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Automobiles

Auto Repair Source

Auto Repair Source
Auto Repair Source provides information on automobile service and repair information from every major manufacturer. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

SC DMV Practice Test
These practice tests will give you the best chance to pass your learner’s permit or driver’s license exam on the first try. Step-by-step instructions let you know everything that you need to do to get ready to head into the DMV.

Biography & Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition
Available inside the Library only
Search over 1.2 billion records in 7,500 databases including U.S. Census records (1790–1930) and UK Census records (1841–1901), plus sources for military, land, court, immigration, probate, vital records, and more. Includes some video, audio clips, and images.

 

Biography in Context

Biography in Context
Search for biographies of more than 340,000 notable people. This resource is beneficial for those in 6th-12th grade as well as those in college and beyond. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

HeritageQuest

HeritageQuest Online  (Access from Home)
This keyword searchable collection of genealogical materials can help with tracing family history and American culture. This resource includes the U.S. Census records (1790–1930), Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, and the LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

Business & Finance

AtoZ World Business

AtoZ World Business
This global resource provides 100 Country Business Guides covering over 115 topics each, plus 79 “trade tools” that range from Incoterms to letters of credit. Find the knowledge your business needs to succeed in global markets.

 

AtoZ Databases

AtoZdatabases
This premier job search, reference, and mailing list database includes 30 million business and executive profiles as well as information on 240 million residents. It is ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, and finding friends and relatives.

 

Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier
This business research database covers marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, banking, finance, and economics. It includes full text for more than 2,300 journals, including 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Company Profiles

Company Profiles
Access more than 10,000 comprehensive MarketLine profiles on the world’s most important companies. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Reference Center
Access up-to-date information on topics related to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Topics include: buying and selling a business, managing employees, writing business plans, understanding legal information, marketing, and more. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

Careers & Education

Learning Express Library

LearningExpress Library
This comprehensive collection of test-preparation tools, skill-building materials, and other career and life skills resources can assist elementary school learners through adults. The practice tests include ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, and more. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Tutor.com
This resource offers online tutoring, homework assistance, and test prep in Math, Science, and English. Includes test prep in ACT, SAT, and AP exams.

Children

ABC Mouse

ABCmouse.com
Available inside the Library only
Access interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities for young learners ages 2-8+. Available for free at Dorchester County Library branches, including on personal computers using library Wi-Fi.

 

Brain Pop Jr.

BrainPOP Jr.
Students in grades K-3 will learn from these animated, curricular movies, interactive quizzes, games, and activities that encourage them to ask questions and form their own ideas. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Britannica School

Britannica School
This encyclopedia resource offers easy-to-read articles and age-appropriate reference and learning materials for elementary school, middle school, and high school students. It also includes teacher resources. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Britannica Learning Zone

Britannica Learning Zone
This activity-centered learning environment supports classroom curriculum technology skills. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Britannica Escolar

Escolar (Spanish)
This Spanish elementary encyclopedia is designed for early readers of Spanish. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits
Students in K-5, teachers, and parents will find helpful articles, pictures, and reference information on all subjects. The resource also includes activities, recipes, experiments, poetry, and stories by children. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Study SC

StudySC
Access links to quality online content for South Carolina-related topics, including subjects in the South Carolina curriculum standards.

 

TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks Library
These animated talking picture books teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. The resource contains over 1,400 read-aloud storybooks, chapter books, graphic novels, songs, and National Geographic videos. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Tutor.com

Tutor.com
This resource offers online tutoring, homework assistance, and test prep in Math, Science, and English. Includes test prep in ACT, SAT, and AP exams.

Health & Medicine

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete
Access health content oriented to the needs of patients and designed to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. Includes more than 250 full-text health reference books and encyclopedias. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center

Health & Wellness Resource Center
This comprehensive consumer health resource includes authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues.

 

Merck Manuals

Merck Manuals
This medical information resource covers thousands of topics in all fields of medicine.

History & Geography

20th Century Historical Videos

20th Century Historical Videos
This collection of historical primary source videos offers coverage of the most significant people, events, and issues responsible for shaping the years 1893–1990. The videos are primarily for middle school students through adults, though many clips are suitable for grades K–6. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

AtoZ Maps Online

AtoZ Maps Online
The world’s most comprehensive collection of royalty-free downloadable maps can be used for school reports, school lesson plans, personal research project, and business reports. The resource offers more than 100,000 maps for non-commercial use.

