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  • 19th Century U. S. Newspapers Digital Archive

    Digital images for hundreds of 19th century United States newspapers. Includes The Galveston Daily.
  • 20th Century American Poetry
    Includes the full-text of American poetry from the 20th century. 
  • 20th Century English Poetry
    Includes the full-text of British poetry from the 20th century. 
  • ABCmouse
    Helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. Over 5,000 learning activities (fun games, puzzles, art, etc.) for kids ages 2-7+.
  • Academic Search Complete
    Full-text articles in all subject areas from all types of magazines and newspapers including scholarly publications. 
  • Acorn TV

    The Best in British TV and Film:  World-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond, including 80+ exclusive shows and a full slate of original programming. NOTE: This resource will no longer be available after May 14, 2021.

  • African American Biographical Database
    The largest electronic collection of biographical information on African Americans from 1790 to 1950. 
  • African American Heritage
    This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. 

  • African American Intellectual History Society
    A scholarly organization that aims to foster dialogue about researching, writing, and teaching black thought and culture.

  • African American Music Reference

    Contains comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of Black American musical expression chronicling the rich history of this music through 1970. 

  • African American Reference E-book Titles
    Search over 25 reference titles related to African American culture, history, and literature simultaneously. 
  • AGRICOLA
    Index of material on all aspects of agriculture. 
  • Alt Health Watch
    This alternative health database provides full text about complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.  

  • American Civil War: Letters and Diaries
    This database of primary source material contains over two thousand authors and approximately one hundred thousand pages of diaries, letters and memoirs. 
  • American Civil War: Research Database

    Research the soldiers, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War.  Contains indexed, searchable information on over four million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with fifteen thousand photographs. 

  • American Decades
    Decades covers the events, people and social trends that have had impact on contemporary history. Covers the decades from 1900-2009. 
  • American Music
    American Music is a history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.

  • American Physical Society Journals

    Journals from the American Physical Society include Physical Review Letters, Reviews of Modern Physics, Physical Review, and Physics. Issues run from 1893 to present.

  • Ancestry Library (temporary remote access)

    The library version of the Ancestry.com database, one of the largest collections of family history data online. It includes census, vital, military, and immigration records, as well as newspaper articles and city directories. Note: Temporary remote access has been generously provided by ProQuest through June 30, 2021. 
  • Ancestry Library Edition
    The library version of the Ancestry.com database, one of the largest collections of family history data online. It includes census, vital, military, and immigration records, as well as newspaper articles and city directories.

  • Ancestry.com Texas
    A vast collection of digitized documents related to Texas government and history from the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin and the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty. **Note: Free access to the records that have been digitized by Ancestry is available to Texas residents courtesy of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Users are required to create a free Ancestry.com Texas account (instructions at the bottom of the website's homepage). 

  • Annenberg Learner

    Professional development for teachers and classroom resources across the curriculum. Features streaming videos that teach topics including language learning (Spanish, French, German, ESL, etc.), math and science.

  • Architectural Archives Database at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center
    This Houston Public Library collection contains records of architectural drawings owned by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, primarily for structures in the Houston area.

  • Atlanta Daily World Historical Archive
    The Atlanta Daily World had the first black White House correspondent and was the first black daily in the nation in the 20th century. Search full text from 1931 to 2003.

  • Axis360
    Axis360 is an e-book and e-audiobook service that emphasizes the app experience. Apps are available for iOS and Android devices as well as Windows PCs. After downloading the app and setting up your account, you can check out and read a title with just 3 clicks.

  • Barron's

    The complete Barron's on microfilm available in a digital format. Starting date is January 2008. Use by selecting the title Barron's and the desired date.

  • Better Business Bureau for the Houston Area
    Information about companies and charities to encourage wise purchases and a fair marketplace.

  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
    Contains citations covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life.

  • Biography Reference E-books
    Search over 700 biography e-book titles, especially strong in literature, for online use.

  • Black Drama
    Contains the full text of plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries.

  • Black Short Fiction

    Short fiction produced by writers from Africa and the African Diaspora from the earliest times to the present, compiled from early literary magazines, archives, and the personal collections of the authors.

  • Black Studies Center
    Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, and much more.

  • Black Thought and Culture

    An electronic collection of non-fiction writings by major Black American leaders covering 250 years of history including letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, interviews, periodicals, and trial transcripts.

  • Black Women in America
    An online reference e-book that celebrates the remarkable achievements of Black women throughout history and highlights their ongoing contributions in America today by looking at women such as Venus and Serena Williams, Condoleezza Rice, Carol Moseley Braun, Ruth Simmons, and Ann Fudge, who have become household names for their remarkable contributions to sports, politics, academia, business, and other areas.

  • Black Women in America (For Remote Users)
    An online reference e-book that celebrates the remarkable achievements of Black women throughout history and highlights their ongoing contributions in America today by looking at women such as Venus and Serena Williams, Condoleezza Rice, Carol Moseley Braun, Ruth Simmons, and Ann Fudge, who have become household names for their remarkable contributions to sports, politics, academia, business, and other areas.
  • Black Women Writers

    Presents literature and essays by authors from Africa and the African Diaspora.

  • Book Review Digest Plus
    This database brings together book reviews on a wide range of topics from a variety of sources. Titles include a variety of fiction genres and nonfiction subjects.
  • Boston Herald (Digital Image Edition)
    Remote users: Please select "Sign In" on the PressReader page and choose the "Library or Group" option and search for Houston. Choose Houston Public Library, then enter your library card number and PIN when prompted.  The latest 45 days are available.
  • Brainfuse - Adult Learning Center
    Access career resources, resume help, practice tests and Microsoft Office help. Live online tutoring is available 24/7.
  • Brainfuse - Homework Help
    Get live online homework help for kindergarten through the early college years, plus skills building, writing assistance, a language lab, and more. Live tutoring from experienced teachers is available 24/7. Includes live assistance in completing in the FAFSA. 
  • Brainfuse - Job Now
    Get live job coaching, resume assistance, and more. Available 24/7; Powered by Brainfuse. 
  • Britannica Escolar
    Un recurso para estudiantes para hacer busquedas y examinar informacion en enciclopedias, revistas, videos y sitios web.
  • Britannica Online for Children
    A resource for K-5 students to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and websites. 
  • Britannica Online for Young Adults

    A resource for middle and high school students to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, websites, and primary sources. Includes tips and tools for organizing research papers and school reports.

  • Britannica Online Library Edition
    A powerful resource to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and websites.
  • Business Abstracts with Full Text
      Business Abstracts with Full Text offers a multitude of business magazines and scholarly journals. This comprehensive database is an ideal resource for those looking to conduct research in any area of business.
  • Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center
      Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center offers cover-to-cover indexing for journals, monographs, magazines and trade publications, all with a strong focus on BC/DR and closely aligned issues. Hundreds of thousands of  BC/DR-focused articles, benchmarks and best practices selected from hundreds of leading trade and industry publications. Many full text records come complete with images, tables, charts and other graphical information. Content is updated on weekly. Select OpenAthens login if prompted.
  • Business Plans Handbooks
      If you plan to start or expand a business, the Business Plan Handbooks provide over 250 examples of business plans for a variety of businesses.
  • Business Source Complete
      Scholarly business journals covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and much more.
  • Chicago Defender Historical Archive
      Full page view of the Chicago Defender from 1910-1975.

  • Chicago Tribune (Digital Image Edition)
      Remote users: Please select "Sign In" on the PressReader page and choose the "Library or Group" option and search for Houston. Choose Houston Public Library, then enter your library card number and PIN when prompted.  The latest 45 days are available.

  • Chilton Library
      When it comes to auto repair, the Chilton manuals have been trusted for many years. Now these exceptional resources are available in a comprehensive, simple-to-use database providing quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today.

  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
      Search and read newspapers from 1836-1922 and find information about American newspapers from 1690-present. Includes The Houston Daily Post (12/1/1893--2/28/1903) and The Jewish Herald (Houston) (9/24/1908--12/29/1910).

  • Citizenship Corner
      Assistance for immigrants in the greater Houston area.

  • Civil War Era
      Includes the full text of 13 regional newspapers from all sides of the conflict from 1840-1865 as well as 2,000+ slavery, anti-slavery Civil War pamphlets published between 1852 and 1918.

  • Civil War: Sources in U.S. History
      This digital archive examines the war; its battles and campaigns, the home front and the military campground, from its causes to its consequences.

  • Classical Music in Video
     

    Classical Music in Video will grow to contain 1,000 hours of classical music performances, master classes and interviews with master teachers from around the world captured on video.

  • Classical Music Library
      Classical Music Library is the world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.

  • Clayton Microprint Collection
      This collection represents a major portion of Clayton Library's holdings, most of which are not listed in the Houston Public Library Catalog.

  • Clayton Periodical Collection
      Clayton Library has over 3000 genealogy and local history periodical titles. The periodical collection covers most US states and many foreign countries.

  • ComicsPlus
      Digital comics and graphic novels from top publishers and creators. 
  • Computer Source
      The latest information and current trends in high technology.

  • Consumer Health Complete
      Supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides journals, magazines, reference books, and other information sources covering mainstream, complementary, and holistic medicine.

  • Contemporary World Music
      Contemporary World Music delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database will contain important genres such as Reggae, Worldbeat, Neo-Traditional, World Fusion, Balkanic Jazz, African Film, Bollywood, Arab Swing and Jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian Classical, Fado, Flamenco, Klezmer, Zydeco, Gospel, Gagaku, and more.

  • Credo Complete Core Collection
      A general reference resource that serves as a starting point for students and researchers at any level. Content includes over 1100 major encyclopedias, dictionaries and other specialized reference works spanning across all subject areas.

  • CultureGrams
     

    CultureGrams goes beyond basic facts and figures on more than 200 countries, detailing daily life and culture, history, customs, and lifestyles. The States Edition describes the diversity and history of each U.S. state and includes maps, flags and symbols.

  • Dallas Morning News Historical Archive
      Searchable archive of the Dallas Morning News from 1885 - 1977 (digital microfilm).

  • Data Axle Reference Solutions (For Remote Users)
      Database of U.S. businesses; also includes an international business database, a residential white pages database, new movers database (residential) and new businesses database, as well as employment and internship listings. (Previously known as ReferenceUSA.)

  • Data Axle Reference Solutions (In Library Version)
      Database of U.S. businesses; also includes an international business database, a residential white pages database, new movers database (residential) and new businesses database, as well as employment and internship listings. (Previously known as ReferenceUSA.)

  • Demographics Now
      A comprehensive business and residential search tool that facilitates market research reports. Also available are demographic reports of interest to businesses and people writing business plans.

  • Discover Our World
      Click on an interactive map of the world to read articles on different nations provided by Britannica Online.

  • Discover Our World: North America
      Click on an interactive map of the United States to read articles about the states provided by Britannica Online.

  • Dragonsource Qikan
      Chinese language magazines database. Top 100 titles, includes issues from 1999-present.

  • EBSCOhost eBooks
      Read e-books on all subjects including some vocational textbooks, technical manuals, and Texas history. Note: downloadable e-books available by remote use only.
  • Educational Administration Abstracts
      This research database includes bibliographic records covering areas related to educational administration, including educational leadership, educational management, educational research and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. Select OpenAthens login if prompted.

  • Enciclopedia Moderna
      Explore la Enciclopedia Moderna, una fuente de conocimiento autorizado y confiable con miles de artfculos en un amplio rango de temas.

  • Encyclopaedia Judaica
      Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life, knowledge, and the contribution of Jews to world cultures. 

  • Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (For Remote Users)
      An online reference e-book that is the first reference work to survey the full breadth of critical thought on art, culture, and society from classical philosophy to contemporary critical theory featuring articles on the major concepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses and value of all the arts.

  • Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (In Library Version)
      An online reference e-book that is the first reference work to survey the full breadth of critical thought on art, culture, and society from classical philosophy to contemporary critical theory featuring articles on the major concepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses and value of all the arts.

  • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896-Present Day (For Remote Users)
     

    An online reference book tracing the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and including the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.

  • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896-Present Day (In Library Version)
      An online reference book tracing the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and including the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.
  • Encyclopedia of Evolution (For Remote Users)
      An online reference comprehensive guide to the essentials of evolutionary biology, these entries survey essential concepts and theories, present methods, models and findings, and discuss both the history of the field and current controversies. Readers will find brief treatments on discrete concepts and individuals to illuminating lengthy essays by experts in the field.

  • Encyclopedia of Evolution (In Library Version)
      An online reference comprehensive guide to the essentials of evolutionary biology, these entries survey essential concepts and theories, present methods, models and findings, and discuss both the history of the field and current controversies. Readers will find brief treatments on discrete concepts and individuals to illuminating lengthy essays by experts in the field.
  • Encyclopedia of Human Rights (For Remote Users)
      An electronic reference book offering comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history. Focusing primarily on developments since 1945 coverage includes major figures, organizations and institutions, human rights events and crises, and human rights norms.

  • Encyclopedia of Human Rights (In Library Version)
      An electronic reference book offering comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history. Focusing primarily on developments since 1945 coverage includes major figures, organizations and institutions, human rights events and crises, and human rights norms.
  • Encyclopedia of Philosophy
      Provides clear and accessible presentation of wide-ranging philosophical subjects, serving as a first-stop resource for general readers, students and educators.

  • ERIC
      The U.S. Department of Education's Educational Resource Information Center database contains citations and abstracts from education-related journals, as well as full text of digests and clearinghouse documents.

  • Essay & General Literature Index
      Essay & General Literature Index cites records contained in collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain and Canada.

  • Explora: Adult Edition
      Searches for content from numerous resources. Results cover a broad range of topics including arts, literature, science, biography, history and health.
  • Explora: High School Edition
      Search that focuses on content written for high school students. Topics covered include those of special interest to students such as science, current issues, health, history, art, and literature.

  • Explora: Middle School Edition
      Search that focuses on content written for middle school students. Topics covered include those of special interest to students such as science, current issues, health, history, art, and literature.

  • Explora: Primary School Edition
      Search that focuses on content written for primary school students. Topics covered include those of special interest to students such as animals, language arts, science, and geography.

  • Factiva
      Current news from 32,000 sources including newswires, regional and national newspapers, industry publications, trade journals, think tanks and web content from Dow Jones, one of the largest providers of global business and general news sources in the world. Features select articles from daily major national and international newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The Guardian. Includes news sources in 21 languages. Tips: To browse issues of recent major newspapers, click on News Pages, then select date and section. Use the Search Builder to search for news of all types from thousands of news sources around the world.

