Research: Alphabetical List of Resources

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Subscription database- taxpayer-funded subscription database - requires city library card outside of library

Librarian-created resource - librarian-created Find the Best resources page

Librarian-created blog - librarian-created Blog page


Librarian-created resourceAdoption Search Resources - find helpful resources to track down lost family members

American Hospital Directory - look up a hospital by state and other criteria. The site contains contact information and statistics on hospitals nationwide
American Medical Association - a directory of physicians, medical information, and abstracts of medical journals such as JAMA and the Archives of Internal Medicine from 1995 through the present 

Subscription databaseAmerican Physical Society Journals - free access to APS journals, including Physics and Reviews of Modern Physics. Only accessible through library computers

Annual Credit Reports - the Federal Trade Commission provides information about and a link to, the only authorized online source to get a free credit report under Federal law's Ebook and Texts Archive - the Internet Archive’s Text Archive contains a wide range of federal documents, fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts and academic books, some of which can be downloaded into various formats

Ask a Librarian - Ask a Librarian a question by email

Librarian-created blogAudio, Music, & Movies Blog - non-print formats are critical to our customers and our “Popular Materials” collection. Music and audiobooks, downloadable media, documentary, non-fiction and feature films are highlighted in Audio, Music and Movies!


B - Great Books Online - searchable full text of the Harvard Classics plus standard reference sources such as Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations 

Benefits Check Up - from the National Council on Aging, the site asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses
Better Business Bureau - the Better Business Bureau offers advice to consumers on many topics as well as listing many current scams to avoid
BigCharts Stock Quotes - current and historical stock quotes - a Spokane, Coeur d'Alene and Inland Northwest business directory sponsored by the Spokesman Review which includes customer ratings

Bureau of Labor Statistics - employment, consumer price indices, and other economic information

Subscription databaseBusiness Source Complete - full-text journals in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, accounting, finance and economics, as well as detailed information for more than 1.1 million of the world’s largest public and private companies

Librarian-created blogBusiness Blog - coverage of interesting items from business world, with an emphasis on the local Spokane business environment
Librarian-created resourceBusiness Resources - detailed list of books and web resources compiled by Spokane Public Library staff on a variety of topics such as starting your business, doing business with the government, finding a job, and more



Cambridge Dictionaries Online - several different Cambridge dictionaries including a dictionary of idioms and a learner's dictionary - yellow and white pages listings for Canada

Chamber of - a directory of U.S. and foreign chambers of commerce, tourist bureaus, embassies, and economic development councils 

Subscription databaseChilton Library Auto Repair - do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information for most domestic and imported vehicles

City of Spokane - the City of Spokane's official website includes the City Code, Council agendas and documents, and links to city departments

Computer Classes - sign up for our hands-on computer classes

Consumer Blog - timely consumer information and tips from our librarians

Consumer Guides and Protection - a subject list of official information and services from the U.S. Government

Consumer Information Center - hundreds of federal consumer publications provided by the U.S. General Services Administration, Pueblo, Colorado 

Consumer Protection - topical list from Washington State

Librarian-created resourceCourts and Legal Forms Resources - court forms from the Spokane District, Municipal, and Superior Courts, Washington State Court, State Business and Licensing Forms, Bankruptcy Forms, and other Legal Form Resources

Subscription databaseCultureGrams - fact sheets on countries and states 

Subscription databaseCypress Resume - a quick and easy way to create a resume, cover letter, or reference sheet. You can access from home with a library card, save to your own device or to the Cypress web site in a variety of formats, download, print, or even publish your documents to their website



Subscription databaseDemographics Now - database of demographics, consumer, and business statistics, covering the entire nation, now upgraded with directory information and easy-to create business startup reports

Librarian-created resourceDemographics Resources - arranged by increasing geographic area from local to national, the resources listed here give details on population, spending patterns, age, education, housing, etc.

Dewey Decimal Subject List - a list of common Dewey Decimal numbers for popular topics. This is how you find nonfiction items in the library

DexKnows - yellow and white pages listings for the United States from Qwest 

Digital Discoveries Blog - recommended research and learning resources, including databases, subject guides, and websites



Subscription databaseEBSCOhost eBooks - our secondary eBook supplier features travel guides, computer books, Cliffs Notes, test study guides, and other high demand books that can be viewed online or downloaded to any device supporting the ePub format. See OverDrive  for our main eBook supplier which supports Kindle

EDGAR Dissemination Project - public company financial data submitted to the Securities and Exchange Committee

Librarian-created resourceElection Resources - Find the Best online sources for election results and voter guides

