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Online Databases

These databases are accessible within the library or from your home. To access databases from home, you will need a library card. Some of databases are provided as part of the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL). For assistance accessing TEL databases remotely, please call (901) 757-7323.

Table of Contents

Federated Search | Academic and Career Resources | Biography | Business | Education | En Espanol | Genealogy | General Reference | Health and Wellness | History | Language | Lifestyle | Literature | Military | Newspapers | Regional History | Science | Social Studies | Students

Federated Search

  • Tennessee Electronic Library - Follow this link to simultaneously search multiple online databases through the Tennessee Electronic Library Federated Search.

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Academic and Career Resources

  • Career Transitions - An online career guidance center that walks users through the complete job-search process, from exploring careers to creating a resume and applying for jobs. This is a TEL database.
  • Driving-Tests.org - Free study materials and practice tests for Tennessee car, motorcycle and CDL licenses.
  • LearningExpress Library - Practice tests and tutorial courses for academic or licensing tests. This is a TEL database.
  • Testing & Education Reference Center - Offers preparatory materials for specialized tests for college, graduate school, the military and trade school, information about colleges and universities, help writing admissions essays, and more. Use your library card number to log in.
  • Vocations and Careers Collection - Provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals. This is a TEL database.

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Biography

  • Biography in Context - Offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, podcasts, and images. Covers historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers. Use your library card number to log in when connecting remotely.

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Business

  • Business Collection - Provides coverage of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice.This is a TEL database.
  • Business, Economics, and Theory Collection - Provides periodicals focusing on topics in economics. This is a TEL database.
  • Business Insights: Essentials - Easily find information on companies, industries and more in the context of timely news, statistical data and in-depth reports. This is a TEL database.
  • Communications and Mass Media Collection - Advertising, public relations, linguistics, literature and more. This is a TEL database.
  • General Business File ASAP - Full text and indexing of articles from business and management journals, trade publications and national business magazines. Also includes Company Profiles. This is a TEL database.
  • Insurance and Liability Collection - Asset protection information for everyone, from individual property owners to multinational corporations. This is a TEL database.
  • Small Business Collection - Provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories for business schools and entreprenuers. This is a TEL database.
  • Small Business Resource Center - Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites. This is a TEL database.

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Education

  • Educator's Reference Complete - Access articles on educational principles, child development and psychology. This is a TEL database.
  • Information Science and Library Issues Collection - Provides current and accurate information on data processing techniques, metadata, cataloging and more. This is a TEL database.
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts - A free bibliographic database providing coverage of subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.
  • Professional Collection - Full text articles for school faculty and administrators. This is a TEL database.
  • Teacher Reference Center (TRC) - A free database providing coverage on key education topics such as assessment, continuing education, current pedagogical research, curriculum development, instructional media, language arts, literacy standards, science, mathematics and more for K-12 instructors.

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En Espanol

  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - Diccionario visual, mundo de animales, actividades y otras materias. This is a TEL database.
  • Informe Académico - Una coleccion de revistas hispanicas con textos completes. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnologia, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias. This is a TEL database.

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Genealogy

  • American Ancestors - Resources for New England genealogy research. In-library use only at Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center.
  • Ancestry Library Edition - Includes U.S. Census data, birth, marriage and death records and the United Kingdom Census Collection. In-library use only at Germantown Community Library and Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center.
  • FindMyPast - U.S. census and military records, Irish records, and a newspaper archive. In-library use only at Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center.
  • Fold3 - Features documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U.S. Presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization records. In-library use only at Germantown Community Library and Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center.
  • HeritageQuest Online - Research U.S. Census records (1790-1930), books and history articles, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records (1865-1874) and more.
  • HistoryGeo.com -A family history service that links old maps and land records to geneaology research. In-library use only at Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center.
  • Newspapers.com -Over 4,000 newspapers from the 1700s to 2000s to support geneaology research. In-library use only at Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center.

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General Reference

  • Academic OneFile - Peer-reviewed full-text scholarly content across the academic disciplines. This is a TEL database.
  • Expanded Academic ASAP - A good source for college and high school research papers. Subject coverage includes humanities, social sciences, general sciences, and current events from 1980 to the present. This is a TEL database.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. This is a TEL database.
  • General Onefile - A one-stop source for news, magazines and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines. This is a TEL database.
  • General Reference Center Gold - Access periodicals, journals, reference books, investment reports, dictionaries, newsletters, pamphlets and maps. This is a TEL database.
  • JSTOR - Inside Library only, remote access not allowed - A digital library of more than 1,500 academic journals, books and primary sources.
  • World Book Online - Access World Book Online Reference Center, World Book Online Info Finder, World Book Online for Kids and more. This is a TEL database.

