Connect & Learn Databases

Free ABDO Access Through June 

To ensure children get the books that will help them succeed, Midwest Books and ABDO are offering their eBooks and Databases free through the month of June. Check them out below. 

A to Z World Food

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A to Z World Food is a food culture and traditional recipes database.

Use your library card number to gain access to over 7,000 recipes from 174 countries, view over 14,000 color photos of food and drink recipes, and learn about ingredients as well as food, tea, wine, and beer culture from around the world! 

Driving Practice Tests

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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. 

Learning Express

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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.


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Stay up-to-date with access to full newspapers and articles from the Dallas Metro Area through Newsbank. 

To access these sources, click the links below or click on the image to the left and type in your library card number! 

America's News
Find information on topics related to business, education, government, health, jobs and careers, social issues, sports, STEM and more including newspapers, videos and web-only content featuring USA Today and more.

Dallas Metropolitan Collection

Denton Record-Chronicle Collection
Search more than 15 years of Denton County history with the Denton Record-Chronicle Collection. Coverage from 2004 through today, including full-text, web-only content and full color image edition.

For videos on how to use these resources, visit NewsBank's Video Tutorial Site here



Enjoy these free video classes from Tabletwise. Click on the image to the left to get started! 

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.


  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.  


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


  • 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.
  • Heinonline
    HeinOnline is a premier online database containing more than 173 million pages and 270,000 titles of historical and government documents in a fully searchable, image-based format. HeinOnline bridges an important research gap by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,700 law-related periodicals. In addition to its vast collection of academic journals, HeinOnline contains the entire Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, and entire databases dedicated to treaties, constitutions, case law, world trials, classic treatises, international trade, foreign relations, U.S. Presidents, and much more.
  • 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.

Senior Resources

  • Retirement Living
    Find resources for assisted living communities, memory care, nursing homes, home health care, active adult communities, independent living communities, and continuing care retirement communities.


  • Excel Easy
    Microsoft Excel is an important skill in many jobs. This online tutorial helps you become a master of the application with everything from Basics to Formulas. 
  • GCF Learn Free
    From interactive tutorials for learning Microsoft Office to guided lessons on Reading and Mathematics, this Goodwill Community Foundation website provides you with easy-to-follow lessons complete with videos, tests, and downloads.
  • Windows 10 Troubleshooting
    Learn how to troubleshoot issues with the Windows 10 operating system for free using this easy-to-follow online tutorial.


  • 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. 
    From birth certificates to vehicle registration and driver license renewal, has all of the information you need to live and thrive in Texas. 
    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.