Subscription databaseeLibrary - an easy-to-search magazine and newspaper database for students which includes images, audiovisual materials, and television news transcripts

Librarian-created resourceEmployment & Career Resources - a compilation of resources to aid job seekers with works on choosing a career, writing effective resumes, developing interview skills and searching for jobs



FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid has information about federal student aid and an online application form

FamilySearch - an online, free database provided by the LDS church. Includes birth, marriage and death records as well as most U.S. Census records. More information is added daily by volunteers

FastWeb! - a resource for local, national and college specific scholarships

Librarian-created blogFederal Government Blog - announcements of interesting Federal Government documents, websites, and programs from our Federal Government Librarian
Librarian-created resourceFederal Government Resources - Find the Best links to Federal government web pages, to our Federal government blog, and other Federal government document collections
Librarian-created resourceFederal Law, Legislation, Regulations & U.S. Courts Resources - Find the Best links to Federal laws, Federal regulations, and to United States Courts and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Washington - a database of more than 33,000 festivals and events around the world

Fig Tree Community Resource Directory - local directory for various social services, including emergency and basic needs 

Librarian-created resourceForeign Language & ESL Resources - Find the Best library, internet, and local resources for learning a foreign language or English as a Second Language
Subscription databaseFoundation Directory Online Professional - Spokane Public Library is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. This online directory lets you search by foundation name, geographic area, fields of interest and more. Only accessible in the Downtown Library

Subscription databaseFoundation Grants to Individuals - database covers 6,000 foundation programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. Only accessible in the Downtown Library
Subscription databaseFoundation Maps - an interactive mapping tool designed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers, academics - virtually anyone interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world today. Only accessible in the Downtown Library

Subscription databaseFreegal is a downloadable music service made available through the Spokane Public Library. For more information about this service see this page of our website

Librarian-created resourceFundraising Resources - a collection of local and national organizations that provide guidance and assistance to grant seekers and grant writers



Subscription databaseGale Artemis: Literary Sources - discover primary literary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies of writers from around the world and throughout time

Subscription databaseGale Courses - an online, instructor-led learning course service, featuring courses on everything from arts and music to business and computer instruction. Sign up with your library card for free access to expert training for these six-week courses that start mid-month

Subscription databaseGale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media - a searchable version of this classic directory, including print media, radio and television stations, and cable companies in the U.S., Canada, and worldwide

Subscription databaseGale Virtual Reference Library - full-text encyclopedias and other reference sources in a number of subject areas, including:

American Decades - a cross-disciplinary source for those who need a single, consistent reference to document and analyze periods of contemporary American social history.  Ten volumes cover the decades of the twentieth century

American Law Yearbook 2011 and 2012 - a guide to the year's major legal cases and developments

American Writers, Supplement 22 & Supplement 23 - biographical and critical information on some popular American authors, such as Laura Ingalls Wilder and Anne Rivers Siddons

College Blue Book - guide to thousands of 2- and 4-year schools in the U.S. and Canada, their programs, degrees, and financial aid sources

Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography - provides information on the history of science through articles on the professional lives of scientists. All periods of science from classical antiquity to modern times are represented 

Dictionary of American History - this authoritative work serves students, scholars, and general readers interested in a wide range of topics in American history, from the well studied and familiar to the obscure

Encyclopedia of Addictive Drugs - describes numerous drugs of abuse, including both pharmaceutical and natural products

Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior - explores the social, medical, legal and political issues related to drugs and alcohol and associated behaviors. Includes emerging topics and developments in the many fields of addiction studies

Encyclopedia of Environment and Society - provides issues, concepts, theories, examples, problems, and policies, with the goal of explicating an emerging way of thinking about people and nature

Encyclopedia of Food and Culture - a survey of food and its place in human culture and society, featuring multidisciplinary coverage of such topics as comfort food, ethnicity and food, medieval banquets, and nutrient composition, among many others

Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change - explores major topics related to global warming and climate change-ranging geographically from the North Pole to the South Pole, and thematically from social effects to scientific causes

Encyclopedia of Religion - embraces a cross-cultural approach, while emphasizing religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture, this new edition is the definitive work in the field for the 21st century

Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages - provides a broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day 

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health - provides detailed information on mental disorders and conditions, as well as entries for prescription, alternative and over-the-counter drugs, and the various therapies used to treat mental disorders

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia - a comprehensive, illustrated encyclopedia of all types of animal life

Human Diseases and Conditions - information on numerous diseases and conditions, including a definition of the disease or condition, an explanation of how it works in the body, information on causes, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment or cure, and lifestyles

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas - brings fresh intelligence and a global perspective to bear on timeless questions about the individual and society

UXL Encyclopedia of Diseases and Disorders - numerous entries on medical conditions, from avian flu to warts. Entries cover infectious diseases, injuries, genetic disorders, and others

West's Encyclopedia of American Law - provides current information on more than 5,000 legal topics

Librarian-created blogGenealogy Blog - discover new resources for Genealogy and Washington State research

Librarian-created resourceGenealogy Resources - discover hints to help find that missing branch in the family tree 



Librarian-created blogHealth Blog - links to recent health and wellness topics in the news

Librarian-created resourceHealth Resources - find and evaluate health and medical information online and in the Spokane Public Library

Healthy Roads Media - a source of quality health information in many languages and multiple formats, including Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese online videos

Hire Patriots - a job source for veterans and those who would like to hire them

Historic Newspapers in Washington - the State Library has scanned the full text of early Washington newspapers (1852-1892), including the Spokane Times and the Spokane Falls Review.  Searchable by names and keywords

Subscription databaseHistory Reference Center - full-text encyclopedias, reference books, nonfiction books, historical photos, and maps on many places and periods in history

Librarian-created resourceHistory Resources - links to information about history from local to the world. Some sites include primary source materials

Subscription databaseHistory Study Center - offers valuable historical reference material that spans from ancient times through today's current events



Subscription databaseIBISWorld - a leading publisher of market and industry research reports for the U.S. Only accessible in the Downtown Library

Idaho Links - links to commonly-requested Idaho websites

Index to How to Do It Information - an index to magazine articles dating back to 1963 on plans, instructions and tips for hobby, craft and other projects
Information Please - reference site where you can find millions of facts on thousands of subjects including sports, entertainment, sci-tech, business, education, and health
Internal Revenue Service - for IRS forms and publications for current and previous years

Librarian-created resourceInternet & Email Safety - safety tips on using the web, email, and social media

Librarian-created resourceInternet Lessons - discover local and online classes for using the internet

Librarian-created resourceInternet Resources - a compilation of all Spokane Public Library resources on using the internet and web email

Librarian-created resourceInvestment Resources - a selection of reputable resources that provide stock and mutual fund selection guidance and overall investment tips



Kelley Blue Book - values for new and used cars, trucks and motorcycles

Librarian-created resourceKids Homework Help - Spokane Public Library subscribes to several electronic reference sources that can be a big help as you work on school reports and special projects


Librarian-created resourceLaw Resources - Find the Best links to legal resources, legal forms, and to the courts

Learn4Life - see Gale Courses 

Librarian-created resourceLibrary Lessons - learn how to use the library, including locating library materials, using our databases, and searching the catalog

Librivox - provides free audiobooks in the public domain that you can download to your computer
Librarian-created resourceLiterary Criticism Resources - Find the Best resources on literary criticism using books, magazines, and web sites

Subscription databaseLitFinder - a core repository of literary works, spanning history and geography to deliver an extensive, ever-growing selection of online poems, short stories, novels, essays, speeches and plays. These works represent more than 80,000 authors, 660 nationalities and virtually every time period 



Librarian-created resourceMagazines by Subject - magazines, journals, and newspapers currently subscribed at the Downtown Spokane Public library listed by subject

Mapquest - maps and driving directions for United States and Canada

Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator - comprehensive listings of 900,000 lawyers and law firms around the world 

Subscription databaseMasterFILE Complete - a large collection of the most popular full-text magazines, journals, and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers, covering many subject areas of general interest

Mayo Clinic Health Information - this award-winning consumer website offers health information for diseases and conditions, symptoms, drugs and supplements, tests and procedures, healthy lifestyles, and first aid

Medicare - basic information about Medicare services, including drug coverage

MedlinePlus - consumer health information from the National Institutes of Health, including drugs and supplements, clinical trials, and health videos

Merck Manual of Medical Information (Home Edition) - a full-text medical reference on diseases

Merriam-Webster Online - includes the Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus with a spelling-help feature

Subscription databaseMicrosoft IT Academy - free access to Microsoft’s online courses for technology training and certification. Improve your job skills or learn basic or advanced computer and programming skills with classes on Microsoft Office, Windows Server, Visual Studio and other programs

Librarian-created resourceMissing People Resources - find new ways to search for those you've lost track of

Subscription databaseMorningstar Investment Research Center - the company that brought you mutual fund advice now has online investment information on companies, funds, and markets, along with newsletters, articles, and other educational information



