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Academic Search Complete logoAcademic Search Complete

  • Largest collection of active full text peer-reviewed journals
  • Features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full-text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.


Adult Learning Center logoAdult Learning Center - Live coaching to achieve your academic and career goals
Available 7 days a week from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. for all Library card holders

  • Pass the GED: Get LIVE test coaching, take practice tests, and access helpful resources
  • Prepare for the US Citizenship Test: Practice tests and resources to help you prepare
  • Write a Winning Resume: Our HelpNow writing experts will help you craft a winning resume and cover letter
  • Microsoft Office Help: Connect with one of our LIVE experts to learn MS Word, Excel or PowerPoint
  • Career Resources: Tips and resources to start your job search
    For more information visit the Adult Learning Center FAQ page.


Agricola logo

Agricola
Contains bibliographic records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library.

  • Coverage for AGRICOLA dates back to 1970 and includes more than 2.5 million citations.
  • The citations are comprised of journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports related to agriculture.


Alt_healthwatch logoAlternative Health Watch

  • This alternative health database provides full text for 180 publications including full text for many peer-reviewed journals.
  • Alt Health Watch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.
     

AtoZ Databases LogoAtoZdatabases
The premier Reference, Research, Marketing, Mailing Lists/Sales Leads, and Job-Search Database. The database includes:

  • 30 Million Businesses & Executives
  • 7 Million Jobs
  • 15 Million Executives Email Addresses
  • 2 Million New Businesses
  • 7.9 Million Healthcare Professionals
  • 200 Million Residents
  • 90 Million Homeowners
  • 50,000 New Homeowners Added Weekly
  • 200,000 New Movers Added Weekly

The databases are ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, background searches, finding friends, relatives and a whole lot of other possibilities.

Update Frequency: Some databases are updated monthly, some weekly, and the jobs database is a real-time update.
Output: Email, Print or Download 1000 records per search with no overall limit. 

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Bibliography of Native North Americans logo

Bibliography of Native North Americans
Covers all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life.

  • This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy.
  • Contains more than 80,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada.
  • Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present.


Book Review Digest Plus logoBook Review Digest Plus
Brings together book reviews on subjects such as art, biography, business, education, general interest, history, humanities, literature, music and more with coverage back to 1983.

Content Includes:

  • A citation to every book review that appears in any of over 5,000+ indexed journals
  • Over 2 million review citations, many with generous excerpts, from review sources such as newspapers, popular magazines, and academic journals with more than 118,000 new reviews added each year
  • “Master” records for each book, with links to reviews from various sources
  • Retrospective coverage as far back as 1983
  • Over 270,000 full text reviews from more than 1,400 American, British, and Canadian periodicals
  • Coverage of books for children with a suggested grade range
     
     

BrainHQ logoBrainHQ
Just as you can exercise your abs, delts, and quads, you can exercise your memory, attention, and more. Brain exercise can help you test your brain and improve your performance in order to feel your best.  Built by a team of top neuroscientists, with exercises proven in dozens of published studies to make real and lasting improvements in brain function, BrainHQ is your personal brain gym.

Brain Training Your Way:  fit brain exercises into your busy life, and access brain training on most internet-connected devices. You can also download the BrainHQ iPad app and train on your iPad. Want to use your computer sometimes and your iPad other times? No problem! BrainHQ tracks your progress regardless of what device you’re working on, so you get credit for all your hard work. Plus, each exercise continuously adapts to your unique performance. So you train at the right level for you.

World Class Science: Posit Science was started by neuroscientists, and their commitment to science continues to define their approach to all brain training. A majority of the board and senior team are brain scientists.

BrainHQ has more than two dozen brain-training exercises organized into six categories: 

  • Attention
  • Brain Speed
  • Memory
  • People Skills
  • Intelligence
  • Navigation  

Track your progress using BrainHQ's calendar and BrainAQ (Activity Quotient). The more you train the better your score. Stop training and your score will decrease. Keep track of stars earned, levels completed and see where you compare with other BrainHQ users that have provided their correct age and demographic information.
*Create your account to use BrainHQ from this website and then use your login to access the full product on your iPad.
 

Business Abstracts logoBusiness Abstracts with Full Text
Offers full text articles from hundreds of key publications, and provides access to product evaluations, interviews, biographical sketches, corporate profiles, obituaries, surveys, statistical rankings, book reviews and reports from associations, societies, trade shows, conferences and more.

Content Includes:

  • Full text articles for nearly 460 publications dating back to 1982
  • Quality indexing and abstracts for nearly 880 publications dating back to 1981
  • Over 600,000 corporate names with cross references to specific industries and countries
  • Access to charts, graphs, photographs and other graphical content
  • Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry and product codes for over 190,000 subject terms
     
     

Business and Continuity Disaster Reference Center logoBusiness Continuity and Disaster Recovery Reference Center
Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center is a full-text database used by corporations and government agencies. Ebsco's product management team mapped the content to highlight information related to cleaning up after floods, child protection following natural disasters, water quality management following floods, food safety following natural disasters and preparing for the next disaster for individuals and communities looking to recover. They also pulled together information related to business continuity following a natural disaster, library management following a natural disaster and small business management following a flood for libraries and businesses affected by the hurricanes and their aftermath.

  • More than 240 full-text publications
  • Cover-to-cover indexing for more than 260 publications
  • More than 400,000 records with subject headings from an extensive thesaurus

Content is updated on a weekly basis to incorporate new materials.
 
 

Business Source Complete logoBusiness Source Complete with Enhanced Search

  • Search for company profiles, industry profiles, and market research reports
  • Full-text business publications from Regional Business News
  • Includes financial data and SWOT analyses


Learning Express Library Career Center logoCareer Center
Prepare for a career exam, explore occupations, and improve your workplace skills here.

  • Learn More About a Career
  • Prepare for an Entrance Exam
  • Prepare for an Occupation Exam
  • Join the Military or Become an Officer
  • Job Search and Workplace Skills
  • Prepare for the WorkKeys® Assessments and the TOEIC®

 

Chilton Automotive Repair Library logoChilton Automotive Library
Repair, maintenance, service information and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars, trucks, vans and SUVs from 1940 onward.

Contains diagnostic trouble codes, descriptions, probable causes, step-by-step routines, specifications, and troubleshooting guides to ensure that even advanced DIYers have all the information they need to complete the repair.

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 EBSCOhost logoComputer Source

  • Featuring more than 300 full text periodicals covering topics such as computers, telecommunications, electronics and the Internet. 
  • Computer Source™ provides a balance of full text technical journals and full text consumer computer titles. 

 

Consumer Health Complete logoConsumer Health Complete 
Consumer Health Complete (CHC) is designed for the everyday consumer of health care information. It supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.

  • More than 500 full-text journals and magazines
  • More than 240 full-text health reference books and encyclopedias
  • More than 2,600 full-text evidence-based health reports
  • Nearly 500 medical images and diagrams
  • Nearly 250 animations with audio narration
  • Dozens of articles covering teen health topics
  • Full-text consumer health pamphlets and leaflets

Subjects Include:

  • Aging
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Fitness
  • Nutrition and dietetics

This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.  

 

  Credo Reference logoCredo Reference Complete Core Collection
Credo is an easy-to-use tool for research, homework, and other reference needs. Gather background information on your topic from over one thousand full-text encyclopedias and subject handbooks, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos. The Complete Core Collection is the ultimate general reference resource for researchers at any level. Curated by subject- matter experts to address over 100 topics, the Complete Core Collection provides a launch pad for every lifelong learner. Complete Core offers a growing list of over 1,100 titles to help users answer their immediate research need and engage their curiosity. 

Content – from major reference works, to multi-volume subject encyclopedias, to field guides, to scholarly handbooks, to animations and countless other award-winning sources – spans across all disciplines with something for libraries of all types. Also included are nearly 2,000 short reference videos, more than 550,000 high-resolution art images, photographs and maps across all subject areas.

