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Livingston Parish Library has access to a wide variety of databases that can help you find more information on what you’re looking for. Use the links below to navigate through our databases by research subject. You can view an alphabetical list of our databases here.

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General Research

Driving Tests

Free DMV Permit Practice tests for Cars, Motorcycles, and CDLs.

Available in-library and from home.

EBSCOHost

Offers a wide variety of databases on nearly every research topics for middle, high, and college students. Contains information from reference books, scholarly journals, and popular magazines.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Hobby & Craft Reference Center

A searchable database with a wide range of projects, crafts and games.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Louisiana Digital Library

An online library of over 144,000 digital materials about Louisiana’s history, culture, places, and people.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Louisiana Library Connection Databases

All Louisiana residents have access to a wide variety of online research resources with their library card as part of the State Library’s Louisiana Library Connection Databases. To connect to these resources from home, be sure to have your library card number handy and choose “Livingston Parish Library.”

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. The library offers free access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. The company also provides German, French and Spanish language content under the video2brain brand name. Logging in and watching videos is free and Lynda.com can be used in the library, at home and on multiple devices.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

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Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library offers you an online collection of premier reference eBooks. You can search a single eBook, within a Subject, or across your library’s entire eBook collection.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

World Book Web

The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. The following databases are available through World Book Web.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Auto and Home Repair

Auto Repair Reference Center

This database contains do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added to the product on a regular basis. All of the content has been created by ASE certified technicians.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Home Improvement Reference Center

EBSCO’s Home Improvement Reference Center is designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance and remodeling projects. Step-by-step instructions for thousands of projects in the areas of plumbing, outdoor, woodworking, electrical and decorating are provided in high-quality PDF files. Additionally, thousands of articles from magazines and reference books provide tips and suggestions to supplement the step-by-step instructions.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Biographies

Biography Reference Center

EBSCO’s comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies, including the complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Book Reviews

Novelist K-8

NoveList K-8 Plus is a database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

NoveList Plus

A comprehensive readers’ advisory resource that provides a database of fiction and nonfiction for library patrons. Users can search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles, and also retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Business

ReferenceUSA

ReferenceUSA is the leading provider in business and consumer research. Small business owners and entrepreneurs can take advantage of this service to conduct powerful market research on both businesses and consumers while job seekers can use the service to research companies they want to work for. ReferenceUSA includes U.S. Businesses, a database of 14 million U.S. businesses which contains verified, accurate data and is updated monthly, and U.S. Consumer/Lifestyles, a database used to conduct market research.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Small Business Reference Center

Provides up to date information on relevant topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business. The database contains nearly 400 full-text periodicals and over 450 full-text reference books.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Career Help and Continuing Education

Career Cruising

Career Cruising is an Internet-based career exploration and planning tool that can help you explore career and college options and develop a career plan.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Glassdoor

Glassdoor is a job and career resource with information on over 300,000 companies, including company salaries, reviews, and interview questions posted anonymously by employees themselves. Glassdoor also has a job search feature with listings and applications to over 15 million jobs.

Available in-library and from home through the Livingston Parish Library website.

Louisiana Jobs and Career Center

LAJaCC pulls together resources for those seeking new careers, changing jobs, needing a little extra help preparing for the job market, online one-on-one tutoring and access to free workforce development classes.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. The company also provides German, French and Spanish language content under the video2brain brand name. Logging in and watching videos is free and Lynda.com can be used in the library, at home and on multiple devices.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

State Civil Service Exams and Test Preparation

Here you will find a number of electronic resources and test preparation books that will help you prepare for a variety of civil service exams. All books are available from the State Library of Louisiana through interlibrary loan.

Available in-library and from home.

Universal Class

Over 540 continuing education courses for adults in such topics as exercise and fitness, entrepreneurship, arts and music, home and garden care, cooking, computers and technology, health and medicine, homeschooling, job assistance, law and legal, parenting and family, and pet and animal care.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

eContent

Cloud Library

Cloud Library’s simple interface, user-friendly design and vast collection makes checking out eBooks easier than ever before. Check out up to 5 eBooks at a time for up to 21 days each from any internet connected smart device, tablet or personal computer.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number and an internet connection.

Comics Plus

With Comics Plus you can access hundreds of graphic novels on-the-go. Simply log in with your library card number and browse the selection of eComics or use the search function to find something specific. Once you’ve selected a title you can view a preview of the comic or use the check out option to view the entire comic. Check out an unlimited number of titles at a time for up to seven days each!

Available in-library and from home with a library card number and an internet connection.

OneClickDigital

OneClickdigital is a service that allows you to download both eBooks and eAudiobooks for free. Supported by Recorded Books, the world’s largest independent publisher and distributor audiobooks, books on CD and eBooks, OneClickdigital has plenty to offer.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

TumbleBook

Online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.

TumbleBookCloud

An online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

TumbleBookCloudJr

A special edition of TumbleBookCloud designed specifically for elementary and middle school students.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

TumbleBook Biblioteca

TumbleBook’s online collection of animated, talking picture books in Spanish.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Health

MEDLINE

MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Teen Health and Wellness

Teen Health and Wellness provides middle and high school students with nonjudgmental, straightforward, standards-aligned, curricular and self-help support. Topics include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, green living, financial literacy, and more.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Homework and Test Help

ABCmouse.com For Libraries

ABCmouse.com for Libraries presents more than 5,000 individual learning activities, 650 lessons, and more than 300 online books to help children build a strong foundation in academics while also offering entertainment.

Available in-library only.

Homework Louisiana

Provides live online tutoring help for students as well as skills builder tests and exercises.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Khan Academy

Provides access to a video library containing over 3,200 videos covering K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Also includes interactive challenges, assessments, and teacher resources.

Available in-library and from home.

Learning Express

Comprehensive interactive learning site of tests, courses, and career preparation for students and adults.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. The company also provides German, French and Spanish language content under the video2brain brand name. Logging in and watching videos is free and Lynda.com can be used in the library, at home and on multiple devices.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Languages

Pronunciator

Pronunciator is a fun and easy way to learn any of 80 languages, including learning English as a Second Language.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Legal

Legal Information Reference Center

Provides online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books and contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. Many of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Legal Forms: Louisiana

Provides access to a large number of legal forms on a wide variety of topics. Whether you’re looking for legal documents for adoption, automobile bill of sale, wills, or another topic, Legal Forms: Louisiana may have the documents you need to get you started.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Louisiana Law Help

Louisiana Law Help provides referrals to local legal aid and public interest law offices, basic information about legal rights, self-help information, court information, links to social service agencies, and more. Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation administers Louisiana’s LawHelp Project, which is made possible by funding from Legal Services Corporation and the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Movies

InstantFlix: Powered by IndieFlix

This streaming movie service provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries. With thousands of films to choose from across more than 50 countries, InstantFlix offers a viewing experience you can’t get anywhere else.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Music

ArtistWorks

ArtistWorks for Libraries provides patrons with world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals. ArtistWorks for Libraries offers users everything they need for musical and artistic instruction, from introduction to advanced performance. Students now have access to this kind of instruction, regardless of reductions/eliminations of school music programs and without the high cost of private instruction.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

News and Periodicals

Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project (DLNP)

LSU Libraries is proud to present the Digitizing Louisiana Newspaper Project (DLNP), which offers 78 titles from the state of Louisiana published between 1836 through 1922 — a total of 211,500 pages.

General OneFile

General OneFile is a one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. General OneFile currently contains over 125 million articles.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.

Louisiana Digital Libraries Newspaper Collection

The Louisiana Digital Libraries Newspaper Collection offers digitized, searchable newspaper resources including a collection of papers from the Antebellum Period, selected Louisiana newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Loyola University Maroon, and the Tiger Rag.

Zinio

Zinio, the world’s largest newsstand, offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from your library’s collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. View the full 2014 Zinio Title List here. Read step-by-step instructions on creating your Zinio account.

Available in-library and from home with a library card number.