Bedford Public Library

Databases

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Automotive

  • Chilton Library
  • Contains the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.

  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center
  • A well-organized collection of detailed, yet user-friendly, repair guides for all manner of small engines.

    Articles, Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers

  • Academic Search Complete
  • A comprehensive resource of full-text academic journals, videos, reports and books on dozens of subjects ranging from anthropology, chemistry and culture to law, women studies and zoology.

  • Credo Reference
  • 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, subject handbooks, and current events resources, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.

  • eBooks at EBSCOhost
  • A searchable collection of more than 30,000 eBooks (5,000+ in Spanish) from trusted publishers. Ideal for school, research projects, & everyday information needs.

  • Ebsco – All Databases
  • All databases from the vendor EBSCO that are available to BPL patrons.

  • Explora for Public Libraries
  • An easy-to-search interface for public library patrons looking for magazine and newspaper articles, books and other reference materials on a variety of topics.

  • Gale Group – All Databases
  • All databases from the vendor Gale that are available to BPL patrons.

  • MasterFILE Complete
  • A multidisciplinary database providing full text for popular magazines, reference books and other highly regarded sources from the world leading publishers.

  • Newspaper Source Plus
  • A resource offering cover-to-cover full text for U.S.,international andregionalnewspapers as well as television and radio news transcripts from major networks.

  • Newswires
  • Real-time access to world-wide news (30-day rolling archive) from Associated Press, United Press International, PR Newswire, Xinhua, CNN Wire, and Business Wire.

  • Proquest – All Databases
  • All databases from the vendor Proquest that are available to BPL patrons.

  • Web News
  • Near real-time access to top news feeds from around the globe across a range of business and general news topics.

    Books & Literature

  • Book Review Digest Plus
  • An essential library tool providing access to book reviews on a wide range of topics from a variety of sources, including newspapers, review journals and popular magazines.

  • Essay & General Literature Index
  • An index of essays from more than 9,000 anthologies published in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain since 1985, with coverage spanning the entire range of humanities and social sciences.

  • Literary Reference Center
  • A rich collection of full text covering thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

  • Novelist
  • Find your next read. Search more than 135,000 fiction titles by subject, find reviews, annotations, read-alikes, and more.

  • Novelist K-8
  • A trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.

  • Play Index
  • An index of classic and historical plays, along with the works of contemporary playwrights.

  • The Serials Directory
  • The most up-to-date and accurate bibliographic information and current pricing structures for popular serials.

  • Short Story Index
  • An essential index for readers seeking short stories by author or genre and those researching a literary figure or body of work.

  • TeachingBooks.net
  • Bring to life childrens and YA books with video trailers, author interviews, discussion questions, and much more. Great for book clubs, choosing books, and homework help!

  • Tumblebooks
  • A collection of over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French.

  • Twentieth Century Poetry Collections
  • A comprehensive collection of copyrighted, American, twentieth-century poetry, this database covers more than 316 of the most important and studied poets and includes over 52,000 works.

  • What’s Next?: Books In Series™ Database of Kent District Library
  • Need to know the next book in the series? This database developed by the Kent District Library will help you find the book you need.

  • WorldCat
  • The largest database of library bibliographic information. It enables people to find authoritative content in every format from library collections worldwide.

    Business & Finance

  • Business Abstracts with Full Text
  • Full-text articles from key publications covering business topics including finance, management, international business, human resources and marketing.

  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Reference
  • A full-text database that covers all aspects of business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR), including risk evaluation, emergency preparedness and crisis communications.

  • Business Source Complete Enhanced
  • Premium business content, including research articles, SWOT analyses, company profiles, industry information and more, via a highly focused user interface created especially for the business searcher.

  • Enhanced Business Search Interface
  • A unique interface of Business Source Complete that provides an easier browse and search of countries, companies and industries; results may then be used as limiters for a search.

  • Newswires
  • Real-time access to world-wide news (30-day rolling archive) from Associated Press, United Press International, PR Newswire, Xinhua, CNN Wire, and Business Wire.

