A to Z Databases
Detailed directory including contact information for residents and households, businesses and executives, and healthcare professionals. Also has a job search feature. Directory Listing
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.
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 Article
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 Article
Search almost 2,000 magazines and journals published from colonial days to the dawn of the 20th century.
Ancestry.com Library Edition
Find billions of records from around the world, including census and vital records, immigration and passport records, plus periodicals, books and photos. ONLY AVAILABLE INSIDE THE FOLLOWING BRANCHES:
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.
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.
Auto Repair Reference Center
Includes repair information (such as maintenance schedules and technical service bulletins) on thousands of car models.
Biography in Context
A collection of biographical information on more than one million people throughout history, around the world, and across disciplines.
Business Source Premier**
Access more than 2,300 journals and magazines in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, and finance.
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.
Find reviews of products, such as appliances, electronics, home and garden items, kids’ items, and more.
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.
An electronic collection of historical and cultural documents, images, audio, and video held by notable Maryland institutions.
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.
EBSCO e-Book Collection
A collection of e-books on many different topics ranging from arts & architecture to true crime.
FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center
Use this website 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. ONLY AVAILABLE INSIDE THE FOLLOWING BRANCHES:
Foundation Grants to Individuals
Search 6,200 foundation programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individuals. ONLY AVAILABLE INSIDE THE FOLLOWING BRANCHES:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid – U.S. Department of Education – 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 a "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 <a href="http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/FOTWWebApp/FSLookupServlet" target="_blank">Federal School Code List</a>. Directory Listing
More than 300 six-week online classes on a variety of topics, including business, technology, health care, personal development, the arts, and hobbies.
Gale’s Virtual Reference Library
This product allows electronic access to encyclopedias, almanacs, and other reference books that, in earlier days, were only available in print. Includes about fifty titles on a broad range of topics. ** No barcode required for out-of-library access Full-Text Article
Features research and e-books on topics such as genealogy best practices, immigration, Atlantic states, the American Revolution, and much more.
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.
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.
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.
E-books for high school and college students on careers, current issues, business, literature, math, science, the arts, and U.S. History. Most of these e-books are about topics in literature.
Includes articles exploring hot topics in society. The pro/con organization of this information is helpful for assignments on opposing viewpoints.
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.
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.
Practice tests for AP exams, the GED, the SAT, grad school entrance exams, and various jobs. Also includes tutorials on math skills, writing skills, and citizenship requirements.
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.
Find biographies, reviews, literary criticism, primary sources, and topic overviews.
Find more than 145,000 poems, short stories, essays, speeches, and plays representing the work of more than 79,000 authors.
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.
MANGO – 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.
MANGO’s Little Pim
Designed to expose young children (ages 0-6) to foreign languages. Little Pim offers 15 different languages, and teaches children 60 words and phrases per session.
Marina is the interlibrary loan system for Maryland’s libraries. Use Marina to borrow books that are not owned by the Howard County Library System.
Marshall Cavendish eBooks
E-books on animals, cultures, health, issues, literature, science, social studies, and world history.
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).
National Geographic Kids
Includes National Geographic Kids magazine as well as videos, photos, and e-books on animals, the environment, history, places, science & tech, and people & cultures.
Adults and teens can find books of interest by searching for favorite authors or genres. Read book reviews and see best-of lists.
Students in grades K-8 (and their teachers) can find book suggestions for their next great read.
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.
Online Homework Tutoring
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 e-books from Oxford focusing on history and the arts.
Use this visualization tool to display the results of a large number of grant searches on a map. ONLY AVAILABLE INSIDE THE FOLLOWING BRANCHES:
ProQuest’s American Periodicals Series Online
Contains the full text of 1,100 American magazines and journals spanning a period of 200 years, from 1740-1940. Since this site contains digitized images of the original periodicals, users can see all of the original typography, drawings, graphic elements, and article layouts exactly as they were originally published. Full-Text Article
Regional Business News**
Find articles from more than 80 local business publications from across the United States and Canada.
Science Reference Center
Find books, essays, reports, and magazines on topics ranging from biology and chemistry to physics and wildlife.
Watch, read, and learn about science topics, including earth science, space science, life science, human health, physical science, and technology & engineering.
U.S. 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.
The U.S. government’s official website. Find agency websites, government-produced reports and statistics, names of elected officials, and more. Full-Text Article
Search ads for jobs with the U.S. government.
Online version of Value Line’s printed services that includes data, statistical analyses, projections, ratings, and surveys on stocks, funds, and other securities.
Virtual Reference Library
Quick access to encyclopedias, almanacs, and other fact books. Also includes some of the popular For Dummies books, travel guides, biographies, and e-books on literary criticism.