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Directory of Open Access Journals logoDirectory of Open Access Journals

  • Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals
  • Aim to cover all subjects and languages

 

Drama for Students logoDrama for Students (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Provides critical overviews of the most-studied plays of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Includes discussions of themes, characters, critical reception, dramatic devices and traditions as well as cultural and historical context.

Gale Virtual Reference titles are:

  • Popular reference titles in a digital ebook format
  • Cross-searchable and print as PDF's
  • No need to checkout and no waiting

  

Driving Tests logoDriving Tests - Free DPS Practice Tests
Driving-tests.org includes free tests specifically based on Texas’s Department of Public Safety materials. Most tests have 40-50 questions that include hints and explanations for each question. The tests will automatically update as new practice tests become available. It is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools and translate pages into Spanish. Driving- Tests.org’s specialized practice exams turn new drivers into safer drivers!

What’s included?

  • 11 car practice tests
  • 9 motorcycle practice tests
  • 12 CDL (commercial driver’s license) practice tests
  • 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
  • A FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 DPS-related questions

Take the marathon test and answer all the questions at once or use the exam simulator where there are no hints or explanations - just like the real test! The Read Aloud toolbar (found in the footer of every page) includes tools that let users hear selections read aloud or make them into MP3s, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility.



ebrary logoebrary Science and Technology ebooks
ProQuest's ebrary offers authoritative ebooks in a wide range of subject areas, along with powerful tools to help you find, use, and manage the information you need.

Science and Technology Ebooks offer carefully curated ebooks spanning coverage in all science and technology topics with exceptional strength in computers and IT, engineering, life and physical sciences, and math. It is designed to facilitate the research workflow and outcomes for your library and its users. The Subscription includes renowned publishers such as Wiley, Island Press, World Scientific Press, University of North Carolina Press, Elsevier Science, Rutgers University Press, and Temple University Press. 

e-Libro Premium includes over 100,000 titles from more than 500 publishers, 95% from Latin America and Spain. e-Libro Premium also includes Open Access titles for seamless access to scholarly works. Books for the collection are selected for both research and instructional value from leading commercial, academic and university press publishers from Spain and all countries in Latin America. The full range of academic topics is covered in the collection, as well as more general reference works.

Tutorial: searching, finding & using ebrary ebooks


EBSCOhost logoEbsco
EBSCO Information Services provides full-text and secondary research databases, e-books and e-journals for students of all ages as well resources for public library patrons.

  • Includes Spanish language resources

 

EBSCOhost logoEbsco en Español
Interfaz en español contraduccion de los articulos

  • Base de datos sobre muchos temas - incluye texto completo. Los articulos están traducidos por un programa de la computadora del inglés. This is a Spanish language interface.

 

Ebsco eBooks logoEbsco's eBook Collection
Key Features: 

  • Browsing by subject, genre, language, & more.
  • Enhanced viewer for examining documents.
  • Table of Contents viewing from the Result List and Detail Record
  • "Search-within" functionality to find specific terms within a book.
  • Searching across eBooks and other EBSCOhost content for integrated results.

These eBooks are from the TexShare collection and may be searched, viewed, and browsed online, but they may not be checked out and downloaded. When a user’s session ends, any books they were viewing will become available to others. Due to licensing agreements, EBSCO does not permit downloads for shared collections because the “checkout” functionality reduces the availability of collection materials for others in the consortium.

Tutorial: Searching eBooks on EBSCOhost (Flash)

 

Educational Administration Abstracts logoEducational Administration Abstracts
This research database includes bibliographic records covering areas related to educational administration, including educational leadership, educational management, educational research and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.

 

ERIC logoERIC
The Education Resource Information Center provides access to education literature and resources.

  • Access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index
  • More than 1,300,000 records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents from ERIC back to 1966.

 

Essay and General Literature Index logoEssay & General Literature Index
Cites records in collections of essays and works published in the United States, Great Britain and Canada dating back to 1985 and spans the entire range of the humanities and social sciences.

Content Includes:

  • Nearly 86,000 essays found in over 7,000 printed anthologies and collections
  • Coverage dating as far back as 1985

 

Explora logoExplora
Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books. Available on library computers and from mobile devices. 

Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic:

  • Biographies
  • Current events
  • Geography
  • Health
  • History
  • Literature
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social studies

Explora offers the following content and features:

  • Topic Overviews that provide users with a starting point for research
  • Primary source documents, news articles, and Associated Press videos
  • Text-to-Speech for HTML articles to assist struggling readers or those learning English
  • No ads or pop-up windows
  • COPPA compliancy, meaning EBSCO does not ask for or require personal information to use its databases
  • Password-protected personal folders that allow users to save search results in a secure and organized holding area
  • Citation help, including the ability to export citation information to online bibliography generators such as EasyBib and NoodleTools


Family Studies Abstracts logoFamily Studies Abstracts
This database includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to family studies, including marriage, divorce, family therapy and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.


Fuente Academica logoFuente Academica
A collection of scholarly journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain. It is an indispensable tool of exceptional scope designed to make academic research readily accessible in PDF format.

  • All major subject areas are covered with particular emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion and sociology. 
  • Some of the titles in this unique collection are: Anuario de Derecho Internacional, APORTES: Revista de Mexicana de Estudios Sobre la Cuenca del Pacífico, Boletín del CEMLA, Ciencia Veterinaria, Comunicación y Sociedad, Cuadernos de Literatura, Revista de Ciencias Sociales, Perspectivas en Política, Economía y Gestión, Problemas del Desarrollo: Revista Latinoamericana de Economía, Psykhe, Revista de Contabilidade e Financas, Revista Internacional de Seguridad Social, Revista Geologica de America Central, and Revista de la CEPAL. 
  • Continuously expanding archives include Boletín del CEMLA (1955 - present) and the complete backfile of Darwiniana, published since 1922.

 

Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia logoFunk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia
Provides students with easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for elementary and middle school students.

  • Over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas for K-6th graders
  • This is part of the Primary Search and Middle Search Plus databases.


Gale Online Resources logoGale
Gale/Cengage Learning provides engaging resources to serve the needs of students, researchers and the general public.

All Gale resources we subscribe to on one page. The interface allows you to search multiple Gale resources at once.

 

Gale Courses logoGale Courses Online Instruction Center

The Garland Public Libraries will not be renewing Gale Courses.  An email has been sent to all current and enrolled students.

  • If you are a current student in the August or September classes you will be able to finish your course.
  • If you signed up for October, November, December or January classes you will not be able to take those.
  • Anyone who needs to print out their completion certificate needs to do so by the end of October.

We will be offering Universal Class in the near future.

Universal Class has more than 500 courses in over 30 subject areas.  All are designed and led by professional instructors and include videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners.  Video-based and written lessons are monitored by live instructors, so students interact with a real person while learning about the topic of their choice.  Each learner may enroll in up to five courses at a time, with six months to complete each course.

All Universal Class courses offer CEU credit.  For patrons that do not want or need continuing education credit, they can choose from over 300 review courses that do not contain assignments, tests, or certification.  Patrons can change their mind and switch back to a CEU level course at any time.  Universal Class is IACET (International Association for Continuing Education and Training) certified for all courses.

  • Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace
  • Patrons have 6 months to complete a course
  • All classes offer CEU credits
  • Classes are video-based and include a written transcript

  

Gale Literary Sources logoGale Literary Sources
Gale has integrated Literature Resources from Gale and Literature Criticism Online into a single research environment. You can research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Search across your library's Literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews. Unlock information in primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies. Search across centuries to be able to see the broader continuum of the story you choose to tell.

Gale Literary Sources provides workflow tools and features that are brand new to Gale Literature Collections – term clusters, term frequency graphs, search assist functionality, mobile compatibility, and interface translation, along with an easier and more dynamic search.

