Resources and Databases A to Z
These are displayed alphabetically.
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America's Historical Newspapers: Family of historical collections from NewsBank containing books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers and government documents printed in America over 3 centuries. Explore America's past and present with searchable American newspapers dating back from the Early Colonial Era to the present.
America's NewsAmerica's News: Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports, and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate, and other sections.
American Libraries: American Libraries from the Internet Archive is part of an internet library that seeks to offer permanent access to historical collections in digital format. The Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software, as well as archived web pages in its collections. This is a free resource from Internet Archive.
Ancestry Library Edition: Ancestry Library Edition is one of the most important genealogical collections available today. It has unparalleled coverage of the U.S. and the U.K., including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. This collection is an essential genealogy tool and its valuable content is a strong complement to HeritageQuest Online. Full access at Library only (computers and WiFi). Home access is not available for this database.
Beanstack: Beanstack is a free, specialized service that offers personalized book recommendations for your kid(s) based on their age, reading level, and specific interests, and also provides tools for learning to help build literacy at an early age. Your child will stay engaged all year long as they continually discover new books of interest to explore! Beanstack's modern, user-friendly interface is easily accessible on any computer and mobile device.
Contemporary Authors: Contemporary Authors by Gale is a wonderful database full of resources for that next paper for your English class! Includes biographies of the authors' lives and works.
Contemporary Literary Criticism Select: Contemporary Literary Criticism Select is a great choice for finding excerpts and other citations from and about authors and their works.
Digital Public Library of America: The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
Driving-Tests: Driving-Tests is a wonderful internet-based database that offers all kinds of driving practice tests for cars and motorcycles. Our link is specific to Texas DMV rules and regulations and even includes fines, limits, signs and more. Driver's handbooks are also available in this database.
EBSCO: EBSCO provides access to a wide variety of full-text newspaper and magazine articles suitable for students of all ages. Includes Spanish language magazines and newspapers. Enter your library card to access this resource.
EBSCO Business Source Complete Search: Search for business journals, company profiles, and market research.
EBSCO eBooks: EBSCOhost’s collection of free eBooks is composed of nonfiction, fiction, and children's books.
Explora For Public Libraries: Ensure student and educator success with EBSCO’s new 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.
Find My Past: Find My Past (formerly Mocavo) is a wonderful search engine dedicated to all things genealogy. Use this database to help you find the free information that's hiding across the internet.
Simply sign up for a free account using your email address to access the search records!
Fold3: Find original historical documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, historical newspapers and more. Footnote is also an online community where members are able to share their content and insights. Full access is also available at home with your library card number.
Foundation Center: Looking for funding for your non-profit organization? The Foundation Directory Online lets you search nearly 100,000 U.S. foundations and corporate donors, over 2.1 million recent grants, and over 500,000 key decision makers. This resource is available only within the Library.
Gale LegalForms: Thousands of legal forms available with more forms being added daily. Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.
Heritage Quest Access in the Library / Heritage Quest Access from Home: (Also available through TexShare In-Library / From Home). Search census, books, the United States Serial Set, genealogy and local history articles and more. Allows for limited at home access to Ancestry's content.
hoopla: Enormous digital collection of movies, TV shows, eBooks, eAudiobooks, music albums, comic books, and more with no waiting, no holds, and no late fees. Accessible on any computer and/or mobile device via free hoopla app. For detailed instructions, please click here.
Index to Texas Magazines and Documents: Index to Texas Magazines and Documents begins with 1990. Coverage includes major statewide magazines and Texas documents of broad interest, particularly in business, education, history and government. Quick Search provides fast keyword searching, while advanced search allows limiting by author, periodical, date and cross-terms. Citations can be marked for export and for creation of bibliographies. This is a free resource from Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria Library.
Interlibrary Loan: Gain access to materials beyond the Longview Public Library collection.
Internet Archive: Borrow thousands of free eBooks.
Learning Express: Learning Express helps you achieve your educational and career goals. From computer skills and job searching to adult learning and college prep, Learning Express has many different resources to help you succeed! Practice for tests such as ASVAB, GRE, GED, AP, SAT, ACT, and more.
Longview News-Journal Collection:
Search more than 20 years of Longview and Texas history with the Longview News-Journal Collection on NewsBank.
Coverage from 1998 through today with full-color newspaper pages and individual articles, and content only published online.
Mango Languages: Language Learning Database. Start the conversation in your choice of over 70 world languages and dialects through courses crafted using conversational methodology, delivered through native speaker dialogue, and created with each individual learner in mind.
Once you click the link, simply start a new profile from the sign-up page. Afterwards, it will prompt you to sign in with your library/online access card number and password. Then you'll browse the languages and get started!
MasterFile for Children: MasterFile for Children is a specialty database designed for middle and high school students from EBSCO Databases.
The Handbook of Texas Online: The New Handbook of Texas is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture. It comprises more than 23,000 articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions, and a host of other topic categories. The scope is broad and inclusive, designed to provide readers with concise, authoritative, and accessible articles that provide factual, nonpartisan accounts on virtually every aspect of Texas history and culture. This is a free resource from the Texas State Historical Association.
OverDrive: OverDrive offers eBooks and eAudiobooks for readers of all ages, including popular fiction and nonfiction titles, and even graphic novels.
Salem Press Health: Salem Press Health brings online access to Salem Press’ award-winning health reference works.
Salem Press History: Salem Press History brings online access to Salem Press’ award-winning historical reference works.
Salem Press Literature: Salem Press Literature brings online access to Salem Press’ award-winning literary reference works.
School Atlas of Texas: This 48-page color atlas of Texas was the first of its kind and was aimed at filling an important educational need for the state's schoolchildren.
Texas Education Atlas: The Texas Education Atlas promotes evidence-based decision making through interactive visualizations, a user-friendly interface for non-technical users, and an easily disseminated software system that can enable policy makers, researchers, students, and the general public the ability to quickly explore a myriad of data about education in Texas from kindergarten to college. This resource is free to the public.
Texas Health Atlas: The Texas Health Atlas holds 8 chapters that feature 350 color maps and almost all original cartography while highlighting vital aspects of the health and well-being of Texans. It compares health outcomes for Whites, Hispanics, and African Americans. Includes a Texas Medical Timeline that tracks notable medical advancements. Note: Texas Atlas Project requires a fee of $35.00 to access this resource.
Texas Water Atlas: The Texas Water Atlas is a groundbreaking endeavor that contains 7 chapters that feature 172 color maps and graphics highlighting the state's climate, water resources and hazards, and projections for future water needs. Note: Texas Atlas Project requires a fee of $24.95 to access this resource.
TexShare Access in the Library / TexShare Access from Home: Wide variety of free learning databases, such as small engine repair, crafts, practice tests and much more.
Universal Class: Universal Class is an online database of free classes for personal enrichment and/or continuing education. With more than 500 courses to choose from, there's something for everyone - from pie baking and spirituality to domestic violence prevention and writing poetry. Universal Class also features teaching resources and courses that can be used to meet job requirements. Simply by creating a free account, you can be enrolled in up to 5 courses at once!