Howard County Library System
 
List of Online Research Tools




Alphabetical List: A-F    G-L     M-R     S-Z


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Full-text Provides full-text articles. If no icon exists, then it is a directory listing or only provides abstracts.
Accessible from home Accessible outside of the library.
Not accessible from home Only accessible from inside a library branch.
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A-F      
ABC-CLIO eBook Collection (Homework assistance - eBooks aimed at middle and high school students) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
AMA DoctorFinder (Health & medicine - Finding a doctor) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
American Memory (Library of Congress) (History - Primary sources in American history) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
American Periodicals Series Online (History - Historical magazines from 1740-1940) & (Newspapers & magazines - Historical magazines from 1740-1940) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry.com) (Genealogy - Ancestry & HeritageQuest)

** A
vailable only within the library
Full-text Not accessible from home Database description
AnyWho Online Directory (Phone books - National residential and business telephone directory)   Accessible from home Database description
AtoZdatabases (Business & investing - Business directory and information), (Health & medicine - Locate a doctor or dentist) & (Phone books - National residential, business and health telephone directory)   Accessible from home Database description
Auto Repair Reference Center (Cars - Fixing cars)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Baltimore Sun (Newspapers & magazines - Online Baltimore Sun) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Baltimore Sun Jobs (Employment, jobs & careers - Baltimore area jobs)   Accessible from home Database description
Biography in Context [formerly Biography Resource Center] (Biography - Biographies)
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Business Source Premier (Business & investing - National business news) & (Newspapers & magazines - National business news)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access

Android and iPhone/iPod Touch apps available - download from link at bottom of Business Source Premier page
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
CareerOneStop (Employment, jobs & careers - How to look for a job, research a career, write a resume and more) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs (Health & medicine - Facts about prescription and non-prescription drugs) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
ConsumerReports.org (Cars - Evaluating cars) & (Product & services evaluations - Consumer product evaluations)
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Digital Maryland [formerly Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage] (History - Maryland and local history) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
EBSCO eBook Collection (Literature - Online Cliffs Notes) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) (Colleges & education - FAFSA form)   Accessible from home Database description
Foundation Directory Online Professional (Foundations & grants - Foundation grants to charities, community organizations and other groups)

** Available only at the Central and Miller branches
  Not accessible from home Database description
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Foundations & grants - Foundation grants to individuals)

** Available only at the Central
and Miller branches
  Not accessible from home Database description
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (Encyclopedias - General encyclopedia)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access

Android and iPhone/iPod Touch apps available - download from link at bottom of Funk & Wagnalls page

Full-text Accessible from home Database description

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G-L      
Gale Courses [formerly Learn4Life] (Online classes - Online education courses) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Gale Virtual Reference Library (Health & medicine - Online reference collection aimed at all ages), (History - Online reference collection aimed at all ages), (Homework assistance - Online reference collection aimed at all ages) & (Science - Online reference collection aimed at all ages)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Great Books of the Western World (Literature - Classic works of the Western world) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
HeritageQuest Online (Genealogy - Ancestry & HeritageQuest)
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
History Reference Center (History - American and world history)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Howard County, MD (Government information - Howard County government)   Accessible from home Database description
Howard County Government Mapping Page (Maps - Local maps)   Accessible from home Database description
Howard County Office of Workforce Development (Employment, jobs & careers - Employment services for Howard County residents) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Infobase eBooks (Employment, jobs & careers - eBooks about careers), (History - History books online), (Homework assistance - eBooks on literature criticism, history, careers and more) & (Literature - eBooks on literature criticism) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Kelley Blue Book (Cars - Pricing cars)   Accessible from home Database description
Kids Search (Homework assistance - K-8th grade homework help)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Learn4Life - see Gale Courses (Online classes - Online education courses)      
LearningExpress Library (Colleges & education - Online college tests, career tests and skills tutorials), (Employment, jobs & careers - Online college tests, career tests and skills tutorials) & (Online classes - Online college tests, career tests and skills tutorials) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Literature Resources from Gale [formerly Literature Resource Center] (Literature - Author information and literary criticism)
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
LitFinder (Literature - Poems, short stories, novels, essays, plays and speeches) Full-text Accessible from home Database description

