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New ELM Portal
This link provides access to all of the ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota) databases from one convenient page. Subject areas include: arts & humanities, biographies, business, consumer information, e-books, education, health and medicine, hobbies, science, social science and other areas.

Academic Search Premier

Search for citations to 8,000+ scholarly and professional publications. It also includes full text articles for more than 4,600 magazines and journals in subjects such as biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion & theology, and sociology.. Backfiles to 1975 and earlier are available for over one hundred journals. (Provided by ELM)

This online Automotive Repair database provides the detailed information you need to tackle both simple and complex auto repair jobs. Do-it-yourselfers can rely on auto repair answers to topics such as, maintenance, troubleshooting, engine performance and tune-up, brakes, emission control, chassis, electrical and more. Technical service bulletins and recall information is also provided.
(By subscription agreement, this resource is available for in-library use only.) (Provided by MELSA)

Alt HealthWatch
Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine.
Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. (Provided by ELM)

How to use this resource
Access genealogical and historical resources including the decennial U.S. census from 1790 to 1930, military , court, land, probate, immigration, birth, marriage, and death records, (including the Social Security Death Index) periodicals and newspapers, finding aids, and directories.
(By subscription agreement, this resource is available for in-library use only.) (Provided by MELSA)

Archive Grid
Archive Grid is an important destination for searching through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.Thousands of libraries, museums, and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions to ArchiveGrid. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies.


Article First
Index of articles from the contents pages of journals. (A FirstSearch database provided by ELM)

Biography in Context 
How to use this resource
Search for biographical information based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation, and gender, or combine criteria to create a custom search. The complete Marquis Who's Who(R) biographies of 900,000 people plus full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals are included. (Provided by MELSA)

Scholastic BookFlix is a new 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. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. Funded by MELSA. Spanish titles available.

Britannica Online Academic Edition  
The award-winning Britannica Online® delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination of the insightful Encyclopædia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough research—all from one database. (Provided by ELM)

Britannica Online School Edition

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Business Insights: Essentials 
Detailed company and industry profiles including SWOT reports, market share reports, and financial reports. Thousands of company histories and industry essays from Gale's core business collection. Deep research coverage with scholarly journals, business news, and more. (Provided by MELSA)

Business Searching
The Business Searching interface of Business Source Premier provides an easy way to both browse and search for country economic data, company profiles, industry information and market research.

Business Source Premier    
Over 3200 periodicals are indexed. Full text articles from over 2700 scholarly journals and business periodicals covering subjects such as management, economics, finance, accounting, and international business are available. Included are Country Reports with and national and international company profiles. (Provided by ELM)

The Catalog of Art Museum Images Online — is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms.

Carver County Newspaper Index
Obtained from the files of the Carver County Historical Society Library, articles are indexed by individuals, organizations, businesses, government bodies, and subjects. The Young America Eagle is fully indexed. The Waconia Patriot is indexed to 1994. The Chaska Herald is indexed to 1940. 


Clase Periodica
Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities. (A FirstSearch database provided by ELM)

Consumer Health Complete
Consumer Health Complete™ (CHC) is the single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. This full text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, etc.
Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  (Provided by ELM)

DISCovering Collection  
Use the DISCovering Collection to retrieve in-depth reference content for school curriculum areas of literature, history, biography, science, and social studies. (Provided by ELM)

EBSCO Megafile
This is the broadest of the EBSCO databases, combining Masterfile Premier, Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier and Regional Business News, Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts, ERIC, Health Source: Consumer Edition, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, MAS Ultra, Middle Search Plus, EBSCO Animals, Primary Search, Professional Development Collection, and Science Reference Center.

Educator's Reference Complete
How to use this resource
K-12 teachers, administrators and undergraduate or graduate students in education will appreciate the focused and timely resources available within Educator’s Reference Complete. This powerful database covers multiple levels of education from preschool to college and includes every educational specialty, such as bilingual studies, health, technology and testing. Also included are resources on issues related to administration, funding and policy in education. Educator's Reference Complete has more than 1,100 periodicals that cover a wide variety of subjects and 200 reports from the United States Department of Education. (Provided by ELM)

Electronic Books
Catalog of online electronic books available through libraries worldwide. (A FirstSearch database provided by ELM)

Electronic Collections Online
Collection of scholarly journals  (A FirstSearch database provided by ELM)

ERIC®, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index.   ERIC contains more than 1,300,000 records and links to more than 317,000 full text documents from ERIC back to 1966.

