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Online Resources


Your library card gives you instant access to our collection of research databases, audiobooks, eBooks, videos, and music. Effectively search through reliable materials that inform and entertain.

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Foundation Directory and Grants to Individual Moving to Hyattsville

Starting July 1st the online resource, Foundation Directory Online Professional and Grants to Individuals, will move from Laurel to Hyattsville. There is no access from home and access will only be available from the Hyattsville Branch. 

To filter the list of resources below, click one or many of the checkboxes to show resources that belong to that category. Some resources may belong to more than one category. You can also search for a specific resource by name or description in the search box below.

ABC-CLIO

Search across any combination of ABC-CLIO databases: The African American Experience, American History, The American Indian Experience, Daily Life through History, Issues: Controversy and Society, The Latino American Experience, World Geography, World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras, World History: The Modern Era, and The ABC-CLIO eBook collection.

ABCmouse (Library Access)

The ABCmouse curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-8+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. ABCmouse is 100% educational, with more than 10,000 learning activities (books, puzzles, educational games, art activities, songs, etc.) across all major subject areas—reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.

ABCmouse at Home (Remote Access)

Now available from home! The ABCmouse curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-8+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. ABCmouse is 100% educational, with more than 10,000 learning activities (books, puzzles, educational games, art activities, songs, etc.) across all major subject areas—reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.

African American Experience: The American Mosaic (ABC-CLIO)

Research African American history and culture, including primary sources, timelines, audio clips, photographs, maps, and images.

African American Heritage (ProQuest)

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This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information and consists of a mix of resources, records, and tools. Connect with a community of research experts, whose mentoring and assistance can be the difference between research success and futility.

AHFS Consumer Medication Information (EBSCO)

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A trusted source of patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish.

America's Obituaries & Death Notices (NewsBank)

Contains more than 15 million recent death records from across the nation with new content added daily. Records are searchable by name, date, or text within the notice. If you prefer the old interface, you can find it here for now.

American History (ABC-CLIO)

Surveys American history from the colonial era and American Revolution through to the nation’s rise to eminence as a global superpower, analyzing American political conflict, economic development, and changing culture and thought.

American Indian Experience: The American Mosaic (ABC-CLIO)

Reference materials include hundreds of primary documents and thousands of images from the Inuit of Alaska to the Seminole of Florida covering precontact to the colonial era into the 21st century.

American Physical Society (APS) Journals

Provides in-library access to Physical Review A through E, X, Applied, Modern Physics, Special Topics, and the APS archive back to 1893. Available only to users in PGCMLS branches; no remote access.

Ancestry (ProQuest)

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Click here for home access (ends 12/31/2021). You can discover historical insights, photos, and records about your ancestors. Build your own family tree with authenticated genealogical information. Ancestry provides the world's largest collection of online records.
NOTE: Access from home ends December 31, 2021. 

Beanstack

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Discover favorite books and apps, matched to your child's age and interests.

Books & Authors (GALE)

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Answer the age-old question, “What do I read next?” with this helpful database. Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres, or topics.

Brainfuse HelpNow

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Live tutoring (including in Spanish) available 2pm to 11:55pm EST. Use SkillSurfer to practice long division, improve reading comprehension, and learn other key skills. Submit a writing sample to the Writing Lab and get feedback on structure, grammar, style and content to help you better organize and present your thoughts and information. Additionally, Brainfuse now offers live assistance for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to all United States library HelpNow clients. Live FAFSA tutors are available to help both students and parents with completing the FAFSA application. 

Brainfuse JobNow

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Complete a career assessment, search for jobs, create a resume and get expert feedback, and receive interview tips and live coaching on JobNow.

Brainfuse VetNow

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Resources designed to help veterans navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs, prepare for college, and brush up on job skills.

Business Source Complete (EBSCO)

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Provides full text coverage of 2,966 scholarly business, management, and economics journals. Non-journal content includes company profiles, country reports, industry reports, market research reports, and SWOT analyses.

ComicsPlus

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Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of digital graphic novels and comics. Browse by genre, publisher, or title; checkouts are for seven days with unlimited renewals.

Creativebug

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1,000+ art & craft video classes covering art & design, sewing, quilting, paper, knitting, crochet, food & home, jewelry, holiday & party, and kids.

Daily Life through History (ABC-CLIO)

Explores the daily lives of ordinary people through time and across the globe. This resource provides details about family life, work, food, clothing, sports, language, literature, romance, education, gender roles, social customs, and more.

Dictionary of American Family Names (Oxford Reference eBooks)

Contains more than 70,000 of the most commonly occurring surnames in the United States, giving comparative frequencies, linguistic and historical explanations, selected associated forenames, and occasional genealogical notes.

eBook Central (ProQuest)

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eBooks in the STEM field covering a wide range of subjects including Agriculture, Computer Science/IT, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, and Science.

