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ABCMouse (In Library Use Only)

ABCmouse.com 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 (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

Full-text articles in all subject areas from all types of magazines and newspapers including scholarly publications.*

American Decades

American 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, skills building, writing assistance, and more. Live help is available Monday - Sunday, 2pm-11pm.*

Britannica Escolar

Un recurso para estudiantes para hacer busquedas y examinar informacion en enciclopedias, revistas, videos y sitios web.*

Britannica Online for Kids

A resource for students to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and Web sites. *

Britannica Online Library Edition

A powerful resource to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and Web sites.*


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.*

General OneFile

Provides access to periodical and news information on a diverse set of topics.*

Kids Search (Provided by the Texas State Library's TexShare program.)

A search interface with a child-friendly, graphically-rich design that automatically searches across all applicable EBSCO databases simultaneously.*

Learning Express Library (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

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.*

MAS Ultra: School Edition (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

Articles from general interest and current events magazines appropriate for school assignments.*

Middle Search Plus (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

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 database contains full issues of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to present (with a 3 month embargo). It also contains 500 pictures and 200 National Geographic Kids books.*

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.*

Oxford English Dictionary

Online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.*

Primary Search (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

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

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.*

Student Research Center (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

A search interface designed specifically for secondary school students that searches across all EBSCO databases owned by HPL.*

Teen Health and Wellness

Provides students with support and self-help tools on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more.*


Online picture books, puzzles, games and quizzes for children.*

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Extensive information on all 50 of the United States.

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder

Locate approved titles for use in school Accelerated Reader programs. Check with your student's teacher or school for specific details and approved AR lists.

Any Day in History

Find out about historic events and birthdates that occurred on a selected day.

CIA World Factbook

Information on countries around the world.

Citation Machine

Provides an interactive tool to help create reference citations for research papers. Includes various print and electronic resources.

CK-12 Foundation

An online collaborative learning environment for students and educations; offers study guides for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and assistance in curriculum development.

Core Documents of Our Democracy

Major documents of the United States from 1776 to the present.

Digital Public Library of America

The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items--photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more--from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.


Automatic bibliography and citation maker.

Encyclopedia of Life

The Encyclopedia of Life brings together information about all life on earth - text, images, video, sounds, maps, classifications and more.

Find Sounds

Find audio files in a variety of formats for animals, musical instruments, and miscellaneous sound effects.

Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling

Offers handouts and exercises on grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Handbook of Texas Online

Encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture.

HPL Paperback Classics

Local school reading list titles includes fiction and nonfiction.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy has over 3,300 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice.

Lexile Book Search

Allows users to find book Lexile levels with a title search or to find titles with a specific Lexile level.

Library of Congress American Memory

American Memory provides free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

Merriam-Webster Online

Online English language dictionary and thesaurus. Also includes a medical dictionary and a Spanish-English dictionary.

Online Conversion

Convert just about anything to anything else.

Recipe Source

Recipes from around the world.

Reference Desk

Fact checker for the Internet with links to free, credible websites.

Salem Witchcraft in 1692: A Bibliography

This is a list of sources with historical and other background information on the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692.

Web Elements

A periodic table of elements with description, history, uses, atomic structure, and additional detailed information for each element.

What is a Dollar Worth?

CPI and inflation rates. Download the free Inflation Calculator app.

Where to Write for Vital Records

Links are provided for users who want direct access to individual state and territory information.