Expanded Academic ASAP
This premier database offers balanced coverage of every academic concentration — from advertising and microbiology to history and women's studies. Combining indexing, abstracts, full text and images, Expanded Academic ASAP delivers answers for both the novice and the experienced researcher — all in one seamless search. Balanced coverage is available through more than 4,200 indexed and more than 2,500 full-text titles in a wide variety of disciplines including: social science journals, humanities journals, science and technology journals, national news periodicals, general interest magazines, newswires, The New York Times and many others. More than 2,800 journals are refereed, and more than 20 years of backfile coverage are included with your subscription. (Provided by ELM)

General Science Collection
Scholarly journals and popular magazines across all science-related subject areas.

U.S. Government publications (A FirstSearch database provided by ELM)

Health Source: Consumer Edition
Health Source®: Consumer Edition is a rich collection of consumer health information. This resource provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Fit Pregnancy, Harvard Health Letter, HealthFacts, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and many others. This database also includes searchable full text for current, health-related pamphlets and more than 130 health reference books, including books published by the People's Medical Society.
Additionally, Health Source: Consumer Edition contains more than 5,100 Clinical Reference Systems reports (in English and Spanish); Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names; and Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary. Health Source: Consumer Edition covers topics such as AIDS, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, aging, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, women's health, etc.
Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. (Provided by ELM)

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Articles from scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. (Provided by ELM) 

Homework Rescue
Get online homework help from an expert tutor. For grades 3-12, Homework Rescue is available from 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., 7 days a week, in English and in Spanish. (Provided by MELSA)

Specifically designed to meet the research needs of Spanish speaking users, this database has full-text articles from such popular magazines as Latina, Actual, and Siempre! It also contains articles about cultural and lifestyle issues, health and parenting, entertainment, politics and current events. Searches may be made in numerous languages. (Provided by ELM)

Infotrac Junior Edition
Designed for students in junior high and middle school, InfoTrac® Junior Edition offers magazines, newspapers and reference books (most full-text) about current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. (Provided by ELM)

InfoTrac Student Edition  
Designed for high school students, InfoTrac® Student Edition provides indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, and reference books about current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.  (Provided by ELM)

Our new online tool to help job seekers. It's your one-stop online job coach. (Provided by MELSA)

Junior Reference Collection
Nearly 12,000 documents, 8,500 photographs and illustrations, 50 video and audio clips, and significant reference book content are included. Search by subject area–People, Places, Subjects, Authors, Books, and Timeline. (Provided by ELM)

Kids InfoBits
Developed for K-5 students, it features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper, and reference content. Find information about current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more. (Provided by ELM)

Kids Search
Kids Search makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be eaLearningExpress Library provides users, from elementary students to adult learners, instant access to a comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources.   Over 1,000 online practice tests and interactive skill-building tutorials are available, along with more than 200 eBook titles-all developed by expert academic and industry professionals. (ELM)sily sorted by source type - -magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.  

Learning Express
LearningExpress Library provides users, from elementary students to adult learners, instant access to a comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources.   Over 1,000 online practice tests and interactive skill-building tutorials are available, along with more than 200 eBook titles-all developed by expert academic and industry professionals. (ELM)

The Law Library maintains an online subscription to Lexis, a legal electronic research database. This subscription includes Dunnell's Minnesota Digest, annotated Minnesota Restatement cases, all Minnesota law reviews, Minnesota federal and state cases, Minnesota statutes and bill tracking, Minnesota Rules, Minnesota Register, and regulation tracking, Minnesota administrative and agency decisions, all 8 th Circuit cases, Supreme Court cases, USCS, Public Laws, Federal Rules Annotated, Martindale-Hubbell with U.S. listings and U.S. law digest and full jurisdiction Shepard's.  By subscription agreement, this database is available for use only in the Law Library.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
This world-class bibliographic database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Delivered via the EBSCOhost platform, LISTA indexes nearly 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science.

