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NORTH CAROLINA DIGITAL LIBRARY – Wide selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks for readers of all ages. Includes current bestsellers and perennial favorites. Use on a tablet or smartphone with the free Libby app.

NC KIDS DIGITAL LIBRARY – EBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming videos, and Read-Alongs collection specifically designed for pre-K – 4th grade. Use on a tablet or smartphone with the free Libby app.

EBOOKS FROM NC LIVE – Includes the Homegrown eBooks Collection, with books from NC publishers; nonfiction and fiction to support a variety of research.

NORTH CAROLINA DIGITAL LIBRARY – Assortment of popular magazines, available 24/7.

NC LIVE – Tens of thousands of magazines, journals and newspapers covering a wide array of academic and personal interest topics. Search for your topic of interest with a single inquiry at nclive.org, or browse all publications by title. Popular titles include:

POLK COUNTY NEWS & THE TRYON BEE – Newspapers from 1902 to 1926, viewable online. Search within the paper, or browse by date. Additional historical NC newspapers also available.

VIDEOS FROM NC LIVE – Several video sources, including Films on Demand and the NC LIVE video collection. Most licensed for classroom or group screenings.

BUSINESS MARKET RESEARCH COLLECTION – Company, industry, economic and geopolitical market research from three sources, including Hoover’s Company Profiles, OxResearch from Oxford Analytica, and Snapshots.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP DATABASE – Information for entrepreneurs and researchers that includes business start-up plans, video clips, journals, business cases, and more.

LYNDA.COM – Learn software, technology, creative and business skills from industry experts to achieve your personal and professional goals. Free access available only through polklibrary.org.

MORNINGSTAR INVESTMENT RESEARCH CENTER – Includes research and independent opinions on thousands of mutual funds, stocks, and hundreds of ETFs.

REFERENCEUSA – Reference and research tool providing instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 235 million U.S. residents. ReferenceUSA makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

SIMPLYANALYTICS – Web-based mapping application that lets you create professional-quality maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data.

WALL STREET JOURNAL – Full articles from the Wall Street Journal (1981-current).

NC LIVE is a huge collection of electronic resources and databases covering a wide array of research and personal interest topics. Search many databases with a single inquiry at nclive.org, or explore them individually.

ABC-CLIO E-BOOK COLLECTION – History and literature eBooks, including the series Daily Life, Critical Companions, Literature in Context, as well as American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography.

BIOGRAPHY REFERENCE BANK – A biography database of in-depth profiles from Current Biography and World Authors, the periodical coverage of Biography Index, and specialist content from Junior Authors & Illustrators.

BIOGRAPHY REFERENCE CENTER – A comprehensive collection of full-text biographies on popular and heavily-researched figures. Users can locate biographies of interest by browsing key categories, including occupation, nationality, publication, and more than 30 genre categories including actors, artists, athletes, authors, current world leaders, explorers, scientists, and many others.

CQ RESEARCHER – Reports on issues shaping our world, with in-depth coverage of political and social issues, such as health, education, the environment, technology, and the U.S. economy.

CREDO REFERENCE – A premier virtual reference collection including encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, images, audio files, and videos in a wide expanse of subject areas.

ELIBRARY – This easy-to-use curriculum and reference resource delivers one of the largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content designed specifically for schools and libraries of all kinds, as well as additional subject-based material.

GALE LITERARY SOURCES – Combines Literature Resource Center with Gale eBooks in one interface. Articles, critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, and biographies covering authors, their works, and literary movements.

HISTORY STUDY CENTER – A collection of primary and secondary sources on global history from ancient times to the present day.

LITERATURE RESOURCE CENTER – Articles, critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, and biographies covering authors, their works, and literary movements.

NCPEDIA – Information about the state, its history, people, government, and educational institutions.

PROQUEST CENTRAL – General reference database for over 175 subjects from magazines, journals, and newspapers, including peer-reviewed and scholarly works.

PROQUEST LEARNING: LITERATURE – Full-text works of poetry, prose, and drama, and secondary sources such as author biographies, literary criticisms, essays, reviews, and interviews. Designed with schools and public libraries in mind.

RESEARCH COMPANION – An award-winning, cloud-based information literacy solution that enables educators and librarians to guide students through research projects efficiently.

GALE IN CONTEXT: SCIENCE – Reference content plus magazines, journals, news sources, experiments, and more. Covering earth science, life science, space, technology, mathematics, science history, and biography.

SIRS DISCOVERER – Designed specifically for elementary and middle school students, SIRS Discoverer offers articles, nonfiction books, images, activities, and websites curated for educational relevance, age appropriateness, and readability.

SIRS ISSUES RESEARCHER – Research the pros and cons of current issues and enduring social issues through full-text articles, multimedia, primary sources, government documents, and reference materials.

US NEWSSTREAM – News content from many national and international newspapers, newswires, and selected news magazines.

MANGO LANGUAGES – Over 70 world language courses and 17 ESL/ELL courses, featuring voice comparison, engaging design, foreign language films, cultural anecdotes, and a user-friendly mobile app.

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION DATABASE – Vocational information on technical topics, such as computing science, healthcare, building trades, auto mechanics, sales and retail, accounting, graphic design, and photography.

CYPRESS RESUME – The simplest, most effective tool for resume creation on the market today. Specifically designed for job seekers skittish about writing, Cypress Resume allows anyone to create a professional resume in a matter of minutes.

FERGUSON’S CAREER GUIDANCE CENTER – A comprehensive resource that enables users to explore industries and careers, plan their education, and research best practices for résumés, cover letters, interviewing, networking, and salaries/benefits. The database includes articles, career advice blogs, and streaming video.

LYNDA.COM – Learn software, technology, creative and business skills from industry experts to achieve your personal and professional goals. Free access available only through polklibrary.org.

OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK – Profiles for hundreds of occupations including sections like What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.

TESTING & EDUCATION REFERENCE CENTER – A testing and education preparation resource that includes in-depth information on college, graduate, and professional programs, professional training, scholarships, and entrance tests alongside practice tests for entrance exams, certifications, and licensing exams.

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