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Art, Literature, & Language »

Online Subscription Databases

These online resources are available to you from any computer with internet access unless otherwise noted. If you're at home or school when you access these, you'll be asked to log in. Type the number underneath the barcode on the back of your library card to log in. If you have any trouble, call the Reference Department at 501.918.3000.

The Literature Resource Center and LitFinder databases are excellent resources for literary criticism. Search by author, work, or theme.

Web Resources We Recommend

  • Artcyclopedia – Index of onlne museums and image archives; find out where the works of over 800 different fine artists can be viewed online.
  • Kovels – Information about collecting and antiques.
  • Union List of Artist Names Online – Find artists and their biographies.
  • Playbill – Offers complete Broadway, off-Broadway, regional, and London theatre listings as well as daily updated theatre news.
  • Arts & Letters Daily – News, reviews, latest trends, breakthroughs, disputes, and gossip in art and culture.
  • Google Book Search – Google's project to digitize the world's books.
  • The Writer's Almanac – Brief biographies and notable events associated with writers and particular days.

Automotive »

Online Subscription Databases

These online resources are available to you from any computer with internet access unless otherwise noted. If you're at home or school when you access these, you'll be asked to log in. Type the number underneath the barcode on the back of your library card to log in. If you have any trouble, call the Reference Department at 501.918.3000.

  • ChiltonLibrary (Gale Infotrac) – Includes repair and maintenance information for many popular vehicles.
  • Consumer Reports (EBSCOhost) – Find ratings and reviews on products from household goods to electronics to cars with this free access to ConsumerReports.org
  • Academic Search Elite and Masterfile Premier databases provide access to full text articles from Automotive Design & Production and Automotive Manufacturing & Production. They also contain the bibliographic records for Motor Trend and Road & Track. *

Web Resources We Recommend

  • Arkansas Driver's Licensing and Examination Information
  • Arkansas DFA Office of Motor Vehicles
  • Autoblog – Blog covering the auto industry with test drives and commentary on articles from other sites.
  • Auto Channel – Automotive information and opinion for consumers, auto industry executives, in-market buyers, and auto enthusiasts.
  • Edmunds – Car buying guide lists new car prices, used car prices, car comparisons, car buying advice, car ratings, car values, and auto leasing.
  • Fuel Economy Site – Gas mileage, safety, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions for new and used cars and trucks.
  • Internet Movie Cars Database – Database of vehicles seen in movies and TV series. Search by movie title or browse by vehicle make.
  • Kelley Blue Book – Resource for prices, values, and reviews on new and used cars.
  • Lemon Law America – Lemon law resource for consumers with defective cars, trucks, vans, suv's, motorcycles, boats, RVs, motor homes, computers, and other consumer products.
  • NADA Guides – New car prices, used car values, car buying guides, car reviews, specs, safety ratings, photos, videos, car comparisons, tips and adice at the official used car guide of the National Automobile Dealers Association.
  • National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration – U.S. Administration responsible for reducing deaths, injuries, and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes.
  • Supercars – A comprehensive database of the world's most exotic, rare and fast automobiles.

Books and Book Reviews »

Online Subscription Databases

These online resources are available to you from any computer with internet access unless otherwise noted. If you're at home or school when you access these, you'll be asked to log in. Type the number underneath the barcode on the back of your library card to log in. If you have any trouble, call the Reference Department at 501.918.3000.

  • AR BookFinder – The complete list of over 100,000 Accelerated Reader titles.
  • Bookflix – An online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. Intended for use by PreK to 3rd grade students.
  • Dear Reader Book News – Users can select from 21 monthly book recommendations newsletters and 50 award lists all with direct links into the CALS catalog. Subscribe via email, RSS feed, or view everything on CALS's BookNews page.
  • NextReads – Are you looking for a few good books to read? Sign up for our e-newsletters and get great book suggestions by email. We'll deliver reading lists right to your inbox along with new gems, bestsellers, and related titles. You'll also be able to check immediately whether the items are available at your local Library or whether they've been checked out.
  • Novelist Plus – (Ebscohost) – Includes subject headings, reviews, summaries and more for over 135,000 fiction titles. Use Novelist to find other books by a favorite author, or similar books to a title you've already read.
  • Novelist Plus K-8 – (Ebscohost) – Includes information on many titles popular with students in grades K-8, arranged by instructional unit, theme or topic. Teachers can find appropriate fiction to complement classroom instruction.

