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Alaska Digital Library

Download Audiobooks, and eBooks through Getting Started & Help on Downloadables page.

Alaska Polar and Periodical Index (APPI)

A localized index for Alaskan newspapers, magazines, journals and newsletter articles and the polar regions. Citations only. [Date Range: 1890 - Current]


New site, Alaska Library Network version of WorldCat.

ALNcat / WorldCat

Sources for interlibrary loans.

America's News

Find information on topics related to business, current events, the environment, government, politics and more including newspapers, blogs, videos and web-only content featuring the Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage Press, Arctic Warrior, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Juneau Empire, Kodiak Daily Mirror, Peninsula Clarion, Seattle Times, USA Today and more (powered by NewsBank). Learn how to use it with this tutorial.

Find A Topic offers access to hundreds of topics organized by category and is included with America’s News. Start by clicking on a category and a topic. Categories include business, education, the environment, health, international issues, jobs and careers, leisure activities (book reviews), people, politics and government, social issues, sports and technology.

NEW Find A Topic Video

America’s News ‘Create a Personal Account’ Video to save your activity—including articles, searches and viewing history—as well as create email alerts.

Ancestry. Library Edition

No Remote Access.

Auto Repair Reference Center

Includes most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with more than 37,000 vehicles from 1954 to present.

Alaska Driving Manuals and Practice Tests

Free practice tests for car, motorcycle and CDL licenses, as well as handbooks and information about getting a permit or driver's license in the state of Alaska.


Biography Reference Center

more than 461,000 full-text biographies.


With over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12, BrainPOP covers science, social studies, English, math, engineering, technology, health, arts, and music.

BrainPOP Español

Las películas animadas de BrainPOP en Español apoyan a maestros y estudiantes de primaria y secundaria de la manera más divertida.

BrainPOP Junior

Animated fun for kids K-3 about science, writing, social studies, health, reading, and math. Each animated movie has leveled quizzes, games, and activities.

Business Info Search - Specialized

Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles. Library card required.


Free automatic bibliography maker. Build a works cited page in a variety of accepted styles.


Consumer Health Complete

Health articles for the average person, includes drug index and reports.

Create the Right Resume

A selection of resumes to save you time and energy so you can focus on what really matters—getting the job! Provided by Start Here Anchorage.


Digital Pipeline

home page - resources for Alaskan residents

Dun & Bradstreet Million Dollar Database

is now called Mergent Intellect - see more below about this powerful database.


Learn over 30 languages with this free, interactive app.

Digital Public Library of America

Photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents--shared by America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions--all free and immediately available in digital format.



Free automatic bibliography maker. Build a works cited page in a variety of accepted styles.

EBSCO Book Collection

Nonficiton holds 4,200 fulltext nonfiction titles, including biographies.

Ebsco Host

Includes about 30 databases containing citations and full text publications in a variety of subject areas across magazines, newspapers, and journals. And EBSCOhost Mobile for users with mobile devices.

Email How-To

Step-by-step instructions on how to set up an email account, provided by Start Here Anchorage.



Free music & video downloads. Getting Started & Help.


Gale Virtual Reference Center

Gale Encyclopedia of Law and Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer

Get Your Identification

Step-by-step instructions for how to get valid IDs, such as passports, Tribal IDs and birth certificates.


Heritage Quest

Census records, family histories.

hoopla digital

Stream movies and TV shows, download audiobooks, eBooks, comics and music. 

History Reference Center

A full text history reference database for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research.



Job Search Help

A complete guide for everything you need for your job search, such as setting up email and getting childcare assistance.

Job Interview Clothes

Tips for how to get cheap or free clothes for job interviews by Start Here Anchorage.


Listen Alaska

See Alaska Digital Library above

Live Homework Help

at - provides live one-to-one every day from 12:00pm to 2:00am Alaska Standard Time (from basic math to AP Physics)

A library of the best video tutorials on the web for learning software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals.



Language Learning Center includes 72 languages taught through interactive lessons and movies. Specialty courses and kids lessons also available. View a Mango app YouTube tutorial (approx. 4 minutes) for more information.

Mergent Intellect

(Basic) - Previously known as Dunn & Bradstreet Million Dollar Database it has over 70 million US private businesses, 3.5 million Canadian private businesses, over 6500 U.S. public companies, complete North American family tree details, over 12 million home based businesses, over 20 million employers in the U.S., over 400,000 employers in Canada, Veterans job search database, over 250 million North America residents, over 30 million businesses, over 245 million global private businesses and global corporate family tree details.


Investment research



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Find fiction books based on interests and author readalikes.


The Oxford Reference Collection

More than 100 Oxford reference titles with over 50,000 entries on topics from history to physics.


Points of View

Resources that present multiple sides of an issue.

ProQuest Digital Microfilm

Digitized images of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal from 2008 to the present. There may be a six week lag time before issues are available. 


SLED: A to Z Databases

SLED, the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway, is an easy-to-use website that connects people to high quality Alaska information.

Small Business Reference Center

A comprehensive resource for small business owners and those interested in starting a business, offering full-text periodicals and reports, sample business plans, U.S. tax forms, videos and reference books. It supports small business owners in all relevant areas from planning, financing and managing a business to exit strategies. Users also have the ability to search within specific ‘Business Topics’ and ‘Business Types’ relevant to their needs. 

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Contains the full set of small engine repair manuals from Clymer for ATVs, generators, boats, snow machines and more.

Sesame Street eBook World

You have access to your favorite Sesame Street characters — Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and more! These kid-approved Sesame Street stories are available in eBooks, audiobooks, and interactive books with lots of parent tips to help you encourage early literacy.


Testing and Educational Reference Center

Find colleges, graduate schools, career resources, resume building and test preparation materials.


These aren’t just eBooks, this is an online learning portal. Read along with picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, and non-fiction. Take interactive quizzes on the books, play learning games, and explore some of your favorite literature in a new way.'s Skills Center Resource Library

Tutors available from 1pm-Midnight Alaska Standard Time, and the 'Career Resource Library' is open 24/7! Links to Alaska open jobs, resume and cover letter templates, interview guidelines and much more for job seekers. For one on one virtual assistance with your job search, click on "Live Homework Help." Under topic, choose "Job Help."


Value Line

No Remote Access.  Investment research.


World Book Encyclopedia

Full access to the World Book Encyclopedia suite of online learning tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, games, eBooks, maps, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites.

World Book Video Tutorials

Collection of video tutorials to help familiarize World Book Encyclopedia users with the resources.


Sources for interlibrary loans.