Provides 330,000 full length biographies on more than 220,000 people. Artists, religious leaders, newsmakers and scientists are among the biographies found in this service.

Access over forty Dorling Kindersley (DK) titles for kids through Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). Do an advanced search by Publication Title for the name of the DK book you're interested in. DK titles in GVRL include: Amphibian, Arctic and Antarctic, Arms & Armour, Astronomy, Bird, Butterfly, Castle, Crystal & Gem, Desert, Dinosaur, Early Humans, Explorer, Fish, Flying Machine, Fossil, Horse, Hurricane, Insect, Invention, Knight, Mammal, Mythology, North American Indian, Ocean, Olympic Games, Pirate, Plant, Pond & River, Reptile, Rock & Mineral, Seashore, Shark, Shipwreck, Skeleton, Space Exploration, The Civil War, The Future, The Human Body, The Jungle, Titanic, Tree, Viking, Volcano, Weather, Whale, World War I, World War II


Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a full-text online reference service including over three million entries from titles by the world's best reference publishers. Find information in dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, multi-lingual references, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare and law to literature. Available for use only at Cedar Mill and Cedar Mill Bethany Libraries.



Learn about the history, customs, and everyday life of countries around the world. Three editions: World Edition features concise, reliable, and up-to-date reports on 190 countries; Kids Edition features a colorful collection of 68 country reports perfect for school projects and homework assignments; States Edition offers kid-friendly reports on all 50 states. Switch between editions with a simple click.

Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Search a collection of dozens of online reference books for adults and kids. Find reliable, authoritative information in the fields of history, social sciences, government & law, religion, science & technology, biography, and literature.



Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources.  A new, authoritative online resource that focuses on the academic study of sustainability and the environment. It allows users to navigate issue, organization, and country portals and provides news, video, primary source documents, interactive maps, refereed case studies, and more in research categories such as energy systems, healthcare, food, and green collar jobs.

Provides high-school students with access to a variety of full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on topics most important to their curriculum including: current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.


Kids InfoBits

For students in kindergarten through grade five. Includes more than 100 full-text, age-appropriate magazines, more than 6,400 searchable, indexed images, Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary and 1,200 maps, flags and seals and over 1,700 colorful charts and graphs. Subject categories include animals, arts and entertainment, geography, health, history and social studies, inventions and technology, plants, people, science and math, sports, stories and literature, and transportation.

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library helps you boost your skills for success in your education and your career. It provides tutorials, practice tests and e-books to help you prepare for GED or college prep exams, and improve your reading, writing and arithmetic skills at many levels. Study for the US citizenship exam, or prepare for various career exams such as CDL, ASVAB, and more. You can also learn how to use your Windows or Mac computer, along with Microsoft Office software and Adobe programs like Photoshop.

Mango uses real-life situations and conversations to teach a new language. By listening to and repeating material designed from native conversations, you'll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you'll know how they're used in practical situations and conversations. You'll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation; you'll learn how to communicate. Language courses include Spanish, ESL for Spanish speakers, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and many others.

Got a homework project? Need to do Internet research or find articles for a school project? Our friends at the Multnomah County Library offer a great resource.

Get access to “National Geographic Kids” articles, over 230 educational books, and National Geographic photographs in a kid-friendly interface

All the information needed to fully understand an issue: pro and con viewpoint articles; reference articles that provide context; full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers; primary source documents; government and organizational statistics; multimedia, including images and podcasts; and links to hand-selected web sites.

Provides an overview of occupations, industries, military employment, self employment, job searching, local and national schools and financial aid. The emphasis is on Oregon.

Homework resource for middle school students - including articles, topic overviews, and multimedia content.


Science Online

Comprehensive, curriculum-oriented overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, diagrams, illustrations, images, biographies, experiments, activities, and definitions. Intended for students in middle school through high school.


SIRS Researcher

A general reference database containing thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues. Articles and graphics are selected from over 1,600 domestic and international publications and are indexed primarily according to Library of Congress-derived subject headings.

Aimed at middle school and high school students. Including content based on national curriculum standards in major subject areas such as history, literature, science and social studies.

Complete overview of U.S. history that covers the most-studied events, issues, and current information. Primary sources, encyclopedia articles, reference sources, and full-text periodicals and journals.