Research Databases

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Electronic Reference Titles: An Alphabetical List

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Academic Search Premier: Contains indexing for nearly 8,500 publications, with full text coverage in more than 4,600 of those titles. Subject areas covered are biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, and more.

AHFS Consumer Medication Information: AHFS Consumer Medication Information is a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish. Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS includes more than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumer. This content is updated monthly.

ALLDATA Online: Resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information covering 1982 to present. Available only on library workstations.

Alt HealthWatch: In-depth coverage across the subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine.

Ancestry Library Edition: Most comprehensive online source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research available. Included are the digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, and more. Available only on Library workstations.

ArchiveGrid: Search through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.

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Biography in Context: Combines award-winning biographies from respected Gale Group sources. Also includes full text articles from hundreds of periodicals.

BookFlix: Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. This engaging resource will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Britannica Online:
Academic Edition
Public Library Edition
School Edition

Business Source Premier: Database designed specifically for business researchers, provides an easy way to both browse and search for country economic data, company profiles, industry information, and market research.

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CAMIO: CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online) is a collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of 24 prominent museums including The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center.

Career Profile: Career Profile shows a wide range of occupational information in a single easy-to-use online tool. Find wages, demand, job opportunities, and more. Choose your region, choose your occupation, and go.

cloudLibrary: ebook collection
Consumer Health Complete: Information on health and medical topics.

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D Offers online test preparation for students preparing for their Minnesota driving tests or anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of Minnesota's traffic laws. This resource includes practice car and motorcycle tests, Minnesota Driver's Manual, Minnesota Motorcycle Manual, and FAQs to answer questions about visiting local License Centers.

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EBSCO eBook Collection: Browse the collection and view on your screen.

Educator's Reference Complete: Covers multiple levels of education from preschool to college and includes every educational specialty, such as bilingual studies, health, technology, and testing. Also included are resources on issues related to administration, funding, and policy in education.

Expanded Academic ASAP: More the 4,200 indexed and more then 2,500 full-text titles in a wide variety of disciplines including: social science journals, humanities journals, science and technology journals, national news periodicals, general interest magazines, news wires, The New York Times, and many others.

Explora Kids: elementary school-appropriate magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and images.

Explora Teens: middle and high school-appropriate magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles and also includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia.

Explora Library: Full text of popular magazine and scholarly journal articles covering all subject areas including multimedia, primary source documents, and reference books.

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FirstSearch - See WorldCat Discovery below.

Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

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Gale Virtual Reference Library: A database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

General Science Collection: A collection of over 600 peer-reviewed journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments. Key subjects covered by the database include biological sciences, computing, engineering, and technology.

GreenFILE: Offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment.

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Health and Wellness Resource Center: Provides up-to-date reference material as well as full-text magazines, journals, and pamphlets from a wide variety of authoritative medical sources.

Health Source: Consumer Edition: Provides information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, and general health.

Health Source: Nursing / Academic Edition: Provides scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong.

Historical Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922): Online access to the Historical Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922) is available through a new platform provided by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with Minnesota State Library Services. Funding for digitization and access to the newspapers was provided by the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Historical New York Times: Search the Historical New York Times using ProQuest. Enter your search term and press the "Search" button. (Subscription provided by MELSA.)

Homework Rescue Homework Rescue provides a variety of free tutoring services through a service called
HelpNow, powered by Brainfuse. Online help is available from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Get started by watching this video

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Informe (Espanol / Spanish Interface): Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad, y otras materias. A collection of full text Hispanic magazines covering business, health, technology, culture, current topics and other subjects.

InfoTrac Student Edition (High Schools): Designed for high school students. Use to search magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, and more.

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JobNow!: Job Now functions as an online job coach that library customers access from any computer from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. using their library card account. This innovative tool will help customers write their resume and get feedback, plus assist with a job search and prepare users for the all-important job interview. It also includes a jobs and careers subject guide pathfinder that is customized with local Twin Cities resources and web links.
Watch this instructional video/an intro to JobNow!

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Kids InfoBits: Aimed at kids K-5. A reference and periodical resource, gives children easy access to magazines, reference books, and newspaper articles that have been selected just for their age group.

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LearningExpress Library: Provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorials designed to help users succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. Get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. Just some of the practice tests included: AP, Civil Service, EMS, GED, Nursing, Real Estate, TOEFL, and U.S. Citizenship. View the LearningExpress tutorial to get started.

Library, Information Science, and Technology Abstracts: Provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, and more. Indexes more than 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings with coverage dating back to the mid-1960s.

Literature Resource Center: Provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Covers more than 120,000 novelist, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most studied authors.

LitFinder: Search full text poems, stories, essays, speeches and plays. Helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. offers unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.

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MAS Ultra - School Edition: Contains full text for more than 500 popular, high school magazines. Full text is also available for 85,670 biographies and 105,786 primary source documents. Also contains more than 360 reference books.

MasterFILE Premier: Designed specifically for public libraries and K-12 schools, contains full text for 2,053 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more. Also contains: full text for more than 350 reference books, plus thousands of biographies, primary source documents, and images.