Literature Resource Center
Gain access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. This database covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors. (Provided by MELSA)

MAS Ultra – School Edition
This comprehensive database, designed specifically for high school libraries, contains full text for more than 500 popular, high school magazines including America's Civil War, American Heritage, American History, Archaeology, Astronomy, Bioscience, Careers & Colleges, Civil War Times, Congressional Digest, Discover, Economist, History Today, Nation, National Review, New Republic, New Scientist, Popular Science, Science News, Scientific American, Smithsonian, World War II, etc. 
All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for 85,670 biographies and 105,786 primary source documents. MAS Ultra -- School Edition also contains more than 360 reference books (including the Columbia Encyclopedia, the CIA World Fact Book and World Almanac & Book of Facts), an Image Collection of over 440,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines. (Provided by ELM) 

MasterFILE Premier
Read full text articles from more than 1,900 popular and general reference, business, consumer health, general science, and multi-cultural periodicals. It offers indexing and abstracts for an additional 2,510 periodicals. The database also contains full-text articles from book reviews, reference works, travel books, biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection of photos, maps, and flags. (Provided by ELM)

Index to articles in all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing.

Middle Search Plus
Middle Search® Plus contains full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. 
Additionally, Middle Search Plus contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History, reference books including the Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia and American Heritage® Dictionary, 4th Edition from Houghton Mifflin, the Encyclopedia of Animals™, and an Image Collection of over 400,000 photos, maps and flags.

Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS)
Check the criminal, civil, family, probate, and judgment records from many counties in Minnesota including Carver.
This database is only available at county court houses. You may access this database at the Carver County Law Library.

Minnesota Trial Court Public Access Remote
Minnesota District Courts offer an online case inquiry tool for statewide electronic case records. This is a public-view version of the Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS), the computerized case management system used by Minnesota District Courts to track and manage cases. The search results display case information for public viewing, including register of actions, calendars, judgments, and orders and notices prepared by the court.

Please note: Courthouse public access terminals provide the most complete access to electronic district court case records, because they are not restricted by the remote access provisions of the Rules of Public Access

Morningstar Investment Research Center
Comprehensive financial information on New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange, and NASDAQ stocks; financial information on thousands of mutual funds, including the Morningstar star rating; financial information on hundreds of exchange-traded funds with up-to-date information on returns, reports and Morningstar ratings; return information on various investment indexes and groups; and the ability to enter two or more stocks, funds, and ETFs to see how they will work together as a portfolio.

New York Times - Historical (1851-2004) (via ProQuest)
This database provides digital reproductions of every page from every available issue in the date range available. Search the full text and display pdfs of articles. Currently, there are over 3,400,000 pages available for the Historical New York Times. Each year one additional year is digitized and added to this resource. Current coverage, 1980 to present, is available in the Proquest Newsstand Complete database.

NewsBank Newspapers
Get full-text content of local and regional newspapers: Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, St. Cloud Times, and the Duluth News Tribune newspapers. Paid advertisements are excluded.

Novelist Plus
Search hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and nonfiction titles. Find author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more.  

OneClick Digital  
Access downloadable audio books.

OAI Ster
Union catalog of digital resources (A FirstSearch database provided by ELM)

Papers First
Index of papers presented at conferences worldwide (A FirstSearch database provided by ELM)

Points of View Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center™ is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides 255 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument),counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide. Topics covered include: affirmative action, cloning, DNA profiling, HIV/AIDS status disclosure, immigration, Iraq, Israel & the Palestinians, Katrina and FEMA response, nuclear proliferation, separation of church and state, standardized testing, stem cell research, tax cuts, voting machines, and many more. 
Points of View Reference Center contains a balance of materials from all viewpoints, including 1,143 main essays, leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. The database also offers guides to debate, developing arguments and writing position papers. Additionally, this database contains the Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century, providing students with a searchable collection of some of the most important social, political, and cultural moments of the 20th century. Points of View Reference Center provides the basis from which students can realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills. Critical Thinking Guides for every topic covered helps the student judge Fact vs. Opinion and enhances the student's ability to read and think critically.  

