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Online resources

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

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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.

MedLine Plus en Español

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

Incluye temas de salud, información acerca de medicamentos, una enciclopedia médica, noticias, y tutoriales.

Military Database

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

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.

Provided by NC LIVE

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Category: Business and entrepreneurship, Consumer resources and personal finance
Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

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.

Help and more info for Morningstar Investment Research Center

Mymoney.gov

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

Info about budgeting, investing, financing college, taxes, avoiding scams, and starting a small business. Created by the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, this site presents financial literacy information from different federal agencies.

NC Health Info

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

Guide to quality health and medical info and local health services throughout North Carolina.

NC Kids Digital Library

Audience: Kids

Ebooks, e-audiobooks, and video for kids!

Help and more info for NC Kids Digital Library

NC LIVE Home Grown Ebooks Collection

Audience: Adults
Access: Library card + PIN

3,000+ ebooks from North Carolina publishers. Includes popular and scholarly nonfiction, novels by well-known NC authors, and award-winning short fiction and poetry.

Provided by NC LIVE

NCpedia

Audience: Adults, Teens
Access: No card required

Info about North Carolina history, people, government, and educational institutions.

News & Observer

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

Online archive of the News & Observer newspaper, from 1/1/1991 – current. Also includes the Chapel Hill News from 5/1/2000 - current.

North American Women’s Letters and Diaries

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

Over 150,000 pages of published letters and diaries depicting the personal experiences of hundreds of women from colonial times to 1950.

Provided by NC LIVE

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

Category: Nonprofits and foundations
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

A statewide network with a mission to educate, connect, and advocate for North Carolina's nonprofits. Search the site to learn more about the center and its activities. Includes an excellent "Frequently Asked Questions" link.

North Carolina Collection

Category: Durham community, Genealogy
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

Durham County Library's local history archive, with a wealth of materials for people researching North Carolina-related topics. While some of the collection is available on the website, some things are only available in the building. For questions, email us at ncc@dconc.gov or call 919-560-0171.

North Carolina Department of Commerce

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

Info and resources for starting, locating, or expanding a business in North Carolina.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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

Info on scholarships and loans for people looking to enter the teaching field in North Carolina.

North Carolina Department of Revenue

Category: Government
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

North Carolina tax forms and instructions for current and prior years.

North Carolina General Statutes

Category: Legal
Audience: Adults
Access: No card required

The state laws of North Carolina, passed by the NC General Assembly.

North Carolina Online Business Registration

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

Register your new business with the North Carolina Department of Revenue online instead of mailing in the NC-BR form for Income Tax Withholding, Sales and Use Tax, and Machinery, Equipment, and Manufacturing Fuel Tax. Please call the Taxpayer Assistance and Collections Center at 1-877-252-3052 if you have any questions.

Northstar Digital Literacy

Category: Online classes
Audience: Adults, Teens
Access: No card required

Northstar Digital Literacy tests your computer skills. You can build skills in key areas, and demonstrate your knowledge by earning certificates and badges.