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Ancestry Library Edition »
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, etc. Available for use within the library only (no remote access).
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Bangor Daily News »
Full text coverage, Jul 1, 1993 - present.
Birds of the World »
Birds of the World is a powerful research database that brings together deep, scholarly content from four celebrated works of ornithology with millions of bird observations from eBird and multimedia from the Macaulay Library into a single platform where biologists and birders can explore comprehensive life history information on birds. [note: formally Birds of North America]
Business Collection »
A comprehensive business resource for the undergraduate researcher seeking company news, the public library patron making personal investment decisions, or the high school student looking to major in business administration, Business Collection provides full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice.
Business Premium Collection »
The most comprehensive business offering, comprising all content from ABI/INFORM Collection; Accounting, Tax and Banking Collection; Asian and European Business Collection; Business Market Research Collection; and Entrepreneurship Database. With global coverage in business and economics, the collection features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, and working papers, as well as trade publications, market research reports and more.
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Census.gov (Census data) »
Learn about communities in the United States through the U.S. Census Bureau's data profiles. Covers 100,000+ different geographies: states, counties, places, tribal areas, zip codes, and congressional districts. Topics covered for each include education, employment, health, housing, and much more.
Chilton Library »
This auto repair database provides step-by-step instructions, pictures, and diagrams to help with vehicle maintenance and repair. Try the Vehicle Selector to select the year, make and model of your car. Then find further information like repair, maintenance, and bulletins/recalls.
cloudLibrary »
Download popular eBooks for free to your phone or tablet from cloudLibrary. This service is offered in partnership with other Maine libraries, with some additional content purchased by Portland Public Library and available to Portland Public Library cardholders exclusively.
cloudLibrary NewsStand »
Stay entertained & informed with the world’s largest catalog of digital magazines and newspapers delivered directly to your devices. Instantly access 7,000+ titles in more than 60 languages when you browse online or download cloudLibrary NewsStand. The easy-to-use online module & standalone app (available from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store) offer individual articles, back issues, and an EZ read mode. All you need is your library card!
Comics Plus »
Comics Plus is a digital platform offering thousands of digital comics, graphic novels and manga to PPL card holders. You can access titles using a smartphone, tablet, or web browser. Every Comics Plus title is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on your computer, tablet, or phone. Sign in as "Portland Public Library, ME” and use your library card number (the entire number with no spaces) as your Library ID.
Congress.gov (Legislative Information) »
Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. 
Consumer Reports »
ConsumerReports.org is the sister product of the Consumer Reports print magazine—both are published as an independent nonprofit testing and information organization.  As one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, the organization provides overviews, ratings, and recommendations. Enter your library barcode when prompted for Patron ID.
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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.
Digital Maine Library »
The Digital Maine Library provides every resident of Maine with access to online resources that include a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference. It also provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to use online learning tools.Thousands of magazines, newspapers, and reference books are available anywhere in the State.
Directory of Venture Capital & Private Equity Firms »
Brings together both venture capital and private equity organizations into one comprehensive directory - updated, offering valuable, current, and detailed information entrepreneurs and businesses worldwide. Includes over 300 new firms and over 1,000 new partners. These numbers bring the total number of firms to over 3,000 firms, over 1,000 branches, and over 12,000 partners. In addition, more than 15,000 portfolio portfolio companies listed.
Driving Tests »
Maine specific information for driving tests. Includes car practice tests, motorcycle practice tests, CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL) and an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.
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Economics and Theory Collection »
The Economics & Theory Collection offers instant access to full-text academic journals and magazines--with a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit bibliographic index. Powered by InfoTrac, it includes more than 1,800 titles. Content is useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, constructing economic models, investing for the future, researching rates, and more.
Entrepreneurship »
This database covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, etc.
Environmental Studies & Policy Collection  »
The Environmental Studies & Policy Collection is a digital resource that answers inquiries about environmental concerns with coverage of more than 5.4 million articles from more than 300 journals and book references.
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Gale LegalForms  »
Gale LegalForms provides a comprehensive look at various types of legal documents, including those related to bankruptcy, bill of sale, contracts, divorce, employment, incorporate, LLC, landlord/tenant, living wills, name change, power of attorney, real estate, taxes, and last willMany of the forms and documents are available in Word or Adobe format and can be edited and used with minor modifications to suit users' needs by simply "filling in the
Gale Power Search »
Unsure of where to start your research? Start by searching this database, which provides access to over 37,000 books, magazines, journals, and newspapers. This database is a great place to start research on any topic.
Gender Studies »
Gender Studies offers full-text access to periodicals and professional publications relating to gender identity and expression. This database is especially helpful to students and professionals working in healthcare, policy, and community organizing.
Global Newsstream »
One of the largest collections of news from the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Enables users to search the most recent global news content and archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. All titles are cross-searchable allowing researchers easy access to multiple perspectives, resources, and languages.
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Health and Medicine »
This database is for students and professionals who are looking for current research in the world of medicine. It offers reports and articles from trade magazines and academic journals.
Health and Wellness Resource Center »
Provides a thorough overview of health-related topics, including diagnoses, treatments, and drugs. Find newspaper, magazine, and academic articles, as well as encyclopedia entries and videos.
Heritage Quest »
HeritageQuest offers genealogy information, including census data, local history articles, revolutionary war records and more.
Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection »
Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure Collection provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and trade publications that cover topics including the cultural and economic aspects of travel and tourism. The curious traveler will also find a wealth of information, from contents on state parks and information on planning a vacation to full-text travel guides from Fodor's.
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Insurance and Liability Collection »
Protection of assets—physical or intellectual—is a concern for those ranging from the individual property owner to multinational corporations. The Insurance and Liability Collection connects researchers to hundreds of thousands of updated articles from leading journals.
Internet Archive »
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
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Learning Express Library »
LearningExpress Library is an easy-to-use online test prep resource that helps people improve their core academic skills, earn a high school equivalency, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more.
Lewiston Sun Journal »
Full text coverage, Jan 26, 2006 - present.
LGBTQ History in Government Documents »
This guide lists documents discussed in the presentation given at the 2016 Federal Depository Library Conference -- "We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We’re in the Public Record: Federal Government Documents on the LGBT Movement." The authors envision this as a living guide and intend to update it as new relevant resources become available. Jesse Silva, Librarian, UCBerkeley; Kelly L. Smith, Librarian, UCSD.
LinkedIn Learning »
LinkedIn Learning is an online educational platform that helps you discover and develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos. Choose from over 16,000 online courses in 7 languages to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. Get started with your library card.
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Maine Memory Network »
The Maine Memory Network, a project of the Maine Historical Society, is a statewide digital museum that provides unprecedented access to over 10,000 historical items from over 160 museums, historical societies, libraries, and other organizations from every corner of Maine.
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.
Mango Languages »
Available from home—set up an account with your email address, and library barcode and create a password. Mango Languages is a fun, fast, and interactive online language-learning system to learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian, or English.
MedlinePlus »
The National Library of Medicine manages MedlinePlus. This resource contains information about diseases, treatments, medication, and other wellness topics. Find up-to-date information and videos without medical jargon and in many languages.   
Morningstar Investing Center »
Limit of 2 simultaneous users
Visit Morningstar Investing 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 Kids »
National Geographic Kids includes all magazines from 2009 to the present, as well as books, videos, and images. High-quality information for primary, upper elementary, and middle school students.
New York Times »
Full text coverage, Jan 1, 1996 - present.
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.
Nursing and Allied Health Collection »
This database for healthcare professionals and students contains full-text academic articles. Find the most recent information about the health, medicine, and medical technology topic of your choice.
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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.
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Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection »
This database provides access to magazines and journals covering physical therapy, sports medicine, and injury rehabilitation. It is a comprehensive resource for professionals and students.
Portland Contemporary Archive »
Portland Contemporary Archive, originally Isolating Together, is Portland Public Library’s digital archive where we collect stories from you, our community members, about how COVID-19 is impacting your life. Browse the collection and learn about how YOU can submit!
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
Portland Press Herald »
Full text coverage, Sep 30, 1995 - present (some exceptions).
Psychology Collection »
This database provides access to articles about psychology, ranging from brain chemistry to treatment methods. It also offers access to Psychology Today and other popular psychology-focused magazines. It is helpful for students, academics, and psychology professionals.
PubMed »
Managed by the National Library of Medicine, PubMed offers access to almost 30 million citations, many providing links to full-text articles. Medical professionals and researchers consult this database, and it is regularly updated.
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Reference Solutions »
Contains basic directory information for more than 210 million U.S. residents and 14 million businesses in all zip code areas of the United States. Information includes name of business, address, telephone number, headquarters, branch and subsidiaries identification, SIC codes, yellow pages headings, ticker symbol, credit rating, number of employees, and estimated sales volume. Also includes some federal, state, and municipal offices.
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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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United States Census Data »
The U.S. Census Bureau is the leading source of statistical information about the nation’s people, places, and economy, providing snapshots of the nation’s population size and growth, and detailed portraits of the changing characteristics of our communities. Census data can be downloaded in a tabular format. An excellent tool to help teachers and students learn and apply statistics.
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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.
Value Line Investment Survey: Small and Mid-Cap »
Limit of 2 simultaneous users.
The Small and Mid-Cap Survey offers full-page reports on ~1800 smaller stocks. Each page contains current and historical financial information and stock price data. Includes Performance rank, adapted from the well-known Value Line Timeliness rank, and is designed to predict a stock's relative price performance for the next 6-12 months. From "Dashboard", click "Browse Research" (top), then "Small & mid-cap featured" (right side).
Value Line Research Center for Academic Libraries »
Value Line Research Center for academic libraries includes online access to Value Line's leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks.
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Wall Street Journal »
Full text coverage, Jan 8, 2010 - present.
Weiss Ratings Consumer Guides »
Weiss Ratings Consumer Guides offers easy-to-use tools to help patrons navigate through nine important areas. Each easy-to-read, step-by-step guide is packed with accurate, unbiased information and recommendations you've come to expect from Weiss Ratings. Each 50-70 page guide offers a narrative about the subject, what you should look for when choosing a plan or policy, recommended companies to work with and so much more.
Weiss Ratings Consumer Guides: Insurance and Financial Products »
Nine how-to guides that will help you plan for & select the right insurance and financial products. Available guides include automobile insurance, elder care choices, health savings accounts, homeowners insurance, long-term care insurance, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare supplement insurance, term life insurance, and variable annuities. Each guide includes helpful Worksheets & Planners to further aid your decision-making process.
World Factbook (CIA) »
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
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