Connect & Learn Databases

TexShare Databases

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TexShare Databases include the following databases: 

  • Explora, a research database for Elementary & High School students
  • Small Business Reference Center, from business area information to forms
  • Pronunciator, a language learning tool
  • Small Engine Repair Database, for ATVs, motorcycles, boats, and more
  • Gale Legal Forms, legal forms by state or type
  • Heritage Quest, a genealogy tool with billions of records at your disposal
  • And many, many more

Stop by your Lake Dallas Public Library to get the username and password. No card necessary.

Learning Express

Learning Express

In today’s global economy emphasizing 21st Century skills, career-based knowledge and ongoing professional improvement is critical to succeeding in the workplace and in life. LearningExpress Library’s unique, interactive online learning platform provides patrons with the most comprehensive selection of career-oriented and academic resources available to help with job preparation, career advancement, career changes, and re-entry into the workforce.

Driving Practice Tests

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DMV

These practice tests are good for the learner license test, driver’s license test and the senior citizens’ refresher test. Practice tests for cars, motorcycles, and your CDL. Tests are available in English and Spanish. Handbooks and TX DMV FAQs are also available for free. 

These 16 practice examinations are based upon the 2018 Texas Driver Handbook. Each practice exam provides a grade at the end, as well as a link to the online 2018 Texas Driver Handbook. 

Ancestry

  • Family Search 
    Search from many databases of records from around the world, including many provided from the National Archives. This website is a project of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).
  • Castle Garden
    Created by the Battery Conservancy from records at NARA, this free online searchable database contains entries for 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Searchable by passenger name, the database provides information including age, sex, literacy, occupation, country of origin, port of embarkation, date of arrival into New York, and ship name. From 1855 - 1890, Castle Garden was America's first official immigration center.
  • Ellis Island
    Ellis Island has an online searchable database using records from NARA, (created by the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation), of 22.5 million arrivals to New York between 1892 - 1924. Registration is required but free, and you can view scanned images of actual passenger manifests. You can also purchase copies through the site. Over 20 million immigrants passed through the Port of New York at Ellis Island from 1892 - 1924.
  • Passenger Lists 
    Electronic records at NARA relating to immigrants to America from Germany (1850-1897), Russia (1834-1897), Ireland (1846-1851), and Italy (1855-1900). The National Archives offers the AAD database as a free public resource and it can be accessed from anywhere.

Art

  • Digital Public Library of America
    "DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science."
  • National Public Library
    Contains information on 60,574 works from the National (UK) Portrait Gallery's collection of over 320,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, and photographs

Business

  • Thomas Net
    Thomas Net is a Business to Business website that connects businesses, provides business insights, and assists with marketing. 
  • Trade Stats Express
    Get the latest annual and quarterly trade data with customized outputs for visualization and analysis.  

Dissertations

  • PQDT Open
    Find open access dissertations and theses. 
  • EBSCOhost
    American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933 - 1955. 
  • NDLTD
    Search over 4,000 electronic theses and dissertations. 

Education

  • CREDO (Ask staff for login information) 
    Credo is aneasy-to-use tool for research, homework, and other reference needs. Gatherbackground information on your topic from over one thousand full-textencyclopedias and subject handbooks, as well as 500,000+ images and audio filesand over 1,000 videos.
  • History Matters
    Designed for high school and college teachers and students,
    History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers
    other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.
  • ERIC
    The ERIC online system provides the public with a centralized ERIC Web site for searching the ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966. More than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based services only, are now available for free.
  • Library of Congress
    Utilize databases from the Library of Congress that cover information from the arts and humanities to science and technology. 
  • MERLOT  
    Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare
    Search for college class materials available free online.

Texas

  • Handbook of Texas
    Created and maintained by the Texas State Historical Association, the Handbook of Texas is a digital gateway to Texas' history. 
  • Portal to Texas History
    A gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas. 
  • Texas.gov
    From birth certificates to vehicle registration and driver license renewal, Texas.gov has all of the information you need to live and thrive in Texas. 
  • TRAIL
    The Texas Records and Information Locator (TRAIL) service provides access to Texas state government information contained in electronic publications. TRAIL facilitates ready access to the information for Texas citizens and other users.