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General Research Resources
- Academic OneFile Offers a world of academic research at your fingertips, with more than 17,000 scholarly journals, podcasts and transcripts.
- Access World News Find newspapers from across the United States and around the world from more than 11,000 news sources, including over 140 from Washington State.
- America’s GenealogyBank Access nearly 249 million U.S. genealogical records from 1690 to the present, including obituaries, marriage and birth announcements, military records and other government documents. This database is being replaced in part by Heritage Hub and America's Historical Newspapers.
- America's Historical Newspapers - Early American News Explore early American history to support school assignments, genealogical and local history research, and more. Features more than 1,000 historical newspapers from all 50 states. This database includes early American newspapers previously available in America's Genealogy Bank.
- Ancestry Library Edition Interested in genealogy? We partnered with Ancestry.com to help you search billions of historical documents, photos, oral histories and more, from the 1500s to the present. Remote access ended December 31, 2021.
- AtoZ the World Want to learn about another country? Get in-depth information about 175 countries, including history, culture, customs, food, religion, travel information, maps and much more.
- Biography in Context Get in-depth biographical information about the world’s most influential people from all time periods.
- Black Life in America The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, including over 400 current and historical Black publications from the 1700s to today.
- Britannica Library The Encyclopedia Britannica online, plus a dictionary, thesaurus, world atlas, the full text of current magazine and journal articles, live feeds from a variety of news sources and much more.
- Computer Database Provides articles, news and product reviews from more than 600 publications that cover the computer, telecommunications, and electronics industries.
- Consumer Reports Use product reviews, ratings and comparisons from Consumer Reports magazine to make better buying decisions and save money.
- ConsumerLab.com Choose the best quality health, wellness and nutritional products, based on test results published by an independent laboratory.
- Consumers’ Checkbook Get ratings, reviews and advice to help you choose the best retail stores, service companies and healthcare providers in the Puget Sound region.
- CultureGrams Get an inside look at the daily life, history, culture and customs of the world's people. Includes information on more than 200 countries, every U.S. state and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories.
- Data Axle Reference Solutions (Formerly ReferenceUSA) Look up individuals and businesses in this extensive database covering U.S. and Canada. For business planning, use this database to identify competitors, prospects, suppliers, and partners by business type and geography.
- Driving-Tests.org Practice driving tests for cars, motorcycles, and the Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Online access to the Washington Driver's Handbook.
- General OneFile Need to research a topic? Here’s an easy-to-use source for searching magazines, newspapers, journals and audio content.
- HeritageQuest Online Explore these searchable and printable genealogy resources, including local and family histories, research guides and the complete U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1940. Powered by Ancestry.
- LGBTQ History & Culture Explore LGBTQ history, culture, health, and political, social and legal issues in the United States and around the world. The searchable database includes approximately 1.5 million pages of information.
- ProQuest Doing a research project for school or work? Start with this vast archive of more than 90,000 reference and information resources that spans centuries.
- Statistical Abstract of the United States Provides detailed statistics that describe social and economic conditions in the United States.
- Tutor.com Log in with a Library card to get free online tutoring from live tutors for K-12 students, as well as adult learners and job seekers.