e-Resources & Databases

A to Z Database Listings (Annotated)

Bulb Baby 06Academic Search Complete
Scholarly collection offering full-text coverage of information in many areas of academic study including animal science, astronomy, biology, general science, law, math, music, psychology, women’s studies, and many other fields.

African American Heritage
Search essential historical records for African Americans, including Federal Census, Marriage and Cohabitation Records, Military Draft and Service Records, Registers of Slaves and Free(d) Persons of Color, and more.

Bibliographic records from the. U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library containing more than 4.8 million citations comprised of journal articles, book chapters, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports related to agriculture.

Alt HealthWatch
Focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness with full-text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports.

For Use Inside Library Only: Use one of the leading genealogical databases online to work towards tracing your family history. This database can only be accessed inside the library.

AtoZ Food America
Explore American cuisine in all its forms through this database containing recipes, in all course categories, for six US regions, all 50 states, and 33 ethnic cuisines. Access full recipes, see photos, and even make use of instructional videos that will all help you to become a better cook.

AtoZ World Food
Learn how to cook amazing cuisine from all over the world with this resource that contains recipes for 174 countries. This is the only database out there that will cover such an extensive look at international cuisine.

Bibliography of Native North Americans
Covers all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life including a wide range of topics such as archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, legend, governance, and literacy.

Book Review Digest Plus
Offers book reviews on subjects such as art, biography, business, education, general interest, history, humanities, literature, music, and more with coverage back to 1983.

Business Abstracts with Full Text
Offers full-text articles from hundreds of key publications, and provides access to product evaluations, interviews, biographical sketches, corporate profiles, statistical rankings, and more.

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Center
Full-text database supporting continuity experts and information professionals by covering risk evaluation, emergency preparedness, and crisis management.

Business Source Complete
Searchable cited references for more than 1,300 journals containing detailed author profiles for the 40,000 most-cited authors in the database. Covers all disciplines of business including marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics. 

Computer Source
Contains nearly 300 full-text journals and magazines covering topics such as computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software.

Take advantage of this one-stop resource for accessing thousands of online art and craft classes that cover a wide range of areas including quilting, sewing, jewelry making, art & design, and more. Sign-up for free to save your favorite courses.

Credo Reference
An online reference library for access to the full-text of hundreds of highly regarded titles and accomplished through images, sound files, animations, and more. Great for beginning your research on a wide range of topics.

Directory of Open Access Journals
Provides indexing, abstracting, and free full-text access for selected international scholarly journals in many subjects including agriculture, food science, biology, chemistry, languages, science, and more.

Ebsco Online eBooks
Offers more than 27,000 eBooks available for browsing, searching, and virtual checkout that includes titles from the world’s leading business, technology, trade, reference, academic, and scholarly publishers.

Ebscohost Espanol
(Interfaz en espanol contraduccion de los articulos) Base de datos sobre muchos temas - incluye texto completo. Los articulos estan traducidos por un programa de la computadora del ingles.

Educational Administration Abstracts
Research database that includes bibliographic records covering areas related to educational administration including leadership, management, research, and other key areas.

Education Resource Information Center that provides access to education literature and resources by providing access to journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index.

Essay and General Literature Index
Cites records in collections of essays and works published in the U.S., Great Britain, and Canada dating back to 1985 and spans the entire range of the humanities and social sciences.

Explora Educator’s Edition
Access a wealth of instructional materials for teachers including lesson plans for various subject areas, curriculum standards for states, STEM instruction, STEAM instruction, student tools, and more.

Family Studies Abstracts
Includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to family studies including marriage, divorce, family therapy, and other key areas of relevance.

Fold3 Library Edition
Features premier collections of original military records including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Fuente Academica Premier
Collection of scholarly journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain. It is an indispensable tool for exceptional scope designed to make academic research readily accessible.

Funk & Wagnall’s New Encyclopedia
Provides students with easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for elementary and middle school students. 

Gale Black History Month Resources
Containing resources pertaining to black history and the cultural experience.

