Resources and Databases A to Z

The Longview Public Library offers patrons access to a variety of online resources and databases. Simply click the links below to experience these amazing services! Many sites require your Longview Public Library Card number for access to the service. If you don't yet have a card, please visit the Library to get your first one for free! If you have any questions, please give us a call at (903) 237-1350.

These are displayed alphabetically.

Note: This website contains links to other sites outside the City's system, and Longview Public Library is not responsible for the content, reliability of information, or privacy practices of these outside links. This City of Longview website is not a public forum, and is not intended as an outlet for public speech or expression of opinions, whether by posting or linking.

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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. 

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America'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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 
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Black Freedom Struggle by ProQuest
ProQuest invites you to explore the new Black Freedom Struggle website, featuring expertly selected open primary source documents. Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.
 This resource supports a wide range of students, from middle and high school to college, as well independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing Black Freedom Struggle. These reliable, easily discoverable materials may be used for homework assignments, personal inquiry, research papers and National History Day type-projects focused on African American history in the U.S.

Gale - Chilton Library Opens in new windowChilton Library (via Gale) represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles for the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.

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Our new eBook and eAudiobook service that will allow you access to over 170,000+ FREE titles (books, audiobooks, and even movie/video content) with your library card or online access card!
Customize your CloudLibrary to fit your preferences, while keeping multiple accounts organized in one place on your device! 

Find more details on our eBook and eAudiobook page.

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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. Opens in new window

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.

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EBSCO eBooks
EBSCOhost’s collection of free eBooks is composed of nonfiction, fiction, and children's books.


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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.

Library Access

Home Access

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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.

** Access to this database is available only within the Library.

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Research global companies and industries with in-depth analysis through current news, statistical data, and comprehensive reports.

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Access general interest magazines and key serials in a single resource. Best for general research.

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Introduce elementary students to database searching with resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content.

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Gale In Context - HIGH SCHOOL
Explore thousands of topics across subjects including literature, science, history, and social issues using different sources.

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Gale In Context - MIDDLE SCHOOL
Explore the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, history, literature, and more.

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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.
 ** Accessing from home may require your library card number to login.

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Gale Literature Resource Center
Research authors and their works, literary movements and genres.  Search across your library’s literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews.

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Access literary works and authors throughout history, including full-text poems, plays, short stories, speeches, and more.

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Understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through leading business and trade publications. Updated daily.

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Gale Power Search
Gale offers a variety of resources for education, lifelong learning, and academic research. Whether you are looking for peer-reviewed articles; full-text magazines, newspapers, and eBooks; primary source documents; and videos or podcasts.

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Grants to Individuals by Candid
Profiles of 10,000 grantmakers with details on funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals such as students.

** Access to this database is available only within the Library.

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GuideStar by CandidSearch 2 million+ nonprofits through GuideStar Pro Plus’ intuitive search functionality. Target organizations that matter to you based on Geography, Organizational structure or staff size, and their financial metrics.

** Access to this database is available only within the Library.

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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.


 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.

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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.

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Interlibrary Loan
Gain access to materials beyond the Longview Public Library collection. 

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Internet Archive
Borrow thousands of free eBooks.

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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.

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Libby by Overdrive
Your go-to app for eBooks, and eAudiobooks of popular nonfiction and fiction titles for readers of all ages.
You can also stream select movies and TV shows!
All you’ll need is your valid Library Card number/barcode, and the password/PIN number for your Library Card.

Find more details on our eBook and eAudiobook page.

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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.

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Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Best for children aged 6-14.

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Salem Press Health
Salem Press Health brings online access to Salem Press’ award-winning health reference works. 

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Salem Press History
Salem Press History brings online access to Salem Press’ award-winning historical reference works. 

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Salem Press Literature
Salem Press Literature brings online access to Salem Press’ award-winning literary reference works. 

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SIRS Discoverer by ProQuest 
- Access From Library Computers/Network
- Access from home (requires library/online access card. After logging in select SIRS Discover from list of databases)

SIRS Discoverer is a general reference database for upper elementary and middle school learners, researchers and educators covering curriculum areas such as reading, language arts, current events, science, social studies, history, health and technology. 
SIRS Discoverer provides age-appropriate, authoritative, curriculum-aligned content and features for use in Elementary and Middle/Intermediate Schools.

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Free tutorials on the most popular and useful websites on the Internet, from social networks and dating sites to everyday tools for getting directions and knowing what the weather's going to be like.  You can even learn how to listen to music, watch videos, and have phone calls right on your computer through the power of the Internet!
 Plus, TechBoomers features special resources dedicated to 50+ adults. 

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Texas Crime Atlas
The Texas Crime Atlas is organized into 3 chapters that feature 144 color crime maps and all original cartography while highlighting vital aspects of crime in Texas. Includes a Texas Crime Timeline.
Note: Texas Atlas Project requires a fee of $19.95 to access this resource. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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TexShare Access in the Library
• TexShare Access from Home (password required, please contact (903) 237-1350 for details)

Wide variety of free learning databases, such as small engine repair, crafts, practice tests and much more.

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Transparent Language:
Transparent Language Online provides an effective and engaging experience for language learners looking to build their vocabulary, practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and maintain what they learn.  With courses and supplemental resources in 110+ languages, Transparent Language Online can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on almost any device.


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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!
An online video tutorial for Universal Class can be found on our Youtube Channel.