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Find information, prepare for tests, build job skills, launch your business, and more with our variety of research resources.

ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION

Ancestry Library Edition contains collections with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom. Note: This is only available on computers at a Library location.

ATOZDATABASES

The premier directory with access to 30 million business and executive profiles and 240 million residents. 

BRAINFUSE HELPNOW TUTORING

Submit questions, interact with live tutors, take practice tests, send your papers to the writing lab, and more.

BUSINESS SOURCE COMPLETE

Full-text journals for business, including marketing, management, accounting, and economics, as well as detailed information on public and private companies.

CHILTON LIBRARY AUTO REPAIR

Find do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information for most domestic and imported vehicles. 

DIGITAL PHOTO ARCHIVE

Explore Spokane’s history through historic images of the homes, buildings, streets, Indigenous Peoples, and activities in and around the region in the Inland Northwest Special Collection.

EXPLORA MAGAZINES

A collection of the most popular full-text magazines, journals, and other highly-regarded sources from the world’s leading publishers.

EXPLORA PRIMARY

Designed for elementary school students, Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection.

FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE (ESSENTIAL)

A searchable directory of grantmaker information, but not grant or recipient information. Note: Only available remotely through 12/31/21.

FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE

A searchable online directory of foundations and the grants they provided to nonprofit organizations. Note: Only available on computers at Shadle Park Library.

GALE BUSINESS: DEMOGRAPHICS NOW

Searchable demographics and consumer and business statistics, with directory information and easy business startup reports.

GALE IN CONTEXT: GLOBAL ISSUES

Discover international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.

GALE IN CONTEXT: OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS

Find articles, topic overviews, statistics, and primary documents that show pro and con arguments for controversial topics.

GALE IN CONTEXT: SCIENCE

Find articles, images, videos, and experiments on a variety of scientific topics.

 

GALE LITERATURE: LITERARY SOURCES

Primary literary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies of world writers from all time periods. 

GALE LITERATURE: LITFINDER

Find full-text literary works, including poems, short stories, novels, essays, speeches, and plays. 

GALE PRESENTS: UDEMY

Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and more. Includes 6,000+ on-demand video courses in multiple languages.

GRANTS TO INDIVIDUALS

A searchable directory of funding, grants, and scholarships offered to students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. Note: Only available on computers at Shadle Park Library.

HEALTH REFERENCE LIBRARY EBOOKS

Access authoritative resources to help you understand diseases, disorders, and medical conditions.

IBIS WORLD

Detailed market and industry reports for the United States. This service is temporarily unavailable.

LEARNING EXPRESS

Find job search and workplace skills improvement; reading, writing, math, and basic science skill building; career certification and license exam prep; high school equivalency, college, and grad school entrance test prep. 

LEGAL GPS

Legal GPS is a gamified platform that helps new and existing businesses “do legal” without having to hire a lawyer.

LIVEPLAN

LivePlan simplifies business planning, budgeting, forecasting, and performance tracking for small businesses and startups. Just fill in the answers presented and LivePlan does the heavy lifting for you.

LINKEDIN LEARNING

Choose from thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. Get started for free with your library card.

MORNINGSTAR

Investment information on companies, funds, and markets, along with newsletters, articles, and other educational information fund.

NEHGS AMERICAN ANCESTORS

Explore vital genealogical records in the U.S. with a focus on New England. Note: This is only available on computers at Central Library.

NORTHSTAR DIGITAL LITERACY

Learn digital literacy skills to navigate the internet and computer tech with ease.

NOVELIST K-8 PLUS

Find fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks by title, plot, keyword, or author for beginning readers up to teens.

NOVELIST PLUS

Find fiction and nonfiction books and audiobooks by title, plot, keyword, or author, including “best of” lists, similar authors, and book discussion guides.

PITCHBOOK

Research and analyze companies, deals, funds, investors and service providers across the entire private investment lifecycle.

PROCITIZEN

Take an online course to help prepare for the U.S Citizenship Naturalization Test.

PRONUNCIATOR LANGUAGE LEARNING

Learn over 150 languages, including English for foreign language speakers, with special courses for children and health care workers.

PROQUEST ABI/INFORM TRADE & INDUSTRY

In-depth coverage of companies, products, executives, trends, and other business research topics.

PROQUEST CULTUREGRAMS

Explore cultural and geographic fact sheets on countries, states, and Canadian provinces. 

PROQUEST eLIBRARY

A magazine and newspaper database with images, audiovisual materials, and television news transcripts.

PROQUEST HEALTH DATABASE

Designed to give you introductory information support groups on topics that may be important to you covering health, finance, and personal growth.

PROQUEST HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS

Discover digital versions Spokane’s historic newspapers, including The Spokesman-Review from 1883 to 2009, and the Spokane Chronicle from 1890 to 1992.

PROQUEST RECENT NEWSPAPERS

A collection of digitized newspapers providing genealogists, researchers, and scholars with cover-to-cover access to recent newspaper content, including The Spokesman Review since 2010.

PROQUEST RESEARCH LIBRARY

Provides one-stop access to thousands of full-text periodicals from one of the broadest and most inclusive general reference databases available.

PROQUEST SIRS DISCOVERER

Get answers on a variety of topics such as animals, countries, social issues, or famous people with topic overviews and eBooks for elementary and middle school students.

PROQUEST U.S. NEWSSTREAM

Search the most recent U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s, including the Spokane Journal of Business, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.

RMA UNIVERISTY

Access to financial benchmarking figures including standards for balance sheet and income statement line items, as well as numerous industry average ratios.

STATISTA

Statistics and market reports on over 80,000 topics arranged by business market sector. Note: Only available from computers in the library.

TEEN RESOURCE CENTER

Designed to give you introductory information support groups on topics that may be important to you as a teen, covering health, finance, and personal growth.

WASHINGTON STATE LEGAL FORMS

Official Washington State and federal business, personal, real estate, and general legal forms.