Research databases & articles
The library maintains subscriptions to these high-quality online resources.
- In-library use
- No library card is required
- Outside the library
A valid library card is required – open to city residents and paying non-residents
Some databases are restricted to in-library use as indicated in red.
Ancestry Library Edition →
Ancestry Library Edition is one of the most important genealogical collections available today with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom
Only accessible in library locations
AtoZdatabases is the premier directory and mailing list database, including 30 million business and executive profiles and 240 million residents
BrainFuse HelpNow Tutoring →
Free online tutoring for all ages. Get help with homework, submit a question, interact with a live tutor, form online study groups, practice standardized tests, send your paper to the writing lab and more.
Business Source Complete Magazines →
Full-text journals for business, including marketing, management, accounting, and economics, as well as detailed information on public and private companies
Chilton Library Auto Repair →
CultureGrams Country Fact Sheets →
Gale Business: Demographics Now Statistics →
Searchable demographics and consumer and business statistics, with directory information and easy business startup reports
eLibrary Student Magazines →
An easy-to-search magazine and newspaper database for students, with images, audiovisual materials, and television news transcripts
Explora Magazines →
A collection of the most popular full-text magazines, journals, and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers
Explora Primary Student Magazines →
Designed for elementary school students, Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection.
Foundation Directory Online Professional Grants search →
A searchable online directory of foundations and the grants they provided to nonprofit organizations
Only accessible in the South Hill Library
Grants to Individuals →
A searchable directory of funding and grants offered to students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers
Only accessible in the South Hill Library
Foundation Directory Online Essential - Grants Search →
A searchable directory of grantmaker information (but not grant or recipient information) that can be accessed remotely with a library card through 2020. See FDO Professional below for more comprehensive search options.
Gale Literature: Literary Sources →
Primary literary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies of world writers from all time periods
Gale in Context: Global Issues →
Gale Presents: Udemy →
Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and more. Includes 6,000+ on-demand video courses in multiple languages.
Health Reference Library eBooks →
Access easy-to-use and authoritative resources designed for consumers with no specific medical knowledge, helping you understand diseases, disorders, and medical conditions.
IBISWorld Market & Industry Reports →
Detailed market and industry research reports for the U.S.
Only available in the Downtown Library. The Downtown Library is closed for renovation starting March 2020. Please contact us to learn about access options.
Legal GPS →
Legal GPS is a gamified platform that helps new & existing businesses "do legal" without having to hire a lawyer.
Learning Express →
Online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books to help patrons of all ages. You’ll find job search and workplace skills improvement; reading, writing, math, and basic science skill building; career certification and license exam prep; high school equivalency, college, and grad school entrance test prep and more
High School Equivalency Center (Learning Express) →
If you are preparing for the GED® test, the High School Equivalency Center's practice tests, interactive tutorials, and e-books will help you reach your goal
Career Preparation (Learning Express) →
Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? Choose the Career Preparation Center and begin your path to a bright future
College Admissions Test Preparation (Learning Express) →
Getting into college is an important step to building a strong future. Use this center to get the resources you need to achieve your college preparation goals
Gale Literature: LitFinder Literary Works →
Linkedin Learning technology, creative and business skills →
Morningstar Investment Research Center →
Online investment information on companies, funds, and markets, along with newsletters, articles, and other educational information
NEHGS American Ancestors →
Searchable database of vital records in the U.S. with a focus on New England
Only accessible in the Downtown Library
Next Reads Newsletter →
Sign up to receive descriptions and reviews of recommended fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks
Novelist K-8 Plus Book Finder →
Find fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks by title, plot, keyword, or author for beginning readers up to teens
Novelist Plus Book Finder →
Find fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks by title, plot, keyword, or author, including "best of" lists, similar authors, and book discussion guides
Get a quick overview with the library’s YouTube video on NoveList Plus.
You’ll find more specific help with the NoveList 101 YouTube channel and other NoveList videos.
Get more help by exploring the How Do I? section of the website.
Type a favorite title, author, or topic into the search box to find read-alike books and audiobooks recommended by librarian experts.