  • Regional Business News
  • Newspapers, magazines and other resources from trusted news sources published in the United States and Canada.

  • Small Business Reference Center
  • Supports small business owners and entrepreneurs with reference books including Nolo do-it-yourself guides as well as business videos, details on how to create business plans, and more.

  • Web News
  • Near real-time access to top news feeds from around the globe across a range of business and general news topics.

    Computers & Technology

  • Computer Skills Center (LearningExpress)
  • Video tutorials for computer basics, the Internet and operating systems; includes beginner-to-advanced level for popular and commonly used Microsoft and Adobe software applications.

  • Computer Source
  • A full-text database covering computer science and technology disciplines and the business and social implications of new technology.

  • Niche Academy
  • Includes tutorials for common library services like OverDrive, RBdigital, cloudLibrary, HelpNow, JobNow, LearningExpress Library, EBSCOhost, Microsoft Office Suite, computer basics and more

    Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

  • Funk & Wagnall’s Encyclopedia
  • A bibliographic database that covers the culture, history and daily life of native North Americans, which is ideal for researching the contributions, struggles and issues of North Americas indigenous peoples.

    Education

  • Adult Core Skills Center (LearningExpress)

    Offers busy adults the resources to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, and math, prepare for the GED test, or become a U.S. citizen.

  • Educational 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 (Education Resources Information Center
  • The Education Resource Information Center (ERIC) provides access to educational literature and resources. This database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. This resource contains more than a million records and links to hundreds of thousands of full-text documents from ERIC back to 1966.

  • LearningExpress Library
  • A collection of interactive tutorials, practice tests, articles, flash cards and e-books patrons can use to improve academic skills in reading, writing, math and science as well as prepare for high-stakes exams.

  • Professional Development Collection
  • The most beneficial and most significant collection of full-text education journals in the world.

  • Teacher Reference Center
  • Teacher Reference Center indexes abstracts, citations and full-text articles from 280 periodicals.

    Genealogy & History

  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
  • A bibliographic database that covers the culture, history and daily life of native North Americans, which is ideal for researching the contributions, struggles and issues of North Americas indigenous peoples.

  • Handbook of Texas
  • Texas history, geography, and culture gathered by the Texas State Historical Association.

  • HeritageQuest
  • HeritageQuest® Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular ProQuest Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content. Powered by Ancestry® with more than 4.4 billion records and coverage dating back to the 1700s.

  • Texas Digital Sanborn Maps
  • Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in libraries. Digital Sanborn Maps provides digital access to 2118 large-scale maps of 436 Texas towns and cities, including Dallas, Houston, Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. GPS coordinates and uses a selection of enhanced images from.

  • Texas Reference Center
  • A collection of journals and books about Texas and Texans with topics including the state’s history, its ethnic and cultural diversity, literature, public health, business, leisure and more.

    Government & Politics

  • Congress.gov
  • Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. (Formerly called THOMAS Legislative Information.)

  • Military & Government Collection
  • Provides cover-to-cover full text, indexing and abstracts for hundreds of journals and periodicals pertaining to all branches of the military and government.

    Health & Medicine

  • AHFS Consumer Medication Information
  • AHFS Consumer Medication Information is a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information.

  • Alt Health Watch
  • A source for alternative perspectives on healthcare and wellness providing access to the latest information and materials related to holistic medicine.

  • Consumer Health Complete
  • A patient education support tool with consumer-oriented content covering mainstream, holistic and integrated medicine.

  • Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine
  • Provides access to medical and professional periodicals, health and fitness magazines, and reference books and pamphlets. The database is designed for both nursing and allied health students as well as consumer health researchers. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
  • A source for consumer health information from popular magazines about aging, fitness, nutrition, wellness, disease prevention and more.

  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic
  • An essential resource for nursing and health research covering pediatrics, critical care, mental health, medical law and more.

  • MedicLatina
  • MedicLatina es una colección en investigación médica y publicaciones de investigación de prestigiosas editoriales de América Latina y España. A unique collection of medical and scientific journals from renowned Latin American and Spanish publishers covering a range of health and medical subjects.

