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Academic Search Elite Library Card Required.

The world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary, full text database designed specifically for academic institutions. This scholarly collection provides full text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, etc. and currently counting 3,834 full text scholarly publications. Found In:


Access Science Library Card Required.

Access Science features biographies of scientists, late-breaking science news, links to related websites, study guides, additional reading, research ideas, and a listing of Nobel Prize winners. This science encyclopedia is searchable by keyword or topic. Found In:


African American Communities Collection Library Card Required.

Focusing predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina this resource presents multiple aspects of the African American community through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports and in-depth oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity. Found In: Only available in St. Louis Public Library


African American Experience: The American Mosaic, The Library Card Required.

Drawing on myriad sources and assembled with the guidance of leading librarians, this database gives voice to the African American experience from its African origins to the present day. This vast and accessible database covers history, biographies, literature, arts, music, popular culture, folklore, business, slavery, the struggle for civil rights, politics, sports, education, science, and other themes. Found In:


ALLDATA Library Card Required.

Car and truck repair and maintenance information for makes and models from 1982 to the present, plus technical service bulletins and more. Find all the supporting information you need to fix automobiles and run a shop. Perfect for the knowledgeable amateur or professional mechanic. Found In: Only available in St. Louis Public Library




Ancestry.com Library Card Required.

Unlock your family’s story with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, and maps. Found In: Only available in St. Louis Public Library


Art Full Text Library Card Required.

Offers full text plus abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications—now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. Found In:


AskART Library Card Required.

AskArt covers American artists providing biography, images, citations, museums owning their work and galleries representing the artist's work. Found In: Only available in St. Louis Public Library


Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals Library Card Required.

A comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture since 1934, covering the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation and interior design and decoration. Found In:

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Beanstack Library Card Required.

Beanstack is a personalized service designed for young readers up to 12 years of age. It features tools to help families, educators, and children themselves discover books in our collection, programs at our library, and activities that encourage lifelong reading. Found In:



Biography in Context Library Card Required.

Biographies of more than half a million people from all periods of history and from every geographical region. Search for a specific person by name or use the Person Search to create lists of people based on nationality, ethnicity, occupation, gender or date of birth or death. Recommended for grades six and up. Found In:


Books & Authors Library Card Required.

Widen the circle of authors that you read. Search for adult, young adult or children's literature or genres, subjects, time periods, places or types of characters to find the exact type of book that you want to read. Found In:


Business Insights: Global Library Card Required.

For business professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and general researchers, Gale Business Insights: Global delivers comprehensive international business intelligence, compiled into a logical, useable context. Found In:

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Celebrating the Louisiana Purchase

The 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition) marked the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, a monumental event in U.S. history. Fair organizers set out to celebrate that event and create their own monumental event. It seemed appropriate to set the Fair in St. Louis Missouri, at that time the fourth largest city in the country and part of the land covered by the Treaty. Found In:


Central Exhibit

December 9, 2012, marked the grand reopening of Central Library in downtown St. Louis after an extensive two-year renovation. Take a tour back in time and learn about Central Library's rich history that encompasses over 100 years.   Found In:


Chilton Library Library Card Required.

ChiltonLibrary supplies a solution for the “do-it-yourselfer” that is easy to use no matter the skill level. Repair, maintenance and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward. Found In:




Computer Classes at the Library

Our free computer classes are geared towards all skill levels and audiences, covering topics like borrowing eBooks at the library, creating resumes, and using programs like Word and Excel. Only available in St. Louis Public Library


Consumer Health Complete Library Card Required.

Consumer Health Complete contains health and wellness information from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine. It includes electronic searchable versions of many popular print titles such as the AMA Complete Medical Encyclopedia and the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book. Found In:


Culinary Exhibit

This online exhibit will give you a “taste” of what is available in The Culinary Collection of St. Louis Public Library. View a variety of cookbooks, recipes, and menus documenting the culinary history of St. Louis. Found In:

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Ebsco eBook Collection All Downloadables eBooks Library Card Required.

