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Auto and Driving 

Auto Repair SourceNC Live Reference database with authoritative and up-to-date auto repair and service information on more than 38,000 vehicles.

Driving-Tests The nation's leading online driver's education program, which provides unlimited, registration-free access to car/motorcycle/commercial vehicle practice tests, online driving manuals and FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 DMV-related questions.

Books and Literature

ABC-CLIONC Live This digital collection of full text books includes materials from all time periods in the United States and Europe.

Biography Reference BankNC Live A biography database of in-depth profiles from Current Biography and World Authors, the periodical coverage of Biography Index, and specialist content from Junior Authors & Illustrators.

Biography Reference CenterNC Live A comprehensive collection of full-text biographies on popular and heavily-researched figures.

eSequels Online guide to series fiction.

NoveList PlusNC Live A readers’ advisory resource that uses appeal factors and expert reviews to offer read-alike and listen-alike recommendations for fiction, nonfiction, and audiobooks.

Salem Literature Literature database of author profiles and literary criticism of the world's most-studied literature.

Twentieth Century African-American PoetryNC Live This resource features nearly 9,000 poems by some of the most important African-American poets of the last century.

Twentieth Century American PoetryNC Live This resource includes 50,000 poems drawn from 750 volumes by more than 300 poets from the last century.

Twentieth Century English PoetryNC Live This resource collects more than 600 volumes of poetry by British poets since 1900.


Bureau of Labor Statistics Statistics include unemployment rates, average earnings and consumer price index. Information from many federal and state agencies in one location, including information about business licenses, business permits, and starting small businesses.

Business Licenses in North Carolina The North Carolina Commerce web site contains information regarding business licenses required by state agencies and occupational licensing boards.

Morningstar Investment Research CenterNC Live The Morningstar Investment Research Center covers mutual funds, stocks and exchange-traded funds for the individual investor.

NC LIVE Business Portal The Business Portal is designed for local entrepreneurs, investors, and small business owners who are looking to get their business started or grow their customer base. Free access to full-text articles from the Wall Street Journal, expensive market research data, demographic mapping, company listings from ReferenceUSA, information on starting a small business, business planning, investment research, and more.

Data-Axle Reference SolutionsNC Live (Formerly ReferenceUSA) Reference and research tool providing instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 235 million U.S. residents.

SimplyAnalyticsNC Live Get business and marketing data for almost any location in the United States to help you write your business plan.

Small Business Administration The Small Business Administration provides assistance on starting, expanding, and financing a small business.

ThomasNet Industrial search engine for finding the exact product, service, or supplier and provides direct access to the detailed information including line-item product details, CAD drawings, and more.

Wall Street JournalNC Live The financial newspaper of record offers in-depth coverage of national and international finance, as well as coverage of hard news.

Career, Jobs & Test Prep

College Foundation of North Carolina Free service of the State of North Carolina that helps students plan, apply, and pay for college.

Cypress ResumeNC Live Resume creation tool on the market today specifically designed for job seekers skittish about writing,

Digital Learn A collection of free self-directed tutorial for end-user to increase their digital literacy and learn basic computer skills.

Ferguson's Career Guidance CenterNC Live a comprehensive resource that enables users to explore industries and careers, plan their education, and research best practices for résumés, cover letters, interviewing, networking, and salaries/benefits.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Apply for federal student financial aid online.

Gale CoursesGale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses online. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost.

GCFLearn Free Offers more than 180 topics, from MS Office and email to reading, math and more; Including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+videos, and 55+ interactives and games, free.

Learning Express highly-acclaimed eLearning solution that provides support to students and professionals for academic skill-building, standardized test prep, career certification test prep and more.

NCWorks One-stop online resource for job seekers and employers in North Carolina. Job seekers can search for jobs, create resumes, and find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs, and search labor market information.

North Carolina Division of Employment Security The North Carolina Division of Employment Securities (DES) provides employment services, unemployment insurance and labor market information to the State's workers, employers and general public.

North Carolina Joblink Career Centers Employment and training services to help job seekers find a new or better job.

North Carolina Office of State Personnel Job openings with the state of North Carolina.

North Carolina State Library Jobs Job openings available in North Carolina libraries.

Occupational Outlook Handbook The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally-recognized source of career information designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.

O*net Online This site provides detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more.

Testing & Education Reference CenterNC Live A testing and education preparation resource that includes in-depth information on college, graduate, and professional programs, professional training, scholarships, and entrance tests alongside practice tests for entrance exams, certifications, and licensing exams.


Gale Literary SourcesNC Live Combines Literature Resource Center with Gale Virtual Reference Library in one interface. Articles, critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, and biographies covering authors, their works, and literary movements.


Fuel Economy U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provide consumers with information about fuel-economy and fuel efficient vehicles, side-by-side vehicle comparison, air pollution emissions information, and more.


