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Research & Resources

Have your library card and PIN handy, most of these resources require one or both to sign in outside of the library and/or create an account.  We also have a list of online learning resources aimed at kindergarten-elementary school kids, middle through high school students, college students, and adult learners.

Note: A library online resource contains articles and other information from print sources such as magazines, newspapers, journals, and reference books. Although these resources are delivered via the Web and sometimes look like websites, they contain reliable information from thousands of resources that are not often found by Googling.

You will need your library card and a PIN to sign on. Most databases are available to all Minnesota patrons with cards registered in Carver County.

Questions? Contact us or chat with a librarian.

AAH Historical Periodicals: Digitized images from the American Antiquarian Society of the pages of American magazines and journals published between 1684 and 1912.

Academic Search Premier: Full-text journals and other resources that cover a wide variety of academic fields.  

Adult Learning Center: Supports lifelong learning for work, a return to school, or just for learning's sake.  Includes a practice test center (includes GED and citizenship test help), skills building, a writing lab, and live online tutors.

ALLDATA: Access to the leading provider of original manufacturers' repair information for cars and trucks from 1982 onward. This resource is available only in the library during most times, currently it's available at home through at least June 30 with your library card and PIN.  See below for directions for singing on.

Alt HealthWatch: International journals covering complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

Ancestry: Genealogical and historical resources.  Learn how to use this resource. This resource is available only in the library during most times, currently it's available at home through at least June 30 with your library card and PIN. 

Archive Grid: Where to locate primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies.

Biography in Context: Biographical information on hundreds of thousands of notable people, with full-text articles, pictures, and video from a variety of reliable sources.

BookFLIX: Online eBooks that introduce children to a love of reading and learning by pairing classic video storybooks and related nonfiction titles in English and Spanish.  

Britannica Online: Learning modules and encyclopedias for various levels of learning plus access to a dictionary and thesaurus, magazines, and articles.  Please see below for the editions.

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Business Source Premier: Full-text articles and more from scholarly journals and business periodicals plus economic data, company profiles, market research, and business periodicals.

Business Source Premiere- Business Searching Interface:  A highly focused user interface created especially for the business searcher that provides an easy way to both browse and search for country economic data, company profiles, industry information and market research.

Carver County Newspaper Index: Indexed by the Carver County Historical Society Library. The Young America Eagle is fully indexed. The Waconia Patriot is indexed to 1994. The Chaska Herald is indexed to 1940. Please contact the society for articles.

Cloud Library eBooks and eAudiobooks: Check out up to five titles at a time in eBook or eAudio.  They can be checked out for up to three weeks.  You can also place holds on titles and renew them if no one's waiting. 

Consumer Health Complete: Popular and professionally written information for patients and consumers covering all health-related topics from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated 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.

Consumer Reports: Full content of Consumer Reports magazine, with unbiased reviews and products ratings.  You can search by keyword or select specific issues.

Ebooks Minnesota: Read local!  Minnesota's digital library has books for all ages that don't have a due date and you can check out as many as you wish.

EBSCO Megafile: Combined academic, business, health, science, and consumer information.

eLIbrary Minnesota: Minnesota residents can get access to magazine, journal, newspaper and encyclopedia articles, media, including images, videos, and audio files, and other information resources. 

ERIC: Thousands of education-related articles within the professional literature. 

Explora: Primary source documents, lesson ideas, reference materials, and multimedia.

Explora Kids: Magazine and journal articles, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and images.

Explora Teens: Magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles, primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia.

Gale In Context- Middle School: In-depth reference content for school curriculum area of literature, history, biography, science, and social studies.

Gale in Context- High School: Thousands of full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary documents, creative works, and multimedia major subject areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more.

GPO Monthly Catalog: U.S. Government publications.

Great Courses eAudiobooks (via CloudLibrary): Select college-level Great Courses are available in eAudiobook, from "America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era" to "Your Best Brain."  Listen online or download using the CloudLibrary app.  Access is made possible to these titles by support from the Carver County Library Foundation.

Health Source- Consumer Edition: Consumer health information, health magazines, pamphlets, and reference books.  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.

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.

HelpNow: Live, online homework help from expert tutors for kindergarten through college level students is available from 1-11 PM, 7 days a week (except holidays). There's also resources for adult learners. Help is available in English and in Spanish.

