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Reference E-Sources

All Resources
  • ABC-CLIO American and World History, Geography, & Social Studies - An easy-to-use collection of 11 databases covering American and world history, geography, government and pop culture.

  • African-American History Online - Biographies, events, topics, primary documents, media, maps and chronologies relating to the African-American experience.

  • African American Heritage - A digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research.

  • Ancestry.com, Library Edition - Access thousands of genealogical databases including Census data, vital records, immigration and emigration records, family histories, military records, court documents, directories and photos. Note: Access has been expanded until Dec. 29, 2021 to include library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. 

  • AtoZdatabases - Search tool for jobs, businesses, mailing lists, background and criminal research.

  • BookFlix - A literacy resource for children in grades PreK–3. BookFlix helps to build a love of reading and learning. Early readers will develop and practice essential reading skills, and see a world of knowledge and exploration.

  • Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Tribune is a daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Founded in 1847, it remains the most-read daily newspaper of the Chicago metropolitan area and the Great Lakes region. This database contains articles from 1985 to the present.

  • Business Insights: Essentials - News, stats and reports provide in-depth coverage of companies and industries.

  • ChiltonLibrary.com - Authoritative automotive repair covers the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years.

  • Civil War, The - Nearly 500 vital documents include narratives, regimental histories and songs.

  • Consumer Reports - Presents articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers.

  • 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 to everyday items. Also examines health, money management and more.

  • 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.

  • CultureGrams - World Edition, Kids' Edition, and States Edition and contains cultural and geographical information supplemented with maps, images and recipes.

  • Driving Permit Test Practice - Free driving permit tests.

  • EBSCO Ebooks - 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.

  • EBSCO Masterfile Premier - Contains nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Also contains more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags.

  • FirstSearch - Connect to information in a wide range of subjects in 25 databases including ArticleFirst, ECO, WorldCat and ERIC.

  • Florida Digital Newspaper Library - The Florida Digital Newspaper Library provides access to the news and history of Florida. All of the over 2 million pages of historic through current Florida newspapers in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library are freely available with zoomable page images and full text.

  • Florida Electronic Library - Collection of resources providing articles in a variety of subject areas. Subjects include: business, health, current events, environment, etc. Resources are available for all age groups as well as for Spanish language users.

  • Florida Newspaper Database - Full Text journals with a focus on the State of Florida.

  • Fold3 - Easy access to a growing collection of U.S. military records that include photos, personal documents and more.

  • Gale Books and Authors - Lively reviews and recommendations make book selection fun.

  • Gale Business: DemographicsNow - Robust U.S. demographic data delivers consumer and market insight.

  • Gale Business: Entrepreneurship - Real business plans, how-to guides, articles, and more.

  • Gale Health and Wellness - Health-focused magazines, reference, video, and more.

  • Gale In Context: Biography - Biographical and contextual information on notable people throughout history.

  • Gale In Context: Elementary - Learn about animals, plants, music science, sports, and more.

  • Gale In Context: Middle School - Academic articles, images, topic selections, and more for middle schoolers.

  • Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints - Continuously updated information and opinions cover hot issues.

  • Gale in Context: Science - Understand context for hundreds of science topics through overviews, journals, news, interactive experiments, and more.

  • Gale Interactive Courses - Gale Courses offers a wide range of instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

  • Gale LegalForms - Create accurate, reliable legal documents with no hassle.

  • Gale Literature - Literary content integrates with subject indexing for a full research experience.

  • Gale Literature: LitFinder - Literary works, biographies, images and much more for the lit student.

  • Gale Literature Resource Center - Biography, criticism, and overviews on writers and specific works in all disciplines.

  • Gale Power Search - Search almost all of the Gale databases and publications in one place.

  • Genealogy Resources--Lee County Library - See all of the genealogical resources the library has to offer. Fort Myers Regional Library offers a dedicated genealogy research room along with other research tools, assistance and expertise.

  • Heritage Quest - 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.

  • Los Angeles Times - The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper based in El Segundo, California, which has been published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881. It has the fifth-largest circulation in the U.S. This database contains articles from 1985 to the present.

