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.

Accessible Archives provides a searchable collection of African American Newspapers from 19th century that includes Washington DC resources.  It emphasizes eyewitness accounts of historical events, editorials, popular culture, and commerce during the 19th century for America from resources such as:  Christian Recorder, Colored American, Frederick Douglass's Paper, Freedom's Journal, National Era, North Star, Provincial Freeman and Weekly Advocate. 

Find over 3000 essays and images on blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel and other forms of African American musical expression.

Searchable eBooks geared toward children and teens covering all aspects of U.S. History.

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.

Looking for images to add to a school paper or presentation?  Search Associated Press Images which contains a history of the world in photographs from the 1840s to as recent as a minute ago.

Find and stream movies from a selection of the most significant films of all time. Includes 10 micro-collections ranging from "Independent American Cinema" to French, German, Japanese and Eastern European/Russian films.

Search over 88,000 images dealing with the Justice Department's and its Federal Bureau of Investigation's widespread investigation of those deemed politically suspect. The collection covers Malcom X, Thurgood Marshall, Black Panthers and many others.

Search over 56,000 pages of  the Civil Rights Congress (CRC) involvement in notable civil rights and civil liberties issues such as Willie McGee, the Trenton Six, Martinsville Seven and many others.  The CRC also held many high profile protests in Washington DC and the UN.  Due to its Communist Party affiliations, the Civil Rights Congress was cited as subversive  by  President Harry S. Truman’s Attorney General, Thomas Clark.

International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics and current events.

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.

Contains over 3 million images that cover a wide range of topics perfect for lesson plans and activities, student reports and projects, or school Web sites and flyers. Images are from the world’s leading collections including Getty Images, National Geographic Society and National Portrait Gallery of London. Photos can be downloaded, printed and emailed.

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.

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.

1980-Present  -  The full-text electronic editions
1851-2013  - Digital edition with full text searching of each page, individual articles and images

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.

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.

Search over 700 transcriptions of interviews of individuals who made history in the struggles for voting rights, against discrimination in housing, for the desegregation of the schools, to expose racism in hiring, in defiance of police brutality, and to address poverty in the African American communities.

Covers the latest concepts, trends, opinions, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences. 

Discover American history from pre-colonial times to the present by reading historical documents and articles about the famous individuals in American history and about historical events. This resource includes maps, images, and timelines.

Search a single eBook or DC Public Library’s GVRL collection for digital versions of selected encyclopedias and reference resources on a wide  range of subjects from art, business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nations and the world and science.

Search a single eBook or DC Public Library’s GVRL collection for digital versions of selected encyclopedias and reference resources on a wide  range of subjects from art, business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nations and the world and science.