​Reference e-sources are subscription resources purchased through the Lee County Library System.

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ABC-CLIO American & World History, Geography and Social Studies
From ABC-CLIO - An easy-to-use collection of 11 databases covering American and world history, geography, government and pop culture.
ABC Mouse
Free use in library only. Find interactive books, educational games, puzzles and other learning activities for young learners (ages 2-7+). Free use in library only.
Academic OneFile
More than 14,000 journals, general interest magazines, newspapers, and reference sources – many full-text
African-American History Online
Biographies, events, topics, primary documents, media, maps and chronologies relating to the African-American experience (from Facts on File)
Agriculture Collection
Agriculture Collection
From practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.
American Government

Multifaceted examination of the foundations of our government and political system (from ABC-CLIO)

American History

People, events, primary documents, and historic trends in America from before European exploration to the 21st Century (from ABC-CLIO)

American Mosaic: The Latino American Experience
American Mosiac: Latino American Experience

History and culture of Latinos and Hispanics in the Americas (from ABC-CLIO)

Ancestry Library edition (in-library use ONLY)
Census data, vital records, immigration and emigration records, family histories, military records, court documents, directories and photos (from ProQuest). This resource is only available while inside the library.
AP Stylebook
Associated Press logo
The AP Stylebook is a writing style guide for journalists. It is published and updated annually to reflect changes in writing style and new guidelines.
Nearly a million descriptions of historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives throughout the world
Index of articles from the contents pages of journals
A to Z Databases
Search tool for jobs, businesses, mailing lists, background and criminal research.
Biography in Context
Profiles of famous people throughout history with links to images, articles, videos, audios and Internet sites.
Books and Authors
Books And authors
Information on more than 140,000 books and 50,000 authors, including read-alikes, award winners, and librarians’ favorite lists
Business Economics and Theory
Business Economics
This collection provides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics.
Business Insights: Essentials
Business Insights
This fully integrated resource unifies company profiles, brand information, categorizations, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and publications.
CAMIO - Catalog of Art Images Online
High-resolution images of paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures and posters from museums around the world.
Career Transitions
Career Transitions
Career Transitions is an online career guidance center that walks users through the job-search process from beginning to end.
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
Find just the right book to meet your needs! CLCD provides over 2.1 million Children's and Young Adult Literature records with professional reviews of books, multimedia and audio books. Entries on books dating back to 1922.
ChiltonLibrary provides diagnostics, step-by-step repair procedures, OEM maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins.
Communication & Mass Media Collection
A broad collection of online journals dating back to the 1980s and covering unlimited news topics.
Computer Database
Gale sponsored, this database is a go-to resource for computer news and product reviews.
Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports
Presents articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers.
Consumer Reports Buying Guide
Consumer Reports Buying Guide
 The online version of the well-known product-test and consumer advisory publication. Publishes results of tests on products ranging from major purchases such as automobiles & appliances to everyday items such as food & cleaning products. Also examines health, money management and more.
Consumer Reports on Health
Consumer Reports on Health
 Presents information for consumers on health and health issues aimed at enhancing the quality of life. Not intended as a substitute for professional or medical advice.
Criminal Justice Collection
Search over one million e-journal articles on various topics addressed by the judicial system.
Culinary Arts Collection
Culinary Arts Collection
Includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information
World Edition, Kids' Edition, and States Edition and contains cultural and geographical information supplemented with maps, images and recipes.
Daily Life Through History
Daily Life Through History
Explore how people lived throughout the world in the past and compare to the present.  Examine the structure and symbolism of architecture from ancient Greek temples to glass and steel malls.  There is more to history than just the names of rulers and the rise of economic systems!
Demographics Now (Gale)
Demographics Now

Offers up-to-date resources on demographics and extensive market level information.

Discover by World Book
Discover by Worldbook
This database offers engaging reference resources for students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties, including reluctant readers, ELL, ESL and adult literacy students.  The collection includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research and translation tools, multimedia, and interactive video.
Discover English
Discover English

Discover English is the award-winning interactive language learning system that teaches its students to speak and understand English quickly and easily. Start learning English today.

