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Use the library 24 hours a day to find information (including full-text magazine and newspaper articles) to help you with your homework:

Art

 

Art Full Text
Offers full text plus abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications—now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews and feminist criticism. (For access, Click "EBSCOhost Research Databases" and then select "Art Full Text.")

Freegal Music
Download up to three songs  (or one video and one song) a week from the entire Sony Music and IODA catalogs with your library card and PIN. Stream songs online 24 hours a day. Songs are DRM-Free and compatible with all MP3 players and computers.  Access over a million songs for free and yours to keep.  Read our Tips on Downloading Music from Freegal page or Freegal FAQs page.

Literature: Gale Virtual Reference Collection
Search a single eBook or DC Public Library’s GVRL collection for digital versions of selected encyclopedias and reference resources on a wide  range of subjects from art, business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nations and the world and science.

Literature Resource Center
Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
 
Oxford Art Online
The entire 34 volumes of The Dictionary of Art, including updates of text and over 22,000 links to art images in galleries and museums around the world. Topics covered include the fine arts (architecture, painting and sculpture) and decorative arts (ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry, interior design and textiles) of world cultures, countries and regions.
 
Oxford Music Online
The full text of the printed editions of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. It also includes notated music examples and links to images and sound. Articles are reviewed regularly to reflect the most current advances in music scholarship.


Biography

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African American Studies Center
Contains over 5,000 biographies, more than 7,500 articles, and hundreds of maps, documents, images, timelines, Web sites, and charts and tables of African-American life, history and culture.

Biography in Context
Integrates biographies with related full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals, as well as thousands of images and links to hand-picked Web sites.  Search for people—both current and historic from all eras—based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates, and places or gender.

Literature Resource Center
Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

Oxford Art Online
The entire 34 volumes of The Dictionary of Art, including artist biographies. Topics covered include the fine arts (architecture, painting and sculpture) and decorative arts (ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry, interior design and textiles) of world cultures, countries and regions.

Oxford Music Online
The full text of the printed editions of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. It also includes notated music examples and links to images and sound. Articles are reviewed regularly to reflect the most current advances in music scholarship.

Black Studies

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African American Experience
Contains 500 full-text reference and scholarly articles and over 4,000 slave narratives. Includes primary documents, maps and images, lesson plans, searchable timelines and Web links.

African American Studies Center
Source on African-American life, history and culture, containing over 5,000 biographies, more than 7,500 articles, and hundreds of maps, documents, images, timelines, Web sites, and charts and tables.

Black Studies: Gale Virtual Reference Collection
Search a single eBook or DC Public Library’s GVRL collection for digital versions of selected encyclopedias and reference resources on a wide  range of subjects from art, business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nations and the world and science. 

Black Studies Center, Abolitionist Papers, History Makers, and BSC Dissertations:
Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, and much more.

Ethnic NewsWatch
Provides full-text coverage of more than 250 publications from the ethnic and minority press. The collection totals over one million newspaper, magazine and journal articles. Coverage dates back to 1990. Nearly one-quarter of the articles are presented in Spanish. Casi un cuarto de los artículos se presenta en español.

Historic Black Newspapers
Full historic content from four major black newspapers: The Chicago Defender (1909-75), The New York Amsterdam News (1922-93), The Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), and Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988).


Encyclopedias

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Britannica Academic
Used for more comprehensive research than the school version, it contains Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, over 700 full-text magazines and periodicals; over 10,000 eBooks and primary sources; an atlas; and statistic for current and historical country statistics

Britannica School
Select elementary, middle, and high school portal appropriate to each student’s reading, grade, and age level, with nonfiction content aligned to the Common Core and State Standards. The Lesson Plan Builder helps create interactive activities for small and large groups.

Expanded Academic ASAP
Covers all academic disciplines, including arts and the humanities, social sciences, science and technology. Access scholarly journals, news magazines and newspapers, many with full text and images.

Gale Virtual Reference Collection
Search a single eBook or DC Public Library’s GVRL collection for digital versions of selected encyclopedias and reference resources on a wide  range of subjects from art, business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nations and the world and science.

General One File
A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

Image Quest
Contains over 3 million images that cover a wide range of topics perfect for lesson plans and activities, student reports and projects, or school Web sites and flyers. Images are from the world’s leading collections including Getty Images, National Geographic Society and National Portrait Gallery of London. Photos can be downloaded, printed and emailed.

InfoTrac OneFile
Provides daily updates for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social sciences, sports, technology and many general interest topics.

