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

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eLibrary

Category: Biography, Homework help
Audience: Adults, Kids, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Curated info on common and trending research topics. Geared toward a wide range of users including middle and high school students, college-prep and college-level researchers, and professional educators. Educators can search for resources that correlate to state and national standards, including Common Core State Standards.

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Employment Security Commission

Category: Job help
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Search for jobs by job title and/or location.

Energystar.gov

Category: Consumer resources and personal finance, Green resources
Audience: Adults, Kids
Access: No card required

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency site that gives information about going green. Features an excellent Kids section.

English Poetry

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

Poems from 600 to 1900, including Thomas Percy, Walter Scott, Robert Dodsley, Francis Turner Palgrave, and more.

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Entrepreneurship Database

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

Info for entrepreneurs and researchers. Includes business start-up plans, video clips, journals, business cases, and more.

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Faber Poetry Library

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

A collection of some of the most influential poets of the twentieth century.

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FAFSA

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

Apply for federal student financial aid online.

Federal Student Aid

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

Info from the U.S. Department of Education about grants, loans, and work-study programs available through the federal Student Financial Assistance Programs. The Student Guide explains the programs and how to apply for them.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

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

Explore industries and careers, plan your education, and research best practices for resumes, cover letters, interviewing, networking, and salaries/benefits. Includes articles, career advice blogs, and streaming video.

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Films on Demand

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

Thousands of videos on a wide variety of topics. Includes Oscar, Emmy, and Peabody award winning documentaries, interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches, newsreels, and more.

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Foundation Directory Essentials

Category: Nonprofits and foundations
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Searching for grants from home? Essentials provides summary information about different grantmakers. For more detailed information about grant funders, available grants and grantees, use Foundation Directory Professional inside the Main Library.

Foundation Directory Professional

Category: Nonprofits and foundations
Audience: Adults
Access: Library building only

Access at Main Library only
One of the primary resources for grant seekers. It includes detailed searchable information about grant funders, grantees, and individual grants. It is geared to grant seekers who are affiliated with non-profit entities. There is a Pathways feature that helps you look for funding leads. For help, check these Foundation Directory how-to videos.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

Category: Nonprofits and foundations
Audience: Adults
Access: Library building only

Access at Main Library only
Search for fellowships, scholarships and grants to individuals. There is a also a list of current RFP’s (Requests for Proposals) from grantmakers.

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

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

Covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. Entrepreneurs and business students can find helpful information for any point in the life cycle of a business.

Gale Business: Plan Builder

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

Step-by-step online planning tools for starting, managing, and optimizing a business or nonprofit. You can create a personal account, enter information about your business idea, and receive customized information to help launch your business. Save all of your information in one place and make modifications to your business plan as it grows and changes.

Help and more info for Gale Business: Plan Builder

Gale Courses

Category: Language learning, Online classes
Audience: Adults, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Six-week online courses to let you learn a new skill or enhance your existing ones. Covers fields like business, computer applications, health care, and many more. You'll be able to interact with your expert instructor and with fellow students in online discussions. Lessons take roughly two to four hours each week.

Help and more info for Gale Courses

Gale Ebooks

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

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.

Help and more info for Gale Ebooks

Gale in Context: Biography

Category: Biography
Audience: Adults, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

Biographical info on more than 528,000 individuals, spanning history and geography. A great resource for research projects.

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Gale in Context: Elementary

Category: Homework help
Audience: Kids
Access: Library card + PIN

Just for elementary students: search for info on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports, and more. Includes easy-to-understand articles from over 100 kids' magazines, newspapers, and reference books.

Gale Literature Resource Center

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

Articles, critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, and biographies covering authors, their works, and literary movements.

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