Term Frequency
The term frequency tool aids researchers in tracking central themes and ideas. Researchers can now see the frequency of their search term within content to begin assessing how individuals, events, and ideas interacted and developed over time.

Term Cluster
The term cluster assists students in thoroughly developing their research topic. By identifying and organizing commonly occurring themes, this tool reveals hidden connections to search terms—helping students shape their research and integrate diverse content with relevant information.

Search Assist
Detailed subject indexing guides students in gathering relevant information from multiple sources to expose connections that simple search and retrieve does not. Whether conducting a short or a sustained research project, students will easily perform advanced searches to synthesize and select appropriate information.

Resources accessed:
   Literature Criticism Online
   Something about the Author


Gale Virtual Reference Library logoGale Literature e-Books
Writers and their works from around the world. Includes all the For Students reference books plus American, British, African, European and Latin writers.

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, specialized reference tools and informational resources that all ages can benefit from using. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely from home or school 24/7.

  • Popular reference and informational titles in a digital eBook format
  • Cross-searchable and printable as PDF's
  • No need to checkout – just use it
  • No waiting – unlimited simultaneous access

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Gale Virtual Reference Library logoGale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, specialized reference tools and informational resources that all ages can benefit from using. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely from home or school 24/7.

  • Popular reference and informational titles in a digital eBook format
  • Cross-searchable and printable as PDF's
  • No need to checkout – just use it
  • No waiting – unlimited simultaneous access

We have over a thousand titles to choose from. Many have been grouped into collections to make it easier to use them. Key titles have also been listed separately.

Collections:
Arts
Biographies
Business
Careers
Education
Environment
General Reference
Health & Medicine
History
Information and Publishing
Law
Library Science
Literature
Multicultural Studies
Nation and World
Religion
Science
Social Science
Technology

Popular Reference Titles:
Business Plans Handbook
College Blue Book, 44th ed.
Countries of the World and their Leaders
Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests
Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans, 31st ed.
UXL Encyclopedia of Diseases and Disorders
UXL Encyclopedia of World Biography
UXL Encyclopedia of World Mythology
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever 
Who's Who Among African Americans, 32nd ed.

For Students series:
Drama for Students
Novels for Students
Poetry for Students
Shakespeare for Students
Short Stories for Students

See Also:
Literature Criticism Online
Something About the Author

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Greenfile logoGreenFILE
Focuses on the relationship between human beings and the environment

  • Offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology
  • Includes scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports


Handbook of Texas logoHandbook of Texas
Online encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture

  • More than 23,000 articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions, and a host of other topic categories
  • The Handbook of Texas is provided by the Texas State Historical Association

  

Health Reference Center Academic logoHealth Reference Center Academic
Multi-source database that provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus a wide variety of personal health information sources. Integrates the full text and images of respected nursing, allied health and medical journals; consumer health magazines; newsletters; pamphlets; newspaper articles; topical interviews; and reference books.

  

Health Source Consumer Edition logoHealth Source Consumer Edition
This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.

  • Searchable full text for nearly 150 journals.
  • Updated on a daily basis.

 

Health Source Nursing Edition logoHealth Source Nursing/Academic 
This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.

  • Features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals.
  • Updated on a daily basis.

 

Brainfuse - Help Now logoLive tutors for instant help with your homework!
Available 7 days a week from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. for all Library cardholders

  • No wait times for connecting to a tutor
  • No cutoff time: the tutor stays with you until you understand
  • Homework Help: if you have a problem to solve
  • Live Skills Building: for help with a topic or concept you need to catch-up or brush up on.
  • Writing Lab: get live writing assistance or, better yet, submit your work for a full critique within 24 hours.
  • Test Center: test prep with instant scoring. Share your results with a tutor for targeted skills building.
  • 24/7 Help: submit your questions anytime and the tutor will reply within 24 hours
  • Study & Collaborate: Use Brainwave™ to record comments and explanations to archive and share; use Flashbulb™ to create flashcards or select from a vast library to study with; use Meet™ to set up live tutoring sessions in the Brainfuse online classroom with friends, colleagues, teachers, etc. Study, collaborate and record your sessions for future playback.
  • Foreign Language Center: tutoring for your foreign language homework 
  • Learning Account: create an account to view past sessions, access your Message Center, Tests, Calendar, and Brainwaves.
  • Full Spanish-speaking services
  • For more information visit the HelpNow FAQ page

  

HeritageQuest logoHeritageQuest Online  
HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past. The collection consists of several key data sets: 

  • U.S. Federal Censuses
  • Genealogy and local history books
  • Find a Grave indexed Cemeteries
  • Revolutionary War Pension Files
  • Freedman’s Bank Records
  • The ProQuest™ U.S. Serial Set
  • City Directories
  • Military Records
  • Immigration Records
  • Public Records
  • Social Security Death Index
  • Maps and Photos

Family Search Infographic showing the 2018 review of FamilySearch, including number of searchable records and images (5.8 billion), total indexed records (3.98 billion), new historical records collections images (300 million), new images published in the catalog (277 million), and new book-scanning images (21 million).Family Search, provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, offers free access to numerous historical record collections from around the world. This is an important source for census records, Freedman's Bank records, Native American census rolls, the U.S. Social Security Death Index, and marriage, birth and baptismal records from around the world. They also have a significant collection of family history books digitized from partner libraries, including the Allen County Public Library (IN) and the Dallas Public Library. 

Notes: Access to FamilySearch records requires a free FamilySearch account. TSLAC has not reviewed this resource for accessibility.

Ancestry.com logoAncestry.com Texas allows free access to additional TSLAC records that have been digitized by Ancestry and those materials are made available to Texas residents. Note: This access requires the creation of a free Ancestry.com Texas account.  

Texas State Library and Archives Commission logoThe Texas State Library and Archives Commission has several archival collections that have been digitized and are available for use:

  • Index to Confederate Pension Applications 
    • Texas Adjutant General Service Records, 1836-1935
      • Republic Claims
      • Confederate Indigent Families Lists
      • 1867 Voters' Registration
      • Texas Convict Record Ledgers and Indexes
      • Republic of Texas Passports

 

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center logoHobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Offers "how-to" instructions for virtually every hobby enthusiast with full text for more than 1,500 leading hobby books and craft magazines that cover Arts & Crafts, Collecting, Home & Garden, Indoor Recreation, Kids' Crafts, Model Building, Needlecrafts & Textiles, and more. Includes a Crafts Spotlight and Featured Video.

 

Home Improvement Reference Center logoHome Improvement Reference Center
Provides users with user-friendly “how-to” information covering a range of home improvement and repair projects and features full-text content from leading magazines, images not found anywhere else online, and videos of popular home repair projects.

 

Humanities Full Text logoHumanities Full-Text
This database provides full text, abstracts and bibliographic indexing of the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities, as well as specialized magazines. Content includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and much more in all fields of the humanities from art, classical studies, and film to journalism and more.

  • Full-text articles from over 330 journals
  • High-quality indexing of nearly 700 periodicals
  • Periodical coverage dating as far back as 1910


EBSCOhost logoInformation Science & Technology Abstracts
Information Science & Technology Abstracts™ is a leading database in the areas of information science. 

  • classification
  • cataloging
  • bibliometrics
  • online information retrieval
  • information management
  • search engines
  • printed and electronic information sources
  • the information industry
  • scholarly communication
  • electronic publishing, and more

ISTA indexes journal articles from more than 450 publications plus books, research reports, and conference proceedings, with ongoing comprehensive coverage of the most important periodicals in this field. The database has been enhanced to include cover-to- cover indexing and abstracts for 80 core information science and technology titles. With coverage dating as far back as the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science.