EBSCOhost Portal

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Choose from a list of EBSCO resources such as Novelist for book recommendations, Health Source, and Business Source Complete.

Encyclopedia Britannica ImageQuest

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Access millions of rights-cleared images from the best collections in the world. All images are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use- great for teacher lesson plans, assignments, activities, and whiteboards; student reports and projects; or school Web sites, newsletters, newspapers, flyers, and bulletins.

Encyclopedia Britannica Library Edition

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Britannica Library for children, young adults, and adults. Search encyclopedia articles as well as magazines, web sites, and videos.

Flipster (EBSCO)

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Contains 27 of our more popular magazines including People, Essence, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, and Real Simple. Access is available through the app on iOSAndroid, and Kindle Fire devices.

Foundation Directory Online Professional (Candid)

Foundation Directory Online Professional provides private funding research with many useful features including the ability to search thousands of foundations, grants, and Foundation news.

Foundation Directory Online Professional (Candid) can only be accessed from the Hyattsville Branch. This resource does not support access from home.

Freegal Music Downloads (Library Ideas, LLC)

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Download 5 free songs per week from a library of millions! Unlimited streaming music every day

Full Text Finder (EBSCO)

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Search or browse all publications available through EBSCO, divided by discipline. Popular titles include Creative Knitting, Consumer Reports, and Consumer Reports Buying Guide.

Gale Academic OneFile Select

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Resources for research across all academic disciplines.

Gale Ebooks

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Formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library. E-reference books which can be searched or browsed; topics include biography, business (including business plans!), environment, medicine, etc.

Gale General OneFile

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Full text periodicals and popular magazines.

Gale in Context: Biography

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Biographies with related full-text articles from books, interviews, magazines, and newspapers. Search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender.

Gale in Context: Elementary

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Cross-curricular research and homework help for K-5 students.

Gale In Context: High School

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Subject overviews, critical essays, biographies, multimedia, and articles from reliable reference sources.

Gale In Context: Middle School

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Authoritative, multimedia reference content covering the most studied middle school topics.

Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete

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More than 1,100 magazines and newspapers on education topics ranging from preschool to college.

Gale OneFile: News

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Access major U.S. and international newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, or other fields.

Grants to Individuals (Candid)

Foundation Grants to Individuals includes profiles of 10,000 grantmakers with details on funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals.

Grants to Individuals (Candid) can only be accessed from the Hyattsville Branch. This resource does not support access from home.

Great Courses (Libby)

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Experience over 150 of the most popular courses taught by the world’s top professors from the Great Courses Library Collection - from photography and drawing to music lessons from experts - there is something for everyone!

Health Source: Consumer Edition (EBSCO)

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Access to nearly 300 consumer health periodicals, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Fit Pregnancy, Harvard Health Letter, Men's Health, Prevention, and Vegetarian Times.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCO)

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This resource provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.

HeritageQuest Online (ProQuest)

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A collection of research materials containing family history, genealogies, city directories, census data, and schedules.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center (EBSCO)

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Offers detailed how-to instructions, articles, periodicals, books, video and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

Hoopla

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Stream or temporarily download popular movies, television shows, and music on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Everyone gets six checkouts per month.

IndieFlix (Libby)

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Stream from a robust collection of movies including pop culture favorites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, documentaries, and shorts. 

Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society (ABC-CLIO)

Covers diverse views on important issues in today's world, highlighting the complete historical background, contemporary status, and global view of each.

Kanopy

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Kanopy is an online video streaming platform with 26,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from over hundreds of producers including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, PBS, and thousands of independent filmmakers. Users may stream up to 10 videos per month.

Latino American Experience: The American Mosaic (ABC-CLIO)

Dedicated to the history and culture of Latinos. (Dedicado a la historia y la cultura de los latinos.)

Learning Express Library

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Practice tests for college entrance, employment, and citizenship. Tutorials in basic skills for math, reading, and writing.

Libby/OverDrive

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Thousands of to choose from, including many popular titles in both English and Spanish. OverDrive and the Libby app offer thousands of downloadable audiobooks, eBooks, and magazines, all free with your library card. There is a limit of 15 items per customer, checked out at any time. Magazines do not count against your checkout limit.

LinkedIn Learning (Formerly Lynda.com)

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Take over 16,000 courses in seven different languages in an easy to use interface. Courses cover many different subjects including animation, business, design, marketing, programming languages, and more!
If using the Linkedin Learning App on a mobile device, use the Library ID "pgcmls". 

