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.
Business research from journals, trade publications, market research reports, dissertations, and working papers.
9,000+ encyclopedia articles and research updates, plus videos, animations, charts, and images, as well as biographies of scientists.
African American Poetry
Poems from 1750-1900 including Lucy Terry Prince, Phillis Wheatley, Jupiter Hammon, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and more.
Find poems written from 1650-1920. Includes Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Phillis Wheatley, Walt Whitman and Herman Melville.
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.
Ancestry Library Edition
Offers over a billion names in over 3000 unique databases, including the Social Security Death Index. Available at all library locations.
Live, on-demand tutoring for a large number of subjects. With HelpNow, tutors and students work together in real-time in an online classroom by typing, drawing, and marking-up lessons and web content. Plus, students can share files in the writing lab to submit writing assignments to writing tutors any time of the day. The Brainfuse full-service test center offers practice tests for all levels in math, reading, and writing as well as college preparatory tests – including the SAT. HelpNow also offers the Adult Learning Center where users can access GED prep, U.S citizenship test prep, resume assistance, Microsoft Office support, and Career Resources which lists popular job search links. More info…
Receive expert assistance for your job search. Get help writing a resume or cover letter and connect live to an expert JobNow Coach to learn efficient job search strategies, including interview coaching. Job seekers also have access to career-enhancing skill building, test preparation (including the High School Equivalency and the US Citizenship tests) and a unique academic skills center featuring live, online tutors. More info…
Britannica Global Reference Center
Britannica’s Global Reference Center is the home of comprehensive online content in a variety of global languages. These extensive and thorough databases are intuitive and fast, delivering trustworthy information from around the globe. Provides online encyclopedias in Spanish, French, Simplified Chinese, Korean and Japanese. If you are in a DCL location, use this link to access without a library card.
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.
Provides high-quality images of paintings, sculpture, clothing, jewelry and other pieces of art which have been licensed for non-commercial, educational use.
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 search field, leave the automatically provided JN “Consumer Reports” and add AND + your search terms to the end of the search field (i.e., JN “Consumer Reports” AND cell phones). 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.)
Find poems written from 600 to 1900 including Thomas Percy, Walter Scott, Robert Dodsley, Francis Turner Palgrave, and more.
E-Newsletters (Formerly called NextReads)
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.
Faber Poetry Library
A collection of some of the most influential poets of the twentieth century.
Films on Demand
Thousands of high quality videos on business & economics, health & medicine, humanities & social sciences, and science & mathematics, as well as travel and fitness programming, home and how-to videos, indie films, and popular music performances. Includes Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award winning documentaries, interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches and newsreels.
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.
Whether you’re looking for professional development or personal enrichment, these six-week online courses are the perfect way to learn a new skill or enhance your existing ones. Courses are offered in the fields of business, computer applications, health care and many more. You’ll spend roughly two to four hours each week completing two engaging lessons in an enjoyable, interactive learning environment. Expert instructors develop and lead every course, and you’ll be able to interact with them and with fellow students in lively online discussion areas. New sessions start every month, so you can sign up anytime. Upon completing a course with a passing score, you’ll get an award of completion from your learning institution.
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.
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.)
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.
Home Grown eBooks Collection
A collection of more than 1,000 eBooks from a variety of North Carolina publishers. Includes popular and scholarly nonfiction, novels by well-known NC authors, and award-winning short fiction and poetry.
Thousands of free, popular movies, TV shows, music and e-audiobooks for DCL patrons.
Hoover’s Company Records
Information for over 40,000 companies, including company overview, industry information, leadership and historical financials.
Image Quest offers a simple search to find images for homework, reports, flyers and presentations. The 3 million images come from 45 sources, are cleared for noncommercial, educational use and are suitable for all ages. Users can download, print or email their images and pull the citations they need. If you are in a DCL location, you can access Image Quest without a library card here.
IndieFlix is a streaming movie service that offers access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries. You can instantly view over 6,500 titles from more than 50 different countries, including the best from film festivals like Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more! More info…
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).