Spanish Reference Center
Britannica Escolar Online which is specifically designed for ages 6-12 and has 2,000 articles, images, videos, a workspace, and an atlas. Enciclopedia Moderna is intended for high school students and has over 50,000 articles plus 4,200 images. Complete with dictionary, atlas and timelines, it’s the perfect resource for native speakers, bilingual student and students learning Spanish.

Student Resources in Context
Offers easy access to award-winning content based on national curriculum standards. Covering all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more, Student Resource Center Gold provides a premium selection of reference material, more than 1,100 full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary sources, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips and podcasts.

World Book Encyclopedia
A comprehensive encyclopedia. Special features include current headline news, an atlas, a dictionary and an “Explore Washington, D.C.” section.

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
Online version of the popular encyclopedia available in Spanish. Versión en línea de la enciclopedia popular disponible en español.

General Reference

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eLibrary: In Library | Home or Office
A resource designed for students K-12, with more than 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, reference books and transcripts, plus more than 1,000 maps, Websites, audio-video files and pictures.

Expanded Academic ASAP
Covers all academic disciplines, including arts and the humanities, social sciences, science and technology. Access scholarly journals, news magazines and newspapers, many with full text and images.
General One File
A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

InfoTrac Student Edition
Multi-source database for high-school students with access to a variety of full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts and reference books for information on topics most important to their curriculum, e.g. current events, the arts, science, health, government, history, etc.

InfoTrac Junior Edition K-12
Magazines, newspapers, reference books and encyclopedias provide information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, sports, history and more. Tools to help students think about their ideas and organize their information are included.

Student Resources in Context
Database that covers all core curriculum areas, providing a premium selection of reference materials, including full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary sources, creative works and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips and podcasts.

History, Current Events and Social Sciences

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Access Videos on Demand
View streaming world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and instructional videos from PBS, BBC, History Channel, A&E, National Geographic, Ken Burns and other respected sources.
 

American History:  Gale Virtual Reference Collection
Search a single eBook or DC Public Library’s GVRL collection for digital versions of selected encyclopedias and reference resources on a wide  range of subjects from art, business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nations and the world and science.

AP Image: In Library | Home or Office
Looking for images to add to a school paper or presentation?  Search the Associated Press Image which contains a history of the world in photographs from the 1840s to as recent as a minute ago.

Global Issues in Context
International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics and current events.

History Reference Center
Contains full text for thousands of history encyclopedias, reference books, leading periodicals and other sources.  Features nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 37,400 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

Image Quest
Contains over 3 million images that cover a wide range of topics perfect for lesson plans and activities, student reports and projects, or school Web sites and flyers. Images are from the world’s leading collections including Getty Images, National Geographic Society and National Portrait Gallery of London. Photos can be downloaded, printed and emailed.

National Geographic Virtual Library
National Geographic Virtual Library brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue from 1888 through present — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Covers the hottest social issues from terrorism to endangered species, stem cell research to gun control. Brings together all the information that's needed to fully understand an issue: pro and con viewpoint articles, reference articles that provide context, 140 full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, government and organizational statistics, multimedia, including images and podcasts, and links to hand-selected Web sites.

Social Sciences Full Text
Covers the latest concepts, trends, opinions, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences. (For access, Click "EBSCOhost Research Databases" and then select "Social Sciences Full Text.")

World Cultures: Gale Virtual Reference Collection
Search a single eBook or DC Public Library’s GVRL collection for digital versions of selected encyclopedias and reference resources on a wide  range of subjects from art, business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nations and the world and science.

World History: Gale Virtual Reference Collection
Search a single eBook or DC Public Library’s GVRL collection for digital versions of selected encyclopedias and reference resources on a wide  range of subjects from art, business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nations and the world and science.

 

Homework Help

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Homework Help from Tutor.com
Free online tutoring in math, science, social studies and English. Grades K-12, college intro and adult learners. Every day from 2 p.m. to 12 midnight. Help is also available in Spanish. La ayuda está también disponible en español.

Language Learning

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Downloadable Language Learning Audio from Overdrive
Instruction in multiple languages, including German, Italian, Japanese, Arabic and English. Available for download to PCs, laptops and an array of Windows Media-compatible portable devices.

Mango Languages
Learn over 70 different languages with this interactive tool; each language has audio tutorials to practice reading, listening and speaking.  It also has ESL courses for Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese speakers.