Learning Express Library Job and Career Acceleratorr logoJob & Career Accelerator
The LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator gives job seekers of all ages, the most comprehensive collection of job and career resources anywhere—all in one place and always available online.

  • Explore occupations
  • Build workplace skills
  • Search for jobs and internships
  • Write winning resumes and cover letters
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Conduct effective follow up
  • Get hired!

My Job & Career Accelerator: This is the job seeker’s personal job search management center! My Dashboard keeps track of everything—job searches, resumes, cover letters, important tasks, and more. The Occupation Matcher helps job seekers find the careers that best fit their interests and experience.

Explore Occupations: View and compare over 1,100 occupations, using the latest data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on wages, salaries, and expected growth.

Find a Job and More: Access over 5 million, up-to-date job and internship postings. Search jobs by location, interest, job type, education level, and more.

Build Great Resumes and Cover Letters: Get step-by-step instructions, tips, and powerful tools to create professional, attention-getting resumes and letters. Access more than 200 model resumes, 25,000 job-specific keywords, and 750 action words. Find guidance in expertly crafted sample cover letters.

Prepare for an Interview: Learn how to do effective pre-interview research. Explore a variety of interview styles, gain practice answering the most commonly-asked interview questions, and learn how to evaluate a job offer.

Job Search Sample Letters: Stay connected with potential employers throughout the entire job search process. See sample letters for every need—networking, interview thank yous and follow-up, and job offer acceptance.

Build Workplace Skills: Connect to skill building resources in LearningExpress Library, including more than 100 interactive computer tutorials for the most commonly used software applications.

 

Brainfuse - Job Now logoJobNow - Live tutors for instant help with your job search!
Available 7 days a week from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. for all Library card holders

  • Write the Resume: send your resume to the lab for analysis with a response in 24 hours; downloadable templates and tips for writing a better resume
  • Ace the Interview: live interview coaching plus tips and resources to help you prepare
  • Links & Tips: internet resources including career and personality assessments
  • Adult Learning Center: GED & Citizenship tutoring; Resume & Career Resources; Microsoft Office help - learn Word, Excel and/or PowerPoint

For more information visit the JobNow FAQ page.

 

Jobs and Career Gateway logoJobs & Career Gateway
A diverse collection of eResources to help get that job, find a better job, or help you advance your skills.  Resources include job search, resume tools, live tutoring, courses, test prep and carefully selected career and vocational eBooks.

The Jobs & Career Gateway includes:

AtoZ Databases LogoAtoZ Databases 
AtoZdatabases is the premier Reference, Research, Marketing, Mailing Lists/Sales Leads, and Job-Search Database. 

Learning Express Library Career Center logoCareer Center 
Prepare for a career exam, explore occupations, and improve your workplace skills here.

Learning Express Library Job and Career Acceleratorr logoJob & Career Accelerator
The LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator gives job seekers of all ages, the most comprehensive collection of job and career resources anywhere—all in one place and always available online.

Brainfuse - Job Now logo JobNow
Live tutors to help with resumes and interviewing. Available 7 days a week from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. for all Library card holders

Learning Express Library logoLearningExpress Library 
LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks 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 test prep, GED® test prep, and more.

Mango Languages logoMango Languages 
PhD-created and linguist-approved software teaches real conversations in over 70 languages and makes it fun. You will build language proficiency and cultural understanding around real-world communication skills that you'll actually need. 

Testing and Education Reference Center logoTesting & Education Reference Center 
Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) is designed to help students — in high school, graduate school, and specialty school and beyond — make their future education decisions easier. TERC is loaded with information on colleges, technical schools, practice entrance exams, and certification and professional license exams that show students what to expect and how to prepare for — and excel at — the next level. Plus, the resume Builder and Virtual career library make TERC perfect for jobseekers by providing specific examples and tips for the job search.

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Universal Class brings libraries lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.

Gale Virtual Reference Library logoVirtual Reference Library - Careers
A collection of eBooks specifically selected for supporting jobs and career inquiries.

Vocational and Career Collection logoVocational & Career Collection 
Full text coverage for more than 350 trade and industry-related periodicals


Learning Express Library logoLearningExpress Library
LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks 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 test prep, GED® test prep, and more.

LearningExpress consists of:

  • School Center - The resources here can help students in elementary, middle, and high school prepare for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects.
  • High School Equivalency Center - Earning a high school equivalency credential can open the door to better income, a more fulfilling job, and a college education. If you are preparing for the GED® test, HiSET® or TASC™ exams, our practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks will help you reach your goal.
  • Adult Learning Center - This center offers busy adults the resources to improve basic skills in reading, writing, math,and becoming a U.S. citizen.
  • College Center Plus - Strengthen your academic skills and prepare for placement tests and graduate school entrance exams.
  • College Prep Center - Getting into college is an important step to building a strong future. First, you must do well on your college admission tests and write a personal essay that highlights your special talents. Use this center to get the resources you need to achieve your college preparation goals.
  • Career Center Plus - Prepare for a career exam, explore occupations, and improve your workplace skills.
  • Job & Career Accelerator™ - Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in an exciting new industry, Job & Career Accelerator™ has the powerful tools and expert guidance to help you through every step of the process.
  • Computer Skills - Video courses are the fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer. Use the materials in this center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design, and more.
  • Recursos para Hispanohablantes - Este centro ofrece a los adultos que están muy ocupados los recursos para mejorar sus habilidades básicas, ganar sus credenciales de GED® o ser ciudadano estadounidense.

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Legal Collection logoLegal Collection
Containing full text for nearly 250 of the world's most respected, scholarly law journals, this database is an authoritative source for information on current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world. 

  • Offers information centered on the discipline of law and legal topics such as criminal justice, international law, federal law, organized crime, medical, labor & human resource law, ethics, the environment and much more. 
  • Full text contained in this database includes: American Journal of Criminal Law, California Law Review and many more.

 

Legal Forms logoLegal Forms
Downloadable Texas and U.S. legal forms

  • Fill-in and print or save to disk or flash drive
  • Forms and sample letters are in Word, RTF or fillable Adobe PDF
  • Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others.
  • Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

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Legal Information Reference Center logoLegal Information Reference Center
EBSCO's Legal Information Reference Center offers everyday users the necessary tools and detailed how-to instructions covering a wide-range of legal issues. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. With the Legal Forms by U.S. State feature, users can search state-specific legal forms by top subject areas including adoption, bankruptcy, name changes and more.

 

Library Elf logoLibrary Elf
Library account alert tool

  • Sign up to get email or text message alerts when your items are due and when your holds are ready for pick up.
  • Ability to choose when and how often notifications are sent.
  • Ability to manage multiple cards from any participating library in one account.

 

Literary Reference Center logoLiterary Reference Center
Provides information on thousands of authors and their works through an expansive collection of author biographies, plot summaries, poems, short stories, author interviews and more.

Content Includes:

  • More than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews
  • Nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism
  • More than 252,000 author biographies
  • 450 literary journals
  • More than 693,000 book reviews
  • More than 78,400 classic and contemporary poems
  • More than 19,700 classic and contemporary short stories
  •  More than 6,600 author interviews

 

Literary Criticism Online logoLiterature Criticism Online
This collection brings together the most acclaimed literary series representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres. More than 200,000 essays provide both critical perspectives and in-depth contextual information needed to understand the social, political and historical implications of a work. Take advantage of this great online resource — which matches the exact look and feel of the print series.

Titles in the digital collection:

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
  • Shakespearean Criticism
  • Poetry Criticism
  • Short Story Criticism
  • Drama Criticism


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Access complete full-color digital magazines through the Garland Public Library!

50+ popular magazines including: Us Weekly, Newsweek, Food Network, HGTV, Kiplingers Personal Finance, Wired, Woman's World, Cosmo, Vanity Fair, Clean Eating, Taste of Home, Yoga Journal, Golf Digest, Highlights and many, many more.

