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ALLDATA Research Databases

Auto repair information for vehicles dating back to 1966. Includes maintenance, diagnostic trouble codes, technical service bulletins, diagrams, and more.

Available only within our buildings.

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).

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Ancestry: Library Edition Research Databases Library Card Required.

Genealogy database that contains over 2 billion names and includes U.S.Census records, passenger lists, genealogical charts, and the Ancestry World Tree. 

Temporarily available outside of our buildings.

Tutorial

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).

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ArchiveGrid Research Databases Library Card Required.

Includes over 7 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more.

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Bookflix Library Card Required.

Animated classic storybooks introduce early learners to the delights of reading while sparking curiosity, creating a natural springboard into the paired nonfiction text for deeper discovery.

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).

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Britannica Fundamentals New! Library Card Required.

Interactive learning modules for pre-kindergarten through grade 2 includes drawing, reading, games, and geographical exploration.

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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Computer Skills Research Databases Library Card Required.

Video courses are the fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer. Use the materials in this center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design, and more.

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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Consumer Health Complete Research Databases Library Card Required.

Popular and professionally written information for patients and consumers covering all health-related topics from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine. Includes Health Source: Consumer Edition and Alt Health Watch databases.

Tutorial

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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Consumers’ Checkbook Research Databases Library Card Required.

Twin Cities Consumers’ Checkbook provides information and reviews on the quality and prices of local services such as auto repair, health care, home care, pet services and personal finance. Creating an account with a valid email address is required when accessing the resource outside of library buildings. By creating an account, users can add their own reviews of local firms.

Subscription purchased by Ramsey County Library.

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Data Axle Reference Solutions Research Databases Library Card Required.

Formerly ReferenceUSA. Directory information for US and Canadian businesses and US residences. Also includes a US Consumers/Lifestyles database that offers market research.

Tutorial

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).

Please note: If unable to access Data Axle Reference Solutions remotely using Google Chrome™, please try using a different internet browser. The most recent version of Chrome has been known to cause access issues.

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Driving-Tests.org Websites

Online DVS test preparation for Minnesota. Includes car, motorcycle, and commercial driver's license practice tests, an exam simulator, driving manuals, and frequently asked questions related to visiting a License Center.

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Ebooks Minnesota E-books

Consists of an online ebook collection for all Minnesotans covering a wide variety of subjects for readers of all ages and featuring content from our state's independent publishers.

Access provided by Minitex with funding from a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to the Minnesota Department of Education.

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Explora Kids Research Databases Library Card Required.

Contains elementary school-appropriate magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and images. Includes Primary Search and Middle Search Plus databases.

Tutorial

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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Explora Library Magazines & Journals Research Databases Library Card Required.

Full text of popular magazine and scholarly journal articles covering all subject areas including multimedia, primary source documents, and reference books. Includes Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, MasterFILE Complete, Consumer Health Complete, Health Source - Consumer Edition, and Science Reference Center databases.

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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Explora Teens Research Databases Library Card Required.

Contains middle and high school-appropriate magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles. Also includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia. Includes Middle Search Plus, MAS Complete, Consumer Health Complete, Health Source - Consumer Edition, and Science Reference Center databases.

Tutorial

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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FamilySearch Research Databases

Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources. Includes access to over 400 million images not available outside of the library. A free FamilySearch account is required to access restricted records.

Available only within our buildings.

Access provided through FamilySearch International.

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HelpNow (Brainfuse) Research Databases Library Card Required.

Provides one-to-one live homework help from online tutors. Tutors are available in English and Spanish every day, 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Covers all major subject areas: Math, Science, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Reading Assistance. For Grades K–12. 

Also includes an Adult Learning Center. Achieve your learning and career goals with live one-on-one academic coaching, practice test center, and online resources.

Tutorial

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).

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JobNow! Research Databases Library Card Required.

 Provides one-to-one live resume experts, interview coaches, and job coaches. JobNow coaches are available daily from 1:00 to 11:00 pm. Also includes live unemployment benefit assistance (3:00 - 9:00 pm Mon-Thurs), resume building software, and a variety of other resources to assist with your job search.

