Reference Database Results

The history and culture of African Americans and the greater Black Diaspora. (Access to this database ends December 31, 2019)

Current events in American politics & public policy from grassroots activism to the White House. (Access to this database ends December 31, 2019)

Coverage begins with the exploration of the New World by Europeans to the present. (Access to this database ends December 31, 2019)

The histories and contemporary cultures of the indigenous peoples of the United States. (Access to this database ends December 31, 2019)

Daily life for ordinary people in different cultures throughout history.  (Access to this database ends December 31, 2019)

Controversial topics with pro & con essays, images & video files & primary documents. (Access to this database ends December 31, 2019)

The history and culture of Latinos in the United States. (Access to this database ends December 31, 2019)

American and world popular culture, past and present. (Access to this database ends December 31, 2019)

Identification, research and pricing for art, antiques and collectibles. (Access to this database ends December 31, 2019)

A reader's guide to fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults.

The military conflicts that have defined our world from its beginning to today. (Access to this database ends December 31, 2019)

The geographical, political, social, economic, and cultural forces important in our world. (Access to this database ends December 31, 2019)

Global coverage of the ancient world through the year 1500 CE. (Access to this database ends December 31, 2019)

Worldwide events from 1500 CE to the present. Includes photographs, speeches and videos. (Access to this database ends December 31, 2019)

Religions from around the globe, from prehistory to the present. (Access to this database ends December 31, 2019)

A-Z List

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.

Business periodicals and newsletters focussing on trade or industry.

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. The additional WA content is part of a Washington State Newspaper collection trial funded by the Washington State Library through December 31, 2020. 

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 July 31, 2020) (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. 

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. 

Journals and magazines covering an enormous range of health subjects, from sports injuries to women's health, from food and nutrition to midwifery, from eye care to dentistry

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.

U.S. Department of State reports on political and economic conditions, religions, & history of selected countries of the world

NEW 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). 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.

Covers surgical procedures, medical tests, anesthetics, medications and postoperative care.

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.

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.

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.

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

Information on AIDs, Alcoholism, Allergies, Alzheimer's Disease, Cancer, Diabetes and more.

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.  

This database lists foundations that provide a wide range of funding support for individuals. (In library use only)

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

Grants, deadlines & funder profiles. Available on Internet computers in Aberdeen, Centralia, Hoquiam, Ilwaco, Lacey, Naselle, Ocean Park, Olympia, Packwood & Shelton.  Does not work on catalog computers.

A Completely revised and updated illustrated encyclopedia of animal life.

Genealogy books and serials, and Federal Census data.

A collection of primary and secondary sources on global history from ancient times to the present day.

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

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

This guided research page contains links to CultureGrams, eLibrary, History Study Center, ProQuest, ProQuest Learning: Literature, and SIRS Discoverer. 

*FREE RESOURCE*  With JLG Gold Standard eBooks for Elementary, Middle School and High school students, Junior Library Guild Digital gives you unlimited access to read books online from any device. Titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available.

Stream over 30,000 indie and classic films. Users are allowed 5 plays per month. Films come with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and can be streamed in public as long as viewing isn’t for commercial profit (i.e. no admission costs or profit made from the streaming).

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.

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

Learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. is provided by the Washington State Library. ( Tutorial)  **Please note: If you change your library card number you will lose access to your saved playlists and certificates under your previous library card account.**

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. 

Investment assistance for stocks and funds - education, research, portfolio evaluation.  (Morningstar Tutorial)    2/11/20 Technical Issue Update:  We apologize for the continued inconvenience of the malfunctioning search box and slow load times of results and pages. Morningstar is still trying to fix both issues, but has no time frame for resolution. The search box workaround: navigate to another page (beyond the landing page), do your search, and it should work.