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This list displays subscription-based resources that are purchased by the library and specifically selected to serve the needs of our customers. These resources are usually of the highest quality and often supplement or replace reference materials in print formats.

Academic OneFile Select

The premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals, this comprehensive resource covers the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, technology, literature, and many other subjects. With millions of articles in both PDF and HTML full-text format and simultaneous, unlimited usage, researchers are able to find accurate, timely information quickly.

America's News-Newsbank

Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S. Available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Ancestry Library Edition

The number one source for on-line family history records and genealogy research includes census, military, church, and immigration records as well as many other genealogy research sources. The database also includes slave narratives, newspapers, directories, and tips on how to begin genealogy research. For more resources, try HeritageQuest Online.

This resource is only available from INSIDE the library

Ancient and Medieval History Online

From Facts on File, this database covers six ancient centers of civilizations-Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mesoamerica, and Mesopotamia and time periods ranging from 3 to 5 million years ago through 1522. It includes basic information as well as biographies, timelines and maps and charts.


Read and watch your favorite storybook, and then explore facts and play games. You can also read along with the narrator! Free with your HCPL library card.

Books & Authors

Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. The ideal convergence of science and serendipity, this online resource leverages the Internet's unique capacity to create, build, communicate and sustain communities of readers.

Brainfuse HelpNow

One-on-one homework help with expert tutors, assistance with foreign languages, a 24-hour writing lab, and more. Tutors available Monday-Sunday 2:00 pm-11:55 pm, Eastern Standard Time. Also available as a mobile app here. Free with your HCPL library card.

Consumer Reports

Search Consumer Reports directly to find trusted ratings & reviews for products and services you use every day. Available free with your library card.

Educator's Reference Complete

This collection of more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports is a great resource for any educator--from the school teacher and administrator to those studying in the field at the collegiate and graduate level. Educator's Reference Complete seeks to provide full text for titles in the Eric database and covers multiple levels of education from preschool to college, and every educational specialty--such as technology, bilingual education, health education, and testing. It also provides insight on issues in administration, funding, and policy.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

The online Encyclopaedia Britannica offers three levels for searching: one for children, young adults and reference. Britannica Library also offers Original Sources (find the link in the upper right-hand corner). Original Sources has thousands of primary source documents in history, literature, politics, religion and more. Check out our mobile app page for Britannica Library on the go!


Flipster offers popular magazines that are easy to read on your computer or mobile device. Download the Flipster app and browse and checkout magazines all from within the app! Some monthly magazines stay in the app for 7 days and some weekly magazines for 2 days.


Distributed by ProQuest, Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to a growing collection of US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3.

General OneFile

General OneFile includes more than 8,000 titles (most in full text with no embargo), many of which are recommended by Bowker's Magazines for Libraries. We've included the reference, newspaper, and audio content that complements the resource's robust collection of magazines and journals. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, General OneFile serves a wide audience of readers.

Harper's Weekly: 1857-1912

The definitive online version of the newspaper of record for the latter part of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries provides an essential resource for students of the period, providing insight into the political, sociological, cultural, and economic issues of the day. The database includes over 75,000 illustrations, cartoons, maps and portraits.

This database was originally made available through a grant from Jack L. and Signe W. Shagena.

HeritageQuest Online

In partnership with Sailor, Maryland’s Public Information Network, this genealogy site is available from ProQuest Information and Learning both inside and outside the library. The site offers 25,000 family and local histories and is specifically designed for beginning researchers in public libraries.

Historical U.S. Newspapers

Historical U.S. Newspapers from Proquest is the definitive newspaper digital archive offering full-text and full-image articles for significant newspapers dating back to the 18th century. Researchers interested in history, genealogy and culture can travel digitally back through the centuries to be an eyewitness to history. Includes the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post.

In Context: Elementary

In Context: Elementary (formerly Kids InfoBits), introduces elementary school students to database searching with easy-to-use resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content.

In Context: Middle School

As a middle schooler, research can be challenging, right? You’re not a research guru just yet, and online searches on their own can lead you to unreliable content. Thankfully, In Context: Middle School integrates citable content from magazines, newspapers, videos, and primary sources into an easy-to-navigate database developed with you in mind. Dive into science, social studies, history, literature, and more from National Geographic, Scholastic, NPR, NASA, and other citable sources.

In Context: High School

When you have a paper, project, or presentation to complete, the hardest part is figuring out where to start. In Context: High School simplifies your search for information by bringing together hundreds of thousands of images, videos, and audio selections into one easy-to-use database. While online browsers can serve up unreliable or incomplete results, this database lets you explore vetted primary sources, biographies, critical essays, and other materials in many formats — giving you deeper context to high-interest topics.

Investing Center -formerly Morningstar

Investing Center-formerly Morningstar provides access to premium information on stock and funds and includes Morningstar analysts - independent opinion on 1,700 stocks, 2,200 mutual funds, and 300 exchange rated funds. The research center also offers accurate, up-to-date data on 35,000 stocks and funds, along with industry and market data. The database lets users build and test portfolio ideas online, and provides financial education through its Investing Classroom.

