Online resources

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

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GreenFILE

Category: Green resources, Science
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

A research database 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

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

The full text of many books from all time periods in the United States and Europe.

Provided by NC LIVE

HealthCare.gov

Category: Health and medical
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

The U.S. government’s site for information about the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Find out if you qualify for lower cost health insurance and enroll right from the site.

Herald-Sun

Category: Durham community, Genealogy, Magazines, newspapers, and journals
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

The Herald Sun Collection – Online archive of Durham’s The Herald-Sun newspaper. Full text edition with news and feature articles from 1995 to current. Full color image edition with news, feature articles, obituaries, ads, and extra sections available from October 2018 to current.

Heritage Quest

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

Genealogy resource with census data, family records, and local history. 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.

Provided by NC LIVE

Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection

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

3.5 million pages of digitized content from over 1,000 NC county newspapers.

Provided by NC LIVE

hoopla

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

Thousands of free, popular movies, TV shows, music, and e-audiobooks.

Help and more info for hoopla

Hoover’s Company Records

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

Information for over 40,000 companies, including company overview, industry information, leadership, and historical financials.

Provided by NC LIVE

Image Quest

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

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. Download, print, or email images and pull the citations you need.

IndieFlix

Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

A streaming movie service with award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries. Instantly view over 6,500 titles from more than 85 different countries, including the best from film festivals like Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more! Also available via the Libby app.

Help and more info for IndieFlix

Internal Revenue Service

Category: Government
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Tax forms and instructions for current and previous years, as well as info on federal tax related topics.

International Newsstream

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

Info from hundreds of the world's top newspapers, including The Times (London), The Bangkok Post, El Norte, Financial Times, The Guardian, Jerusalem Post, South China Morning Post, The Daily Telegraph, Asian Wall Street Journal, and more.

Provided by NC LIVE

Just for Kids Access Video

Audience: Kids
Access: Library card + PIN

Kids' shows for homeschoolers, makerspaces, cord cutters, homework help, and more. Includes favorites like Sesame Street, The Electric Company, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Franklin, and thousands more. This resource can be accessed anywhere, anytime – it’s fully responsive and mobile friendly, plus thoroughly kid safe and advertisement free.

Provided by NC LIVE

LawHelpNC

Category: Legal
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Info about your legal rights, the law, the courts, legal forms, and more.

LearningExpress Library

Category: Education and college resources, Government, Homework help, Job help, Online classes, Test preparation
Audience: Adults, Teens
Access: Library card + PIN

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.

Help and more info for LearningExpress Library

Provided by NC LIVE

Legal Aid of North Carolina

Category: Legal
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

A nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to households whose income falls below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. Contact the Durham office at 919-688-6396.

LinkedIn Learning

Category: Online classes
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

Thousands of online courses in popular fields. Topics include business leadership and management, personal and professional development, online marketing, Microsoft office, project management, web design and development, software development, IT management, data science, media production and design, and creative software. Experts create and deliver all courses, plus provide supplemental materials like exercise files and relevant work samples.

Help and more info for LinkedIn Learning

Log Into North Carolina (LINC)

Category: Data and statistics
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Current, historical, and projected (future) data for many different topic areas. Get all state agencies’ data in one place instead of having to go to each agency’s site. Generate reports for multiple topics, multiple geographies, and multiple years.

MasterFILE Premier

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

Full text for magazines, periodicals, and reference books covering a wide range of subject areas. Also includes an image collection with photos, maps, and flags.

Provided by NC LIVE

MedLine Plus

Category: Health and medical
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Quick, reliable health info from the National Library of Medicine, written for the layperson. Includes a medical encyclopedia, dictionary, current news, videos, and a pharmaceutical drug encyclopedia.