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M-R      
  MANGO Languages (Language learning - Adult language learning) & (Online classes - Adult language learning)   Accessible from home Database description
  MANGO's Little Pim (Language learning - Language learning for children) & (Online classes - Language learning for children)   Accessible from home Database description
Marina (Book recommendations - Getting books from other Maryland libraries)   Accessible from home Database description
Marshall Cavendish eBooks (History - History eBooks on ancient history and prehistory), (Homework assistance - eBooks on history, literature, biology, and public policy), (Literature - eBooks on Shakespeare's works and on the works of other writers, such as Ralph Ellison and Harper Lee) & (Science - Science eBooks on human and animal biology)
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Maryland.gov (Government information - Maryland government web site)   Accessible from home Database description
Maryland Manual Online: a Guide to Maryland Government (Government information - Maryland government directory)   Accessible from home Database description
Maryland State Jobs (Employment, jobs & careers - Maryland government job postings)   Accessible from home Database description
MAS Ultra - School Edition (Homework assistance - High school level homework help) & (Newspapers & magazines - General books, periodicals, and images)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access

Android and iPhone/iPod Touch apps available - download from link at bottom of MAS Ultra page
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
MasterFILE Premier (Newspapers & magazines - Current magazines) & (Product & services evaluations - Current magazines)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access

Android and iPhone/iPod Touch apps available - download from link at bottom of MasterFILE Premier page
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
MedlinePlus (Health & medicine - Search a comprehensive online medical encyclopedia) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Middle Search Plus (Homework assistance - Middle school level homework help)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access

Android and iPhone/iPod Touch apps available - download from link at bottom of Middle Search Plus page
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Morningstar Investment and Research Center (Business & investing) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
National Geographic Kids (Countries), (Homework assistance) & (Science) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
National Geographic Virtual Library (Countries), (History), (Maps), (Newspapers & magazines) & (Science) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
New York Times, 1851-2010 (History - Online historic New York Times, 1851-2010) & (Newspapers & magazines - Online historic New York Times, 1851-2010) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
New York Times, 1980-present (Newspapers & magazines - Online New York Times, 1980-present) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
NoveList (Book recommendations - Find novels for adults and teens) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
NoveList K-8 (Book recommendations - Find kids fiction and nonfiction) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Occupational Outlook Handbook (Employment, jobs & careers - Career information) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Online Homework Assistance (Homework assistance - Online homework assistance)   Accessible from home Database description
Oxford Reference (History - In-depth online reference) & (Homework assistance - In-depth online reference)
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Philanthropy In/Sight (Foundations & grants - Foundation grants to individuals online)

** Available only at the Central Branch
  Not accessible from home Database description
Primary Search (Homework assistance - Elementary student assistance) & (Newspapers & magazines - Elementary student assistance)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access

Android and iPhone/iPod Touch apps available - download from link at bottom of Primary Search page

Full-text Accessible from home Database description
ProQuest Newsstand (Newspapers & magazines - 1,000 online newspapers) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Regional Business News (Business & investing - Regional business news) & (Newspapers & magazines - Regional business news)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access

Android and iPhone/iPod Touch apps available - download from link at bottom of Regional Business News page

Full-text Accessible from home Database description

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S-Z      
Science Reference Center (Science - Science magazines, and more!)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
ScienceFlix (Science - Science curriculum for grades 4-9) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Searchasaurus (Homework assistance - K-3rd grade homework help)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
SIRS Issues Researcher (Homework assistance - Opposing opinions)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Student Research Center (Homework assistance - General homework help)

** No barcode required for out-of-library access
Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Testing & Education Reference Center, with Career Module (Colleges & education - Search for a college or take a variety of online college and career related exams) & (Online classes - Search for a college or take a variety of online college and career related exams) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
U.S. FEMA Map Service Center (Government information - Flood plain maps) & (Maps - Flood plain maps)   Accessible from home Database description
U.S. Government Manual (Government information - Federal government handbook) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
USA.gov (Government information - Federal government web site ) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
USAJOBS (Employment, jobs & careers - Federal job postings)   Accessible from home Database description
Value Line Research Center (Business & investing) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Wall Street Journal (Newspapers & magazines - Online Wall Street Journal) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Washington Consumers' Checkbook (Cars - Evaluations of local auto dealerships, repair shops, etc.), (Health & medicine - Evaluations of local doctors, dentists, hospitals, opticians, etc.) & (Product & services evaluations - Evaluations of local stores and services)

** Available only within the library
Full-text Not accessible from home Database description
Washington Post (Newspapers & magazines - Online Washington Post) Full-text Accessible from home Database description
Washington Post Jobs (Employment, jobs & careers - Washington area jobs)   Accessible from home Database description
World Factbook (Countries - Facts about the countries of the world) Full-text Accessible from home Database description

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