Resources

We have some great digital resources that you can access from the comfort of your own home with your library card! We have EBSCO databases that have information on everything from how to repair your car to what book you should read next. Creativebug is a database perfect for anyone who wants to create with hundreds of tutorials for different projects. Our Scholastic resources are just the thing for parents, teachers, and even daycare providers. We've also collected resources that are provided simply because you are a Minnesota resident. And finally, we have some Quick Links to local resources. Explore and enjoy!

NEW  EBSCO Databases 

Auto Repair Source

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls. To access from home, you will need your library card and then just select your library below!

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Consumer Reports

Doing research takes time. Choosing the wrong product wastes money. Provide trusted information for making the smart choice. Enable thorough product comparisons with Consumer Reports' (CR) comprehensive archive of expert, unbiased product reviews. To access from home, you will need your library card and then just select your library below!

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Legal Information Reference Center

Legal Information Reference Center is an online database designed to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds. It includes exclusive full text for many top consumer legal reference books, as well as thousands of legal forms. To access from home, you will need your library card and then just select your library below!

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NoveList Plus

NoveList has been helping readers find their next favorite book for more than 25 years and continues to develop innovative solutions for connecting readers, books, and libraries. In this database you'll find NoveList’s unique story elements like appeal, genre, and theme help you understand what about a book your readers love, and help them find more that are their style. You'll also find read-alike and listen-alike recommendations for titles, authors, and series, as well as audiobooks. And you'll even be able to find full series information all in one place. To access from home, you will need your library card and then just select your library below!

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Creativebug!

Creativebug is your go-to resource for high-quality, on-trend arts and crafts instructional videos. You'll enjoy award-winning HD instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, baking and more. All classes are taught by experts, with new classes added daily.

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Scholastic Resources

TrueFlix
TrueFlix® provides thousands of resources to strengthen both educator instruction and student learning of science and social studies content-area knowledge.

FreedomFlix
FreedomFlix™ offers a range of text types and media on more than 70 key social studies topics spanning 10 areas of core-curriculum study.

Scholastic Teachables
Scholastic Teachables is an online hub of more than 25,000 printable resources to support lesson planning, classroom management, and teaching across all subjects.

BookFlix
With colorful animation, rich audio, and interactive games, BookFlix® is a perfect tool to engage and support beginning readers. Built-in literacy support tools–including read aloud and word highlighting–cultivate key literacy skills, support beginning and ELL readers, and build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

ScienceFlix
Offering more than 50 complete units of study with over 8,000 science-related assets in a variety of media, ScienceFlix® provides students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types, interactive features and more.

Watch & Learn Library
Videos have become an essential part of teaching and are one of the best tools to build learning excitement! Created by the editors of Scholastic News® and Let’s Find Out Magazines®, the Watch & Learn Library provides teachers with an online bank of developmentally-appropriate nonfiction videos to build knowledge, vocabulary, and introduce new concepts and topics. Simple and intuitive navigation makes teaching with the Watch & Learn Library an educational delight!

Minnesota Resources

eLibrary MN

https://elibrarymn.org/

ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota) gives Minnesota residents access to magazine, journal, newspaper and encyclopedia articles, media, including images, videos, and audio files, and other information resources.

ELM provides information on a vast array of topics, including consumer information, arts and humanities, career, occupation, and test prep, current events, health, science, social science, politics, business, and more. There are resources available to help build resumes or practice college entrance tests in the Learning Express database within ELM.

Recommended Databases:

MNLink

mnlink.org

MNLINK is a statewide system that serves as a discovery and interlibrary loan interface for library patrons and staff. Through our participating libraries, patrons have easy access to the catalogs of most libraries in Minnesota. The system also provides access to electronic resources that are available to Minnesotans. This includes electronic journals, images, and ebooks as well as access to the physical books that are held in libraries.

Minnesota Reflections

https://reflections.mndigital.org/about

Minnesota Reflections is a database of digitized original materials shared by cultural heritage organizations located across our state. These materials include images, text, audio, film, and more, with new items added on a regular basis. The resources found on this site support research for scholars, educators, students, and the public. Minnesota Reflections is the premier project of the Minnesota Digital Library.