Alphabetical Listing of Databases for Online Research
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African American Experience
Contains 500 full-text reference and scholarly articles and over 4,000 slave narratives. Includes primary documents, maps and images, lesson plans, searchable timelines, and Web links.
African American Studies Center
Contains over 5,000 biographies, more than 7,500 articles, and hundreds of maps, documents, images, timelines, Web sites, and charts and tables of African-American life, history and culture.
American History: DCPL Virtual Reference Collection
Searchable eBooks geared toward children and teens covering all aspects of U.S. History.
Looking for images to add to a school paper or presentation? Search the Associated Press Image which contains a history of the world in photographs from the 1840s to as recent as a minute ago.
Art Full Text
Offers full text plus abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications—now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews and feminist criticism. (For access, Click "EBSCOhost Research Databases" and then select "Art Full Text.")
Arts and Humanities Through the Eras
Profiles milestones and movements in the arts, literature, music and religion. Each volume in this set helps researchers understand the various disciplines of the humanities in relation to each other, as well as to history and culture. An overview of the period and a chronology of major world events begin each volume.
Baltimore Sun – Historical
Offers full page and article images of the newspaper from 1837-1985. Full text search access to diverse regional perspectives and coverage on events that shaped the 19th and 20th century.
Biography in Context
Integrates biographies with related full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals, as well as thousands of images and links to hand-picked Web sites. Search for people—both current and historic from all eras—based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places or gender.
Biography: DCPL Virtual Reference Collection
Searchable eBooks, geared toward children and teens, offering biographical entries on a wide range of people.
Black Studies Center, Abolitionist Papers, History Makers, and BSC Dissertations: In Library
Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, and much more.
Black Studies: DCPL Virtual Reference Collection
Searchable eBooks, geared toward children and teens, covering many aspects of African-American History and Culture.
BookFlix: In Library | Home or Office
Pairs high-quality children's video storybooks with factual ebooks for pre-schoolers, kindergartners and beginning readers. Related games and puzzles reinforce early reading skills and build curiosity about the world. Some titles in Spanish. Algunos títulos en español.
Business Insights: Global
Research and analyze companies, industries and economies around the world.
Consumers' Checkbook: In Library Only
Provides consumers with information about local suppliers and service providers to help them get high-quality services and products at the best possible prices. This nonprofit website covers approximately 80 topics, including prescription drug shopping, movers, auto repair shops and more.
Core Documents of Our Democracy
Basic Federal Government documents that define our democratic society. From the “Bill of Rights” to “Statistical Abstract of the U.S.”
D.C. Municipal Regulations and D.C. Register
The District of Columbia Municipal Regulations is a compilation of the rules and regulations issued by District agencies and the Council of the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia Register is a weekly publication of the operations of the District's government.
Data.Gov (“Big Data”)
Find, download and use datasets with high quality data, easy to use tools and applications. Generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government with contributions from 172 federal agencies, innovators, developers, analysts and citizens across the nation.
District of Columbia Official Code
Offers District laws online.
Downloadable Language Learning Audio from Overdrive
The library provides a number of downloadable audio titles through Overdrive. These audio titles provide language learning in multiple languages, including German, Italian, Japanese, Arabic and English. The titles are available for download to PCs, laptops and an array of Windows Media-compatible portable devices.
Dun & Bradstreet's Global Reach In Library | Home or Office
Find any U.S. and Canadian company plus 8 million international businesses all in one database. Research individual companies worldwide, and view essential contact details. Conduct online market/industry research, and view corporate family trees.
eLibrary: In Library | Home or Office
Designed for students K-12. Consists of more than 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, reference books and transcripts—plus more than 1,000 maps, Web sites, audio-video files and pictures.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online: In Library | Home or Office
Offers comprehensive multimedia content, including maps, video clips, quotations and more. Create and personalize your own pages to collect and disseminate research.
Provides full-text coverage of more than 250 publications from the ethnic and minority press. The collection totals over one million newspaper, magazine and journal articles. Coverage dates back to 1990. Nearly one-quarter of the articles are presented in Spanish. Casi un cuarto de los artículos se presenta en español.
Expanded Academic ASAP
Covers all academic disciplines, including arts and the humanities, social sciences, science and technology. Access scholarly journals, news magazines and newspapers, many with full text and images.
FreedomFlix: In Library | Home or Office
FreedomFlix brings American history alive! Explore topics from the revolutionary era to today’s world through videos, online books, project ideas and quizzes to check your learning. For grades 4 and up.
Download up to three songs a week from the entire Sony Music and IODA catalogs with your library card and pin number. Songs are DRM-Free and compatible with all MP3 players and computers. Access over a million songs for free and yours to keep. Read our Tips on Downloading Music from Freegal page or Freegal FAQs page.