Elementary students can search for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports, and more. It includes easy-to-understand articles from over one hundred children’s magazines, newspapers, and reference books.
LawDepot for Libraries allows you to create, save and print customized legal documents for all states and includes wills, leases, separation and power of attorney documents to name a few. Users choose a form, fill out the vital information only once – the database builds the form using the info the user provides – and walk away with a completed document. More info…
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…
Literature Resource Center
Articles, critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, and biographies covering authors, their works, and literary movements.
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.
MasterFILE Elite provides full text for magazines, periodicals and reference books covering a wide-range of subject areas. This database also provides an Image Collection containing photos, maps and flags.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
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.
National Geographic Kids
Full issues of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009-present (3 month embargo). You’ll also find hundreds National Geographic Kids books, kid-friendly images and videos and a section to explore topics such as animals, the environment, places and more.
Natural Medicines (formerly Natural Standard)
Evidence-based reviews on dietary supplements and complementary and alternative medicine therapies, including herbs, supplements, vitamins, diets, nutrition, exercise, and complementary practices and modalities.
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.
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)
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…
Popular e-audiobooks from major publishers that you can listen to on your computer or your mobile device.
In-depth business information on companies in North America, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia-Pacific as well as emerging markets, with the ability to search for companies by name, by geography or across industries.
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.
Oxford Reference Online Premium
Reference titles in core subject areas, including quick reference articles, illustrations, photographs, line diagrams, maps, and tables.
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. More info…
ProQuest Biology Journals
Research on animal behavior, aquatic life and fisheries, biochemistry, ecology, plant science, toxicology, virology, microbiology, health and safety science, entomology, and more.
ProQuest Career & Technical Education
Vocational information on technical topics, such as computing science, healthcare, building trades, auto mechanics, sales and retail, accounting, graphic design, and photography.
General reference database for over 175 subjects from magazines, journals and newspapers, including peer-reviewed and scholarly works.
ProQuest Education Journals
Research on primary, secondary, and higher education, as well as special education, home schooling, adult education, and hundreds of related topics.
Information for entrepreneurs and researchers that includes business start-up plans, video clips, journals, business cases, and more.
ProQuest Environmental Science Package
Articles plus searchable charts, figures, graphs, maps, photographs and tables representing all major environment topics.
ProQuest Family Health
Magazines and journals covering consumer health topics, such as sports injuries, women’s health, food and nutrition, midwifery, eye care and dentistry.
Articles from topics across all government and military branches, including international relations, political science, criminology, defense, aeronautics and space flight, communications, civil engineering, and more.
News content from many national and international newspapers, newswires and selected news magazines.
ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
Journals and dissertations covering nursing, allied health, and alternative and complementary medicine.
ProQuest Science Journals
Applied and general science articles covering topics such as global warming, alternative energy sources, robotic engineering, genetically modified food, and more.
Reference and research tool providing instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 235 million U.S. residents. ReferenceUSA makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.
Sanborn Maps North Carolina
Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, provides access to large-scale maps of North Carolina towns and cities.
Science in Context
Reference content, plus magazines, journals, news sources, experiments, and more, covering earth science, life science, space, technology, mathematics, science history, and biography.
Get business and marketing data for almost any location in the United States to help you write your business plan.
SIRS Discoverer is a general reference database for elementary and middle school learners, researchers, and educators covering curriculum areas content sets such as reading, language arts, current events, science, social studies, history, health and technology. (Note: If you are in a library building, click here to access SIRS Discoverer without needing to enter your library card number.)
SIRS Issues Researcher
SIRS® Issues Researcher helps students make sense of the world by offering relevant, credible resources that tell the whole story on major issues and world conflicts of the day. Start with SIRS Issues Researcher for background and current analysis necessary for research and understanding of 330+ current and pervasive leading issues.
SIRS Knowledge Source
Articles, primary sources, websites and graphics to support K-12 students with research, study and homework.
Statista integrates data on over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single platform. Categorized into 21 market sectors, Statista provides users with direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets. Customizable charts and graphs are available for download and use in presentations, reports or websites.
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…