Business & Law »

Online Subscription Databases

These online resources are available to you from any computer with internet access unless otherwise noted. If you're at home or school when you access these, you'll be asked to log in. Type the number underneath the barcode on the back of your library card to log in. If you have any trouble, call the Reference Department at 501.918.3000.

  • Business Source Elite (Ebscohost) – Provides full text articles from more than 1,100 scholarly business journals. *
  • Consumer Reports (Ebscohost) – Find ratings and reviews on products from household goods to electronics to cars with this free access to ConsumerReports.org
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History
  • Reference USA –Includes directory listings for over 12 million businesses and 120 million households in the United States.
  • Regional Business News (Ebscohost) – Provides indexing and some fulltext from regional business publications. Arkansas Business is indexed from July 1996 through May 2001. *
  • Legal Collection (Ebscohost) – A database of full text articles from scholarly law journals. *

Web Resources We Recommend

Education & Jobs »

Online Subscription Databases

These online resources are available to you from any computer with internet access unless otherwise noted. If you're at home or school when you access these, you'll be asked to log in. Type the number underneath the barcode on the back of your library card to log in. If you have any trouble, call the Reference Department at 501.918.3000.

  • ERIC (Ebscohost) – The Educational Resource Information Center, with digests, citations and abstracts from almost 1,000 education-related journals. *
  • LearningExpressLibrary.com (Learnatest) – An interactive database with practice tests and tutorials for many standardized academic and licensing tests, such as the GED, SAT, Nursing, Real Estate, etc. Access: Sign in as new user and create personal account using your library card number as your user name.
  • Professional Development Collection (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext journal articles of interest to professional educators. *

Web Resources We Recommend

  • Arkansas Schools – Information about Arkansas K-12 schools, including School Report Cards, Arkansas Education Directory, and Charter Schools. Also includes regulations on homeschooling in Arkansas.
  • Little Rock School District – History of district and directory of information and programs including magnet schools, early childhood education, and school sites.
  • Arkansas Department of Higher Education – Information about institutions of higher learning in Arkansas.
  • FAFSA – Official site for the Department of Education Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Includes an online submission form with necessary documents, deadlines, eligibility, and general student aid information for college students.
  • U.S. Department of Labor – Fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners, and retirees by administering a variety of Federal labor laws.
  • Arkansas State Jobs – Lists job openings with the state of Arkansas.
  • Arkansas Online Jobs – Job listings, news, and articles from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook – Provides career information describing what workers do on the job, working conditions, training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.

Genealogy »

Online Subscription Databases

These online resources are available to you from any computer with internet access unless otherwise noted. If you're at home or school when you access these, you'll be asked to log in. Type the number underneath the barcode on the back of your library card to log in. If you have any trouble, call the Reference Department at 501.918.3000.

  • African-American Heritage – A resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. Includes such records as draft cards from World Wars I and II, the Freedman's Bank, and the US Census, as well as help finding other information sources.
  • Ancestry Library Edition – Includes census, church, court and immigration records, as well as historical maps and many other genealogy resources, from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and other areas. Available at all CALS libraries.
  • Civil War Newspapers – A collection of historical newspapers containing extensive local and national coverage of American culture, politics, and society from the Antebellum through the Reconstruction periods. Available at all CALS libraries.
  • Dictionary of American Family Names
  • Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com) – A collection of over 60 million pages of historical documents and personal histories, including millions of records available from the National Archives and other institutions. Please note: certain features of Fold3 require the use of an Adobe Flash plugin unavailable on some mobile and tablet browsers.
  • Digital Sanborn Maps – The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for the state of Arkansas. Covers the years 1867-1970; not all years are available for all locations. (Please call 918-3000 for login and password.)
  • Heritage Quest (Proquest) – Includes searchable images of U.S. Federal Census records, digitized family and local history books, an index to genealogical and local history periodicals, and other genealogy resources.