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General One File
A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.
Geography - DCPL Virtual Reference Collection
Searchable eBooks geared toward children and teens covering U.S. and World geography topics. Search eBooks as a group or individually.
Global Issues in Context
International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics and current events.
Health and Medicine - DCPL Virtual Reference Collection
Searchable eBooks geared toward children and teens covering a broad range of health and medical topics.
Covers more than 25,000 family and local histories and includes the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1930, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), the Revolutionary War Pension Applications & Bounty Land Warrant Applications, and the Freedman's Bank Records.
Historic Black Newspapers
Full historic content from four major black newspapers: The Chicago Defender (1909-75), The New York Amsterdam News (1922-93) The Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003) and The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988).
History Reference Center
Contains full text for thousands of history encyclopedias, reference books, leading periodicals and other sources. Features nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 37,400 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.
A collection of Hispanic magazines with full text. Covers business, health, technology, culture, current topics and other subjects. Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.
Provides daily updates for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social sciences, sports, technology and many general interest topics.
Job & Career Accelerator
Job & Career Accelerator combines everything you need for a successful job search into one easy-to-use online application. Explore occupations, search for jobs, create resumes and improve skills.
Latino American Experience
Over 200 volumes of content, from encyclopedias to biographies. Also includes maps, images, audio clips, interviews, music files, speeches, documents, and other material in English and Spanish. Sobre 200 volúmenes de contenido, de las enciclopedias a las biografías. También incluye los mapas, las imágenes, los clips audios, las entrevistas, los archivos de la música, los discursos, los documentos, y el otro material en inglés y español.
Law and the Constitution - DCPL Virtual Reference Collection
Searchable eBooks geared toward children and teens covering law in general and the U.S. Constitution. Search eBooks as a group or individually.
Learning Express Library
Offers practice tests and courses designed to help students and adult learners improve skills and pass academic and licensing tests.
Legal Forms Online
Designed to simplify access to standard legal forms. The database provides legal forms specifically drafted by attorneys for the District of Columbia, as well as federal forms and other documents applicable across the nation. Most forms can be customized by users. Subject areas include bankruptcy, bill of sale, contracts, divorce, employment, landlord tenant, living wills, name change, power of attorney, real estate, taxes, and last will and testament.
Literature Resource Center
Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers of all disciplines, from all time periods from around the world.
Learn over 70 different languages with this interactive tool; each language has audio tutorials to practice reading, listening and speaking. It also has ESL courses for Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese speakers.
Mango's Little Pim
Little Pim is a fun and interactive way to introduce a child to Russian, German, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Hebrew, English, Spanish or French.
National Library of Medicine’s database of health information for consumers and health professionals. Includes information on over 750 health topics, drugs and supplements, medical encyclopedia, dictionaries, interactive tutorials, and surgery videos. Also includes health information in over 40 languages.
MedlinePlus (en Español)
MedlinePlus le ayuda encontrar las respuestas que usted busca en temas de salud. MedlinePlus ha recopilado la informacion mas confiable proveniente de fuentes autorizadas tales como la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina y los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud, asi como otras agencias gubernamentales y organizaciones de servicios para la salud. MedlinePlus tambien le ofrece mucha informacion sobre medicamentos, una enciclopedia medica ilustrada, programas interactivos para el paciente y las mas recientes noticias acerca de la salud.
Memorial Sloan Kettering's Information About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products
Database created by Memorial Sloan Kettering's Integrative Medicine Service to provide evidence-based information about herbs, botanicals, supplements, and more.
Middle East - DCPL Virtual Reference Collection
Searchable eBooks geared toward children and teens covering Middle Eastern current events, history and culture.
Morningstar Library Edition: In Library | Home or Office
Identify stocks, mutual funds and ETFs that meet your needs. Morningstar Library Edition combines all the fund and stock information necessary for in-depth research and smart portfolio construction. Each fund and stock report is loaded with critical data and decisive analysis.
National Geographic Virtual Library
National Geographic Virtual Library brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue from 1888 through present — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.
National Newspaper Core
New York Times (full text backfile to 1980, Book Review and Magazine are included in PDF format), Los Angeles Times (full text backfile to 1985), Wall Street Journal (full text backfile to 1984), Christian Science Monitor (full text backfile to 1988) and The Washington Post (full text backfile to 1987). Search as a group or individually.
The New York Times, Current and Historic
1980-Present - The full-text electronic editions
1851-2009 - Digital edition with full text searching of each page, individual articles and images
A fiction database with subject heading access, reviews, annotations and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks and Annotated Book Lists.
Covers fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in the classroom. The NoveList Learning Center provides a complete introduction to the product and shows you how to use NoveList to meet your students’ reading needs. You can access the Learning Center by clicking on its link in the left-hand column of your screen.