Mango Languages

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Learn a new language from home or on-the-go with Mango! Mango’s award-winning language courses combine quality content with intelligent technology to deliver practical phrases from real situations in a way that makes you want to start the conversation. Every learner’s experience is unique: Mango adjusts to your learning pace, teaching until you feel confident with new words and phrases, creating a learning solution centered around you. 

Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer access to the Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library through OverDrive. Maintained by the Montgomery County Public Library, this collection consists of deaf-related eBooks and eAudio from OverDrive. Customers can access the content by logging on using their library card.

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCO)

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Access Consumer Reports and other magazines. Click Publications up at the top of MasterFILE to find Consumer Reports. MasterFILE Premier contains magazines and publications that cover a wide-range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science and multicultural issues.

Mergent Archives

Access a vast archive of corporate and industry related documents. WebReports contains more than 180,000 documents covering over 100 countries and industries using an easy to navigate and reliable system.

National Geographic Kids (Gale)

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Engages learners with full-text magazines and books, as well as videos and images. With just a few clicks students can explore science, animals, technology, cultures, and history.

New York Times (remote access)

Get unlimited access to all of The New York Times Website. After creating an account, you'll have unlimited access to New York Times for 72 hours. After that, you'll need to login again. The mobile app is available for Android and iOS devices.  

NextReads

Wondering what to read next? Sign up for NextReads! With NextReads e-newsletters you can receive book suggestions on all your favorite topics. You will also be able to check the library collection and place requests.

Novelist K-8 Plus (EBSCO)

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Search or browse for picture books, novels and series; for infants through teens.

Novelist Plus (EBSCO)

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For fiction lovers. Includes searchable fiction reviews, read-alike lists, award winners, and reading group guides.

Oxford Essential Quotations (Oxford Reference eBooks)

Discover which of over 3,000 authors said that tantalising phrase, or search over 600 subjects to find an apt quotation for any occasion.

PebbleGo

PebbleGo databases help to teach research skills to K-3 students, and include built-in reading and research tools such as leveled text, consistent navigation, fun educational games, and spoken-word audio that models correct pronunciation and fluency.

Peterson’s Test and Career Prep (Gale)

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Helps students and adults be better prepared down the road for both college and their career. Discover comprehensive test prep and career solutions from Peterson's, a world-leading educational provider.

Qello (Libby)

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Watch over 1,500 full-length concerts and music documentaries. Qello spans over 30 genres, from classical to rock, reggae to country. Enjoy music from the 1920s to today’s hottest artists, including Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, and Aerosmith.

Reference Solutions

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Detailed information on more than 44 million businesses and 271 million consumers; records are continuously updated.

Science Reference Center (EBSCO)

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Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. 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.

The Wall Street Journal 1984 - Present (ProQuest)

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The Wall Street Journal is considered the preeminent publication for business news and information on financial markets worldwide.

Transparent Language Online

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An easy-to-use interface that integrates real-life language use by native speakers.  With over 100 languages to choose from, every language learner will find something to interest them.

Value Line Investment

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Includes Markets & Industries, Commentaries, Analyzer, Advisor, Selection & Opinion and much more. Investment Education area offers videos, articles and glossary.

Washington Consumers' Checkbook

Consumers' Checkbook is an independent nonprofit consumer organization founded in 1974. It surveys consumers and evaluates the quality and prices of local services and products in the Washington D.C. metro area. Checkbook also provides comprehensive advice to help people save time, money, and hassle.

Washington Post (remote access)

Get unlimited access to The Washington Post website and app (requires login). The mobile app is available for Android and iOS devices.  

Washington Post, 1877 - 2004 (ProQuest)

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Browse and search complete issues; view articles, photos, ads, marriage announcements, obituaries and cartoons; print, download, and share articles and images.

World Geography: Understanding a Changing World (ABC-CLIO)

Focusing on the geographic, political, social, economic, environmental, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world. Contains country profiles and primary and secondary sources including flags, speeches, recipes and facts and figures.

World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras (ABC-CLIO)

Explores ancient civilizations, dynasties, and empires and profiles city-states, countries, and regions of the ancient and medieval world, providing a dynamic learning experience that encompasses intellectual developments, wars and cooperation, religion, cultural practices, and more from prehistory through to the beginning of the Renaissance. Presents intriguing questions and includes primary and secondary sources and Course Essential Video modules recorded by master teachers and scholars.

World History: The Modern Era (ABC-CLIO)

Covering the history of the world from 1500 to the present: the evolution of modern Europe since the Renaissance; concurrent developments in Asia, Africa, and the Islamic world; the global impact of the Industrial Revolution; revolutions in France and Latin America; imperialism; nationalism; World Wars I and II; growing global powers and more. Includes era explorations, primary sources, resources to strengthen critical thinking and Course Essential Video modules recorded by master teachers and scholars.

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