  • Mango Languages - Over 70 languages and counting. If you're looking to learn new languages and meet new cultures from near and far, you've come to the right place. From Spanish and French to Azerbaijani, English, and even Pirate, we've got you covered.

  • Miss HumbleBee's Academy - An interactive learning program for children ages three to six. Aligned with preschool and elementary standards.

  • Morningstar - Search stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs. Learn about investments, see reports and create portfolios. This resource allows ten concurrent logins from patrons.

  • The New York Times - The New York Times is an American daily newspaper based in New York City with a worldwide readership. Founded in 1851, the Times has since won 132 Pulitzer Prizes, and is ranked 18th in the world by circulation and 3rd in the U.S. This database contains articles from 1851 to the present.

  • The News-Press - The News-Press is a daily broadsheet newspaper located in Fort Myers, Florida, serving primarily Lee County, as well as parts of Hendry, Collier, and Charlotte Counties. Current and back-issues of The News-Press indexed through ProQuest.

  • Novelist - 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 - 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.

  • Peterson's Career Prep - Learn about careers, receive personalized recommendations, create resumes, search for jobs and schools, and get career advice.

  • Peterson's Test Prep - Users can identify scholarships, take practice tests and use test prep eBooks.

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Historical and current newspapers.

  • Rosetta Stone - If you are looking to learn a brand new language, further your ESL learning as non-native English speakers, or brush up on a language for business or vacation travel, Rosetta Stone Library Solution is the perfect choice.
    Mobile App Login Instructions (pdf)

  • ScienceFlix - For students in grades 4-9. Students can hone literacy skills while bolstering understanding of crucial subjects relating to science, technology, and engineering. ScienceFlix is filled with interesting videos, images, and more.

  • TumbleBooks - TumbleBooks is a curated database of children's titles for grades K-6. It includes talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. The collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite! It's a great resource for tech-savvy kids, and teaches them the joy of reading in a format they'll love.

  • US Major Dailies from ProQuest - Includes five major daily newspapers; The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. Articles are uploaded by 8 a.m. each morning.

  • Value Line - Make smart investment decisions. Get investment ideas, find projections, conduct statistical analysis and more on Value Line.

  • The Wall Street Journal - The Wall Street Journal, also known as The Journal, is an American business-focused, English-language international daily newspaper based in New York City. This database contains articles from 1984 to the present.

  • The Washington Post - The Washington Post is an American daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C. It is the most-widely circulated newspaper within the Washington metropolitan area, and has a large national audience. This database contains articles from 1987 to the present.

  • World Book - Search primary source documents, e-books, encyclopedia articles, images, and more in a single, integrated interface.

  • 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.

Art
Automotive
Books and Literature
  • EBSCO Ebooks - 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.

  • Gale Books and Authors - Lively reviews and recommendations make book selection fun.

  • Gale Literature: LitFinder - Literary works, biographies, images and much more for the lit student.

  • Gale Literature Resource Center - Biography, criticism, and overviews on writers and specific works in all disciplines.

  • Novelist - 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 - 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.

Business and Finance
Genealogy
  • African American Heritage - A digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research.

  • Ancestry.com, Library Edition - Access thousands of genealogical databases including Census data, vital records, immigration and emigration records, family histories, military records, court documents, directories and photos. Note: Access has been expanded until Dec. 29, 2021 to include library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. 

  • Fold3 - Easy access to a growing collection of U.S. military records that include photos, personal documents and more.

  • Genealogy Resources--Lee County Library - See all of the additional genealogical resources the library has to offer. Fort Myers Regional Library offers a dedicated Genealogy research room along with other research tools, assistance and expertise.

  • Heritage Quest - 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.

General Reference
  • EBSCO 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.

  • FirstSearch - This service is temporarily unavailable. 

  • Gale Academic OneFile - Complete source for peer-reviewed scholarly articles across all academic disciplines.

  • Gale Academic OneFile Select - Scholarly journals and periodicals across academic disciplines.

  • Gale General OneFile - Magazine, news, and journal articles on general interest topics and current events.

  • Gale In Context: Elementary - Learn about animals, plants, music science, sports, and more.

  • Gale OneFile: Informe Académico - Una coleccion de revistas hispanicas con textos completos.

  • Gale Power Search - Search almost all of the Gale databases and publications in one place.