  • No holds, checkout periods, or limits on the number of magazines checked out.
  • Add new and back issues to your personal reading library.
  • Receive personal notifications for favorite magazines so you never miss an issue.
  • Instantly stream magazines from your PC or Mac.
  • Download magazines to mobile devices for offline reading.
  • Enjoy mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Android.

RBdigital Magazine User Guide

  • Mobile App Account Setup and Login
  • Browser Account Setup and Login
  • Finding and Checking out Magazines
  • Switch Account Profile to Another Collection
  • Forgot Password
  • Help

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Mango Languages logoMango Languages
PhD-created and linguist-approved software teaches real conversations in over 70 languages and makes it fun. You will build language proficiency and cultural understanding around real-world communication skills that you'll actually need. Learn through examples like 'What time are they arriving?' instead of much less useful phrases like 'The dog is under the table.'  With Mango, you'll learn vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture all in one integrated experience. 

  • Intuitive - Mango breaks things down into small, bite-sized chunks; then challenges you to build them back up into full sentences. You'll learn language structure and vocabulary in a highly intuitive and contextual way.
  • Construct - Mango teaches you how to create new meaning on your own by challenging you to combine freshly learned language structures and vocabulary with ones you learned in the past. You'll be amazed at how early you develop flexible communication skills.
  • Pronounce - Mango's interactive words, pronunciation helpers, and voice comparison technology gives you everything you need to dial in that perfect accent. Audio can be heard slow and articulate, or at a faster conversational pace.
  • Culture - Mango gives you the crucial cultural insights you'll need to communicate appropriately, meet new friends, and fully understand your new language.
  • Movies - Like to watch movies? Imagine having everything you need to learn a new language through foreign film. With Mango, you get real entertainment immersion to take your skills to the next level.
  • Memory building exercises - Perfectly-timed memory building exercises ensure you actually retain what you've learned. Get something wrong? Don't worry, you'll come back to it later.
  • Semantic color mapping - Color mapping quickly reveals the relationship between your native language and your target language, giving you insight into the grammar and expressive mechanics of your new language.
  • Understood and literal meanings - Get a better understanding of your new language by learning both understood and literal meanings. For example, the literal meaning of “How are you?“ is “How your things?“ in Russian.
  • English as a Second Language - Native speakers of over 18 popular languages can learn English from Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean plus many more.
  • Specialty Courses - Celebrate world cultures and learn languages in specific contexts.  Want to enjoy wine and cheese in France in French?  Speak Italian at the horse races in Sienna?  Converse in German at Oktoberfest and have the proper attire?  There are practical courses too like medical and legal Spanish.  Really get ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day next year!
  • Mobile - Mango goes wherever you go with full apps for iOS and Android mobile devices. Over 60 language courses available in the palm of your hand.
  • Online - Mango can be used online from any computer, anywhere, at any time. No CDs, DVDs, downloads, or installations. Used in conjunction with our mobile apps, Mango is one of the most accessible language and culture learning platforms on earth.

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MAS-Complete logoMAS Complete (Formerly MAS Ultra: School Edition)
Designed specifically for high school libraries, MAS Complete is a full-text database providing hundreds of popular high school magazines and reference books. 

  • Full text for more than 550 popular high school magazines
  • More than 430 full-text reference books
  • More than 120,000 biographies
  • More than 73,000 primary source documents
  • An image collection of more than 1.6 million photos, maps, flags and color PDFs
  • Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition

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 logoMasterfile Complete
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.

  • More than 2,300 full-text magazines and journals
  • More than 870 full-text reference books
  • More than 73,000 full-text primary source documents
  • More than 1.6 million photos, maps and flags
  • More than 70,000 videos from the Associated Press (AP)

MasterFILE Complete provides full text periodicals covering an extensive range of subject areas including business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY and fashion.

 

Medic Latina logoMedic Latina
Revistas médicas (medical journals)

A unique collection of medical research and investigatory journals from renowned Latin American and Spanish publishers. This Spanish language database contains the complete table of contents and PDF full text for 130 peer-reviewed medical journals in native Spanish. A wide range of topics are covered including neuroscience, cardiology, nephrology, biomedicine, clinical research, pediatrics, human reproduction, clinical pathology, cancer research, and hematology. Titles include Revista Medica del IMSS, Revista Mexicana de Patologia Clinica, Boletin Medico del Hospital Infantil de Mexico, Archivos de Neurociencias, Revista Biomedica, Veterinaria Mexico, Salud Publica de Mexico, ACIMED, and more.

 

Medline logoMEDLINE
Authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre- clinical sciences, and much more. 

Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals. Included are citations from Index Medicus, International Nursing Index, Index to Dental Literature, HISTLINE, SPACELINE, PREMEDLINE®, AIDSLINE®, BIOETHICSLINE®, and HealthSTAR®.

 

Middle Search Plus logoMiddle Search Plus
Full text for nearly 140 popular magazines for middle school research. 

  • All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), 
  • Full text information dates as far back as 1990,
  • 84,011 biographies, 
  • 83,472 primary source documents including the Funk & Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia; American Heritage® Dictionary, 4th Edition from Houghton Mifflin; Encyclopedia of Animals™,
  • An Image Collection of 192,999 photos, maps and flags,
  • Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays,

This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost. 

 

Militaryand Government Collection logoMilitary & Government Collection
Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government

This database offers:

  • A thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of these sites,
  • Full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals,
  • Full text for 245 pamphlets,
  • Indexing and abstracts for more than 400 titles,
  • Publications covered in this database include Air Force Comptroller, Defence Studies, JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly, Military Technology, Combat Edge, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Foreign Affairs, Naval Forces, and many more,
  • Many full-text titles are available in native (searchable) PDF, or scanned-in-color.

 

Morningstar logoMorningstar Investment Research Center
Morningstar Investment Research Center is an easy to navigate database that is designed to help library patrons reach their investment goals. It’s the one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investment options, and getting the most up-to-date financial news commentary.

Benefits Overview:    

  • 14,500+ Stocks    
  • 24,800+ Mutual Funds    
  • 1,500 Exchange Traded Funds    
  • 700 Closed End Funds     
  • Expert Analyst Insight

Fact Sheets: 

Time to Review Your Investment Portfolio?
Watch Morningstar’s recorded presentations for guidance on building and maintaining your portfolio.
Look to the articles and videos for updated personal finance tips and commentary.
Download the helpful step-by-step electronic guide, “30 Days to Financial Fitness.”

Planning for Retirement?
Build, analyze, and edit your investment portfolio with the Portfolio X-Ray tool.
Utilize the Retirement Savings Calculator to check on your savings rate and define retirement goals.
Look through articles and videos for frequently updated tips and ideas on retirement.

New to Investing?
Take an online, self-paced course with Morningstar’s Investing Classroom to begin learning the basics.
Watch videos and read commentary from Morningstar and industry experts.
Utilize the glossary and methodologies when you come across a new term or rating.

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Natural and Alternative Treatments logoNatural & Alternative Treatments
A complementary and alternative medicine database designed specifically for the consumer health researcher

This database contains:

  • Articles on medical conditions and the alternative medicine therapies proposed for use in their treatment,
  • Detailed, evidence-based information on herbs and supplements, functional foods, and other alternative therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy,
  • Evidence-based content has been developed and reviewed by a team of physicians and pharmacologists with the goal of providing consumers with reliable information,
  • Accurate, unbiased information on natural health, updated weekly more than 700 evidence-based articles covering medical conditions, alternative therapies, herbs and supplements, functional foods, drug interactions, and homeopathy.

 

Newspaper Source Plus logoNewspaper Source Plus (Formerly Newspaper Source)
Newspaper Source Plus provides a full-text digital collection of the world's major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.

