Databases for Online Research

Here you will find online access to magazines, newspapers and reference materials on a wide variety of subjects. Use the Apply Filter button to narrow down your resources even faster by entering KEYWORDS and/or selecting SUBJECTS. Use the Visit button to access the database resource. These resources are available to all DC Public Library cardholders and are accessible from home, work or in the library. Please enter your card number (without spaces) when prompted.

View streaming world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and instructional videos from PBS, BBC, History Channel, A&E, National Geographic, Ken Burns and other respected sources.

Find and stream music from America's past. Includes songs by and about Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protest and much more.

Best-selling fiction and nonfiction, classic literature, children’s and young adult, language learning, drama, classic radio programs and self-help are available for download to PCs, laptops and an array of Windows Media-compatible portable devices.

Fiction and nonfiction EBooks, Audiobooks and Video which can be read, listened to, and watched on computers, smartphones, e-readers and other portable devices.

Find and stream over 1000 hours in over 1500 classical music performances, masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.

**New Interface**Find and stream over 12,000 albums which cover music from the earliest times to the 21rst century.

**New Interface**Find and stream over 6800 albums sounds from every continent. Includes genres such as worldbeat, Balkanic Jazz, African Film, Bollywood, Arab Swing, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku and more

Find and stream hundreds of  dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies from the 20th Century.  Includes ballet, tap, jazz contemporary, experimental, as well as forerunners and pioneers of modern concert dance.

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.

Best-selling  fiction and nonfiction, classic literature, CliffsNotes, computer books, business, romances, self-help…all available in two formats (Kinde eBook and Adobe Digital Editions) and downloadable to PCs, laptops and an array of portable devices (smartphones, tablets etc.).  If you need help with downloads from Overdrive, try Getting started with downloadable media.

Download up to three (3) songs a week and stream up to twenty-four (24) hours every day from ten thousand labels including Sony Music, with your library card and pin number.  Access to over seven million songs which are DRM-Free and compatible with all MP3 players and computers. Read Freegal Music Streaming 1-2-3 page or Freegal Music FAQs page. 

Find and stream thousands of award-winning independent movies, shorts, documentaries and web series from major film festivals from around the world. Note:  These films are not rated by the MPAA, so viewer discretion is advised.

**New Interface**Find and stream over 8400 albums of every jazz genre and time period.

Offers practice tests and courses designed to help students and adult learners improve skills and pass academic and licensing tests.

Find and stream over 2800 opera performances from staged productions, interviews and documentaries.

Find and stream hundreds of the most valuable documentary films and series from PBS. Including Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, as well as films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.

Access over 1000 titles in Computer Technology, Programming and Personal and Professional Development.  Fully searchable up to date and current content from top publishers such as O’Reilly, Sams, Microsoft Press and more.

**New Interface**Find and stream over 3000 albums from a virtual encyclopedia of the worlds music and aural traditions.

Fiction and nonfiction EBooks and Audiobooks which can be read and listened to on smartphones, e-readers and other portable devices.

Prepare for tests, plan for higher education, explore career paths, build a resume, and find job interview tools and tips.

Classic films, modern features, documentaries, children’s videos and more available for download to PCs and laptops and select Windows Media-compatible portable devices.

Read popular magazines on your tablet, mobile device or computer.  Over 175 magazines available. For instructions see: A guide on accessing Zinio Digital Magazines