Peaks Island Branch Library will close at 2:00 pm Fri, June 22 to begin the move into our beautiful new space! We re-open at 2:00 pm Tues, July 3 and plan a celebration starting at 4:30 pm. All the details are here.
This dynamic resource contains high-quality reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines. It is a gateway to scientific knowledge, with links to primary research material, videos and animations, plus specially designed curriculum maps for teachers. Check it out for help with science projects, STEM activities, and general science fun!
American FactFinder: US 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. FactFinder census and ACS (American Community Survey) data can be downloaded in a tabular format. An excellent tool to help teachers and students learn and apply statistics.
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.
Birds of North America Online
Look here for comprehensive life histories for each of the 716+ species of birds breeding in the USA (including Hawaii) and Canada. Each species account also includes a comprehensive bibliography of research conducted on the species. The accompanying multimedia includes photos of various plumages, examples of sounds, and videos of interesting behaviors.
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.
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.
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.
ConsumerReports.org is the sister product of the Consumer Reports print magazine--both are published Consumers Union, 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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
HeritageQuest offers genealogy information, including census data, local history articles, revolutionary war records and more.
Learning Express – Adult Learning Center
This center offers busy adults the resources to improve their basic skills in reading,
writing, and math, prepare for the GED® test, or become a U.S. citizen.
Learning Express – Career Center
Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular
occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? Choose the Career Center and
begin your path to a bright future.
Learning Express – College Center
This center provides valuable resources that help college students strengthen their
academic skills, prepare for placement tests, and get ready for graduate school
Learning Express – College Prep Center
College Prep Center
Getting into college is an important step to building a strong future. First, you must
do well on your college admission tests and write a personal essay that highlights your
special talents. Use this center to get the resources you need to achieve your college
Learning Express – Computer Skills
Video courses are the fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer. Use the
materials in this center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet
to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases,
implementing design, and more.
Learning Express – High School Equivalency Center
Earning a high school equivalency credential can open the door to better income, a
more fulfilling job, and a college education. If you are preparing for the GED® test,
HiSET® or TASC™ exams, our practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks will help
you reach your goal.
Learning Express – Job & Career Accelerator™
Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in an
exciting new industry, Job & Career Accelerator™ has the powerful tools and expert
guidance to help you through every step of the process.
Learning Express – Recursos en español
Este centro ofrece a los adultos que están muy ocupados los recursos para mejorar sus
habilidades básicas, ganar sus credenciales de GED® o ser ciudadano estadounidense.
Learning Express – School Center
The resources here can help students in elementary, middle, and high school prepare
for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in
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 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.
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.
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.
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. Available from home--set up an account with your email address, and library barcode and select a password.
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 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 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.
New York Times 1851-2014
This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. The Historical New York Times 1851-2014 provides search capability using subject terms and topics for focused and targeted results in combination with searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the Historical NYT.
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 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.
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.
Optimal Resume helps job seekers find employment faster.This award-winning suite of online career tools helps job seekers build a better resume and cover letter, manage an online portfolio, hone interviewing skills, and develop a personal brand online.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
SELF-e for Indie Author Submissions
SELF-e connects indie authors, libraries & readers. It is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal & BiblioBoard that enables local authors & Portland Public Library to work together to expose notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new. If you are an author and you would like to self-publish your work, this is the place to start!
SELF-e Indie Maine Collection
Find ebook titles from local, independently published authors in Maine in this module. Be sure to check out the top picks from Library Journal!
SELF-e Select Collection
This Anthology contains some of the very best SELF-e submissions in the nonfiction, poetry, YA and children's genres as chosen by Library Journal. After a rigorous curation and judgment process of over a thousand submissions, these works were hailed for their superior quality and selected as the SELF-e highlights. This recognition draws attention to the impressive literary talents present amongst independent authors.
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.
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 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.
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).