High Plains Library District provides access to many online resources and services including encyclopedias, magazines, newspaper articles, medical and health information, business resources, and reference information on science, literature, math, the arts and education. These unique resources contain information not found using a search engine such as Google! These resources have been sourced, written, or reviewed by professionals, providing a wealth of free information on thousands of topics, for a variety of age levels. Many of our online resources can also be used from home, office or school with a valid library card and access to the Internet.
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A to Z Maps Online
A to Z Maps Online is the worlds largest subscription-based database of proprietary, royalty-free world, continent, country, and state maps. Included in the 4,000+ maps are: political maps, physical maps, outline maps, population maps, precipitation maps, climate maps, and other thematic maps. New maps are added to the collection every month.
ABC-CLIO: Social Studies Databases
History and social studies databases.
United States Geography
United States at War
Issues: Understanding Controversy & Society
Academic Search Premier
Access full text articles from thousands of publications, 3,600 peer-reviewed journals. PDF backfiles to 1975 available for over 100 journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.
AllData is a powerful, easy-to-use, comprehensive, online auto repair resource with information for models back to 1982. The information is unedited and updated regularly.
No Remote Access - Library Use Only
Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry provides access to census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.
No Remote Access - Library Use Only
AutoMate provides accurate and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.
Biography In Context
Nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. Curriculum-aligned resource that offers media-rich content in context that's updated daily to meet the needs of today’s user. Over 600,000 biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals. 50,000 new or updated bios added annually in addition to daily updates to account for awards and events. Integrated reference material, periodical information and multimedia content.
Business Source Premier
Coverage includes many subject areas related to business.
Provides full text for nearly 8,200 serials dating back to 1965 and searchable cited references back as far as 1998. This database is updated on a daily basis.
Career Cruising is an web based career exploration and planning tool. What's included:
- career profiles with multimedia interviews and a PhotoFile
- additional military career profiles
- industry profiles
- an interest assessment tool with a skills assessment
- a learning styles inventory
- access to college and university information
- personal portfolio tool
- an employment guide
- a job search aggregator tool
CBTClips are short, computer training videos that provide step-by-step instructions for Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook,Windows and much more. Use these tutorials for just-in-time training on specific tasks or customize your learning experience by working through the different applications.
Colorado Grants Guide Online
Fundraising resource for nonprofit and community-based organizations in Colorado. Contains hundreds of profiles on: local foundations and trusts; corporations; government agencies; and religious organizations that support Colorado nonprofit organizations.
No Remote Access - Library Use Only
Consumer Reports Online
Easy to search Website version.
Ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services in categories including appliances, cars, electronics and computers, home and garden, health and fitness, babies and kids, food, personal finance, and travel.
Aggregating the world's open access research papers.
CORE's mission is to aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public. CORE helps facilitate free unrestricted access to research for all.
Demographics Now provides resources on demographics and more.
-Demographics Now serves a variety of needs and may be used by a variety of patrons – from small business owners, entrepreneurs and sales people to jobseekers, students, community leaders and non-profit organizations.
-Entrepreneurs can use it to create a business plan or to do a location analysis.
-Small business owners can rely on it to identify competitors in their area or help relocate their business.
-Marketing and sales people can develop targeted, accurate customer leads and mailing lists for campaigns.
-Students can research companies and regions for assignments.
-Jobseekers can find information on a company before a job interview.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Database of open access journals covering all scientific and scholarly subjects. Primarily used to identify open access journal titles and forty percent of them are searchable at the article level. Journals can be browsed by title or by broad subject area. Articles are searchable by article author or title, ISSN, journal title, abstract, or key words. Full-text is not searchable but is fully accessible. To be included in the DOAJ, journals must use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access and must exercise peer-review or editorial quality control.
Search EBSCO’s leading research databases anytime and anywhere using EBSCO’s mobile access technology. EBSCOhost MOBILE is tailor-made for the smaller screens of mobile devices and provides the same user-friendly and easy-to-use search experience that is available with the full version.
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) Index
A guide to published and unpublished sources on thousands of educational topics, with information from RIE (Resources in Education) and CIJE (Current Index to Journals in Education).
The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the United States Department of Education.
ERIC provides access to 1.5 million bibliographic records (citations, abstracts, and other pertinent data) of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added every week.
Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
La Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos está organizada de modo que los estudiantes puedan encontrar información rápida y fácilmente. Pulse en la primera letra del título del artículo para ver el artículo.
Explora - High School & Middle School
Formerly: Student Research Center
Search databases by topic heading, make use of an online dictionary and encyclopedia, explore the top searches of the day, and even limit searches according to appropriate Lexile reading levels.
Browse the latest digital version issues of popular magazines. Easily browse magazines online from home via your desktop computer or on the go from any mobile device. Download your favorite magazines for offline reading anytime anywhere.
Foundation Directory Online
Access timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants. Search 80,000 foundations, corporate giving programs and grantmaking public charities, as well as 500,000 recently awarded grants.
