to apply for inclusion.

Technology 

  • Excel Easy
    Microsoft Excel is an important skill in many jobs. This online tutorial helps you become a master of the application with everything from Basics to Formulas. 
  • GCF Learn Free
    From interactive tutorials for learning Microsoft Office to guided lessons on Reading and Mathematics, this Goodwill Community Foundation website provides you with easy-to-follow lessons complete with videos, tests, and downloads.
  • SciTech Premium Collection
    The SciTech Premium Collection includes the Natural Science Collection and Technology Collection databases and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications and more. For researchers who need to conduct comprehensive literature reviews, this database includes specialized, editorial-controlled A&I resources for discovery of relevant scholarly research and technical literature critical to the discipline.* (Requires Library Card Number)
  • Windows 10 Troubleshooting
    Learn how to troubleshoot issues with the Windows 10 operating system for free using this easy-to-follow online tutorial.

Texas

  • Handbook of Texas
    Created and maintained by the Texas State Historical Association, the Handbook of Texas is a digital gateway to Texas' history. 
  • Portal to Texas History
    A gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas. 
  • Texas Archival Resources Online
    TARO (Texas Archival Resources Online) makes descriptions of the rich archival, manuscript, and museum collections in repositories across the state available to the public. The site consists of the collection descriptions or "finding aids" that archives, libraries, and museums create to assist users in locating information in their collections. Consider these an extended table of contents which describe unique materials only available at the individual repositories. In most cases, the collections themselves are NOT available online.
  • Texas.gov
    From birth certificates to vehicle registration and driver license renewal, Texas.gov has all of the information you need to live and thrive in Texas. 
  • Texas Digital Archive
    The Texas Digital Archive (TDA) manages, preserves, and facilitates access to the electronic records collections of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, including those transferred by state agencies or digitized by the State Archives. All records visible in this portal are unrestricted and available for public use.
  • TRAIL
    The Texas Records and Information Locator (TRAIL) service provides access to Texas state government information contained in electronic publications. TRAIL facilitates ready access to the information for Texas citizens and other users.

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