 

AtoZ the USA

AtoZ the USA
This guide to the USA offers more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 states, 5 US territories, and the District of Columbia. Topics include people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society.

 

AtoZ World Travel

AtoZ World Travel
This comprehensive travel resource offers information about world history, cultures, languages, foods, religions, and much more. It includes 175 Country Culture Guides covering over 60 topics each.

 

Global Road Warrior

Global Road Warrior
This extensive country-by-country resource contains information for learning about culture, customs, history, and language worldwide. It includes 175 Country Guides covering over 119 topics each.

 

History Reference Center

History Reference Center
This comprehensive U.S. and world history reference resource includes more than 1,990 full-text reference works, 150+ full-text history periodicals, historical documents, biographies, photos, and maps. This resource is helpful for middle school students through adults. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Tutor.com

Tutor.com
This resource offers online tutoring, homework assistance, and test prep in Math, Science, and English. Includes test prep in ACT, SAT, and AP exams.

Language & Learning

Lingo Lite

LingoLITE
Using images, text, and native speaker video, LingoLITE helps you learn vocabulary up to four times faster than other methods. The resource utilizes a library of 7,600 native speaker video clips to help you learn faster, easier, and better.

 

duolingo
Learn a language for free. Forever.

 

Tutor.com

Tutor.com
This resource offers online tutoring, homework assistance, and test prep in Math, Science, and English. Includes test prep in ACT, SAT, and AP exams.

Literature

Bloom's Literature

Bloom’s Literature
This comprehensive source for literary research on writer and their works contains information on more than 46,000 major and minor literary characters. Patrons can browse by literary time period, author type, literary genre, and nationality. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center
Access information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. The resource provides plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, book reviews, author interviews, and more. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Novelist K-8 Plus

NoveList K–8 Plus
This resource helps students find their next great fiction or nonfiction titles to read. The resource allows for search results to be sorted by popularity and/or Lexile reading levels. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus
The readers’ advisory product provides access to information on over 260,000 fiction and nonfiction titles and series. It includes author and title read-alikes, book discussion guides, reading lists, and more. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Tutor.com

Tutor.com
This resource offers online tutoring, homework assistance, and test prep in Math, Science, and English. Includes test prep in ACT, SAT, and AP exams.

Newspapers & Magazines

NewsBank

Access World News
Search for information on topics ranging from business, education, politics, social issues, and STEAM. The resource includes the Eagle-Record, The Post and Courier, The State, USA Today, and many more newspapers.

 

Chronicling America

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1789–1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690–present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

 

Newspaper Source Plus

Newspaper Source Plus
Access over 1,000 full-text newspapers including major titles such as USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Post. The resource includes television and radio news transcripts from ABC News, CBS News, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, NPR, and more. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

NewsWires

Newswires
This resource provides access to top worldwide news articles. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

Reference & Research

Britannica Library

Britannica Library
This encyclopedia resource offers access to articles, current magazines, recommended Web sites, an atlas, biographies, news, a pop-up dictionary, and a thesaurus. It offers access to three levels: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for high school students and adults. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Access to a database of contemporary social issues with content structured to promote critical-thinking skills and information literacy. The collection of more than 14,000 pro and con viewpoint essays is geared toward middle school students through adults. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center
This full-text database provides essays and articles that present multiple sides of current issues and is designed to offer the full scope of controversial subjects. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

PowerSearch

PowerSearch
This platform allows users to search multiple Gale databases at once. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

Science & Technology

Britannica School

Animal Kingdom
Discover facts about animals by group, by habitat, or by name. This resource has easy-to-read articles, videos, and photos with age-appropriate reference and learning materials. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center
This comprehensive full-text database contains science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, essays, and biographies of scientists. Provided by Discus-South Carolina’s Virtual Library.

 

Tutor.com

Tutor.com
This resource offers online tutoring, homework assistance, and test prep in Math, Science, and English. Includes test prep in ACT, SAT, and AP exams.