  • MEDLINE
  • An essential biomedical research resource providing access to many of the most-used biomedical and health journals, covering a wide range of subjects.

  • Natural & Alternative Treatments

    A database containing accurate, unbiased information on medical conditions, alternative therapies, herbs and supplements, functional foods, drug interactions and homeopathy.

  • Salud en Espanol
  • Salud para todos proporciona la información con texto completo (en español) para los asuntos múltiples relacionados con la medicina y la salud. A collection of Spanish-language evidence-based reports and fact sheets covering all aspects of health and wellness, including diseases, conditions, injuries, procedures and treatments.

    Hobbies & Crafts

  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
  • A collection of leading hobby and craft magazines with detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

    Home & Garden

  • Home Improvement Reference Center
  • A comprehensive full-text collection of detailed, user-friendly how-to information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

    Homework Help

  • Brainfuse HelpNow
  • An online tutoring service for students in grades K-12 featuring one-on-one tutoring and self-paced study tools. Available in English and Spanish, live one-on-one tutoring with qualified tutors is available daily between 2pm and 11pm. Other study tools are available 24/7.

  • Explora (grades K-5)
  • An easy-to-use search interface for K-5 students looking for magazine and newspaper articles, books and encyclopedias on a variety of topics, such as animals, art, music, geography, language arts, math, science and social studies.

  • Explora (grades 6-12)
  • An easy-to-use search interface for students in grades 6-12 looking for magazine and newspaper articles, books, informational texts, primary sources, multimedia and more on a variety of curriculum-related topics.

  • MAS Complete
  • A full-text database with hundreds of high school magazines and reference books, thousands of biographies and primary source documents, and over one million photos, maps and flags.

  • Middle Search Plus
  • A full-text database of popular middle school magazines and reference books, biographies and primary source documents, and over one million photos, maps and flags.

  • Primary Search
  • A full-text database for young researchers with easy-to-read online encyclopedia entries, complete articles from popular children magazines, and a vast image collection.

  • School Center (LearningExpress)
  • Skill-building resources for elementary, middle and high school classroom and homework success.

  • TeachingBooks.net
  • Bring to life childrens and YA books with video trailers, author interviews, discussion questions, and much more. Great for book clubs, choosing books, and homework help!

  • TOPICsearch
  • A diverse full-text collection to support conversation about current events; social, political and economic issues; scientific discoveries and other topics discussed in classrooms.

    Jobs & Careers

  • Career Center Plus (LearningExpress)
  • Learn about careers, prepare for entrance and occupations exams, get ready to join the military or become an officer, learn how to conduct a job search and improve workplace skills.

  • College Success Skills (LearningExpress)
  • A full-text database that covers all aspects of business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR), including risk evaluation, emergency preparedness and crisis communications.

  • Job & Career Accelerator (LearningExpress)
  • A job search and career exploration resource with more than 1,100 occupations, sample resumes and cover letters, current job and internship postings, and guidance on preparing for and getting a job.

  • JobNow
  • Live, anytime, anywhere job assistance, including up-to-date nation-wide and local job search engines, professional resume critique and proven interview techniques. Experience personalized career center seamlessly integrated with advanced virtual technology to help job seekers of diverse backgrounds and needs.

  • Vocational & Career Collection
  • Full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals for high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public.

    Law

  • Gale Legal Forms
  • Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others.

  • Legal Collection
  • A valuable database of the most respected scholarly law journals covering the current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world.

  • Legal Information Reference Center
  • A resource to help laypersons navigate a wide range of legal issues with top consumer legal reference books including Nolo do-it-yourself guides as well as thousands of legal forms.

    Religion & Philosophy

  • Religion & Philosophy Collection
  • This resource is an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies.

    Science & Technology

  • Agricola
  • A bibliographic resource with millions of citations relating to the field of agriculture for journal articles, book chapters, theses, patents, and technical reports to support agricultural research.

  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Provides indexing, abstracting, and free full text access for selected international scholarly journals in many subject areas, including agriculture and food science, biology, chemistry, health science, languages and literature, mathematics, physics, engineering, the arts, business, environmental science, history, law, political science, philosophy, religion, and social science.