Historical Minneapolis Tribune: Contains full-text and article images from the Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1908) and the Minneapolis Morning Tribune (1909-1922). The newspapers are available through a platform provided by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with Minnesota State Library Services.

Historical New York Times: Full-text and full-image articles from 1851-2014.  Reproductions of every page and every article from every issue are available in PDF downloads.

JobNow: One-stop online job coach including resume review. Help is available live from 1-11 PM, 7 days a week (except holidays).

Learning Express: Interactive collection of tests, tutorials, and eBooks categorized in Learning Centers including School Center, College Admissions Test Preparation, College Students, High School Equivalency Center, Adult Core Skills, Career Preparation, and Recursos para Hispanohablantes (Spanish Center).

Lexis: Contains Minnesota legal information plus Supreme Court cases, USCS, Federal Court Rules, and Shepard’s Citator.  This resource is available only in the Law Library.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts: Coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.

Literature Resource Center: Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. from LinkedIn Learning: Easy-to-use video tutorials to help you learn software, technical, creative and business skills. 

MAS Complete: A full-text database providing hundreds of popular high school magazines and reference books. Covers subjects such art, history, sports and music, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags. 

MasterFILE Complete: Offers the largest collection of popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers. Covering virtually every general interest subject area, it also includes an extensive collection of photos, maps and flags.

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

Middle Search Plus: A tool designed for middle school students looking for research/homework resources, includes primary documents, reference tools, magazine indexes and more.

Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS): Where to check the criminal, civil, family, probate, and judgment records from many counties in Minnesota including Carver.  This resource is available only in the Law Library.

Minnesota Reflections: Collection of images and documents from historical societies, public libraries, special archives, universities, and colleges that depict the history of Minnesota.

Minnesota Trial Court Public Access (Remote): The 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.   Please note: Courthouse public access terminals provide the most complete access to electronic district court case records.

MN Writes MN Reads: Local authors (indie, self-published, aspiring, and mainstream) can create eBooks and share them with readers across the state and country using these free tools.

MNLINK: A statewide virtual library for Minnesota. You can request items and articles not in the Carver County Library that are over a year old (i.e. Interlibrary Loan).  If they're less than a year old, please request them from us.

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.

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

Niche Academy: Video instruction on how to use a variety of library and other electronic resources including Zoom, business and consumer resources, eBooks, eAudiobooks, language learning, social media, and more. 

Novelist K-8 Plus: Fiction and nonfiction titles chosen specifically to support the school curriculum as well as the pleasure reading needs of students.

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

OAISter: A catalog of digital resources.

OCLC Article First: Indexed tables of contents for thousands of journals. Full-text articles are not available.

OCLC Papers First: Index of papers presented at conferences worldwide.

OCLC Proceedings First: An index of worldwide conference proceedings.

OCLC WorldCat Dissertations and Theses: A database of all dissertations and theses available in WorldCat.

 PebbleGo- Animals and Biographies: Designed for K-3 students, resource topics are packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities.

PebbleGo Next- States and American Indian Studies: These research topics aligned to grades 3-6 curriculum.

Points of View Reference Center: Provides students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issues.

Primary Search: Popular elementary school magazines as well as encyclopedias and dictionaries written for kids, plus an image collection of photos, maps, and flags. Included in Explora Kids database.

Professional Development Collection: Full text for nearly 520 high quality education journals and 200 educational reports.

ProQuest U.S. Newsstream: U.S. news content as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s from national and regional news sources including the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, the Chicago Tribune and more.

RB Digital eAudiobooks and eMagazines: Check out up to ten eAudiobook titles at a time for up to three weeks. You can place holds on these titles titles. You can check out as many eMagazines as you want to, they do not have to be returned. Anyone with a valid library card registered in Carver County can check out RB Digital material. 

Reference USA: Custom searches that provide detailed information on more than 12 million U.S. public and private businesses and 102 million U.S. residents. 

Regional Business News: Articles from over 50 regional business publication, select national and international newspapers and news transcripts.

Science Reference Center: Science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources covering numerous science topics for middle and high school students.

smARTpass: Use your library card to access free or discounted passes to Twin Cities arts and cultural organizations.

Transparent Language: A language learning system that uses flashcards to teach you a set of words or phrases.

World Book in Spanish: Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos : A Spanish-language database with encyclopedias for students and adults with multimedia, articles, timelines, and more.

WorldCat: A worldwide catalog created and maintained collectively by more than 9,000 member libraries.