Web Resources We Recommend

Grants »

Online Subscription Databases

Some of these online resources are available only in the Reference Department at the Main Library. For more information, call the Reference Department at 501.918.3000.

  • Foundation Directory Online – As a Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center in New York, CALS provides access to a powerful database of over 120,000 grantmakers & grant recipients. Find the information your nonprofit organization needs to make an impact. Available only in the Reference Department at the Main Library.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online – The Foundation Center's database of funding available to individuals in the form of scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial support. Available only in the Reference Department at the Main Library.
  • Philanthropy In/Sight – The Foundation Center in New York has developed this interactive mapping tool for grantmakers, policymakers, and others interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world today. Even grantseekers can use Philanthropy In/Sight to gather intelligence to craft compelling grant proposals. Use it to reveal areas where philanthropy has made an impact and areas where opportunities exist to fill critical needs. Available only in the Reference Department at the Main Library.

Web Resources We Recommend

  • Grants.gov – Find, apply for, and manage grants. Includes a tutorial and links to types of grants, grant-making agencies, and related links.
  • National Endowment for the Arts – Independent federal agency that makes grants to art organizations and artists in all fifty states and six U.S. jurisdictions.
  • School Grants – Resources for locating, writing, receiving, and managing grant proposals for the elementary and secondary education community.
  • Non-Profit Guides: Grant Writing Tools for Non-Profit Organizations – Overview of grant writing with sample proposal summaries, inquiry letters, cover letters, and applications.

Health »

Online Subscription Databases

These online resources are available to you from any computer with internet access unless otherwise noted. If you're at home or school when you access these, you'll be asked to log in. Type the number underneath the barcode on the back of your library card to log in. If you have any trouble, call the Reference Department at 501.918.3000.

  • Consumer Health Complete (EBSCOhost) – search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles for easily understandable health and medical information. *
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition (Ebscohost) – This database provides consumer health information on many health topics including medical sciences, nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. *
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (Ebscohost) – A database with fulltext from many scholarly journals and indexing from many journals. *
  • MEDLINE (Ebscohost) – provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. MEDLINE was created by the National Library of Medicine and searches citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals. *

Web Resources We Recommend

History/Geography »

Online Subscription Databases

These online resources are available to you from any computer with internet access unless otherwise noted. If you're at home or school when you access these, you'll be asked to log in. Type the number underneath the barcode on the back of your library card to log in. If you have any trouble, call the Reference Department at 501.918.3000.

Web Resources We Recommend

  • Arkansas History Commission and State Archives – Official archives of the state, responsible for collecting and preserving the source materials of the history of Arkansas.
  • Old State House Museum – Museum of Arkansas' history, people, and culture.
  • Arkansas Historic Preservation Program – Identifies, evaluates, registers, and preserves the state's historic and cultural resources and seeks to instill a preservation ethic in Arkansas.
  • BBC: On This Day – Highlights worldwide historical events using audio and video clips from the archives of the British Broadcasting Corporation.
  • American Memory – Provides free access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
  • U.S. Census Bureau Geography – Maps and cartographic resources.
  • NationMaster – Allows users to graphically compare any combination of countries on a vast array of statistics drawn from the CIA World Factbook, the UN, and more.
  • National Geographic Map Machine – Offers maps for just about every place on Earth, viewable by population, climate, conservation, and topography.

Reference »

Online Subscription Databases

These online resources are available to you from any computer with internet access unless otherwise noted. If you're at home or school when you access these, you'll be asked to log in. Type the number underneath the barcode on the back of your library card to log in. If you have any trouble, call the Reference Department at 501.918.3000.