  • Financial Times Historical Archive
      The Financial Times Historical Archive delivers the complete searchable run of the world's most authoritative daily business newspaper from 1888-2010. An essential, comprehensive and unbiased research tool for everyone studying the public affairs and financial history of the last 130+ years.

  • Findmypast (Available at Clayton Library only)
    Local and national British and Irish genealogical records including parish, census, and military collections and passenger lists. Local English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish records dating back to 1700, including school admissions, workhouse registers, apprenticeship records, and Irish court records. Also includes records from United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pacific Islands, and Papua New Guinea..
  • Flipster
      Digital editions of popular magazines, to read on your computer, laptop, or portable device.  Includes current and back issues. Sign in with your library card number then select your favorite titles or browse. NOTE: This resource will no longer be available after April 30, 2021.

  • Fold3
      This database contains almost 40 million images of primary source materials from the United States Military and other historic archives. Many are available here for the first time.

  • Foundation Center Essential (Remote Access)

    Trying to search for grants from home or office?  Request a free Day Pass to Candid’s Foundation Directory Essential.

    One 24-hour Day Pass is allowed every 30 days, available through December 2021 courtesy of Candid. Houston Public Library staff can also assist you with funding searches directly. For help, contact: 832-393-1313 or Email Reference.

  • Foundation Directory Online (Available at Central Library Only)
     

    Program details and application guidelines for leading foundations as well as sponsoring company information for corporate givers.

    (*Note: For help with this resource while Houston Public Library is closed, contact: 832-393-1313 or Email Reference)

  • Foundation Grants to Individuals (Available at Central Library Only)

     

    Find sources for scholarships, fellowships, grants, awards and other financial support for individuals.

  • Freegal Music
      Freegal Music provides access to over 9.5 million songs and 15,000 music videos from over 28,000 labels including the Sony Music catalog. A valid library card allows you to create your account and access up to 5 hours of streaming music per day and 5 MP3 song downloads per week.

  • Fuente Academica
      Provides the full-text of Spanish language scholarly journals. Ofrece articulos academicos completos.

  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
      Full-text encyclopedia.

  • Gale Business: Plan Builder
      An online tool that provides step-by-step guidance on planning, starting, and running a small business or nonprofit. (Previously known as Small Business Builder.) 

  • Gale Courses
      Free online instructor-led courses on a variety of topics such as business, technology and computer applications, college prep, healthcare, writing, and personal development, and sign language. 6-week courses begin monthly. A valid library card is required to register.

  • Gale Directory Library
      Search for companies and organizations in a number of directories including Ward's Business Directory, Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, and the Encyclopedia of Associations titles.

  • Gale Legal Forms
      Legal forms specific to Texas.

  • Gale Product Menu
      Search all the databases supplied to Houston Public Library by Gale at once or browse resources by category. Includes ebooks, literary research, periodicals, primary sources, and business tools. Search for any term or phrase and find articles from thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, documents, and ebooks along with videos, images and podcast content. (formerly called Gale PowerSearch)

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
      Full-text reference books on topics including biography, business, the environment, history, law, literature, social sciences, medicine, religion, the sciences, and multicultural studies.

  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
      Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. Entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world.

  • Genealogy Connect
      Includes the "how-to" of genealogy research in addition to some ancestor information.

  • Great Courses on Kanopy
     

    Streaming videos including critically-acclaimed movies, award-winning foreign films, inspiring documentaries, a host of educational resources and how-to videos ranging from language learning to haircutting basics. Kanopy Kids includes the Sesame Street catalog and animated versions of popular storybooks. Check out up to 8 films per month, with a play of The Great Courses and Kanopy Kids permitting unlimited use for 30 days. 

  • Health and Medicine: Gale OneFile
      Multi-source database for health and wellness research.

  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
      Provides information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.

  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic
      Scholarly full text journals, abstracts, and indexes focusing on many medical disciplines.

  • HeritageQuest Online (In Library Use)
       A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past. The collection consists of five core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Revolutionary War Records, Freedman’s Bank Records, The LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

  • HeritageQuest Online (Remote Users)
       A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past. The collection consists of five core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Revolutionary War Records, Freedman’s Bank Records, The LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

  • Historical Annual Reports
      Over 800 companies' annual reports (1844-current) available through searchable PDF images.

  • Historical Newspapers
      Search the historical archives of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Defender, Atlanta Daily World, and New York Amsterdam News at one time.

  • HistoryGeo (Available at Clayton Library only)
    Contains land-ownership maps, historical atlases and other content indispensable for recreating frontier neighborhoods and tracking migrations of families across the United States.
  • HistoryMakers Digital Archive
      The nation’s largest African American video oral history collection. Biographies and video interviews with over 2500 notable African American history makers. Tip: To log in, search for and select Houston Public Library in the institution field on the left, then enter your library card number.(Works best with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsers).

  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
      Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center is a collection of periodicals, books and videos covering common and unusual hobbies arranged in over 140 topics.

  • Home Improvement Reference Center
      Home Improvement Reference Center is designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance, and remodeling projects. Step-by-step instructions for thousands of projects in the areas of plumbing, outdoor, woodworking, electrical, and decorating are provided.

  • hoopla
     

    Hoopla provides streaming and downloadable movies, TV shows, and music. Use your library card to sign up and create an account, then edit account settings to add library name (Houston Public Library, library card number, and PIN before browsing or checking out. Users are allowed 2 check outs per month and can check out videos for 72 hours, music for 7 days.

  • Humanities Full Text
      Humanities Full Text provides full text, abstracts and indexing of the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities. This resource covers art, classical studies, philosophy, religion and more.

  • Information Science & Technology Abstracts
      Database in the areas of information science.

  • International Encyclopedia of Dance (For Remote Users)
      An online reference e-book covering the full spectrum of dance--theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance. Cultural and national overviews are accompanied by entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers.

  • International Encyclopedia of Dance (In Library Version)
      An online reference e-book covering the full spectrum of dance--theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance. Cultural and national overviews are accompanied by entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers.
  • Jazz Music Library
      The largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online -- with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums and genres.

  • Journals & Periodicals
      Full Text Finder - listing of all journals, magazines and newspapers available in print or in full-text online in the Houston Public Library collection.

  • Kanopy
      Streaming videos including critically-acclaimed movies, award-winning foreign films, inspiring documentaries, a host of educational resources and how-to videos ranging from language learning to haircutting basics. Kanopy Kids includes the Sesame Street catalog and animated versions of popular storybooks. Check out up to 8 films per month, with a play of The Great Courses and Kanopy Kids permitting unlimited use for 30 days. 

  • Kids Can Code
      Get kids ready to code with these interactive e-books designed for learners grades 3-8.

  • LearningExpress Library
      Interactive practice exams as well as a Job and Career Center. Include TAKS, GED, SAT, civil service, ASVAB, law enforcement, real estate and basic skills tests and online education.

  • Legal Collection
      Full-text of scholarly law journals.

  • Legal Information Reference Center
      Online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books and thousands of legal forms. Content offers users detailed “how-to” instructions to address a wide-range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, and property & real estate.
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
      Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.

  • LinkedIn Learning for Library
     

    *On March 25, 2021, Lynda Library/LinkedIn Learning upgraded to LinkedIn Learning for Library. More courses are available in the new version, and your past learning history carried over with your library card login.  For more information see the FAQ  https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/107121

    A vast library of over 16,000 video tutorials in multiple languages covering software, technology, and business skills taught by recognized industry experts. LinkedIn Learning for Library provides 24/7 access to online learning to help you achieve personal and professional goals. Use via browser; this resource does not work with the general LinkedIn app.  (previously known as Lynda Library) TIP: This is a very popular resource and occasionally all of HPL's allowed number of simultaneously-use "seats" are occupied. If you have difficulty logging in this is likely the cause and we recommend trying again later.

  • Literary Reference Center
      Literary Reference Center combines information from over 1,000 books, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, and hundreds of literary journals.

  • Los Angeles Times (Digital Image Edition)
      Remote users: Please select "Sign In" on the PressReader page and choose the "Library or Group" option and search for Houston. Choose Houston Public Library, then enter your library card number and PIN when prompted. The latest 45 days are available.

  • Mango Languages
      Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and communication in over 70 world languages including English. To get started, select Sign Up, register with your valid MyLink card number and PIN, then create an account with your email address and a password.

  • MAS Complete
      MAS Complete is a full-text database providing hundreds of popular high school magazines and reference books. Periodicals contained in MAS Complete cover a wide range of subject areas that are of interest to high-school students.

  • MasterFILE Complete
      Offers a large collection of popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers. It provides full text periodicals covering an extensive range of subject areas.

  • MedicLatina
      Full-text Spanish language collection of medical research and investigative journals.

  • MEDLINE
      Web database to search for articles in medical journals via PubMed from the National Institutes of Health.

  • Mergent Archives
      An indexed archive of more than a century’s worth of global corporate and industry related documents and publications, including Moody's Manuals and Dun & Bradstreet's Million Dollar Directory.

  • Middle Search Plus
      Articles covering general topics appropriate for middle school students.

  • Military & Government Collection
      Articles from periodicals related to the military.

  • Morningstar Investment Research Center
      Investment data and analyst reports.

  • Music Online (Provided by Greenberg Endowment)
      Music listeners can choose to stream American historical, classical, jazz, contemporary world, or global traditional music. Also available are streaming videos of opera performances.

  • MyHeritage (In Library Use)
      Includes birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete U.S. and U.K. censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 2 billion family tree profiles.

  • MyHeritage (Remote Users)
      Includes birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete U.S. and U.K. censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 2 billion family tree profiles.
  • National Geographic Kids
      National Geographic Kids is a kid friendly version of the iconic magazine. This searchable database contains full issues of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to present (with a 3 month embargo). It also contains hundreds of National Geographic Kids books, videos, and images.

  • National Geographic Magazine Archive
      National Geographic magazine is an iconic magazine famous for its high quality photojournalism covering cultures, nature, science, technology and the environment. National Geographic Magazine Archive includes all issue of the magazine since its start in 1888 to the previous month's issue. Also included are National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Traveler magazines.

  • Natural & Alternative Treatments
      Contains information on conditions, natural and alternative treatments, herbs and supplements, and drug interactions.

  • New Catholic Encyclopedia
      Among the 12,000 entries in the encyclopedia are articles on theology, philosophy, history, literary figures, saints, musicians and much more.

  • New York Amsterdam News Historical Archive
      A leading Black newspaper of the 20th century, especially the 1940s. Search full text from 1922 to 1993.

  • New York Times (Digital Microfilm)

     

    The searchable database of the complete New York Times on microfilm, including obituaries, available in a digital format. Starting date is January 2008. Use by selecting the title New York Times and the desired date. 90-day embargo on recent issues.

  • New York Times Historical Archive
      Full page view of the New York Times from its first issue in 1851 through 2014.

  • New York Times Online (In-Library Use)
      Enjoy access to today's basic online edition of The New York Times newspaper in English, Spanish, or Chinese, or search recent and historical digitalized editions while visiting any Houston Public Library location. (To create an account, sign up with your email and create a password. Must be 13 & up to register.) 
  • New York Times Online (Remote Access)
      Enjoy 72-hours of access to today's basic online edition of The New York Times newspaper in English, Spanish, or Chinese, or search recent and historical digitalized editions. To access, click Redeem, then create an account with your email address and a password, then confirm the code redemption that you will receive in your email account to begin access. (Must be 13 & up to register.) 
  • Newspaper Source Plus
      Offers full text of regional, national, and international newspapers, plus transcripts of television and radio programs.
  • NewspaperArchive (For Remote Users)
     

    Access the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing millions of searchable newspaper pages from Texas and the Southeast United States, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes digital images of issues of the Houston Post (1903-1924), the Daily Court Review (1925-1977), and many other Texas and out-of-state small-market newspapers. States included are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia,South Carolina, and Florida. 

    (*Note: Remote access available to customers with MyLink cards beginning with 77422.... Other Cardholders please contact Circulation Administration to request a card number change, 832-393-2222.)

  • NewspaperArchive (In Library Use)
      Access the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing millions of searchable newspaper pages from Texas and the Southeast United States, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes digital images of issues of the Houston Post (1903-1924), the Daily Court Review (1925-1977), and many other Texas and out-of-state small-market newspapers. States included are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia,South Carolina, and Florida. 

  • Nexis Uni
    Federal and State cases and legislation, patent info, US and International news, company information including corporate mergers/acquisitions and SEC filings.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus
      Online resource for helping teachers, school media specialists and kids find that next great fiction or nonfiction book to read. Includes Lexile scores.

  • NoveList Plus
      A complete readers resource with information on well over 200,000 fiction and narrative nonfiction titles.

  • Opera in Video
     

    Contains over 100 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.

  • Opposing Viewpoints: Gale in Context
      Online resource covering today's hottest social issues and current events. Provides pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more from sources such as The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, and American Scientist.

  • OverDrive
      Download e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, comics, TV and videos. Use in browser or with the OverDrive and Libby apps for iOS and Android.

  • Oxford Companion to World Exploration (For Remote Users)
      An online reference e-book that offers information on all topics of exploration worldwide, including advances in navigation, the discovery of the New World, polar expeditions, and the space age. In addition to examining the lives and expeditions of heroic and influential explorers, the book covers navigational and marine sciences and ranges from ancient cultures through modern space exploration.

  • Oxford Companion to World Exploration (In Library Version)
      An online reference e-book that offers information on all topics of exploration worldwide, including advances in navigation, the discovery of the New World, polar expeditions, and the space age. In addition to examining the lives and expeditions of heroic and influential explorers, the book covers navigational and marine sciences and ranges from ancient cultures through modern space exploration.
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (For Remote Users)
      An online reference e-book offering the most complete picture available of ancient Egyptian civilization, from the predynastic era to its eclipse in the seventh century CE. Here is the Egyptian world in illuminating, accessible detail: art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court.

  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (In Library Version)
      An online reference e-book offering the most complete picture available of ancient Egyptian civilization, from the predynastic era to its eclipse in the seventh century CE. Here is the Egyptian world in illuminating, accessible detail: art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court.
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (For Remote Users)
      An online reference e-book that provides comprehensive coverage of literature covering the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages. It includes substantial accounts of individual authors and detailed histories of particular themes, movements, genres, and institutions, whose impact upon the writing or the reading of literature was significant.

  • Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (In Library Version)
      An online reference e-book that provides comprehensive coverage of literature covering the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages. It includes substantial accounts of individual authors and detailed histories of particular themes, movements, genres, and institutions, whose impact upon the writing or the reading of literature was significant.
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (For Remote Users)
     

    An online reference e-book that comprehensively documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world. It includes brief biographies of every major author and illustrator. Also included are essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, prominent trends and themes, and the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world.

  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (In Library Version)
      An online reference e-book that comprehensively documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world. It includes brief biographies of every major author and illustrator. Also included are essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, prominent trends and themes, and the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world. 
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (For Remote Users)
      An online reference e-book international in scope and spanning all time periods of human history, articles range from entries on inventors, theoreticians, and industry leaders to overarching essays on markets, industries, and labor with coverage ranging from accounting and advertising to zoning and zoos.

  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (In Library Version)
      An online reference e-book international in scope and spanning all time periods of human history, articles range from entries on inventors, theoreticians, and industry leaders to overarching essays on markets, industries, and labor with coverage ranging from accounting and advertising to zoning and zoos.
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (For Remote Users)
      An online reference e-book that covers the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink. The articles treat regions, people, ingredients, companies, advertising, historical eras, holidays and festivals, and political, scientific, and economic currents pertinent to American cuisine.

  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (In Library Version)
      An online reference e-book that covers the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink. The articles treat regions, people, ingredients, companies, advertising, historical eras, holidays and festivals, and political, scientific, and economic currents pertinent to American cuisine.
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (For Remote Users)
      An online reference e-book offering comprehensive, reliable, and accessible information about the fastest growing minority population in the United States. The Encyclopedia draws together the diverse historical and contemporary experiences in the United States of Latinos and Latinas from around the world by addressing such broad topics as identity, art, politics, religion, education, health, and history.

  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book offering comprehensive, reliable, and accessible information about the fastest growing minority population in the United States. The Encyclopedia draws together the diverse historical and contemporary experiences in the United States of Latinos and Latinas from around the world by addressing such broad topics as identity, art, politics, religion, education, health, and history.
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (For Remote Users)
      An online reference book covering the entire history of seafaring, from ancient Egyptian shipbuilders to the nuclear submarines and supertankers of today placing maritime affairs in their larger historical context.

  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (In Library Version)
      An online reference book covering the entire history of seafaring, from ancient Egyptian shipbuilders to the nuclear submarines and supertankers of today placing maritime affairs in their larger historical context.
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (For Remote Users)
      An online reference book that comprehensively covers the role women have played throughout world history with over 650 biographies of influential women and over 600 topical articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies.

  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (In Library Version)
      An online reference book that comprehensively covers the role women have played throughout world history with over 650 biographies of influential women and over 600 topical articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies.
  • Oxford Essential Quotations (For Remote Users)
      With over 12,000 quotations, Oxford Essential Quotations brings together the sayings of over 3,000 authors. This resource allows you to search over 600 subjects to find an apt quotation for any occasion.

  • Oxford Essential Quotations (In Library Version)
      With over 12,000 quotations, Oxford Essential Quotations brings together the sayings of over 3,000 authors. This resource allows you to search over 600 subjects to find an apt quotation for any occasion.
  • Play Index
      Play Index covers classic and historical plays, along with the works of contemporary playwrights covering one-act plays, radio and television plays, classic drama and monologues.

  • PressReader
      Digital images of over 7000 newspapers and magazines from the U.S. and 55 countries around the world. The number of recent issues varies.  Remote users: Please select "Sign In" on the PressReader page and choose the "Library or Group" option and search for Houston. Choose Houston Public Library, then enter your library card number and PIN when prompted.

  • Primary Search
      Articles from children's magazines and pamphlets; designed for the elementary school student.

  • Professional Development Collection
      Articles for professional educators and librarians.

  • ProQuest Ebook Central (For Remote Users)
       A collection of e-books covering K-12, career, arts, leisure and life skills.

  • ProQuest Ebook Central (In Library Version)
       A collection of e-books covering K-12, career, arts, leisure and life skills.
  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
      Full-text coverage of topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

  • Referencia Latina
      This full-text Spanish-language database covers a broad array of subjects from a variety of sources, including reference books, general interest magazines and health reports. Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers and newswires from 8 Latin American countries.
  • Regional Business News
      Articles from regional business publications.

  • Religion & Philosophy
      This database provides extensive full-text coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.

  • Religion Reference E-Book Titles
      Includes the Encyclopedia of Religion which emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and the Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices which provides information on current religious practices around the world.

  • Salud en Español
      Consumer Health Complete database of health information in Spanish.

  • SAMS Photofact

     

    Repair manuals and wiring diagrams for consumer electronics. Thousands of devices including TVs and radios.

  • Science & Technology Collection
      Full-text, indexing, and abstracts to journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community. Topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, chemistry, computer technology, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology, and materials science.

  • Science: Gale in Context
      Provides information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics by means of newspaper and journal articles, images, and video.

  • SciTech Premium Collection
      SciTech Premium Collection includes the Natural Science Collection and the Technology Collection and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more. For those researchers who need to conduct comprehensive literature reviews, this database includes specialized, editorial-controlled A&I resources for discovery of relevant scholarly research and technical literature critical to the discipline.

  • Serials Directory
      Up-to-date and accurate bibliographic information as well as current pricing structures for popular serials.

  • Short Story Index
      Short Story Index is an essential resource for readers seeking short stories by author or genre, or for those researching a body of work of a literary figure. It provides detailed indexing for hundreds of thousands of short stories and full text for nearly 5,000 stories.

  • Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive: Debates over Slavery and Abolition
      Includes documents, newspaper collections, and books from the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world published in the antebellum.

  • Slavery in America
      This is a digital collection of over 600 documents: personal narratives, pamphlets, political speeches, sermons, plays, songs, poetic and fictional works published between the 17th and late 19th centuries.

  • Small Business Reference Center
      Small Business Reference Center provides a number of periodical articles, reference books, and 'how to' videos on relevant topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business.

  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center
      Small Engine Repair Reference Center contains small engine repair manuals with thousands of step-by-step maintenance and repair instructions for hundreds of small engine machines including motorcycles, ATVs, personal water craft, lawn mowers, tractors, generators, and more.

  • Smithsonian Global Sound
      Archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. It is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.

  • Something About the Author Online
      Something About the Author Online brings you thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators totaling more than 12,000 entries and nearly 17,000 images.

  • Sunday Times Historical Archive
      The Sunday Times of London has consistently provided thoughtful analysis and commentary on the week's British and international news and society at large. This Historical Archive includes full-text digital facsimiles of The Sunday Times covering 1822, the start of the newspaper, to 2006. 

  • Sustainability Reference Center
      Designed for sustainability experts and information professionals, this collection offers unmatched full text coverage of content relevant to many integral areas of sustainability initiative management.

  • TeachingBooks
      A multimedia online database including thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment. includes a wide variety of tools for both teachers and students including lists of award winners and diverse books, new books, series lists, meet-the-author videos, Lexile levels, reader's advisory tools, and lesson plans. 

  • Texas Digital Sanborn Maps
      Sanborn maps are historical large scale plans of a city drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. These maps are used to trace the history and development of cities and are also helpful in genealogical and historical research. Select Texas from the State menu to begin your search. 

  • Texas Reference Center
      Full text journals and books about Texas history, biography, ethnic & cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, business as well as home & garden and sports & leisure.

  • Theatre in Video
     

    Contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.

  • Times Digital Archive
      The Times of London has covered all major British and international events since the 1780s. This Digital Archive includes full-text digital facsimiles of every daily issue from 1785 to 2014.

  • TOPICsearch
      This current events database allows students and researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints.

  • TumbleBooks
      Online picture books, chapter books, puzzles, games and quizzes for children.

  • Universal Class
      Over 500 video-based courses on a wide variety of subjects, from hard and soft business skills like management and technology to law, academics, alternative medicine, real estate, homeschooling, bartending, arts and crafts.  Courses are self-paced and Continuing Education credits are available. (Sign up with your library card number and create a password.  Must be 14 & up to register.)

  • Value Line
     

    The Value Line Investment Survey is a weekly independent investment information service. Tip: Enter library card number at barcode prompt. (Note: Library cards issued online will not work with this resource. Please contact HPL Circulation Administration for assistance with your card type, 832-393-2222.)

  • Vocational & Career Collection
      This collection provides full text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals.

  • Wall Street Journal (Article Search - Contemporary News)
     

    Searchable database of y=the financial newspaper of record, offering in-depth coverage of national and international finance from 1984-current.

  • Wall Street Journal Historical Archive
      Full page view of the Wall Street Journal from 1889-2002.

  • Wall Street Journal Online

    Enjoy 72-hours of access to today's online edition of The Wall Street Journal newspaper or search recent and historical digitalized editions. Includes the WSJ Magazine and profiles, financials, and research & ratings of thousands of companies. U.S., Asia, Europe, India, China, and Japan editions are available. Read using the browser on your computer or mobile device. To access, enter your valid Houston Public Library card number and PIN then create an account with your email.
  • Weiss Financial Ratings
     

    This resource is temporarily unavailable.

    Independent and unbiased financial strength ratings for banks and credit unions, stocks and mutual funds, and all types of insurance companies including HMOs; customized Medicare Supplemental Insurance (MediGap) buyer's guide that includes plan features, pricing, and regional availability. Financial planning tips are also available.

  • WorldCat
      OCLC FirstSearch provides a catalog of library materials owned by libraries around the world. Includes ability to search for books in Spanish, French, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese (traditional and simplified).

    • African American Biographical Database
      The largest electronic collection of biographical information on African Americans from 1790 to 1950. 
    • African American Heritage
      This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. 

    • African American Intellectual History Society
      A scholarly organization that aims to foster dialogue about researching, writing, and teaching black thought and culture.

    • African American Music Reference

      Contains comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of Black American musical expression chronicling the rich history of this music through 1970. 

    • African American Reference E-book Titles
      Search over 25 reference titles related to African American culture, history, and literature simultaneously. 
    • Atlanta Daily World Historical Archive
      The Atlanta Daily World had the first black White House correspondent and was the first black daily in the nation in the 20th century. Search full text from 1931 to 2003.

    • Black Drama
      Contains the full text of plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries.

    • Black Short Fiction

      Short fiction produced by writers from Africa and the African Diaspora from the earliest times to the present, compiled from early literary magazines, archives, and the personal collections of the authors.

    • Black Studies Center
      Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, and much more.

    • Black Thought and Culture

      An electronic collection of non-fiction writings by major Black American leaders covering 250 years of history including letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, interviews, periodicals, and trial transcripts.

    • Black Women in America
      An online reference e-book that celebrates the remarkable achievements of Black women throughout history and highlights their ongoing contributions in America today by looking at women such as Venus and Serena Williams, Condoleezza Rice, Carol Moseley Braun, Ruth Simmons, and Ann Fudge, who have become household names for their remarkable contributions to sports, politics, academia, business, and other areas.

    • Black Women in America (For Remote Users)
      An online reference e-book that celebrates the remarkable achievements of Black women throughout history and highlights their ongoing contributions in America today by looking at women such as Venus and Serena Williams, Condoleezza Rice, Carol Moseley Braun, Ruth Simmons, and Ann Fudge, who have become household names for their remarkable contributions to sports, politics, academia, business, and other areas.
    • Black Women Writers

      Presents literature and essays by authors from Africa and the African Diaspora.

    • Civil War Era
        Includes the full text of 13 regional newspapers from all sides of the conflict from 1840-1865 as well as 2,000+ slavery, anti-slavery Civil War pamphlets published between 1852 and 1918.

    • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896-Present Day (For Remote Users)
       

      An online reference book tracing the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and including the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.

    • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896-Present Day (In Library Version)
        An online reference book tracing the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and including the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
        Full-text reference books on topics including biography, business, the environment, history, law, literature, social sciences, medicine, religion, the sciences, and multicultural studies.

    • HeritageQuest Online (In Library Use)
         A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past. The collection consists of five core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Revolutionary War Records, Freedman’s Bank Records, The LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

    • HeritageQuest Online (Remote Users)
         A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past. The collection consists of five core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Revolutionary War Records, Freedman’s Bank Records, The LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

    • HistoryMakers Digital Archive
        The nation’s largest African American video oral history collection. Biographies and video interviews with over 2500 notable African American history makers. Tip: To log in, search for and select Houston Public Library in the institution field on the left, then enter your library card number.(Works best with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsers).

    • New York Amsterdam News Historical Archive
        A leading Black newspaper of the 20th century, especially the 1940s. Search full text from 1922 to 1993.

    • Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive: Debates over Slavery and Abolition
        Includes documents, newspaper collections, and books from the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world published in the antebellum.

    • Slavery in America
        This is a digital collection of over 600 documents: personal narratives, pamphlets, political speeches, sermons, plays, songs, poetic and fictional works published between the 17th and late 19th centuries.

    • Chilton Library
        When it comes to auto repair, the Chilton manuals have been trusted for many years. Now these exceptional resources are available in a comprehensive, simple-to-use database providing quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today.

    • African American Biographical Database
      The largest electronic collection of biographical information on African Americans from 1790 to 1950. 
    • Biography Reference E-books
      Search over 700 biography e-book titles, especially strong in literature, for online use.

    • Black Women in America
      An online reference e-book that celebrates the remarkable achievements of Black women throughout history and highlights their ongoing contributions in America today by looking at women such as Venus and Serena Williams, Condoleezza Rice, Carol Moseley Braun, Ruth Simmons, and Ann Fudge, who have become household names for their remarkable contributions to sports, politics, academia, business, and other areas.

    • Explora: Adult Edition
        Searches for content from numerous resources. Results cover a broad range of topics including arts, literature, science, biography, history and health.
    • Gale Product Menu
        Search all the databases supplied to Houston Public Library by Gale at once or browse resources by category. Includes ebooks, literary research, periodicals, primary sources, and business tools. Search for any term or phrase and find articles from thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, documents, and ebooks along with videos, images and podcast content. (formerly called Gale PowerSearch)

    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
        Full-text reference books on topics including biography, business, the environment, history, law, literature, social sciences, medicine, religion, the sciences, and multicultural studies.

    • HistoryMakers Digital Archive
        The nation’s largest African American video oral history collection. Biographies and video interviews with over 2500 notable African American history makers. Tip: To log in, search for and select Houston Public Library in the institution field on the left, then enter your library card number.(Works best with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsers).

    • Something About the Author Online
        Something About the Author Online brings you thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators totaling more than 12,000 entries and nearly 17,000 images.

