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St. Mary’s County Library and our partners license services and content from third-party vendors who have their own privacy policies and confidentiality practices. When you leave the library website, your interaction with these systems will be governed by their individual privacy policies. We have compiled links to the privacy statements for specific vendors so you can learn how your data is stored and used by them.
ABCmouseIN LIBRARY USE ONLY
ABCmouse.com teaches numbers, addition and subtraction, shapes, patterns, measurements, and more for ages 2-7.
Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History Online offers videos, primary sources, articles, images, timelines, and more about people, events, and topics of African-American history.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is an international non-governmental organization with a mission to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe as a diverse and inclusive astronomical community. To further support the Society’s mission and provide immediate access to important research, the AAS transitioned its entire journals portfolio to fully open access (OA) as of 1 January 2022. All content — past, present, and future — is immediately and openly accessible: anyone can read, download, and share anything in the portfolio and there will be no subscription fees or paywalls. Includes The Astronomical Journal (AJ), The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), The Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJL), The Astrophysical Journal Supplements Series (ApJS).
The American Bee Journal has the honor of being the oldest English language beekeeping publication in the world. Readership is concentrated among hobby and commercial beekeepers, bee supply dealers, queen breeders, package-bee shippers, honey packers, and entomologists. To access the resource, click one of the issue covers, then enter 16450-1133-46007 in the Coupon Code field (leave the Login and Password fields blank). Access to American Bee Journal is provided by the Association of Southern Maryland Beekeepers.
American Physical Society JournalsIN LIBRARY USE ONLY
In-Library only access to online journals of the American Physical Society. Includes The Physical Review journal collection of 16 leading peer-reviewed research journals, such as Physical Review Letters, Physical Review X, Physical Review, and Reviews of Modern Physics.
Ancestry Library EditionIN LIBRARY USE ONLY
Delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. U.S. collections deliver hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records. Military collections deliver over 150 million records containing information often not found elsewhere and includes records from the colonial to the Vietnam era.
Receive weekly book recommendations for readers of all ages, follow learning tips for children to make the most out of your reading experience, learn about library programs, and keep track of progress and achievements.
BookFlix® is a digital literacy resource that pairs more than 120 animated stories from Weston Woods with a best-selling nonfiction eBook from Scholastic on a similar subject. The fiction and nonfiction pairings are designed to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real world concepts.
Live, online homework help, writing labs, adult learning resources, and much more. Live help from tutors is available daily 1 - 11 p.m.
GED, citizenship, resume and cover letter help, and other resources for adults.
A Gale Virtual Reference Library eBook. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans.
The St. Mary’s Beacon, 1852-1921, is available online (with gaps) on the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America site. Because the paper operated under different names, there are three newspapers available: Saint Mary's beacon, St. Mary's beacon, and St. Mary's gazette.
Cisco Networking Academy is an IT skills and career building program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide. Curricula is offered to build the foundational and problem solving skills needed for careers in Digital Literacy, Business, Operating Systems (OS), General IT, Networking, Security, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Programming. Networking Academy offers a comprehensive learning experience that includes online curriculum, assessments, case studies, games, and simulations that are all delivered through the NetAcad.com cloud-based learning and collaboration platform.
Research thousands of products and services with test results, ratings, recommendations and buying guides. Consumer Reports is a nonprofit organization that provides unbiased reports on a variety of products to help you make better, more informed purchasing decisions.
Creativebug is the number one inspirational resource for DIY, crafters and makers, with thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
Provides online access to over 5,000 digitized items important to Maryland history, including historical maps, artwork, photographs, and manuscripts.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. Find primary source sets, online exhibitions, genealogy resources, and more.
Free Maryland MVA permit practice tests.
A Gale Virtual Reference eBook. 200 articles covering important statutes, cases, and various state and federal laws and regulations.
How-to information that entrepreneurs can apply to their own businesses.
Collection of scholarly journals and general interest titles that covers everything from art and literature to economics and the sciences.
Books and Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres, and topics. Watch a video tutorial about using Gale Books and Authors.
A general-interest periodical resource allowing users to find the information they want quickly, with intuitive searching that ensures they tap into quality sources.
Provides authoritative, age-appropriate, curriculum-aligned digital content covering a broad range of educational topics including Animals, Arts, Geography Literature, Social Studies, Technology, and more. With a modern design and simple navigation, Gale in Context: Elementary makes it easy for young users to explore content and gain comfort with database searching. Learn how to use Gale In Context: Elementary to discover cool facts and learn about interesting topics. View a video about finding reliable sources in Gale in Context: Elementary.
Resource for papers, projects, and presentations that empowers the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills with content aligned to national and state curriculum standards.
Created specifically for middle schoolers, this database combines reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more.
Gale Legal Forms offers a wide selection of essential state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms that may be customized for the most common legal procedures. These forms are used by attorneys and law firms. Includes real estate contracts, wills, premarital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant, and many others.
A comprehensive business resource for the undergraduate researcher seeking company news, the public library patron making personal investment decisions, or the high school student looking to major in business administration, Business Collection provides full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice.
A must-have for social science, history and liberal arts coursework, the Diversity Studies Collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in the global community.
Journal and magazine articles focused on economics and related fields.
Provides periodical and journal articles on multiple levels of education from preschool to college, and every educational specialty—such as technology, bilingual education, health education, testing, administration and more.
Provides access to academic journals and magazines perfect for both business school students and entrepreneurs. The database offers content that includes insights, tips, strategies, and success stories.