Mango's Little Pim
Little Pim is a fun and interactive way to introduce a child to Russian, German, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Hebrew, English, Spanish or French.

Powerspeak Languages
Learn Spanish, French, Mandarin, German or English for Spanish speakers. Simulates gradual immersion into a new language through a series of stories, activities and learning exercises.

Latino Studies and Spanish Language Sources

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Accedia Noticias
Encuentre artículos actuales y archivados de periódicos, revistas y agencias de noticias de todo el mundo en Español.

Ethnic NewsWatch
This site provides full-text coverage of more than 250 publications from the ethnic and minority press. The collection totals more than one million newspaper, magazine and journal articles. Coverage dates back to 1990. Nearly one-quarter of the articles are presented in Spanish. Casi un cuarto de los artículos se presenta en español.

Ayuda para Tareas
Tutorías gratuitas. Domingo a Jueves de 2 p.m. hasta 12 p.m.

Informe
A collection of Hispanic magazines with full text. Covers business, health, technology, culture, current topics and other subjects. Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.

Latino American Experience
A full-text digital resource exploring the history and culture of Latinos living in the United States. Includes primary sources, over 4,000 images and more than 250 vetted Websites.

Desde mejorar su lectura, escritura y habilidades matemáticas hasta la preparación del examen GED, los recursos que encontrará aquí lo ayudarán a lograr sus metas.


Spanish Reference Center
Britannica Escolar Online which is specifically designed for ages 6-12 and has 2,000 articles, images, videos, a workspace, and an atlas. Enciclopedia Moderna is intended for high school students and has over 50,000 articles plus 4,200 images. Complete with dictionary, atlas and timelines, it’s the perfect resource for native speakers, bilingual student and students learning Spanish.

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
La Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos en Línea está organizada de modo que los estudiantes puedan encontrar información rápida y fácilmente.

 

Local Newspapers

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Baltimore Sun – Historical
Offers full page and article images of the newspaper from 1837-1985.  Full text search access to diverse regional perspectives and coverage on events that shaped the 19th and 20th century.

Regional Newspapers 
Search the full text of the DC Metropolitan newspapers (EXCLUDING the Washington Post) and other sources of current and archived articles on issues, events, people, government and more. It includes local news, editorials, announcements and other sections.

Washington Evening Star, 1852 - 1981
Search and browse "scanned" copies of every page of every issue of the Star, long considered the "hometown paper of record" for the Nation’s Capital.  This valuable archive offers significant new research opportunities from the Antebellum Period to World War I to the start of the Korean War.


The Washington Post Current and Historic
1987-Present - The full-text electronic edition.
1877 to 1996 -  Digital edition with full text searching of each page, individual articles and images.

Washington Times, 1990-Current
As an alternative voice to The Washington Post, the Washington Times covers events in Washington, D.C., the nation, and the world. Established in 1982, the newspaper is the full-text electronic edition of record of the publication.

Magazines and Newspapers

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Accedia Noticias
Encuentre artículos actuales y archivados de periódicos, revistas y agencias de noticias de todo el mundo en Español.

Access World News
Search the full text of newspapers and other sources of current and archived articles on issues, events, people, government and more. It includes local news, editorials, announcements and other sections from over 2,000 sources. 

America's Newspapers
Search the full text of American newspapers and other sources of current and archived articles on issues, events, people, government and more. It includes local news, editorials, announcements and other sections from over 2,000 sources.

America’s Obituaries and Death Notices
Search by state over 22 million current records of obituaries and death notices from hundreds of U.S. newspapers. It also includes over 75 million records from the Social Security Death Index (1937-present).  This unique resource provides valuable information on the deceased’s occupation, avocation, education, military service, church affiliation and more.

AP Image: In Library | Home or Office
Looking for images to add to a school paper or presentation?  Search the Associated Press Image which contains a history of the world in photographs from the 1840s to as recent as a minute ago.

Baltimore Sun – Historical
Offers full page and article images of the newspaper from 1837-1985.  Full text search access to diverse regional perspectives and coverage on events that shaped the 19th and 20th century.

eLibrary: In Library | Home or Office
A resource designed for students K-12, consisting of more than 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, reference books and transcripts, plus more than 1,000 maps, Websites, audio-video files and pictures.

Ethnic NewsWatch
Provides full-text coverage of more than 250 publications from the ethnic and minority press. The collection totals over one million newspaper, magazine and journal articles. Coverage dates back to 1990. Nearly one-quarter of the articles are presented in Spanish. Casi un cuarto de los artículos se presenta en español.