No Remote Access - Library Use Only - designated workstations & WiFi access only
Please ask staff for assistance. Access only from the following locations:
Farr Regional - downtime profile & WiFi
Centennial Park - staff workstations & WiFi
Lincoln Park - downtime profile & WiFi
Carbon Valley - Database workstations & WiFi
Erie Community - downtime profile & WiFi
Riverside - downtime profile & WiFiEaton - downtime profile & WiFi
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Access up-to-date information on foundations that fund individual grantseekers. More than 6,200 entries in all. Records include detailed descriptions of approximately 2,000 programs which fund individual grantseekers.
No Remote Access - Library Use Only - designated workstations & WiFi access only
Foundation Maps is Foundation Center’s premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world. With millions of grants from 2006 to the present, innovative ways to visualize funding data, and the flexibility and precision to tailor research, Foundation Maps helps funders and nonprofits access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and strengthen their impact.
No remote access. Access available from Farr Library only.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Reference eBooks titles covering the following subject areas: Arts, Business, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation & World, Religion, and Science.
Information covering aspects of human impact to the environment. Scholarly, government and general-interest titles include content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
History Reference Center
Comprehensive, full text, history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, and undergraduate research. Features full text for 2,000 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Access information on popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities. Subject areas include arts & crafts; games & electronics; models; needlework; outdoors & nature; and scrapbooking & paper craft.
Hoopla is a digital service that provides access to hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more. Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you've borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started.
Test preparation program includes:
- Academic tests: GED, ACT, SAT, GRE, Advanced Placement and more.
- Civil Service: postal worker, EMT, firefighter, law enforcement.
- Military ASVAB
- Real Estate
Legal Information Reference Center
Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. Search over 12,800 state-specific legal forms–searchable by top subject areas including Adoption, Bankruptcy, Name Changes and more.
LexisNexis® Library Express is a powerful, Web-based research tool tailored for public libraries that delivers comprehensive news, business and legal information from over 10,000 of the most credible sources available.
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.
Literary Databases: Contemporary Authors/Literary Criticism
-Contemporary Authors: biographical and bibliographical information on modern authors.
-Contemporary Literary Criticism: critiques of contemporary works and authors.
Literary Reference Center
Information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Specifically designed for public libraries, secondary schools, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research.
Local Digitized History
The High Plains Library District's Local Digitized History collection is comprised of digital preservation partnership projects with museums and sights of historical interest within Weld County, an eclectic selection of homegrown HPLD content such as past newsletters & photographs, and HPLD’s very own Weldcast podcast.
Lynda.com is an online learning resource offering thousands of video courses in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Experts create and deliver all courses as well as provide supplemental materials like exercise files and relevant work samples.
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2. Select the "Organization" option on login screen
3. Enter Highplains.us in the Web Portal option field
4. Login with you barcode and PIN
Foreign language courses online
Learn to speak:
-English for Spanish, Polish and Brazilian Portuguese speakers.
MAS Ultra: School Edition
Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database provides full text for more than 700 popular general interest and current events publications with information dating as far back as 1975 for key magazines.
Mergent - D&B Key Business Ratios (KBR)
Access competitive benchmarking data; examine industry benchmarks compiled from D&B's database of public and private companies. Search data by SIC and NAIC code, line of business, asset range and year; review company filtering and user profiles; download and create industry and company reports.
Mergent - First Research
Contains industry reports with market analysis on more than 1000 top industry segments. Each report consists of key statistics and analysis on market and competitive landscape characteristics, operating conditions, business challenges, industry trends, current and historical industry growth, and more. Many reports also include a global industry analysis.
Mergent - Intellect
Database providing basic company facts on over 20 million North American companies and over 70 million global companies. Provides essentially the information as Hoovers Online using data from Hoovers and Dun & Bradstreet but with additional downloading capabilities.
Key features of Mergent Intellect include:
- location, estimated sales and number of employees, industries, and other basic data on companies
- exporting of up to 2,000 company records per download
- Dun & Bradstreet data including D-U-N-S identifier numbers and corporate "family tree" details
- executive contacts and biographies
Mergent - InvestorEdge
Research tool provides access to company documents and financial information for individual companies. Search corporate documents including annual reports, industry reports as well as Corporate Bond Reports; including, industry reports with sector level analysis covering current environment, industry profiles, performance, and market trends outlook.
Provides comprehensive company data for U.S. and International public companies. Includes histories, financial statements, business descriptions, properties, officers, directors, SEC filings, annual reports, institutional and insider holdings and subsidiaries.
Middle Search Plus
Provides full text for 140 popular magazines for middle and jr. high school research. Contains 84,074 biographies, 86,135 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flag of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Morningstar Investment Research Center is an all-inclusive investment research database. It features data and analysis on over 13,000 international and domestic stocks, 24,000 mutual funds, and more than 1300 exchange traded funds. Plus, the database boasts a comprehensive Help and Education Center, Portfolio X-Ray and robust screening tools.