If you are experiencing difficulty accessing Investing Center-formerly Morningstar with the Google Chrome browser, please try another browser. We recommend using either Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox.


An interactive test preparation site for both academic and career exams that allows patrons to take practice exams and receive on-line scoring and customized evaluations. First time users will need to register on-line. If you need assistance, please see a librarian.

Legal Forms

Take the law into your own hands and create accurate, reliable legal documents with no hassle with Gale LegalForms. It offers Maryland-specific “attorney forms”--officially approved forms used by law firms. Many forms are fillable, so you just need to fill in the blanks!

LinkedIn Learning,

LinkedIn Learning is a premier online learning resource offering more than 4,000 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more is now available FREE with your library card.

Mango Languages

The easiest way to learn a foreign language! Mango languages is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian, and more. Mango Premier provides students the opportunity to learn a language through film.

MasterFILE Premier

Search hundreds of full-text magazines and newspapers.


Medici.TV offers unlimited use of musical films, concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, master classes, and live events.

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids engages learners with full-text magazines and books as well as videos and images. With a few clicks, you can explore science, animals, technology, cultures and history. Enjoy amazing adventures in science, nature, wildlife, culture, geography, archaeology, and space. Library Edition is an extensive online database of 4,000+ historical newspapers from the early 1700s into the 2000s. Distributed by ProQuest into libraries, it contains a diverse blend of well-known regional and local newspapers in the U.S. and other countries.

The New York Times

Enjoy complementary access to To activate your subscription, you’ll need to log in or register first from inside or outside the library. If outside the library, you will need to Redeem a code to receive 72 hours of unlimited access.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Created for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade, NoveList K-8 provides information on thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, plus book talks, curricular connections and "grab and go" booklists. Perfect for busy teachers, school librarians, and parents!

NoveList Plus

Are you looking for a good book or read-alike titles for a favorite author? NoveList provides thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, plus book discussion guides and Recommended Reads book lists.

Want to learn how to use NoveList Plus? Click here for online tutorials!

OneFile: News

This innovative full-text newspaper resource allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section, or other fields. OneFile: News provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.

Online Book Club

Join our Online Book Blub to start receiving chapters from popular books in your daily email. Every day you will receive a portion of books that only take five minutes to rea. By Friday you will have read a few chapters and can come back, and place holds on your next great read.

Peterson’s Test and Career Prep

Prepare for standardized tests with eBooks, online courses, and full-length practice tests for the GED, SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, TOEFL, U.S. Citizenship and more. Research undergraduate and graduate programs, finding tuition assistance, and exploring and preparing for careers. Search for jobs and create interesting resumes, cover letters, and websites that can be shared with prospective employers.

Proquest Newsstand

xclusive access to 85 full-text newspapers from the world-leading news featuring the Baltimore Sun! Some additional notable titles: The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; The Washington Post; The Boston Globe; The Los Angeles Times; The Chicago Tribune; The Guardian.

Reference Solutions

Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 62 million U.S. businesses and 303 million U.S. residents. Reference Solutions makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more. Available for use at this library are: U.S and Canadian Businesses, White Pages, Consumer, New Businesses, Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyles, and New Mover/New Homeowners. Jobs/internship module allows patrons to search for jobs by job type, company and location. Mapping tools can pinpoint openings in specific geographic regions making job searching much more effective.

If you are experiencing difficulty accessing Reference Solutions with the Google Chrome browser, please try another browser. We recommend using either Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox

Want to learn how to use Reference Solutions? Click here for online tutorials!

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is an online language learning solution that offers the following features:

  • 30 languages to meet a range of community needs
  • 50 hours of foundational instruction
  • Core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills
  • Focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more
  • Mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce language on the go

Science Flix

Browse 30 different science units that can be read at different reading levels. Read articles or watch science videos. Find experiments, learn about science careers, or read about science in the new. Explore and learn!


An online database of tens of thousands of searchable, printable educational resources for all subjects in grades PreK–6.


Read, watch videos, and find project ideas about subjects from ancient civilizations to space to natural disasters.


TumbleBook Library Premium has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books and videos, curated playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels.

Enjoy Tumblebooks in Spanish

U.S. Dailies by Proquest

U.S. Major Dailies provides access to the five most respected U.S. national and regional newspapers, including The New York Times and Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and exclusive access to Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. The titles offer researchers thorough and timely coverage of local, regional, and world events. The content is available each day and provides archives stretching as far back as 1985.

Value Line

Value Line, the most complete guide to investment research, provides online access to a full array of products including the Research Center, Value Line Investment surveys (standard edition, plus edition, small & mid-cap edition), the Selection & Opinion newsletters, Value Line Mutual Fund Surveys and many more.

Want to Learn How to Use Value Line? View Video Tutorials

Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.

Want to learn how to use Gale Virtual Reference Library? Click here for online tutorials!