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World, continent, country, and state maps. Includes political, physical, population, climate, and more.

State, county & city information with maps, flags, photos & facts for US states & territories.

AtoZ World Food contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world.

Full-text local and regional news articles by the Daily World staff from 1-20-05 to the present.

Access point for all the NewsBank content - local papers (Chinook Observer, The Chronicle, Daily World, Olympian, Vidette), as well as other Washington State newspapers, including The Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune.  

U.S.magazines covering news, business, entertainment, sports, and science. Titles include Air & Space, The Atlatic, Mother Jones, National Review, Newsweek Popular Science, Smithsonian, and more. 

Genealogy information, US Immigration records, SSDI, and Census images. (available anywhere with your TRL library card number and PIN through December 31, 2021) (Ancestry Library Tutorial)

A Completely revised and updated illustrated encyclopedia of animal life.

Accelerated Reader book searches by author, readability level, point value, and topic.

Individual artists and groups active from 1990 to the present.

Online encyclopedia for all ages. Choose appropriate age level: Children, Young Adults or Reference Center. 

Business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses.

Interactive career guidance resource with in-depth profiles of careers, colleges and universities.

Learn about careers, prepare for an entrance or occupation exam.  Improve your job search and workplace skills. 

CareerOneStop is the flagship career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor. The website serves job seekers, businesses, students, and career advisors with a variety of free online tools, information and resources.

Local and regional news articles from the Centralia Chronicle, 10-31-2002 to the present.

Step-by-step instructions, pictures, and diagrams to help with vehicle maintenance and repair. (Chilton Tutorial)

Weekly newspaper for Washington's Long Beach peninsula, 8/5/2002 to the present.

Learn to code by solving puzzles and creating games.

Test preparation for ACT, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, AP Exams, TOEFL iBT. Includes tutorials, flash reviews, practice exams and ebooks. 

Consumer Reports magazine website with buying guides, professional reviews, and user ratings.(Consumer Reports Tutorial).

Biographical information on important figures in today's musical arena.

Creativebug offers thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.  **First time users: Follow the link on the library's website to verify that you are a TRL patron, then create an account at Creativebug with an email and password.  Apps are available via iTunes and Google Play.  Download your preferred app, then login with the email and password you created at the Creativebug website. (

Peoples, lands, customs and lifestyles from around the world. (Tutorial)

Huge site with over 60,000 links in 120 categories, frequently updated (free, no library card required).

DigitalLearn.org is a collection of self-directed tutorials to improve digital literacy. Courses cover basic skills, such as using a mouse & computer, navigating a web site, creating an email address and searching. Other courses include specific topics like applying for jobs online, using Microsoft Word, searching for quality health information and staying safe online. Modules are video-based with narration, 6 to 22 minutes long.

Free test preparation for WA DOL permit, driver, motorcycle and CDL tests.

Up-to-date information with historical and cultural background on about 150 ethnic groups.

The largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. (From The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, requires the creation of a free account to search and view records).

Find the graves of ancestors and thousands of famous people.

Characteristics of fish and marine life, species diversity, amphibians, & our relationship with aquatic life.

NEW  Quickly access articles from a database of scholarly journals and other trusted periodicals. Best for academic research.

NEW  Compare global economies, countries, and industries with in-depth analysis on over 400,000 companies.

NEW  Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Includes sample business plans, how to guides, articles, and more.

Searchable ebook directories: "National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations" and the "Encylopedia of Associations"

eBooks on travel, American history, culture, health, nations, states, law, and more. (Tutorial)

Major areas of science, engineering, technology, mathematics and the medical and health sciences.

NEW  Access general interest magazines and key serials in a single resource. Best for general research.

Information about medicine, medications, wellness, and alternative therapies.

Biographies, essays, critical analyses, and magazine and newspaper articles.

Created specifically for middle school student research, with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Categories cover a range of the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, U.S. and world history, literature, and many more.

More than 20,000 pro/con viewpoints and 19,000+ reference articles are included for today's hottest social issues.

Science experiments, biographies, illustrations and more.

NEW  Learn about animals, plants, music science, sports, and more.

Washington State legal forms including real estate contracts, wills, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant & many others. (Gale Legal Forms Tutorial)

Ebook collection featuring topics on diseases, mental health, drug use, and the human body. 

NEW  Una colección de revistas y revistas académicas en español y portugués de texto completo sobre América Latina. Busque temas como negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura y más. Full-text articles from Spanish-language magazines and journals.

175 country handbook for the International traveler, with a focus on business travel.

This free resource (no library card required) provides assisted resume writing, customizable templates, multiple download formats, and the ability to manage multiple resumes when you create a free account.  

Grants from governments, commercial organizations, associations, & private foundations.

A Completely revised and updated illustrated encyclopedia of animal life.

