ABC-CLIO eBook Collection
This tool for middle and high school students includes more than 7,000 encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and guides on topics from business to world history. Full-Text Articles
AMA DoctorFinder – free web site
This is a free web site provided by the American Medical Association. Includes more than 690,000 American doctors. Physicians can be searched by name or by specialty and location, and listings include such information as education, specialty, hospital affiliation, and type of practice. Full-Text Articles
American Memory – free Federal web site
The American Memory collection of the Library of Congress is a treasure trove of primary source materials in American history. Included are written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving pictures, maps and sheet music. Examples include Mathew Brady's Civil War photographs, over 160,000 photos of America in the Depression Era, narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake Bay Region from 1600 to1925, early Thomas Edison company films and much more. Full-Text Articles
Search almost 2,000 magazines and journals published from colonial days to the dawn of the 20th century. Full-Text Articles
AnyWho Online Directory – free web site
The AT&T Corporation’s national telephone directory. This free web site can be used to locate both businesses and individuals. Reverse lookup feature allows AnyWho to be used as a criss-cross directory. Also includes links to international telephone directories and a toll-free telephone directory. Directory Listings
Search primary source materials related to Maryland history, such as Maryland’s city and business directories from 1752-1929, letters and reports from the War of 1812, Confederate newspapers, and more. Full-Text Articles
Get one book recommendation every week tailored to your young child’s reading level and interests sent directly to your inbox.
Biography in Context
A collection of biographical information on more than one million people throughout history, around the world, and across disciplines. Full-Text Articles
Business Source Premier**
Access more than 2,300 journals and magazines in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, and finance. Full-Text Articles
This free website by the Department of Labor allows you to learn about new career paths, find training, search job ads, and includes helpful tips for job hunters. Full-Text Articles
Find reviews of products, such as appliances, electronics, home and garden items, kids’ items, and more. Full-Text Articles
Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs
This is a free website by Consumer Reports. Search for drugs by name or by medical condition and see tables comparing the drugs’ dosage, cost, effectiveness, etc. Full-Text Articles
An electronic collection of historical and cultural documents, images, audio, and video held by notable Maryland institutions. Full-Text Articles
EBSCO eBook Collection
A collection of ebooks on many different topics ranging from arts & architecture to true crime. Full-Text Articles
FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center
Use this web site to find your official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for better understanding flood risk.
Foundation Directory Online
Research 92,000 funders and more than 1.3 million recent grants made to institutions. Directory Listings Only available inside the following branches:
Foundation Grants to Individuals
Search 6,200 foundation programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individuals. Directory Listings Only available inside the following branches:
Use this visualization tool to display the results of a large number of grant searches on a map. Search internationally by recipients, foundations, location, subject, grant amount, keyword, and more.
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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – free web site
This U.S. Department of Education free web site is an essential destination for the parents of college age students because filling out an FAFSA form is the first step when you apply for federal student grants, work-study aid, and loans. You may also use this form to apply for most state and some private aid. While print FAFSA forms are widely available, this web site allows you to fill out and deliver the form online. Also included on this site is the online equivalent of the print Federal School Code List.
Some overlap with Ancestry.com, but this tool has a strong collection of family and local history e-books, and is also accessible from your home computer. Full-Text Articles, Directory Listings
History Reference Center
Search for historical information from around the globe and across time periods. Includes info on topics such as the Renaissance, the modern Middle East, Latin America, and more. Full-Text Articles
Howard County Government
The official web site of the Howard County Government. This free resource can be used to locate county agencies and information about county services. Full-Text Articles
Ebooks for high school and college students on careers, current issues, business, literature, math, science, the arts, and U.S. History. Most of these ebooks are about topics in literature. Full-Text Articles
Kelley Blue Book – free web site
This free web site is a useful place to find pricing information for both new and used cars, motorcycles, jet skis, and snowmobiles. It also provides automotive reviews and ratings. A similar service is edmunds.com, though it seems to focus exclusively on automobiles. Local information on automobile pricing and availability can be found in the print and online automotive pages of the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post. Directory Listings
Grades K-8 can find e-books and stories from newspapers and magazines about animals, arts & music, geography, health, current events, language arts, math, science, social studies, and sports. Full-Text Articles
Liberty Magazine (1924 – 1950)
This once-popular weekly U.S. magazine featured contributions from some of the biggest politicians, celebrities, authors, and artists of the 20th Century. Full-Text Articles
Find more than 145,000 poems, short stories, essays, speeches, and plays representing the work of more than 79,000 authors. Full-Text Articles
Designed to expose young children (ages 0-6) to foreign languages. Mango's Little Pim offers 15 different languages, and teaches children 60 words and phrases per session.
