Friendswood Public Library

Electronic Resources by Category

Automotive & Home Repair

History

Biographies

Homework & Education

Books & Reading

Languages

Business

Law & Government

Careers

Literature & Literary Criticism

Encyclopedias & Reference

Magazines & Journals

Español

Newspaper

Genealogy

Science & Technology

Health & Medicine

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The TexShare Databases contain full-text articles in encyclopedias, almanacs, magazines, newspapers, professional and scientific journals, and electronic books. You’ll find valid information on health, business, biography and genealogy, literature, history, current events, art, economics, religion, psychology, science as well as homework help for students, and bibliographic information on books and articles.

Friendswood Public Library participates in the TexShare Library Card Program sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The TexShare Card Program provides free reciprocal borrowing privileges to registered borrowers of member libraries, academic and public. The TexShare card allows Friendswood Library cardholders to borrow materials from other participating libraries in the State of Texas. Only currently registered Friendswood Library patrons in good standing may obtain a TexShare card.

 

                                                                    

Automotive & Home Repair

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ChiltonLibrary

Auto tear-downs provided in step-by-step procedures, engine, chassis, electrical, drive train, routine maintenance, suspension work and much more. Includes photos, illustrations and repair procedures.

Small Engine Repair

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This reference database provides detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines. All of the content is organized in a powerful, easy-to-use manner so that users can quickly find the information they need.

Home Improvement Center

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Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

 

Biographies

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Biography in Context  

Biography In Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that students have access to the very latest information.

Dictionary of Literary Biography  

Dictionary of Literary Biography provides over 12,000 biographical and full-text critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of influential literary figures from all eras and genres.

 

Books & Reading  

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EBSCO eBooks

EBSCO offers more than 844,000 high-quality e-book titles from more than 1,500 major academic publishers and University Presses from around the world.

Serials Directory

This database provides access to the most up-to-date and accurate bibliographic information, as well as current pricing structures for popular serials.

Zinio

Zinio for Libraries, the world's largest newsstand, offers full-color digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. Your library's collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits.

OverDrive

Browse Overdrive for eBooks, audiobooks, and video. Check out items with your Friendswood Public Library barcode number. Download to PC, Mac, and many mobile devices. Enjoy immediately or transfer to iPod, Sony Reader, and other devices. Available 24/7 with no late fees! 

OneClickdigital OneClickdigital offers downloadable audiobooks. Choose from a selection of several hundred best sellers. Download the app, listen from your computer, or transfer books to your MP3 player. 
Humanities Full Text Humanities Full Text encompasses all key fields of the humanities, covering topics including art, classical studies, dance, film, journalism, philosophy, religion and much more. Content includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and reviews.
Short Story Index Short Story Index is searchable by author, title, subject, keyword, date, literary technique and source, or by any combination of terms, making it easy for users to find what they are looking for. Additionally, subject access helps narrow searches even further by theme, locale, narrative technique or device.
Ebrary

A searchable collection of more than 30,000 eBooks (5,000+ in Spanish) from trusted publishers. Ideal for school, research projects, & everyday information needs.
TeachingBooks.net 

TeachingBooks.net provides multimedia content to complement children's and young adult books. Resources include audiobook readings, author videos, book discussion guides and lesson plans for over 40,000 books in English and Spanish.
NoveList Plus NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.
NextReads

Receive reading suggestions via email. Subscribe to any of these genre newsletters to discover new books, read-alikes, and buried treasures. Links to our catalog are included so you can easily request the books online.

 

Business

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Business Source Complete

With premium full-text content and peer-reviewed business journals, this database is the essential tool for business students. It covers all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance, and more. Indexing and abstracts and full text are available back as far as 1886.

Regional Business News  

This robust database provides ultimate coverage for full-text business publications, on a regional level, for the United States and Canada. Whether searching for information about presidential candidates, franchise restaurants, the retail industry, business planning, or political participation, Regional Business News will cover the story.

Business Abstracts with Full Text

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Offering a multitude of business magazines and scholarly journals, this comprehensive database is an ideal resource for those looking to conduct research or find information in any area of business.
Gale Legal Forms Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

Small Business Reference

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This database offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as the necessary tools and instructions to address a wide-range of small business topics. In addition, it provides business videos, a help and advice section, and information on how to create business plans.

Careers

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Vocational & Career Collection  

Designed to meet a wide variety of vocational and technical research needs, this collection provides full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals for high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public.  

