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

ALLDATA Repair: Resource 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 only on Library workstations.

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: FAQ, 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 only on Library workstations. 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ArchiveGrid: Search through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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: Fact Sheet & Interactive Tutorial

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CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online): Search for works of art from museums and collections around the USA including The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center.

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

cloudLibrary: Download and read classic and popular fiction and nonfiction eBooks and eAudiobooks. Learn more about cloudLibrary: eReader Helpguide, Tablet / Mobile Device Help Guide, & cloudLibrary eAudiobooks Help Guide

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, Help Video, & Video Tutorial

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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 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.

Educator's Reference Complete: Search professional publications across all education-related subject areas. Learn more: Educator's Reference Complete Fact Sheet

Expanded Academic ASAP: Search thousands of scholarly publications across all academic disciplines, including the social sciences, humanities, science and technology, and many others. Learn more: Expanded Academic ASAP Interactive Tutorial

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 Fact Sheet

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

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Gale Virtual Reference Library: Search encyclopedias, almanacs, and primary sources covering topics from art and history to medicine. Learn more: Gale Virtual Reference Library Help Video

General Science Collection: Search for articles from the most popular scientific journals for the latest scientific developments. Learn more: General Science Collection Fact Sheet

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Health Reference Center Academic: 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. Learn more: Health Source: Nursing / Academic Edition Video 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 1851-2008. 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.

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Informe (Español / Spanish Interface): Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. A collection of full text Hispanic magazines covering business, health, technology, culture, current topics, and other subjects.

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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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Kids InfoBits: Search for information aimed at kids from popular children's magazines. Learn more about Kids InfoBits: Fact Sheet, Interactive Tutorial, & Help Videos

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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 & Help Video

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. Learn more: Library, Information Science, and Technology Abstracts Tutorial Video

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

LitFinder: Search full-text poems, stories, essays, speeches and plays. Watch top-quality video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts covering skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

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MasterFILE Premier: Search for articles from popular magazines and journals covering all subject areas. Learn more about MasterFILE Premier: Interactive Tutorial & Help Video

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.

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 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.

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

MNLINK: Search and request items not owned by Washington County Library. Learn more: MNLINK Interactive Tutorial

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

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NewsBank: Search archives of the Duluth News-Tribune, St. Cloud Times, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Star Tribune. Available only on Library workstations. Learn more: NewsBank Help Video

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: Help Videos & Tutorial Video on Using Basic Search

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.

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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. Learn more about OverDrive: eReader Help Guide, Kindle Help Guide, Tablet/Smartphone Help Guide to use the new Libby app, Overview Video, & Tutorial.

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Pioneer Press: Articles published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press within the last week.

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: Fact Sheet, Interactive Tutorial, & Help Video

Price It! Antiques and Collectibles: Identify, research, and find prices of art, antiques, and collectibles.

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

ProQuest Global Newsstream: Find newspaper articles from hundreds of papers from around the world. Learn more: Fact Sheet, Interactive Tutorial, & Help Video

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RBdigital Audiobooks: Browse thousands of Audiobooks from the Washington County Library collection via the Recorded Books RBdigital platform. For instructions on accessing materials through this resource, please review this RBdigital-eAudio Help Guide or watch this Tutorial Video.

RBdigital Magazines: Looking for the latest issue of Newsweek, or catching up on celebrity gossip in US Weekly? You have access to all the latest and greatest magazines, as well as thousands of back issues, through the Recorded Books RBdigital platform. Just use your Washington County Library card to login, and start reading today! For instructions on accessing materials through this resource, please review this RBdigital-eMagazines Help Guide or watch this Tutorial Video.

ReferenceUSA: Find U.S. and Canadian business and residential information as well as market research in this online directory. Learn more about ReferenceUSA: Help Videos & Tutorials

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

Research 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: Fact Sheet & Tutorial Videos

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Science Reference Center: Find science related information for projects, experiments, research, and homework. Learn more about Science Reference Center: Fact Sheet, Interactive Tutorial, & Help Video

Small Engine Repair Reference Center: Find detailed repair and maintenance information for ATVs, lawn mowers, motorcycles, boat motors, snow blowers, snowmobiles, and other small engines. Learn more: Small Engine Repair Reference Center Help Video Find articles published in the Star Tribune within the last week.

Student Resources 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: Fact Sheet, Interactive Tutorial, & Videos.

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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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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