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World Book Digital Libraries – Use these direct links on your website or guide pages. World Book has several topic areas included in its databases: World Book Web for Schools, three World Book specialty databases, World Book Classroom and World Book Digital Libraries. World Book provides a search and advanced search functions to assist in […]

EBSCOhost is an intuitive online research platform used by thousands of institutions and millions of users worldwide. With quality databases and search features, EBSCOhost helps researchers of all kinds find the information they need fast. EBSCOhost provides access to magazines, journals, news sources, primary sources, and a variety of media and diverse subject areas. EBSCOhost […]

LearningExpress Library is a one-stop shop for practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and other information to enhance school, work or life proficiencies. While LearningExpress Library offers practice tests for myriad educational exams for students from elementary school through graduate school, such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, GMAT, LCAT, MCAT, PCAT, GRE, GED and […]

Mango is an online language-learning program that can help patrons learn more than 70 foreign languages including Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Pirate, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Irish, Italian and many more, in an easy-to-learn manner. Mango Languages for Libraries also offers English as a Second Language courses for non-English speakers. Suggest Mango Languages to […]

Ensure student and educator success with EBSCO’s interface for schools and public libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality. Designed with students and educators in mind, Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up […]

Novelist Readers’ advisory tool provides access to information on 155,000 fiction titles and a wide range of feature content to enable library staff to serve fiction readers of all ages. Includes author read-alikes, book discussion guides, reading lists and more. Appeal terms are a signature feature of NoveList, and since their introduction in 2010 they […]

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls. Auto Repair […]

History Reference Center is the world’s most comprehensive full-text history reference database, featuring full text for more than 2,400 reference books, encyclopedias and nonfiction books from leading history publishers. Also includes full text for more than 130 leading history periodicals, and contains more than 61,100 historical documents; more than 66,000 historical biographies; more than 110,200 […]

Consumer Health Complete supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine. Consumer Health Complete offers a unique search interface that organizes results by source type […]

Biography Reference Center provides thousands of reliable full-text biographies, including the complete full text of Biography Today and Biography, plus narrative biographies not available in other databases. In addition to keyword search, users can locate biographies by subject occupation, nationality, activity, gender, lifespan and more. Biography Reference Center users can locate biographies of interest by […]

Points of View Reference Center contains resources that present multiple sides of an issue, and provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills. Points of View Reference Center covers over 400 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), […]

The Rhode Island Voter Information Center is a comprehensive online database of information for Rhode Island voters. The RI Voter Information Center is maintained by the Rhode Island Department of State and has information on voter registration, voter rights, how to register to run for office, how to work at a polling station, and elections […] is the online home of the digital collections for the Providence Public Library and includes more than 14,000 images.

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