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General Research

Looking for something? Trying to find the answer to that question that has been nagging you?  Need help with your homework assignment? Try searching by information category in the box below to get specialized, authoritative, citable information you won't find in search engines.  Also check out the list of free online databases below.  You're sure to find the answers you need here.  All you need is your Laman Library card.

 

Genealogy

Are you trying to trace your family tree?
Click here to access our genealogy databases like HeritageQuest, Proquest, Ancestry Library, and many more.

  

 

 

 

 

Some More for the Road...

 
Arkansas Traveler Database Portal 
 
Traveler databases offer magazines, books, encyclopedias, and other resources to all Arkansas residents. Research current events, science, business, health, notable people, hobbies, and much more from yourlibrary, school, home or office.  Ask how to access Traveler at your college/university, public library or school.
 
   

Video streaming for personal use is growing exponentially. Public library patrons often visit their library for academic study and research, and they seek video content across many subject areas. You also need performance films for the arts and the best documentary film available for leisure viewing. You have unlimited access to almost 50,000* streaming videos, the largest public library database available. With topics spanning science, history, engineering, health, performing arts, religion, film, and many others, Public Library Video Online: Premium makes video accessible to a broad array of people. 

   

Experience Unlimited Access To Arts & Craft Classes Taught By Top Designers & Artists. Don't Wait! Discover Your Creativity And Start Making With Creativebug. Sewing, Painting, & More. 1000+ Video Classes. Courses: Painting, Sewing, Knitting, Drawing, Quilting. Creativebug is your go-to resource for high-quality, on-trend arts and crafts instructional videos. With your library card, you’ll enjoy award-winning HD instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, baking and more. All classes are taught by experts, with new classes added daily. 

Creativebug delivers expert instruction and inspiration straight to your favorite device so you can learn at your own pace – anytime and anywhere.

 
 
Driving Test - Arkansas
 
Did you know that 5 out of 10 people fail the DMV written test the first time they take it? Driving-Tests.org increases your chances of passing the driving test by 73%. We conducted a nationwide survey of over 500 visitors to the DMV. Eighty-five percent of those who took our practice tests passed the DMV test, compared with forty-nine percent of test takers across the country. Take every sample learners permit test and driver's license practice test for free as many times as you need to – until you're ready to take the real driving test.
 
 
Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and more.
 
Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist, or historian.
  
Only available for use inside the library.
 
PROQUEST CENTRAL.  This database serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. This award-winning online reference resource features a highly-respected, diversified mix of content including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
 
Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
   
The database is comprised of more than 500 scholarly journals and popular science magazines. These publications support research and instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math. All coverage is front-to-back full-text, with images and graphics reproduced exactly as they appear in the original editions. ProQuest's STEM database offers something for students and educators at multiple grade levels.
   
ProQuest Family Health covers an enormous range of subjects of value in the public library context - from sports injuries to women's health, from food and nutrition to midwifery, from eye care to dentistry. It includes important general medical journals such as The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine as well as a strong selection of consumer and news magazines. 
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
 

AXIS 360.  Browse, check out, and download eBooks and eAudiobooks from Laman Library using the new Axis 360 app!  It's simple - just download the app on your device, find our library, and log in using your library card number.  The Axis 360 app is compatible with:

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Kindle Fire
  • Windows (PC)
   
 SIRS® Issues Researcher (videos and details) helps students make sense of the world by offering relevant, credible resources that tell the whole story on major issues and world conflicts of the day. Start with SIRS Issues Researcher for background and current analysis necessary for research and understanding of 330+ current and pervasive Leading Issues. 
 
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
   
Mango Languages creates lovable language-learning experiences for libraries, schools, corporations, government agencies, and individuals. The Mango team is made up of amazing people from all corners of the globe: linguists, programmers, teachers, beatboxers, librarians, writers, artists, and even a rocket scientist. What brings us all together: our love for language and culture learning and sharing that love with the world.
 
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
 
 

TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world.  It's available for free to Laman Library card holders!


TumbleBookLibrary Premium has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite! As well as Math Stories!

   
An online resource for preschoolers & children in the early elementarygrades that includes three interactive learning environments 

Trek's Travels offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach critical early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more.
Welcome to Reading provides leveled readers to develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills. The Lexile Framework® for Reading ensures that early readers use text at their level.
Know It offers a richly visual first encyclopedia that will captivate early learners with non-fiction topics of interest and importance to them

Made Available by the Arkansas State Library 

   
CULTUREGRAMS.
Primary source material cultural & statistical country reports, covering the world, states & Canadian provinces and includes unique information in Native recipes, interviews, photos and videos
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
 
Highlights of the Freegal Music 4.0 Service
            
• Over 13 Million songs from over forty thousand labels including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment.
• Tens-of-thousands of popular artists in hundreds of musical genres.
• 40,000 music videos from popular artists.
• Easy-to-use website interface with no software to install.
• DRM-FREE, Mp3 files that can be played on ANY device (including iPods).
• Simultaneous access to all music for all patrons.
We now offer 24/7 streaming music!!!
 