MyHeritage includes birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete U.S. and U.K. censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 2 billion family tree profiles. MyHeritage Library Edition focuses on people-based records, which contain information about both everyday people and prominent individuals across societies and periods of time.
National Geographic Magazine Online, 1888-Present
Featuring the complete archive of the magazine to one month of the current print issue, National Geographic Magazine Online, 1888-Present, includes every article, all fully searchable through an intuitive interface.
News For You Online
News for You Online offers easy-to-read news stories that can help you learn to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. Seven new stories are posted each Wednesday, along with audio, exercises, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle, and a poll. Listen to each story in full or sentence-by-sentence.
No Remote Access - Library Use Only
Please ask library staff to enter the passcode to access full articles.
The electronic editions of record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers--all in one easy-to-search database. Each paper provides unique coverage of local and regional news, including companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and people in the community.
Newspaper Source Plus
Provides cover-to-cover full text for 149 national & international newspapers, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and more.
Access tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s. The Greeley Tribune is available from 1916-1977. Use the archive to view, save and print full-page newspapers from around the world.
Fiction and nonfiction readers' advisory resource. Search titles by author, title, or series. Find read-a-likes by author or plot description. Included are best book lists, book discussion guides, book talks, feature articles and author interviews.
Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a publication of the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The OOH includes information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, earnings, and job outlook for hundreds of different occupations. The OOH is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years.
Open Textbook Library
The Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.
Points of View Reference Center
Designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides 200 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).
Professional Development Collection
Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of more than 550 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports.
Project Gutenberg offers over tens of thousands of free ebooks. Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
Project Gutenberg carries high quality ebooks. Most Project Gutenberg ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. Project Gutenberg digitizes and proofreads all material with the help of thousands of volunteers.
Pronunciator has 50 language learning opportunities offering a range of language skills such as reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a structured, building-block approach. Each language segment includes 10,000 phrases; 354 hours of audio lessons; 10 types of interactive drills; and 6 types of scored quizzes.
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences
Database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.
ReferenceUSA provides access to over 45 million US Businesses and over 198 million US Historical Businesses. Information includes company name, address, phone, executive contact names, titles and bios, employee size (location and corporate), sales volume, SIC codes, NAICS codes, credit rating, square footage, location type, business type, company news, 10-K’s, Annual reports, and much more. Residential data includes information on over 271 million residents: name, address, phone, home value, income level, housing type, lifestyle information. Databases give users the ability to download, print, create customize charts, heat maps and summary reports.
Regional Business News
Comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
Resume Maker is an online resumé creation application. Resume Maker offers a step-by-step guide to creating your resume as well as a list of thousands of suggested phrases, several format styles, a web page publishing option and resume writing advice.
We recommend using Google Chrome browser for the best user experience.
One-time, in-library registration required for all new user accounts. Please see library staff for help.
Resume Maker accounts require a valid email address.
Safari Tech Books Select
Collection of over 500 technical/computer/electronic eBooks from the world's top publishers. Covers the top subjects in the area of popular IT subjects, ranging from desktop software to web design to digital photography.
Science Reference Center
Access science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, and more.
Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Online tool for small engine repair assistance, including: ATVs, commercial mowers, farm tractors, generators, motorcycles, marine, outdoor power equipment, PWC (personal watercraft/jet ski), snow-blowers, snowmobiles, tillers and other small engines.
Social Sciences Full Text
Covering the latest concepts, theories, and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences, including addiction studies, ethics, public welfare, urban studies and more.
Teen Health & Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers
Comprehensive database that allows teens (and those who care about teens) to research health-related issues important to their well-being. It’s both a research/report tool and a self-help resource.
Explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics. Contains full text for over 92,700 articles from more than 2,500 diverse sources, including more than 1,550 full text periodicals.
Animated, talking picture eBooks in a format kids will love. TumbleBooks transform existing picture books by adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book.
Very Short Introductions
The Very Short Introductions series (or VSI series) was originally a book series published by the Oxford University Press publishing.
Books in the series offer concise introductions to particular subjects, intended for a general audience but written by experts in the field. Individual titles range from 96 to 224 pages in length, with most between 120 and 180, and nearly all contain suggestions for further reading.
While authors may present personal viewpoints, the books are meant to be "balanced and complete" as well as thought provoking.
World Book (Home)
World Book Online Reference Center is a powerful reference tool for advanced researchers and information seekers. The site features thousands of e-books, tens of thousands of articles, and hundreds of thousands of primary source documents and features developed especially for public library patrons such as Computer and Web Tutorials, How To… documents, and Government Resources.
Links to all of HPLD's World Book products.
World Book Online For Kids
World Book Online Info Finder
World Book Online Reference Center
Spanish Language products:
Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
World Book Kids
World Book Online for Kids was developed especially for young public library patrons. The site offers easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities.