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Databases vs. Web Sites

A Database is an online research tool which contains information from encyclopedias, dictionaries, magazines, newspapers, reference books and other sources. When completing homework, try using a database first to find the information you need. On this page, our library staff has highlighted great databases.

Web sites can be created by anybody and while some websites have great information, some websites may contain information that is not accurate. We have also selected the best websites we know to help you find what you're looking for.



General | Art | Books & Literature | Climate & Weather | Current Events | Databases | Environment | Geography | Government & Politics | Health & Wellness | History | Technology | Mathematics | Science | Test Preparation

General

  • Dictionary.com - Your guide to dictionaries on the web. Look up words at this site or connect to other resources such as Roget's Thesaurus or Bartlett's Quotations.
  • Purdue OWL // Purdue Writing Lab - Your guide to citations.
  • Webster's Dictionary - Merriam-Webster dictionary and thesaurus online.
  • TeenBookCloud - TeenBookCloud is a growing collection features over 1000 titles, including student-favorite Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos, and more!

Art

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Browse the MET's special collections of Islamic art, European sculpture, and musical instruments...or you may visit galleries and exhibitions floor by floor.
  • Smithsonian Institution Home Page - Features links to its various museums with tours and slide shows of select exhibits.
  • Vatican Museum - Offers images of thousands of religious and secular images, including 325 images of the Sistine Chapel.
  • Louvre Museum Official Website - Browse the collections of the Louvre.
  • Speed Art Museum - Browse what is local. Check out new exhibits that are in your own backyard at the Louisville Speed Art Museum.
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Books & Literature

  • Literature Resource Center  - A great resource if you need to find in-depth information on an author and critical analysis of an author’s work.
  • Novelist - This database offers suggestions of books similar to the one you just read and loved.
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - Look up Shakespeare's works by genre and read them scene by scene. This site will also allow you to search for words or phrases that you vaguely remember reading in a play or poem.
  • Online Literary Criticism Collection - Contains 4,745 critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, title, nationality, or literary period.
  • Spark Notes - Online Study Guides.
  • Fantastic Fiction - Wondering what the next book is in your favorite series? Or maybe you want a complete list of every book by your favorite author? Use this site to find up to date lists by series and author.
  • Goodreads - Social media for book lovers. Look for book reviews, keep track of what you read, and connect with other bookworms.
  • Project Gutenberg - You can find entire books here, such as Moby Dick and Anne of Green Gables.
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Climate & Weather

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Current Events

  • Courier-Journal – Allows you free access to articles in our major Louisville newspaper. You may search articles written in 1999 to the current issue. Only the text of the story is available; photographs, graphics and paid advertisements are excluded.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia – Find quick facts on a variety of subjects. Text only; this site does not include graphics or photographs.
  • New York Times – Offers free searching for articles from the New York Times since 1980.
  • TOPICSearch – This database allows you to search magazine articles by topic, current event and by reading grade level. Great to use when you have a current affairs topic to research.
  • CNN - Find up-to-the-minute reports featuring pictures and text on breaking news stories.
  • First Draft News - First Draft News is a project "to fight mis- and disinformation online" founded in 2015 by nine organizations brought together by the Google News Lab.
  • WLKY - Keep up to date with local breaking news.
  • Wave3 - Keep up to date with local breaking news.
  • State Covid 19 Update - keep up to date on Covid 19 in the Commonwealth.
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Databases

  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia – Find quick facts on a variety of subjects. Text only; this site does not include graphics or photographs.
  • Multimedia Encyclopedia - Use this database to find information on a variety of topics, plus great graphics, photographs and sometimes video and audio clips as well.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia – Find quick facts on a variety of subjects. Text only; this site does not include graphics or photographs.
  • Literature Resource Center  - A great resource if you need to find in-depth information on an author and critical analysis of an author’s work.
  • Novelist - This database offers suggestions of books similar to the one you just read and loved.
  • Courier-Journal – Allows you free access to articles in our major Louisville newspaper. You may search articles written in 1999 to the current issue. Only the text of the story is available; photographs, graphics and paid advertisements are excluded.
  • New York Times – Offers free searching for articles from the New York Times since 1980.
  • TOPICSearch – This database allows you to search magazine articles by topic, current event and by reading grade level. Great to use when you have a current affairs topic to research.
  • Medline – This database searches scholarly journals to find information on a variety of medical issues.
  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection – This database searches scholarly journals to find information on a variety of topics related to psychology and behavior.
  • PsycInfo – Similar to the Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection database.
  • Biography Resource Center – This database is an excellent tool to find information about famous or important people in the world. It offers both brief and in-depth biographies and links to websites of related interest.
  • Kentucky Encyclopedia – Everything you wanted to know about our home state! This database allows you to search by person or place and has a great map of the different regions and counties of the Commonwealth. You can also search the calendar for specific dates to learn what happened in Kentucky on that date in history.
  • Literature Resource Center  - A great resource if you need to find in-depth information on an author and critical analysis of an author’s work.
  • New York Times Historical  - What were the headlines on the day you were born? This site will tell you. An interactive historical timeline of American events is also available on this easy-to-use database.
  • Learning Express Library  - An extensive collection of practice tests, including the SAT and ACT. Also includes high school skills improvement, military entrance, citizenship, law enforcement, and many more exams.Want to practice now for the ACT? Taking practice tests at our Learning Express Library database is easy.
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Environment