  Grolier Online is a one-stop resource for online encyclopedias and reference resources. It also has a general audience portal called Grolier Online Passport and one for kids called Grolier Online Kids. And here’s an added bonus: all the Grolier’s resources provide citations, so you can cite them in your research paper.
 
HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. 18th Century or 20th Century. European or Native American. Farm or Factory. East Coast or West Coast. Where does your American past begin? Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
   

LearningExpress.  The films that truly resonate with us do more than just entertain. They inspire us, enrich us, and challenge our perspectives. Kanopy ensures that these films reach viewers around the world.

At Kanopy we believe in the power of film to bridge cultural boundaries and bring people together. Start watching today and expand your worldview with us.
 
Log in with your library card and start watching today.
 
 
Newsbank - America's News enables library patrons to easily search and browse current and archived news articles, editorials, reviews, birth and marriage announcements, obituaries and a variety of special sections. Patrons can use this resource for general reference or to research local and national issues, events, people, government, education, arts, business, sports, real estate and much more. 
 
Newspapers.com is invaluable for researchers, historians, genealogists, teachers and students, Newspapers.com Library Edition provides greater opportunities for longitudinal and comparative analysis of historical events and people, and is a great source of information for genealogists. With ongoing updates and new content continually being added, there’s always more to be discovered.
pic3   hoopla is an innovative new service that partners with your local public library to bring you thousands of movies, television, music, and audiobook titles for free. There are no costs or hassles. All you need is a library card and a web browser, phone, or tablet.
   

LearningExpress.  LearningExpress supports students and professionals alike with academic skill-building, standardized test prep, career certification test prep, and job search resources. It provides a comprehensive selection of educational resources include interactive tutorials, practice exams, flashcards, articles and e-books—for basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation, and career advancement. Some of the test prep modules cover exams such as the ACT®, SAT®, GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT®, MCAT®, as well as ACCUPLACER, ASSET, CLEP, and high school equivalency degrees. The career preparation materials include field-specific resources on an array of positions including Allied Health and Social Work, Civil Service, Commercial Drivers, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Electrician and Plumbers, Law Enforcement, Military, Teaching, and many more.

Made Available by the Arkansas State Library

 
ProQuest Health and Medical Complete™ combines the clinical research titles available in ProQuest Medical Library™ with hundreds of additional consumer and health administration titles. ProQuest Health and Medical Complete provides in-depth coverage from over 1,500 publications with almost 1,300 available in full text and of these, over 900 include MEDLINE® indexing.
In addition, the database includes all charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements essential to medical research.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
     
 

OVERDRIVE

Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks to a variety of mobile devices allow you to enjoy your favorite authors with you whether your sitting in your favorite chair or flying to your next business meeting or vacation spot.  Sit back and relax with a book from OverDrive.  All you need is your library card.

     
   
The most comprehensive ABI/INFORM™ database, this comprises ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
   

AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE

A groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research.

Made Available by the Arkansas State Library

   
WORLD BOOK and CLASSICS
The World Book eBooks platform includes a rich library of beautifully illustrated titles for all ages and interests. Are you an animal fan? Learn amazing animal factoids in the Animal Lives series! Think space is pretty cool? Become an expert on black holes, alien planets, and more by reading books in the Explore the Universe series! Are comic books your thing? Journey on wild math and science adventures with characters from the Building Blocks series!
 
   
Collection of primary and secondary sources on global history from ancient times to the present.
   

A resource for accessing or creating timelines for projects in the arts, literature, notable people, science & technology, world history, geography and more. Users can select a built timeline and make changes or create new timelines then images and videos.

   

Literature Online is the leading online resource for the study and teaching of literature in English, combining the texts of over 355,000 literary works with a vast library of key criticism and reference resources.

   
 
   

 

 
 
ETHNIC NEWSWATCH
 
Bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of newspapers, magazines and journals from ethnic, minority and native presses.  Included are journals, magazines, and newspapers from ethnic and minority presses.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library

 

    Developed to help students do more effective research and assist educators in teaching the information literacy core principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.
    Provides access to eLibrary's periodical and digital media collection through a user interface specifically designed for student researchers.
     
 
The World Book Complete is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
   
 
  WorldCat is a union catalog that itemizes the collections of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories which participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) global cooperative. It is built and maintained collectively by the participating libraries.

 

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