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​Use these librarian-selected tools to access electronic encyclopedias, full-text magazine and newspaper articles, and more. Funding for these tools is provided by:
  • ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota)
  • MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) and
  • DCL (Dakota County Library).

3M Cloud Library
E-books that can be read on your computer or mobile device. A variety of popular titles are available.
ALLDATA Online  (In Library Access Only)
This comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information includes service instructions, wiring diagrams, technical service bulletins and more. (1982 - present)
Funded by MELSA*

Alt HealthWatch
Alt HealthWatch provides indexing and full text for more than 160 complementary, alternative, and holistic health care publications, approximately 20 of which are peer-reviewed.
Funded by ELM*

Ancestry Library Edition (In Library Access Only)
This premium version of Ancestry.com provides extensive genealogy and family history resources, including census and immigration records.
Funded by MELSA*

OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals.
Funded by ELM*

Biography In Context
Biographical information on thousands of people, from historical figures to modern day celebrities.
Funded by MELSA/DCL*
Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning. 
Funded by MELSA*
Britannica Online Academic Edition
The rich combination of the insightful Encyclopædia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough research—all from one database.
Funded by ELM*

Britannica Online Elementary School Edition
Articles and learning materials for elementary school students.
Funded by ELM*

Britannica Online High School Edition
Articles and learning materials for high school students.
Funded by ELM*

Britannica Online Library Edition
Contains comprehensive content – from elementary students to university students, from business professionals to curious seniors. Whether it’s frogs or physics, gardening or geography, Britannica Online Library Edition covers it all.
Funded by ELM*

Britannica Online Library Kids Edition
Articles and learning materials for upper elementary school students.
Funded by ELM*

Britannica Online Middle School Edition
Articles and learning materials for middle school students.
Funded by ELM*

Britannica Online Preschool Edition
Articles and learning materials for preschool students.
Funded by ELM*

Chilton’s Auto Repair
Chilton’s online auto repair manuals available with diagrams, videos and pictures, for professionals and do-it-yourself users. Remote access from home available with a valid library card.
Funded by MELSA*
Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities
Funded by ELM*

Consumer Health Complete

Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. This full text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, etc.
Funded by ELM*

Consumers' CHECKBOOK
Features consumer information and ratings of services and products in the Twin Cities. Includes ratings for auto repair, banks, health care, phone services, roofers, and much more.
Funded by DCL*

News, maps, overviews and detailed reports on each of the recognized countries of the world.
Funded by DCL*

Discovering Collection
A virtual reference collection with in-depth content for the core curriculum areas of literature, history, biographies, science, and social studies.
Funded by ELM*
Offers online test preparation for students preparing for their Minnesota driving tests or anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of Minnesota’s traffic laws. This resource includes practice car and motorcycle tests, Minnesota Driver’s Manual, Minnesota Motorcycle Manual, and FAQs to answer questions about visiting local license centers.

Duluth News-Tribune (via NewsBank)
Complete full-text content of local and regional news, 1995 to the present.
Funded by MELSA*
Early World of Learning
Produced with advice from experts in early childhood development and education, this database offers an interactive learning environment including engaging games and beginning reading activities.
Funded by DCL*

EBSCO Academic Search Premier

Provides full text of scholarly journals and other publications from a wide variety of academic disciplines.
Funded by ELM*

EBSCO Business Source Premier

Covers virtually all subject areas related to business, including company profiles and scholarly journals.
Funded by ELM*

EBSCO eBooks
A collection of mostly non-fiction titles that can be transferred to a portable device.

EBSCO MasterFILE Premier
Covers virtually every subject area of general interest. Includes general interest publications, full-text reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.
Funded by ELM*

Search the combined content of EBSCO Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier and Regional Business News (also listed here separately).
Funded by ELM*

EBSCO Regional Business News
Incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
Funded by ELM*

Educator's Reference Complete

Resource for educators and education students, providing relevant and timely information for studies as well as detailed, comprehensive data for those already working in the field.
Funded by ELM*

Electronic Collections Online A&I
Provides bibliographic information for a growing collection of more than 6,200 electronic journals from over 70 publishers in a wide range of subject areas, with article citations and full text available through several options.
Funded by ELM*

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)
This database consists of the Resources in Education (RIE) file of document citations and the Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE) file of journal article citations from over 980 professional journals in the field of education.
Funded by ELM*