    • 20th Century American Poetry
      Includes the full-text of American poetry from the 20th century. 
    • 20th Century English Poetry
      Includes the full-text of British poetry from the 20th century. 
    • ABCmouse
      Helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. Over 5,000 learning activities (fun games, puzzles, art, etc.) for kids ages 2-7+.
    • Axis360
      Axis360 is an e-book and e-audiobook service that emphasizes the app experience. Apps are available for iOS and Android devices as well as Windows PCs. After downloading the app and setting up your account, you can check out and read a title with just 3 clicks.

    • Book Review Digest Plus
      This database brings together book reviews on a wide range of topics from a variety of sources. Titles include a variety of fiction genres and nonfiction subjects.
    • ComicsPlus
        Digital comics and graphic novels from top publishers and creators. 
    • Flipster
        Digital editions of popular magazines, to read on your computer, laptop, or portable device.  Includes current and back issues. Sign in with your library card number then select your favorite titles or browse. NOTE: This resource will no longer be available after April 30, 2021.

    • hoopla
       

      Hoopla provides streaming and downloadable movies, TV shows, and music. Use your library card to sign up and create an account, then edit account settings to add library name (Houston Public Library, library card number, and PIN before browsing or checking out. Users are allowed 2 check outs per month and can check out videos for 72 hours, music for 7 days.

    • National Geographic Kids
        National Geographic Kids is a kid friendly version of the iconic magazine. This searchable database contains full issues of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to present (with a 3 month embargo). It also contains hundreds of National Geographic Kids books, videos, and images.

    • NoveList K-8 Plus
        Online resource for helping teachers, school media specialists and kids find that next great fiction or nonfiction book to read. Includes Lexile scores.

    • NoveList Plus
        A complete readers resource with information on well over 200,000 fiction and narrative nonfiction titles.

    • OverDrive
        Download e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, comics, TV and videos. Use in browser or with the OverDrive and Libby apps for iOS and Android.

    • TeachingBooks
        A multimedia online database including thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment. includes a wide variety of tools for both teachers and students including lists of award winners and diverse books, new books, series lists, meet-the-author videos, Lexile levels, reader's advisory tools, and lesson plans. 

    • TumbleBooks
        Online picture books, chapter books, puzzles, games and quizzes for children.

    • WorldCat
        OCLC FirstSearch provides a catalog of library materials owned by libraries around the world. Includes ability to search for books in Spanish, French, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese (traditional and simplified).

    • Nexis Uni
      Federal and State cases and legislation, patent info, US and International news, company information including corporate mergers/acquisitions and SEC filings.
    • Barron's

      The complete Barron's on microfilm available in a digital format. Starting date is January 2008. Use by selecting the title Barron's and the desired date.

    • Better Business Bureau for the Houston Area
      Information about companies and charities to encourage wise purchases and a fair marketplace.

    • Business Abstracts with Full Text
        Business Abstracts with Full Text offers a multitude of business magazines and scholarly journals. This comprehensive database is an ideal resource for those looking to conduct research in any area of business.
    • Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center
        Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center offers cover-to-cover indexing for journals, monographs, magazines and trade publications, all with a strong focus on BC/DR and closely aligned issues. Hundreds of thousands of  BC/DR-focused articles, benchmarks and best practices selected from hundreds of leading trade and industry publications. Many full text records come complete with images, tables, charts and other graphical information. Content is updated on weekly. Select OpenAthens login if prompted.
    • Business Plans Handbooks
        If you plan to start or expand a business, the Business Plan Handbooks provide over 250 examples of business plans for a variety of businesses.
    • Business Source Complete
        Scholarly business journals covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and much more.
    • Data Axle Reference Solutions (For Remote Users)
        Database of U.S. businesses; also includes an international business database, a residential white pages database, new movers database (residential) and new businesses database, as well as employment and internship listings. (Previously known as ReferenceUSA.)

    • Data Axle Reference Solutions (In Library Version)
        Database of U.S. businesses; also includes an international business database, a residential white pages database, new movers database (residential) and new businesses database, as well as employment and internship listings. (Previously known as ReferenceUSA.)

    • Demographics Now
        A comprehensive business and residential search tool that facilitates market research reports. Also available are demographic reports of interest to businesses and people writing business plans.

    • Factiva
        Current news from 32,000 sources including newswires, regional and national newspapers, industry publications, trade journals, think tanks and web content from Dow Jones, one of the largest providers of global business and general news sources in the world. Features select articles from daily major national and international newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The Guardian. Includes news sources in 21 languages. Tips: To browse issues of recent major newspapers, click on News Pages, then select date and section. Use the Search Builder to search for news of all types from thousands of news sources around the world.

    • Foundation Center Essential (Remote Access)

      Trying to search for grants from home or office?  Request a free Day Pass to Candid’s Foundation Directory Essential.

      One 24-hour Day Pass is allowed every 30 days, available through December 2021 courtesy of Candid. Houston Public Library staff can also assist you with funding searches directly. For help, contact: 832-393-1313 or Email Reference.

    • Foundation Directory Online (Available at Central Library Only)
       

      Program details and application guidelines for leading foundations as well as sponsoring company information for corporate givers.

      (*Note: For help with this resource while Houston Public Library is closed, contact: 832-393-1313 or Email Reference)

    • Foundation Grants to Individuals (Available at Central Library Only)

       

      Find sources for scholarships, fellowships, grants, awards and other financial support for individuals.

    • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
        Full-text encyclopedia.

    • Gale Business: Plan Builder
        An online tool that provides step-by-step guidance on planning, starting, and running a small business or nonprofit. (Previously known as Small Business Builder.) 

    • Gale Directory Library
        Search for companies and organizations in a number of directories including Ward's Business Directory, Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, and the Encyclopedia of Associations titles.

    • Gale Legal Forms
        Legal forms specific to Texas.

    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
        Full-text reference books on topics including biography, business, the environment, history, law, literature, social sciences, medicine, religion, the sciences, and multicultural studies.

    • Historical Annual Reports
        Over 800 companies' annual reports (1844-current) available through searchable PDF images.

    • LinkedIn Learning for Library
       

      *On March 25, 2021, Lynda Library/LinkedIn Learning upgraded to LinkedIn Learning for Library. More courses are available in the new version, and your past learning history carried over with your library card login.  For more information see the FAQ  https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/107121

      A vast library of over 16,000 video tutorials in multiple languages covering software, technology, and business skills taught by recognized industry experts. LinkedIn Learning for Library provides 24/7 access to online learning to help you achieve personal and professional goals. Use via browser; this resource does not work with the general LinkedIn app.  (previously known as Lynda Library) TIP: This is a very popular resource and occasionally all of HPL's allowed number of simultaneously-use "seats" are occupied. If you have difficulty logging in this is likely the cause and we recommend trying again later.

    • Mergent Archives
        An indexed archive of more than a century’s worth of global corporate and industry related documents and publications, including Moody's Manuals and Dun & Bradstreet's Million Dollar Directory.

    • Regional Business News
        Articles from regional business publications.

    • Small Business Reference Center
        Small Business Reference Center provides a number of periodical articles, reference books, and 'how to' videos on relevant topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business.

    • Sustainability Reference Center
        Designed for sustainability experts and information professionals, this collection offers unmatched full text coverage of content relevant to many integral areas of sustainability initiative management.

    • Universal Class
        Over 500 video-based courses on a wide variety of subjects, from hard and soft business skills like management and technology to law, academics, alternative medicine, real estate, homeschooling, bartending, arts and crafts.  Courses are self-paced and Continuing Education credits are available. (Sign up with your library card number and create a password.  Must be 14 & up to register.)

    • Wall Street Journal (Article Search - Contemporary News)
       

      Searchable database of y=the financial newspaper of record, offering in-depth coverage of national and international finance from 1984-current.

    • Wall Street Journal Historical Archive
        Full page view of the Wall Street Journal from 1889-2002.

    • Wall Street Journal Online

      Enjoy 72-hours of access to today's online edition of The Wall Street Journal newspaper or search recent and historical digitalized editions. Includes the WSJ Magazine and profiles, financials, and research & ratings of thousands of companies. U.S., Asia, Europe, India, China, and Japan editions are available. Read using the browser on your computer or mobile device. To access, enter your valid Houston Public Library card number and PIN then create an account with your email.
    • Weiss Financial Ratings
       

      This resource is temporarily unavailable.

      Independent and unbiased financial strength ratings for banks and credit unions, stocks and mutual funds, and all types of insurance companies including HMOs; customized Medicare Supplemental Insurance (MediGap) buyer's guide that includes plan features, pricing, and regional availability. Financial planning tips are also available.

    • Brainfuse - Adult Learning Center
      Access career resources, resume help, practice tests and Microsoft Office help. Live online tutoring is available 24/7.
    • Citizenship Corner
        Assistance for immigrants in the greater Houston area.

    • LearningExpress Library
        Interactive practice exams as well as a Job and Career Center. Include TAKS, GED, SAT, civil service, ASVAB, law enforcement, real estate and basic skills tests and online education.

    • Brainfuse - Adult Learning Center
      Access career resources, resume help, practice tests and Microsoft Office help. Live online tutoring is available 24/7.
    • Foundation Grants to Individuals (Available at Central Library Only)

       

      Find sources for scholarships, fellowships, grants, awards and other financial support for individuals.

    • Gale Courses
        Free online instructor-led courses on a variety of topics such as business, technology and computer applications, college prep, healthcare, writing, and personal development, and sign language. 6-week courses begin monthly. A valid library card is required to register.

    • LearningExpress Library
        Interactive practice exams as well as a Job and Career Center. Include TAKS, GED, SAT, civil service, ASVAB, law enforcement, real estate and basic skills tests and online education.

    • LinkedIn Learning for Library
       

      *On March 25, 2021, Lynda Library/LinkedIn Learning upgraded to LinkedIn Learning for Library. More courses are available in the new version, and your past learning history carried over with your library card login.  For more information see the FAQ  https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/107121

      A vast library of over 16,000 video tutorials in multiple languages covering software, technology, and business skills taught by recognized industry experts. LinkedIn Learning for Library provides 24/7 access to online learning to help you achieve personal and professional goals. Use via browser; this resource does not work with the general LinkedIn app.  (previously known as Lynda Library) TIP: This is a very popular resource and occasionally all of HPL's allowed number of simultaneously-use "seats" are occupied. If you have difficulty logging in this is likely the cause and we recommend trying again later.

    • Vocational & Career Collection
        This collection provides full text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals.

    • Better Business Bureau for the Houston Area
      Information about companies and charities to encourage wise purchases and a fair marketplace.

    • Chilton Library
        When it comes to auto repair, the Chilton manuals have been trusted for many years. Now these exceptional resources are available in a comprehensive, simple-to-use database providing quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today.

    • Legal Information Reference Center
        Online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books and thousands of legal forms. Content offers users detailed “how-to” instructions to address a wide-range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, and property & real estate.
    • Weiss Financial Ratings
       

      This resource is temporarily unavailable.

      Independent and unbiased financial strength ratings for banks and credit unions, stocks and mutual funds, and all types of insurance companies including HMOs; customized Medicare Supplemental Insurance (MediGap) buyer's guide that includes plan features, pricing, and regional availability. Financial planning tips are also available.

    • Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center
        Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center offers cover-to-cover indexing for journals, monographs, magazines and trade publications, all with a strong focus on BC/DR and closely aligned issues. Hundreds of thousands of  BC/DR-focused articles, benchmarks and best practices selected from hundreds of leading trade and industry publications. Many full text records come complete with images, tables, charts and other graphical information. Content is updated on weekly. Select OpenAthens login if prompted.
    • Annenberg Learner

      Professional development for teachers and classroom resources across the curriculum. Features streaming videos that teach topics including language learning (Spanish, French, German, ESL, etc.), math and science.

    • EBSCOhost eBooks
        Read e-books on all subjects including some vocational textbooks, technical manuals, and Texas history. Note: downloadable e-books available by remote use only.
    • Educational Administration Abstracts
        This research database includes bibliographic records covering areas related to educational administration, including educational leadership, educational management, educational research and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. Select OpenAthens login if prompted.

    • ERIC
        The U.S. Department of Education's Educational Resource Information Center database contains citations and abstracts from education-related journals, as well as full text of digests and clearinghouse documents.

    • Kids Can Code
        Get kids ready to code with these interactive e-books designed for learners grades 3-8.

    • LearningExpress Library
        Interactive practice exams as well as a Job and Career Center. Include TAKS, GED, SAT, civil service, ASVAB, law enforcement, real estate and basic skills tests and online education.

    • NoveList K-8 Plus
        Online resource for helping teachers, school media specialists and kids find that next great fiction or nonfiction book to read. Includes Lexile scores.

    • Professional Development Collection
        Articles for professional educators and librarians.

    • TeachingBooks
        A multimedia online database including thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment. includes a wide variety of tools for both teachers and students including lists of award winners and diverse books, new books, series lists, meet-the-author videos, Lexile levels, reader's advisory tools, and lesson plans. 

    • Vocational & Career Collection
        This collection provides full text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals.

    • Britannica Escolar
      Un recurso para estudiantes para hacer busquedas y examinar informacion en enciclopedias, revistas, videos y sitios web.
    • Britannica Online for Children
      A resource for K-5 students to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and websites. 
    • Britannica Online for Young Adults

      A resource for middle and high school students to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, websites, and primary sources. Includes tips and tools for organizing research papers and school reports.

    • Britannica Online Library Edition
      A powerful resource to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and websites.
    • Enciclopedia Moderna
        Explore la Enciclopedia Moderna, una fuente de conocimiento autorizado y confiable con miles de artfculos en un amplio rango de temas.

    • Encyclopaedia Judaica
        Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life, knowledge, and the contribution of Jews to world cultures. 

    • Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (For Remote Users)
        An online reference e-book that is the first reference work to survey the full breadth of critical thought on art, culture, and society from classical philosophy to contemporary critical theory featuring articles on the major concepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses and value of all the arts.

    • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896-Present Day (For Remote Users)
       

      An online reference book tracing the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and including the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.

    • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896-Present Day (In Library Version)
        An online reference book tracing the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and including the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.
    • Encyclopedia of Evolution (For Remote Users)
        An online reference comprehensive guide to the essentials of evolutionary biology, these entries survey essential concepts and theories, present methods, models and findings, and discuss both the history of the field and current controversies. Readers will find brief treatments on discrete concepts and individuals to illuminating lengthy essays by experts in the field.

    • Encyclopedia of Evolution (In Library Version)
        An online reference comprehensive guide to the essentials of evolutionary biology, these entries survey essential concepts and theories, present methods, models and findings, and discuss both the history of the field and current controversies. Readers will find brief treatments on discrete concepts and individuals to illuminating lengthy essays by experts in the field.
    • Encyclopedia of Human Rights (For Remote Users)
        An electronic reference book offering comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history. Focusing primarily on developments since 1945 coverage includes major figures, organizations and institutions, human rights events and crises, and human rights norms.

    • Encyclopedia of Human Rights (In Library Version)
        An electronic reference book offering comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history. Focusing primarily on developments since 1945 coverage includes major figures, organizations and institutions, human rights events and crises, and human rights norms.
    • Encyclopedia of Philosophy
        Provides clear and accessible presentation of wide-ranging philosophical subjects, serving as a first-stop resource for general readers, students and educators.

    • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
        Full-text encyclopedia.

    • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
        Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. Entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world.

    • International Encyclopedia of Dance (For Remote Users)
        An online reference e-book covering the full spectrum of dance--theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance. Cultural and national overviews are accompanied by entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers.

    • International Encyclopedia of Dance (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book covering the full spectrum of dance--theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance. Cultural and national overviews are accompanied by entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers.
    • New Catholic Encyclopedia
        Among the 12,000 entries in the encyclopedia are articles on theology, philosophy, history, literary figures, saints, musicians and much more.

    • Oxford Companion to World Exploration (For Remote Users)
        An online reference e-book that offers information on all topics of exploration worldwide, including advances in navigation, the discovery of the New World, polar expeditions, and the space age. In addition to examining the lives and expeditions of heroic and influential explorers, the book covers navigational and marine sciences and ranges from ancient cultures through modern space exploration.

    • Oxford Companion to World Exploration (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book that offers information on all topics of exploration worldwide, including advances in navigation, the discovery of the New World, polar expeditions, and the space age. In addition to examining the lives and expeditions of heroic and influential explorers, the book covers navigational and marine sciences and ranges from ancient cultures through modern space exploration.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (For Remote Users)
        An online reference e-book offering the most complete picture available of ancient Egyptian civilization, from the predynastic era to its eclipse in the seventh century CE. Here is the Egyptian world in illuminating, accessible detail: art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book offering the most complete picture available of ancient Egyptian civilization, from the predynastic era to its eclipse in the seventh century CE. Here is the Egyptian world in illuminating, accessible detail: art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (For Remote Users)
        An online reference e-book that provides comprehensive coverage of literature covering the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages. It includes substantial accounts of individual authors and detailed histories of particular themes, movements, genres, and institutions, whose impact upon the writing or the reading of literature was significant.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book that provides comprehensive coverage of literature covering the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages. It includes substantial accounts of individual authors and detailed histories of particular themes, movements, genres, and institutions, whose impact upon the writing or the reading of literature was significant.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (For Remote Users)
       

      An online reference e-book that comprehensively documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world. It includes brief biographies of every major author and illustrator. Also included are essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, prominent trends and themes, and the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book that comprehensively documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world. It includes brief biographies of every major author and illustrator. Also included are essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, prominent trends and themes, and the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world. 
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (For Remote Users)
        An online reference e-book international in scope and spanning all time periods of human history, articles range from entries on inventors, theoreticians, and industry leaders to overarching essays on markets, industries, and labor with coverage ranging from accounting and advertising to zoning and zoos.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book international in scope and spanning all time periods of human history, articles range from entries on inventors, theoreticians, and industry leaders to overarching essays on markets, industries, and labor with coverage ranging from accounting and advertising to zoning and zoos.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (For Remote Users)
        An online reference e-book that covers the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink. The articles treat regions, people, ingredients, companies, advertising, historical eras, holidays and festivals, and political, scientific, and economic currents pertinent to American cuisine.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book that covers the significant events, inventions, and social movements in American history that have affected the way Americans view, prepare, and consume food and drink. The articles treat regions, people, ingredients, companies, advertising, historical eras, holidays and festivals, and political, scientific, and economic currents pertinent to American cuisine.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (For Remote Users)
        An online reference e-book offering comprehensive, reliable, and accessible information about the fastest growing minority population in the United States. The Encyclopedia draws together the diverse historical and contemporary experiences in the United States of Latinos and Latinas from around the world by addressing such broad topics as identity, art, politics, religion, education, health, and history.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (In Library Version)
          An online reference e-book offering comprehensive, reliable, and accessible information about the fastest growing minority population in the United States. The Encyclopedia draws together the diverse historical and contemporary experiences in the United States of Latinos and Latinas from around the world by addressing such broad topics as identity, art, politics, religion, education, health, and history.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (For Remote Users)
        An online reference book covering the entire history of seafaring, from ancient Egyptian shipbuilders to the nuclear submarines and supertankers of today placing maritime affairs in their larger historical context.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (In Library Version)
        An online reference book covering the entire history of seafaring, from ancient Egyptian shipbuilders to the nuclear submarines and supertankers of today placing maritime affairs in their larger historical context.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (For Remote Users)
        An online reference book that comprehensively covers the role women have played throughout world history with over 650 biographies of influential women and over 600 topical articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (In Library Version)
        An online reference book that comprehensively covers the role women have played throughout world history with over 650 biographies of influential women and over 600 topical articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies.
    • 19th Century U. S. Newspapers Digital Archive

      Digital images for hundreds of 19th century United States newspapers. Includes The Galveston Daily.
    • African American Heritage
      This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. 

    • American Civil War: Letters and Diaries
      This database of primary source material contains over two thousand authors and approximately one hundred thousand pages of diaries, letters and memoirs. 
    • American Civil War: Research Database

      Research the soldiers, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War.  Contains indexed, searchable information on over four million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with fifteen thousand photographs. 

    • Ancestry Library (temporary remote access)

      The library version of the Ancestry.com database, one of the largest collections of family history data online. It includes census, vital, military, and immigration records, as well as newspaper articles and city directories. Note: Temporary remote access has been generously provided by ProQuest through June 30, 2021. 
    • Ancestry Library Edition
      The library version of the Ancestry.com database, one of the largest collections of family history data online. It includes census, vital, military, and immigration records, as well as newspaper articles and city directories.

    • Ancestry.com Texas
      A vast collection of digitized documents related to Texas government and history from the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin and the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty. **Note: Free access to the records that have been digitized by Ancestry is available to Texas residents courtesy of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Users are required to create a free Ancestry.com Texas account (instructions at the bottom of the website's homepage). 

    • Clayton Microprint Collection
        This collection represents a major portion of Clayton Library's holdings, most of which are not listed in the Houston Public Library Catalog.

    • Clayton Periodical Collection
        Clayton Library has over 3000 genealogy and local history periodical titles. The periodical collection covers most US states and many foreign countries.

    • Findmypast (Available at Clayton Library only)
      Local and national British and Irish genealogical records including parish, census, and military collections and passenger lists. Local English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish records dating back to 1700, including school admissions, workhouse registers, apprenticeship records, and Irish court records. Also includes records from United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pacific Islands, and Papua New Guinea..
    • Fold3
        This database contains almost 40 million images of primary source materials from the United States Military and other historic archives. Many are available here for the first time.

    • Genealogy Connect
        Includes the "how-to" of genealogy research in addition to some ancestor information.

    • HeritageQuest Online (In Library Use)
         A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past. The collection consists of five core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Revolutionary War Records, Freedman’s Bank Records, The LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

    • HeritageQuest Online (Remote Users)
         A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past. The collection consists of five core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Revolutionary War Records, Freedman’s Bank Records, The LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

    • HistoryGeo (Available at Clayton Library only)
      Contains land-ownership maps, historical atlases and other content indispensable for recreating frontier neighborhoods and tracking migrations of families across the United States.
    • HistoryMakers Digital Archive
        The nation’s largest African American video oral history collection. Biographies and video interviews with over 2500 notable African American history makers. Tip: To log in, search for and select Houston Public Library in the institution field on the left, then enter your library card number.(Works best with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsers).

    • MyHeritage (In Library Use)
        Includes birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete U.S. and U.K. censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 2 billion family tree profiles.

    • MyHeritage (Remote Users)
        Includes birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete U.S. and U.K. censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 2 billion family tree profiles.
    • NewspaperArchive (For Remote Users)
       

      Access the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing millions of searchable newspaper pages from Texas and the Southeast United States, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes digital images of issues of the Houston Post (1903-1924), the Daily Court Review (1925-1977), and many other Texas and out-of-state small-market newspapers. States included are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia,South Carolina, and Florida. 

      (*Note: Remote access available to customers with MyLink cards beginning with 77422.... Other Cardholders please contact Circulation Administration to request a card number change, 832-393-2222.)

    • NewspaperArchive (In Library Use)
        Access the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing millions of searchable newspaper pages from Texas and the Southeast United States, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes digital images of issues of the Houston Post (1903-1924), the Daily Court Review (1925-1977), and many other Texas and out-of-state small-market newspapers. States included are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia,South Carolina, and Florida. 

    • Texas Digital Sanborn Maps
        Sanborn maps are historical large scale plans of a city drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. These maps are used to trace the history and development of cities and are also helpful in genealogical and historical research. Select Texas from the State menu to begin your search. 

    • Military & Government Collection
        Articles from periodicals related to the military.

    • Nexis Uni
      Federal and State cases and legislation, patent info, US and International news, company information including corporate mergers/acquisitions and SEC filings.
    • Alt Health Watch
      This alternative health database provides full text about complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.  

    • Consumer Health Complete
        Supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides journals, magazines, reference books, and other information sources covering mainstream, complementary, and holistic medicine.

    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
        Full-text reference books on topics including biography, business, the environment, history, law, literature, social sciences, medicine, religion, the sciences, and multicultural studies.

    • Health and Medicine: Gale OneFile
        Multi-source database for health and wellness research.

    • Health Source: Consumer Edition
        Provides information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.

    • Health Source: Nursing/Academic
        Scholarly full text journals, abstracts, and indexes focusing on many medical disciplines.

    • MedicLatina
        Full-text Spanish language collection of medical research and investigative journals.

    • MEDLINE
        Web database to search for articles in medical journals via PubMed from the National Institutes of Health.

    • Natural & Alternative Treatments
        Contains information on conditions, natural and alternative treatments, herbs and supplements, and drug interactions.

    • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
        Full-text coverage of topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

    • Salud en Español
        Consumer Health Complete database of health information in Spanish.

    • SciTech Premium Collection
        SciTech Premium Collection includes the Natural Science Collection and the Technology Collection and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more. For those researchers who need to conduct comprehensive literature reviews, this database includes specialized, editorial-controlled A&I resources for discovery of relevant scholarly research and technical literature critical to the discipline.

    • Weiss Financial Ratings
       

      This resource is temporarily unavailable.

      Independent and unbiased financial strength ratings for banks and credit unions, stocks and mutual funds, and all types of insurance companies including HMOs; customized Medicare Supplemental Insurance (MediGap) buyer's guide that includes plan features, pricing, and regional availability. Financial planning tips are also available.

    • 19th Century U. S. Newspapers Digital Archive

      Digital images for hundreds of 19th century United States newspapers. Includes The Galveston Daily.
    • American Civil War: Letters and Diaries
      This database of primary source material contains over two thousand authors and approximately one hundred thousand pages of diaries, letters and memoirs. 
    • American Civil War: Research Database

      Research the soldiers, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War.  Contains indexed, searchable information on over four million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with fifteen thousand photographs. 

    • American Decades
      Decades covers the events, people and social trends that have had impact on contemporary history. Covers the decades from 1900-2009. 
    • American Music
      American Music is a history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.

    • Ancestry Library Edition
      The library version of the Ancestry.com database, one of the largest collections of family history data online. It includes census, vital, military, and immigration records, as well as newspaper articles and city directories.

    • Atlanta Daily World Historical Archive
      The Atlanta Daily World had the first black White House correspondent and was the first black daily in the nation in the 20th century. Search full text from 1931 to 2003.

    • Bibliography of Native North Americans
      Contains citations covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life.

    • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
        Search and read newspapers from 1836-1922 and find information about American newspapers from 1690-present. Includes The Houston Daily Post (12/1/1893--2/28/1903) and The Jewish Herald (Houston) (9/24/1908--12/29/1910).

    • Civil War Era
        Includes the full text of 13 regional newspapers from all sides of the conflict from 1840-1865 as well as 2,000+ slavery, anti-slavery Civil War pamphlets published between 1852 and 1918.

    • Civil War: Sources in U.S. History
        This digital archive examines the war; its battles and campaigns, the home front and the military campground, from its causes to its consequences.

    • EBSCOhost eBooks
        Read e-books on all subjects including some vocational textbooks, technical manuals, and Texas history. Note: downloadable e-books available by remote use only.
    • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896-Present Day (For Remote Users)
       

      An online reference book tracing the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and including the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.

    • Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896-Present Day (In Library Version)
        An online reference book tracing the transition from the Reconstruction Era to the age of Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and including the 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.
    • Encyclopedia of Human Rights (For Remote Users)
        An electronic reference book offering comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history. Focusing primarily on developments since 1945 coverage includes major figures, organizations and institutions, human rights events and crises, and human rights norms.

    • Encyclopedia of Human Rights (In Library Version)
        An electronic reference book offering comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history. Focusing primarily on developments since 1945 coverage includes major figures, organizations and institutions, human rights events and crises, and human rights norms.
    • Fold3
        This database contains almost 40 million images of primary source materials from the United States Military and other historic archives. Many are available here for the first time.

    • Gale Product Menu
        Search all the databases supplied to Houston Public Library by Gale at once or browse resources by category. Includes ebooks, literary research, periodicals, primary sources, and business tools. Search for any term or phrase and find articles from thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, documents, and ebooks along with videos, images and podcast content. (formerly called Gale PowerSearch)

    • HeritageQuest Online (In Library Use)
         A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past. The collection consists of five core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Revolutionary War Records, Freedman’s Bank Records, The LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

    • HeritageQuest Online (Remote Users)
         A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past. The collection consists of five core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Revolutionary War Records, Freedman’s Bank Records, The LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

    • Historical Newspapers
        Search the historical archives of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Defender, Atlanta Daily World, and New York Amsterdam News at one time.

    • HistoryMakers Digital Archive
        The nation’s largest African American video oral history collection. Biographies and video interviews with over 2500 notable African American history makers. Tip: To log in, search for and select Houston Public Library in the institution field on the left, then enter your library card number.(Works best with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsers).