  • Gale Science in Context
  • Science In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of todays most significant science topics.

  • GreenFILE
  • Covering all aspects of human impact to the environment, this comprehensive resource draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.

  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • Indexing and abstracts for key library and information science journals, books, research reports and more.

  • Science & Technology Collection
  • A full-text database of top science journals covering an scientific and technical subjects, including chemistry, biology, computer technology and physics.

  • SciTech Premium Collection
  • The 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.

  • Sustainability Reference Center
  • Full-text content relevant to many integral areas of sustainability initiative management such as recycling, renewable energy, resource conservation and more.

    Social Sciences

  • Family 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.

  • Gale Opposing Viewpoints
  • OVIC is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of todays hottest social issues. Topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, and audio files.

  • Humanities 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. Humanities Full Text encompasses all fields of the humanities, covering topics including art, classical studies, dance, film, journalism, philosophy, religion and much, much more.

  • Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • This 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. 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.

  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
  • This comprehensive resource provides extensive full-text coverage for a broad range of topics in the fields of psychology and behavioral sciences.

  • Race Relations Abstracts
  • This resource provides a sole focus on content relating specifically to the relationship between races.

    Spanish Language

  • Fuente Académica Premier
  • Fuente Académica cubre todas las áreas académicas con un énfasis especial en agricultura, ciencias biológicas, economía, historia, derecho, literatura, filosofía, psicología, administración pública, religión y sociología.

    A multidisciplinary database that provides full-text coverage of Spanish-language scholarly content with journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain.

  • MedicLatina
  • MedicLatina es una colección en investigación médica y publicaciones de investigación de prestigiosas editoriales de América Latina y España.

    A unique collection of medical and scientific journals from renowned Latin American and Spanish publishers covering a range of health and medical subjects.

  • Recursos Para Hispanohablantes (LearningExpress)
  • Herramientas de aprendizaje, carrera y ciudadanía en español

    This center provides learning tools as well as career and citizenship resources to help busy adults improve their basic skills, earn a GED® credential or become a U.S. citizen.

  • Referencia Latina
  • Presenta más de 50 revistas de interés general y los artículos más recientes de una docena de periódicos y noticias de 8 países latinoamericanos.

    A full-text Spanish-language database covering a broad array of subjects, which offers reference books, general interest magazines, newspapers, newswires and health reports.

  • Salud en Espanol
  • Salud para todos proporciona la información con texto completo (en español) para los asuntos múltiples relacionados con la medicina y la salud.

    A collection of Spanish-language evidence-based reports and fact sheets covering all aspects of health and wellness, including diseases, conditions, injuries, procedures and treatments.

    Test Preparation

  • ACT and SAT Test Preparation Center (LearningExpress)
  • Prepare for important exams like the ACT® and SAT®

  • ASVAB Test Preparation Center (LearningExpress)
  • Prepare for important exams like the ACT® and SAT®

  • College Admissions Test Preparation (LearningExpress)
  • Prepare for important exams like the ACT®, SAT®, AP® Tests, and more.

  • College Center Plus (LearningExpress)
  • If you need to strengthen your fundamental academic skills for your courses, prepare for an important placement test, or ensure a top score on a graduate school entrance exam, the resources here can help you reach your goal.

  • GED Test Preparation (LearningExpress)
  • If you need to strengthen your fundamental academic skills for your courses, prepare for an important placement test, or ensure a top score on a graduate school entrance exam, the resources here can help you reach your goal.

  • HelpNow (Brainfuse)
  • An online tutoring service for students in grades K-12 featuring one-on-one tutoring and self-paced study tools. Available in English and Spanish, live one-on-one tutoring with qualified tutors is available daily between 2pm and 11pm. Other study tools are available 24/7.

  • High School Equivalency Center (LearningExpress)
  • Guided support and preparation to help you earn a high school equivalency credential.

  • LearningExpress Library
  • A collection of interactive tutorials, practice tests, articles, flash cards and e-books patrons can use to improve academic skills in reading, writing, math and science as well as prepare for high-stakes exams.