  • Access World News – Find information on topics related to business, current issues and events, health, education, government, politics and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, blogs, videos and web-only content including the Arkansas Gazette, Jacksonville Patriot, Maumelle Monitor, Sherwood Voice and the USA Today.
  • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Newsbank) – Search the full-text of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette from 1994-present.
  • Biography in Context – Provides biographical information on more than 500,000 people, using reference materials, magazine articles, audio, and video files, as well as other resources.
  • Dissertation & Theses – The database represents the work of authors from over 1,000 North American graduate schools and European universities and includes citations for masters and doctoral dissertations from 1637 to those accepted as recently as last semester. Some full text accompanies the abstracts, or copies may be requested through interlibrary loan.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (Ebscohost) – A general encyclopedia that covers a variety of subject areas.
  • Gale Discovering Collection – A database of information from Gale Group print publications on topics such as history, literature, geography and cultures, and science.
  • Gale PowerSearchSearch Multiple Gale databases at once, including Gale Virtual Reference Library and Gale Discovering
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library – Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were available only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.
  • General OneFile – A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.
  • Kids Search (Ebscohost) – Articles and other reference materials for students in grades K-5.
  • Newspaper Source (Ebscohost) – A database with selected articles from about 30 national and international newspapers, as well as some regional newspapers, and television and radio transcripts. Some articles from The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette October 2000 through September 2002 are indexed.
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm – View the microfilm editions of the New York Times – Late Edition (East Coast) and the Wall Street Journal – Eastern Edition on your computer. Coverage runs from 2008-present.
  • Reference USA –Includes directory listings for over 12 million businesses and 120 million households in the United States.
  • SIRS Researcher (SIRS) – Provides fulltext articles on topics such as aging, the environment, substance abuse, and many other social issues.
  • Student Research Center (Ebscohost) – Articles, primary source documents and other reference materials for researchers in grades 6-12.
  • TOPICsearch (Ebscohost) – Provides information about current events which are likely to be discussed in the classroom. Includes more than 1,000 fulltext periodicals.
  • WorldCat – Search the collections of libraries in this community and around the country to find books, music, movies, etc.

Web Resources We Recommend

  • Bartlett's Familiar Quotations – Famous quotes, passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources. Quotations can be searched or browsed by date, author, and keyword.
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary – Free online version of the Merriam-Webster English dictionary, with searchable dictionary definitions, thesaurus, and a student dictionary.
  • Ask Oxford – Searchable online version of the Compact Oxford English Dictionary, as well as thesauri, quotations, foreign language dictionaries, a word of the day, and games.
  • Old Farmer's Almanac – Fun and practical information for everyday life including moon calendars, planting charts, recipes, weather predictions, and more.
  • How Stuff Works – Series of articles that explore the workings of electronics, computers, autos, finances, health, and scientific and social phenomena.
  • Guiness World Records – Official site of GWR, chronicling all kinds of strange and extreme talents, feats, and accomplishments.

Science »

Online Subscription Databases

These online resources are available to you from any computer with internet access unless otherwise noted. If you're at home or school when you access these, you'll be asked to log in. Type the number underneath the barcode on the back of your library card to log in. If you have any trouble, call the Reference Department at 501.918.3000.

The American Physical Society (APS) publishes journals that embody the society’s mission to advance the knowledge of physics. Databases listed in bold are available to CALS patrons inside the library only.

  • Focus – selected papers from APS journals explained for students and other researchers.
  • Physical Review Letters – brief important papers, all topics in physics.
  • Physical Review A – atomic, molecular, and optical physics.
  • Physical Review B – condensed matter and materials physics.
  • Physical Review C – nuclear physics.
  • Physical Review D – particles, fields, gravitation and cosmology.
  • Physical Review E – statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics.
  • Physical Review Special Topics – Accelerators and Beams.
  • Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research
  • Physics – highlighting significant papers from APS journals.
  • Physics Central – educational/informational site about physics, for students and the public.
  • PROLA, the Physical Review Online Archive – archive of APS journals back to 1893.
  • Reviews of Modern Physics – in-depth articles, all topics in physics.

Web Resources We Recommend

  • Live Science – Chronicles the daily advances and innovations made in science and technology with original stories and news feeds, images, and video clips.
  • National Science Digital Library – Provides educational resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.
  • National Science Foundation – Features news and discoveries, research, publications, funding guidelines, awards, and more.
  • Science.gov – Gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. government agencies, including research and development results.
  • Ask the Experts – Submit questions to scientific experts and browse questions and answers by topic.
  • 20 Things You Didn't Know About… – From Discover Magazine, this series covers quick facts on a variety of topics.

* These databases are available via Traveler Access, a project made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Additional state funds were provided by the Arkansas Department of Education.