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Not All Internet Sources Are Equal

Important research to do and you can't get into the library? The library subscribes to online databases containing magazines, journals, books, essays, encyclopedias and more.

From poems about Paul Revere to biographical information on Castro to news articles from the time of the Normandy Invasion to how galaxies form, it's all there. And you can relax knowing the information can be trusted.

Most of our databases can be explored from home or office using your KCPL library card number. The links below will take you directly the resource, but if you would like more complete description, including some tips on using the resources, the links on the left-hand side of this page help you learn more about how to get into the database and what you might find once you are.

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Access Science

An award winning science database, Access Science works as an encyclopedia, a biographical resource and dictionary, but also has resources for students who are selecting paper topics in the sciences. more information...

Biography in Context

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Whether you are working on a paper for school or are just curious about someone in the news, Biography in Context will answer your questions about 335,000+ from throughout history and around the world. more information...

Charleston Newspapers' News Library

The Charleston Newspapers offer an index to locate articles back to 1985. Use of the index is free. The papers charge $2.95 to view articles. (2/07) more information...

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry Online

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Looking for a love poem? Trying to remember the rest of a poem? Need to know what iambic pentameter means? This database of poetry will help you out. more information...

Consumer Health Complete

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This database provides easy-to-understand consumer health information. A great place to start for a basic medical definition, health article or basic overview of a health-related topic. more information...


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A collection of magazine, newspaper and journal databases, which cover a wide variety of subjects such as business, education, health and popular interest. Many of the online articles users can retrieve are full text. more information...

Foundation Directory Online Professional

Online grant seeking research tool providing information on 80,000 grant making entities and their grants. Provided by the Foundation Center. more information...

Foundation Grants for Individuals

Online detailed descriptions of more than 6,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers and other individual grant seekers. Provided by the Foundation Center. more information...

Global Road Warrior

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From travel planning to school work, Global Road Warrior connects you with information about countries around the world. Explore hotels, customs, history, even recipes.

Grolier Online

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This popular print encyclopedia has moved to the web. There is a special version for students in grades 3-5. Provided by the West Virginia Library Commission. more information...

Kids Search

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A place to find magazine articles, biographies, images and more on a variety of topics for students in grades K-8. It is similar to Searchasaurus but includes more categories/topics to search (such as geography and languages arts) and more advanced search options. more information...

Learning Express Library

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If you want to score high on standardized tests, this interactive database will give you the practice you need. Tests range from the ACT, SAT, GED, civil service, postal service and much more. Provided by the West Virginia Library Commission. more information...

Literature Resource Center

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Are you writing a paper about an author? Getting ready for a book club meeting? Want to know more about a favourite author? Literature Resource Center explores the works of 130,000 authors. more information...

Live Homework Help from

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When you just "don't get it," homework can be very frustrating. KCPL is here to help with Live Homework Help, a free online tutoring service from Students in kindergarten through college introduction level can get free, immediate assistance from qualified tutors from 2 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Log in via our website using your library card. more information...

Mango Languages

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Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for real communication. It's the fast, easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. more information...


Finding accurate health information on the internet can be a challenge, the staff at the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health help the public navigate. Information is available on illnesses, medications, treatments, and much more. more information...

NoveList Plus

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NoveList Plus will help you to answer the question of what to read next with information about thousands of fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as advisory, teaching, and learning materials for readers, teachers, and librarians. more information...

NoveList Plus K-8

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Information about fiction and non-fiction titles for grades K-8 as well as advisory, teaching, and learning materials for readers and teachers. more information...

Opposing Viewpoints In Context

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Arguing the pros and cons of a hot social topic is a common paper assignment. Opposing Viewpoints pulls information on both sides from books and magazines. more information...

Points of View

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This database provides information on currently debated or controversial issues in order to help users understand all sides of an issue. Great for writing position papers. more information...

Reference USA

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Whether searching for an individual company or trying to create a list of potential customers, Reference USA allows users to create their own search strategy to find just what is needed. more information...


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Place for the beginning searcher to find magazine articles, newspaper articles, encyclopedia entries and more on a variety of topics ranging from animals to history to stories. Lexile (reading) levels of the information found go up to Grade 5. more information...

Student Research Center

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A place to find general information on a variety of topics (business, current events, math, technology, etc.) from a variety of sources (newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, primary source documents and more). For the more advanced student searcher (middle - high school). more information...

Title Source

Publishing information collected by Baker & Taylor's for public libraries. more information...

TumbleBook Library

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Aimed primarily at young readers and readers to be, these animated stories encourage a love of reading. Puzzles and games are also accompany many stories. more information...

Value Line

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Value Line is a complete, multidimensional investment management solution that enables both new and experienced investors to make timely, better-informed decisions.

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