LearningExpress Library

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LearningExpress Library is a comprehensive, online database of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help students and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. You can take as many tests as you need - an amazing variety are available including including college and graduate placement tests (ACT, SAT, GRE, MCAD, LSAT), elementary and high school tests (Advanced Placement; High School, Middle School, and Elementary School Skills), career preparation exams (GED, EMS, Firefighter, PPST - Praxis, Civil Service, and reading, math and writing skills practice), TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship Exams.
Job & Career Accelerator

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Job & Career Accelerator is a comprehensive resource with everything your students need to find, apply for, and get hired into ideal positions. It delivers award-winning content, skills and interest assessments to match individuals with careers, cutting-edge job search tools, and extensive guidance to help students overcome the challenging task of landing an internship or job. 
TeachingBooks.net 

TeachingBooks.net provides multimedia content to complement children's and young adult books. Resources include audiobook readings, author videos, book discussion guides and lesson plans for over 40,000 books in English and Spanish.

 

Encyclopedias & Reference

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Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia  

For students and adults alike, the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia database indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics. Full text for each record may be easily accessed by double-clicking on the topic from the display. The database contains various images and offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas.

Gale Virtual Reference Library  

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Virtually every K-12 school, university, and public library in the United States uses Gale products, helping advance scholarship and support economic, cultural, and intellectual growth in the communities we serve.

 

Español

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Economia y Negocios

A collaborative effort between EBSCO Publishing and ESAN (Escuela de Administración de Negocios para Graduados). This bibliographic database for research conducted in the areas of business and economics. Searches can be conducted in Spanish and English. More than 74,000 records, dating back to the early 1980s, provide coverage for more than 320 Spanish and Portuguese-language periodicals published in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, the United States and elsewhere.

Fuente Academica  

 

This database is a valuable source for academic research, providing key coverage of major subject areas. Fuente Académica provides researchers with a collection of scholarly journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain, designed to make academic research readily available in PDF format.

EBSCOhost Español  

 

Contains Regional Business News, Medline, MasterFile Premier, and Military & Government Collection databases.

MedicLatina  

 

A unique collection of medical research and scientific journals from renowned Latin American and Spanish publishers, MedicLatina contains a complete table of contents and PDF full text for peer-reviewed medical journals in the Spanish language.

Salud en Espanol (CHC Spanish Version) This database is the Spanish language equivalent of Consumer Health Complete. It provides comprehensive evidence-based reports and fact sheets in Spanish on all aspects of consumer health and wellness.​

 

Genealogy

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HeritageQuest Online  

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HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more. 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.

MyHeritage  

 

The MyHeritage Library Edition features billions of primary historical records from the United States, Europe and other regions, with coverage spanning the past five centuries. Often accompanied by true document images, these records illuminate historical realities across a wide variety of regions.

Texas Reference Center  

More than 80 full-text journals and books about Texas history, ethnic & cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, business as well as home & garden and sports & leisure.

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps

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Texas Digital Sanborn Maps provide detailed property and land-use records of Texas towns and cities from 1867 to 1970. Details on buildings include outline, size and shape, construction materials, height, use, windows and doors, street and sidewalk widths, boundaries and house numbers.
Texas State and Library Archives Commission

Collections include the 1919 Texas Rangers Investigation, free access to Ancestry.com Texas, Andrew Jackson Houston Collection database, Civilian Conservation Corps drawings, fire insurance maps, Republic of Texas claims, Republic of Texas passports, Texas Adjutant General Service records from 1836-1935, and Texas Senate recordings from 1972-2006.

Health & Medicine

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Alt HealthWatch  

This alternative health research database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. Alt HealthWatch provides the latest information and materials for the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies, with in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas.

Natural & Alternative Treatments This comprehensive natural medicine resource focuses on alternative and holistic approaches to healthcare and wellness. Designed for consumer health researchers and clinicians, Natural & Alternative Treatments is an essential tool that satisfies an ever-growing demand for accurate, unbiased information on natural health.

EBSCO Health Source Academic Edition  

This full-text database offers a trusted source of nursing and allied health literature. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition covers an array of relevant topics, including pediatric nursing, critical care, mental health, nursing management, medical law and many more.

EBSCO Health Source Consumer Edition  

This rich collection of consumer health information provides access to more than 80 full-text consumer health magazines, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Harvard Health Letter, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times and many others. Also included in this database is searchable full text for current health-related pamphlets and 110 full-text health reference books.

Health Reference Center Academic  

Health Reference Center Academic provides access to medical and professional periodicals, health and fitness magazines, and reference books and pamphlets. The database is designed for both nursing and allied health students as well as consumer health researchers. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

MEDLINE

 

Authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.