  • Full text for more than 1,200 newspapers
  • More than 40 news magazines 
  • News from more than 130 newswires 
  • More than 77 million full-text articles
  • More than 1.8 million television and radio news transcripts 

Daily Updates with News View: ongoing updates throughout the day. Popular sources include:
    AP (Associated Press)
    CNN Wire
    PR Wire
    UPI (United Press International)
    Xinhua (China)

News View also includes television and radio news transcripts from top sources:
    ABC News (American)
    ABC (Australian)
    CBC (Canadian)
    CBS News
    CNBC
    CNN
    CNN International
    FOX News
    MSNBC
    National Public Radio
    PBS

Newspaper Source Plus is also included in Explora.

 

NoveList Plus logoNoveList Plus
NoveList Plus is a database of fiction and nonfiction titles, authors, and series plus additional content that provides readers with the best possible information to help connect to books and audiobooks. NoveList Plus also offers a wide range of content created by librarians and expert educational specialists to expand information for fiction readers.

Resources:

  • Search by appeal factors such as writing style, tone, pace
  • Multiple search methods using keywords, title, author, subject, appeal factors, audience, grade level, Lexile range, number of pages, Dewey range, award winner, dates of publication
  • Sort results list by relevancy, date, author, title, popularity, volume (reading order for series)
  • Links to Goodreads reviews
  • Print and Email capability with multiple citation formats available
  • Save search results using folders within My NoveList

Tools:

  • Author Read-Alikes provides suggested authors that are similar to requested author based on author’s appeal. 
  • Book Discussion Guides provide everything that a discussion leader will need to run a book group including robust presentation of information about book and author, questions with answers, and suggested further reading.
  • Curricular Connections recommends high-quality books that align with and/or support the achievement of curricular goals. 
  • Feature Articles are informative pieces on subjects/genres of interest. Can cover specific subgenres, trends or series. 
  • Genre Outlines are a quick orientation to a genre, to get readers up to speed if unfamiliar with the category. 
  • Grab and Go Book Lists are lists of vetted, in-print titles on curricular topics at a variety of reading levels for a specific grade range and in a large enough quantity to supply a classroom.
  • Readers’ Advisory Content provides relevant information about topics to help public library staff with RA and librarianship. 
  • Recommended Reads are lists of books created by librarians at NoveList to help readers of all ages find a book on a genre or topic of interest.

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Novels for Students logoNovels for Students (Gale Virtual Reference)
Easily accessible and content-rich discussions of the literary and historical background of works from various cultures and time periods.

  • Student friendly: Homework help format, w/ criticism at H.S. students' interest and reading levels,
  • Reader friendly: For patrons interested in more info on the classics or bestsellers they're reading,
  • Beginning with volume 32, each volume will include "Literature to Film" entries profiling film versions of plays/novels

Gale Virtual Reference titles are:

  • Popular reference titles in a digital ebook format
  • Cross-searchable and print as PDF's
  • No need to checkout and no waiting


Opposing Viewpoints logoOpposing Viewpoints in Context
Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, Opposing Viewpoints In Context features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience. This cross-curricular research database supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions. 

Opposing Viewpoints In Context is a rich resource for debaters and includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. A category on the National Debate Topic provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues. Periodical content covers current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more.


OverDrive logoOverDrive Digital Library
Downloadable audiobooks and eBooks for Garland Library card holders

  • Listen to MP3 audiobooks 
  • Read eBook, PDF, Kindle and/or graphic novels 
  • Read magazines using Libby or your browser
  • Audiobooks and eBooks can be used on a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone
  • Apps are available for iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile

OverDrive Libby iconLibby - the new OverDrive app!
Meet Libby
Libby Instructions (313 KB)
Libby app in a browser 

Overdrive app logoOriginal OverDrive App
OverDrive App

Instructions for downloading outside the app:
Downloading audio books to your computer (PDF 238 KB)
Downloading to Kindle or Kindle App (PDF 96 KB)

OverDrive Help & Support links:
OverDrive Help - Search for answers and/or watch how-to videos
Libby Help - Learn about Libby and how it works
Device Resource Center - A snapshot of how popular devices can be used with OverDrive
OverDrive status - A site for determining if OverDrive is experiencing performance issues

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Overdrive app logo OverDrive Online Magazines
75 current and popular magazine titles on topics such as news, entertainment, business, home and garden, celebrity, exercise, lifestyle, sports and more.

  • Can be checked out just like a digital books through OverDrive’s Libby app or from the
  • Library’s OverDrive website and read in a user’s Internet browser. 
  • Check out is for 7 or 21 days and the magazines return themselves
  • Magazines do not count towards the ten item checkout limit
  • Magazine titles can be used simultaneously by more than one patron, so unlike digital books, there is never any waiting for a title
  • Includes back issues (when available) beginning from our start date of January 2019
  • Best viewed in the Libby app
  • Patrons will need a valid, Garland library card


Play Index logoPlay Index
Covers over 31,000 classic and historical plays dating from 1949, including one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays, classic drama and monologues from famous playwrights

 

Poetry for Students logoPoetry for Students (Gale Virtual Reference)
A quick but information-rich reference source, each volume of Poetry for Students provides analysis of approximately 15-16 poems that teachers and librarians have identified as the most frequently studied in literature courses.

  • An overview essay on the poem.
  • An analysis of the work's construction and form.
  • An examination of key themes addressed in the poem.
  • A discussion of the historical and cultural context in which the poem was composed.
  • Selected criticism on the poem or poet.
  • A brief author biography.
  • Other features include a list of sources for further study and suggested research topics.

Gale Virtual Reference titles are:

  • Popular reference titles in a digital ebook format
  • Cross-searchable and print as PDF's
  • No need to checkout and no waiting

 

PressReader unlimited newspapersPressReader from RBdigital  
Access thousands of newspapers every day, along with 90 days of back issues from national, provincial, and global leading publications. Check out and access all the newspapers in an easy-to-read page view or text view format in a PressReader display. Search articles and publications and set preferences for your daily newspapers. Over 100 countries in 60 languages provide must-have newspapers, and with a press of a button, you can translate your favorites from their original language into more than 16 languages.

Local papers include:

  • The Dallas Morning News
  • Fort Worth Star Telegram
  • Houston Chronicle
  • San Antonio Express News
  • The Oklahoman

RBdigital Newspaper User Guide

  • Mobile App Account Setup and Login
  • Browser Account Setup and Login
  • Finding and Checking out Newspapers
  • Checked Out and My Account Settings
  • Recommendations and Account Settings
  • Switch Account Profile to Another Collection
  • Forgot Password
  • Help

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Primary Search logoPrimary Search
Full text for nearly 80 popular elementary school magazines.

  • Full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), 
  • Full text information dates as far back as 1990,
  • Includes the Encyclopedia of Animals™, and features Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia,
  • Also provides the American Heritage® Children's Dictionary,
  • Thousands of relevant photos, maps, and flags,

This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost.

 

Professional Development Collection logoProfessional Development Collection
A highly specialized collection of electronic information especially for professional educators, professional librarians and education researchers.

  • Full text for nearly 520 high quality education journals,
  • Includes Chronicle of Higher Education, Educational Leadership, Journal of Education, Journal of Higher Education, and Theory Into Practice,
  • Also contains more than 200 educational reports.

 

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection logoPsychology & Behavioral Science Collection
A comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods.

  • Provides nearly 400 full text publications, 
  • Nearly every full text title included in this database is indexed in PsycINFO,

This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.


Race Relations Abstracts logoRace Relations Abstracts
This resource provides a sole focus on content relating specifically to the relationship between races. It is a rich source of bibliographic records covering fundamental areas relevant to race relations. Specific areas covered include ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline, as listed.

 

Referencia Latina_button logoReferencia Latina
This full-text Spanish-language database covers a broad array of subjects inside and outside academia. It offers content from a variety of sources, including reference books, general interest magazines and health reports.

