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Academic Search Premier: Search thousands of scholarly publications across all academic disciplines. Learn more about Academic Search Premier: Fact Sheet, Tutorial & Interactive Tutorial

ALLDATA RepairResource for automotive repair and maintenance information. Includes step-by-step procedures, printable wiring diagrams, recall information, Technical Service Bulletins, and Original Equipment Manufacturer information. Vehicle information goes back to 1982. Available on library workstations only. 

America's News: Read local, regional, and national news articles from thousands of U.S. newspapers and other resources. Features Minnesota newspapers, including the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Rochester Post-Bulletin, and Duluth News Tribune. Learn more: NewsBank Help Video

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections: Search thousands of American historical magazines and newspapers published between 1691 and 1876. Topics covered: science, medicine, agriculture, business, literature, women’s fashion, family life, religion, politics, and more. Great for history projects! Learn more: Search Help

Ancestry Library Edition: Research your family history. Includes digitized images of the U.S. Census, passenger and immigration lists, genealogical indexes, and much more. Available on library workstations only. Learn more: Ancestry Library Edition Research Aids

ArchiveGrid: Search through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.

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Biblioboard Ebook Collections: Browse curated collections of digital books from libraries in Minnesota and around the world. All books in these collections are available free of charge and have no return dates or checkout limits. They also do not require the use of an eReader or app download.

Biography in Context: Search for biographical information about thousands of people, from all time periods including historical figures and today’s celebrities. Learn more: Resource Guide

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States: Browse through a collection of primary documents covering important events detailing the Black experience in American history.

BookFlix: Watch and read along with video storybooks and nonfiction books for young readers. Includes streaming video, games, and resources for parents.

Britannica Fundamentals: Designed for kids from pre-K-2, this early learning site teaches kids about geography, reading, and math though interactive games.

Britannica Online Academic Edition: Search Encyclopaedia Britannica content geared for academic research. Learn more: Tutorial

Britannica Online Public Library Edition: Search Encyclopaedia Britannica content geared for all ages - including articles, primary sources, videos, images, interactive atlases, and more. Learn more: Britannica Online - Public Library Edition Interactive Tutorial & Overview

Britannica Online School Edition: Search Encyclopaedia Britannica content for elementary, middle, and high school grade students. Learn more about Britannica Online - School Edition: Tutorial

Britannica Original Sources: Search a collection of 420,000+ primary documents, books, and images that examine important historical, social, political, legal, and religious developments in the world.

Business Source Premier: Search business journals and publications for country economic data, company profiles, industry information, and market research. Learn more about Business Source Premier: Tutorial

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Career and Education Explorer: Search a wide range of career and occupational information , including salary range, current demand, job opportunities, and more.

CINAHL Complete: Search top nursing and allied health journals, evidence-based care sheets, research instruments, and other valuable resources dating back to 1937.

Consumer Health Complete: Search for popular and professional health information for patients and consumers covering all health-related topics from mainstream, complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine. Learn more about Consumer Health Complete: Fact Sheet & Video Tutorial

Consumer Reports: Browse through complete content of Consumer Reports magazines, including unbiased ratings, research, and advice on a wide range of products and services. Includes access to the current issue and over 20 years of previous issues. Choose the year and issue you are interested in. Click here to browse the Buying Guide.

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D Prepare for the Minnesota driving tests with online tests. Driver’s manuals and other information covering permits, automotive, motorcycle, and commercial driver license tests. For students or anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of Minnesota’s traffic laws.

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Ebooks Minnesota: Ebooks Minnesota is an online eBook collection for all Minnesotans. The collection covers a wide variety of subjects for readers of all ages, and features content from our state’s independent publishers, including some of our best literature and nonfiction. Ebooks Minnesota titles do not require the use of an eReader or app download.

Explora Library: Search popular magazines and scholarly journals covering all subject areas including multimedia, primary source documents, and reference books. Learn more: Explora Library Video Tutorial

Explora Kids: Search elementary school-appropriate magazines, encyclopedias, and dictionaries. Learn more: Explora Kids Video Tutorial

Explora Teens: Search middle and high school-appropriate magazines, encyclopedia, dictionaries. Includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia. Learn more: Explora Teens Video Tutorial

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Health and Medicine (Gale OneFile): Provides access to the nursing and allied health journals, plus a wide variety of personal health information sources.

Health Source: Nursing / Academic Edition: Search for scholarly research covering pediatric, mental health, drug guids, and other medical disciplines.

High School (Gale In Context): For high school students, use for both homework and in-depth research assignments to find articles, primary documents, creative works, and multimedia files. Learn more about Student Resources in Context: Resource Guide & Interactive Tutorial

Historical Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922): Search for articles and digital reproductions of the Minneapolis Tribune from 1867-1922.

Historical New York Times: Search for digital reproductions and articles from the New York Times from 1851-2017. Learn more: Historical New York Times Help Video

Homework HelpNow: Free tutoring services for kids, teens, and adults available from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Learn more: Overview

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JobNow: Get live job coaching, resume writing help, and more from experts and online job resources. Assistance available from 1pm to 11pm.