With a collection of over 33,000 titles chosen specifically for public libraries, this general reference collection features fiction titles for both adults and juveniles, as well as best-selling and highly-recommended titles from industry leading publishers. The collection includes substantial offerings in Self-Help, Health & Fitness, Games, Crafts & Hobbies, Medical, Cooking and Religion. This collection also features titles on Recreation and Leisure, Geography, Commerce, Finance, The Family, Marriage, Women, Folklore, Social and Public Welfare, and Home Economics. Found In:





Explora for Educators Library Card Required.

Find more than 2100 full text scholarly journals and over 1,700 peer-reviewed, full-text journals. Collection provides focus on education by provide full text for over 500 high-quality education journals. Explora provides access to lesson plans, students tools, curriculum standards and links to sites valuable for teachers. Found In:




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Facts on File: World News Digest Library Card Required.

Brings together complete content from the Facts On File World News Digest since 1980 and selected content from six other core reference databases to answer questions about events, issues, statistics and people of the last 20 years. Found In:


Family Search Library Card Required.

FamilySearch maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. FamilySearch gathers, preserves, and shares genealogical records worldwide. Found In:



fold3 History & Genealogy Archives Library Card Required.

Fold3 provides convenient access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Original records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them.  Includes special archives collections: African American, American Revolution, Native American, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Case File, and World War II. Fold3’s social networking aspect allows you to combine original historical documents and records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served. Found In:





Freegal Music All Downloadables Mobile Apps Music Library Card Required.

Freegal Music service offers free music and music videos for download. You can download to your computer or, with the Freegal mobile app (developed for Apple and Android users), you can download music directly to your device! Each week you receive five credits to download from a collection containing over seven million songs and 10,000 music videos, from over a hundred genres of music, by more than fifty record labels. Songs are downloaded at the cost of one credit, and music videos for one additional credit. Music videos are limited to download only on personal computers, and cannot be supported by mobile devices. Every Sunday at midnight, your download counter resets for the week. Best of all, there are no due dates and the downloads never expire; the files are yours to keep! Special software is not necessary to use the service from a personal computer. Music is downloaded in an MP3 format and videos in MP4 format. Get App in Apple StoreGet App in Play Store Found In:


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Gale Courses Online Learning Library Card Required.

Interactive, instructor-led online courses covering a wide range of topics. Free for cardholders. New six week courses start on the second Wednesday of every month.

  • Please read the syllabus and course requirements carefully prior to enrolling, as SLPL cannot drop or transfer you from a course.
  • If you don't visit the week 2 class of a course within 13 days of the start of the course, you are automatically dropped from the course. There is no penalty for dropped courses. You can enroll for the same course again in the next six-week session.
  • You are allowed one, 10 day extension after the final exam due date to finish your course. SLPL cannot provide additional extensions.
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Gale Literary Sources Library Card Required.

This dynamic platform searches  all of Gale’s literature products. Included databases are: Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center, Something About the Author, and Gale’s Dictionary of Literary Biography. Found In:


Grand Tour, The

First seen as a “cultural finishing school” for privileged young British gentlemen, The Grand Tour of the 19th century included several months of European travel between the end of formal schooling and adulthood. Found In:


GrantSpace

GrantSpace provides easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations Found In:

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Heritage Quest Library Card Required.

Search thousands of family and local history books and the complete US Federal Census from 1790 to 1930. Census records can be searched by name, place of birth, age, ethnicity, and more. HeritageQuest Online also includes Revolutionary War records and the Freedman's Bank. Found In:



History Reference Center Library Card Required.

History Reference Center offers full text from more than 650 history reference books and encyclopedias, cover to cover full text from more than 50 history magazines, 58,000 historical documents, 43,000 biographies and 12,000 historical photos, maps and other images. Found In:


Hoopla All Downloadables Audiobooks Comics & Graphic Novels eBooks Mobile Apps Movies & TV Music Library Card Required.

