Fishing for Facts Online

Search magazine articlesWhen you can’t make it to the library to look up information, you probably search the Internet. A seemingly infinite number of sites pop up and, as you sift through the choices, you wonder which will give you the accurate information you seek.

Simplify your search and feel confident that you’ll find a reliable source by consulting the numerous databases available through the library. You’ll be amazed at the variety of information you’ll find on different subjects.

Through our reliable databases, patrons have found information about “OCD” (obsessive-compulsive disorder), the text of the Treaty of St. Louis with the Sauk tribe and a recipe for homemade goat’s milk soap. So, the next time you’re looking for information, no matter how obscure you think it might be, start your search at

Below is just a sampling of the databases for all ages, available free to all DBRL cardholders.

  • Access Science — This media-rich version of McGraw-Hill’s Science Encyclopedia lets you find the latest research from science journals and the media.
  • Global Road Warrior — Travelers can review lots of useful maps, photos and information about 175 nations and territories around the world.
  • Heritage Quest Online — Search the U.S. census 1790-1930, Revolutionary War records, local family histories and articles of interest to genealogy researchers.
  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center — Find articles from more than 500 magazines and books about crafts, hobbies and leisure activities.
  • Popular Magazines — Find articles in 1,000 of the most-searched magazines like Business Week, Consumer Reports, Cosmopolitan, Fortune, National Geographic, National Review, Newsweek, The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, Time, Vanity Fair, US News and World Report and Vogue.
  • Small Business Resource Center — This resource includes actual business plans as well as information on accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing and taxes.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center — Find assistance with maintaining and repairing motorcycles, boats, mowers, tractors, tillers, generators and other small engines with these reference texts, photos and illustrations.

Among our online databases, you’ll also find valuable interactive learning tools like these.

  • LearningExpress Library
    • Practice tests for the GED, ACT, SAT, the U.S. Citizenship test and the civil service exam, plus job- and career-related tests for electricians, plumbers, law enforcement, real estate agents and teachers
    • Skill-building exercises in vocabulary, reading, writing, math and more for elementary to college students
    • Interactive tutorials to help you learn computer skills, and software like Microsoft’s Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and more
  • TumbleBook Library
    • This is a collection of animated picture books with music and narration. Kids can read along or listen to the books.
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