Research & Databases

General Interest & Academic


Students, avid readers, businesspeople, and do-it-yourselfers alike all need reliable online research materials.
EBSCOHost from within the Library
from within the library

EBSCOHost from your home
from within the library

The databases available are: Regional Business News, Middle Search Plus, Newspaper Source, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, TOPICsearch, Primary Search, MAS Ultra ? School Edition, Academic Search Elite, Business Source Elite, MasterFILE Elite, and GreenFILE.? We also have Searchasaurus, Student Research Center, and Kids Search, which can be here and also on the Teens and Kids pages.?

Encyclopedia Britannica
[only available from the library's local network]
Encyclopedia Britannica

Bartleby - Bartelby
Dictionary.com Dictionary.com
Merriam-Webster Online - merriam-webster.com/ - Diction, Thesaurus, Spanish-English
Internet Public Library ipl.org/
 

Colorado Virtual Library
colorado virtual library


Ask Colorado
ask colorado


Colorado Historical Newspaper Collection

Automotive


Kelly Blue Book - kbb.com/
NADA Guides - nadaguides.com/
2CarPros - 2carpros.com/index.htm
Car Talk Do It Yourself Guide - Car Talk

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Business


Colorado Labor Laws - www.colorado.gov
Colorado Licensing Requirements - www.dora.state.co.us
Colorado Small Business Resource Guide - www.colorado.gov
Entrepeneur: Starting a Business - www.entrepeneur.com
IRS: Tax Information for Businesses - www.irs.gov
Reference USA (Search company info by name, geographic location and more!) - www.referenceusa.com
The Riley Guide: Steps in Starting Your Own Business - www.rileyguide.com
SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Businesses - www.score.org
Southwest Small Business Development Center - www.sbdcfortlewis.org
(SIC) Standard Industrial Classification Codes (U.S. Department of Labor) - www.osha.gov
U.S. Small Business Administration - www.sba.gov

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Directories & Locators


Dex Online - dexknows.com/
Area Code Map - nanpa.com/area_code_maps/ac_map_static.html
Country Calling Codes - countrycallingcodes.com/index.php
Zip Code Lookup - http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp

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Education


College.gov - college.gov/wps/portal
Students.gov - students.gov/STUGOVWebApp/Public
IPEDS College Opportunities Online - http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

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Geneology


National Archives - archives.gov/genealogy/start-research/
USGenWeb Project - usgenweb.org/
FamilySearch - familysearch.org/eng/default.asp
Cyndi?s List of Genealogy Sites - cyndislist.com/
Ellis Island - ellisisland.org/
Free Internet Access to Public Records ? brbpub.com/freeresources/pubrecsites.aspx
An extensive list of links to a variety of federal and local government databases containing selected public records, such as membership lists, most wanted lists, deeds, court documents and incarceration records.

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Government


La Plata Clounty Directory of Departments - http://co.laplata.co.us/admin/departments.htm
US Census Bureau/American Fact Finder - http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en
Colorado General Assembly - leg.state.co.us/
Country Profiles - http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/profiles.html
Library of Congress / Thomas - http://thomas.loc.gov/ - Search current and past bills, view the latest legislative and committee actions, and link to issues of Congressional Record.
US Department of State Background Notes - Department of State
Government Printing Office - bensguide.gpo.gov
Congressional Record - gpoaccess.gov
Find Your Elected Officials - Local Elected Officials
Free Annual Credit Report - FreeCreditReport.com

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Health & Medicine


MedlinePlus - Medline Plus
Medlineplus en espanol - Medline Plus - Espanol
DrugWatch.com - drugwatch.com/
FamilyDoctor.org - familydoctor.org
Good Health Information @ Your Library - GoodHealth
Mayo Clinic - mayoclinic.com/

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History & Geography


American Memory from the Library of Congress - American Memory
HistoryNet - thehistorynet.com/
HyperHistory - hyperhistory.com
City Data - city-data.com/
Lewis & Clark Expedition - pbs.org
Lonely Planet - lonelyplanet.com
Portals to the World from the Library of Congress - Internation Portals
National Geographic Xpeditions Atlas - nationalgeographic.com
National Atlas ? nationalatlas.gov/

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Do-It-Yourself & Home Improvement


La Plata County Building Department - La Plata County
DoItYourself.com - doityourself.com/
GetCrafty ? getcrafty.com/
DIY, House & Garden ? Videos - videojug.com
KnittingHelp.com - knittinghelp.com/
Colorado Building & Energy Codes - coloradoenergy.org
Colorado Gardening - coloradogardening.com
Colorado State University Extension - ext.colostate.edu
USDA Hardiness Zone Finder - garden.org/zipzone/

Financial


US Internal Revenue Service - irs.gov/
Colorado State Income Tax - Colorado.gov/revenue/tax
Free Annual Credit Report - FreeCreditReport.com

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Internet Search Engines

 
Google
A9.com
AltaVista
Answers.com
Ask.com
Bing
Clusty
Dogpile
Lycos
Yahoo!

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Email Providers

 
Gmail.com
Yahoo.com
Hotmail.com
MyDurango.net
GoBrainStorm.net

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Legal Resources


La Plata County Courts - courts.state.co.us/Courts/County/Index.cfm/County_ID/13
Colorado State Judicial Branch - http://www.courts.state.co.us/Index.cfm
Colorado State Judicial Branch ? Self Help Forms - courts.state.co.us/Forms/Index.cfm
Colorado Legal Services - http://coloradolegalservices.org/co/homepage.html
United States Code - gpoaccess.gov/uscode/
NOLO Law for All - nolo.com/
Free Annual Credit Report - FreeCreditReport.com

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Math & Sciences


National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) - nasa.gov/home/index.html?skipIntro=1
US Geological Survey - usgs.gov
National Geographic - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/index.html
How Stuff Works - http://howstuffworks.com/
Greenfile (EBSCO) - http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/search?vid=1&hid=12&sid=e96ac3e8-9428-4478-9326-88595c648e2c%40sessionmgr13\
Science Buddies - sciencebuddies.org/
Convert-me.com - convert-me.com/en/ - Lots of conversion charts.
Math.com math.com
Wolfram MathWorld http://mathworld.wolfram.com/
The Periodic Table - webelements.com/
What's That Stuff? - http://pubs.acs.org/cen/whatstuff/stuff.html
Astronomy - http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/astronomy/
Scientific Biography - http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/
Chemistry - http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/
Physics - http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/physics/
Community Resource Center (Colorado Nonprofits & Grants) ? crcamerica.org/
National Park Service - nps.gov/index.htm
Colorado State Parks - http://parks.state.co.us/
Colorado By the Numbers - colorado.edu/libraries/govpubs/online.htm
Colorado State Symbols & Emblems - colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/history/symbemb.htm
Colorado Water Rights & State Water Resources - cde.state.co.us/stateinfo/QGWaterRights.htm
Internet Archive - archive.org/index.php