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Books & Media

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Books and Authors
Offers new ways to explore readers’ advisory by topic, genre, and more.

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Mango Languages
Self-paced learning in 70+ languages available across desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

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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.



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Brainfuse HelpNow
Live online tutoring and more! Chat online with a tutor 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Kindergarten through college students can get help in math, science, English, social studies and more. Build academic skills through diagnostic skills, lessons, flash-cards and quizzes. Adults can access resources for GED, Microsoft Office skills and resume writing. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Gale Academic OneFile Select
Provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers across multiple subject area, including the arts and humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.

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Gale In Context: Elementary
Cross-curricular research and homework help for K-5 students. A graphic interface and a subject-based topic tree search will appeal to the early learner.

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Gale In Context: High School
An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a wide array of subjects. The solution merges Gale's authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

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Gale In Context: Middle School
Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research In Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.

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Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete
Provides access to more than 1,100 periodicals on education topics ranging from preschool to college and every educational specialty--such as technology, bilingual education, health education and testing. Primarily for educators.

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LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn Learning (formerly is an online educational site that includes 24/7 free and unlimited access to 16,000+ online courses (and over 180,000 videos) in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business. Experts create and deliver all courses as well as provide supplemental materials like exercise files and relevant work samples. Courses are offered in seven languages. Users will need to create accounts in order to track course progress, create playlists of potential coursework, and keep course notes. The Library ID is: carroll. For any issues, contact LinkedIn Support.

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Northstar Digital Literacy
The Northstar Digital Literacy platform  is a tool that provides you the opportunity to build your basic digital literacy skills. Test your digital skills by taking an assessment and follow it up with self-directed online learning. Topics covered include: Essential Computer Skills - Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows OS, Mac OS, Essential Software Skills – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, and Using Technology in Daily Life - Social Media, Information Literacy, Career Search Skills, Supporting K-12 Distance Learning, Your Digital Footprint. Create an account to track your progress, earn badges, and more!

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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.


Magazines and Newspapers

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Carroll County Times Archive
Full-text access to the Carroll County Times for the years 1933 - 2019.

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Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports provides the latest ratings and reviews plus rigorous reporting on issues that impact consumers. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services.

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Flipster is a digital magazine service that offers several popular magazines that cover a variety of topics and interests. Current and back issues are available. There is no borrowing limit for the number of titles you can have out at one time, but some issues do have expiration dates. These dates vary between 2-7 days depending on the title. Once a download has expired, you can check it out again. You can also download the Flipster app from your device's app store and start reading your favorite magazines today!

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Gale General OneFile
A general interest periodical resource providing access to full-text articles from thousands of popular magazines.

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Gale OneFile: News
Provides access to full-text newspapers and allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section, or other fields. The database offers a one-stop source for current news and searchable archives.

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New York Times - Home Access
Access The New York Times here for 72 hours of full off-site access. You will need to create an account with the New York Times. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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New York Times - In-Library Access
Access The New York Times for free from any CCPL branch. You will need to create an account with the New York Times. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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U.S. Newsstream
U.S. Newsstream enables users to search the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring top newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format. Access is available to most Baltimore Sun and some Carroll County Times articles. Also available are current issues of The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

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Washington Post - Home Access
Access The Washington Post here for 7 days of full off-site access. You will need to create an account with The Washington Post. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Washington Post - In-Library Access
Access The Washington Post for free from any CCPL branch. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Health and Science

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Gale OneFile: Science
Provides access to scholarly journals and magazines covering the latest scientific developments. Key subjects covered by the database include biological sciences, computing, engineering, and technology.

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