Use Quick Links to find book club resources and articles and booklists on up-to-date topics
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints →
Articles, topic overviews, statistics, and primary documents that show pro and con arguments for controversial topics
Pronunciator Language Learning →
Learn over 100 languages, including English for foreign speakers, with special courses for children and health care workers.
Get a quick overview with our YouTube video on Pronunciator.
To track your progress and use on mobile devices, you will need to register for an account.
After choosing your language, you have three options:
- Select Personalized Courses to learn vocabulary based on an occupation or up to five different topics such as food, education, technology, work, or daily life.
- Select Main Course for guided courses. You can select your level of learning here – from core vocabulary up to conversational level. Some languages even have music or film options here.
- Select Learning Guides and More for specialized courses. You’ll find courses for children, for healthcare, for travel, and various skill levels.
If you have a microphone or use the app with a device that has a microphone, you can practice your pronunciation of the language. You can also download a phrasebook to take with you.
ProCitizen Citizenship Classes →
ProQuest Magazines and Newspapers →
Search magazines and newspapers for information on current events, education, arts, and social sciences, including full-text articles from the Spokesman Review since 1994
See Proquest Digitized Newspaper for digitized copies of the Spokeman Review, including classified ads and photos.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Spokane →
Discover searchable digital images of Spokane’s historic newspapers, including various versions of the Spokesman Review from 1883 to 2009 and versions of the Spokane Chronicle from 1890 to 1992, along with other early Spokane newspapers. Find digital images of later Spokesman Review newspapers (from 2010 up to three months prior to current date) in our ProQuest Current Newspapers: Spokesman Review product.
Check out this quick video on Youtube
For more detailed searching and download techniques, check out the ProQuest LibGuide on ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Note that Spokane’s papers are scanned at the page level, not article level.
Here is the complete list of available newspapers in this product:
- The Morning Review (1885-1889); Spokane Falls, Washington
- Spokane Chronicle (1982-1992); Spokane, Washington
- Spokane Daily Chronicle (1890-1982); Spokane, Washington
- Spokane Evening Review (1884-1885); Spokane, Washington
- Spokane Falls Daily Chronicle (1890); Spokane Falls, Washington
- Spokane Falls Evening Review (1884); Spokane Falls, Washington
- Spokane Falls Review (1883-1890); Spokane Falls, Washington
- Spokane Falls Review (1889-1891); Spokane Falls, Washington
- Spokane Falls Weekly Review (1890-1891); Spokane Falls, Washington
- The Spokane Review (1891-1894); Spokane, Washington
- Spokane Weekly Review (1891-1894); Spokane, Washington
- The Spokesman-Review (1894-2009); Spokane, Washington
- The Spokesman-Review (1896-1929); Spokane, Washington
- Twice-a-Week Spokesman-Review (1896); Spokane, Washington
- Weekly Spokesman-Review (1894-1896); Spokane, Washington
Spokesman Review newspapers from 2010 to three months prior to current date can be found in our ProQuest Current Newspapers: Spokesman Review product. Find other early Spokane newspapers at the Washington Digital Newspapers site.
RMA University →
For more than 100 years, RMA has been the leader in providing reliable and accurate financial benchmarking figures including standards for balance sheet and income statement line items, as well as numerous industry average ratios such as the current ratio, quick ratio, and turnover ratios.
Gale in Context: Science →
SIRS Discoverer Homework Resources →
Homework help, including Science Fair Explorer, current events, biographies, and country facts for young students
Statistics and market reports on over 80,000 topics arranged by business market sector
Only accessible in library locations
ProQuest Current Newspapers: Spokesman Review →
A searchable version of the digitized Spokesman Review newspaper (from 2010 to three months before current date), including classified ads and photos. You can also browse the digitized newspaper, or access other digitized newspapers for Honolulu, Reno, San Francisco, and Salem, Oregon.
Teen Resource Center →
Designed to give you introductory information on topics that may be important to you as a teen, covering health, finance, and personal growth as well as links to support groups, hotlines, and more.