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Academic Search Premier
Description: Contains academic articles on a broad range of topics. Highly recommended resource for beginning any research - academic, professional, recreational, or consumer driven. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


Agricola
Description: Contains citations for articles on agriculture. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


Alt-Press Watch
Description: Contains articles from alternative press publications. (ProQuest)
Audience: Middle School & Above


America the Beautiful
Description: Contains historical, geographical, cultural, and statistical information on American states and territories. Includes some maps and pictures. (Grolier)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


American Physical Society Journals
Description: Archive of publications in physics from the American Physical Society. (APS)
Audience: High School & Above


Ancestry.com
Description: Contains census, immigration, military, birth, marriage & death records. This resource is only available within the library. (ProQuest)
Audience: High School & Above


AnnualCreditReport.com
Description: Obtain a copy of your credit report from one or more the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. (Web)
Audience: High School & Above


Auto Repair Reference Center
Description: Contains the complete automotive repair manuals that were originally published in the Chilton Total Car Care Series. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


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Biography in Context
Description: Contains biographical articles from reference books and journals. (Gale)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


Business First of Louisville
Description: Business First is a source for local business news and information for Greater Louisville. (Business First)
Audience: High School & Above


Business Insights: Essentials
Description: (Formerly known as the Gale Business & Company Resource Center.) Contains company profiles, histories, rankings, and news articles. (Gale)
Audience: High School & Above


Business ReferenceUSA
Description: Contains company profiles, company directory information, and newsfeeds about companies. (InfoUSA)
Audience: High School & Above


Business Source Premier
Description: Contains general business and academic journal articles on business, management, and economic topics. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


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Career and Technical Education
Description: The definitive source for vocational information. The database includes nearly 600 titles, with more than 500 available in full text for quick access to research on virtually any technical topic. (ProQuest)
Audience: High School & Above


Children's Core Collection
Description: Provides librarian-selected titles chosen specifically for readers from preschool through grade five. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


CINAHL (with Full Text)
Description: Contains citations for articles in nursing and allied health journals. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


Cincinnati Enquirer Historical
Description: The Cincinnati Enquirer (1841 - 1922). This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. (ProQuest)
Audience: High School & Above


Consumer Reports
Description: Search full text content of Consumer Reports from 1991 - present. (EBSCO)
Audience: Middle School & Above


Consumer Search
Description: Contains analysis of and citations to product reviews. Recommends best picks on a wide variety of appliances and other products. (Web)
Audience: High School & Above


Courier-Journal
Description: Contains newspaper articles on a broad range of topics. (ProQuest)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


Courier-Journal Historical
Description: The Louisville Courier-Journal (1830 - 1922). This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. (ProQuest)
Audience: High School & Above


CultureGrams
Description: Contains state and country profiles, photographs, biographical articles, and recipes from around the world. (ProQuest)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


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Edmunds.com
Description: Contains price values for new and used cars, as well as, reviews, tips and advice. (Web)
Audience: High School & Above


Encyclopedia Americana
Description: Contains encyclopedia articles on a broad range of topics. (Grolier)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


ERIC
Description: Contains digests of popular educational topics and citations to educational resources. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


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Federal Government Tax Forms
Description: Contains IRS tax forms and publications. (Web)
Audience: High School & Above


Fiction Core Collection
Description: Provides librarian-recommended titles for a general adult audience. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


Foreign Service Institute Language Courses
Description: Contains MP3s of language learning audio tapes and PDFs of student textbooks that have entered the public domain. Over twenty languages are represented. (Web)
Audience: Middle School & Above


FuelEconomy.gov
Description: Find and compare the gas mileage, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution ratings of different cars. This site also includes fuel economy guide, ratings, and tips as well as links to gasoline price data in cities across the US. (Web)
Audience: High School & Above


Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Description: Contains encyclopedia articles on a broad range of topics. (EBSCO)
Audience: Middle School & Above


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Graphic Novels Core Collection
Description: Provides librarian-recommended titles for all age levels with descriptive and evaluative annotations, cover art, review excerpts and awards the title has won. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


Grolier Kids Online
Description: Allows you to search six databases simultaneously: The New Book of Knowledge, Multimedia Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Americana, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples and the New Book of Popular Science. (Grolier)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


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Health Source: Consumer Edition
Description: Contains reference and journal articles on health topics. (EBSCO)
Audience: Middle School & Above


HeritageQuest Online
Description: Contains census records, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's bank records, and citations for genealogy books and journals. (ProQuest)
Audience: High School & Above


Hospital Compare
Description: Compare hospitals based upon quality measures for treatment of heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgery. Produced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and by the Hospital Quality Alliance. (Web)
Audience: High School & Above


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JSTOR
Description: Contains academic journal articles on a broad range of topics. (JSTOR)
Audience: High School & Above


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Kelley Blue Book
Description: Contains blue book values for new and used cars, motorcycles, personal watercraft, and snowmobiles, as well as, car reviews and ratings. (Web)
Audience: High School & Above


Kentuckiana Digital Library
Description: Contains oral histories, photographs, maps, and digitized primary documents from Kentucky archive collections. (Kentucky Digital Library)
Audience: High School & Above


Kentucky Encyclopedia
Description: Contains encyclopedia articles on a broad range of Kentucky topics: places, people, events, and more. (University of Kentucky Press)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


Kentucky Forms Center
Description: Contains a wide variety of Kentucky forms, including forms for taxes, worker claims, professional licenses, and vital record requests. (Web)
Audience: High School & Above


Kentucky Virtual Library
Description: Contains links to research tools on a broad range of topics. (KYVL)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


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Lands and Peoples Online
Description: Contains maps, flags, and reference articles about the land, people, economy, and history of countries around the world. (Grolier)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


