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ALLDATA Research Databases

Auto repair information for vehicles dating back to 1982. Includes maintenance, diagnostic trouble codes, technical service bulletins, diagrams, and more.

Temporarily available outside of our buildings.

  • Use the Login Name: tempmelsa
  • Use the Password: tempmelsa-1

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.

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

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AudioBookCloud

The growing collection features over 1200 titles, including dozens of genres and interest levels. The collection includes popular literature, classics, children’s and teen books, mystery, sci-fi, history, biography, and more!

There are no special programs to install, or files to download. The site’s also completely mobile compatible, and the audio books can be streamed directly to whichever device you wish to use.

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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.

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cloudLibrary Library Card Required.

Search and check out cloudLibrary e-books! The cloudLibrary is available to you on your computer or mobile device!
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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.

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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. By creating an account, users can add their own reviews of local firms.

Subscription purchased by Ramsey County Library.

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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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EBSCO LearningExpress Library Complete Research Databases Library Card Required.

Interactive collection of tests, tutorials, and eBooks categorized in Learning Centers including School Center, College Preparation Center, College Center, High School Equivalency Center, Adult Learning Center, Career Center, and Recursos para Hispanohablantes (Spanish Center).

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Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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EBSCO MAS Complete Library Card Required.

Periodicals covering a wide range of subject areas that are of interest to high-school students including art, history, sports, music, film, travel, science, the Internet, fashion, religion, nature, hobbies, current events, fiction and much more.

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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Explora Kids Research Databases Library Card Required.

Get help with your class assignments using Explora™, a kid-friendly interface from EBSCO, now available at your library. Learn about endangered species, famous musicians, space exploration, and more!

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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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Job & Career Accelerator Research Databases

Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in an exciting new industry, Job & Career Accelerator™ has the powerful tools and expert guidance to help you through every step of the process.

Subscription purchased by eLibrary Minnesota (ELM).

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Kanopy New! Library Card Required.

Kanopy is a streaming service with access to thousands of films, documentaries, and television shows. Each user is granted 10 film 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.

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Kanopy Kids New! 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.

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Lynda.com Research Databases Library Card Required.

Thousands of courses and video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.

Use your library card to log in to Lynda.com for free.

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

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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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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 Reflections 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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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.

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

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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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RBdigital e-Audiobooks Library Card Required.

RBdigital offers a selection of thousands of downloadable audiobooks for children, teens, and adults.

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

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ReferenceUSA Research Databases Library Card Required.

A database containing directory information for US public and private companies and now includes the Canadian Businesses database. Companies may be searched by size, location, type of business, etc. A typical entry includes the company address, phone number, annual sales, number of employees, chief executive, and line of business. Maps can be generated showing individual company locations. Also includes the Residential database which contains information on 135 million U.S. residents compiled from more than 3,900 White Page telephone directories.

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

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RomanceBookCloud

Whether it be contemporary, historical, time travel, paranormal or inspirational, you will love to read about love at RomanceBookCloud.  With a core collection of 1800 titles, including award winners and best sellers, plus new books added all the time, you will never run out of romance to read.

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TeenBookCloud

TeenBookCloud is a curated database of e-books and other digital content for Middle Schools and High Schools, as well as Public Libraries.

The growing collection features over 1000 titles, including student-favorite Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos, and more! TeenBookCloud supports a wide range of readers’ interests and levels and an AP English section makes hundreds of curriculum books available to readers at the click of a button!

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Transparent Language Online Research Databases Library Card Required.

Transparent Language® Online (formerly Byki) is a powerful and personalized language-learning system. It locks foreign language words and phrases into your memory so that you can recall them perfectly and remember them forever. Available in over 74 languages.

NOTE: You will be required to create an account. Once you have created your account you will be able to access Transparent Language Online from any computer with Internet access.

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

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TumbleBookLibrary

TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of children’s e-books that has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite!

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TumbleMath

A collection of math stories which combines animation, narration, and sound to create a compelling and enticing story book for students of all ages.

The books are all accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans, educational games, plus quizzes in order to test and track progress.

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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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