10 Popular Databases to Start Using Now

Get more out of your next search by using these popular databases. Find facts on current events that you can trust, develop career skills, get tips for your next DIY project, and make informed consumer choices- all without ads or paywalls. Get instant online access to streaming video, encyclopedias, newspapers, and tutorials in databases available from your library. Log in using your library card barcode number and PIN.

  1. Lynda.com

Develop the skills you need to meet your creative, technical, and career goals with Lynda.com tutorials. Take self-paced courses on web design, music, project management, animation, marketing, computer programming, and more.

2. Consumer Reports

Whether you're shopping for electronics, home appliances, or a car, get the information you need to make your next big purchase in Consumer Reports. Check out product reviews, ratings, and buying advice from the latest issues.

3. Access Video

Access Video features streaming content from HBO, National Geographic, and more. The how-to videos can teach you how to fix a car, cook, garden, or improve your home. The Rick Steves' Europe series might have you adding destinations to your travel bucket list. Explore thousands of streaming videos including documentaries, archival footage, and performances.

4. ReferenceUSA

Grow your business with ReferenceUSA. Find competitive intelligence, marketing information, consumer trends by neighborhood, and job-seeking tools.

5. TumbleBook Library

Read along with video storybooks designed to educate and entertain kids in grades K-6. Some books are available in Spanish and French.

6. Britannica Online 

Find facts that have been thoroughly vetted and are frequently updated in encyclopedia entries, primary sources, and a bilingual dictionary. The same quality information is also available in sites made just for kids and teens.

7. ProQuest Research Library

Read full articles from The New Yorker, The Economist, Los Angeles Times, US West Newsstand, and more- without ever encountering a paywall.

8. Gale Virtual Reference Library

Write a business plan or just prepare for your next trivia night with dictionaries, encyclopedias, and statistics eBooks on a variety of subjects, always available in Gale Virtual Reference Library.

9. Opposing Viewpoints

Stay up to date on current issues and better understand others in Opposing Viewpoints. Access statistics and articles written from diverse perspectives on timely topics that matter.

10. Mango Languages

Learn a new language at home or on your phone with reading, writing, and listening lessons in Mango Languages. Find out which terms and phrases you need to make your next international vacation or work trip a success in specialty courses for business, medical, romance, texting terms, and more.

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