NAICS - North American Industry Classification System

National Automobile Dealers Association - along with values for used cars, trucks and motorcycles, it also has prices for boats, aircraft and manufactured homes
National Geographic Indexes - indexes publications by the National Geographic Society including National Geographic since 1888, Adventure Magazine and National Geographic for Kids

Subscription databaseNew England Historical Genealogical Society - resource for vital records and information pertinent to the northeastern United States. Only accessible in the Downtown Library

Librarian-created resourceNextReads Newsletters - an email newsletter service from NoveList;sign up for monthly or bi-monthly lists of fiction and nonfiction bookson such topics as mystery, science fiction, and history

Northwest Digital Archives - contains thousands of documents, called "finding aids", that describe the contents of archival collections. In most cases, reproductions of the collections themselves are not online, although in some cases the finding aids in NWDA will contain links to digital material

Librarian-created blogNorthwest Room Blog - features Northwest history and Northwest Room special collections

Librarian-created resourceNorthwest Room Digital Collections - digital collections of photographs selected from collections in the Northwest Room. These collections emphasize the most frequently requested subjects in the Northwest Room, such as the homes, buildings, streets and activities in and around Spokane

Librarian-created resourceNorthwest Room Resources - the Northwest Room is a unique special collection, focusing on the history of the Inland Pacific Northwest
Subscription databaseNoveList K-8 Plus - for new readers up to teens, find fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks by title, plot, keyword or author.  Find award winners, book recommendations, and teacher resources, also

Subscription databaseNoveList Plus - helps you find fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks by title, plot, keyword or author.  Novelist Plus also includes "best of" lists, author "read-alikes", and book discussion guides



Obituary Search - search by name for obituary listings from the Spokesman Review. Complete since January 2008, with some older records, the search will return names, dates, and page numbers

Occupational Outlook Handbook - a publication from the U.S. Department of Labor that provides information about occupations and careers including the nature of work, training required, and salaries 

Subscription databaseOne Click Digital - audiobooks that you can download to your personal computer or portable listening device from the library’s collection. One Click also offers ebooks, but see OverDrive  for our main ebook service
Subscription databaseOpposing Viewpoints In Context - access Opposing Viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles

Subscription databaseOverDrive- our main supplier of downloadable eBooks that are compatible with many devices, including Kindles, Nooks, and iPads. You will find a variety of fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult, and adult titles. See Ebscohost and One Click Digital  for more eBook options


Patchen Obituary File - this free database is an obituary index of the Spokane papers from approximately 1940-1979. It was compiled by Lee Patchen and made available online by the volunteers of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society

Librarian-created resourcePatent, Trademark & Copyright Resources - a guide through the field of intellectual property, including tips on how to conduct patent searches, apply for trademarks and research copyright issues

Project Gutenberg - one of the earliest electronic book web sites, Project Gutenberg has thousands of free online books you can view or download

Subscription databasePronunciator - Learn80 languages, including English for foreign speakers, with special courses for childrenand health care workers

Subscription databaseProQuest Direct - use this general interest database to search magazines and newspapers for information on current events, education, the arts and social sciences, etc. This database includes Washington State Newstand which has the full text of articles from the Spokesman Review since 1995 plus articles from other Washington newspapers

Subscription databaseProQuest Learning: Literature - provides more than 180,000 full-text works of poetry, prose, and drama from around the world, as well as secondary sources such as author biographies, literary criticisms, essays, reviews, and interviews

Librarian-created resourcePublic Records Online - Find the Best government databases for business, criminal, real estate, and legal public records


Librarian-created blogReader's Corner Blog - staff members of the library recommend favorites (mostly fiction) from among the books they’ve been reading

Subscription databaseReference USA- a database listing millions of U.S. businesses, searchable by location, business type, or business size

Revised Code of Washington (RCW) - searchable database of the full text of the laws and regulations governing Washington State

Revised Code of Washington by Title - browse the RCW by title if you already have a citation



SAMS Technical Publishing - provides an index to the print collection of electronics repair manuals available at the Downtown Branch.  Ask at the 3rd floor desk for assistance

Librarian-created resourceScholarship Resources - Find the Best strategies for scholarship searching

Science in Context - articles, images, videos, and experiments on a variety of scientific topics

Search Engines - see a list of the most well-known search engines

SIRS Discoverer - young students will find everything they need to complete assignments and learn more about their favorite topics, including a science fair explorer, The World Almanac for Kids, biographies, and country facts 

Small Engine Repair Center - detailed, yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines, including assistance in providing routine maintenance as well as extensive repairs. Search by product type, brand, model/engine type, and model numbers

Spokane County - Spokane County's official website includes the County Code, web pages of county departments, and special county databases
Spokane County Code - full-text and searchable
Spokane County Zoning Code - an online version maintained by the County Planning Department. The Downtown Library also has a paper copy of this document in the Reference collection.

