This page provides an A-Z list of all the online resources provided to you by Durham County Library. Individual category listings may also have additional internet sites related to that topic.
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Available from any computer with Internet access.
Available from any computer with a library card.
Available from any computer with a library card, provided by NC LIVE.
Available from any computer within a library building.
ABC-CLIO eBook Collection
Contains a large collection of eBooks covering American history and world history, as well as history books on more obscure topics, such as the history of sports, fashion, food and scientific discoveries. There are also many books that discuss what life was like during certain time periods in different countries, including recipes. There is also a small multicultural and gender studies collection.
Academic Search Complete
Use this database if you need full text articles from scholarly journals.
American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography
A collection of the life histories of former slaves in the United States compiled through nearly 4,000 interviews with ex-slaves.
Art and Architecture Complete
Magazines, journals, and books covering a variety of art and architecture subjects including antiques, art and art history, interior and landscape design, and more. Includes an image collection of over 63,000 images.
Ancestry Library Edition
Offers over a billion names in over 3000 unique databases, including the Social Security Death Index. Available at all library locations.
Auto Repair Reference Center
Contains repair procedures, service bulletins, service recalls, wiring diagrams, labor and quick tips for cars produced between 1945 and 2007.
Biography Reference Center
Short biographies of famous actors, authors, explorers, historical figures, inventors, musicians, Presidents of the United States, scientists and many others.
Business Plan Handbook
Business Plans Handbook is a collection of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America. For those looking for examples of how to approach, structure and compose their own business plans, the Handbook presents many sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries — only the company names and addresses have been changed.
Business Source Complete
Search through over 2300 national and international business journals as well as company profiles, country reports, industry profiles, and market research reports. This database is useful for small business owners, investors, managers and business students. Includes Entrepreneur magazine.
Provides high-quality images of paintings, sculpture, clothing, jewelry and other pieces of art which have been licensed for non-commercial, educational use.
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Biweekly newspaper that covers philanthropy. Recent news articles are available and some past issues. They are organized by subject area and also includes conference, job and grant deadline listings.
Covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. Offers access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters. Indexing for 2,717 journals and full-text for 320 journals, plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials.
Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities.
Business Source Premier’s list of company profiles.
The full-text and images of Consumer Reports from January 1991 to the present. Includes the annual buying guide. To easily find information in Consumer Reports select the “SEARCH WITHIN THIS PUBLICATION” link in the upper right hand corner. More info…
Explains both sides of controversial issues in the news and gives reliable facts to let you decide for yourself how you feel about a topic. These are the same articles which appear in the print version of CQ Researcher. This database will also generate its own citations in APA, Bluebook, Chicago Manual or MLA format.
Complete source for expert coverage of the U.S. Congress: status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee activity and back-room maneuvering. Produced by the largest news team on Capitol Hill.
Credo is a collection of hundreds of reference books on many different subjects. The collection includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, atlases and books of quotations including full color illustrations and maps. Credo will generate APA, MLA or Chicago Manual citations.
Links students to country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture. In-depth reports covering 200+ countries, the United States, and Canada. More info…
Daily Life Online
See what life was like in different countries and different time periods from the 4th century CE. Includes clothing, food, holidays, religion, stories and most other aspects of life.
DCL eBooks for Checkout from OverDrive
Download the latest eBooks for reading on your computer or portable device, at any time of the day or night from anywhere in the world! You will need your library card number and your PIN. For help getting started with eBooks, visit our eBook Help Page.
eBooks from NC LIVE
NC LIVE offers several collections of eBooks including MyiLibrary, EBSCOhost collection, Gale Virtual Reference, ABC-CLIO eBook collection and Open Library.
Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Covers all aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present day. Using biographies, historical essays, and thematic pieces, many written by foremost scholars, it addresses a wide array of subjects in over 2,300 articles to define in one source the cultural roots, participation in American life, and current condition of the African-American community. (Scroll down to find encyclopedia.)
Entrepreneurial Studies Center
Covers topics relevant to entrepreneurship, economics and small business, including case studies, company profiles and 600+ videos with transcripts from the Harvard Faculty Series and Vator.TV
Journals on topics including agriculture, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, urban planning, and more.
Indexes over 750 journals in the field of education from 1966 to present.Includes full-text of ERIC Digests from 1967 to present.
Faber Poetry Library
A collection of some of the most influential poets of the twentieth century.
Foundation Directory Online Main Library Only
The Foundation Center’s database is one of the primary resources for grant seekers. The database can be searched by specific fields, or can simply be browsed. It is geared to grant seekers who are affiliated with non-profit entities. It is not set up to assist individuals seeking grant funding for personal projects.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online Library
This database is devoted exclusively to foundations that fund individuals. It is a rich source of information on scholarships, fellowships, grants and awards.
Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
This encyclopedia includes the full text of over 25,000 articles in many subjects.
Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law
This encyclopedia fills a much-needed gap between legal texts focusing on the theory and history behind the law and more practical guides dealing with the law and its everyday effect upon its citizens. Containing approximately 200 articles, the Encyclopedia includes: brief descriptions of each issue’s historical background, covering important statutes and cases; profiles of various U.S. laws and regulations; and details of how laws and regulations vary from state to state.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Full text reference books for the arts, education, environment, medicine, religion, science, social sciences and more. Includes a translation tool that lets you translate any article from English into Spanish, French, Japanese, simplified Chinese, Italian, Portuguese or Korean.
U. S. Government publications.
A freely accessible research database from EBSCO focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond.
Greenwood Digital Collection
The full text of many books from all time periods in the United States and Europe.
Grzimek’s Student Animal Life Resource
This resource book offers broad, comprehensive coverage of the animal kingdom, ranging from the simple — sponges and corals — to the complex — mammals. Animals are grouped by major classifications: sponges; corals; jellyfishes; segmented worms; crustaceans and mollusks; insects; fishes; amphibians; reptiles; birds; and mammals. (Scroll down to find the resource.)
Health Source: Consumer Edition
Provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Fit Pregnancy, Harvard Health Letter, HealthFacts, Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and many others.
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Provides more than 400 scholarly full-textjournals focusing on many medical disciplines, and provides abstracts and indexing for over 500 journals. Also includes integrated results from Clinical Pharmacology (which replaces USP DI: Volume II, Advice for the Patient) and access to Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
Online archive of Durham’s The Herald-Sun newspaper. Date Range: January 1, 1995 – current.
A resource for census data, family records, and local history. The collection provides access to every extant U.S. federal census, as well as a multitude of family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage, and death records, and more.
Hoover’s is a business research platform that allows you to search U.S. and international company listings by industry, size, and geography to build lists, create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis and raise funds.
Allows you to search for articles with images – including charts, photos, maps and illustrations from different EBSCO databases.
Full text access to more than 1,100 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as thousands of images and radio and TV transcripts. Includes full text of The New York Times (1985-present).
Search U.S. and international company listings by industry, size, location, and other criteria to create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, and raise funds. Build lists of up to 250 records for export or to print.
Search through many encyclopedias and magazines in one place. You can search by lexile level under Detailed Search. There are also materials available for teachers and homeschool parents.
Provides online classes for the SATs, ACTs, and GEDs. It also has practice tests with scoring for all of those plus the ASVAB, high school AP exams, graduate school entrance exams, nursing, real estate, firefighter, cosmetology, police officer and more. More info…
Legal Information Reference Center
Contains thousands of legal forms. The full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. LISTA indexes nearly 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science.
Literary Reference Center Plus
Provides scholarly articles and criticism, biographies, author interviews, a history timeline, and the full text of public domain novels, short stories, and poems.
Magazine and Journal Title List
Check here to see if NC LIVE carries a particular magazine or journal title that you would like to read online. If you can’t find the right title, ask a librarian or call 919-560-0110 for help.
Contains full text for more than 500 popular, high school magazines including America’s Civil War, American Heritage, American History, Archaeology, Astronomy, Bioscience, Careers & Colleges, Civil War Times, Congressional Digest, Discover, Economist, History Today, Nation, National Review, New Republic, New Scientist, Popular Science, Science News, Scientific American, Smithsonian, World War II, etc. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
Covers a wide variety of topics from about 3,100 magazines and journals from 1984 to present. Coverage includes many complete articles from more than 1500 periodicals from 1990 to present.
Middle Search Plus
Designed to assist middle and junior high school students in learning how to research current events and information on a wide range of general topics. Also includes the Funk & Wagnall’s New Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Animals, Essential Documents in American History, and coverage of the CIA World Factbook. Total coverage includes nearly 400,000 articles.
Military & Government Collection
Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military, this database offers a thorough collection of military titles, trade publications and news weeklies. Military & Government Collection includes abstracts and indexing for nearly 400 titles providing cover to cover full-textfor nearly 350. The database also includes full-textfor 245 pamphlets.
Covers mutual funds, stocks, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for the individual investor. Read in-depth, independent stock and fund reports written by experts with the proprietary Morningstar Rating and Style Box. Test your investing ideas with the Portfolio X-Ray Overview. Need help? More than 150 topics are covered in the Help and Education section.
A collection of eBooks which you can read online on topics including language learning, medical, health, American history, world history, North Carolina history, project management, classic literature, art, do it yourself and criminology.
NC LIVE Video Collection
Contains over 250 high-quality documentary and educational video programs produced for the Public Broadcasting Corporation and UNC TV which you can stream to your computer. The complete list of titles includes several of Ken Burns’ documentaries, Masterpiece, NOVA and children’s shows.