Gale Books & Authors
A reader's advisory database that makes finding a book much less challenging with browsing using an intuitive design including read-alikes, reviews, award winners, and themed book lists.

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship
Covers all all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more.

Gale Business: Insights Global
Offers comprehensive international business intelligence compiled into a logical, useable context, and designed for business professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and general researchers.

Gale Business: Plan Builder
Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or already and experienced business owner, this database will help you in exploring opportunities, getting funded, making sure business ventures are as successful as you can make them, learning the ins & outs of nonprofits, and more. Register on the site to begin your own plan towards success.

Gale Chilton Library
Authoritative car-care guide providing reliable automotive help online, 24/7, including step-by-step service and repair procedures, wiring diagrams, maintenance and specification tables, and more.

Gale eBooks
Explore this database of encyclopedias and reference sources within the Gale eBooks platform. For multidisciplinary research studies.

Gale General OneFile
Access general interest magazines and key serials in a single resource. This database is great for general research in all subject areas.

Gale Health & Wellness
Use this database to search a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to alternative medical practices.

Gale in Context: Biography
Discover the world's most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazines, and multimedia content.

Gale in Context: College
Access a wide array of multidisciplinary content by searching scholarly journals, newspapers, periodicals, images, and videos.

Gale in Context: Elementary
This database is used to introduce elementary students using a database for searching with resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content.

Gale in Context: Environmental Studies
Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.

Gale in Context: High School
Explore thousands of topics across a variety of subjects including literature, science, history, and social issues using different sources.

Gale in Context: Middle School
Use this database to explore the most-studied topics and subjects including cultures, government, people, history, literature, and more.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Explore both sides of an issue in this online resource that covers today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to marijuana. Get the pros and cons on any topic to aid in critical-thinking skills.

Gale in Context: Science
Providing information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics by integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos.

Gale Informe Académico
Search across full-text Spanish-language and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines from, and about, Latin America.

Gale Interactive Science
Use this resource to manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.

Gale Literature: LitFinder
Access literary works and authors throughout history, including full-text poems, plays, short stories, speeches, and more.

Gale Literature Resource Center
Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers and authors from all eras.

Gale Literature: Scribner Writer's Series
Browse original scholarly essays on authors around the world. This database places authors and their works in personal and historical context.

Gale Literature: Twayne's Author Series
Find in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers. This database also includes influences of literary movements.

Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete
Use this resource to gain insight on issues in administration, funding, and policy. Best for educators, administrators, and education students.

Gale OneFile: Health & Medicine
Designed for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers, and health care professionals that integrates tens of millions of articles from a wide range of full-text nursing and allied health journals, magazines, newsletters, and consumer health information sources.

Gale OneFile: High School Edition
Search through magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference on a range of topics that are best designed for middle and high school students.

Gale OneFile News
Access major United States and international newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, or other fields.

Gale Presents: Udemy
Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and much more. This database includes more than 10,000 on-demand video courses provided in multiple languages.

Gale Product Menu
Listing of all Gale databases provided through the Abilene Public Library, which can be searchable from this page.

GRE Prep (ETS)
Access information for preparing for the GRE including information on the kinds of questions asked, the structure of paper tests vs. computer tests, and the major areas of testing. You’ll also find information on registration, test centers, scoring, and more. 

Handbook of Texas
Provided by the Texas State Historical Association as an encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture comprising more than 23,000 articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions, and a host of other topics.

Health Source - Consumer Edition
Provides access to nearly 80 full-text, consumer health magazines, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Harvard Health Letter, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Vegetarian Times, and more.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic
Provides nearly 550 scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medial disciplines with an emphasis on nursing and allied health.

A premier online database containing more than 140 million pages and 125,000 titles of legal history and government documents in a fully searchable, image based format.  Once you’ve signed in, click the "Login" button at the top right corner to gain full access.

HeritageQuest Online
Discover your family history through searching city directories, census records, mortality schedules, and more in this database powered by Ancestry.com.

Historical Newspapers - The Austin American Statesman (1871-1980)
This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers, and scholars with online, easily searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society, and events of the time.

