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Online Research (databases)

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

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Books and Readers' Advisory

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Books in Print
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.

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

Business, Investment and Law

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

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

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Regional Business News
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.

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Value Line
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.

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

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

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

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Maryland Business Express
Wish to start a business in Maryland? Maryland Business Express is a Maryland state government site that provides information and step-by-step instructions for the process of starting a business in Maryland.

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Maryland State Law Library
Provides Maryland's citizens information on legal resources, and opportunities to ask question about accessing legal information.

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Maryland People's Law Library
Provides legal self-help information on popular subjects including Consumer, Health, Criminal, Government benefits and more.

Car and Small Engine Repair

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AllData Pro - Vehicle Repair Manuals
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.

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Auto Repair Source
Online resource for automotive diagnostic and car repair information. Includes maintenance schedules, service bulletins, and step-by-step repair instructions with diagrams.

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Small Engine Repair Reference Center
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.

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Kelley Blue Book
Automotive and Motorcycle Value Guides.

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


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Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
Offers detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

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Home Improvement Reference Center
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.

Homework and Education

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

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

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Explora - Primary Schools
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)

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Explora - Public Libraries
Supports student research. Search results include articles, essays, and primary source documents.

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Explora - Secondary Schools
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)

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Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

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History Reference Center
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.

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Occupational Outlook Handbook
Career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations. Provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

Genealogy and History

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

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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.

Language Learning

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

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

Magazines and Newspapers

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Carroll County Times Archive
Full-text access to the Carroll County Times for the years 1933 - 2016.

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Consumer Reports
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. This link takes you directly to Consumer Reports articles through the EBSCOhost site.

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Magazine Article Summaries Ultra
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.

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RB digital
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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Science Reference Center
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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How Stuff Works
Just how did they do that? Find out how all kinds of things really work.