Not sure what you want to do for your science fair project? This is a good place to start. NetLibrary has science fair project books for students in elementary school through high school. Just click on subject in the search box, and type science projects for your search.
News & Observer
Online archive of the News & Observer newspaper. Date Range: (1/1/1991 – Current). Includes the Chapel Hill News: Date Range: (5/1/2000 – Current)
Newspaper Source Plus
Search the full text of newspapers from around the country including, the New York Times from 1985 to the present, the Herald-Sun going back to 1998, and the News and Observer going back to 1999.
Sign up for our e-newsletters and get great book suggestions by email. We’ll deliver reading lists right to your inbox along with new gems, bestsellers, and related titles. You’ll also be able to check immediately whether the items are available at the library or whether they’ve been checked out.
North American Women’s Letters and Diaries
Over 150,000 pages of published letters and diaries plus 4,000 pages of previously unpublished materials depicting the personal experiences of hundreds of women. Contains materials from Colonial times to 1950.
North Carolina Collection
Durham County Library has a large archive which can help with many local history questions. While some of the collection is available on the website, some things are only available in the building. Please call 919-560-0171 if you have any questions.
Reader’s advisory service for fiction and nonfiction titles, designed to support kids’ pleasure reading and school work. Searchable by author, title, series name, plot and lexile level. Includes author read-alikes and lists of award-winners. More info…
Opposing Viewpoints is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.
Contains full text of nearly 70 popular elementary school magazines which can be searched by reading level.
Pronunciator is an online language-learning service that covers 75 languages, including English as a Second Language (ESL). Learn how to speak a foreign language with the help of pronunciation analysis, virtual coaches, simulated conversations, scored quizzes, and downloadable audio lessons and phrasebooks. Courses are designed for children and adults from beginners to advanced learners.
Business and residential information for reference and research.
Regional Business News
The full text of regional business newsletters from the mid-nineties to the present including Business North Carolina, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, and other newsletters from around the country.
Salud en Español
Provee un informe sobre salud basado en evidencias de fácil lectura sobre una gran variedad de enfermedades, afecciones y tratamientos. Todos los informes se encuentran arbitrados por especialistas y contienen la información más actualizada.
Sanborn Maps North Carolina
Sanborn fire insurance maps from 1867-1970 for all parts of North Carolina.
Science Reference Center
A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-textscience-oriented content. Designed for science students, Science Reference Center contains full-textfor hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Science Reference Center also provides teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards.
A subject-based online resources for kids. Includes Lexile scores.
Provides access to the most up-to-date and accurate bibliographic information as well as current pricing structures for popular serials.
Get business and marketing data for almost any location in the United States to help you write your business plan.
Small Business Reference Center
Provides information on common business types, a help and advice section, and how to create business plans that lead to successful funding. Includes business lectures and “how to” videos, as well as state-specific resources.
Small Engine Repair Center
Detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines.
Student Research Center (SRC)
Students can search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful information. Results can be easily sorted by source type – magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc. They can also search by topic heading, make use of an online dictionary and encyclopedia, explore the top searches of the day and even limit their search according to appropriate Lexile reading levels.
Teacher Reference Center
This index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals and books, provides coverage on key education topics such as assessment, continuing education, current pedagogical research, curriculum development, instructional media, language arts, literacy standards, science and mathematics and more for K-12 teachers and librarians.
A current events database that allows researchers to explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints.
Twentieth Century African-American Poetry
Contains modern and contemporary African American poetry, featuring almost 9,000 poems by 62 of the most important African-American poets of the last century.
Twentieth Century American Poetry
Includes 50,000 poems drawn from 750 volumes by over 300 poets from the last century.
Twentieth-Century English Poetry
A collection of more than 600 volumes of poetry by 283 British poets from 1900 to the present day.
Universal Class is an online educational service providing a diverse offering of intellectually stimulating courses for people interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Lifelong learning not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development, but also competitiveness and employability. Universal Class offers over 500 instructor-led courses on a wide-range of subjects. Continuing Education Units are offered for many courses. Once you’ve registered for Universal Class you can click here to go directly to the log in page. More info…
UXL Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes
Provides detailed studies of tribes from all over the United States and Canada, including small tribes and some that no longer exist. Gives detailed yet accessible information on history, religion, art, government, economy, daily life and current social and political issues.
Wall Street Journal
Index of articles from 1981 to present plus full text articles from 1984 to present.
Check here to see what other libraries around the world carry. If you want to borrow a book which Durham County Library does not own, come to any reference desk of any Durham County Library branch to fill out an Interlibrary Loan form and we will try to borrow the book from another library system.
Free, digital access to over 70 popular magazines. Read full magazines on your computer or mobile device. With unlimited copies and checkouts, issues are always available and they never expire. More info…