Information at Your Fingertips
Published on Monday, May 10, 2010 - 4:39pm
Did you know that with your computer and a library card from the DC Public Library, you can do research in the comfort of your home at any hour of the day or night, seven days a week? It’s true! The library offers a wide range of free, full-text databases for adults, teens, and children. Just visit the library’s website, and click on the Research tab located at the top of the page. There you will find a wide variety of databases that you may sort alphabetically or by topic, plus free homework help from Tutor.com, where kids can connect with a live tutor every day between 2 pm and midnight.
Geography, history, social science, and culture are only a mouse click away. Explore full-text art, music, biography, and science publications online. Just for fun, browse an encyclopedia! Primary and secondary sources – we have them here.
Find full-text academic journal and popular magazine articles on Expanded Academic ASAP and General One File. Read newspapers from around the country via ProQuest, or check out the historical Washington Post, with full page articles and images dating back to 1877. Discover your ancestors on Heritage Quest!
Looking for literary criticism? Find it at the Literature Resource Center where you can search by author or by title. Are you ready to read another great book, but don’t know where to start? Check out Books and Authors, where you can search nonfiction and fiction by genre, or explore NoveList by entering a book title that you have enjoyed to find others like it. NoveList will also help you find great reads for teens and children by age group.
If you have little ones at home, take a look at Tumblebooks, which features interactive games, and stories that are read aloud as text is highlighted to help foster early literacy. Six languages are available. Or try Bookflix.
You can access portable media with Overdrive. Ebooks, audiobooks, video, and music for children and adults are available for download to your computer and compatible portable devices. Use Overdrive to learn a new language!
For business information, The Business and Company Resource Center provides company profiles and histories, brand information, rankings, investment reports, and full text news articles. Starting a business? Search Reference USA by SIC code to identify competitors in your area, or locate contact information for your neighbors and invite everyone to the next community gathering. Obtain standard Legal Forms Online, or explore stocks and mutual funds with Morningstar.
Study guides and practice tests to improve academic skills are available at Learning Express. Elementary through college students will find something here to sharpen their abilities. Technical, GED, and citizenship tests are also covered. The Testing and Educational Resource Center offers practice tests for college prep, NCLEX, ASVAB, PRAXIS and civil service jobs, as well as the post-graduate GRE, MCAT, and LSAT, among others. Find help with TOEFL, polish your resume, or search for graduate schools.
Additional databases are available for browsing when you are in the library. Stop by the information desk on your next visit and let us show you how!