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Looking for something? Trying to find the answer to that question that has been nagging you?  Need help with your homework assignment? Try searching by information category in the box below to get specialized, authoritative, citable information you won't find in search engines.  Also check out the list of free online databases below.  You're sure to find the answers you need here.  All you need is your Laman Library card.

 

 

Genealogy

Are you trying to trace your family tree?
Click here to access our genealogy databases like HeritageQuest, Proquest, Ancestry Library, and many more.

  

 

 

 

 

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Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and more.
Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist, or historian.
 
Only available for use inside the library.
  Gale LegalForms provides convenient, authoritative means for understanding common legal procedures through access to “attorney forms”. Our officially-approved, professionally-written documents are actually used in legal practices! These documents are very different from those found in “form books” — generic, do-it-yourself materials that may not have been drafted by an attorney.
  Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
  Auto Repair Reference Center.  This database contains do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added to the product on a regular basis. All of the content has been created by ASE certified technicians.
  • Coverage of more than 37,000 vehicles from 1954 to present
  • Millions of drawings and step-by-step photographs
  Axis 360, a revolutionary digital media library, provides libraries with a state-of-the-art system for circulating digital books and audiobooks.
  Credo Reference provides full-text online versions of about 1200 published reference works from more than 70 publishers in a variety of major subjects, including general and subject dictionaries and encyclopedias.
 
CultureGrams™ is a leading reference for concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world. With world events increasingly affecting our lives, it's more important than ever to educate students about the world around them, and for college students and business people to stay up-to-date.
CultureGrams provides country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.
 
The Discovering Collection provides quick access to accurate information via an intuitive interface that takes the guesswork out of research. Gale's  Discovering Collection allows students to get the "whole picture" on any curriculum topic. Provide your students award-winning reference content from Gale and they will develop their critical-thinking skills by placing people, places, events and primary documents in context.
  Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE Premier provides full text for nearly 1,750 general periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.
 
Highlights of the Freegal Music 4.0 Service
            
• Over 7 Million songs from ten thousand labels including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment.
• Tens-of-thousands of popular artists in hundreds of musical genres.
• 5,000 music videos from popular artists.
• Easy-to-use website interface with no software to install.
• DRM-FREE, Mp3 files that can be played on ANY device (including iPods).
• Simultaneous access to all music for all patrons.

  Grolier Online is a one-stop resource for online encyclopedias and reference resources. It also has a general audience portal called Grolier Online Passport and one for kids called Grolier Online Kids. And here’s an added bonus: all the Grolier’s resources provide citations, so you can cite them in your research paper.
 
HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. 18th Century or 20th Century. European or Native American. Farm or Factory. East Coast or West Coast. Where does your American past begin? Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. 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.
pic3   hoopla is an innovative new service that partners with your local public library to bring you thousands of movies, television, music, and audiobook titles for free. There are no costs or hassles. All you need is a library card and a web browser, phone, or tablet.
  Kids Search is EBSCO's interface designed for students in grades K through 8. Kids Search provides elementary school students with an easy-to-use, graphically-appealing interface they can use to search their EBSCO databases.
  Access NewspaperARCHIVE contains tens of millions of searchable pages from over four hundred cities and towns from hundreds of newspapers dating back as far as the 1700s. 
  NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.
  NoveList K-8 Plus is a database about books 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.
  OverDrive. Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks to a variety of mobile devices allow you to enjoy your favorite authors with you whether your sitting in your favorite chair or flying to your next business meeting or vacation spot.  Sit back and relax with a book from OverDrive.  All you need is your library card.
  ProQuest Historical Newspapers: the New York Times provides the full image of articles published in the New York Times from its first issue in 1851. It is searchable by keyword, author, article title, and first paragraph (abstract). You can browse issues by clicking Publications at the top of the screen. It includes illustrations and advertisements. The title changed from the New York Daily Times to the New York Times in 1857.
  Searchasaurus: Primary/Elementary Search provides an animated search interface with a dinosaur theme in an effort to encourage students to enhance and develop basic search methodologies. This interface provides access to several EBSCO databases, including Primary Search and Book Collection: Nonfiction.
  Published annually by the Federal Government since 1878, The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the best-known statistical reference publication in the country, and perhaps, the world. You’ll find it behind nearly every reference desk in U.S. libraries as the authoritative go-to source. Librarians value the Statistical Abstract as both an answer book (“How much corn is grown in Iowa?”) and a guide to statistical sources (“What organization has the most authoritative data on foreclosures?”). As a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States, it is a snapshot of America and its people.
  Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) — the online resource used by millions of people looking for help in making confident decisions that will shape their future — has been updated with new features, a more user friendly interface and enhanced functionality. PlusTERC now offers additional certifications from Delmar — one of the premier sources for career readiness — providing access to career certifications focusing on rapidly expanding careers.
  World Book Online Reference Center is a powerful reference tool for advanced researchers and information seekers. It is loaded with information and features that will help students and other public library patrons perform their research. The site features the entire World Book Encyclopedia, a dictionary, and local and country research guides. World Book Online Reference Center integrates all primary and secondary source databases plus e-books in a single search.
 
Zinio is a multi-platform distribution service for digital magazines, with magazines from a wide range of publishers.
Users can access their magazines through a web browser or on custom apps for Apple iOS, Android and Windows 8 smartphones and tablets, and download magazines to read offline.
  WorldCat is a union catalog that itemizes the collections of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories which participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) global cooperative. It is built and maintained collectively by the participating libraries.

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