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Ancestry Logo

Ancestry Library Edition covers the U.S. and the U.K., including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. Ancestry has a collection of more than 4,000 databases and 1.5 billion names.

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Auralog has been replaced with Mango Languages.

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Books in Print provides access to a comprehensive database of titles from over 165,000 publishers, distributors, wholesalers and book agents. Full-text reviews, full bibliographic information, and contact information for publishers are also provided for books, audios and videos. Also included is Bowker's Author Biography Database, which contains over 4,000 biographies on world authors and Bowker's Fiction Room.

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Demographics Now is a comprehensive tool that provides demographic data for prospective entrepreneurs, long-time business owners and students. Data includes income, housing, race, age, education, consumer expenditures and more.

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Ebsco databases include:

Click here for a full description of each database.

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FACTS.com brings together content from seven core reference databases to answer questions about events, issues, statistics and people of the last 20 years. Updated weekly, FACTS.com also delivers additional special features including maps, photographs, historic documents, and overviews of key issues, newsmakers and events since 1940. The seven databases included in FACTS.com are:
  • Facts On File World News Digest
  • Issues and Controversies On File
  • Today's Science On File
  • Editorials On File
  • Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia
  • Reuters On-Line News Service
  • The World Almanac and Book of Facts


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Gale Group databases include:
  • General OneFile (1980 - present)
    Millions of full-text articles, many with images 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. Updated daily.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.
  • General Reference Center Gold (1980 - present)
    A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
    A one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to websites.
  • Biography Resource Center
    Integrates Thomson Gale biographies with full-text magazine articles, images, and website links. Search for current or historic people by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, or by keyword and full text. The Marquis Who's WhoŽ module provides quick reference information on over 1 million additional people whose entries have appeared in more than 20 Marquis sources published from 1985 to the present.
  • Literature Resource Center - LRC, Scribner Writers Series Online, Twayne's Authors Online
    Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world, supplemented by the scholarly materials of the Scribner Writers Series and Twayne's World, U.S., and English Authors Series.
  • Scribner Writers Series
    Scribner Writer's Series includes 15-20 page signed essays on more than 1,600 authors and literary genres drawn from 13 acclaimed Scribner print series.
  • Twayne Authors Series
    Twayne World, US, and English Authors each contains the full text of 200 frequently used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, US, or English authors, for a total of 600 individual full-text titles.
  • Business and Company Resource Center
    Business and Company Resource Center is a fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.
  • Small Business Resource Center
    Small Business Resource Center offers complete small business management resources via a combination of periodicals and reference sources. Information found in the database can be used for conducting industry research, financial planning, marketing a product or franchising a business.
  • Legal Forms- Louisiana
    Provides a wide selection of Louisiana legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.



GrantSelect is an extensive online grants database that contains more than 10,000 funding opportunities provided by more than 4,000 sponsoring organizations. GrantSelect comprises ten customized segments: Arts and Humanities, Biomedical and Health Care, Children and Youth, Community Development, PreK-12 Grade and Adult Education, International Programs, Operating Grants for Nonprofit Organizations, Faith-Based Grants, Scholarships & Fellowships, and Special Populations.

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HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMIŽ Genealogy and Local History collection. The coverage reaches back to 1790 to present. The content includes some 7,922 family histories; 12,035 local histories and 258 primary sources (includes tax lists, city directories, probate records and more) for a total of 20,000 plus titles and growing. PERSI (Periodical Source Index) is also part of this collection as is the Freedman Bureau Records (has data on 70,000 plus depositors) and the American Revolutionary War Pension Application Indexes (identifies more then 80,000 pensioners).

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LearningExpressLibrary is a comprehensive, interactive online series of practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help patrons succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. Get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of test results.
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Mango Languages is an online learning language system that provides course instruction in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and ESL Spanish, ESL Polish and ESL Brazilian Portuguese.

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Newsbank provides full-text coverage of Louisiana, regional and national newspapers.


Newspaper Archive Logo

NewspaperARCHIVE contains tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s. It is a gateway to searching and reading historical newspapers online. View, save and print full-page newspapers from around the world.



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Note: You must download the Mathplayer plug-in available from the Practice Run site at www.spacesciencegroup.org/practicerun/ in order to take the sample tests.

Practice Run, designed and produced by the Space Science Group at Northwestern State University, helps students prepare for the math and science sections of the LEAP 21 and GEE 21 standardized tests. With over 1300 questions per grade level, Practice Run offers a unique opportunity for students to both enhance their test-taking abilities and gauge current areas of strength and weakness.



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ReferenceUSA contains detailed information on 14 million U.S. businesses, 250 million U.S. residents and 732,000 U.S. health care providers. Users can create a custom search by selecting multiple criteria from a variety of categories.

Simply Map Logo

SimplyMap enables non-technical users to quickly create professional quality thematic maps and reports using extensive demographic, business and marketing data.  Make informed personal and business related decisions.  Questions like “what are the social and demographic characteristics of my neighborhood?” and “where should I locate my retail store?” are quickly answered with SimplyMap.

  • Create Maps Using Thousands of Data Variables
  • Generate Custom Reports for any location in the USA
  • Export maps and reports to other programs including PDF, Word, Excel, ect. 


Teen Health & Wellness Logo

Developed for teens, Teen Health & Wellness provides students with comprehensive curricular support and self-help tools on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, and family life.

Worldbook Logo

World Book Online contains all the articles from the 22-volume print set plus Web links, links to periodical articles, pictures, maps, and videos.







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