Online Resources

Online Resources2017-09-22T09:51:18+00:00

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African-American History Online (Infobase FactsOnFile)

Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History Online explores the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Users can start their investigation of a topic with a video or slideshow overview, use the key content called out on the homepage to find an entryway into the database, or dig deep into an era through the Topic Centers. Read about key figures and events, examine famous speeches and other primary sources, and get context from the in-depth timelines.


American Fact Finder (United States Census Bureau)

American Fact Finder provides housing, population, economic and geographic data.  The Census Bureau conducts nearly one hundred surveys and censuses every year. By law, no one is permitted to reveal information from these censuses and surveys that could identify any person, household, or business. Data from the following surveys and censuses are available in American FactFinder:

  • The American Community Survey
  • The American Housing Survey
  • The Annual Surveys of Governments
  • The Census of Governments
  • The Commodity Flow Survey
  • The Decennial Census
  • The Economic Census
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Tabulation
  • The Population Estimates Program
  • The Puerto Rico Community Survey

Plus over 100 economic surveys.

A comprehensive list of surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau is available at

Ancestry Library Edition (ProQuest)

Census, military, birth, death, immigration records and more.

Due to restrictions for licensing, this database is only available in the library.

Auto Repair Reference Center (EBSCO)

Service and recall information, repair procedures, diagrams and more.

Auto Repair Reference Center contains do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, bulletins and updates are added to the product on a regular basis. All of the content has been created by ASE certified technicians.
 Content Includes
•Repair and maintenance information on thousands of domestic and imported vehicles from 1954 to present
•Millions of drawings and step-by-step photographs
•Thousands of technical service bulletins and recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer
•Enhanced wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing
•Specifications and maintenance schedules
•Labor time guide and estimator
•Video overviews of auto systems with AutoIQ
•A complete guide to vehicle ownership and maintenance
•Ability to email high-quality PDF records
•Diagnostic information
•Unique, user-friendly interface
•Remote access

Repair and Maintenance Information Provided For:
•Ignition systems
•Electrical systems
•Exhaust systems
•Diesel engines

Biography Reference Bank (EBSCO)

This comprehensive biographical database offers the in-depth, original profiles from the Current Biography and World Authors series, the thorough periodical coverage of Biography Index and the specialist biographical content of Junior Authors & Illustrators. It provides biographical full-text articles, page images and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals.
Content includes coverage of more than 750,000 individuals, links to more than 650,000 related full-text articles, as well as abstracts and images from thousands of periodicals, and a searchable collection of more than 35,000 images. Users can search for individuals based on any combination of occupation, activity, gender, place of origin, birthday and lifespan. Results can be limited by source type, and searchable indexes can be used to browse by biography name, document type, geographic terms and more.

Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

Full-text of more than 2,200 business research journals; market research, industry and country reports; company profiles; and SWOT analyses.  Subjects include accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, management of information systems, and operations management.
Business Source Premier offers access to video content from the Associated Press, the world’s leading news agency. Videos relevant to the search terms will appear in a carousel in the result list. With footage from 1930 to the present and updated monthly, this collection of more than 60,000 videos covers a wide variety of topics.

Charles County Public Law Library

The Charles County Public Law Library provides the community with the resources needed to participate knowledgeably in the due process of law. The law library is open to the public and staffed by a full-time law librarian. The library collection includes access to Westlaw and Lexis Advance, legal encyclopedias, Maryland legal materials, and a comprehensive collection of legal forms. The library is open Monday to Friday from 800 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. You can reach the Law Librarian at (301) 932-3322.

Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

information on books, movies, audios and more for kids

Consumer Reports

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

Consumer Reports Buying Guide

A 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 etc

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.

CQ Researcher (CQ Press)

A resource for understanding critical events and controversial subjects of the day

Digital Collections (Library of Congress)

Primary sources including photographs, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, books and websites (Elegant E-Learning)

Free MD MVA permit practice tests

EBSCO Explora

articles from academic journals and magazines, including Consumer Reports

Encyclopedia of Everyday Law

200 articles covering important statutes, cases and various state and U.S. laws and regulations

Encyclopedia of Small Business (Gale)
Provides entrepreneurs with how-to information that they can apply to their own business. Features revised and expanded coverage to reflect the most current small business topics.
Explora Educator’s Edition (EBSCO)

Content relevant to teachers, including lesson plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources

Explora Primary Schools (EBSCO)

Designed specifically for elementary school students, this database provides access to popular full-text magazines for elementary school research

Articles from academic journals and magazines, including Consumer Reports

Foundation Center databases

Directories, grants, fundraising, philanthropy and training publications and materials.

