All Online Resources (A-Z)

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Academic Search Premier: Contains full-text coverage in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology and more.

ALLDATA: Provides OEM repair information for 1982-present domestic and import car models, with factory-direct diagrams, repair procedures, wiring diagrams, and new Technical Service Bulletins.  In-library use only.

Alt HealthWatch: Focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

Ancestry Library Edition
: An online genealogy resource that delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos and more. In-library use only.

: Historical records, personal papers and family histories held in archives around the world.


: covers US financial information, and provides comprehensive investment analysis, daily commentary, and access to critical news moving global markets.

Biography in Context: A comprehensive database of biographical information throughout history, around the world and across all disciplines and subject areas.

: Engaging video storybooks paired with nonfiction books, activities and games to help kids (Pre K-3) develop and practice reading skills and knowledge. Note: BookFlix is no longer compatible with Internet Explorer. Please use an alternative browser. 

Britannica Academic Edition
: Aimed at college/university students, it contains the Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines, periodicals and other research tools.

Britannica Public Library Edition
: Search Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus. Also contains a Spanish-English dictionary and a notable quotations search.

Britannica School Edition - Learning Zone (ages 4-7), Elementary School, Middle School and High School: Encyclopedias and other resources for K-12 learners.

Business-Reference Books Online: Volumes of business plans for a range of industries plus resources with industry information, business management and small business.

Business Source Premier
: Provides comprehensive full-text articles of regional business publications (including titles from Crain Communications).


Chronicling America: Searchable text of select American newspapers from the Library of Congress from 1836-1922, including several from Minnesota.

Complementary & Alternative Medicine: All aspects of complementary and alternative medicine, both past and present, providing sound medical advice on a controversial and sometimes confusing field.

Consumer Health Complete: For consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.

Consumer Reports Magazine: See MasterFILE Complete (below).


Data Axle (formerly Reference USA): Contains company research (on private and public companies), White Pages across the U.S., health care lookup (of doctors and dentists) and a database of U.S. consumers.

Demographics Now - Provides highly detailed demographic data on more than 24 million U.S. businesses and 206 million consumers. Provides complete demographic information for any geographic territory and includes Census data, consumer expenditures, retail spending, and more.

Driver’s Permit Practice Tests for Minnesota: Free Minnesota driver's license and permit practice tests for cars, motorcycles and commercial drivers plus the manuals.

Duluth News Tribune
: The Duluth News-Tribune is a daily community paper with regular sections that include business, entertainment and sports news.


Ebooks Minnesota:
An online eBook collection available to all Minnesotans. 

EBSCO Mega-file: Save time and search four databases at once: Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Business Source Premier, and Regional Business News.

ERIC (EBSCO) or ERIC (OCLC): The Education Resource Information Center includes information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and the Resources in Education Index.

Explora Kids: Contains elementary school-appropriate magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and images.

Explora Teens
: Contains middle and high school-appropriate magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles and also includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia.


: Free genealogy records, family trees and other resources.


Gale in Context: High School: Encyclopedia, magazine, and journal articles, plus primary sources, images, video, and more for middle and high school students. Includes the InfoTrac Student Edition database.

Gale in Context: Middle School: A middle school-appropriate database of reference works, biographies, magazine and journal articles, primary source documents, and multimedia. Free online tutorials and classes in the basics of using computers and the internet and social media plus a variety of job and other essential skills. (También en español.)

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Thorough articles familiarize readers with animals found everywhere on the globe, detailing their life cycles, predators, food systems, overall ecology, and more.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Evolution: This volume explores evolution from a scientific viewpoint, delivering facts and perspectives on broad evolutionary topics as well as targeted coverage of recent ideas and discoveries in the field.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Extinction: Written for students and general researchers, this volume explores all aspects of extinctions and extinct life, outlining major extinctions, and providing a species-by-species account of extinction.

Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource
: Written for middle school and high school audiences, profiles animals found all over the world.  Includes lists species by biome and geographic range. Get to all the volumes using the drop down list on the right hand side of the Table of Contents Page.


Health Source-Consumer Edition
: Health information aimed at consumers, with access to health journals, pamphlets and health reference books.

Health Source-Nursing/Academic Edition
: Scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.

Historical New York Times: Complete back issues (including images) from the first issue in 1851 through 2013. (Note: To get to this database, select the database "News- The Historical New York Times" from the list on the top left of the screen.)

Homework HelpNow Online Tutoring: K-12 students and adult learners can get free help with homework and related skills online in English or Español from 1-11 pm seven days a week (closed on major holidays). The one-on-one live online tutoring includes math, science, writing, practice tests, test tutoring and more. Formerly called Homework Rescue.


Issues and Controversies
: Essays written to give students a thorough review of all sides of a topical issue or controversy.


: An online job coach (available from 1-11 pm except major holidays). Get help with resumes, job search assistance and interview preparation. It also includes a jobs and careers subject guide pathfinder with Twin Cities resources and web links.

Jordan Independent
: Serves Jordan, Minnesota, and Scott County, Minnesota.


LearningExpress Library: Practice tests in many areas including ASVAB, the ACT, the GRE, Postal Worker, U.S. Citizenship, Praxis/PPST, Civil Service careers, basic skills and many more.