Discover Spanish
Discover Spanish
Discover Spanish is the award-winning interactive language learning system that will teach you to speak and understand Spanish quickly and easily. Start learning Spanish today.
Diversity Studies Collection
Provided by Gale, this database offers more than 2 million custom journals on diverse subjects.
Dramatic Learning
Dramatic Learning

Original scripts, skits and monologues, and adaptations of classics.  Provides a step-by-step guide to putting on a play. Printable programs and posters included. Great for teachers and drama enthusiasts! 

Driving Tests
Driving Tests
Free driving permit tests
Early World of Learning by World Book
Early World of Learning by World Book
The Early World of Learning by World Book offers a wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes while developing reading and oral language skills.
EBSCO Magazines and Newspapers
EBSCO Magazines and Newspapers
Effective July 1, 2017, EBSCO will stop supporting Internet Explorer 8.0 and 9.0, due to security risks. Review the minimum browser requirements for this e-source.
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Check out and read e-books on your computer 24/7. The collection is searchable by keyword, author, title and full text and includes more than 48,000 reference and non-fiction titles on a wide range of subjects. To learn more about the new interface try the eBooks on EBSCOhost - Searching Tutorial and eBooks on EBSCOhost - Downloading Tutorial. Effective July 1, 2017 EBSCO will stop supporting Internet Explorer 8.0 and 9.0, due to security risks. Review the minimum browser requirements for this e-source.
EBSCOhost Masterfile Premier
EBSCOhost Masterfile Premier
MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text of more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags.
Educator's Reference Complete
Educator's Reference Complete
Educator's Reference Complete is a selection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education. Majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database. The database is updated daily and provides 24-hour access from school or home.
Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (WorldBook)
This Spanish language encyclopedia is organized so that students can find information quickly and easily. Click on the first letter of the title of the article to see the article in Spanish
Environmental Issues and Policy Collection
Gale presents this database of e-journals on environmental topics and legislative action.
Access to online articles, journals and books for professionals.
Expanded Academic ASAP
An academician's dream resource, this database contains a gamut of scholarly journals spanning all disciplines.
Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
Provides detailed profiles of more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, invaluable advice on career skills, more than 48,000 resource entries and much more!
Fine Arts and Music Collection
Fine Arts and Music

Resources to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history and filmmaking.

Connect to information in a wide range of subjects in 25 databases including ArticleFirst, ECO, WorldCat and ERIC.
Florida Digital Newspaper Library
Florida Digital Newspaper Archive
Florida Electronic Library
Florida Electronic Library
Collection of resources providing articles in a variety of subject areas- including business, health, current events, environment, etc. Resources are available for all age groups as well as for Spanish language users. These resources are provided by the Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services and funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act in partnership with the Lee County Library System.
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Florida Newspaper Database
Florida Database
Articles from newspapers and journals with a Florida focus
Easy access to a growing collection of U.S. military records that include photos, personal documents and more. Provided by ProQuest, this e-source is restricted to use in the Fort Myers Regional Library.
Fort Myers News-Press Current and Back Issues
Fort Myers News-Press
Fort Myers News-Press Current and Back Issues
Freegal Music

​Freegal® is a music service provided by LCLS. All you need is your library card number and  PI . Freegal offers access to about 11 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 15,000 music videos.

Gale - All LCLS Gale Databases
This includes a broad and comprehensive collection of research databases.
Gale - All LCLS Gale Databases (en Español)
A broad and comprehensive collection of research databases for Spanish speakers.
Gale Courses
Gale Courses
Instructor-led online courses. Please Note: This site is also a retail site, and may contain references to payment. Courses are always free for library patrons.
Gale Directory Library
Gale Directory Library
Access to a directory of "Brands and their Companies"
Gale E-books
Gale eBooks
Reference e-books by subject
Gale LegalForms
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. Also includes a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.
Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Collection
A database of e-journals on various gardening topics.
Gender Studies Collection
Gender Studies
A Gale database of e-journals focusing on gender issues.
Genealogy Study Guides
A list of study guides available for photocopying at Fort Myers Regional Library (MS Word format).
General Business File ASAP
Conduct a keyword search of a business or business topic and this database returns full-text, e-journals about your subject.
General OneFile
A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social sciences, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles. Updated daily.
General Reference Center Gold
Search for full-text articles from a variety of sources.
General Science Collection
Search for full-text articles, from a variety of sources, on topics related to science.
Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module
Access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Thompson Gale reference titles.
Health Reference Center Academic
Just enter a health topic and this database will deliver a variety of online journals on the subject.
Heritage Quest Online
A collection of 25,000+ family and local history books that are searchable. Every page of each book can be downloaded or copied. Material is included from all 50 states and Canada. The complete U.S. census from 1790-1930 is also available. It can be searched by name, place of birth, age or ethnicity.
Home Improvement Collection
Home Improvement Collection
Collection of nearly 100 home improvement focused titles
Streaming audiobooks, e-books, comics, movies, TV shows and music! IOS and Android apps available. Users have a borrowing limit of 10 total items (any format) per month.
Information Science and Library Issues Collection
Information Science and Library Issues Collection
Informe (en Español)
Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otros. En Español.
InfoTrac Student Edition
This database for high school students provides a quick and easy way to research, complete assignments, and find answers to general reference questions. It contains more than 1000 full-text sources, including the leading magazines, newspapers and ready reference sources that students, teachers, and librarians value.
Insurance and Liability Collection
Insurance and Liability Co