Primary Search
Primary Search® contains full text for more than 70 popular, elementary school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Additionally, Primary Search includes the Encyclopedia of Animals™, and features the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, which provides students with easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids. This database also provides the American Heritage® Children's Dictionary, 3rd Edition from Houghton Mifflin, and an Image Collection of 400,972 photos, maps and flags.  

Proceedings First
An index of worldwide conference proceedings (A FirstSearch database provided by ELM)

Professional Development Collection
This is the most comprehensive and most valuable collection of full text education journals in the world.
The Professional Development Collection™ includes full text for nearly 520 high quality education journals including: Booklist, Education, Education Digest, Education Week, Educational Leadership, High School Journal, Journal of Education, Journal of Educational Research, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Phi Delta Kappan, Reading Teacher, School Library Journal, and many others. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports.  

ProQuest Newsstand Complete
Read the full-text articles of over 350 newspapers. Search the latest news from around the world. Access a wide range of articles – news, arts, sports, and entertainment. (Provided by ELM)

Reference USA  
Look up detailed information on more than 12 million U.S. public and private businesses and 102 million U.S. residents. This database can be searched on a national scale, or can be limited by state, county, metropolitan area, city, company name, company size, yellow page heading, or SIC code. Searches can also be narrowed to retrieve only headquarters or subsidiaries for companies. (Provided by MELSA)

Regional Business News
Updated daily, this news database provides comprehensive full text articles from over 50 regional business publications (including titles from Crain Communications). It also includes a rotating 30-day backfile for over 25 national and international newspapers and news transcripts. (Provided by ELM) 

Science Reference Center  
Science Reference Center™ is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student's science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. 
Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Science Reference Center also satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards. (Provided by ELM) 

Searchasaurus makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results.

Star Tribune - Historical (1867-1922) (via Proquest)
The Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

Student Research Center
EBSCO's Student Research Center makes it easy for students to search 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.

Student Resource Center Gold
Offering easy access to award-winning content based on national curriculum standards this database covers the major subject areas, including history, literature, science, social studies and more, Student Resource Center provides a premium selection of reference, thousands of full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary documents, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips and podcasts. Users are able to access a variety of resources that will help them conduct research, complete assignments, create presentations and more, with content and curriculum-focused tools that include but are not limited to: Read Speaker auditory articles, more than eight million full-text articles from one thousand periodicals and newspapers, more than 4,000 proprietary primary documents, hundreds of plays and poems, more than 63,000 topic overviews, biographies, and pieces of literary criticism, and more 1,700 study guide questions. (Provided by ELM)

Transparent Languages Online with Byki 
Transparent Languages Online is a powerful language learning system that uses flashcards to teach you a set of words or phrases. (Provided by MELSA)
With Transparent Languages Online, you may:
  • Create an account for yourself to track your progress
  • Language overviews and proficiency tests
  • Sign up for "Word of the Day"
  • Follow language blogs
  • Join Facebook groups around the language you are studying
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The Law Library maintains an online subscription to WestLaw, a legal electronic research database. This subscription includes case law from all 50 states and the federal appellate courts, all federal and state statutes and regulations, journals and law reviews, and state and federal practice materials.
By subscription agreement, this database is available for use only in the Law Library.

Need to see if a library somewhere in the world owns a particular book? This is your source! WorldCat is a worldwide union catalog created and maintained collectively by more than 9,000 member libraries. With millions of online records built from the bibliographic and ownership information of contributing institutions, it is the largest and most comprehensive database of its kind. (A FirstSearch database provided by ELM)

World Almanac/Book of Facts
Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia and four almanacs. (A FirstSearch database provided by ELM)

WorldCat Dissertations and Theses
A database of all dissertations and theses available in WorldCat. (A FirstSearch database provided by ELM)

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