  • World Book - Search primary source documents, e-books, encyclopedia articles, images, and more in a single, integrated interface.

Health
History and Current Events
  • ABC-CLIO American and World History, Geography, & Social Studies - From ABC-CLIO - An easy-to-use collection of 11 databases covering American and world history, geography, government and pop culture.

  • African-American History Online - Biographies, events, topics, primary documents, media, maps and chronologies relating to the African-American experience (from Facts on File).

  • Civil War, The - Nearly 500 vital documents include narratives, regimental histories and songs.

  • CultureGrams - World Edition, Kids' Edition, and States Edition and contains cultural and geographical information supplemented with maps, images and recipes.

  • Gale In Context: Biography - Biographical and contextual information on notable people throughout history.

  • Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints - Continuously updated information and opinions cover hot issues.

  • Gale OneFile: U.S. History - Robust coverage for both novice historians and advanced researchers.

  • Gale OneFile: War and Terrorism - Articles on war and its causes, current events, terrorism, and more.

  • Gale OneFile: World History - Well-rounded coverage of current thinking and scholarly work.

  • World Book Timelines - A resource for accessing or creating timelines for projects in the arts, literature, notable people, science & technology, world history, geography and more. Users can select a built timeline and make changes or create new timelines then images and videos.

  • 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..

Jobs, Career, Testing & Education
  • Gale Interactive Courses - Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

  • Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference - Academic articles, reports, news, book reports, and more in the field of education.

  • Peterson's Career Prep - Learn about careers, receive personalized recommendations, create resumes, search for jobs and schools, and get career advice.

  • Peterson's Test Prep - Users can identify scholarships, take practice tests and use test prep eBooks.

Kids Resources
  • ABCmouse
    Find interactive books, educational games, puzzles and other learning activities for young learners (ages 2-7+). Free use in library only.

  • Accelerated Reader (AR) Bookfinder
    You can search for book titles based on authors, topics, or titles of books. Just type what you want to search for in the search box and click Search.

  • BookFlix - A literacy resource for children in grades PreK–3.BookFlix pairs classic animated stories with thematically aligned nonfiction to build a love of reading and learning. This resource will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills, and introduces them to a world of knowledge and exploration.

  • CultureGrams - World Edition, Kids' Edition, and States Edition and contains cultural and geographical information supplemented with maps, images and recipes.

  • Early World of Learning
    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.

  • Gale In Context: Elementary - Learn about animals, plants, music science, sports, and more.

  • Gale In Context: Middle School - Academic articles, images, topic selections, and more for middle schoolers.

  • Miss HumbleBee's Academy - An interactive learning program for children ages three to six. Aligned with preschool and elementary standards.

  • 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.

  • ScienceFlix - For students in grades 4-9. Students can hone literacy skills while bolstering understanding of crucial subjects relating to science, technology, and engineering. ScienceFlix is filled with interesting videos, images, and more.

  • TumbleBooks - TumbleBooks is a curated database of children's titles for grades K-6. It includes talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. The collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite! It's a great resource for tech-savvy kids, and teaches them the joy of reading in a format they'll love.

  • World Book - 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 Book Student
    Optimized for iPads, this comprehensive site includes engaging content, built-in features, and fun tools specifically designed to make knowledge accessible and easy-to-find for all kids in elementary through middle school.

Language Learning
  • Mango Languages - Over 70 languages and counting. If you're looking to learn new languages and meet new cultures from near and far, you've come to the right place. From Spanish and French to Azerbaijani, English, and even Pirate, we've got you covered.

  • Rosetta Stone - If you are looking to learn a brand new language, further your ESL learning as non-native English speakers, or brush up on a language for business or vacation travel, Rosetta Stone Library Solution is the perfect solution.
    Mobile App Login Instructions (pdf)

Legal
Newspapers and Magazines
  • Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Tribune is a daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Founded in 1847, it remains the most-read daily newspaper of the Chicago metropolitan area and the Great Lakes region. This database contains articles from 1985 to the present.

  • Consumer Reports - Presents articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers.

  • 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.

  • Florida Digital Newspaper Library - The Florida Digital Newspaper Library exists to provide access to the news and history of Florida. All of the over 2 million pages of historic through current Florida newspapers in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library are openly and freely available with zoomable page images and full text.