Hoopla offers over 200,000 eAudiobooks. movies, television episodes and music albums available for download. There are materials available for all ages of users, and a special 'kids mode' can limit results to juvenile content. All items are available for instantaneous download; there are no hold lists, which means no waiting for your favorite materials. With your library card you’ll receive ten Hoopla checkouts per month. Follow the link below to start your account and dive in to the vast collection of media from Hoopla! Get App in Apple StoreGet App in Play Store Found In:


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Learning Express Library Online Learning Library Card Required.

LearningExpress Library’s unique, self-guided, interactive, online learning platform provides users with a comprehensive selection of academic and career-oriented resources. More than a database, it offers tools needed to conduct successful job searches, resume and cover letter builders and educational test preparation materials (HiSET, ACT, SAT), plus much more, all on one platform. Found In:


Library Literature & Information Science Library Card Required.

Reflecting the latest trends in a rapidly evolving field, this database indexes English and foreign language periodicals, selected state journals, conference proceedings, pamphlets, and library school theses, plus over three hundred books per year. This resource delivers full-text articles from over a hundred select publications. Indexing begins in 1984 and full-text articles begin in 1994. Found In:


Literature Resource Center Library Card Required.

This current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database is uniquely relevant to today’s researcher. Its rich critical, biographical and contextual content supports interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy and the development of critical-thinking skills.  Found In:


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Maps of Missouri

The St. Louis Public Library presents "Maps of Missouri" illustrating the many ways maps convey times, places, and events. Approximately 100 maps of Missouri cities, towns, counties and the state are included in the exhibit. Found In:




MEDLINE Library Card Required.

MEDLINE® provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Found In:


Metro St. Louis

Metro operates bus and light rail service in the StLouis, Missouri, metropolitan area. Links for maps, schedules, and a trip finder can be found here. Found In:





Morningstar Investment Research Center Library Card Required.

Search over thirty thousand stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs to determine where to invest your money. Identify stocks and funds that meet your criteria and read reports prepared by Morningstar. Obtain an analysis of your current portfolio or see how the stocks and funds you select work together to form a balanced portfolio. Found In:

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NoveList K-8 Plus Library Card Required.

Need help finding good books to read? Novelist K-8 helps kids and young teens do just that! Use your favorite books and authors to find new adventures! If you can't think of a book you've liked in the past, simply choose a topic of interest and explore lists of recommended books. NoveList K-8 Plus includes both fiction and nonfiction titles. Teachers will find thematic units and other resources for incorporating fiction and nonfiction into the classroom, as well. Found In:


NoveList Plus Library Card Required.

Need help choosing a fiction book? You can match a favorite author or title, identify a book by describing the plot, explore fiction by genre such as mystery, romance, or adventure, find lists of award-winning books, read book reviews, and more. NoveList Plus also includes certain nonfiction genres such as adventure stories, biographies, current events, history, and true crime. Found In:

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Obituary Search

Search for St. Louis obituaries. Currently this index contains names from the St. Louis Post Dispatch for the years 1880-1930, 1942-1945, 1960-1969, and 1992-2011. Found In:


Open Library All Downloadables eBooks

Similar to Project Gutenberg, Open Library provides access to digitized materials, most of which are from the public domain. St. Louis Public Library has made Open Library titles available through its catalog, where you can directly download them to your computer or mobile device. Found In:


OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks All Downloadables Audiobooks eBooks Mobile Apps Library Card Required.

Overdrive, SLPL’s original downloadable provider, offers access to thousands of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks. Every book lover is sure to find an enjoyable title, available for download to the device of their choice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can check out up to ten Overdrive titles, for seven or fourteen days, and you can place up to twelve holds at a time. Get App in Apple StoreGet App in Play Store Found In:


OverDrive for Kids All Downloadables eBooks Library Card Required.

