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The following are high-quality online resources purchased with taxpayer funds.  They are restricted to use within the library or, outside the library, to city residents or paying non-residents with valid library cards.  


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



Business 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



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

CultureGrams - fact sheets on countries and states

Cypress 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



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



EBSCOhost 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

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



Foundation Directory Online Professional - Spokane Public Library is a member of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network. This online directory lets you search by foundation name, geographic area, fields of interest and more. Only accessible in the Downtown Library

Foundation Grants to Individuals - database covers 6,000 foundation programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. Only accessible in the Downtown Library

Foundation 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

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



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

Gale 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

Gale 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

Gale 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



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

History Study Center - offers valuable historical reference material that spans from ancient times through today's current events


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



LitFinder - 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


MasterFILE 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

Microsoft 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

Morningstar 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



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

NextReads Newsletters - an email newsletter service from NoveList; sign up for monthly or bi-monthly lists of fiction and nonfiction books on such topics as mystery, science fiction, and history

Novelist 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

Novelist 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



One 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

Opposing Viewpoints In Context - access Opposing Viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles

OverDrive - 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



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

Proquest 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 Newsstand which has the full text of articles from the Spokesman Review since 1995 plus articles from other Washington newspapers

ProQuest 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



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



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

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

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



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



Zinio - 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