This page provides an A-Z list of all the online resources provided to you by Durham County Library. You can also browse resources by category, or find resources that can help you achieve common goals in our Discover It Online lists.
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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.
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.
Ancestry Library Edition
Temporarily available from any computer using your library card
Offers over a billion names in over 3000 unique databases, including the Social Security Death Index. Available at all library locations. Help & More Info
Online 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. Help & 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. Help & More Info
VetNow from Brainfuse provides VA benefit support tools, college skills tools including free tutoring, and job-hunting help for veterans transitioning from the military to civilian life. Receive expert assistance to help you navigate the civilian job market. Get help writing a resume or cover letter and connect live to an expert coach to learn how to translate your military skill set to civilian work opportunities. Users have access to VetNow navigators who are veterans with experience with veteran support groups, agencies and the VA to guide you through VA benefits and to community resources. Live help service is offered from 2 pm to 11:59 pm daily, and resumes and questions can be submitted 24/7 for follow-up responses. Help & More Info
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.
CINAHL Plus with Full Text
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.
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…
Consumer Reports Buying Guide
A product-test and consumer advisory publication. Publishes results of tests on products ranging from major purchases such as automobiles & appliances to everyday items such as food & cleaning products. Also examines health, money management etc.
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.
Credo is an easy-to-use tool for starting research. Gather background information on your topic from hundreds of full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.
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. Help & More Info
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. Help & More Info
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.
eLibrary Curriculum Edition
This easy-to-use curriculum and reference resource delivers one of the largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content designed specifically for schools and libraries of all kinds, as well as additional subject-based material.
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.
Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center
Career database that enables users to explore industries and careers, plan their education, and research best practices for résumés, cover letters, interviewing, networking, and salaries/benefits. Includes articles, career advice blogs, and streaming video.
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 Essentials
Trying to search for grants from home? While Main Library is closed, you can use the Foundation Directory via the offsite access link above.
For help, check these Foundation Directory how-to videos. Heads up: not all features shown are available via remote access.
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.
Gale Business: Entrepreneurship
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
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 & More Info
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. Help & More Info
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 in Context: Elementary (previously Kids InfoBits)
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.
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. Help & More Info
The Great Courses
Video courses on subjects such as history, philosophy and religion, fine arts, language and literature, science, mathematics, economics and health, taught by professors and experts in their fields. Presenters are specifically chosen for their ability to teach. Also available via the Libby app. Help & More Info
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.)
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, advertisements, and extra sections available from October 2018 to 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.
Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection
3.5 million pages of digitized content from over 1,000 NC county newspapers.
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.
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 85 different countries, including the best from film festivals like Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more! Also available via the Libby app. Help & More Info
Just for Kids Access Video
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.
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 & More Info
For Jobs and Careers resources, check out Brainfuse JobNow, Cypress Resume, or Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center.
For Computer Skills resources, check out Lynda.com or Universal Class.
LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
Offers thousands of courses and videos in popular fields like 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 as well as provide supplemental materials like exercise files and relevant work samples. Help & 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 Premier 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. Help & More Info
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. Help & More Info
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.
New York Times
Onsite (library building) access | Offsite / remote access
Unlimited access to NYTimes.com, excluding the crossword puzzle. Access requires an individual New York Times account – see instructions for details. More info…
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.
OverDrive Magazines (previously RBdigital Magazines)
Free, digital access to over 3000 popular magazines. Read full magazines on your computer or mobile device. With unlimited copies and checkouts, issues are always available. Help & More Info
ProQuest Arts & Humanities Database
This database features hundreds of titles covering Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies.
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 Research Companion
An award-winning, cloud-based information literacy solution that enables educators and librarians to guide students through research projects efficiently.
ProQuest Science Journals
Applied and general science articles covering topics such as global warming, alternative energy sources, robotic engineering, genetically modified food, and more.
RBdigital Magazines – now OverDrive Magazines
Free, digital access to over 3000 popular magazines. Read full magazines on your computer or mobile device. With unlimited copies and checkouts, issues are always available. Help & More Info
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. Help & More Info
Sanborn Maps North Carolina
Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, provides access to large-scale maps of North Carolina towns and cities.
Designed specifically for elementary and middle school students, SIRS Discoverer offer articles, nonfiction books, images, activities and websites curated for educational relevance, age appropriateness, and readability.
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.
Build your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language. Over 110 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 30 languages. KidSpeak option available for some languages. Mobile apps for iOS and Android let you learn on the go. Help & More Info
Libros electrónicos para ciber-niños.
Tumble Biblio Enfants
Cyber-livres pour cyber-enfants.
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. Help & 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.
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