Covers labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more.

Inventions and Discoveries
Inventions and Discoveries
From World Book, Inventions and Discoveries covers  Agriculture,  Architecture and Engineering,  The Arts,  Astronomy, Communication,  Economics,  Industry and Manufacturing, Mathematics,  Medicine, Personal and Household Items, Transportation, Warfare.
Junior Edition
An ideal research tool (featuring journal, magazine and newspaper articles) for middle and high school students.
Kids' Infobits
A research resource for kids - topics include Animals, Plants, People, Geography, Science and Math, Stories and Literature, History and Social Studies, Transportation, Inventions and Technology, Health, Arts and Entertainment, and Sports.
Lee County Genealogical Society
Lee County Genealogical Society
The Library and the Lee County Genealogical Society share a partnership to provide access to the Library's genealogy resources. The LCGS website contains research sources for Lee County, Florida as well as other geographical areas of interest. The Society hosts the only searchable online listing of the genealogy reference material (the Genealogy Shelf List) housed at the downtown Fort Myers-Lee County Public Library. The Society has also abstracted Lee County Deaths published in the News-Press between 1930 and 1997. This searchable database contains over 65,000 entries.  Society information, genealogy forms, helpful facts and tips as well as information on the Society’s activities can be found at their website.
Lee County Library Genealogy Shelf list
Lee County Library Genealogy Shelf list
Online listing of reference material hosted by the Lee County Genealogical Society.
Literature Resource Center - LRC
Search for literary works and authors in this database of full-text journals and articles. Searchable by the title of the work and the century in which it was published.
Find poems, short stories, essays, plays and speeches. Searchable by title, author, subject, nationality , genre and more. Many available in full text.
Living Green by World Book
Living Green
  • Pollution's causes and consequences
  • Overviews of major ecosystems
  • Green building and transportation
  • Green issues in food production
  • Green practices at home
Mango Languages
Mango Languages
Designed to give users comprehensive conversational language and grammar skills.
Medline Plus
MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
Military and Intelligence Database
Search full-text journals, magazine and news articles on military topics and related matters of intelligence.
Military Prep

​This aspect of the Testing & Education Reference Center is ideal for those interested in serving in the United States Armed Forces or advancing within the military. Find practice exams for the ASVAB, AFOQT, AFAST, Navy and Marine Corps Aviation Selection Test Battery under TERC's Career Tools menu.

Modern Genocide
Modern Genocide
Understanding causes and consequences
Search stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs. Learn about investments, see reports and create portfolios. Limited to 10 concurrent logins.
 This resource allows ten concurrent logins from patrons.
New York Times - Historical
Nw York Times - Historical
Full text of the New York Times from 1851 - 2006. Indexed from 1851 - 1993.
New York Times - Historical (1851 - 2006)
New York Times - Historical
Full text of the New York Times from 1851 - 2006. Indexed from 1851 - 1993.
News-Press Current and Back Issues
Fort Myers News-Press Current and Back Issues
Fort Myers News-Press Current and Back Issues
An informative database with access to over 100,000 fiction titles. You can find books based on author, title, or description; browse genre and/or award lists; search for reviews; read book discussion guides.
Novelist K-8
Novelist K-8
An informative database with access to fiction titles directed toward a Kindergarten through middle school audience. You can find books based on author, title, or description; browse genre and/or award lists; search for reviews; read book discussion guides.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Whether you're writing a critical essay, researching a report or term paper, or preparing for a debate, or you just want to be better informed, you'll find a variety of reference materials, commentaries and viewpoints, periodical and news articles, primary sources, statistics and multimedia in Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