Genealogy books and serials, and Federal Census data.

Arts & crafts, collecting, games & electronics, models, needlework, scrapbooking & papercraft.

DIY help for outdoors, electrical projects, remodeling, plumbing, woodworking & decorating.

Stream over 30,000 indie and classic films. Users are allowed 5 plays per month. **Please note, per Kanopy's Terms of Service users must be 18 years old or over OR have the involvement of their parent or legal guardian to use Kanopy. Set up a personalized PIN to keep your kids inside Kanopy Kids.

Test preparation guides and practice tests including the GED, ASVAB, ACT, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and AP Exams. Build skills in math, language arts and science for elementary, middle school and high school. Resources for adults to improve math, writing, and grammar. Study to become a U.S. Citizen and find Recursos Para Hispanohablantes, including the GED in Espanol. (LearningExpress Library Tutorial)

Legacy Washington documents extraordinary stories in Washington history. This collaborative venture, spearheaded by Secretary of State Kim Wyman, relies on original sources at the Washington State Library, the Washington State Archives and heritage organizations across the state. The work of Legacy Washington can be found in libraries around the country and museums of Washington.

Full text of consumer legal reference books and legal forms.

LyndaLibrary is now Linkedin Learning for Library. See this FAQ for more details. Learn software, technology, creative, and business skills with over 16,000 courses and expanded language options. LiL is provided by the Washington State Library. See the apps page for LiL details.

Epics in literature, the literature of war, censorship and information on literary authors.

Detailed exploration of mammals, their skeletal structure, adaptive features, habitats, and relationship with humans.

The MIA learning site is no longer available. Follow the link to free learning materials from Microsoft covering Microsoft Office applications, computer science, data science and IT infrastructure hosted at the Washington State Library. 

Up-to-date investment news and reports for stocks and mutual funds. Easily print one page PDF stock and fund reports. Check out the Articles section for news and Help for monthly user webinars. For direct technical support email libraryservices@morningstar.com. URL updated 5/10/21 (Morningstar Tutorial)

Access articles from the New York Times (East Coast Late Edition, through ProQuest).  Full-text available June 1, 1980 - present.

US news & local newspapers: Chinook Observer, Chronicle, Daily World, Olympian & Vidette. (NewsBank Tutorial)

Historical archives of international, national and local newspapers.

Service hub at the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) from Northwest Digital Heritage, a partnership betwen Washington State Library, the Oregon Heritage Commission, and the State Library of Oregon.

Fiction and nonfiction titles specifically for grades K-8 with learning materials for readers and teachers. (Novelist Tutorial)

Readers' advisor covering fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages. Includes book club discussion guides. (Novelist Tutorial)

Search more than 15 years of Washington state history with the The Olympian Collection. Coverage from 2001 through today, including full-text, web-only content and full color image edition (8/9/18-current).

Read thousands of digital magazine titles and single topic issues.  Mobile access will be through the Libby app, either downloaded to your device or used in a web browser. (The rbdigital platform was retired on March 31, 2021).

eBooks, audiobooks, and video for your computer or mobile device. See the Stream & Download page for more set-up details. (OverDrive Tutorial)

Guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words.

ProCitizen (via the Pronunciator language learning site) will help you prepare for the Civics, Reading, and Writing portions of the Naturalization Test. Through a series of 100 informative videos, plus practice exercises and quizzes, you will learn everything you need to know to successfully pass the Naturalization Test.

Personalized courses in any of 160+ languages, instruction in 130+ home languages, ESL courses, an American Sign Language course, and a Mexican Sign Language video course. The Pronunciator app is written in responsive HTML5, and can be used in any browser, even the browser in your mobile device. (Pronunciator Tutorial)

Reference Solutions by Data Axle (formerly Reference USA) is a premiere source of business and residential information to locate people & businesses, conduct consumer research, create marketing plans, and search for jobs. You can download up to 250 records at a time.  Includes: U.S. Buisinesses, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. Standard White Pages, U.S. Historical Businesses, U.S. Jobs/Intership Postings, U.S. Healthcare, U.S. Consumers/Lifestyles, U.S. New Movers/Homeowners, Canadian Businesses, and Canadian White Pages.

Support homework and research assignments with age-appropriate, vetted sources. Explore topics, trends and current events that align with curricular areas such English, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Arts, History and more.

Ancestry.com site designed to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.

Sanborn maps are large-scale plans of a city or town, drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. They were created to assist fire insurance companies as they assessed the risk associated with insuring a particular property. The maps list street blocks and building numbers including numbers in use at the time the map was made and previous numbers. Includes cities and towns in Washington State.

Printable activities for math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and more. Download and print worksheets, lesson plans, learning games, puzzles, clip art, and skills sheets for grades pre-k to 8.