Historical Newspapers - Dallas Morning News (Newsbank)
Search newspapers from the Dallas Morning News covering Texas history for use across a number of subjects and areas including business, history, news, genealogy resources, and more.

Historical Newspapers - Texas Collection
Search newspapers from Texas including the Abilene Daily Reporter (1910-1937), The Abilene Morning News (1926-1936), the Abilene Reporter-News (1944-2005), the Corpus Christi Caller, and the El Paso Times. Great for searching a number of subjects including business, history, news (including local news), genealogy, and more.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
"How-to" instructions for virtually every hobby enthusiast with full-text for more than 1,500 leading hobby books and craft magazines.

Home Improvement Reference Center
User-friendly "how-to" information covering a range of home improvement and repair projects and features full-text content from leading magazines, photos, and videos of popular home repair projects.

Humanities Full Text
Includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries, and original works of fiction, drama and poetry in all fields of the humanities from art, classical studies, and film to journalism and more. 

Index to Texas Magazines and Journals
Created by librarians on the Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria library staff in 1986 to provide coverage of major statewide magazines and Texas documents of broad interests, particularly in business, education, history, and government.

Information Science & Technology Abstracts
Leading database in the areas of information science including classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, and much more.

Job & Career Accelerator 3.0
Powerful career and job search tool assisting job seekers on creating resumes, finding a job, mastering interviewing skills, and more. Note: Please register at Learning Express Library 3.0 to use this database fully.

Learning Express Library 3.0
Provides an interactive online learning platform to offer a selection of career-oriented and academic resources, job preparation, homework help, test prep, information on career changes, and more.

Legal Collection
Contains full-text for more than 300 of the world’s most respected, scholarly law journals to make it an authoritative source for information on current issues, studies, thoughts, and trends in the legal world.

Legal Information Reference Center
Online database designed to assist the public in legal matters of all kinds including exclusive full-text for many top consumer legal reference books, as well as thousands of legal forms.

Literary Reference Center
Provides information on thousands of authors and their works through an expansive collection of author biographies, plot summaries, poems, short stories, author interviews, and more.

Covers all time periods and contains a wealth of primary literature content including 140,000 full-text poems, 800,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays, and more. 

MAS Complete
Contains hundreds of popular high school magazines and reference books covering subjects such as art, history, sports, and music, while also including thousands of biographies and primary source documents.

MAS Ultra: School Edition
Designed for high school libraries containing full-text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines including America’s Civil War, American Heritage, American History, New Republic, New Scientist, Popular Science, and many more.

MasterFILE Complete
Offers the largest collection of popular full-text magazines, reference books, and other highly-regarded sources from the world’s leading publishers. Covers every general interest subject area.

Collection of medical research and investigatory journals from renowned Latin American and Spanish publishers. Contains full-text articles for 130 peer-reviewed medical journals in native Spanish covering a wide range of topics including neuroscience, cardiology, biomedicine, clinical research, and more.

Providing authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and more.

Merck Manuals
Access the world’s most widely used medical information resources designed to provide the best medical information of the day to a wide cross-section of users including medical professionals and students, veterinarians and veterinary students, and consumers.

Merck Veterinary Manual
Provides veterinarians and other animal health professionals with concise and authoritative information on diseases and management of food-producing, companion, laboratory, and exotic animals.

Middle School Search Plus
Contains full-text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines that are assigned a reading level indicator that includes a dictionary.

Military and Government Collection
Offering current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government through a thorough collection of periodicals, journals, and more.

One-stop database for receiving information and help on investments providing information on companies, funds, exchange-traded funds, markets, portfolios, a help and education center, and more to provide you with up-to-date financial information. 

Natural & Alternative Treatments
Complementary and alternative medicine database designed for the consumer health researcher. Updated weekly to offer current information to satisfy the growing demand for accurate, unbiased information on natural health.

Newspaper Source Plus
Provides cover-to-cover full-text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers including Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and more. Also find full-text TV & radio news transcripts from CBS News, CNN, NPR, and more.

Provides reviews, recommended reads, and book discussion guides for fiction and nonfiction titles.