  • More than 150 multidisciplinary reference books 
  • More than 50 general interest magazines
  • More than 2,500 health reports
  • More than 1 million images with captions in Spanish

Referencia Latina's intuitive, theme-based Spanish-language interface is designed to make content readily accessible to non- English users. Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers and newswires from 8 Latin American countries.

 

Regional Business News logoRegional Business News
Full text for more than 80 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications (including titles from Crain Communications),

  • A supplemental database for customers of Business Source Complete.

 

Religion and Philosophy Collection logoReligion & Philosophy Collection
A comprehensive database covering topics such as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. More than 300 full text journals and unparalleled coverage of the subject areas listed above, an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies.

 

Research in Context logoResearch in Context
A comprehensive, cross-curricular database featuring current, relevant, organized, and easy-to-read information from the U*X*L product line.

  • Quick access to accurate information for middle school students
  • Cultures, government, people, U.S. history, sports, world history, geography, literature, science, and social issues – including nearly 300 topic pages and overviews on the subjects and social issues most studied by and relevant to middle school users as well as science experiments and contextual information for key works and documents
  • Books, images, biographies, audio, video, magazines, newspapers, creative works, primary sources, and more
  • Thorough, in depth entries from Gale, UXL, and Lucent titles and content from leading sources like National Geographic, Scholastic, NPR, NASA, AP Video News, and others
  • Students get the speed and flexibility they need to grow from Web surfers to sophisticated researchers.


Salud En Espanol logoSalud en Español
Spanish-language version of Consumer Health Complete

  • Provee reportes completos basados en evidencias y fichas de datos relacionados a todos los aspectos de la salud y el bienestar
  • Reportes específicos por tema que cubren todos los aspectos de la salud, dan información general importante en relación a enfermedades, afecciones y procedimientos de diversos tratamientos


SAMS Photfact logoSAMS Photofact
Quickfact manuals and Photofact® manuals

  • Reliable, consistent repair data, schematics and other service guidelines
  • The gold standard in the repair industry for TVs, VCRs, Radios, etc
  • For models and/or chassis not covered by SAMS Photofact® manuals or Quickfact manuals, Original Equipment (OEM) owner’s manuals and service manuals are available.

 

Science graphicScience & Technology Collection
Leading full-text journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community

  • aeronautics
  • archaeology
  • astrophysics
  • aviation
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • computer technology
  • geology
  • marine sciences 
  • materials science
  • physics

 

Science in Context logoScience in Context
Gale's Science in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.

  • Millions of full-text articles are drawn from hundreds of national and global newspapers, magazines, and journals.
  • More than 200 experiments and projects from U*X*L Experiment Central provide practical experience.
  • Content is aligned to National and State Science standards, including Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Project 2061.

Reference content from Gale and its publishing partners includes top titles such as:

  • Computer Sciences
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Science
  • World of Chemistry
  • And many more.

Multimedia: thousands of images, videos, and audio selections from authoritative sources. 

 

ProQuest Science and Technology eBooksSciTech Collection Premium
ProQuest's SciTech Premium Collection includes the Natural Science Collection and the Technology Collection and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more. For those researchers who need to conduct comprehensive literature reviews, this database includes specialized, editorial-controlled A&I resources for discovery of relevant scholarly research and technical literature critical to the discipline.

 

EBSCOhost logoSerials Directory
This database provides access to the most up-to-date and accurate bibliographic information as well as current pricing structures for popular serials. It contains nearly 250,000 U.S. and international titles, including newspapers; data from nearly 108,235 publishers worldwide, including e-mail and Internet addresses; and Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal Classifications for every entry.

 

Picture of ShakespeareShakespeare for Students (GVRL)
A diverse blend of criticism along with plot summaries and character profiles that help further decode these dramatic masterpieces for students.

Each detailed, illustrated entry provides:

  • An introduction that provides an overview of the play or poem
  • A plot summary
  • An annotated character list
  • A discussion of the play's principal themes
  • Understandable essays on the plays construction (setting, dialogue, imagery)
  • Historical and cultural context sections that illuminate the play's role in inter-curricular studies
  • Excerpted critical commentary on various facets of the play
  • Extensive theme index
  • A chronology of Shakespeare's life, work, and times

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) titles are:

  • Popular reference titles in a digital ebook format
  • Cross-searchable and print as PDF's
  • No need to checkout and no waiting Short Stories for Students (GVRL)
  • Popular reference titles in a digital ebook format
  • Cross-searchable and print as PDF's
  • No need to checkout and no waiting

 

Short Stories for Students logoShort Stories for Students (GVRL)
Each biannual volume presents vital information on approximately 20 of the most-studied short stories at the high school and early-college levels.

Each illustrated entry contains:

  • concise synopses of the story's plot, characters and themes
  • a brief author biography
  • a discussion of the story's cultural and historical significance
  • excerpted criticism geared specifically toward the high school student
  • Researchers will also find information on media adaptations of the story, discussion questions, and suggestions on what to read next.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) titles are:

  • Popular reference titles in a digital ebook format
  • Cross-searchable and print as PDF's
  • No need to checkout and no waiting Short Stories for Students (GVRL)
  • Popular reference titles in a digital ebook format
  • Cross-searchable and print as PDF's
  • No need to checkout and no waiting

 

Short Story Index logoShort Story Index
This database is an essential resource for readers seeking short stories by author or genre, or for those researching a body of work of a literary figure. It provides detailed indexing for hundreds of thousands of short stories.

Content Includes:

  • Detailed indexing of more than 117,000 stories from more than 4,200 collections and anthologies
  • Full text for nearly 5,000 stories
  • Coverage dating as far back as 1984

 

Small Business Reference Center logoSmall Business Reference Center
This database offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.  “How-to” instructions address small business topics, such as buying and selling a business, managing employees, writing a business plans, understanding legal information, a business and much more.

Content/Features Include:

  • Nearly 400 full text periodicals
  • Over 450 full text reference books
  • Hundreds of business videos
  • State-specific resources
  • Business Basics
  • Start-up Kit & Business Plans
  • General Business Areas
  • Industry Information by Small Business Type

Small Business Reference Center User Guide (72 pages, 2.29 MB PDF)

 

Small Engine Repair Reference CenterSmall Engine Repair Reference Center
Definitive online tool for small engine repair assistance

  • Includes ATVs, commercial mowers, farm tractors, generators, motorcycles, marine (boats), outdoor power equipment, PWC (personal watercraft/jet ski), snowblowers, snowmobiles, tillers and other small engines.
  • More than 25 years of an engine model including assistance in providing routine maintenance as well as extensive repairs involving engine and transmission disassembly.

 

Something About the Author logoSomething About the Author Online
An award-winning reference series started in 1971, Something About the Author examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults. It includes not only well-known writers and artists but also less prominent individuals whose works are just coming to be recognized and is often the only readily available source on emerging authors and illustrators. Something About the Author Online also includes hundreds of original specially commissioned autobiography essays that have never been available online until now. These truly unique essays average about 10,000 words in length; are illustrated with an abundance of personal photos; and present an entertaining and informative first-person perspective on the lives and careers of prominent authors and illustrators.

 

Sustainability Reference Center logoSustainability Reference Center
Designed for sustainability experts and information professionals, this collection offers unmatched full-text coverage of content relevant to many integral areas of sustainability initiative management. 

  • More than 500 full-text journals
  • Cover-to-cover indexing for more than 900 publications
  • More than 940,000 records with subject headings from an extensive thesaurus
  • Benchmarks and best practices

Topics Include:

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Federal, state and local regulations
  • "Green" issues and initiatives
  • ISO 14000
  • LEED
  • Recycling
  • Renewable energy
  • Resource conservation
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable business practices
  • Waste reduction


TeachingBooks logoTeachingBooks.net
TeachingBooks.net is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. It includes thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities. It is everything but the book!