This online education portal offers more than 3,600 video courses taught by experts on technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more.
Magazine Abstract Summaries Ultra**
High school students can search hundreds of popular magazines plus biographies, documents, and reference books covering a wide-range of subjects, such as history, science, careers, and more. Full-Text Articles
Online training for adults in 45 different foreign languages. Also includes lessons for individuals in need of English as a second language training. You must create a free account to keep track of your learning progress.
Marina is the interlibrary loan system for Maryland’s libraries. Use Marina to borrow books that are not owned by Howard County Library System. Directory Listings
Marshall Cavendish eBooks
Ebooks on animals, cultures, health, issues, literature, science, social studies, and world history. Full-Text Articles
Maryland.gov – free web site
The official government web site of the Maryland, including information for residents, business, and visitors. Full-Text Articles
A staggeringly large collection of magazines, trade publications, scholarly materials, photos, maps, flags, biographies, and country reports. Full-Text Articles
This web site by the National Institutes of Health is a very thorough encyclopedia containing information about diseases, conditions, wellness issues, drugs, supplements, and more. Full-Text Articles
Middle [School] Search Plus**
Search more than 150 popular middle school magazines, plus reference books, biographies, and other documents (such as photos, maps, flags, speeches, and country reports). Full-Text Articles
Aimed at kids ages 6 and up, this service uses interactive lessons, stories, and songs to teach eight different foreign languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, and English).
Are you looking for books to read in your favorite genres? Sign up for our e-newsletters and get great book suggestions by e-mail.
Adults and teens can find books of interest by searching for favorite authors or genres. Read book reviews and see best-of lists. Full-Text Articles
Students in grades K-8 (and their teachers) can find book suggestions for their next great read. Full-Text Articles
Occupational Outlook Handbook
This free website by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics includes information such as required training, wage levels, and growth outlook for almost any job imaginable. Full-Text Articles
Online Homework Assistance
This service by Brainfuse offers live tutoring seven days a week from 2 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. for all grade levels.
A collection of more than 40 ebooks from Oxford focusing on history and the arts. Full-Text Articles
Read thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world and instantly translate them from one language into another. Only includes last 90 days of news, no historic archives. Full-Text Articles
Learn 80 languages with these online classes. Also includes ESL courses for 50 non-English languages. Features movies, music, pronunciation analysis, virtual coaching, quizzes, and more! Plus free apps for Android, Apple, and Kindle Fire devices.
Includes more than 1,600 U.S. and world newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Toronto Star, the Guardian, etc. Full-Text Articles
Regional Business News**
Find articles from more than 80 local business publications from across the United States and Canada. Full-Text Articles
Science Reference Center
Find books, essays, reports, and magazines on topics ranging from biology and chemistry to physics and wildlife. Full-Text Articles
Watch, read, and learn about science topics, including earth science, space science, life science, human health, physical science, and technology & engineering. Full-Text Articles
Aimed at the homework needs of students from kindergarten through third grade. Students can locate full-text magazines, newspapers, and online reference books. Full-Text Articles
SIRS Issues Researcher
Includes articles exploring hot topics in society. The pro/con organization of this information is helpful for assignments on opposing viewpoints. [No barcode required for out-of-library access] Full-Text Articles
United States Government Manual
The official government handbook, including profiles of every agency and information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees. Full-Text Articles
The U.S. government’s official web site. Find agency websites, government-produced reports and statistics, names of elected officials, and more. Full-Text Articles
Search ads for jobs with the U.S. government. Directory Listings
Online version of Value Line’s printed services that includes data, statistical analyses, projections, ratings, and surveys on stocks, funds, and other securities. Full-Text Articles
Washington Consumers’ Checkbook
Find reviews of services (house cleaners, plumbers, auto repair shops, doctors, etc.) in the Washington metro area. Full-Text Articles Only available within the library.
World Factbook – free web site
This free web site is the online equivalent of a print title by the same name. Surveys each of the world’s countries, providing a map, a historical narrative, and fairly extensive statistical information on every nation. Produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Full-Text Articles
Provides access to thousands of U.S. and world genealogy databases, including census and voter lists, school yearbooks, family trees, maps, etc. Directory Listings