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Health and Wellness

  • Health Reference Center Academic - Provides consumer health information from medical journals, consumer health magazines, health pamphlets and medical reference books. This is a TEL database.
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center - Full text articles on health issues from reference books and periodicals. A good resource of consumer information on alternative medicine and nutrition. This is a TEL database.
  • Nursing and Allied Health - Access this database for articles focusing on nursing, biomedicine, health sciences, consumer health and allied health disciplines. This is a TEL database.
  • Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection - Access to academic journals and magazines covering the fields of fitness and sports. This is a TEL database.

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History

  • U.S. History Collection - Balanced coverage of current thought and events in U.S. history. This is a TEL database.
  • World History Collection - This database offers periodicals covering current thought and events in world history. This is a TEL database.

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Language

  • Mango Languages - Mango is the fast, easy and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Use your library card number to log in.
  • Powerspeak Languages - A friendly, functional curriculum that introduces vocabulary in the context of everyday usage. This is a TEL database.

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Lifestyle

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Literature

  • Artemis Literary Sources - Unlock information in primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis and biographies. Artemis searches Literature Resource Center, Twayne's and Scribner's content simultaneously. This is a TEL database.
  • Books & Authors - Looking for a good book, but not sure where to start? Browse by character, subject, location and time period for your next great read. This is a TEL database.
  • Bloom's Literary Criticism - Direct access to more than 500 full-text eBooks from the Bloom's Literary Criticism series. Use your library card number to log in.
  • Literature Resource Center - Biographies, bibliographies and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. This is a TEL database.
  • Project Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free eBooks. Includes a large selection of public domain works, or books which have fallen out of copyright in the U.S.
  • Scribner Writers Series - Includes essays on more than 2,000 authors and literary genres. This is a TEL database.
  • Twayne's Authors Online - Comprises full-text titles from Twayne World, U.S. and English Authors. This is a TEL database.

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Military

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Newspapers

  • The Knoxville News Sentinel - Provides access to full-text articles first published in the Knoxville News Sentinel from August 15, 2000 to the present. Paid ads are excluded. This is a TEL database.
  • Nashville Tennesseean - Access full text articles and obituaries from November 7, 2002 to the present. This is a TEL database.
  • NewsStand - Full-text newspaper database. Search articles from national, international, state and local newspapers instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section and more. Includes selected Commercial Appeal back issues. This is a TEL database.
  • Southern Life - A special collection of regional magazines and newspapers. This is a TEL database.

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Regional History

  • Tennessee State Library and Archives - Contains a variety of information on exhibits on Tennessee history. Links are available to other services provided by TSLA including state and county record retrieval.
  • Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA) - A program of the Tennessee State Library and Archives to create a digital repository of Tennessee history and culture, featuring a searchable array of historical records, photographs, founding and landmark documents, maps, postcards, film, audio and other original materials of enduring value.
  • Volunteer Voices - A grassroots effort to build a digital collection of history and primary source material from each and every Tennessee county.

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Science and Technology

  • Agriculture Collection - Focused on agriculture and its related fields, from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture. This is a TEL database.
  • Computer Database - Provides access to leading business and technical publications in the computer, telecommunications, and electronics industries. This is a TEL database.
  • Environmental Studies and Policy Collection - Presents diverse perspectives on environmental issues and policies. This is a TEL database.
  • General Science Collection - Contains articles from over 1,600 magazines, journals and reference materials on all aspects of the sciences. This is a TEL database.
  • GreenFILE - A freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.

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Social Studies

  • Criminal Justice Collection - Offers periodicals on law, law enforcement, forensic science and other related topics. This is a TEL database.
  • Culinary Arts Collection - Includes articles from cooking and nutrition magazines as well as reference content, with thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews and industry information. This is a TEL database.
  • Diversity Studies Collection - Explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global society. This is a TEL database.
  • Fine Arts & Music Collection - Access to scholarly journals and magazines that support research in areas including drama, music, art history and filmmaking. This is a TEL database.
  • Gender Studies Collection - Provides balanced coverage of this significant aspect of culture and society. This is a TEL database.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Access more than 14,000 viewpoint essays, plus primary sources, biographies, statistics and more. This is a TEL database.
  • Pop Culture Collection - Full text articles covering pop culture in social science, history, art and liberal arts. This is a TEL database.
  • Psychology Collection - Access to academic journals and magazines that cover the study of emotions, personality and the human mind. This is a TEL database.
  • Religion & Philosophy Collection - A selection of titles specific to religious and philosophic themes. This is a TEL database.

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Students

  • Infotrac Student Edition - Designed for high school students with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. This is a TEL database.
  • Kid's InfoBits - Meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through grade 6 with access to newspaper and magazine articles. This is a TEL database.
  • Research in Context - Created specifically for middle school researchers, bringing together authoritative content in a variety of formats on one modern, student-friendly and mobile-responsive interface. This is a TEL database.
  • Student Resources in Context - Contextual information on a broad range of topics, people, places and events. Merges authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites. This is a TEL database.

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