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Research Resources 

This is a collection of curated online resources. Some are free for all and some are databases the library provides and pays for that are free for our patrons. These databases contain articles, information, statistics, and images, from magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and reference books. Some databases are general collections featuring publications on a variety of subjects and others are specialty collections.

The library’s subscription databases are available for use in the library or remotely 24/7 with your library card.  Patron ID= your library card number and Password= your last name (all lowercase).

Digital Books for Kids

Unite for Literacy

An online library of over 120 picture books with 26 language narrations, making them perfect for emergent readers everywhere. Free website, library card not required.


Animated picture books online. Download free books and the free TumbleReader to enjoy e-books offline too.


Libby. The library reading app

Click here to browse the Libby Collection of eBooks, audiobooks, and more!

You can learn how to download the Libby app to your device by clicking here

AspenCat CloudLibrary

Click here to browse the CloudLibrary eBook Collection
Click here to set up your eReader/portable device.

Your Next Read


For fiction readers of all ages and interests. Search by author, title or series, genre, or subject to find book recommendations and readalikes. The database also provides book reviews, reading lists, and discussion guides.

Novelist K-8

Read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests.

Career Resources

Job Hero

It’s not always easy to decide on a career – after all, the choice you make will determine how you spend much of your time for years or decades to come. Luckily, there are tons of resources out there to help you assess your talents, skills and interests, along with many informative articles, blogs, and podcasts on the subject. And you’ll find the best of them in this guide, which includes more than 40 individual resources for how to choose a career that’s a good fit for you. Also included are resources to help you determine what types of organizational cultures you might thrive under, as well as resources specifically for people looking to make a career change.

A ResumeLab’s guide to tailoring a resume to a job description explains how to create a targeted resume using keywords, and has actionable tips that take readers through the process step-by-step. And it’s written by an expert featured in Business Insider – Christian Eilers.
You can find more of resume and cover letter guides on ResumeLab’s advise blog.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources

Online Colleges and Universities in Colorado

Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources

General Research


EBSCOhost is a single access point to most of the individual databases listed here. Click “General Research Databases” to select and broaden your search for information and articles across multiple databases.


Designed with students and educators in mind, Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework. Explora provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.


Auto Repair Source

Do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs, and updates are added on a regular basis. All of the content has been created by ASE certified technicians.

Home Improvement Reference Center

Home Improvement Reference Center features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines and books, plus images not found anywhere else online. All of the content is organized in a robust, easy-to-use interface so that users can quickly find the information they need.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Repair and maintenance guides for all types of small engines. Detailed, yet user-friendly, the database contains over 440 full-text reference books with original photos and illustrations that guide the user through every job.


Consumer Health Complete

The single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. Covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.


Business Search Interface

Browse and search for company profiles, industry information, market research, and country economic data.

Business Source Premier

The industry’s most popular business research database with full-text for more than 2,200 journals and business publications, including peer-reviewed titles. Covers management, marketing, banking, economics, finance, accounting, international business, and more.

Regional Business News

Broad coverage for full-text business publications on a regional level (U.S. and Canada) spanning over 22 years. Resources include newspapers, radio and television news transcripts, trade publications, magazines, and newswires.

Schoolwork Resources

Academic Search Premier

A multidisciplinary database with full-text for over 2,000 journals, including many peer-reviewed titles and popular magazines. Covers social sciences, humanities, education, computer science, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and more. Includes Consumer Reports.

Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection

Free access to more than 600,000 digitized pages, representing over 160 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado from 1859 to 1923. Browse and search for feature stories, society news, advertisements, photos, editorials and more.

Explora Elementary School

Designed with students and educators in mind, Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework. Explora provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Explora Middle School

Designed with students and educators in mind, Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects, or homework. Explora provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Explora High School

Designed with students and educators in mind, Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework. Explora provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Biography Reference Center

Biography Reference Center provides thousands of unique and reliable full-text biographies, including the complete full text of Biography and Biography Today. In addition to keyword search, users can locate biographies by subject occupation, activity, nationality, gender, birthplace and more.

Ethnic Diversity Source

This full-text database is a dedicated resource covering the culture, traditions, social treatment and lived experiences of different ethnic groups in America. It provides full text from a growing list of sources including peer-reviewed journals, magazines, e-books, biographies and primary source documents.

History Reference Center

U.S. and World history, with full-text historical documents and articles from reference books, history magazines, journals, and newspapers. The database also provides timelines, biographies, maps, photos and video clips.

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center is a rich full-text literary database covering all genres and time periods. It includes thousands of synopses, critical essays, book reviews, literary journals and author biographies, plus full-text classic novels, short stories and poems.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center is a rich full-text database containing thousands of classic and contemporary poems, short stories, biographies, essays, lesson plans and learning guides. It also includes high-quality videos and audio recordings from the Academy of American Poets.

Points of View Reference Center

Full-text essays that present an overview, and both affirmative and opposing arguments for hundreds of controversial issues. The database also provides guides to critical thinking, debate, developing arguments, and writing position papers.

Religion & Philosophy Collection

Religion & Philosophy Collection is an essential full-text database for theology and philosophy research. It includes hundreds of full-text journals and magazines covering many religious and philosophical topics, including world religions, religious history, political philosophy and philosophy of language.

Science Reference Center

Designed to meet every science researcher’s needs. Full-text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. Also provides teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards.

Social Sciences

Full Text. Covering the latest concepts, theories, and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences, including addiction studies, ethics, public welfare, urban studies, and more.

MAS Ultra - School Edition

Designed for high school and community college level research. The database features full-text for over 500 general interest publications, including peer-reviewed titles and reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection.

Middle Search Plus

Designed for middle school level research. The database features full-text for more than 150 magazines, plus biographies, historical essays, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags.

Primary Search

Full-text for more than 80 of the most popular elementary school magazines, plus the Encyclopedia of Animals, American Heritage Children’s Dictionary, and an image collection of 91,000 photos, maps and flags.

Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia

Features over 25,000 informative articles and images on a wide range of subjects. Searchable by subject.



MyHeritage is the leading global destination for discovering, preserving, and sharing family history. Our platform and DNA kits make it easy for anyone, anywhere to embark on a meaningful journey into their past and treasure their family stories for generations to come. Our powerful technology does the searching for you, revealing fascinating new details about your family history — effortlessly.


Environment Complete

Comprehensive Coverage for Environmental Studies including agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and affiliated areas of study.


This comprehensive resource draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Covers global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

This database offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text

Indexes over 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and conference proceedings. Covers librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, and more.

MasterFile Premier

A multidisciplinary database with full-text for nearly 1,700 periodicals, plus reference books, primary source documents, and an image collection. It covers general reference, business, health, education, science, multicultural issues, and more.

Newspaper Source Plus

Cover-to-cover full-text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers and selective full-text for more than 330 regional (U.S.) newspapers. Additionally, full-text television and radio news transcripts are provided from major media sources.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

This comprehensive resource provides extensive full-text coverage for topics in the fields of psychology and behavioral sciences.


This current events database covers social, political, & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular or controversial discussion topics. Provides full-text articles from U.S. and international new, periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, and government publications.

2021 Fuel Economy Guide (US Department of Energy and EPA)

You can obtain a printable, electronic version of the 2021 Fuel Economy Guide at https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/printGuides.shtml

The electronic Guide is periodically updated with new vehicle and fuel price information.
If you would like an e-mailed electronic version of the Fuel Economy Guide each year, please visit https://fueleconomy.gov/feg/guides.shtml to join the email list.

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