Librarian-created blogSpokane Government Blog - current news on Spokane City and County government programs, websites, and new documents from our Spokane Government Librarian

Librarian-created resourceSpokane Government Resources - Find the Best descriptions of local government websites, our local government blog, and local government document collections

Spokane Journal of Business - the online website for the local business newspaper, including an index of articles back to 1997

Spokane Journal of Business Index - use this database to search by company name or headline for articles relating to business activity in the Inland Northwest back to 1986. Full text of back issues are available in microfilm or hard copy at the Downtown Library or in our Proquest database

Librarian-created resourceSpokane Legal Resources - Find the Best resources for local legal assistance

Spokane Links - commonly-requested local websites

Spokane Municipal Code - use Keyword Search box on left side of page or you can browse by title number. Includes the City Charter and Spokane Development Code (Title 17)
Spokane National Weather Service - the Weather Service Office in Spokane is part of a nation-wide network of forecast offices under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS)

Spokane Public Schools - the official website of Spokane Public School District #81, including links to all of their elementary, junior high, and high schools.

Spokesman Review Digital Microfilm (in library link) - an online version of the complete Spokesman Review newspaper, including classified ads and photos, starting in 2010.  Click here to access from outside the library; you will need a city resident library card. Click on Adjust Image to print photos. This product is not searchable; instead, use our ProQuest database to do keyword searches of the Spokesman’s news articles

Spokesman-Review - the local Spokane newspaper online

Librarian-created resourceStandard & Specifications Resources - a guide to finding industry standard and specifications

Librarian-created resourceState Government Resources - online resources to find State of Washington government agency and department information. Blog updates with state agency and department news, including consumer alerts from the Attorney General

Librarian-created resourceSustainability Resources - local sustainability resources on green building, the environment, and sustainable living



Librarian-created resourceTeens Homework Help - Spokane Public Library subscribes to several electronic reference sources that can be a big help as you work on school reports and special projects


UN Data - brings United Nations statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point from which users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN System

United States Census Bureau - statistics on population, housing, and business
United States Copyright Office - forms and pamphlets on copyright Science and Technology links - search for government science information by topics such as biology, energy, earth science, and space science, along with links to agencies, news, and communications topics

USA Learns - an interactive website for learning English as a Second Language. Available in basic English and Spanish

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office - free patent and trademark databases
U.S. and Canadian Newspapers - online newspapers you can access from the library's catalog computers


VINCheck - the National Insurance Crime Bureau's VINCheck is a service provided to the public to assist in determining if a vehicle has been reported as stolen, but not recovered, or has been reported as a previously declared total loss vehicle by cooperating NICB members



Washington Administrative Code (WAC) - searchable database of the full text of the laws and regulations governing Washington State

Washington Administrative Code by Title - browse the WAC by title 

Washington Association of County Officials Directory - a directory of county officials in the state

Washington Connection - a one-stop website where qualifying individuals can sign up for federal, state, and local services, such as food stamps or health care 

Washington Health Plan Finder - the Washington State gateway to signing up for the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare)

Washington Links - commonly-requested Washington websites

Washington State Digital Archives - the Washington State Digital Archives is the nation's first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value

Librarian-created resourceWashington State Law Resources - find Washington State legal resources available online, in print at the Spokane Public Library, and in the greater Spokane area

Subscription databaseWashington State Legal Forms - official, Washington State specific, Federal, business, personal, real estate and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues 

Librarian-created resourceWeb Email Resources - find out how to use Web Email, reduce spam, and get web email access at the Library

Wikipedia - a multilingual, Web-based, free content encyclopedia project, written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world. Read Researching with Wikipedia for more background
WIN-211 - database of Washington state health and social service organizations 

WorkSource Spokane - the local employment office. Find job listings and training information
WorkSource Washington - Washington State's official online employment site

WorldCat - combined catalog of over 10,000 libraries worldwide

World Factbook - country profiles published annually by the Central Intelligence Agency




Your Health Idaho - the Idaho State clearinghouse for the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare)


Subscription databaseZinio - online magazine service lets you download some of the most popular current magazines to your computer or mobile device, with no limits or expiration dates for checked out magazines