    • Military & Government Collection
        Articles from periodicals related to the military.

    • New York Amsterdam News Historical Archive
        A leading Black newspaper of the 20th century, especially the 1940s. Search full text from 1922 to 1993.

    • New York Times Historical Archive
        Full page view of the New York Times from its first issue in 1851 through 2014.

    • NewspaperArchive (For Remote Users)
       

      Access the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing millions of searchable newspaper pages from Texas and the Southeast United States, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes digital images of issues of the Houston Post (1903-1924), the Daily Court Review (1925-1977), and many other Texas and out-of-state small-market newspapers. States included are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia,South Carolina, and Florida. 

      (*Note: Remote access available to customers with MyLink cards beginning with 77422.... Other Cardholders please contact Circulation Administration to request a card number change, 832-393-2222.)

    • NewspaperArchive (In Library Use)
        Access the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing millions of searchable newspaper pages from Texas and the Southeast United States, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes digital images of issues of the Houston Post (1903-1924), the Daily Court Review (1925-1977), and many other Texas and out-of-state small-market newspapers. States included are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia,South Carolina, and Florida. 

    • Oxford Companion to World Exploration (For Remote Users)
        An online reference e-book that offers information on all topics of exploration worldwide, including advances in navigation, the discovery of the New World, polar expeditions, and the space age. In addition to examining the lives and expeditions of heroic and influential explorers, the book covers navigational and marine sciences and ranges from ancient cultures through modern space exploration.

    • Oxford Companion to World Exploration (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book that offers information on all topics of exploration worldwide, including advances in navigation, the discovery of the New World, polar expeditions, and the space age. In addition to examining the lives and expeditions of heroic and influential explorers, the book covers navigational and marine sciences and ranges from ancient cultures through modern space exploration.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (For Remote Users)
        An online reference e-book offering the most complete picture available of ancient Egyptian civilization, from the predynastic era to its eclipse in the seventh century CE. Here is the Egyptian world in illuminating, accessible detail: art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book offering the most complete picture available of ancient Egyptian civilization, from the predynastic era to its eclipse in the seventh century CE. Here is the Egyptian world in illuminating, accessible detail: art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book international in scope and spanning all time periods of human history, articles range from entries on inventors, theoreticians, and industry leaders to overarching essays on markets, industries, and labor with coverage ranging from accounting and advertising to zoning and zoos.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (For Remote Users)
        An online reference e-book offering comprehensive, reliable, and accessible information about the fastest growing minority population in the United States. The Encyclopedia draws together the diverse historical and contemporary experiences in the United States of Latinos and Latinas from around the world by addressing such broad topics as identity, art, politics, religion, education, health, and history.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (In Library Version)
          An online reference e-book offering comprehensive, reliable, and accessible information about the fastest growing minority population in the United States. The Encyclopedia draws together the diverse historical and contemporary experiences in the United States of Latinos and Latinas from around the world by addressing such broad topics as identity, art, politics, religion, education, health, and history.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (For Remote Users)
        An online reference book covering the entire history of seafaring, from ancient Egyptian shipbuilders to the nuclear submarines and supertankers of today placing maritime affairs in their larger historical context.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (In Library Version)
        An online reference book covering the entire history of seafaring, from ancient Egyptian shipbuilders to the nuclear submarines and supertankers of today placing maritime affairs in their larger historical context.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (For Remote Users)
        An online reference book that comprehensively covers the role women have played throughout world history with over 650 biographies of influential women and over 600 topical articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (In Library Version)
        An online reference book that comprehensively covers the role women have played throughout world history with over 650 biographies of influential women and over 600 topical articles covering topics such as geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies.
    • Sunday Times Historical Archive
        The Sunday Times of London has consistently provided thoughtful analysis and commentary on the week's British and international news and society at large. This Historical Archive includes full-text digital facsimiles of The Sunday Times covering 1822, the start of the newspaper, to 2006. 

    • Texas Digital Sanborn Maps
        Sanborn maps are historical large scale plans of a city drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. These maps are used to trace the history and development of cities and are also helpful in genealogical and historical research. Select Texas from the State menu to begin your search. 

    • Texas Reference Center
        Full text journals and books about Texas history, biography, ethnic & cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, business as well as home & garden and sports & leisure.

    • Times Digital Archive
        The Times of London has covered all major British and international events since the 1780s. This Digital Archive includes full-text digital facsimiles of every daily issue from 1785 to 2014.

    • ABCmouse
      Helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. Over 5,000 learning activities (fun games, puzzles, art, etc.) for kids ages 2-7+.
    • Academic Search Complete
      Full-text articles in all subject areas from all types of magazines and newspapers including scholarly publications. 
    • American Decades
      Decades covers the events, people and social trends that have had impact on contemporary history. Covers the decades from 1900-2009. 
    • Brainfuse - Homework Help
      Get live online homework help for kindergarten through the early college years, plus skills building, writing assistance, a language lab, and more. Live tutoring from experienced teachers is available 24/7. Includes live assistance in completing in the FAFSA. 
    • Britannica Escolar
      Un recurso para estudiantes para hacer busquedas y examinar informacion en enciclopedias, revistas, videos y sitios web.
    • Britannica Online for Children
      A resource for K-5 students to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and websites. 
    • Britannica Online for Young Adults

      A resource for middle and high school students to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, websites, and primary sources. Includes tips and tools for organizing research papers and school reports.

    • Britannica Online Library Edition
      A powerful resource to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and websites.
    • Credo Complete Core Collection
        A general reference resource that serves as a starting point for students and researchers at any level. Content includes over 1100 major encyclopedias, dictionaries and other specialized reference works spanning across all subject areas.

    • CultureGrams
       

      CultureGrams goes beyond basic facts and figures on more than 200 countries, detailing daily life and culture, history, customs, and lifestyles. The States Edition describes the diversity and history of each U.S. state and includes maps, flags and symbols.

    • Discover Our World
        Click on an interactive map of the world to read articles on different nations provided by Britannica Online.

    • Discover Our World: North America
        Click on an interactive map of the United States to read articles about the states provided by Britannica Online.

    • Explora: High School Edition
        Search that focuses on content written for high school students. Topics covered include those of special interest to students such as science, current issues, health, history, art, and literature.

    • Explora: Middle School Edition
        Search that focuses on content written for middle school students. Topics covered include those of special interest to students such as science, current issues, health, history, art, and literature.

    • Explora: Primary School Edition
        Search that focuses on content written for primary school students. Topics covered include those of special interest to students such as animals, language arts, science, and geography.

    • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
        Full-text encyclopedia.

    • Gale Product Menu
        Search all the databases supplied to Houston Public Library by Gale at once or browse resources by category. Includes ebooks, literary research, periodicals, primary sources, and business tools. Search for any term or phrase and find articles from thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, documents, and ebooks along with videos, images and podcast content. (formerly called Gale PowerSearch)

    • HistoryMakers Digital Archive
        The nation’s largest African American video oral history collection. Biographies and video interviews with over 2500 notable African American history makers. Tip: To log in, search for and select Houston Public Library in the institution field on the left, then enter your library card number.(Works best with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browsers).

    • Kids Can Code
        Get kids ready to code with these interactive e-books designed for learners grades 3-8.

    • LearningExpress Library
        Interactive practice exams as well as a Job and Career Center. Include TAKS, GED, SAT, civil service, ASVAB, law enforcement, real estate and basic skills tests and online education.

    • MAS Complete
        MAS Complete is a full-text database providing hundreds of popular high school magazines and reference books. Periodicals contained in MAS Complete cover a wide range of subject areas that are of interest to high-school students.

    • Middle Search Plus
        Articles covering general topics appropriate for middle school students.

    • National Geographic Kids
        National Geographic Kids is a kid friendly version of the iconic magazine. This searchable database contains full issues of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to present (with a 3 month embargo). It also contains hundreds of National Geographic Kids books, videos, and images.

    • NoveList K-8 Plus
        Online resource for helping teachers, school media specialists and kids find that next great fiction or nonfiction book to read. Includes Lexile scores.

    • Opposing Viewpoints: Gale in Context
        Online resource covering today's hottest social issues and current events. Provides pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more from sources such as The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, and American Scientist.

    • Primary Search
        Articles from children's magazines and pamphlets; designed for the elementary school student.

    • ProQuest Ebook Central (For Remote Users)
         A collection of e-books covering K-12, career, arts, leisure and life skills.

    • ProQuest Ebook Central (In Library Version)
         A collection of e-books covering K-12, career, arts, leisure and life skills.
    • Science: Gale in Context
        Provides information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics by means of newspaper and journal articles, images, and video.

    • SciTech Premium Collection
        SciTech Premium Collection includes the Natural Science Collection and the Technology Collection and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more. For those researchers who need to conduct comprehensive literature reviews, this database includes specialized, editorial-controlled A&I resources for discovery of relevant scholarly research and technical literature critical to the discipline.

    • Something About the Author Online
        Something About the Author Online brings you thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators totaling more than 12,000 entries and nearly 17,000 images.

    • TeachingBooks
        A multimedia online database including thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment. includes a wide variety of tools for both teachers and students including lists of award winners and diverse books, new books, series lists, meet-the-author videos, Lexile levels, reader's advisory tools, and lesson plans. 

    • TumbleBooks
        Online picture books, chapter books, puzzles, games and quizzes for children.

    • 19th Century U. S. Newspapers Digital Archive

      Digital images for hundreds of 19th century United States newspapers. Includes The Galveston Daily.
    • Ancestry.com Texas
      A vast collection of digitized documents related to Texas government and history from the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin and the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty. **Note: Free access to the records that have been digitized by Ancestry is available to Texas residents courtesy of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Users are required to create a free Ancestry.com Texas account (instructions at the bottom of the website's homepage). 

    • Architectural Archives Database at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center
      This Houston Public Library collection contains records of architectural drawings owned by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, primarily for structures in the Houston area.

    • Better Business Bureau for the Houston Area
      Information about companies and charities to encourage wise purchases and a fair marketplace.

    • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
        Search and read newspapers from 1836-1922 and find information about American newspapers from 1690-present. Includes The Houston Daily Post (12/1/1893--2/28/1903) and The Jewish Herald (Houston) (9/24/1908--12/29/1910).

    • Gale Legal Forms
        Legal forms specific to Texas.

    • NewspaperArchive (For Remote Users)
       

      Access the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing millions of searchable newspaper pages from Texas and the Southeast United States, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes digital images of issues of the Houston Post (1903-1924), the Daily Court Review (1925-1977), and many other Texas and out-of-state small-market newspapers. States included are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia,South Carolina, and Florida. 

      (*Note: Remote access available to customers with MyLink cards beginning with 77422.... Other Cardholders please contact Circulation Administration to request a card number change, 832-393-2222.)

    • NewspaperArchive (In Library Use)
        Access the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing millions of searchable newspaper pages from Texas and the Southeast United States, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes digital images of issues of the Houston Post (1903-1924), the Daily Court Review (1925-1977), and many other Texas and out-of-state small-market newspapers. States included are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia,South Carolina, and Florida. 

    • Nexis Uni
      Federal and State cases and legislation, patent info, US and International news, company information including corporate mergers/acquisitions and SEC filings.
    • Texas Digital Sanborn Maps
        Sanborn maps are historical large scale plans of a city drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. These maps are used to trace the history and development of cities and are also helpful in genealogical and historical research. Select Texas from the State menu to begin your search. 

    • Texas Reference Center
        Full text journals and books about Texas history, biography, ethnic & cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, business as well as home & garden and sports & leisure.

    • Morningstar Investment Research Center
        Investment data and analyst reports.

    • Value Line
       

      The Value Line Investment Survey is a weekly independent investment information service. Tip: Enter library card number at barcode prompt. (Note: Library cards issued online will not work with this resource. Please contact HPL Circulation Administration for assistance with your card type, 832-393-2222.)

    • Wall Street Journal Online

      Enjoy 72-hours of access to today's online edition of The Wall Street Journal newspaper or search recent and historical digitalized editions. Includes the WSJ Magazine and profiles, financials, and research & ratings of thousands of companies. U.S., Asia, Europe, India, China, and Japan editions are available. Read using the browser on your computer or mobile device. To access, enter your valid Houston Public Library card number and PIN then create an account with your email.
    • Brainfuse - Adult Learning Center
      Access career resources, resume help, practice tests and Microsoft Office help. Live online tutoring is available 24/7.
    • Brainfuse - Job Now
      Get live job coaching, resume assistance, and more. Available 24/7; Powered by Brainfuse. 
    • LearningExpress Library
        Interactive practice exams as well as a Job and Career Center. Include TAKS, GED, SAT, civil service, ASVAB, law enforcement, real estate and basic skills tests and online education.

    • LinkedIn Learning for Library
       

      *On March 25, 2021, Lynda Library/LinkedIn Learning upgraded to LinkedIn Learning for Library. More courses are available in the new version, and your past learning history carried over with your library card login.  For more information see the FAQ  https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/107121

      A vast library of over 16,000 video tutorials in multiple languages covering software, technology, and business skills taught by recognized industry experts. LinkedIn Learning for Library provides 24/7 access to online learning to help you achieve personal and professional goals. Use via browser; this resource does not work with the general LinkedIn app.  (previously known as Lynda Library) TIP: This is a very popular resource and occasionally all of HPL's allowed number of simultaneously-use "seats" are occupied. If you have difficulty logging in this is likely the cause and we recommend trying again later.

    • Annenberg Learner

      Professional development for teachers and classroom resources across the curriculum. Features streaming videos that teach topics including language learning (Spanish, French, German, ESL, etc.), math and science.

    • Gale Courses
        Free online instructor-led courses on a variety of topics such as business, technology and computer applications, college prep, healthcare, writing, and personal development, and sign language. 6-week courses begin monthly. A valid library card is required to register.

    • Mango Languages
        Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and communication in over 70 world languages including English. To get started, select Sign Up, register with your valid MyLink card number and PIN, then create an account with your email address and a password.

    • Gale Legal Forms
        Legal forms specific to Texas.

    • Legal Collection
        Full-text of scholarly law journals.

    • Legal Information Reference Center
        Online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books and thousands of legal forms. Content offers users detailed “how-to” instructions to address a wide-range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, and property & real estate.
    • Nexis Uni
      Federal and State cases and legislation, patent info, US and International news, company information including corporate mergers/acquisitions and SEC filings.
    • Chilton Library
        When it comes to auto repair, the Chilton manuals have been trusted for many years. Now these exceptional resources are available in a comprehensive, simple-to-use database providing quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today.

    • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
        Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center is a collection of periodicals, books and videos covering common and unusual hobbies arranged in over 140 topics.

    • Home Improvement Reference Center
        Home Improvement Reference Center is designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance, and remodeling projects. Step-by-step instructions for thousands of projects in the areas of plumbing, outdoor, woodworking, electrical, and decorating are provided.

    • hoopla
       

      Hoopla provides streaming and downloadable movies, TV shows, and music. Use your library card to sign up and create an account, then edit account settings to add library name (Houston Public Library, library card number, and PIN before browsing or checking out. Users are allowed 2 check outs per month and can check out videos for 72 hours, music for 7 days.

    • Kanopy
        Streaming videos including critically-acclaimed movies, award-winning foreign films, inspiring documentaries, a host of educational resources and how-to videos ranging from language learning to haircutting basics. Kanopy Kids includes the Sesame Street catalog and animated versions of popular storybooks. Check out up to 8 films per month, with a play of The Great Courses and Kanopy Kids permitting unlimited use for 30 days. 

    • ProQuest Ebook Central (For Remote Users)
         A collection of e-books covering K-12, career, arts, leisure and life skills.

    • ProQuest Ebook Central (In Library Version)
         A collection of e-books covering K-12, career, arts, leisure and life skills.
    • SAMS Photofact

       

      Repair manuals and wiring diagrams for consumer electronics. Thousands of devices including TVs and radios.

    • Small Engine Repair Reference Center
        Small Engine Repair Reference Center contains small engine repair manuals with thousands of step-by-step maintenance and repair instructions for hundreds of small engine machines including motorcycles, ATVs, personal water craft, lawn mowers, tractors, generators, and more.

    • Universal Class
        Over 500 video-based courses on a wide variety of subjects, from hard and soft business skills like management and technology to law, academics, alternative medicine, real estate, homeschooling, bartending, arts and crafts.  Courses are self-paced and Continuing Education credits are available. (Sign up with your library card number and create a password.  Must be 14 & up to register.)

    • 20th Century American Poetry
      Includes the full-text of American poetry from the 20th century. 
    • 20th Century English Poetry
      Includes the full-text of British poetry from the 20th century. 
    • Black Drama
      Contains the full text of plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries.

    • Black Short Fiction

      Short fiction produced by writers from Africa and the African Diaspora from the earliest times to the present, compiled from early literary magazines, archives, and the personal collections of the authors.

    • EBSCOhost eBooks
        Read e-books on all subjects including some vocational textbooks, technical manuals, and Texas history. Note: downloadable e-books available by remote use only.
    • Essay & General Literature Index
        Essay & General Literature Index cites records contained in collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain and Canada.

    • Explora: Adult Edition
        Searches for content from numerous resources. Results cover a broad range of topics including arts, literature, science, biography, history and health.
    • Gale Product Menu
        Search all the databases supplied to Houston Public Library by Gale at once or browse resources by category. Includes ebooks, literary research, periodicals, primary sources, and business tools. Search for any term or phrase and find articles from thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, documents, and ebooks along with videos, images and podcast content. (formerly called Gale PowerSearch)

    • Literary Reference Center
        Literary Reference Center combines information from over 1,000 books, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, and hundreds of literary journals.

    • NoveList Plus
        A complete readers resource with information on well over 200,000 fiction and narrative nonfiction titles.

    • Oxford Companion to World Exploration (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book that offers information on all topics of exploration worldwide, including advances in navigation, the discovery of the New World, polar expeditions, and the space age. In addition to examining the lives and expeditions of heroic and influential explorers, the book covers navigational and marine sciences and ranges from ancient cultures through modern space exploration.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (For Remote Users)
        An online reference e-book offering the most complete picture available of ancient Egyptian civilization, from the predynastic era to its eclipse in the seventh century CE. Here is the Egyptian world in illuminating, accessible detail: art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book offering the most complete picture available of ancient Egyptian civilization, from the predynastic era to its eclipse in the seventh century CE. Here is the Egyptian world in illuminating, accessible detail: art, architecture, religion, language, literature, trade, politics, everyday social life and the culture of the court.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (For Remote Users)
        An online reference e-book that provides comprehensive coverage of literature covering the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages. It includes substantial accounts of individual authors and detailed histories of particular themes, movements, genres, and institutions, whose impact upon the writing or the reading of literature was significant.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book that provides comprehensive coverage of literature covering the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages. It includes substantial accounts of individual authors and detailed histories of particular themes, movements, genres, and institutions, whose impact upon the writing or the reading of literature was significant.
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (For Remote Users)
       

      An online reference e-book that comprehensively documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world. It includes brief biographies of every major author and illustrator. Also included are essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, prominent trends and themes, and the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world.

    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (In Library Version)
        An online reference e-book that comprehensively documents and interprets the books read by children throughout the world. It includes brief biographies of every major author and illustrator. Also included are essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, prominent trends and themes, and the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world. 
    • Oxford Essential Quotations (For Remote Users)
        With over 12,000 quotations, Oxford Essential Quotations brings together the sayings of over 3,000 authors. This resource allows you to search over 600 subjects to find an apt quotation for any occasion.

    • Oxford Essential Quotations (In Library Version)
        With over 12,000 quotations, Oxford Essential Quotations brings together the sayings of over 3,000 authors. This resource allows you to search over 600 subjects to find an apt quotation for any occasion.
    • Play Index
        Play Index covers classic and historical plays, along with the works of contemporary playwrights covering one-act plays, radio and television plays, classic drama and monologues.

    • Short Story Index
        Short Story Index is an essential resource for readers seeking short stories by author or genre, or for those researching a body of work of a literary figure. It provides detailed indexing for hundreds of thousands of short stories and full text for nearly 5,000 stories.

    • Something About the Author Online
        Something About the Author Online brings you thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators totaling more than 12,000 entries and nearly 17,000 images.

    • Theatre in Video
       

      Contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.

    • Academic Search Complete
      Full-text articles in all subject areas from all types of magazines and newspapers including scholarly publications. 
    • American Physical Society Journals

      Journals from the American Physical Society include Physical Review Letters, Reviews of Modern Physics, Physical Review, and Physics. Issues run from 1893 to present.

    • Dragonsource Qikan
        Chinese language magazines database. Top 100 titles, includes issues from 1999-present.

    • Explora: Adult Edition
        Searches for content from numerous resources. Results cover a broad range of topics including arts, literature, science, biography, history and health.
    • Flipster
        Digital editions of popular magazines, to read on your computer, laptop, or portable device.  Includes current and back issues. Sign in with your library card number then select your favorite titles or browse. NOTE: This resource will no longer be available after April 30, 2021.

    • Fuente Academica
        Provides the full-text of Spanish language scholarly journals. Ofrece articulos academicos completos.

    • Gale Product Menu
        Search all the databases supplied to Houston Public Library by Gale at once or browse resources by category. Includes ebooks, literary research, periodicals, primary sources, and business tools. Search for any term or phrase and find articles from thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, documents, and ebooks along with videos, images and podcast content. (formerly called Gale PowerSearch)

    • Humanities Full Text
        Humanities Full Text provides full text, abstracts and indexing of the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities. This resource covers art, classical studies, philosophy, religion and more.

    • Journals & Periodicals
        Full Text Finder - listing of all journals, magazines and newspapers available in print or in full-text online in the Houston Public Library collection.

    • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
        Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.

    • MasterFILE Complete
        Offers a large collection of popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers. It provides full text periodicals covering an extensive range of subject areas.

    • National Geographic Kids
        National Geographic Kids is a kid friendly version of the iconic magazine. This searchable database contains full issues of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to present (with a 3 month embargo). It also contains hundreds of National Geographic Kids books, videos, and images.

    • Nexis Uni
      Federal and State cases and legislation, patent info, US and International news, company information including corporate mergers/acquisitions and SEC filings.
    • Play Index
        Play Index covers classic and historical plays, along with the works of contemporary playwrights covering one-act plays, radio and television plays, classic drama and monologues.

    • PressReader
        Digital images of over 7000 newspapers and magazines from the U.S. and 55 countries around the world. The number of recent issues varies.  Remote users: Please select "Sign In" on the PressReader page and choose the "Library or Group" option and search for Houston. Choose Houston Public Library, then enter your library card number and PIN when prompted.

    • Primary Search
        Articles from children's magazines and pamphlets; designed for the elementary school student.

    • Referencia Latina
        This full-text Spanish-language database covers a broad array of subjects from a variety of sources, including reference books, general interest magazines and health reports. Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers and newswires from 8 Latin American countries.
    • Serials Directory
        Up-to-date and accurate bibliographic information as well as current pricing structures for popular serials.

    • TOPICsearch
        This current events database allows students and researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints.

    • Acorn TV

      The Best in British TV and Film:  World-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond, including 80+ exclusive shows and a full slate of original programming. NOTE: This resource will no longer be available after May 14, 2021.

    • African American Music Reference

      Contains comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of Black American musical expression chronicling the rich history of this music through 1970. 

    • American Music
      American Music is a history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.

    • Classical Music in Video
       

      Classical Music in Video will grow to contain 1,000 hours of classical music performances, master classes and interviews with master teachers from around the world captured on video.

    • Classical Music Library
        Classical Music Library is the world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.

    • Contemporary World Music
        Contemporary World Music delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database will contain important genres such as Reggae, Worldbeat, Neo-Traditional, World Fusion, Balkanic Jazz, African Film, Bollywood, Arab Swing and Jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian Classical, Fado, Flamenco, Klezmer, Zydeco, Gospel, Gagaku, and more.

    • Freegal Music
        Freegal Music provides access to over 9.5 million songs and 15,000 music videos from over 28,000 labels including the Sony Music catalog. A valid library card allows you to create your account and access up to 5 hours of streaming music per day and 5 MP3 song downloads per week.

    • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
        Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. Entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world.

    • hoopla
       

      Hoopla provides streaming and downloadable movies, TV shows, and music. Use your library card to sign up and create an account, then edit account settings to add library name (Houston Public Library, library card number, and PIN before browsing or checking out. Users are allowed 2 check outs per month and can check out videos for 72 hours, music for 7 days.

    • Jazz Music Library
        The largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online -- with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums and genres.

    • Kanopy
        Streaming videos including critically-acclaimed movies, award-winning foreign films, inspiring documentaries, a host of educational resources and how-to videos ranging from language learning to haircutting basics. Kanopy Kids includes the Sesame Street catalog and animated versions of popular storybooks. Check out up to 8 films per month, with a play of The Great Courses and Kanopy Kids permitting unlimited use for 30 days. 

    • Music Online (Provided by Greenberg Endowment)
        Music listeners can choose to stream American historical, classical, jazz, contemporary world, or global traditional music. Also available are streaming videos of opera performances.

    • Opera in Video
       

      Contains over 100 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.

    • OverDrive
        Download e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, comics, TV and videos. Use in browser or with the OverDrive and Libby apps for iOS and Android.

    • Smithsonian Global Sound
        Archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. It is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.

    • Theatre in Video
       

      Contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.

    • 19th Century U. S. Newspapers Digital Archive

      Digital images for hundreds of 19th century United States newspapers. Includes The Galveston Daily.
    • Atlanta Daily World Historical Archive
      The Atlanta Daily World had the first black White House correspondent and was the first black daily in the nation in the 20th century. Search full text from 1931 to 2003.

    • Barron's

      The complete Barron's on microfilm available in a digital format. Starting date is January 2008. Use by selecting the title Barron's and the desired date.

    • Boston Herald (Digital Image Edition)
      Remote users: Please select "Sign In" on the PressReader page and choose the "Library or Group" option and search for Houston. Choose Houston Public Library, then enter your library card number and PIN when prompted.  The latest 45 days are available.
    • Chicago Defender Historical Archive
        Full page view of the Chicago Defender from 1910-1975.

    • Chicago Tribune (Digital Image Edition)
        Remote users: Please select "Sign In" on the PressReader page and choose the "Library or Group" option and search for Houston. Choose Houston Public Library, then enter your library card number and PIN when prompted.  The latest 45 days are available.

    • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
        Search and read newspapers from 1836-1922 and find information about American newspapers from 1690-present. Includes The Houston Daily Post (12/1/1893--2/28/1903) and The Jewish Herald (Houston) (9/24/1908--12/29/1910).

    • Civil War Era
        Includes the full text of 13 regional newspapers from all sides of the conflict from 1840-1865 as well as 2,000+ slavery, anti-slavery Civil War pamphlets published between 1852 and 1918.

    • Dallas Morning News Historical Archive
        Searchable archive of the Dallas Morning News from 1885 - 1977 (digital microfilm).

    • Factiva
        Current news from 32,000 sources including newswires, regional and national newspapers, industry publications, trade journals, think tanks and web content from Dow Jones, one of the largest providers of global business and general news sources in the world. Features select articles from daily major national and international newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The Guardian. Includes news sources in 21 languages. Tips: To browse issues of recent major newspapers, click on News Pages, then select date and section. Use the Search Builder to search for news of all types from thousands of news sources around the world.

    • Financial Times Historical Archive
        The Financial Times Historical Archive delivers the complete searchable run of the world's most authoritative daily business newspaper from 1888-2010. An essential, comprehensive and unbiased research tool for everyone studying the public affairs and financial history of the last 130+ years.

    • Historical Newspapers
        Search the historical archives of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Defender, Atlanta Daily World, and New York Amsterdam News at one time.

    • Los Angeles Times (Digital Image Edition)
        Remote users: Please select "Sign In" on the PressReader page and choose the "Library or Group" option and search for Houston. Choose Houston Public Library, then enter your library card number and PIN when prompted. The latest 45 days are available.

    • New York Times (Digital Microfilm)

       

      The searchable database of the complete New York Times on microfilm, including obituaries, available in a digital format. Starting date is January 2008. Use by selecting the title New York Times and the desired date. 90-day embargo on recent issues.

    • New York Times Historical Archive
        Full page view of the New York Times from its first issue in 1851 through 2014.

