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Reference Databases

Due to the current economic situation, the City has been forced to make some budget cuts, and this has impacted the Library. We have had to make some hard decisions about how to make the most effective use of our money, and still give the best service we can. As a result, we have cut some of the databases that were not used as much as others. Thank you for your support, and please feel free to ask us for further help, either by e-mail or by calling in to the Library at 253.841.5454.

What is a database?
A database is an indexed collection of articles and data from sources that include but are not limited to encyclopedias, newspapers, professional & trade journals, popular magazines, and specialty publications.  Each one offers a different set of titles, features, and date range of publication.  Some articles are provided in full-text, along with images such as photographs or tables.  In some cases only a citation is provided.  The following links provide access to databases to which the Puyallup Public Library subscribes.

How do I check a database?
Simply click once on the title of a database and it will open for you.  Enter your Puyallup Public Library card number when prompted.  Not all of the databases can be accessed outside of the Library, so please read the notes under the link to see if a database has restricted-access.

How do I know which database to use?
Select a database from the following Subject Guide Headings.  Click on a heading or scroll down the page to view the titles.

HOMEWORK HELP

 

AR Lists from ReadTheBooks.com
Find a book on your school's Accelerated Reading list and then reserve a copy in the Library's online catalog.

Biography Resource Center
Search through biographical profiles using one or more personal facts or create a custom search.

Culture Grams Online
Find information about countries and other cultures, including pictures, music, and recipes from around the world.  Use login puyallup and password puyallup for remote access.

eLibrary
A database for grades 1 - 12.  Search a variety of resources, including books, magazines, pictures, and video, then save your searches or build bookcarts for your own account.

General Reference Center Gold
General Reference Center is useful to locate articles from magazines, reference books and newspapers.

Grolier Online (remote use)
Grolier Online (in library use)
Includes The New Book of Knowledge, The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia and the Encyclopedia Americana.

Opposing Viewpoints
Information on complex issues confronting our society today. Excellent for research papers and speeches about social issues.


 

INTERACTIVE BOOKS

TumbleBook Library
A collection of free interactive animated talking storybooks for children. Children can chose to read the text or have the stories read to them. Some books feature "Word Help" to assist children in sounding out words. There are also book-related puzzles and games to play. Stories are available in English, Spanish, French and Chinese.


 

LAW & GOVERNMENT

Access Washington
This is the official website for Washington State Government Information & Services. Information in the website is organized into useful links such as Employment, Public Services, Government, Legislature, Consumer Help and Vital Records. There is also a feature to send an e-postcard of our picturesque state!

LegalTrac
Articles from all major law reviews, law journals, specialty journals, and legal newspapers are available.



LIBRARY SERVICES

 

Washington Talking Book & Braille Library
WTBBL provides a free statewide service funded by the Washington State Library and is available to the blind, visually impaired, learning-disabled, and to those who cannot hold a book or turn pages. This link takes you to their website.

Wayfinder: The Catalog of Washington Libraries
Wayfinder provides a single search for locating over 17.8 million items held by over 250 Washington libraries of all types.  The user-friendly WorldCat.org platform allows you to locate individual items, which are linked to local library online catalogs .



NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES & JOURNALS

Expanded Academic ASAP
This database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.

InfoTrac OneFile
InfoTrac is a one-stop source for news and periodicals on a wide range of topics.

ProQuest
This is a general index of articles from over 2,800 magazines and journals, 800 trade journals, and newspapers from Washington.

ProQuest is provided jointly by the Washington State Library and the Puyallup Public Library, and is funded in part with federal LSTA funds.



PHONE DIRECTORIES

 

Reference USA
This database is a national telephone directory for business and residential pages.




TEST PREPARATION

Learning Express Library
Educational and career test preparation materials; also includes a computer skills training component.  Practice taking tests, including the ASVAB, GED, GMAT, GRE, SAT, Citizenship, and many more.

AUTO REPAIR

Auto Repair Reference Center
Car repair, wiring diagrams, maintenance schedules and labor/time estimation for about 23,000 domestic and imported vehicles from 1954 to the present. Uses information from Chilton manuals and includes factory drawings and step-by-step photographs.



BIOGRAPHY, GENEALOGY & HISTORY

 

Ancestry Library Edition (available only within the library)
Over 1.2 billion records for conducting genealogical and local history research in Ancestry Library Edition.

Biography Resource Center
Search through biographical profiles using one or more personal facts or create a custom search.

Heritage Quest (this database is only available outside of the library with a barcode number from a physical library card)
U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1930 and over 25,000 books on family and local histories are available.  Recommended Software: Adobe Acrobat ReaderTM.  In order to download images of documents in PDF format, you will need to have installed the Adobe Acrobat ReaderTM plugin.  If your browser does not already have the Reader installed, you can download it free of charge from the Adobe site: http://www.adobe.com/main.html



BUSINESS

Reference USA
This database is a national telephone directory for business and residential pages.



CAREER  EXPLORATION

Job & Career Accelerator
This innovative job-hunting system combines everything you need for a successful job search into one easy-to-use online application.

Learning Express Library
Educational and career test preparation materials; also includes a computer skills training component.  Practice taking tests, including the ASVAB, GED, GMAT, GRE, SAT, Citizenship, and many more.

Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS)
Current state information on educational programs, schools and training requirements for various occupations. Includes skills self-assessment and career interest exercises. (Available only within the library)



COMPUTING

Computer Database
Computer-related product instructions, news and reviews of the application of technology are available.

Learning Express Library
Educational and career test preparation materials; also includes a computer skills training component.  Look under the Computer Skills tab to take courses and tests on Adobe Flash, Illustrator, or Photoshop; Microsoft Office products; or Mac or Windows Operating Systems.

Microsoft IT Academy
The Puyallup Public Library, in partnership with the Washington State Library and Microsoft, is proud to offer free access to Microsoft IT Academy. The IT Academy offers hundreds of technology courses on three levels: basic digital literacy skills, Microsoft Office Skills, and advanced skills for IT Professionals. Learn on your own computer at home, on your laptop using WiFi, or on an internet computer at your library.  Click here to learn more.



CONSUMER INFORMATION

Consumer Reports

Full access to product reviews, ratings and buying advice from the latest issues of Consumer Reports.

 


FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Mango Languages

Online language learning system covering more than 20 foreign languages. Includes learning modules for English-as-a-Second Language.