Author Resources

  • Meet-the-Author Movies: Enjoy movies filmed in the studios of award-winning authors and illustrators
  • In-depth Written Interviews: Original, comprehensive interviews reveal the inspiration and personality of award-winning authors and illustrators
  • Guest Blog Posts: Find out what extraordinary authors and illustrators think about their process and craft
  • Audio Name Pronunciations: Hear authors and illustrators pronouncing and telling stories about their names
  • Author Interviews: Authors and illustrators reveal their work, ideas, and lives
  • Author Personal Websites & Blogs: Instantly access primary source information about authors and illustrators

Book Resources

  • Book Apps: Learn more about popular books, book series, and their authors
  • Book Guides & Lesson Plans: Find ready-to-use lesson plans and discussion questions for the fiction and nonfiction books
  • Book Readings: Introduce books to your classroom or library with a brief, high-quality video or audio performance
  • Book Trailers: Ignite students' interest in current and classic titles with these video book trailers
  • Book Websites: Learn more about popular books, book series, and their authors
  • Movie & TV Adaptation Websites: Generate excitement about books with these websites promoting film adaptations of popular and classic titles
  • Booklists: With one click, get all of the ready-to-use book and author resources aligned with any reading list—Common Core, national and state awards, even your own

Video: A Four-Minute Overview

 

Teacher Reference Center logoTeacher Reference Center
Provides coverage on key education topics

  • Index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books

 

Testing and Education Reference Center logoTesting & Education Reference Center
Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) is designed to help students — in high school, graduate school, and specialty school and beyond — make their future education decisions easier. TERC is loaded with information on colleges, technical schools, practice entrance exams, and certification and professional license exams that show students what to expect and how to prepare for — and excel at — the next level. Plus, the resume Builder and Virtual career library make TERC perfect for jobseekers by providing specific examples and tips for the job search.

Overview:

  • Find valuable information on colleges, technical schools, practice entrance exams and certifications, and professional license exams
  • Ability to search colleges and universities, financial aid programs and scholarship information in one easily accessible spot
  • A tuition cost calculator to easily assess the investment needed
  • Online test prep and eBooks to study for school, college and careers
  • Many varied diagnostic pre-tests that help students determine where they currently stand and how much prep they need before taking a certification exam
  • Users can explore career choices, assess their likes, determine their abilities and strengths, measure their interests, build a web-based resume, create a cover letter, research specific job salaries, and map a career path to occupations most suitable to their goals

Niche green arrow graphic Testing & Education Reference Center Tutorial

 

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps logoTexas Digital Sanborn Maps
Provide digital access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of over 12,000 American towns and cities. Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. No maps are consulted more in academic and public libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable research tools for geographers, social historians, urban specialists, genealogists, planners, local historians, architects, environmentalists, and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Users of Digital Sanborn Maps have the ability to manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections, and easily print them out.

 

Texas Reference Center logoTexas Reference Center
A Texas specific product designed specifically for school and public libraries

  • Periodicals, reference books, reports, and other content relevant to the state of Texas
  • Over 100 full-text reference books

 

TOPICsearch logoTOPICsearch
Student researchers can explore current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics frequently discussed in the classroom.  TOPICsearch contains full text for tens of thousands of articles from diverse sources.

Content Includes:

  • Biographies
  • Book Reviews
  • Government Information
  • Pamphlets
  • Periodicals
  • Public Opinion Polls
  • International Newspaper


Twentieth Century Poetry logo20th Century Poetry
English and American Poetry

  • Many of the major themes of 20th century writing -- nationality, politics, war, sexuality, religion and gender -- can be understood anew through this vast and representative collection
  • The Imagists, Beat Poets, Harlem Renaissance, Black Mountain and Deep Image schools are all featured


ValueLine logoValue Line Research Center
Accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies for beginning investors and veterans alike.

Library Elite: Access 3,500 large and small & mid-cap company reports.
The Value Line Fund Advisor Plus: Reports and ranks on more than 20,000 mutual funds.
The Value Line Special Situations Service®: Offers more aggressive managers and individual investors recommendations on emerging growth stocks with exceptional long-term capital gains potential.
The Value Line Options Survey: Daily evaluations and ranks on about 200,000 options, 80,000 longer-term options (LEAPS), and more.
The Value Line Convertibles Survey: Provides analysis of over 600 convertible issues, nearly 120 warrants, and more in a timely, easy-to-use format.

Gain access to:

  • Graphs of Long Term Price Performance 
  • Proprietary Ranks
  • Proprietary Company Estimates & Projections 
  • 3-5 year Projected Target Price Range
  • Growth Rates
  • Quarterly Sales
  • Projected Price Appreciation
  • Financial Strength Grades
  • Stock Price Stability
  • Earnings Predictability

Niche green arrow graphicValue Line Research Center Tutorial

 

Logo for Brainfuse’s VetNowVetNow

VetNow supports your community’s veterans and their families with navigating the VA bureaucracy, providing academic tutoring, and employment transition assistance.

Live Veteran Navigator: Connect with an expert to learn more about eligible VA benefits and community resources.
Live Job Coaching: Get help to transition your resume from military to civilian careers including translating military skills, key words, and more.
Resume Lab: Get help to transition your resume from military to civilian careers including formatting, key words, transferable skills, and more from Brainfuse experts.

Live service hours:  
Tutors/Job Coaches – 7 days a week: 2 to 11 p.m.
VA Navigators – Monday thru Friday: 1 to 9 p.m.

Additional resources available 24/7:

  • Veteran Resources: carefully selected resources to help you understand your benefits and community resources
  • eParachute: discover the college majors and careers that match your skills and interests.
  • Resume Templates & Resources
  • Optimal Resume: Award-winning resume creation software, job interview preparation, and much more
  • Interview Tips & Resources: help you prepare for your interview
  • SkillSurfer: learning library with thousands of lessons, quizzes and tests. A "Get Live Help" button above a lesson or quiz connects you to a live online tutor.
  • Writing Lab: get live writing assistance or, better yet, submit your work for a full critique within 24 hours.
  • 24/7 Help: submit your questions anytime and the tutor will reply within 24 hours
  • Language Lab: tutoring for your foreign language homework
  • Message Center: create an account to view past sessions, access your submitted questions, tests, calendar, and Flash Bulb flashcards.
  • Full Spanish-speaking services


Vocational and Career Collection logoVocational & Career Collection
Designed to meet a wide variety of vocational and technical research needs, this database provides full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals for high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public.


Wowbrary logoWowbrary Weekly Newsletter
Wowbrary is an e-newsletter that showcases the Garland Library’s newest books, DVDs, audiobook CDs and online magazines in a very user-friendly weekly email.  Each title includes cover images, descriptions, previews, user reviews, ratings, and sales ranks gathered from publishers, libraries, Baker & Taylor, Amazon, and Goodreads. 

The newlsetter is emailed to subscribers every Wednesday morning. We also post weekly summaries of our new titles on Facebook and Twitter to inform our friends and fans. 

Anyone can sign up for and receive our free weekly newsletter and/or RSS feed. Wowbrary displays the titles in categories with convenient click-through to the library’s catalog to check availability and place holds. The delivered email would include the links to all the different genres and subjects indexed by Wowbrary.

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worldcat logoWorldCat (the OCLC online union catalog)
The world's most comprehensive bibliography, with more than 86 million bibliographic records and nearly 1.2 billion holdings representing the collections of more than 10,000 libraries, over 400 languages, and all types of materials ranging from stone tablets to electronic books. WorldCat is updated daily and is now easier to search than ever. Recent enhancements include the ability to search by Library of Congress or Dewey Decimal Classification numbers, and to limit searches by material types, audiences and material formats. WorldCat includes information from before 1,000 BC to the present with thousands of records containing evaluative content such as tables of contents, cover art, book summaries and notes about the authors. It uses the Library of Congress Subject Headings and several other terminologies as its thesauri.