Tutorial

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).

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Kanopy Library Card Required.

Kanopy is a video streaming service with access to thousands of films, documentaries, and series. Each user is granted 10 credits per month.

NOTE: You will be required to create an account. Once you have created your account you will be able to stream Kanopy on a computer, device, or app-enabled television.

Tutorial, opens a new window

Subscription purchased by Ramsey County Library.


Kanopy Kids Library Card Required.

Kanopy is a streaming service with access to thousands of films, documentaries, and television shows.

  • No credits are deducted or required for streaming Kanopy Kids titles.
  • All titles in the Kanopy Kids collection have unlimited plays.
  • Parental controls can be set up to prevent the children from accessing the content outside the Kanopy Kids collection.

NOTE: You will be required to create an account. Once you have created your account you will be able to stream Kanopy on a computer, device, or app-enabled television.

Tutorial, opens a new window

Subscription purchased by Ramsey County Library.


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LearningExpress Library Research Databases Library Card Required.

Interactive collection of tests, tutorials, and eBooks categorized in Learning Centers including School Center, College Admissions Test Preparation, College Students, High School Equivalency Center, Adult Core Skills, Career Preparation, and Recursos para Hispanohablantes (Spanish Center). You can find college entrance exams in College Admissions Test Preparation Center.

Tutorial

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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Libby / OverDrive Library Card Required.

OverDrive is a collection of downloadable e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. Libby is a free, one tap reading app from OverDrive where you can borrow and enjoy digital content from Ramsey County Library.

For details on which devices work with OverDrive / Libby and how to download items, click here, opens a new window.

Tutorial, opens a new window

Borrowing and Renewal Policies:

  • Metro area public library cardholders registered with Ramsey County Library may borrow e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines through OverDrive / Libby.
  • A maximum of 15 e-books or e-audiobooks may be borrowed at a time.
  • An unlimited number of e-magazines may be borrowed at a time.
  • e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines may be borrowed for 7, 14, or 21 days.
  • e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines are renewable.  A Renew option will appear on your Loans page three days before the item expires as long as there are no requests on that title.
  • If a title has been borrowed by another user, a hold for the title may be placed. Hold limit is 15 items. Note: e-magazines are always available to be borrowed at all times and require no holds.
  • e-Books and e-audiobooks cannot be downloaded to the Library's publicly used computers.

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA). Additional content purchased by Ramsey County Library.

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Lynda.com

As of May 28th, Lynda.com is no longer available through the Ramsey County Library.

Check out Udemy, opens a new window where you can learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and more. Includes 6,000+ on-demand video courses in multiple languages. Please note you will need a Google or Microsoft account to use the library's Udemy service.


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MAS Complete Library Card Required.

Hundreds of popular high school magazines and reference books. Covers subjects such as art, history, sports and music. Also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags.

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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MasterFILE Complete Magazines & Journals Research Databases Library Card Required.

Offers the largest collection of popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly regarded sources from the world's leading publishers. Covering virtually every general interest subject area, it also includes an extensive collection of photos, maps and flags.

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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Medline Research Databases Library Card Required.

Directory of articles and reports on all areas of medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the basic biomedical sciences.

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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Middle Search Plus Research Databases Library Card Required.

Popular magazines, biographies and historical essays, primary source documents, and reference books for middle school students. Included in Explora Kids and Explora Teens databases.

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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Minnesota Digital Library Websites

Collection of images and documents from historical societies, public libraries, special archives, universities, and colleges that depict the history of Minnesota.

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub Newspapers Research Databases

The Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub is a searchable website from the Minnesota Historical Society that makes millions of pages of Minnesota newspapers available online. The Hub contains geographically and culturally diverse newspapers published between 1849 and today. Due to potential copyright restrictions most issues published less than 95 years ago can only be accessed from the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center.

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Minnesota Legal Forms Library Research Databases Library Card Required.

Provides a wide selection of state-specific legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord/tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

Subscription funded by the Ramsey County Law Library.

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Minnesota Newspapers Magazines & Journals Newspapers Research Databases Library Card Required.