NovelistPlus K-8
A fiction database designed with children in grades K-8 in mind to offer information on literature for youth. 

Play Index
Covers over 31,000 classical and historical plays dating from 1949, including one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays, classic drama and monologues from famous playwrights.

Portal to Texas History
Featuring thousands of newspapers, photographs, sound recordings, technical drawings, and more telling the story of Texas through the preservation and exhibition of valuable resources.

Primary Search
Containing full-text for dozens of the most popular children’s magazines to help elementary school libraries. Students can learn about a variety of topics including endangered species, space exploration, famous musicians, and more.

Access a citizenship prep course with 100 instructional videos to help prepare for the citizenship process. This service is an extension of the Pronunciator database.

Professional Development Collection
Highly specialized collection of electronic information for professional educators, librarians, and education researches offering information on everything from children’s health and development to cutting-edge pedagogical theory and practice.

A fun way to learn any of 80 languages utilizing a number of learning tools including text, audio, and video. Also compatible with select mobile devices to take your learning on-the-go.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
Comprehensive database covering information on topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. 

Race Relations Abstracts
Provides a sole focus on content relating specifically to the relationship between races including ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance.

Referencia Latina
Full-text Spanish-language database covering a broad array of subjects inside and outside academia and from a variety of sources including reference books, magazines, and health reports.

Regional Business News
Provides full-text for more than 80 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications. 

Religion & Philosophy Collection
Essential full-text database including hundreds of full-text journals and magazines covering many religious and philosophical topics including world religions, religious history, political philosophy, and philosophy of language

Salud en Espanol
Provides comprehensive evidence-based reports and fact sheets in Spanish on all aspects of consumer health and wellness covering all aspects of health including diseases, conditions, procedures, and various treatments.

Science & Technology Collection
Contains more than 820 leading full-text journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community on topics including aeronautics, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, computer technology, geology, aviation, physics, marine science, and more.

SciTech Premium Collection
Includes the Natural Science Collection and Technology Collection databases and provides full-text titles from around the world.

Serials Directory
Provides access to the most up-to-date bibliographic information as well as current pricing structures for popular serials. Contains nearly 250,000 U.S. and international titles.

Short Story Index
Contains information on short stories by author or genre, and provides detailed indexing for more than 117,000 stories from more than 4,200 collections and anthologies.

Small Business Reference Center
More than 450 full-text reference books and 400 full-text periodicals providing detailed "how-to" instructions to address small business topics including buying and selling a business, managing employees, writing business plans, understanding legal information, and more.

Small Engine Reference Center
Repair guides for small engines and routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, and more) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly). Searchable by product type, brand, model/engine type, model numbers, and more.

Sustainability Reference Center
Designed for sustainability experts and information professionals to offer unmatched full-text coverage of content relevant to many integral areas or sustainability initiative management.

Easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children’s and young adult books. Includes thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment.

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps
Delivers detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life in more than 12,000 U.S. towns and cities across a century of change.

Texas Legal Forms
Access current legal forms for residents of Texas that can be downloaded, completed online, and printed out. Covers the majority of all legal forms searchable by name or browsed by category including forms for divorce, wills, bankruptcy, power of attorney, name change, real estate, and more.

Texas Reference Center
Designed for school and public libraries comprised of periodicals, reference books, reports, and other content relevant to the state containing 30 full-text periodicals, 100 full-text reference books, several Texas newspapers, and more.

Current events database allowing researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints.

Twentieth Century American Poetry
The American poetry database includes 50,000 poems from 750 volumes and over 300 poets.

Twentieth Century English Poetry
The British collection includes more than 600 volumes of poetry by 283 poets from 1900 to the present-day.

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Offers an online school where you may take any of 500+ classes, in a variety of subjects and fields, and receive continuing education credit if you pass the course.

Vocational & Career Collection
Full-text coverage for more than 340 trade and industry related periodicals including "American Machinist," "Modern Machine Shop," "Pediatric Nursing," "Wireless Week," "Hotel & Motel Management," and more.