    • New York Times Online (In-Library Use)
        Enjoy access to today's basic online edition of The New York Times newspaper in English, Spanish, or Chinese, or search recent and historical digitalized editions while visiting any Houston Public Library location. (To create an account, sign up with your email and create a password. Must be 13 & up to register.) 
    • New York Times Online (Remote Access)
        Enjoy 72-hours of access to today's basic online edition of The New York Times newspaper in English, Spanish, or Chinese, or search recent and historical digitalized editions. To access, click Redeem, then create an account with your email address and a password, then confirm the code redemption that you will receive in your email account to begin access. (Must be 13 & up to register.) 
    • Newspaper Source Plus
        Offers full text of regional, national, and international newspapers, plus transcripts of television and radio programs.
    • NewspaperArchive (For Remote Users)
       

      Access the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing millions of searchable newspaper pages from Texas and the Southeast United States, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes digital images of issues of the Houston Post (1903-1924), the Daily Court Review (1925-1977), and many other Texas and out-of-state small-market newspapers. States included are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia,South Carolina, and Florida. 

      (*Note: Remote access available to customers with MyLink cards beginning with 77422.... Other Cardholders please contact Circulation Administration to request a card number change, 832-393-2222.)

    • NewspaperArchive (In Library Use)
        Access the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing millions of searchable newspaper pages from Texas and the Southeast United States, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes digital images of issues of the Houston Post (1903-1924), the Daily Court Review (1925-1977), and many other Texas and out-of-state small-market newspapers. States included are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia,South Carolina, and Florida. 

    • PressReader
        Digital images of over 7000 newspapers and magazines from the U.S. and 55 countries around the world. The number of recent issues varies.  Remote users: Please select "Sign In" on the PressReader page and choose the "Library or Group" option and search for Houston. Choose Houston Public Library, then enter your library card number and PIN when prompted.

    • Sunday Times Historical Archive
        The Sunday Times of London has consistently provided thoughtful analysis and commentary on the week's British and international news and society at large. This Historical Archive includes full-text digital facsimiles of The Sunday Times covering 1822, the start of the newspaper, to 2006. 

    • Times Digital Archive
        The Times of London has covered all major British and international events since the 1780s. This Digital Archive includes full-text digital facsimiles of every daily issue from 1785 to 2014.

    • Wall Street Journal (Article Search - Contemporary News)
       

      Searchable database of y=the financial newspaper of record, offering in-depth coverage of national and international finance from 1984-current.

    • Wall Street Journal Historical Archive
        Full page view of the Wall Street Journal from 1889-2002.

    • Wall Street Journal Online

      Enjoy 72-hours of access to today's online edition of The Wall Street Journal newspaper or search recent and historical digitalized editions. Includes the WSJ Magazine and profiles, financials, and research & ratings of thousands of companies. U.S., Asia, Europe, India, China, and Japan editions are available. Read using the browser on your computer or mobile device. To access, enter your valid Houston Public Library card number and PIN then create an account with your email.
    • ABCmouse
      Helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. Over 5,000 learning activities (fun games, puzzles, art, etc.) for kids ages 2-7+.
    • Annenberg Learner

      Professional development for teachers and classroom resources across the curriculum. Features streaming videos that teach topics including language learning (Spanish, French, German, ESL, etc.), math and science.

    • Brainfuse - Adult Learning Center
      Access career resources, resume help, practice tests and Microsoft Office help. Live online tutoring is available 24/7.
    • Brainfuse - Job Now
      Get live job coaching, resume assistance, and more. Available 24/7; Powered by Brainfuse. 
    • Gale Courses
        Free online instructor-led courses on a variety of topics such as business, technology and computer applications, college prep, healthcare, writing, and personal development, and sign language. 6-week courses begin monthly. A valid library card is required to register.

    • Great Courses on Kanopy
       

      Streaming videos including critically-acclaimed movies, award-winning foreign films, inspiring documentaries, a host of educational resources and how-to videos ranging from language learning to haircutting basics. Kanopy Kids includes the Sesame Street catalog and animated versions of popular storybooks. Check out up to 8 films per month, with a play of The Great Courses and Kanopy Kids permitting unlimited use for 30 days. 

    • Kanopy
        Streaming videos including critically-acclaimed movies, award-winning foreign films, inspiring documentaries, a host of educational resources and how-to videos ranging from language learning to haircutting basics. Kanopy Kids includes the Sesame Street catalog and animated versions of popular storybooks. Check out up to 8 films per month, with a play of The Great Courses and Kanopy Kids permitting unlimited use for 30 days. 

    • LearningExpress Library
        Interactive practice exams as well as a Job and Career Center. Include TAKS, GED, SAT, civil service, ASVAB, law enforcement, real estate and basic skills tests and online education.

    • LinkedIn Learning for Library
       

      *On March 25, 2021, Lynda Library/LinkedIn Learning upgraded to LinkedIn Learning for Library. More courses are available in the new version, and your past learning history carried over with your library card login.  For more information see the FAQ  https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/107121

      A vast library of over 16,000 video tutorials in multiple languages covering software, technology, and business skills taught by recognized industry experts. LinkedIn Learning for Library provides 24/7 access to online learning to help you achieve personal and professional goals. Use via browser; this resource does not work with the general LinkedIn app.  (previously known as Lynda Library) TIP: This is a very popular resource and occasionally all of HPL's allowed number of simultaneously-use "seats" are occupied. If you have difficulty logging in this is likely the cause and we recommend trying again later.

    • Universal Class
        Over 500 video-based courses on a wide variety of subjects, from hard and soft business skills like management and technology to law, academics, alternative medicine, real estate, homeschooling, bartending, arts and crafts.  Courses are self-paced and Continuing Education credits are available. (Sign up with your library card number and create a password.  Must be 14 & up to register.)

    • Newspaper Source Plus
        Offers full text of regional, national, and international newspapers, plus transcripts of television and radio programs.
    • Regional Business News
        Articles from regional business publications.

    • Wall Street Journal Online

      Enjoy 72-hours of access to today's online edition of The Wall Street Journal newspaper or search recent and historical digitalized editions. Includes the WSJ Magazine and profiles, financials, and research & ratings of thousands of companies. U.S., Asia, Europe, India, China, and Japan editions are available. Read using the browser on your computer or mobile device. To access, enter your valid Houston Public Library card number and PIN then create an account with your email.
    • TumbleBooks
        Online picture books, chapter books, puzzles, games and quizzes for children.

    • Data Axle Reference Solutions (For Remote Users)
        Database of U.S. businesses; also includes an international business database, a residential white pages database, new movers database (residential) and new businesses database, as well as employment and internship listings. (Previously known as ReferenceUSA.)

    • Data Axle Reference Solutions (In Library Version)
        Database of U.S. businesses; also includes an international business database, a residential white pages database, new movers database (residential) and new businesses database, as well as employment and internship listings. (Previously known as ReferenceUSA.)

    • Foundation Center Essential (Remote Access)

      Trying to search for grants from home or office?  Request a free Day Pass to Candid’s Foundation Directory Essential.

      One 24-hour Day Pass is allowed every 30 days, available through December 2021 courtesy of Candid. Houston Public Library staff can also assist you with funding searches directly. For help, contact: 832-393-1313 or Email Reference.

    • Foundation Directory Online (Available at Central Library Only)
       

      Program details and application guidelines for leading foundations as well as sponsoring company information for corporate givers.

      (*Note: For help with this resource while Houston Public Library is closed, contact: 832-393-1313 or Email Reference)

    • Foundation Grants to Individuals (Available at Central Library Only)

       

      Find sources for scholarships, fellowships, grants, awards and other financial support for individuals.

    • Gale Directory Library
        Search for companies and organizations in a number of directories including Ward's Business Directory, Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, and the Encyclopedia of Associations titles.

    • Encyclopaedia Judaica
        Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life, knowledge, and the contribution of Jews to world cultures. 

    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
        Full-text reference books on topics including biography, business, the environment, history, law, literature, social sciences, medicine, religion, the sciences, and multicultural studies.

    • Humanities Full Text
        Humanities Full Text provides full text, abstracts and indexing of the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities. This resource covers art, classical studies, philosophy, religion and more.

    • New Catholic Encyclopedia
        Among the 12,000 entries in the encyclopedia are articles on theology, philosophy, history, literary figures, saints, musicians and much more.

    • Religion & Philosophy
        This database provides extensive full-text coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.

    • Religion Reference E-Book Titles
        Includes the Encyclopedia of Religion which emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and the Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices which provides information on current religious practices around the world.

    • Britannica Escolar
      Un recurso para estudiantes para hacer busquedas y examinar informacion en enciclopedias, revistas, videos y sitios web.
    • Dragonsource Qikan
        Chinese language magazines database. Top 100 titles, includes issues from 1999-present.

    • Enciclopedia Moderna
        Explore la Enciclopedia Moderna, una fuente de conocimiento autorizado y confiable con miles de artfculos en un amplio rango de temas.

    • Factiva
        Current news from 32,000 sources including newswires, regional and national newspapers, industry publications, trade journals, think tanks and web content from Dow Jones, one of the largest providers of global business and general news sources in the world. Features select articles from daily major national and international newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The Guardian. Includes news sources in 21 languages. Tips: To browse issues of recent major newspapers, click on News Pages, then select date and section. Use the Search Builder to search for news of all types from thousands of news sources around the world.

    • Fuente Academica
        Provides the full-text of Spanish language scholarly journals. Ofrece articulos academicos completos.

    • Mango Languages
        Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and communication in over 70 world languages including English. To get started, select Sign Up, register with your valid MyLink card number and PIN, then create an account with your email address and a password.

    • MedicLatina
        Full-text Spanish language collection of medical research and investigative journals.

    • New York Times Online (In-Library Use)
        Enjoy access to today's basic online edition of The New York Times newspaper in English, Spanish, or Chinese, or search recent and historical digitalized editions while visiting any Houston Public Library location. (To create an account, sign up with your email and create a password. Must be 13 & up to register.) 
    • New York Times Online (Remote Access)
        Enjoy 72-hours of access to today's basic online edition of The New York Times newspaper in English, Spanish, or Chinese, or search recent and historical digitalized editions. To access, click Redeem, then create an account with your email address and a password, then confirm the code redemption that you will receive in your email account to begin access. (Must be 13 & up to register.) 
    • PressReader
        Digital images of over 7000 newspapers and magazines from the U.S. and 55 countries around the world. The number of recent issues varies.  Remote users: Please select "Sign In" on the PressReader page and choose the "Library or Group" option and search for Houston. Choose Houston Public Library, then enter your library card number and PIN when prompted.

    • Primary Search
        Articles from children's magazines and pamphlets; designed for the elementary school student.

    • Referencia Latina
        This full-text Spanish-language database covers a broad array of subjects from a variety of sources, including reference books, general interest magazines and health reports. Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers and newswires from 8 Latin American countries.
    • Salud en Español
        Consumer Health Complete database of health information in Spanish.

    • Wall Street Journal Online

      Enjoy 72-hours of access to today's online edition of The Wall Street Journal newspaper or search recent and historical digitalized editions. Includes the WSJ Magazine and profiles, financials, and research & ratings of thousands of companies. U.S., Asia, Europe, India, China, and Japan editions are available. Read using the browser on your computer or mobile device. To access, enter your valid Houston Public Library card number and PIN then create an account with your email.
    • WorldCat
        OCLC FirstSearch provides a catalog of library materials owned by libraries around the world. Includes ability to search for books in Spanish, French, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese (traditional and simplified).

    • AGRICOLA
      Index of material on all aspects of agriculture. 
    • American Physical Society Journals

      Journals from the American Physical Society include Physical Review Letters, Reviews of Modern Physics, Physical Review, and Physics. Issues run from 1893 to present.

    • Computer Source
        The latest information and current trends in high technology.

    • EBSCOhost eBooks
        Read e-books on all subjects including some vocational textbooks, technical manuals, and Texas history. Note: downloadable e-books available by remote use only.
    • Encyclopedia of Evolution (In Library Version)
        An online reference comprehensive guide to the essentials of evolutionary biology, these entries survey essential concepts and theories, present methods, models and findings, and discuss both the history of the field and current controversies. Readers will find brief treatments on discrete concepts and individuals to illuminating lengthy essays by experts in the field.
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
        Full-text reference books on topics including biography, business, the environment, history, law, literature, social sciences, medicine, religion, the sciences, and multicultural studies.

    • Information Science & Technology Abstracts
        Database in the areas of information science.

    • National Geographic Magazine Archive
        National Geographic magazine is an iconic magazine famous for its high quality photojournalism covering cultures, nature, science, technology and the environment. National Geographic Magazine Archive includes all issue of the magazine since its start in 1888 to the previous month's issue. Also included are National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Traveler magazines.

    • SAMS Photofact

       

      Repair manuals and wiring diagrams for consumer electronics. Thousands of devices including TVs and radios.

    • Science & Technology Collection
        Full-text, indexing, and abstracts to journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community. Topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, chemistry, computer technology, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology, and materials science.

    • Science: Gale in Context
        Provides information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics by means of newspaper and journal articles, images, and video.

    • SciTech Premium Collection
        SciTech Premium Collection includes the Natural Science Collection and the Technology Collection and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more. For those researchers who need to conduct comprehensive literature reviews, this database includes specialized, editorial-controlled A&I resources for discovery of relevant scholarly research and technical literature critical to the discipline.

    • CultureGrams
       

      CultureGrams goes beyond basic facts and figures on more than 200 countries, detailing daily life and culture, history, customs, and lifestyles. The States Edition describes the diversity and history of each U.S. state and includes maps, flags and symbols.

    • Discover Our World
        Click on an interactive map of the world to read articles on different nations provided by Britannica Online.

    • Discover Our World: North America
        Click on an interactive map of the United States to read articles about the states provided by Britannica Online.

    • HistoryGeo (Available at Clayton Library only)
      Contains land-ownership maps, historical atlases and other content indispensable for recreating frontier neighborhoods and tracking migrations of families across the United States.
    • National Geographic Kids
        National Geographic Kids is a kid friendly version of the iconic magazine. This searchable database contains full issues of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to present (with a 3 month embargo). It also contains hundreds of National Geographic Kids books, videos, and images.

    • National Geographic Magazine Archive
        National Geographic magazine is an iconic magazine famous for its high quality photojournalism covering cultures, nature, science, technology and the environment. National Geographic Magazine Archive includes all issue of the magazine since its start in 1888 to the previous month's issue. Also included are National Geographic Kids and National Geographic Traveler magazines.

    • Oxford Companion to World Exploration (For Remote Users)
        An online reference e-book that offers information on all topics of exploration worldwide, including advances in navigation, the discovery of the New World, polar expeditions, and the space age. In addition to examining the lives and expeditions of heroic and influential explorers, the book covers navigational and marine sciences and ranges from ancient cultures through modern space exploration.

    • Smithsonian Global Sound
        Archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. It is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.