Salud en Espanol (CHC Spanish Version) This database is the Spanish language equivalent of Consumer Health Complete. It provides comprehensive evidence-based reports and fact sheets in Spanish on all aspects of consumer health and wellness.​

 

History

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Academic Search Complete  

A scholarly, multi-disciplinary database providing indexing and abstracts for thousands of journals and other publications. Academic Search Complete includes full-text access to peer-reviewed journals, as well as indexing and abstracts for magazines, monographs, reports, and conference proceedings. The database features some PDF content going back as far as 1867, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for 1,000 journals.

Bibliography of Native North Americans  

This bibliographic database covers a wide range of topics pertaining to native North Americans, including culture, history and daily life. This resource will appeal to anyone interested in exploring the contributions, struggles and issues surrounding North America's indigenous peoples.

Texas Reference Center  

More than 80 full-text journals and books about Texas history, ethnic & cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, business as well as home & garden and sports & leisure.

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps

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Texas Digital Sanborn Maps provide detailed property and land-use records of Texas towns and cities from 1867 to 1970. Details on buildings include outline, size and shape, construction materials, height, use, windows and doors, street and sidewalk widths, boundaries and house numbers.
American Indian Histories and Culture

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American Indian Histories and Cultures provides rare and significant documents from the Edward E. Ayer Collection at the Newberry Library, Chicago. Spanning four hundred years, document types include manuscripts, artworks, speeches and petitions, diaries, correspondence, linguistic and ethnographic studies, photographs, maps, photographs, rare printed books and American Indian newspapers.
The American West

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The American West database is a source from the Everett D. Graff collection at the Newberry library in Chicago. The database is an excellent resource to support research papers and ideas that capture the westward expansion of the United States, and the Native America Nations’ way of life.
Texas State and Library Archives Commission

Collections include the 1919 Texas Rangers Investigation, free access to Ancestry.com Texas, Andrew Jackson Houston Collection database, Civilian Conservation Corps drawings, fire insurance maps, Republic of Texas claims, Republic of Texas passports, Texas Adjutant General Service records from 1836-1935, and Texas Senate recordings from 1972-2006.

 

Homework & Education

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Academic Search Complete

A scholarly, multi-disciplinary database providing indexing and abstracts for thousands of journals and other publications. Academic Search Complete includes full-text access to peer-reviewed journals, as well as indexing and abstracts for magazines, monographs, reports, and conference proceedings. The database features some PDF content going back as far as 1867, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for 1,000 journals.

Explora Public Libraries

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Designed with students and educators in grades K through 5 in mind, Explora Primary Schools provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up facts for class projects or homework.

Explora Primary Schools

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Designed with students and educators in grades K through 5 in mind, Explora Primary Schools provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up facts for class projects or homework.
Explora Secondary Schools

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Designed with students and educators in grades 6 through 12 in mind, Explora Secondary Schools provides a far better alternative to websites and search engines for students to look up articles and facts for research papers or homework.
Atomic Training Atomic Training provides on-demand software training and support tutorials to help businesses and organizations fulfill staff technology training and development goals. Whether you need to enhance new employee orientation, transition to updated software, train on a new application, or extend IT support, Atomic Training has the essential training needed to develop and increase technology skills, proficiency, and productivity.
FactCite

FactCite is a collection of databases that support curriculum and stimulate young researchers. Each database features audio read-along, clean screen designs for optimal readability, citations, keyword searching, indexes by topic, indexes by reading level, regular updates, and responsive editors who listen to subscribers’ suggestions.

MAS Ultra: School Edition  

Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for popular high school magazines covering a wide-range of subject areas including history, science, careers and more.

Middle Search Plus  

Designed for middle school libraries, this database contains full text for popular middle school magazines, full-text biographies and historical essays. In addition, it includes primary source documents, reference books and a vast image collection.

 

Primary Search  

Designed specifically for elementary school libraries, this database contains full text for popular children's magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, such as endangered species, famous musicians, fitness, space exploration and more.

TOPIC Search  

Teachers, librarians and student researchers can use this database to explore current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics frequently discussed in the classroom.

ERIC  ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text educational literature and resources. Essential for education researchers of all kinds, it features journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education.
TeachingBooks.net 

TeachingBooks.net provides multimedia content to complement children's and young adult books. Resources include audiobook readings, author videos, book discussion guides and lesson plans for over 40,000 books in English and Spanish.
Hobbies and Crafts Center

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This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more.

 

Languages

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Mango

Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for a variety of popular languages. Our engaging interactive lessons are not only fun, they are designed to increase your ability to use the language skills you develop. It’s the fast, easy and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language!