An online library of downloadable audiobooks, e-books and videos available anytime, anywhere. Get content on many types of devices.
OverDrive Kids Collection
Kids Collection
The library's OverDrive Collection for kids
OverDrive online help
Online help for OverDrive
Online help and support for OverDrive downloadables
OverDrive Teens Collection
Teen Collection
The library's OverDrive collection for teens
Physical Therapy and Sports Collection
Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection

A diverse, but focused set of topics in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more.

Pop Culture Collection
A database of e-journals, news and magazine articles on Pop culture.
Pop Culture Universe
Pop Culture Universe
A historical view of popular culture through the decades, including Arts and Visual Culture, Business and Advertising, Ethnic and Group Culture, Fashion and Appearance, Film, Food and Drink, Literature, Music, Politics, Recreation and Leisure, Religion and Spirituality, Sports, TV and Radio, and Technology and Media.
Popular Magazines
Popular Magazines
Look for articles on current events and other topics found in some of the most searched magazines in the Gale database.
Psychology Collection
A database of e-journals, books, news and magazine articles on topics for psychology research.
Religion and Philosophy Collection
Religion and Philosophy Collection
This database of e-journals, news articles and other reference material makes researching religion and philosophy so easy!
Small Business Collection
A database of e-journals, books, news and magazine articles on topics for small business research.
Small Business Resource Center
Small Business Resource Center

Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.

Sources in U.S. History Online: The Civil War
Full-text e-journals, from various sources, about the Civil War
State Geography
TERC (Testing & Education Reference Center)
TERC (Testing and Education Reference Center)
Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take online practice tests and use test prep e-books to obtain your education goals.
Tourism, Hospitality, and Leisure Collection
A database of e-journals, news and magazine articles, and books for research of the tourism, leisure and hospitality industry.
TumbleBooks for Kids
View these animated, talking picture books at the library or on a home computer.
US History Collection
A database of e-journals for research of U.S. history.
Value Line
Make smart investment decisions. Get investment ideas, find projections, conduct statistical analysis and more on Value Line.
Vocation, Careers & Technical Education Collection
Find journals on a career or vocation of interest by entering search terms.
War and Terrorism Collection
Find journals on war and terrorism topics of interest by entering search terms.
What's Next?
What's Next?

​Wondering what comes next in your favorite series? Kent District Library's search can help!

Who's Who
Marquis Who's Who
Features comprehensive profiles on over 1.4 million of the most accomplished individuals from all fields of endeavor including: government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports.
World at War
from ABC-CLIO. Focuses on the conflict periods from the world's earliest beginnings to today. Major conflicts are explored in depth covering the causes, courses and consequences of wars fought by the United States. Search conflicts by topic, category or region of the world. This database contains over 10,000 primary and secondary sources with weekly news on current conflicts. 
World Book
Worldbook icon
Search primary source documents, e-books, encyclopedia articles, images, and more in a single, integrated interface.
World Book Kids
People, Places, Science and Mathematics, World Religions, Plants and Animals, History and Government, Arts, and Sports and Hobbies - all in kid-friendly format.
World Folklore and Folklife
World Folklore and Folklife
Folklore is part of the everyday lives of people around the world.  This database covers a variety of subjects:  food and drink, music and dance, celebrations and rituals, and,  religion and beliefs.  It also includes thousands of classic folk tales, the complete Hans Christian Andersen stories, Grimm’s fairy tales and folktales from around the world.
World Geography
World History - Ancient and Medieval Eras
World History - The Modern Era
from ABC-CLIO. Encompasses the evolution of modern Europe since the Renaissance; concurrent developments in Asia, Africa and the Islamic world, the global impact of the Industrial Revolution; and the last hundred years of conflicts and international cooperation.
World History Collection
A database of e-journals for research of world history.

​WorldCat connects library users to hundreds of millions of electronic resources, including e-books, licensed databases, online periodicals and collections of digital items.

Read hundreds of popular magazines on a personal desktop or portable device. High-quality, current issues of favorite magazines.