Legal Forms Library
: A library of legal forms for every stage of life. Types of forms include official, state-specific, federal, business, personal, real estate and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. (Please note these forms are not accepted in Minnesota District Courts.)
: Parents and students can look up books by Lexile reading level or range (assigned by their school) then check our catalog to see if the item is in the Scott County Library System.

Literature Resource Center
: Biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every time period and literary discipline.

LinkedIn Learning for Library: Self-paced, on-demand video tutorials for learning business, technical and creative skills. Includes topics such as software, photography, animation, presentation skills, game design, digital publishing, and cloud computing.
** upgraded to LinkedIn Learning for Library on March 17, 2021. All Lynda user history migrated to the new platform.**


Magill’s Medical Guide
: Diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine.

Major U.S. Metro Newspapers: The country's major city/metro newspapers.

Mango Languages
: Learn over 60 languages and take more than 15 English courses for those who speak another language. Available online and in mobile applications.

MAS Complete
: Designed specifically for high school libraries, MAS Complete is a full-text database providing hundreds of popular high school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such art, history, sports and music, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags.

MasterFILE Complete
: Offers the largest collection of popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers. Covering virtually every general interest subject area, it also includes an extensive collection of photos, maps and flags. Consumer Reports may be accessed from MasterFILE Complete.

Medline Plus
: Consumer information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.

Middle Search Plus
: Full text of middle school magazines, biographies and historical essays, primary source documents and reference books, plus an image collection.

Minnesota Reflections
: Over 257,000 images, photographs, maps, and documents from more than 133 of the state's cultural heritage organizations. Made available through the Minnesota Digital Library.

Minnesota Newspapers: State and Local: Full-text searchable papers from The Twin Cities Metro area and around the state.

: Request older materials from libraries (includes most public and college/university libraries) around the state to be delivered to your branch library.

Morningstar Investment Research Center
: Comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, including mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds and closed-end funds.


New York Times
: Articles from 1980 to present.

NewsBank: News articles from current and archived newspapers, as well as newswires, web editions, blogs, videos, broadcast transcripts, business journals, periodicals, government documents and other publications.

Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate: Demonstrates basic computer and digital literacy skills to employers (or shows you where you may need further computer education). Areas tested include basic computer use, Internet, Windows and Mac operating systems, email and Word (word processing).

NoveList K-8
: Helps kids locate age-appropriate books, look up series orders and search for books by topic. Also gives Lexile levels for each title.

NoveList Plus
: Search for your next great read by reading level (from kids on up), subject, title or author. There's also lists of read-alikes, award winners and discussion guides for book clubs.


PebbleGo Next: States and American Indian Studies:
 Aligned to grades 3-6 curriculum. Offers key reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting along with a variety of downloadable questions, including prompts to inspire critical thinking.

Points of View Reference Center: Provides students with essays that present multiple sides of over 250 current issues.

Prior Lake American: Newspaper that serves the Prior Lake area of suburban Minneapolis, MN.

ProQuest U.S. Newsstream: U.S. news content from newspapers, newswires, news journals, television and radio transcripts, blogs, podcasts, and digital-only websites, as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s.


Reference Books Online: General (i.e. encyclopedias) and subject specific reference works for all ages that can be downloaded or used online from the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

: See Data Axle.

Regional Business News
: Provides comprehensive full-text articles from regional business publications in the
U.S. and Canada.

Rochester Post-BulletinProvides Rochester and southeast Minnesota with state and regional news and sports information. Other features of the newspaper include lifestyle, commentary, financials, entertainment, television and culture. 


St. Paul Pioneer Press
: Minnesota's first daily newspaper, it is a general circulation newspaper published in St. Paul, the state capital of Minnesota. The paper primarily serves the Twin Cities metropolitan area and Western Wisconsin.

Salem Press Reference Collection
: Health, science and history reference information.

Savage Pacer: The Savage Pacer, founded in 1994, serves the Savage area of suburban Minneapolis, MN.

Science Reference Center: An easy-to-use search for student's science research needs. For Science Fair help click on "Science Experiments" under the Reference Shelf on the right.

Shakopee Valley NewsServes the Shakopee area of suburban Minneapolis, MN. 

smARTpassGet free or discounted admissions into Twin Cities arts organizations using smARTpass. All you need is your library card. 

The Solar System
: Earth's solar system, including major planets and their satellites, small bodies, interplanetary phenomena and their cosmological context.

Star Tribune: Founded in 1867, the Star Tribune is now a leading source of news for a 10-county area in Minnesota, as well as parts of neighboring Wisconsin.

Survey of American Industry and Careers: Comprehensive, in-depth overview of 112 core industries and related jobs and careers.


Toxnet: Toxicology Data Network from the National Library of Medicine, featuring databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases.

Transparent Language Online: Online language learning for over 80 languages and more than a dozen courses of English for speakers of other languages.


Value Line Investment Survey
: Provides independently created research information on investments

Wall Street Journal: Articles from 1984 to present.

Washington Post: Articles from 1997 to present.

Westlaw: Computer-assisted legal research, available on the Law Library computers.

: An online catalog of books and other materials held in libraries worldwide.

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