  • Florida Newspaper Database - Full Text journals with a focus on the State of Florida.

  • Gale OneFile: Popular Magazines - The most popular and current magazines available from all of the Gale resources.

  • Los Angeles Times - The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper based in El Segundo, California, which has been published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881. It has the fifth-largest circulation in the U.S. This database contains articles from 1985 to the present.

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Historical and current newspapers.

  • The New York Times - The New York Times is an American daily newspaper based in New York City with a worldwide readership. Founded in 1851, the Times has since won 132 Pulitzer Prizes, and is ranked 18th in the world by circulation and 3rd in the U.S. This database contains articles from 1851 to the present.

  • The News-Press - The News-Press is a daily broadsheet newspaper located in Fort Myers, Florida, serving primarily Lee County, as well as parts of Hendry, Collier, and Charlotte Counties. Current and back-issues of The News-Press indexed through ProQuest.

  • US Major Dailies from ProQuest - Includes five major daily newspapers; The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. Articles are uploaded by 8 a.m. each morning.

  • The Wall Street Journal - The Wall Street Journal, also known as The Journal, is an American business-focused, English-language international daily newspaper based in New York City. This database contains articles from 1984 to the present.

  • The Washington Post - The Washington Post is an American daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C. It is the most-widely circulated newspaper within the Washington metropolitan area, and has a large national audience. This database contains articles from 1987 to the present.

Science and Technology
Teen Resources
Art and Culture
  • Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies - Articles that explore cultural differences, influences in society, and more.

  • Gale OneFile: Fine Arts - Articles art history, music, drama, filmmaking, and related fields.

  • Gale OneFile: Gender Studies - Articles on gender studies, family/marital issues, health, and more.

  • Gale OneFile: Pop Culture Studies - Articles on popular culture analysis and more.

  • Gale OneFile: Popular Magazines - The most popular and current magazines available from all of the Gale resources.

  • Gale OneFile: Religion and Philosophy - Articles on world religions, philosophies, and related fields.

  • CultureGrams - World Edition, Kids' Edition, and States Edition and contains cultural and geographical information supplemented with maps, images and recipes.

  • 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.

Books and Literature
  • Gale Books and Authors - Lively reviews and recommendations make book selection fun.

  • EBSCO Ebooks - 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.

  • Literary Criticism
    Discussions, analyses, and overviews of plays, novels, short stories, and poetry as well as information about authors.

  • Gale Literature - Literary content integrates with subject indexing for a full research experience.

  • Gale Literature: LitFinder - Literary works, biographies, images and much more for the lit student.

General Reference
  • Gale Academic OneFile - Complete source for peer-reviewed scholarly articles across all academic disciplines.

  • EBSCO 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.

  • Gale Academic OneFile Select - Scholarly journals and periodicals across academic disciplines.

  • Gale General OneFile - Magazine, news, and journal articles on general interest topics and current events.

  • Gale In Context: Middle School - Academic articles, images, topic selections, and more for middle schoolers.

  • Gale in Context: Science - Understand context for hundreds of science topics through overviews, journals, news, interactive experiments, and more.

  • Gale OneFile: High School Edition - Information on high school research topics plus pop culture, sports, and more.

  • Literary Criticism - Discussions, analyses, and overviews of plays, novels, short stories, and poetry as well as information about authors.

  • World Book - Search primary source documents, e-books, encyclopedia articles, images, and more in a single, integrated interface.

  • World Book Advanced - A reference tool for 8th grade and up that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-books, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search World Book Advanced is a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.

  • World Book Discover - Reference resources for students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties, with content and tools specifically developed for these students.

History Learn a Language
  • Mango Languages - Over 70 languages and counting. If you're looking to learn new languages and meet new cultures from near and far, you've come to the right place. From Spanish and French to Azerbaijani, English, and even Pirate, we've got you covered.

  • Rosetta Stone - If you are looking to learn a brand new language, further your ESL learning as non-native English speakers, or brush up on a language for business or vacation travel, Rosetta Stone Library Solution is the perfect solution.
    Mobile App Login Instructions (pdf)

Opposing Viewpoints Science and Medicine Test Prep

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