Research Databases 


New Online Resources in August

  • New! lynda.com - learn the skills you need to achieve your full potential. lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. You will need your Washoe County Library card number and PIN to access this service.
  • New! NoveList Plus - Looking for your next book? Want to find a new author? Can’t remember all the titles in a series? NoveList Plus is a great resource for readers. Search or browse to find books that match your reading style.
  • New! ReferenceUSA - a powerful online 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. 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.

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Alphabetical Listing

 A | B | C | D | E | FG | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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  • ABC-CLIO - ABC-CLIO puts many history/government databases all in one place. Here you'll find links to our American Government, American History, Unites States at War, United States Geography, World Geography, Ancient World History and Modern World History databases. Information is focused on history and social studies and is geared towards high school teachers and students. Easy to use with current information, links and pictures, the ABC-CLIO databases are a great place to start on your next history or government paper or project.
  • Academic ASAP - no longer available - Databases from Gale/Infotrac are no loger available through Washoe County Library.  Please use Academic Search Main as an alternative for this resource.
  • Academic Search Main - This database provides full-text and peer-reviewed journals essential for graduate and undergraduate studies. Academic Search cover key subject areas providing college students ease of use in conducting their research. Access over 1,960 indexed and abstracted journals, more than 1,900 full-text journals, and 1,350 peer-reviewed full-text journals.
  • New! AHFS Consumer Medication Information - a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish. Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS has been a Top Ten Award Winner in the Department of Health and Human Services National Consumer Education Materials Contest.
  • American Government - ABC-CLIO's database has feature stories about current events, information about the three branches of government, politics and foreign policy. Geared towards high school teachers and students.
  • American History - From the first explorers in the New World to the developments in today's headlines, this database investigates the people, events, and themes of our nation's evolution. Geared towards high school teachers and students.
  • AtoZdatabases - Search detailed business profiles for investor information, perform market research on U.S. residents based on geography, income, or lifestyle, search the premier job listing database, or use a resume building template.  This database offers powerful information for career, business, and personal research.  
  • Auto Repair Reference Center - Contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1945. New repair procedures are added continuously.

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  • Biography Reference Center - Offers a comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full-text biographies. 
  • Brainfuse HelpNow™ - provides students with live, on-demand homework help and state-aligned skills building lessons from expert tutors.  Communicate with tutors in real time using a virtual, whiteboard classroom by writing, drawing, and marking-up lessons/web content.  Students can also access a full-service writing lab and an integrated test prep center.  Personalized account tools include the session replay, message center, and the integrated test prep area for a seamless academic assistance.  To use Brainfuse be sure you have the lated version of Java installed and enabled in your Web browser.  If you are unable to connect to a live tutor please call Brainfuse technical support at 1-866-272-4638. 
  • Business Source Elite - Look here for full-text articles from business publications like newspapers and magazines, including nearly 500 peer-reviewed publications. Examples of publications included here are Harvard Business Review, MacWorld, Kiplinger's Personal Finance and much more.

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  • Consumer Reports from EBSCO - An independent, non-profit organization, Consumer Reports publishes articles that help you make smart choices and get the most for your money every day.
  • Culturegrams - (for access while at a library branch click here) - Reports on more than 200 countries, each U.S. state and all 13 Canadian provinces.  Includes history, culture and lifestyles of the world's people.

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  • Discovering Collection - no longer available - Databases from Gale/Infotrac are no loger available through Washoe County Library.  Please use EBSCO as an alternative for this resource.
  • Driving Tests - Take free practice tests for your Nevada Learner Permit and Driver License exams. Includes handbooks and practice tests for the standard license, as well as commercial and motorcycle options.

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  • EBSCO Databases - Want to search newspapers, magazine articles and encyclopedias all at once? This database combines them all so you can search across many areas simultaneously. Look here to do a search of our business, academic and health periodical articles as well as science, business and biographical information.
  • ERIC - The Educational Resource Information Center, contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals.
  • New! European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750 - EBSCO Publishing, in cooperation with the John Carter Brown Library, has created this resource from “European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed In Europe Relating to The Americas, 1493-1750,” the authoritative bibliography that is well-known and respected by scholars worldwide. The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750.

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  • General Science Collection - no longer available - This database is no longer available through Washoe County Library System, and has been replaced by Science Reference Center. 

  • New! GreenFILE - information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

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  • Health Source - Consumer Edition - Provides information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.
  • Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition - Provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

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  • ¡Informe! (en español) - no longer available - Databases from Gale/Infotrac are no loger available through Washoe County Library. 
  • InfoTrac - no longer available - Databases from Gale/Infotrac are no loger available through Washoe County Library.  Please use EBSCO, MAS Ultra, Middle Search Plus, and Primary Search as alternatives for this resource.