  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia – This database is great for finding quick facts on a lot of different subjects. This site does not include graphics or photographs.
  • Multimedia Encyclopedia - Use this database to find information on a variety of topics, plus great graphics, photographs and sometimes video and audio clips as well.
  • Louisville Zoo - Learn what is being done locally to expand education about conservation and endangered species.
  • Australia Zoo - This is a great resource to learn about different animals of the world with a focus on Australian wildlife.
  • Smithsonian's National Zoo - Learn about animals and watch live webcams of the zoo's residents.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Learn about the government agency of the United States that is responsible for the protection of human health and the enviroment.
  • World Wildlife Fund - Learn about conservation of endangered wildlife, environments, and communities around the world.
  • The National Park Service - Learn about the United States national park system and the diversity of natural and cultural resources of the United States.
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Geography

  • Biography Resource Center – This database is an excellent tool to find information about famous or important people in the world. It offers both brief and in-depth biographies and links to websites of related interest.
  • Kentucky Encyclopedia – Everything you wanted to know about our home state! This database allows you to search by person or place and has a great map of the different regions and counties of the Commonwealth. You can also search the calendar for specific dates to learn what happened in Kentucky on that date in history.
  • CIA Publications - Includes the World Factbook, a listing of foreign heads of state and many others.
  • The United Nations - Learn international law, keep up with the latest UN actions, read official UN documents or check out information regarding the 193 member nations.
  • Culture Grams - Contains state and country profiles, photographs, biographical articles, and recipes from around the world.
  • USGS - The United States Geological Survey is a scientific agency of the United States government.
  • National Geographic - A world leader in geography, cartography and exploration.
  • Google Earth - Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based primarily on satellite imagery.
  • U.S. Census Bureau - The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy.
  • Cave Hill Cemetary - Location for historical Louisville people and place
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Government & Politics

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Health and Wellness

  • Teen Health and Wellness - Online resource to answer your health related questions.
  • Center for Women and Families - Local Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Center
  • Teen Talk - Teen education on sexuality, reproductive health, body image, substance use awareness, mental health, issues of diversity and anti-violence issues.
  • Scarleteen - Sex education and sexuality advice
  • Go Ask Alice - Health Questions and Answers by Columbia University
  • Medline – This database searches scholarly journals to find information on a variety of medical issues.
  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection – This database searches scholarly journals to find information on a variety of topics related to psychology and behavior.
  • PsycInfo – Similar to the Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection database.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) - The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a national public health institute in the United States.
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History

  • Frazier History Museum - Check out Louisville's own history museum!
  • Anne Frank Online - An excellent source to consult while reading Anne Frank, the Diary of a Young Girl.
  • British Museum Collection Online - Showcases more than four million of the Museum's objects and is one of the most extensive online museum databases in the world.
  • History Channel - Keep up with History Channel programming or just use this great site for research.
  • The National Archives - Includes digital images of primary sources such as the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and many more American historical documents. Background information relating to the documents is also provided.
  • Sanborn Maps - Find historical maps from different cities around Kentucky.
  • University of Louisville Digital Archives - The University of Louisville Digital Collections include rare and unique images, documents, and oral histories from our archives, special collections, and other campus units.
  • Biography in Context - Contains biographical articles from reference books and journals.
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Technology

  • Code.org - Code.org provides computer science curriculum for middle and high school students.
  • Chrome Music Lab: Song Maker - Make your own music or song and share it with your friends.
  • Lynda.com - Lynda for Libraries allows you to watch videos in small, easy-to-manage chunks, and to return to the lessons at your convenience.
  • Tinkercad - Make your own 3D designs and visit our Northeast Regional Library to print them on a 3D printer.
  • Treehouse - Treehouse is an online, self-paced learning platform that teaches you how to design and develop websites or mobile apps. Classes include coding languages like HTML, Javascript, PHP, Python, Ruby and much more as well as iPhone and Android apps.
  • Typing Club - Help improve your typing skills!
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Mathematics

  • Virtual Nerd - Over 1,500 video lessons covering Middle Grades Math through Algebra 2.
  • CK-12 - Improve your skills by taking course on a wide range of course separated by grade level.
  • IXL - Gain fluency and confidence in math!
  • Khan Academy - This free website offers over 3,000 videos on a wide range of topics.
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Science

  • CELLS alive! - Watch cells in action as both the good and the bad do their daily doings to either invade or protect your body.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry- Periodic Table - Check out this interactive periodic table.
  • Visiblebody.com - an introduction to the systems that make up the human body with interactive 3D models.
  • Human Anatomy Online - Excellent way to review the parts of the body.
  • NASA - The offical site of NASA; discover what's out there in the vastness of space.
  • Discovery Channel - Keep up with Discovery Channel programming or just use this great site for research.
  • Geology.com - Learn about earth processes from plate tectonics and how gemstones are made.
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Test Preparation

  • Learning Express Library  - An extensive collection of practice tests, including the SAT and ACT. Also includes high school skills improvement, military entrance, citizenship, law enforcement, and many more exams.Want to practice now for the ACT? Taking practice tests at our Learning Express Library database is easy.
  • GED Exam - Those interested in taking the GED exam must first contact the Adult Education Enrollment Center at 485-3400.
  • GED Testing Service - The GED test is now available online at this site. For more information click on this link.
  • ACT.org - Find out the ACT test schedule and other information like what calculators you can use.
  • College Board - Learn what you need to know to take the SAT.
  • Driving Test Manual - Linked is the most up to date edition of the Kentucky driving manual.
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