Journal articles and reports in education
Funded by ELM*

Expanded Academic ASAP

Comprised of more than 3,500 indexed and full-text titles — of which 2,100 are peer-reviewed — in all disciplines with more than 20 years of backfile coverage and an intuitive interface that expedites successful searches.
Funded by ELM*
Explora Kids
Contains elementary school-appropriate magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and images. Funded by ELM.
Explora Teens
Contains middle and high school-appropriate magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles and also includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia. Funded by ELM.
Explora Library
Full text of popular magazine and scholarly journal articles covering all subject areas including multimedia, primary source documents, and reference books. Funded by ELM.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
A collection of full text reference sources in e-book format in the areas of business, U.S. and world history, medicine, science, and the world.
Funded by ELM*

General Science Collection
Composed of over 200 journals – from highly specialized academic journals to general science-focused magazine – the General Science Collection provides coverage of all scientific endeavor, including such topics as particle physics and quantum theory, advanced mathematics, biotechnology, and many more.
Funded by ELM*

GPO Monthly Catalog
Contains records of reports, studies, fact sheets, maps, handbooks, conference proceedings, etc., issued by all U.S. federal government agencies, including the U.S. Congress.
Funded by ELM*

Health Source: Consumer Edition
This resource provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines, and many others. This database also includes searchable full text for current, health-related pamphlets and more than 130 health reference books, including books published by the People's Medical Society
Funded by ELM*

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

This resource provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.
Funded by ELM*
Historical Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922)
Full page images from the Minneapolis Morning Tribune (1909-1922) and indexing and abstracts for 1867-1908. Subscription purchased with funds provided to Minnesota State Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) through the Institute of Museums and Library Services.

Historical New York Times (1851-2008)
Offers searchable full text and digital reproductions of every page from every available issue.
Funded by MELSA*

Homework Rescue
Online homework live help
Funded by MELSA*
Hoopla Digital
Hoopla allows you to watch streaming videos or listen to streaming audio on your computer, or you can download to your mobile device to enjoy later. The collection includes videos, audio and e-books, music CDs and comic books. Items are always available for checkout without waitlists. Hoopla is limited to Dakota County Library and South St. Paul card holders.

Informe! (Revistas en Español)
Features a collection of Hispanic magazines with full text. Covers business, health, technology, culture, current topics and other subjects. Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.
Funded by ELM*

InfoTrac Junior Edition
Designed for grades 6 - 8. Search magazines, newspapers, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, etc.
Funded by ELM*

InfoTrac Student Edition

Especially for grades 9 - 12. Search magazines, newspapers, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, etc.
Funded by ELM*

Issues & Controversies
Up-to-date, in-depth and objective information on the most prominent and hotly debated issues of the day – from Facts.com
Funded by DCL*

Get live job coaching, resume assistance, and more...
Funded by MELSA*

Junior Reference Collection
Homework help in biography, literature, history, science, and multiculturalism. Includes primary documents and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.
Funded by ELM*

Kids InfoBits
Ideal for grades K - 5. Kids InfoBits, a reference and periodical resource, gives children easy access to magazines, reference books, and newspaper articles that have been selected just for their age group.
Funded by ELM*

LearningExpressLibrary 3.0
Online courses in math and English, plus online practice tests for official exams, including civil service, academic achievement, citizenship, real estate, and military.
Funded by ELM*

Literature Resource Center
Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline. Includes Contemporary Authors.
Funded by MELSA*


Features a searchable collection of full-text poems, essays, speeches, plays and stories. Includes biographies, explanations, and literary criticism.
Funded by DCL*
Easy-to-use video tutorials to help you learn software, technical, creative and  business skills — anytime, anywhere. Log in with your Dakota County Library card, create your profile and you are ready to start learning.  The Library’s contract allows for 75 simultaneous users – if that number is reached, you may be asked to wait until a seat is free to use.
Funded by MELSA*

Mango Languages
Mango is a self-paced online language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for many different languages including English.
Funded by DCL*

Mango Little Pim
Online language learning designed for kids aged 0-6. Each course is designed to provide the basic building blocks of a second or third language while enhancing development and social skills.
Funded by DCL*

MAS Ultra-School Edition

Provides full text from over 460 periodicals covering general reference, health, science, and other areas.
Funded by ELM*

All areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing. Corresponds to the print indexes Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature, and International Nursing Index.
Funded by ELM*

Middle Search Plus
Contains full text for more than 150 popular, middle school magazines.
Funded by ELM*

