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Online Resources

The following links are to subscription online resources. Unlike most Internet content, these resources are not freely available to the general public. Your right to access these resources has been paid for by either the Washington County Public Schools, the Washington County Free Library or the State of Maryland. Because they are not free, you may need to supply a password or library card number to access these resources. See your school library media specialist.


Online Resources provided by Washington County Public Schools

Most of these resources do not require a username or password when accessed from school. See your library media specialist for login instructions for home use.

Capstone Interactive(E)

  • Interactive, browser-based digital books that feature easy navigation tools and enhanced content such as read-to-me audio that supports readers of all types and ages
  • Books can be accessed directly through this URL or through MARC records in the school’s library catalog.
  • Books can be read online or can be downloaded into the Capstone Interactive app for offline use (up to 20 books).
  • Username/password required – see your library media specialist. 

CultureGrams (E, M, H)

• Portal to all CultureGrams editions: World, States, Kids, and Provinces.
• Concise, reliable, and up-to-date reports provide cultural, historical and geographical information supporting a wide range of readers.
• Includes video clips and slideshows, a worldwide photo gallery, interviews with adults and children, and a unique recipe collection with five local recipes for each country.
• Create-your-own data tables and charts to help put dozens of facts into comparative perspective.
• No password needed at school. Username/password required for home use - see your library media specialist.

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Flipster Digital Magazines (E, M, H)

  • Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy to read magazines on your computer or mobile device.
  • Flipster provides access to the current issue of subscriptions plus all back issues.
  • Magazines can be read online through the link provided or can be downloaded into the Flipster app for offline use.
  • Username/password required – see your library media specialist. 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (M, H)

• Provides pro/con viewpoint essays, full-text journal articles, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies of social activists and reformers, court-case overviews, statistical charts and tables, images, podcasts, web links and more.
• Text-to-speech technology available on every page.
• Documents may be translated into Arabic, French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Italian, Polis, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Korean.
• Content correlated to national and state curriculum standards.
• No password needed at school. Password required for home use - see your library media specialist.

PebbleGo (E)

• Portal to PebbleGo Animals, PebbleGo Earth & Space and PebbleGo SocialStudies.
• Specially designed to meet the needs of preK - 3 researchers: video and/or audio clips for most articles, expertly leveled text and engaging spoken-word audio, bolded words have glossary definitions and pronunciations. Ideal for first reports.
• Content correlated to curriculum standards, includes lesson plans and reproducibles for each database.
• No password needed at school. Username/password required for home use - see your library media specialist.

PebbleGo Next Science(E)

  • Subscription includes links to downloadable questions to encourage critical thinking and was designed with grades 3-5 researchers in mind.
  • Read-aloud capability is available for all 150+ articles.
  • Content is correlated to Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Username/password required – see your library media specialist. 

SIRS Decades (M, H)

• More than 5,000 relevant primary and secondary source documents related to key topics in 20th century American history.
• No password needed at school.
• Username and password required for home access. See your library media specialist.

SIRS Discoverer (E, M)

• General reference database for grades 1 - 9 aligned to Common Core Standards. All content is full text, hand-selected and indexed from over 2,100 reliable high-quality domestic and international newspapers, magazines, and reference material.
• Includes science experiments, crafts, writing activities, biographies, fiction articles, country facts, and Discoverer WebFind - carefully chosen Internet resources on a variety of topics appropriate for students.
• No password needed at school. Username/password required for home use - see your library media specialist.

SIRS Knowledge Source (M, H)

Portal to five SIRS resources for students in grades 6-12:
Issues Researcher - topical pro/con coverage of current and enduring issues.
Government Reporter - resources by and about the U.S. government.
Renaissance - current perspectives on the arts and humanities.
WebSelect - a collection of more than 20,000 reliable and credible websites covering all SKS topics.
Decades - primary and secondary sources covering 20th Century American History.
• Full-text articles, graphics, photographs, government documents, ebooks, and previewed web sites.
• Also includes Spotlight on National High School Debate Topic - research sources for the 2013-2014 policy debate topic: Latin America.
• No password needed at school. Username/password required for home use - see your library media specialist. (E, M, H)

• Contains original movies revealing the book creation process, audio excerpts of professional readings, and book guides and resources which span thousands of children’s, YA, and non-fiction titles.
• No password needed at school. Password required for home use - see your library media specialist.

World Book Web (E, M, H)

Portal to five World Book resources:
World Book Advanced – for high school. Includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases along with lesson plans focusing on one or more primary source images.
World Book Discover - differentiated content and tools specifically developed for middle and high school students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties.
World Book Student – for elementary and middle schools. Includes all the articles from the print encyclopedia plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools. Optimized for iPad.
World Book Kids - simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, videos, comparison tools, and engaging games and activities for young students.
World Book Timelines - Hundreds of customizable, interactive timelines of important events throughout history. (Optimized for iPad)
Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos – encyclopedia in Spanish.
• Also includes access to World Book Dictionary, and World Book Atlas.
• Content is correlated to state standards.
• No password needed at school. Username/password required for home use - see your library media specialist.

