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With your valid Yakima Valley Library Card, you have free access to over 50 research databases 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Use our collection of research databases to locate information on a broad range of subjects from biographies, encyclopedias, newspapers, magazines, consumer information and more. If you're connecting from home you will need a valid Yakima Valley library card and a password.


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African American ExperienceA full-text digital resource exploring the history and culture of African Americans, as well as the greater Black Diaspora. Includes information from 400 books, 3,000 slave narratives, 2000 images, and 5,000 primary sources.
American DecadesConcentrates on the social aspects of American history including the arts, medicine, the media, education, world events, religion, government and politics, lifestyles, social trends, law, religion, business and the economy from 1900 through 1999.
American Decades Primary SourcesIncludes first-hand accounts, diaries, speeches and other primary source material from 1900 through 1999.
American Indian ExperienceIncludes 150 reference books, hundreds of primary source documents and thousands of images.
Booklist Online The free site offers a generous selection of Booklist magazine content plus some Web-only features and is updated daily or weekly, depending on the portion of the site. The subscription database contains archived reviews and feature that are dynamically linked.
Chilton Library Repair information for domestic and import vehicles. Updated monthly. Includes wiring diagrams.
Chronicle Occupational BriefsChronicle Occupational Briefs present information on more than 2,000 occupational titles, including 650 comprehensive occupational descriptions, ranging from those that require a high school diploma or less
Consumer Reports Published monthly by Consumers Union since 1936, Consumer Report publishes reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on test results from its in-house testing laboratory. It also publishes cleaning and general buying guides. The annual Consumer Reports new car issue is released every April.
CultureGrams Online CultureGrams Online: Cultural information on countries including manners and customs, food. Excellent for country reports and for travelers. Includes StateGrams and KidsGrams.
Daily Life in HistoryA searchable database that spotlights the day-to-day lives of average Americans, past and present. Includes books, primary source documents, photos on subjects such as food, clothing, housing, religion, family life, games , music and dance.
Dictionary of American HistoryComprehensive encyclopedia of American history. Includes maps and primary source documents
EbscoHostEbsco Reference Databases include: Magazine, journal and newspaper articles; Informacion en Espanol, Newspaper Source, Novelist : Searchasaurus-Elementary School, Kids Search-Elementary & Middle School, Student Research Center-Middle School & High School and Academic Search Premier.
EbscoHost en espanolMagazine, artículos de prensa traducidos al español. Incluye información sobre la salud, negocios y revistas sobre todo para los niños. Enciclopedia españoles Acceso remoto available.
Encyclopedia of American ReligionsPresents coverage of 2500 North American religious groups from Adventists to Zen Buddhists.
Encyclopedia of Clothing and FashionExamines the origins of clothing, development of fabrics and the social meaning of dress. Everything from the toga to body piercing.
Encyclopedia of Religion Contains over 3000 entries covering all religions. The award-winning standard reference work in the field of religion
Encyclopedia of World BiographyBiographical articles on famous people from ancient times to present.
HeritageQuest Genealogical database that includes federal census records, family histories, local histories, Periodical Source Index and more
History Study CenterA one-stop history resource for schools.
Holidays & Celebrations of the World Holidays, festivals, commemorations, holy days, feasts from all parts of the world.
Latino American ExperienceContent from 170 reference books, primary source documents, a time line. Includes information, audio clips, maps and images on subjects ranging from immigration protests to recipes. English and Spanish content.
Learning ExpressInteractive test preparation guides for the GED, U.S. Citizenship, ASVAB, GRE, SAT and more
Morningstar Investment Research CenterInformation and advice on stocks, mutual funds and ETFs for the investor
New Dictionary of the History of IdeasWhere did concepts like democracy, honor and equal rights come from? How does one idea influence another??
Novelist PlusLooking for something good to read? Find a new favorite author. Contains fiction and non-fiction books for all ages as well as special features for book discussion groups and educators
Novelist Plus K-8 PlusIf you are in elementary or middle school and are looking for new books to read, try this database. It includes fiction and non-fiction titles that you'll enjoy reading. It also includes lists of books that have won awards, author biographies and book discussion guides
Pop Culture UniverseIcons Idols Ideas : People, Movies, Music 1920s to date. Search by decade or topic : sports, news, inventions, clothing. Includes 6000 images, 307 reference books and 17,000 encyclopedia entries
ProquestAccess to thousands of current periodicals and newspapers including full text of some Washington Newspapers including the "Seattle Times," as well as the "New York Times" and the "Wall Street Journal".
Reference USA Business and residential directory for 12 million U.S. businesses, 1.3 million Canadian businesses and 102 million U.S. residents.
SIRS DiscovererAn award-winning general reference resource for beginning learners and researchers in grades 1-9. Includes magazine and newspaper articles, recommended web sites for students, images, maps and supplemental curriculum and learning materials.
Starfall A free public service to teach children to read with phonics.
Tumble Books Library TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love.
Washington Legal FormsLegal form templates available for Washington State. Includes forms for Power of Attorney, Real Estate, Landlord/Tenant, Probate. Remote access available
World Book Excellent general encyclopedia for all ages
World Book enciclopedia estudiantil hallazgos en lineaEnciclopedia general en español publicada por World Book
Yakima Herald Republic Search the Yakima Herald Republic from 1997 to date. Full-text articles available for printing.