Learning Express Library.com
Description: Contains practice exams for academic and career tests (SAT, ACT, GED, ASVAB, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, Postal Exam, etc.) (LearningExpressLibrary.com)
Audience: Middle School & Above


Legal Forms
Description: Contains KY and US legal forms. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy forms, divorce forms, landlord tenant contracts and more. (Gale)
Audience: High School & Above


LibriVox
Description: Contains public domain books, poetry, and dramatic works read by volunteers. (Web)
Audience: Middle School & Above


LINCS
Description: Contains website links to online resources on adult education and family literacy. (National Institute for Literacy)
Audience: High School & Above


Literature Resource Center
Description: Contains literary criticism, writer biographies, and reference and journal articles on literary topics. (Gale)
Audience: High School & Above


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MAS Ultra
Description: Contains reference, journal and newspaper articles on a broad range of topics. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


MasterFILE Premier
Description: Contains reference, journal and newspaper articles on a broad range of topics. (EBSCO)
Audience: Middle School & Above


Medline
Description: Contains articles on health topics. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


Middle and Junior High Core Collection
Description: Selected and recommended by collection development specialists at 3 recommendation levels, listed books encompass a wide variety of topics for youth. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


Middle Search Plus
Description: Contains articles from middle school magazines on a broad range of topics and the text of important historical US documents. (EBSCO)
Audience: Middle School & Above


Morningstar Investment Research Center
Description: Contains stock and mutual fund analysis and reports. (Morningstar)
Audience: High School & Above


Multimedia Encyclopedia
Description: Contains encyclopedia articles on a broad range of topics. (Grolier)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


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NADA Price Guide
Description: Contains price values for new and used cars, classic cars, motorcycles/ATVs, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, boats, and recreation vehicles. (Web)
Audience: High School & Above


Nashville Tennessean Historical
Description: The Nashville Tennessean (1812-1922). This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. (ProQuest)
Audience: High School & Above


New Book of Knowledge
Description: Contains encyclopedia articles on a broad range of topics, world history timelines, science experiments, and more. (Grolier)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


New Book of Popular Science
Description: Contains encyclopedia articles on science topics, biographies of scientists, suggested science projects, science news, and sky maps. (Grolier)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


New York Times
Description: Contains newspaper articles on a comprehensive range of topics. (ProQuest)
Audience: Middle School & Above


New York Times Historical
Description: Contains newspaper articles on a broad range of topics. Includes articles between 1851 and 2008. (ProQuest)
Audience: Middle School & Above


Newspaper Source
Description: Contains newspaper articles on a broad range of topics. Includes national newspapers, such as USA Today, and regional newspapers, like the Bowling Green Daily News. (EBSCO)
Audience: Middle School & Above


Novelist
Description: Contains reader's advisory aids, such as, author read-alike suggestions, book discussion guides, awards lists, genre lists, and author bibliographies. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


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OneClickdigital
Description: Louisville Free Public Library now provides free, unabridged, downloadable audio books via OneClickdigital. These are high quality recordings. Many new and popular audio books are available. (Recorded Books)
Audience: High School & Above


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Podiobooks.com
Description: Contains serialized audiobooks available through direct download or RSS feeds. (Web)
Audience: Middle School & Above


Primary Search
Description: Contains articles from elementary school reference books and magazines on a broad range of topics and the text of important historical US documents. (EBSCO)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


Project Gutenberg
Description: Contains public domain books that have been digitized, also human read and computer generated audio books. (Web)
Audience: Middle School & Above


Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
Description: Contains articles from psychology, anthropology, and behavioral science journals. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


PsycInfo
Description: Contains citations to articles from psychology and behavioral science journals. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction
Description: Provides titles—at 3 recommendation levels—of the most highly-recommended reference and non-fiction books for adults. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


PVA Property Search (Jefferson County)
Description: Contains information about properties in Jefferson County, including information about the owners, the assessed value, the building characteristics, the sales history and more. It is only available for use at the library. (Property Valuation Administrator)
Audience: High School & Above


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Regional Business News
Description: Contains articles from regional business magazines and newspapers. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


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Safercar.gov
Description: Find crash test and rollover ratings for vehicles, tire ratings and safety information, air bag and rollover safety information. File a safety complaint. Check for recalls and find information on ongoing investigations. (Web)
Audience: High School & Above


Searchasaurus
Description: Contains reference, magazine, journal and newspaper articles on a broad range of topics. (EBSCO)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


Senior High Core Collection
Description: Provides a selective list of fiction and non-fiction titles—recommended by collection development specialists—for high school students (grades 9 through 12), along with review sources and other professional aids. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


Small Business Reference Center
Description: Comprehensive resource for small business owners and those interested in starting a business. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Description: These manuals contain thousands of accurate and concise step-by-step maintenance and repair instructions for hundreds of small engine machines and their supporting components. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


Sociological Collection
Description: Contains articles from sociology journals. (EBSCO)
Audience: High School & Above


Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
Description: The Statistical Abstract of the United States is a one-volume, comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. (ProQuest)
Audience: High School & Above


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TOPICSearch
Description: Contains newspaper and magazine articles on current events and popular issues. (EBSCO)
Audience: Middle School & Above


TumbleBooks
Description: TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. (TumbleBooks)
Audience: Preschool & Elementary School


TumbleBooks en Español
Description: TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. (TumbleBooks)
Audience: Preschool & Elementary School


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Value Line Research Center
Description: "The Value Line Investment Survey" is a stock analysis newsletter serves as a comprehensive, multifaceted investment management solution. (Value Line)
Audience: High School & Above


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Wall Street Journal
Description: Contains newspaper articles on a broad range of topics. (ProQuest)
Audience: Middle School & Above


WorldCat
Description: Contains library catalog records from around the world. (OCLC)
Audience: High School & Above


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