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Online Resources provided by WCFL & Sailor

The following resources are accessible from theWCFL & Sailor Resources portal page on the Washington County Free Library web site. Click HERE or click any icon below to go to the portal page. No username/password required.

Auto Repair Resource Center Auto Repair Reference Center
Coverage of more than 37,000 vehicles from 1945 to present. Contains repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added to the product on a regular basis.

EBSCOhost Research Databases EBSCOhost Research Databases

MAS Ultra - School Edition
Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for nearly 500 popular, high school magazines. Also provides more than 360 full-text reference books, 85,670 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps and flags, color PDFs and expanded full-text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.

MasterFILE Premier
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, it also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps and flags.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Middle Search Plus
Provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.

Regional Business News
Comprehensive full-text coverage for regional business publications. Incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Explora Explora

Aims to simplify the research process by enabling students to search across all of WCFL’s EBSCO databases at once using a single search box. Available for primary schools, secondary schools and public libraries. Supports both student research and classroom instruction. Students can also browse content by category to get research ideas. In addition, Topic Overviews provide students with the background information they need to begin their research.

  • Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results
  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
  • Topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research
  • Colorful, mobile-friendly design with feature areas that provide context to students
  • Reading level indicators (Lexile® Measures) to simplify discovery of grade-appropriate content
  • Text-to-speech for HTML articles to assist struggling readers or those learning English
  • Curriculum Standards Module to help educators correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to Common Core, state- or province-specific curriculum standards

History Reference Center History Reference Center
Features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. Full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals including America's Civil War, American Heritage, American Historical Review, American History, Archaeology, Aviation History, Chinese America: History & Perspectives, Civil War Times, Foreign Affairs, German History, History, History Review, History Today, Journal of American History, Military History, Naval History, Wild West, World War II and more. Also contains nearly 57,000 historical documents; more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 113,000 historical photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical video.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center provides comprehensive full-text content for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities today. Including full text for more than 740 magazines and books, as well as access to more than 720 videos and over 140 hobby reports, this database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby-enthusiast.

Home Improvement Reference Center is designed to provide full-text articles that show instructions, tips and suggestions for a variety of home improvement projects. Thousands of repairs are available in the areas of outdoor, electrical, remodeling, plumbing, wood, decorating and maintenance projects. Ideal for the do-it-yourselfer!

NoveList K-8 Plus NoveList K-8 Plus
Reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction for students in grades K-8. Helps students find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers. If you teach with books, NoveList K-8 Plus is the place to go for inspiration and education. Need lists of books by topic or unit of study? We have ready-to-go materials that are quick and easy to use. Need books for your lessons that meet Common Core State Standards? We have Curriculum Connections and other materials that will get you started.

NoveList Plus NoveList Plus
Reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction for all ages. A database of fiction and nonfiction titles, authors, and series and additional content designed to help connect readers to books. Offers a wide range of content created by librarians and expert educational specialists to expand information for fiction readers. Includes narrative nonfiction titles in subjects such as Sports, Humor, Politics, True Crime, Food Writing, Business Writing, Travel Writing, and many more. Supplemental material for non-fiction titles includes: Book Discussion Guides, Recommended Reads, Author Read-alikes, Curricular Connections, and Grab and Go Book Lists.

Rosetta Stone Rosetta Stone

Offers the first level of Rosetta Stone courses for 30 different languages. Teaches language the way you learned your first: naturally, by connecting words to objects and events around you. Native speakers and real-life scenarios help you think in the new language from the very beginning. Must have a WCFL library card to set up your account.

Science Reference Center Science Reference Center
Designed to meet every student's science research needs, contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Provides teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards.

Searchasaurus Searchasaurus
Designed for students in grades K through 3. Provides students in elementary schools with an exciting and easy way to experience online searching. Students have access to a variety of sources including full-text primary magazines, newspapers, Funk & Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia, American Heritage Children’s Dictionary, Encyclopedia of Animals, reference books, biographies, country/state/province reports, photos, maps, flags and more. Students can search their databases by topics and keyword, explore the top searches of the day, or read the Fun Fact of the Day. Offers Lexile limiters (reading level), making it easy for students to read and research only appropriately challenging materials

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Small Engine Repair Reference Center is a full-text database designed for use in public and school libraries. Content contained in the database will be derived from the full set of small engine repair manuals from Clymer ( Clymer repair manuals provide step-by-step procedures based upon the complete disassembly of the machine. This hands-on experience combined with extensive research results in a manual that is both detailed and user-friendly.

Online Resources provided by the Washington County Free Library

Washington County Free Library

Click here to go to the WCFL Databases web page to access the 70+ online databases provided by the Washington County Free Library. Most require a WCFL library card number to access. See your library media specialist if you do not have a WCFL library card.

Gale Cengage Learning

Click here to go to WCFL's list of Gale Databases. You must have a WCFL library card number to enter the site.

Frequently used WCFL online resources:

Literature Criticism Online
• Takes literature, history and culture to the next level with the largest, most extensive compilation of literary commentary available. Contains centuries of analysis - the scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals - in an easy-to-use online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals.
• Requires WCFL library card number to access.

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