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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.

Books and Media

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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.

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.

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.

Car and Consumer Information

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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.

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.


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Automotive and Motorcycle Value Guides.

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


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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.

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

For kids in grades K-5 with a child friendly interface. Topics include Animals, Arts & Music, Geography, Health, News, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Sports. You can get biographies, magazine & newspaper articles, photos, maps and flags all right here.

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching 12 languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, Russian, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic and English as a second language for Spanish Speakers. Available as an app on your Apple device.

Contains the full text of nearly 140 popular, middle school magazines. Full text is also available for thousands of biographies, historical essays and student pamphlets. Also contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History and an Image Collection of 188,323 photos, maps and flags.

Provides full text for over 50 magazines and over 100 pamphlets, designed for the elementary school student.

A magazine and newspaper index just for kids! It uses cartoons and simplified searching to help kids find information.

Student Research Center makes it easy for students to search the latest information resources by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type—magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.

Genealogy, History and Biography

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

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

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.

Law, Business and Employment

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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.

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.

Periodicals and Newspapers

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Full-text access to the Carroll County Times for the years 1933 - 2012.

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.

Full-text articles from The Baltimore Sun dating back to 1990. Each issue is indexed, so you can access top news stories and information contained in various sections of the paper.

More than a mobile reading application, Zinio 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.

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