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Ancestry Library Edition »
In library only
Ancestry® Library Edition is a collection of over 7,000 databases that contain billions of historical records including censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, and maps. Countries for which data is available include the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, China, and others. Available for In-Library Use only.
Auto Repair Reference Center »
Auto Repair Reference Center offers detailed information on auto repair and maintenance, including wiring diagrams.
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Business Insights Global »
Business Insights Global is a unique source for international business intelligence offering the most comprehensive and convenient way to find case studies, in-depth statistical data coupled with deep research, and the ability to compare global economies, countries and industries.
Business Source Complete »
Business Source Complete indexes and abstracts more than 4,800 scholarly, trade, popular, and special interest serials in the fields of business and industry. More than half of the publications are peer-reviewed, and approximately 3,700 provide full text. Additional full-text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, and more.
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Classical Music in Video »
Watch Classical Music in Video, the definitive online video collection for the study of classical music, including almost 1,000 hours of classical music performances and masterclasses -- approximately 1,500 performances of all forms of classical music -- from Medieval to the 21st century.
Credo Reference »
Search hundreds of reference books, on subjects from Art to Technology.  Includes full text articles from dictionaries and encyclopedias, images, animations, and art reproductions.  Available from home - Log in with your 14 digit library card number.
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DemographicsNow »
Access a demographic report on any geography, the maps tab to view a simple map and the 2010 census files as they are released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Look here to for easy access to other data files in the future.
Digital Commons »
Digital Commons is a collection of the Portland Public Library featuring digitized materials that capture and preserve the history and community life of Portland, Maine. These materials are drawn from the library’s own collections and from partnering organizations in the region.
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Global Issues in Context »
Global Issues in Context is a colorful wealth of resources explaining the background and viewpoints necessary for understanding global issues, conflicts, and events.
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Health and Wellness Resource Center »
A rich online resource for all levels of inquiry, this comprehensive consumer health collection provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative and complementary medical practices. Articles, streaming videos featuring medical experts, reference books, news feeds, links to key health websites, and more.
Health Source: Consumer Edition »
Health Source provides information on the medical sciences, psychology, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, health care law and general health.
Heritage Quest »
HeritageQuest offers genealogy information, including census data, local history articles, revolutionary war records and more.
Home Improvement Reference Center »
A resource for home improvement assistance: maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects, outdoor improvements, decorating home & garden, and more. This product contains 27 major reference works in full text with more than 10,000 images, nearly 100 videos of popular home repair projects, a convenient A-Z browsing tool, and full-text magazines.
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Learning Express Library »
For practice tests and other job seeking skills, visit the LearningExpress Library, a collection of tools providing online job, career, and computer training resources as well as skill-building courses, exercises, and practice exams for ASVAB, Civil Service, SAT,  U.S. Citizenship and more. Set up a user name and password and return to the test at any time. The site is divided into sections by type of skill or practice test you want to pursue.
LegalForms »
LegalForms provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.
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Maine News Index »
The Maine News Index (MNI) is a collection of abstracts that cover substantive Maine- or Portland-related articles published in local newspapers and magazines. MNI Online covers articles published from 1992 on. For the period 1945-1992, please consult the card file index in the Portland Room. Indexed periodicals include Down East, Mainebiz, Island Journal, Portland Monthly, and Casco Bay Weekly.
Maine Newsstand »
Each issue of each newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so researchers have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the papers. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc.
MARVEL! Maine’s Virtual Library »
Thousands of magazines, newspapers, and reference books are available anywhere in the State of Maine through the online resources of MARVEL! Maine's Virtual Library, a service of Maine InfoNet.
MasterFILE Premier »
MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags. Updated daily.
Medline »
Medline is the National Library of Medicine index to more than 3,600 journals covering all areas of clinical and experimental medicine, nursing, dentistry and health administration. Updated weekly.
Morningstar Investment Research Center »
Limit of 2 simultaneous users
Visit Morningstar Investment Research Center to access this data-rich site for company, stock, mutual fund, ETF and market information from in the library or visit Morningstar at home with your library card number.
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National Geographic for Kids »
Introduce kids to the amazing, compelling, and surprising with National Geographic Kids magazine. Geared toward 6-14 year olds, this magazine offers endless opportunities for kids to explore their world and instills a love of learning, nature, and other cultures.
New York Times (Digital Microfilm) »
The New York Times on digital microfilm - with the full image of the daily paper - is now available. This digital version is available for dates December 2008 up to near the current date (2- 3 months delay in digital delivery). Visit the New York Times archives site [link to http://query.nytimes.com/search] for the newspaper index. Microfilm for 1851-2008 is available in the library’s Portland Room.
Novelist K-8 Plus »
NoveList K-8 Plus is a database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.
Novelist Plus »
NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.
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Online Newsstand »
Find easy access to recent feature length articles in many of the most popular magazines organized by category. 
Opposing Viewpoints in Context »
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an online resource covering today's hottest social issues - helps students research, analyze, and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.
Overdrive – Maine Infonet Download Library »
Overdrive is the current leader in the ebook lending market. The ebooks available here include titles for all ages and can be read on Mac or pc computers using the free Adobe Digital Editions software, or can be transferred to the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony eReader, Borders Kobo, and more (full guide to compatible devices). 
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Portland Jewish Oral History Project »
Photographs and oral history recordings with members of Portland's vibrant Jewish community are available here online. Bringing together Portraits of the Past: The Jews of Portland Dr. Konnilyn G. Feig, Director, commissioned by the Jewish Community Center, 1976 and The Oral History Project of Documenting Maine Jewry, supported by the Maine Humanities Council, 2009. For more information, contact: dmj@mindspring.com
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Reader’s Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 »
The 1890-1982 is an online index to over 3 million articles from approximately 374 popular magazines.  Use this to search for articles and primary sources that pre-date the scope of the MARVEL!
ReferenceUSA »
Reference USA now includes Residential and Business information. Look up directory information on businesses or residences across the country.  Narrow a search by criteria such as number of employees and sales.
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Science in Context »
Combines reference content with engaging multimedia resources to provide detailed coverage on the full range of scientific topics, from environmental monitoring to quantum mechanics and genetic engineering. Full text articles from national and global newspapers, magazines, and journals; experiments; video, audio, and podcasts; image galleries, weblinks, and more.
Small Business Research Center »
Small Business Resource Center  search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business.  Resources include; sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.
Small Engine Repair »
Small Engine Repair Reference Center has repair information for lawnmowers, water craft, ATVs, motorcycles, tractors, snowmobiles and more.
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2013 »
Published annually by the Federal Government since 1878, access line-item access to tables, updated monthly, table-specific capabilities for narrowing results by source, data date, subject, type of data breakdown. Edited by ProQuest’s team of statistical experts.
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TumbleBook Cloud »
Read-along books are great for early or shy readers. This collection for middle and high school grades features over 120 read-along books for older children, teens, and adults including classics and even Shakespeare.
TumbleBook Cloud Jr. »
Read-along books are great for early or shy readers. This collection for grades 3-8 features over 120 read-along books including classics and even Shakespeare.
TumbleBooks »
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. They are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sounds, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book (and some classics) which you can read, or have read to you.
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Value Line »
Limit of 2 simultaneous users
Value Line is an investment management solution, providing in-depth financial information, research, and advanced analytical tools for new and experienced investors. The Investment Survey contains up-to-date, weekly issues. For each stock in its universe it offers year-ahead and 3-to-5-year probable relative price performance, projections of key financial measures, and concise, objective commentary on current operations and future prospects.
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