The Environmental Studies & Policy Collection is a digital resource that answers inquiries about environmental concerns with coverage of more than 5.4 million articles from more than 300 journals and book reference content from Delmar, including Soil, Science, and Management; Introduction to Agronomy; Food, Crops, & Environment; Fundamental Soil Science; and more.
Gardening, Landscape & Horticulture Collection serves horticultural enthusiasts of all levels with more than 3.6 million articles from more than 100 journals, as well as more than 20 reference titles from Delmar, including Handbook of Flowers; Foliage and Creative Design; Computer Graphics for Landscape Architects; and more.
Provides access to titles covering topics including architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and others. The database offers content that meets the needs of hobbyists and professionals alike.
Provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio, and TV broadcasts and transcripts. Includes full-text access for The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and more.
Provides access to scholarly journals and magazines covering the latest scientific developments. Key subjects covered by the database include biological sciences, computing, engineering, and technology.
Provides access to scholarly journals and magazines useful to both novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers. The database offers balanced coverage of events in U.S. history and scholarly work being established in the field.
Vocations and Careers Collection provides access to journals and magazines that aid users in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career.
Provides access to scholarly journals and magazines useful to both novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers. The database offers balanced coverage of events in world history and scholarly work being established in the field.
Search thousands of college and graduate schools, identify scholarships, take practice tests, create resumes, and explore careers.
Electronic reference books covering business, history, law, science, and more.
eReference books relating to college, careers, and scholarships.
eReference books relating to American and world history. Includes primary source resources.
eReference books relating to health and medicine.
eReference books on the sciences, including chemistry, earth science, and more.
Guide to Indigenous Maryland is a multi-faceted community engagement initiative of the Maryland State Library Agency and Maryland’s public libraries. Through the development and curation of educational resources, the project aims to teach Marylanders about the history of local Native and Indigenous peoples and how their heritage influences contemporary life in Maryland. Content for the app and website are based on crowdsourced contributions and recommendations from individual Native and Indigenous Marylanders, as well as tribal nations heritage organizations, in collaboration with Maryland’s public libraries and the project curator Dr. Elizabeth Rule, Assistant Professor, American University.
Genealogies, local histories, primary source materials, serials, and census data.
Instantly borrow up to 5 free digital movies and TV shows, eBooks, comics, music, and eAudiobooks per month. See our Streaming Movies and Music page for more information about using hoopla digital.
Learn business, creative, and technology skills to achieve your personal and professional goals! LinkedIn Learning utilizes a large video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Courses are available in English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese. Log in with your library card number and password. See more information about using LinkedIn Learning.
Instruction in foreign languages, including Arabic, Chinese, ESL, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and many more. See our Language Learning page for more information about using Mango Languages.
The Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library, the result of a bill that was passed into law, is the "first stop" information center that will provide Maryland residents, local public library staff, college and university librarians and other libraries in the state of Maryland with access to: online resources on Deaf culture, a comprehensive electronic collection of Deaf resources, Deaf cultural programs, and training programs for library staff.
A Gale Virtual Reference Library eBook. An eReference book with test-taking tips, diagnostic tests, review, and five practice exams with answers.
Engage kids and young students to broaden their educational horizons with reputable, special, authoritative, and age-appropriate digital content that brings them the world in a way they have never seen before. National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, wildlife, culture, geography, archaeology, and space.
Millions of newspaper pages from around the world from 1753 to present.
Northstar is a free, digital literacy program to teach basic computer skills and tools to thrive online. Online, self-guided modules assess the ability of individuals to perform tasks based on these skills. Included in Northstar are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in three main areas: Essential Computer Skills, Essential Software Skills, Using Technology in Daily Life.
A guide to popular fiction titles for young readers; a great source for series, read-alikes, and topic lists.
An electronic readers’ advisory tool and source for series, read-alikes, and book discussion guides.
Offers thousands of downloadable audiobooks, eBooks, and magazines. See our OverDrive/Libby page for more information about using this service.
A website by Enoch Pratt Free Library providing information, links, and resources on a variety of subjects. NOTE: Each subject category includes links to "databases." The majority of these databases are only available with an Enoch Pratt Free Library card. Each category also includes links to websites and other information, which are available to all.
A Gale Virtual Reference Library eBook. An eReference book listing education-related financial aid opportunities.
A searchable database of: The Saint Mary’s Beacon: 1923 – 1984, with gaps; The Enterprise: 1952 – April 2020, with gaps; Southern Maryland News: August 2020 – 6 months ago; Patuxent Tester: 1948-1962; Naval Air Test Center and NAS Patuxent River command histories through 1952
The Washington Post (inside the Library)IN LIBRARY USE ONLY
Use this link if you are using the Library's computers or the Library WiFi on your own device. You will be directed to WashingtonPost.com. There should be no paywall and no registration prompt with onsite access. See more information about accessing The Washington Post through St. Mary's County Library.
Using your personal computer or device outside of the Library, use this link to reach a page with the following message: “Your library has provided you with complimentary access to WashingtonPost.com for the next 7 days. To access the site, sign in or create a free Washington Post account.” Register or login by entering an email address and password. Offsite access is available for seven days. On the eighth day, please return to this page and select the offsite access link again; this triggers a new seven day access period. You do not need to pay for an account. See more information about accessing The Washington Post through St. Mary's County Library.
The most widely used independent investment information service. Stock Screener Tool Tutorial
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