OED - Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the English language. Guide to the meaning, history and pronunciation of over 600,000 words – past and present.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Covers the hottest social issues from terrorism to endangered species, stem cell research to gun control. Brings together all the information that's needed to fully understand an issue: pro and con viewpoint articles, reference articles that provide context, 140 full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, government and organizational statistics, multimedia, including images and podcasts, and links to hand-selected Web sites.
Oxford Art Online
The entire 34 volumes of The Dictionary of Art, including updates of text and over 22,000 links to art images in galleries and museums around the world. Topics covered include the fine arts (architecture, painting and sculpture) and decorative arts (ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry, interior design and textiles) of world cultures, countries and regions.
Oxford Music Online
The full text of the printed editions of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. It also includes notated music examples and links to images and sound. Articles are reviewed regularly to reflect the most current advances in music scholarship.
Learn Spanish, French, Mandarin, German, Russian, Italian, Japanese, Korean or English for Spanish and Mandarin speakers. Simulates gradual immersion into a new language through a series of stories, activities and learning exercises.
A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. Areas include medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care, and pre-clinical sciences.
Database of 14 million U.S. businesses and 220 million U.S. residents. Perfect for conducting job searches, searching for business opportunities and suppliers, tracking down addresses and phone numbers, locating out-of-town companies, corporate linkage, and conducting market and patent research.
Religion and Beliefs - DCPL Virtual Reference Collection
Searchable eBooks geared toward children and teens covering religion and belief systems. Search the eBooks as a group or individually.
Science - DCPL Virtual Reference Collection
Fifteen searchable eBooks geared toward children and teens covering all aspects of science, including physics, astrology, biology, technology, chemistry, weather, geology, etc. Search eBooks as a group or individually.
Science in Context
Covers the latest scientific developments with thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations, with articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality websites, videos, audio files and podcasts.
Science Reference Center
Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
Social Sciences Full Text
Covers the latest concepts, trends, opinions, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences. (For access, Click "EBSCOhost Research Databases" and then select "Social Sciences Full Text.")
Student Resources in Context
Offers easy access to award-winning content based on national curriculum standards. Covering all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more, Gale Student Resources in Context provides a premium selection of reference material, more than 1,100 full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary sources, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips and podcasts.
Teen Health and Wellness
Got questions? Get answers. From asthma to activism and bullying to braces, Teen Health & Wellness has what you need to know on physical and emotional health, eating disorders and fitness, drugs and alcohol, sexuality and dating, life skills and money matters, and more.
Testing and Education Reference Center
Prepare for tests, plan for higher education, explore career paths, build a resume, and find job interview tools and tips.
TrueFlix: In Library | Home or Office
Watch and read; explore true facts from among over a dozen topics. Watch a video, read a book online, explore topics through project ideas, craft activities, online resources and more! Subjects cover history, science and geography. For ages 8-11.
Tumblebooks for Children
Offers animated, talking picture books, which are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books. A parent can read to the child, or the book can be “read” to the child online.
U. S. Government Documents and Publications
GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Search, Browse and Download.
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On-line access to Value Line's leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks.
The Wall Street Journal
Access to the financial newspaper of record, with in-depth coverage of national and international finance as well as first-rate coverage of hard news. Full text backfile to 1984.
Washington Evening Star, 1852 - 1950
Search and browse "scanned" copies of every page of every issue of the Star, long considered the "hometown paper of record" for the Nation’s Capital. This valuable archive offers significant new research opportunities from the Antebellum Period to World War I to the start of the Korean War.
The Washington Post, Current and Historic
1987-Present - The full-text electronic edition.
1877 to 1996 - Digital edition with full text searching of each page, individual articles and images.
Washington Times, 1990-Current
As an alternative voice to The Washington Post, the Washington Times covers events in Washington, D.C., the nation, and the world. Established in 1982, the newspaper is the full-text electronic edition of record of the publication.
Who's Who Among African Americans
Provides biographical and career details on more than 20,000 notable African-American individuals, including leaders from sports, the arts, business, religion and more.
Witchcraft in America
Searchable eBooks geared toward children and teens covering the practice of witchcraft in America. Search eBooks as a group or individually.
World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
Online version of the popular encyclopedia available in Spanish. Versión en línea de la enciclopedia popular disponible en español.
World Book Encyclopedia
Online version of the popular encyclopedia. Features include a separate entry point for children, current headline news, educators’ tools, an atlas, a dictionary and an Explore Washington, D.C., section.
World Cultures - DCPL Virtual Reference Collection
Searchable eBooks geared toward children and teens covering World Cultures.
World History - DCPL Virtual Reference Collection
Searchable eBooks geared toward children and teens covering many aspects of world history.