Reference Databases

TRL reference databases unlock a world of information from reliable, quality sources. Access full text magazines and newspapers, consumer research, auto repair manuals, and more using any device with an Internet connection.  You will need your library card number and PIN, unless you are in a Timberland Library. Don’t have a library card? Click here to sign up for one today.

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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.

Age of Learning's award-winning online curriculum for young children. (Available only on TRL devices in TRL Libraries.)

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.

The history and culture of African Americans and the greater Black Diaspora.

U.S. and international news, business, entertainment, sports, and science.

Current events in American politics & public policy from grassroots activism to the White House.

Coverage begins with the exploration of the New World by Europeans to the present.

The histories and contemporary cultures of the indigenous peoples of the United States.

Genealogy information, US Immigration records, SSDI, and Census images. (Available in TRL Libraries) (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.

Business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses.

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

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.

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

Learn to code by solving puzzles and creating games.

Consumer Reports magazine website with professional and user ratings.

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

Peoples, lands, customs and lifestyles from around the world.

Huge site with over 60,000 links in 120 categories, frequently updated.

Daily life for ordinary people in different cultures throughout history. 

We have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

Start Your FREE 2017 WA DOL Permit Practice Test Now! These practice tests are good for the permit test, driver’s license test and the senior citizens’ refresher test.

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

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

Sports injuries, women’s health, food and nutrition, midwifery, eye care and dentistry.

The largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. (Family Search now 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.

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

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

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

Washington State legal forms including real estate contracts, wills, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant & many others.

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

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

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

Grants from governments, commercial organizations, associations, & private foundations. (Tutorial)

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

A Completely revised and updated illustrated encyclopedia of animal life.

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

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. (Tutorial)

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

Controversial topics with pro & con essays, images & video files & primary documents.

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).

The history and culture of Latinos in the United States.

Test preparation guides and practice tests including the GED.

Full text of consumer legal reference books and legal forms. (Tutorial)

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. **Please note that 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. MOS certification testing is available at Aberdeen, Chehalis, Naselle, North Mason, and Tumwater Timberland libraries. 

Investment assistance for stocks and funds - education, research, portfolio evaluation. (Tutorial)

The MUZZY story is a captivating and entertaining way for kids to learn another language.

US news & local newspapers: Chinook Observer, Chronicle, Daily World, Olympian & Vidette.

Historical archives of international, national and local newspapers.

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

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

Daily newspaper serving Thurston County and the greater South Sound region, 1/1/2001 to the present.

eBooks, audiobooks and video for your computer, phone, tablet or iPod.

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

American and world popular culture, past and present.

Identification, research and pricing for art, antiques and collectibles.

A fun and free way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more.

Magazine and newspaper articles in all subject areas.

Magazine and newspaper articles, books, photographs and maps. (Tutorial)

Critical inquiry into the world of poetry, prose, and drama.

Diverse mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers.

Read popular magazines in full color and full text on your PC, tablet, or smart phone. (Tutorial

Information on U.S. businesses, U.S. households, and Canadian businesses. (Tutorial) site designed to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.

Historical, detailed maps of urban areas in Washington State.


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