Job & Career Accelerator: Explore careers, search current job listings, create resumes, find guides for job interviews, and more. Learn more: Job & Career Accelerator Fact Sheet

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LearningExpress Library: Take online practice tests, view tutorials, and find resources for school and career exams. Popular tests include: ACT, AP, GED, Nursing, Real Estate, TOEFL, and U.S. Citizenship. Learn more about LearningExpress Library: Fact Sheet

Library, Information Science, and Technology Abstracts: Search for library-related information from journals, books, research reports, and proceedings on all aspects of library and information science.

LinkedIn Learning: Watch top-quality video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts covering skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Literature Resource Center: Search for biographies and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Learn more: Tutorials & Resource Guide

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MasterFILE Complete: Search for articles from popular magazines and journals covering all subject areas.

MedlinePlus: Search for health information about mainstream and alternative medicine. Provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Learn more: MedlinePlus Help Video

MegaFILE: Search for articles from popular magazines and journals covering all subject areas.

Middle School (Gale In Context): For grade 6-8 students, use to search magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, and more. Learn more about Research in Context: Resource Guide & Fact Sheet

Minnesota Digital Library: Find images, maps, and documents from more than 150 cultural heritage organizations from around the state.

Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub: Search Minnesota newspaper articles from the Minnesota Historical Society archives. Find geographically and culturally diverse newspapers published between 1856 and today.

Minnesota News Sources: Read articles from the local and statewide newspapers, including St. Paul Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, Duluth News Tribune, and Rochester Post-Bulletin. 

Minnesota Public Health Data Access: Find Minnesota-specific public health information and analysis from the Minnesota Department of Health. Information is presented as interactive charts and figures, maps, custom tables generated using a query tool, or county profiles across a range of environmental health indicators.

MNLINK: Search and request items not owned by Washington County Library. Learn more: Video Tutorials

Morningstar Investing Center: Find financial and investment data on stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs. Learn more: Morningstar Investing Center Tutorial Videos

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NoveList Plus: Find fiction and nonfiction titles to read based on other books you’ve enjoyed or topics in which you’re interested. Learn more about NoveList Plus: Tutorial Videos

NoveList Plus K-8: Find books (both fiction and nonfiction) kids and teens will love to read by topic, genre, grade level, and Lexile score.

Nursing and Allied Health Premium: Search for reliable healthcare information on nursing, pediatric care, nutrition, and more. Nursing and Allied Health Premium offers full-text dissertations, clinical training videos, conference papers, and access to leading publications in the field.

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OAIster: Find digitized images, documents, media files, and other materials from open archive collections throughout the world.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations. From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

OverDrive: Download and read popular and classic fiction and nonfiction books. Get started with OverDrive and learn more about all our library apps.

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PebbleGo: Animals and Biographies: Designed for kids from pre-K-3, search this site for resources on animals and biographies. PebbleGo makes learning fun and teaches reading and research skills through the use of read along audio, video, and educational games.

PebbleGo Next: For kids in grades 3-6, search this site for resources on US states, Native American history, science, social studies, and biographies. Learn more with multimedia resources like videos, state songs and regional recipes.

Pioneer Press: Find full-text articles published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press from 1986 to the present. Find articles from 2010-2019 on Pioneer Press via ProQuest.

Pioneer Press - Image Edition: Read full-color newspaper pages and articles published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press from October 2018 to the present. Image edition of newspaper available daily. 

Points of View Reference Center: Find essays that examine multiple sides of controversial topics and current issues. Learn more about Points of View Reference Center: Tutorial

Professional Development Collection: Search education journals and reports of interest to profession educators, researchers, and librarians.

ProQuest US Newsstream: Find newspaper articles from hundreds of papers from around the United States. 

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Reference Solutions: Find U.S. and Canadian business and residential information as well as market research in this online directory. Learn more about Data Axle Reference Solutions: Tutorials

Regional Business News: Search for information available from more than 60 regional business publications.

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Science Reference Center: Find science related information for projects, experiments, research, and homework. Learn more about Science Reference Center: Tutorial

Star Tribune: Find articles published in the Star Tribune from 1986 to the present. Articles are also available in Star Tribune via ProQuest.

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Transparent Language: Learn a new language through interactive self-paced lessons. Over 70 languages to study! Learn more: Transparent Language Help Video

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Umbra Search: Explore African American history through hundreds of thousands of digitized materials from over 1,000 libraries and archives across the country.

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Value Line: Find investment ratings, research, statistics and forecasts for thousands of stocks and mutual funds.

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WorldCat Discovery: Find library materials from public and academic institutions around the world. To request items, use MNLINK or Ask a Librarian.

WestlawNext: Search for Minnesota and U.S. cases, headnotes, statutes, court orders, court rules, and administrative decisions. WestLawNEXT is only available at the Washington County Law Library.

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Funding for research tools is provided by:

  • ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota) with a state appropriation to the MINITEX Library Information Network
  • MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) with funding from state and federal revenues
  • Washington County

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