Due to licensing restrictions, available in selected libraries.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (EBSCO)

Useful to both adults and students, this encyclopedia provides reliable information on a wide variety of topics

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Electronic reference books covering business, history, law, science and more

HelpNow! (Brainfuse)

Live, online homework help, writing labs, adult learning resources, and much more - tutors available daily 2:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Heritage Quest Online (ProQuest)

Genealogies, local histories, primary source materials, serials and U.S. Census data

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center (EBSCO)

"How-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast

Home Improvement Reference Center (EBSCO)

A collection of home improvement titles from Quayside Publishing, covering thousands of repairs in the areas of outdoor projects, electrical projects, remodeling projects, wood projects, decorating projects, and maintenance


Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks, and more, 24/7 with your library card.

Practice exams for military, academic, civil service and licensing/certification exams

Lynda for Libraries (

Leading online learning platform covering business, technology and creative skills.

Users accessing the services from the mobile app should select "Already a Member?"  Then switch to the Organization tab.  From there, scroll down to "Web Portal" and input  Once inside the portal, enter your library card number and PIN.

Mango Languages

Instruction in foreign languages, including Arabic, Chinese, ESL, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and many more.

Master the ASVAB (Gale)

Test-taking tips, diagnostic tests, review and five practice exams with answers

MedlinePlus (National Library of Medicine)

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.
NewspaperArchive (ProQuest)

Millions of newspaper pages from around the world from 1753 to present

NextReads (LibraryAware – EBSCO)

eNewsletter to assist readers in finding new authors and titles in more than 30 fiction and nonfiction topics

NoveList K-8 (EBSCO)

Guide to popular fiction titles for young readers; a great source for series, read-alikes and topic lists

NoveList Plus (EBSCO)

An electronic readers’ advisory tool and source for series, read-alikes and book discussion guides

Occupational Outlook Handbook (US Department of Labor)

The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
RB Digital Logo

Browse and download ebooks and audiobooks from our collection

Regional Business News (EBSCO)

Full text for nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications including titles from Crain Communications.

Rosetta Stone (EBSCO)

Improve your English or learn another language with Rosetta Stone Library Solution. This is an effective, easy-to-use program that allows you to learn a new language on your own time. Rosetta Stone offers core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in 30 languages:

• Arabic
• Chinese (Mandarin)
• Dari
• Dutch
• English (American)
• English (British)
• Filipino (Tagalog)
• French
• German
• Greek
• Hebrew
• Hindi
• Indonesian
• Irish
• Italian
• Japanese
• Korean
• Latin
• Pashto
• Persian (Farsi)
• Polish
• Portuguese (Brazil)
• Russian
• Spanish (Latin America)
• Spanish (Spain)
• Swahili
• Swedish
• Turkish
• Urdu
• Vietnamese

Scholarships – Fellowships and Loans (Gale)

Provides comprehensive information on sources of education-related financial aid sponsored and administered by private organizations and companies. Covers a variety of programs in all educational areas, including area and ethnic studies, business, computer science, education, liberal arts, medicine, physical sciences, theology and religion, and more. Intended for students and others interested in education funding.

Value Line Library Elite

The most widely used independent investment information services Value Line includes online full-page reports and analyst commentaries as well as Timeliness and Safety Ranks. Also includes The Value Line Investment Survey®— Small & Mid-Cap.

Note: Beginning June 30, 2017, users must use a compatible browser to access Value Line Library Elite: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Chrome ver. 38 or higher, Firefox ver. 27 or higher, Apple Safari ver. 7 or higher.

Washington Post (ProQuest)

Articles from The Washington Post as far back as 1987 and as current as two weeks ago

World Book Online

The premier general encyclopedia and reference resource