Pronunciator

Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 80 languages. Accessible via PC, Mac, or downloadable app to mobile device or tablet. 

 

Law & Government

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Legal Collection  

Containing full text for hundreds of the world's most respected scholarly law journals, this research database is an authoritative source for information on current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world.

Military & Government Collection  

Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites.

Gale Legal Forms Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

Literature & Literary Criticism

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Contemporary Authors  

Contemporary Authors presents complete and up-to-date biographical and bibliographical information and references on more than 125,000 U.S. and international authors.

Contemporary Literary Criticism  

Contemporary Literary Criticism offers full text critical essays on over 800 contemporary authors and their works, with biographical, critical, principal works, and further study information.

Dictionary of Literary Biography  

Dictionary of Literary Biography provides over 12,000 biographical and full-text critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of influential literary figures from all eras and genres.

Literature Resource Center  

The most comprehensive and current online database on authors and their works, the Literature Resource Center provides full-text literature criticism, biographies, bibliographies, and work overviews covering authors from every genre, time period and discipline.

Artemis Literary Sources Artemis Literary Sources integrates full-text literary content with metadata and subject indexing and provides workflow tools to analyze information. You can research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Search across your library's Literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews.
Scribner Writers on GVRL Scribner Writers Series provides original, scholar signed essays on the lives and works of authors from around the world from all time periods. Entries include concise essays, citations, and biographical information that places the author and their works in personal and historical context.
Twayne's Authors on GVRL Twayne's is devoted to in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers of the world within the context of the time period in which they lived. It provides insightful and original commentary on the history and influence of literary movements.
Humanities Full Text Humanities Full Text encompasses all key fields of the humanities, covering topics including art, classical studies, dance, film, journalism, philosophy, religion and much more. Content includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and reviews.
Short Story Index Short Story Index is searchable by author, title, subject, keyword, date, literary technique and source, or by any combination of terms, making it easy for users to find what they are looking for. Additionally, subject access helps narrow searches even further by theme, locale, narrative technique or device.

 

Magazines & Journals

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Academic Search Complete  

A scholarly, multi-disciplinary database providing indexing and abstracts for thousands of journals and other publications. Academic Search Complete includes full-text access to peer-reviewed journals, as well as indexing and abstracts for magazines, monographs, reports, and conference proceedings. The database features some PDF content going back as far as 1867, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for 1,000 journals.

Masterfile Premier  

Designed specifically for public libraries, this database provides full text for magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.

 

Newspaper

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InfoTrac Newspapers  

An innovative Web-based, full-text newspaper database that lets you search newspapers electronically by title, headline, date, author, section or other assigned fields, eliminating random searches through newspaper archives for specific articles page after page.

Newspaper Source  

This database provides cover-to-cover full text for hundreds of national (U.S.), international and regional newspapers. In addition, it offers television and radio news transcripts from major networks.

 

Science & Technology

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Agricola

This database contains bibliographic records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library. Coverage for AGRICOLA dates back to 1970 and includes more than 4.6 million citations. The citations are comprised of journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports related to agriculture.

Computer Source  

Contains nearly 300 full text journals and magazines covering topics such as computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software.

Science and Technology Collection

This database provides full-text access to top full-text journals covering all scientific and technical subjects. Science & Technology Collection provides a unique and diverse collection designed to meet any researcher’s needs by covering an array of disciplines.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection A comprehensive database providing nearly 575 full text publications, including 550 peer-reviewed journals. Covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all journals in the collection.
Gale Science In Context Science In Context is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. By integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos, Science In Context draws students into the subject matter, showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.

Science Online  

Science online offers a comprehensive, authoritative overview of the sciences. Diagrams, experiments, essays, definitions, and biographies are arranged by topic and contain thousands of hyperlinks that create thematic paths through the content. Science online includes more than 600 science experiments covering key principles in science, indexed by grade range and subject category.

 

Texas

Handbook of Texas Online  

 

A multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture with articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions, and a host of other topics. The scope is broad and inclusive, designed to provide readers with concise, authoritative and accessible articles that provide factual, nonpartisan accounts on virtually every aspect of Texas history and culture.

Texas Reference Center  

More than 80 full-text journals and books about Texas history, ethnic & cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, business as well as home & garden and sports & leisure.

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps

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Texas Digital Sanborn Maps provide detailed property and land-use records of Texas towns and cities from 1867 to 1970. Details on buildings include outline, size and shape, construction materials, height, use, windows and doors, street and sidewalk widths, boundaries and house numbers.