Morningstar Investment Research Center
Features financial data on more than 30,000 stocks, mutual funds and ETFs, plus buy/sell guidance on more than 1,900 stocks and 2,100 mutual funds, and a "portfolio x-ray" to analyze your holdings.
Funded by MELSA*

NewsBank InfoWeb
Provides full-text content of local and regional news from the St. Cloud Times (1999-present), St. Paul Pioneer Press (1988-present), Star Tribune (1986-present), and Duluth News-Tribune (1995-present, in-library only).
Funded by MELSA/DCL*

NoveList Plus - your guide to reading
Looking for a good read? This readers' advisory tool helps you find new books based on other books you've enjoyed or topics in which you're interested. Now includes nonfiction.
Funded by MELSA*

Contains digital resources from open archive collections; representing multidisciplinary resources from more than 1000 contributors worldwide.
Funded by ELM*

OneClick Digital
Allows access to downloadable audio books.
Funded by MELSA/DCL*

Oxford Reference Online
Contains over 100 dictionaries and reference titles covering the complete subject spectrum: from general reference and language to science and medicine, and from humanities and social sciences to business and professional.
Funded by DCL*

OCLC index of papers presented at conferences worldwide. Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre.
Funded by ELM*

Points of View Reference Center
A full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.
Funded by ELM*

Primary Search
A multidisciplinary database geared towards elementary school students. It indexes nearly 100 magazines on topics in current events, health, science and more. Full text is available for more than 50 titles. Coverage for most titles begins in the 1990s. Coverage varies by title. The earliest available date is 1985. Content is updated daily.
Funded by ELM*

An OCLC index of worldwide conference proceedings.
Funded by ELM*

Professional Collection
Features a custom selection of more than 300 full-text journals for educators (especially K-12).
Funded by ELM*

Professional Development Collection
Provides a highly specialized collection of electronic information especially for professional educators, professional librarians and education researchers.
Funded by ELM*

ProQuest Newspapers
Full text of 300+ U.S. and international news sources. Includes coverage of 150+ major U.S. and international newspapers such as The New York Times, the Times of London, and the Star Tribune, plus hundreds of other news sources.
Funded by ELM*

Directory of more than 24 million U.S. businesses and 262 million U.S. residents, plus median income and median home values.
Funded by MELSA*

Science Reference Center
A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content.
Funded by ELM*

Science In Context
Includes thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations. The latest scientific developments are covered in articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites.
Funded by DCL*

Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Detailed repair and maintenance information for motorcycles, ATVs, personal water craft, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, tractors, snow blowers, generators, and more.
Funded by DCL*

St. Paul Pioneer Press (via NewsBank)
Complete full-text content of local and regional news, 1988 to the present.
Funded by MELSA/DCL*

Star Tribune (via NewsBank)
Complete full-text content of local and regional news, 1986 to the present.
Funded by MELSA/DCL*

Star Tribune (via ProQuest)
Full text of articles from the newspaper, 1986 to the present. Also includes full text of New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and many others.
Funded by ELM*

Student Resources In Context
A database of reference works, biographies, essays, overviews, primary works, and periodical articles from literary, science, health, history, and biography resources. Designed for use by high-school students for both homework and in-depth research assignments.
Funded by ELM*

Transparent Language
Transparent is a powerful and personalized language-learning system. It locks foreign language words and phrases into your memory so that you can recall them perfectly and remember them forever.
Funded by MELSA*

TumbleBook Library - eBooks for eKids!
TumbleBooks is collection of animated, talking picture books for kids. It also includes puzzles, games, audiobooks, and language learning. Requires Adobe Flash Player.
Funded by DCL*

WorldCat (OCLC FirstSearch)
WorldCat is a catalog of books, videos, recordings, and other materials held in thousands of libraries worldwide.
Funded by ELM*

WorldCat Dissertations and Theses
OCLC catalog of dissertations and theses available in OCLC member libraries.
Funded by ELM*
Zinio provides a quick and easy way for Library customers to read digital copies of some of their favorite magazines on any Internet-enabled device.

*DCL (Dakota County Library): Remote access, if offered, is available to residents of Dakota County with registered library cards.

*MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency): Remote access, if offered, is available to residents of the seven-county Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area with registered library cards.

*MELSA/DCL: In-library access is funded by MELSA, and remote access is funded by DCL.

*ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota): Remote access, if offered, is available to Minnesota residents with registered library cards.

ELM resources are licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations to the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning.

Last updated: 10/12/2016 8:08 AM