Breast Cancer Resource Directory of North Carolina Free comprehensive information, support and resources for North Carolina breast cancer patients and survivors and their families and friends.

CINAHL Plus with Full TextNC Live Database of nursing and allied health journals with additional materials that include nursing dissertations, conference proceedings, evidence-based care sheets, audiovisuals, and continuing education modules.

Lab Tests Online Get reliable, unbiased help understanding your lab results from this peer-reviewed website provided by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

MedlinePlus Get quick, reliable information about many medical conditions from the National Library of Medicine. This site contains a medical encyclopedia, dictionary, current news, videos, and a pharmaceutical drug encyclopedia.

NC Health Info Use this web site to find videos, local health care providers, and reliable health information. This site also includes extensive information about health care for veterans, those currently serving in the military, and their families.

Salem Health Health database for information on topics including diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, and anatomy. Log in with your library card.

WebMD This web site provides timely information about diseases and conditions, health and wellness, and medications. WebMD does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

History and Genealogy

African American Heritage Search essential historical records for African Americans, including Federal Census, Marriage and Cohabitation Records, Military Draft and Service Records, Registers of Slaves and Free(d) Persons of Color, Freedman's Bank, and more.

Ancestry Library Online This genealogical database includes federal and state census, church, military, court, land, probate, immigration, and vital records.

Digital North Carolina A digital collection of primary sources from cultural heritage institutions around North Carolina including photographs, yearbooks, and government records.

Documenting the American South Documenting the American South includes books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs related to southern history, literature, and culture.

Films on Demand Video CollectionNC Live Thousands of high quality videos on business & economics, health & medicine, humanities & social sciences, and science & mathematics, as well as travel and fitness programming, home and how-to videos, indie films, and popular music performances.

Fold3 Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Heritage QuestNC Live Genealogy buffs or historians may search federal census records, family histories, local histories, the Periodical Source Index, and more with records from 1700 to the present.

Mooresville Tribune Archive Access Mooresville Tribune newspapers from 1904-2010.

MyHeritage Discover, share and preserve your family history, with access to a library of historical records, diverse collection of family trees, and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. Available in 40 languages.

NCpedia Free and reliable source of information for students and other researchers interested in topics related to North Carolina.

Salem History Biographical database of important men and women in all areas of achievement. Log in with your library card.

Sanborn Maps North CarolinaNC Live This site contains Sanborn fire insurance maps from 1867-1970 for all parts of North Carolina.

Journals, Magazines & Newspapers

Charlotte ObserverServing the Piedmont of North Carolina with News, Sports and Weather.

Consumer ReportsNC Live Popular collection of product reviews and recommendations for cars, appliances, electronics, personal finance, and health information.

Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper CollectionNC Live 3.5 million pages of digitized content from over 1,000 NC county newspapers.

MasterFile PremierNC Live General reference magazines and publications covering a wide-range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science and multicultural issues.

Mooresville Tribune Archive Access Mooresville Tribune newspapers from 1904-2010.

New York TimesNC LiveAn American newspaper based in New York City. This website contains full text articles from Jun 1, 1980 to the present.

Wall Street JournalNC Live The financial newspaper of record offers in-depth coverage of national and international finance, as well as coverage of hard news. This website contains full text articles from Jan 2, 1984 to the present.

The Washington PostNC Live An American daily newspaper located in Washington DC, this newspaper has a particular emphasis on national politics.This website contains full text articles from Dec 4, 1996 to the present.

Language Learning

BBC Languages Offers free online language-learning courses with emphasis on major European languages. Also offers links in 33 languages to the BBC news.

Duolingo Learn languages in bite-sized lessons as you earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up.

Mango LanguagesNC Live A language-learning software with over 70 world language courses and over 17 ESL/ELL courses, featuring an engaging user interface, voice comparison, foreign language films, cultural anecdotes, and a mobile app.

Read Arabic! Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the materials of Read Arabic! were developed to provide online e-learning reading lessons aimed at beginning and intermediate students of the language.

Read Chinese! Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, these Read Chinese! materials were developed to provide online e-learning reading lessons aimed at beginning and intermediate students of the language.

English as a Second Language

Activities for ESL Students Quizzes, tests, exercises, and puzzles to help you learn English.

Adult Learning Activities News Stories for ESL Learners. Improve basic English skills using real-life stories on topics of interest to adults.

BBC Learning English Videos, podcasts, and quizzes for learning English from the BBC. Tools for learning and practicing English grammar and writing.

General Learning Quizzes Listen to everyday conversations with adult and children's voices.

Tax Information

Internal Revenue Service Download federal tax forms and instructions from 1980 to the present.

Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally $56,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns.

North Carolina Department of Revenue Download North Carolina state tax forms and instructions from 1992 to the present.

North Carolina Taxpayer Service Centers Office locations throughout the state where staff offer a variety of services ranging from providing North Carolina tax forms to answering questions.