Online resources

Online research, learning, and entertainment, all available (and free!) with your Durham County Library card.

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New York Times

Category: Magazines, newspapers, and journals
Audience: Adults, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Library building access

Unlimited access to NYTimes.com (except for the crossword puzzle). You'll need your library card plus an individual New York Times account – see instructions for details.

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OverDrive / Libby

Audience: Adults, Kids, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Our most popular ebook collection. A wide range of popular titles in various formats, many available for Kindle. If you’re new to ebooks, start here.

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ABI/INFORM Complete

Category: Business and entrepreneurship
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Business research from journals, trade publications, market research reports, dissertations, and working papers.

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African American Poetry

Category: Books and poetry
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Poems from 1750-1900, including Lucy Terry Prince, Phillis Wheatley, Jupiter Hammon, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and more.

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Agricultural & Environmental Science Collection

Category: Green resources, Science
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Articles plus searchable charts, figures, graphs, maps, photographs, and tables on major environment topics.

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American Poetry

Category: Books and poetry
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Poems from 1650-1920, including Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Phillis Wheatley, Walt Whitman, and Herman Melville.

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Ancestry Library Edition

Category: Genealogy
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Temporarily available from any computer using your library card; returning to Library Building Only Access December 30. Read more.
Genealogy resource with a billion names in over 3000 unique databases. Available at all library locations.

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Arts & Humanities Database

Category: Art and images
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Research database with hundreds of titles covering art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theater, and cultural studies.

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Biological Science Database

Category: Science
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Research on animal behavior, aquatic life and fisheries, biochemistry, ecology, plant science, toxicology, virology, microbiology, health and safety science, entomology, and more.

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Brainfuse HelpNow

Category: Homework help, Online classes, Test preparation
Audience: Adults, Kids, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Online tutoring for many subjects. Get help with writing assignments, take practice tests, prep for the GED or the U.S. citizenship test, and much more.

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Brainfuse JobNow

Category: Job help, Online classes, Test preparation
Audience: Adults, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Expert assistance for your job search. Get live help writing a resume or cover letter, working on job search strategies, building your skills, navigating unemployment, and more.

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Brainfuse VetNow

Category: Job help, Online classes, Test preparation, Veterans
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Help for veterans. Expert coaches help you navigate the civilian job market, build college skills, manage VA benefits, and more.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics

Category: Business and entrepreneurship, Data and statistics
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Economic statistics including unemployment rates, average earnings, and consumer price index.

Business Plan Handbook

Category: Business and entrepreneurship
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

A collection of actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America. Find examples of how to approach, structure, and compose your own business plan, with samples taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail, and service industries.

Career and Technical Education Database

Category: Job help
Audience: Adults, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Research database with info on a wide variety of careers and industries including computer science, healthcare, building trades, auto mechanics, sales and retail, and more.

Provided by NC LIVE

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Category: Health and medical
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Premier database of nursing and allied health journals with additional materials that include nursing dissertations, conference proceedings, evidence-based care sheets, audiovisuals, and continuing education modules.

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College Foundation of NC

Category: Education and college resources
Audience: Adults, Teens
Access: No card required

Info on many of the scholarships, loans, and grants available to North Carolinians attending colleges and universities in the state. Also helps parents and families plan ahead for college and how they will pay for it.

Consumer Health Database

Category: Health and medical
Audience: Adults, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Magazines and journals covering consumer health topics, such as sports injuries, women’s health, food and nutrition, midwifery, eye care, and dentistry.

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Consumer Reports

Category: Consumer resources and personal finance, Education and college resources, Magazines, newspapers, and journals
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

An authoritative resource for product information, published by a non-profit, independent test organization. Access includes full text and images of Consumer Reports from January 1991 to the present, plus the annual buying guide.

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Consumer Reports Buying Guide

Category: Consumer resources and personal finance, Magazines, newspapers, and journals
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Results of tests on products, from major purchases like cars and appliances to everyday items like food and cleaning products. Also covers health, money management, and more.

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