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These professional online resources link you to the best information on hundreds of topics. The library pays the fee for these resources so you don't have to. Select your category below.

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Books and Readers' Advisory

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Provides publishing information on millions of in-print, out-of-print, and forthcoming books, audiobooks and videos. Read the first chapter of more than 30,000 titles as well as many full-text reviews. Log in to use the site: username: carrpub password: ccpl2009.

Have you ever found yourself saying, what will I read next? This online research tool will help you choose that next Science Fiction or Mystery title, and provide book reviews, descriptions, and links to author home pages and other fiction web sites to help you make your decision.

Business and Investing

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Search business related newspapers and journals. Non-journal content includes company profiles, country reports, industry reports, market research reports, and SWOT analyses.

Morningstar products provide investment information, data and analysis on nearly 100,000 worldwide securities.

Provides access to articles from trade publications related to business. Includes 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Value Line is a complete investment management solution that enables both new and experienced investors to make timely, better-informed decisions. It provides a wealth of in-depth financial information, objective research, insightful commentary, proven price projections, and advanced analytical tools.


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Links to most everything legal.

Carroll Community College’s Miller Center for Small Business and the Carroll Business Path are resources for small business owners, entrepreneurs and start-ups.

This resource provices browsing and keyword searchable access to the Code of Maryland.

BERC is a one-stop workforce development center dedicated to meeting the workforce needs of businesses and community residents in Carroll County, Maryland.

Car and Small Engine Repair

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Online resource for automotive diagnostic and car repair information. Includes maintenance schedules, service bulletins, wiring diagrams, and diagnostic flowcharts. Mount Airy and Taneytown In-Branch Use Only.

Contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting in 1945. Also includes factory drawings, step-by-step photographs, technical service bulletins and recalls, wiring diagrams and more.

Offers assistance in providing routine maintenance as well as extensive repairs and allows users to search by product type, brand, model/engine type, and model numbers. NEW!


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Automotive and Motorcycle Value Guides.

Automotive, recreational, marine, power sports and aircraft price guides.


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Offers detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. NEW!

Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly how-to information covering all manner of home improvement/repair projects. NEW!

Homework and Education

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Fully searchable biographical information on more than 1 million people throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Includes pictures.

Chronicle Occupational Briefs present information on over 2,500 occupational titles, including 650 comprehensive occupational descriptions, ranging from those that require a high school diploma or less, through professional careers. In-Library use only. Ask staff for assistance.

The Congressional Digest provides students, teachers, librarians, policymakers, and other concerned citizens with an impartial source for information on controversial topics – with no agenda beyond the promotion of independent thought and a well-informed electorate. In-Library use only.

Highlights content relevant to teachers, including lesson plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources.

Designed specifically for elementary school students, this database provides access to popular full-text magazines for elementary school research. (This covers the content that was formerly covered under Primary Search and Kids Search)

Supports student research. Search results include articles, essays, and primary source documents.

Offers the most complete collection of full-text reference resources available for middle schools. (This covers content that was formerly covered in Middle Search Plus)

This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Features more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. Also includes leading history magazines and journals, historical documents, biographies of historical figures, historical photos and maps, and 80 historical video.

Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 90,000 authors from every age and literary discipline including the most studied authors. Searchable by author name, title, genre, literary movements and themes.

Learn over 30 languages through the well-known immersion method! On your computer, tablet or mobile device. NEW! Mobile App instructions

Genealogy and History

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Search for your ancestors! Includes charts and forms to help you build your family tree. For In-Library Use Only.

Search U.S. Census records from 1790-1930, by place of birth, age, ethnicity, etc. Includes the complete text of more than 25,000 family and local history books, searchable by every word. Great for beginning researchers.

Features more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. Also includes leading history magazines and journals, historical documents, biographies of historical figures, historical photos and maps, and 80 historical video.

Language Learning

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Learn over 30 languages through the well-known immersion method! On your computer, tablet or mobile device. NEW! Mobile App instructions


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Translates words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages.

Magazines and Newspapers

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Full-text access to the Carroll County Times for the years 1933 - 2014.

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers make informed decisions about matters and products that impact our daily lives. They provide Product ratings and recommendations for a very broad range of consumer products. A review of the ratings is a simple way to learn about quality products within your budget. Buying guides are designed to help people determine which product may better fit their needs.

Designed specifically for high school students, this database contains full text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines, more than 360 full text reference books, thousands of biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 500,000 photos, maps and flags, and color PDFs.

This database contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, consumer, health, education, general science issues and more. Also includes 500 reference books, 107,000 primary source documents, and 510,000 photos, maps & flags. (This covers the content that was formerly covered in MasterFILE Premiere including Consumer Reports)

More than a mobile reading application, RB digital provides access to the digital editions of the magazines you love, delivering the exact same material you get in print‚ plus exclusive features like video, audio and live links, on your iPad, iPhone, desktop and laptop.

Science and Health

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This comprehensive research database provides access to a multitude of science-oriented content covering biology, the environment, mathematics, physics, wildlife and more. Contains hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, journals, images, videos and more.


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Provides information on hundreds of diseases, conditions and wellness issues.

Just how did they do that? Find out how all kinds of things really work.