Access to downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, just for kids! Every book lover is sure to find an enjoyable title, available for download to the device of their choice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can check out up to ten Overdrive titles, for seven or fourteen days, and you can place up to twelve holds at a time. Found In:


OverDrive for Teens All Downloadables eBooks Library Card Required.

Access to thousands of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, just for teens! Every book lover is sure to find an enjoyable title, available for download to the device of their choice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can check out up to ten Overdrive titles, for seven or fourteen days, and you can place up to twelve holds at a time. Found In:


Oxford Islamic Studies Library Card Required.

This authoritative, dynamic resource brings together the best current scholarship in the field for students, scholars, government officials, community groups, and librarians to foster a more accurate and informed understanding of the Islamic world. Found In:

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Play Index Library Card Required.

Search over 30,000 plays written from Antiquity to the present and published from 1949 to the present. An invaluable aid to finding the perfect plays to match your production resources. Found In:




Project Gutenberg All Downloadables eBooks

Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to archive and digitize cultural works. It was founded in 1971, and is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these materials as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. St. Louis Public Library has made Project Gutenberg titles available through its catalog, where you can directly download them to your computer or mobile device. Found In:



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Reference USA Encyclopedias, Dictionaries & Directories Library Card Required.

ReferenceUSA is a collection of helpful business databases. Use U.S. Businesses to search millions of businesses, small and large. U.S. Historical Businesses allows you to search for businesses from 2003 to 2013 to help visualize changes and trends over time. Research lifestyle statistics with U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles. Looking for a phone number? Use the Standard White Pages database to simultaneously search residential phone books. Found In:


Rock’s Backpages Library Card Required.

Rock's Backpages is an online archive of music journalism, sourced from freelance contributions to the music and mainstream press from the 1950s to the present day. Found In:

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Science Reference Center Library Card Required.

A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text, science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. Topics include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Browse topics by category and have quick access to science experiments and helpful research guides. Found In:


Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

This HeinOnline collection brings together, for the first time, all essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery. Found In:


SLPL Then & Now

The “Then” photos in this exhibit come from the St. Louis Public Library’s Archives which are housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department at Central Library. The Library’s records date back to the founding of the St. Louis Public School Library. Found In:



Something About the Author Library Card Required.

Something About the Author Online covers the lives and works of authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults. In addition to the information found in the print version of this reference source, the online edition also includes hundreds of specially commissioned autobiographical essays that are illustrated with personal photos and present an entertaining and informative first-person perspective on the lives and careers of these authors and illustrators. Found In:



Standard Rate & Data Service (SRDS) Library Card Required.

Provides media rates and data for the advertising industry, listing advertising rates, editorial or programming content, circulation and other basic information for a variety of advertising media, including radio, television, newspapers, and consumer magazines. Found In:


Statistical Insight Library Card Required.

Statistical Insight provides fast and easy access to statistical information produced by U.S. Federal agencies, states, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. Found In:


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TrackBill

TrackBill allows you to search, track and report on legislation in the US Congress and 50 state legislatures. Found In:


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WorldCat Discovery Encyclopedias, Dictionaries & Directories

Search for books, videos, sound recordings, and more by searching library catalogs from around the world. If you find an item that SLPL does not own, you can use WorldCat to place a request for the item. Please note: SLPL can not guarantee that the owning libraries listed in WorldCat can fill your request. Requested items may not be loaned for a variety of reasons. You will be notified if your requested item cannot be obtained. Found In:

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Zinio All Downloadables Mobile Apps Newspapers & Magazines Library Card Required.

St. Louis Public Library now offers 170+ downloadable magazine titles. The eMagazines are yours to keep, and there is no limit in the number you can download. You can view the magazines directly on your computer or on a variety of mobile devices. For the first time, you will be able to have all of your favorite magazines in one place, providing endless hours of entertainment and education. Get App in Apple StoreGet App in Play Store Found In:

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