Electronic editions of the following newspapers:

  • St. Paul Pioneer Press Image Edition (2018 - Current)
  • St. Paul Pioneer Press Text Edition (1988 - Current)
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune (1986 - Current)
  • Duluth News Tribune (1995 - Current)
  • Rochester Post-Bulletin (2006 - Current, some dates missing)
  • America's News Magazines (47 popular magazines and journals)

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).

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MN Writes MN Reads Websites

Local authors - indie, self-published, aspiring, and mainstream - can create ebooks and share them with readers across the state and potentially across the country using free tools provided by Minnesota libraries.

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).

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Novelist K-8 Plus Research Databases Library Card Required.

Designed especially for elementary and middle school students, NoveList K-8 Plus is an online database with fiction and nonfiction titles chosen specifically to support the school curriculum as well as the pleasure reading needs of students.

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).

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Novelist Plus Research Databases Library Card Required.

NoveList Plus is a comprehensive online readers' advisory tool. Using NoveList Plus, you can search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles, and also retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more.

Tutorial

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).

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OverDrive / Libby Library Card Required.

OverDrive is a collection of downloadable e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. Libby is a free, one tap reading app from OverDrive where you can borrow and enjoy digital content from Ramsey County Library.

For details on which devices work with OverDrive / Libby and how to download items, click here, opens a new window.

Tutorial, opens a new window

Borrowing and Renewal Policies:

  • Metro area public library cardholders registered with Ramsey County Library may borrow e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines through OverDrive / Libby.
  • A maximum of 15 e-books or e-audiobooks may be borrowed at a time.
  • An unlimited number of e-magazines may be borrowed at a time.
  • e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines may be borrowed for 7, 14, or 21 days.
  • e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines are renewable.  A Renew option will appear on your Loans page three days before the item expires as long as there are no requests on that title.
  • If a title has been borrowed by another user, a hold for the title may be placed. Hold limit is 15 items. Note: e-magazines are always available to be borrowed at all times and require no holds.
  • e-Books and e-audiobooks cannot be downloaded to the Library's publicly used computers.

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA). Additional content purchased by Ramsey County Library.

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PebbleGo/PebbleGo Next Research Databases Library Card Required.

A curricular content hub specifically designed for K-5 students. Modules include Animals and Biographies in the PebbleGo (K-3) tab, and States and American Indian History in the PebbleGo Next (3-5) tab. Informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports including read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting.
 
Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).
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Primary Search Research Databases Library Card Required.

Popular elementary school magazines as well as encyclopedias and dictionaries written for kids, plus an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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ProQuest U.S. Newsstream Newspapers Research Databases Library Card Required.

U.S. news content as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s from national and regional news sources including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, and Chicago Tribune.

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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Reference Solutions (Data Axle) Research Databases Library Card Required.

Formerly ReferenceUSA. Directory information for US and Canadian businesses and US residences. Also includes a US Consumers/Lifestyles database that offers market research.

Please note: If unable to access Data Axle Reference Solutions remotely using Google Chrome™, please try using a different internet browser. The most recent version of Chrome has been known to cause access issues.

Tutorial

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).




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Science Reference Center Research Databases Library Card Required.

Science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources covering numerous science topics for middle and high school students. Included in Explora Teens and Explora Library databases.

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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St. Paul Pioneer Press Collection Newspapers Research Databases Library Card Required.

Explore St. Paul history through local news, events and people with the St. Paul Pioneer Press Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Full-text articles are available from 1988 to present. The Image Edition with full-color pages is available from 2018 to present.

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) and Ramsey County Library.

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Transparent Language Online Research Databases Library Card Required.

Learn over 100 languages. Builds listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Includes English language learning. Account creation is required and allows you to track your progress.

Tutorial

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).

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Udemy New! Library Card Required.

Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and more. Includes 6,000+ on-demand video courses in multiple languages. Please note you will need a Google or Microsoft account to use the library's Udemy service. 

Subscription purchased by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).

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Value Line Research Databases Library Card Required.

Online access to Value Line's leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks.

Subscription purchased by Ramsey County Library.

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