Expanded Academic ASAP
A database that meets research needs across all academic disciplines through access to scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers.

General One File
A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

Historic Black Newspapers
Full historic content from three major black newspapers: The Chicago Defender (1909-75), The New York Amsterdam News (1922-93), and The Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003) and The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988).

Image Quest
Contains over 3 million images that cover a wide range of topics perfect for lesson plans and activities, student reports and projects, or school Web sites and flyers. Images are from the world’s leading collections including Getty Images, National Geographic Society and National Portrait Gallery of London. Photos can be downloaded, printed and emailed.

InfoTrac OneFile
A one-stop source for newspaper and magazine articles on a wide range of topics. Includes millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

InfoTrac Student Edition
Designed for high-school students, with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Informe
Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.

National Geographic Virtual Library
National Geographic Virtual Library brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue from 1888 through present — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.
 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Covers the hottest social issues from both pro and con viewpoints. Includes full-text magazines, academic journals, newspapers, primary source documents, government and organizational statistics, multimedia—including images and podcasts, and links to hand-selected Websites.

National Newspapers Core
New York Times (full text backfile to 1980, Book Review and Magazine are included in PDF format), Los Angeles Times (full text backfile to 1985), Wall Street Journal (full text backfile to 1984), Christian Science Monitor (full text backfile to 1988) and The Washington Post (full text backfile to 1987). Search as a group or individually.

The New York Times, Current and Historic
1980-Present  -  The full-text electronic editions
1851-2009  - Digital edition with full text searching of each page, individual articles and images.

Regional Newspapers 
Search the full text of the DC Metropolitan newspapers (EXCLUDING the Washington Post) and other sources of current and archived articles on issues, events, people, government and more. It includes local news, editorials, announcements and other sections.

Student Resources in Context
Offers easy access to award-winning content based on national curriculum standards. Covering all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more, Gale Student Resources in Context provides a premium selection of reference material, more than 1,100 full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary sources, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips and podcasts.

The Wall Street Journal
Access to the financial newspaper of record, with in-depth coverage of national and international finance as well as first-rate coverage of hard news. Full text backfile to 1984.

Washington Evening Star, 1852 - 1981
Search and browse "scanned" copies of every page of every issue of the Star, long considered the "hometown paper of record" for the Nation’s Capital.  This valuable archive offers significant new research opportunities from the Antebellum Period to World War I to the start of the Korean War.

The Washington Post, Current and Historic
1977-Present - The full-text electronic edition.
1877 to 1994 -  Digital edition with full text searching of each page, individual articles and images.
 

Washington Times, 1990-Present
Covers events in Washington, D.C., the nation and the world.

Zinio Digital Magazines
Read popular magazines on your tablet, mobile device or computer.  Over 175 magazines available. For instructions see: A guide on accessing Zinio Digital Magazines
 

Mathematics

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Learning Express Library
Provides practice tests and skill building for high school mathematics, including algebra, basic math, geometry and data analysis. Also includes practice tests and tutorials for major college preparation tests such as PSAT, SAT and ACT.

Science

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Environment:  Gale Virtual Reference Collection
Fifteen searchable eBooks geared toward children and teens covering all aspects of science, including physics, astrology, biology, technology, chemistry, weather, geology, etc. Search the eBooks as a group or individually.

National Geographic Virtual Library
National Geographic Virtual Library brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue from 1888 through present — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.

ScienceFlix
Provides articles at three different reading levels for topics such as  extreme weather, space, the human body, physics, engineering and other curricular areas. Videos, vetted websites, project ideas, experiments, quizzes, information about science careers and recent science news articles enhance this resource that supports STEM learning.

Science in Context
Covers the latest scientific developments with thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations, with articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality websites, videos, audio files and podcasts.

Science Reference Center
Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Science:  Gale Virtual Reference Collection
Fifteen searchable eBooks geared toward children and teens covering all aspects of science, including physics, astrology, biology, technology, chemistry, weather, geology, etc. Search the eBooks as a group or individually.

Science Reference Center
Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Tests and Testing

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Learning Express Library 
Offers practice tests and courses designed to help students and adult learners improve skills and pass academic and licensing tests. Includes 2014 GED.  NOTE: Access to Learning Express 2.0 is no longer available.

Testing and Education Reference Center 
A one-stop resource for online test preparation and higher education planning. Includes practice tests for Advanced Placement and college preparation tests such as ACT and SAT.

 

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