MegaFILE: Search the combined contents of Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, MasterFILE Premier, and Regional Business News.

Middle Search Plus: Contains full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Also contains primary source documents.

Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub: Newspaper archives from the Minnesota Historical Society makes hundreds of thousands of pages of Minnesota newspapers available online. The Hub contains geographically and culturally diverse newspapers published between 1856 and today.

Minnesota Reflections: Resources on Minnesota's history and geography for researchers, educators, students, and the public. The collection includes more than 135,000 images, maps and documents from more than 150 of the state's cultural heritage organizations.

MNLINK: Search multiple library catalogs at the same time. Provides access to Minnesota public, college and government library catalogs. Provides indexes and full text of magazines, newspapers and more. Use MNLINK to request items not owned by Washington County Library. Learn more from this MNLINK video.

Morningstar Investment Research Center: Financial data on more than 30,000 stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs, and buy/sell guidance on more than 1,900 stocks and 2,100 mutual funds.

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NewsBank: Includes archives from Duluth News-Tribune, St. Cloud Times, St. Paul Pioneer Press and Star Tribune. Available only on Library workstations.

NoveList K-8 Plus: A comprehensive reading resource that helps young readers find new books - both fiction and nonfiction - based on other books they've enjoyed or topics in which they're interested.

NoveList Plus: A readers' advisory tool that helps readers find new books based on other books they've enjoyed or topics in which they're interested. Both fiction and nonfiction titles included.

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OneClickdigital: Download eAudiobooks OverDrive: Downloadable eBooks. Check out popular and classic fiction and nonfiction titles and read them on a computer, eReader, or mobile device. (Subscription paid by Washington County.) (Back to top)


Pioneer Press: Articles published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press within the last week.

Points of View Reference Center: Provides students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. 250 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide.

Price It! Antiques and Collectibles:A research tool for pricing and identifying art, antiques and collectibles. Looks at thousands of antiques and collectibles to help you find realistic values.

Primary Search: Contains full text for more than 70 popular elementary school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).

Professional Collection: Custom selection of over 300 full text journals for educators. Offers balanced coverage in the following areas: arts and humanities; child and adolescent psychology and development; drug and alcohol abuse; health / nutrition / fitness; learning disabilities; literature; school law; science and technology; social sciences; and sports / athletic training.

Professional Development Collection: Comprehensive collection of full text education journals.

ProQuest Newspapers: Database with citations and abstracts from over 350 newspapers, over 250 of which provide full text. Coverage, updated daily, of local, state, regional, national and international newspapers is available, including full text access to 27 major newspapers: The Star Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Barron's, and USA Today, to name a few.

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ReferenceUSA: A directory of U.S. businesses. Features commercial and residential information.

Regional Business News: Supplemental database for customers of Business Source Premier. Provides comprehensive full text for more than 60 regional business publications.

Research in Context: Designed for Grade 6-8 students, use to search magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, and more.

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Science Reference Center: Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center: Online tool for small engine repair assistance, including: ATVs, commercial mowers, farm tractors, generators, motorcycles, marine (boats), outdoor power equipment, PWC (personal watercraft / jet ski), snowblowers, snowmobiles, tillers, and other small engines. Articles published in the Star Tribune within the last week.

Student Resources in Context: Provides a selection of reference, thousands of full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary documents, creative works, and multimedia.

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Transparent Language Online: Transparent Language Online is a powerful and personalized language-learning system. It locks foreign language words and phrases into your memory so that you can recall them perfectly and remember them forever.


WorldCat Discovery (formerly FirstSearch): OCLC WorldCat is an online catalog of books and other materials held in libraries worldwide. Available databases include:
  • WorldCat - Books and other materials in libraries worldwide
  • ArticleFirst - Index of journal articles in libraries
  • ClasePeriodica - Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities
  • Ebooks - Catalog of online electronic books in libraries
  • ECO - Collection of scholarly journals
  • ERIC - Journal articles and reports in education
  • GPO - U.S. government publications
  • MEDLINE - All areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing
  • OAIster - Union catalog of digital resources
  • PapersFirst - Index of papers presented at conferences worldwide
  • Proceedings - Index of worldwide conference proceedings
  • WorldCatDissertations -Dissertations and theses
WestlawNext: Westlaw includes case law, statutes and administrative regulations from all states, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, D.C., and the federal government as well as many treatises and practice materials, including ALR, Minnesota Practice, Wisconsin Practice, West's Legal Forms, Wright and Miller's Federal Practice and Procedure, and West's National Criminal Analytical Library. Users can download or email search results to a personal account. WestlawNext is only available at the Washington County Law Library.


Zinio for Libraries: Zinio for Libraries is a digital magazine service that allows you to read popular magazines on a computer or mobile device. Issues are always available and there are no due dates. Help Guide for Zinio for Libraries (PDF)

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Funding for research tools is provided by:
  • ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota) with a state appropriation to the MINITEX Library Information Network
  • MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) with funding from state and federal revenues
  • Washington County