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  • JobNow - A revolutionary service for job seekers that features expert resume assistance, live interview preparation and career coaching. The Adult Learning Center offers test preparation, an expert writing lab, and online tutors.
  • Junior Reference Collection - no longer available - Databases from Gale/Infotrac are no loger available through Washoe County Library.  Please use EBSCO as an alternative for this resource.

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  • Kids InfoBits - no longer available - Databases from Gale/Infotrac are no loger available through Washoe County Library.  Please use Primary Search as an alternative for this resource..

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  • LearningExpress 3.0 - Now including computer skills! - Featuers nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books to help patrons of all ages.  It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance prep, GED test prep, and more. The new addition to our Learning Express 3.0 lineup features resources to help you learn computers, whether you're just getting started or learning new software.  
  • New! lynda.com - learn the skills you need to achieve your full potential. lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. You will need your Washoe County Library card number and PIN to access this service. 

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  • New! MainFile - full text and indexing & abstracting for more than 12,000 total publications. Coverage encompasses all aspects of academic study and general interest subject areas. In addition, the database also offers over 440,000 photos, maps & flags and more than 17,500 company profiles.
  • Mango Languages - An online language learning system that teaches conversational language skills and complete courses in 64 languages and ESL. 
  • New! MAS Ultra - especially for high school libraries, this database contains full text for nearly 500 popular, high school magazines. MAS Ultra – School Edition also provides more than 360 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.
  • MasterFILE Premier - Multidisciplinary database provides full text for thousands of general reference articles covering virtually every subject area of general interest. Includes biographies of artists and historical figures.
  • New! Middle Search Plus - full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.

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  • Nevada Career Information System - A resource for Nevada residents from the state Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation. Take career aptitude tests, read about education requirements for many careers and find lots of vocational information.
  • Newspaper Archive - (18th Century - 1 year ago) - (in-library use from Downtown Reno and Sparks branches only) - Contains tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes many, but not all, Reno newspapers from the 1870's through 1977 (use the browse feature to find available dates).  Look here for scanned copies of old articles. Great for genealogy research or looking up historical events.
  • Newspaper Source - Provides selected full text for 260 regional (U.S.), national (U.S.) and international newspapers. It also contains full text television & radio news transcripts.
  • New! Newspaper Source Plus - includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.
  • New! NoveList Plus - Looking for your next book? Want to find a new author? Can’t remember all the titles in a series? NoveList Plus is a great resource for readers. Search or browse to find books that match your reading style.

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  • Online Nevada Encyclopedia - This encyclopedia has been developed with the help of experts at Nevada’s universities, colleges, and state agencies. Look here for arts, business, gaming & tourism information, history, politics and more from a Nevada perspective. Contains many photos and slideshow galleries to explore.

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  • New! Primary Search - full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.
  • Professional Development Collection - Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of hundreds of education journals and reports.
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm - Browse the digitized pages of the Reno Gazette journal from 2009 to June, 2013.  For RGJ articles from 1999 to present use Reno Gazette Journal.  For Reno-area newspaper articles prior to 1977, use Newspaper Archive.

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  • New! ReferenceUSA - a powerful online 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. 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.
  • Regional Business News - Full text coverage for regional business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
  • Reno Gazette Journal from Proquest - 1999-present - Search current and archived articles on issues, events, people, government and more.  Each issue is indexed thoroughly, search not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the paper.  Or browse digital microfilm, which covers 2009 to July, 2012, online.
  • Rocket Languages - no longer available - Rocket Languages is no loger available through Washoe County Library.  Please use Mango Languages as an alternative for this resource.

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  • Science in Context - no longer available - Databases from Gale/Infotrac are no loger available through Washoe County Library.  Please use Science Reference Center as an alternative for this resource..
  • New! Science Reference Center - full text for nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other publications. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. 
  • Student Resources in Context - no longer available - Databases from Gale/Infotrac are no loger available through Washoe County Library.  Please use EBSCO as an alternative for this resource.

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  • Teacher Reference Center - Teacher Reference Center provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.
  • TumbleBooks - A collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love.

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  • United States Geography - Aimed at high school students, this database lets you search by state, or explore topics such as Manifest Destiny, U.S.-Mexico border issues, Western expansion and more. State profiles include information on the state’s government, economy, culture and more.

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  • World at War - Provides access to authoritative reference content, pertinent primary sources, and a wealth of historical insight and analysis on the important themes and consequences of all major U.S.- involved wars, from the founding of the country to the present. 
  • World Book - The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.
  • World Geography - This database is geared towards high school students and allows you to search by country. Also contains in-depth articles on world issues such as the atomic bomb, the Cold War, Darfur, and foreign relations.
  • World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras - Covers human history in all corners of the globe—from prehistoric times to the beginnings of the Renaissance. Geared towards high school students, this database lets you search by time period or geographic area.
  • World History: The Modern Era - Covers human history in all corners of the globe from 1500 to the present. Geared towards high school students, this database lets you search by time period or geographic area.  

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