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Research Tools A – Z

The Library subscribes to research tools that allow you to discover reliable, accurate information sources, including newspaper and magazine articles. You will need your Bellingham Public Library barcode and PIN (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number) to login to most of the tools. To find tools by subject, please choose a subject from our Research & Learn page.

Full-text business magazines and newsletters that track world-wide business conditions, trends, management techniques, corporate strategies, and industry-specific topics.

Visit ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry

Full-text coverage of regional and national current events from news magazines including The Atlantic, Newsweek, National Review, The New Yorker, and more.

Visit America’s News Magazines (NewsBank)

Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.
Resources for genealogical and historical research in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. Includes census, vital, church, court, and immigration records.
Visit Ancestry Library Edition

Same reliable resource, but with a new name starting May 11, 2019. Discover accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. Includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.
Visit Auto Repair Source (Formerly AutoMate Auto Repair and Maintenance Reference)

Find full-text articles from the Bellingham Herald for Sept. 1999 to date. Coverage includes local news, business news, sports, letters to the editor, some obituaries, and much more.
Visit Bellingham Herald (NewsBank)

Bellingham Herald is indexed from July 1, 1992 to December 31, 2005. The Bellingham Business Journal is indexed from January 1999 to December 2005. A print index for the Bellingham Herald covering January 1988 through June 30, 1992 is available at the Bellingham Public Library. (This is only an index. Searches do not search or retrieve full text articles.)
Visit Bellingham Herald Index

Search for Bellingham property information and create custom maps which include photos, property boundaries, location of utility services and more.
Visit City IQ Online Map Viewer – City of Bellingham

Features product ratings and reviews, buying advice and articles from the latest issues of Consumer Reports Magazine.
Visit Consumer Reports

Use the World EditionStates EditionProvinces Edition, or Kids Edition to find information on the places and cultures of the world. Covers history, customs and lifestyles, family, recipes, economy and more. Includes statistics, photographs, maps, biographies, video and audio.
Visit CultureGrams

A collection of digital content for K12 schools and students. Includes images, maps, websites, videos, and newspaper and magazine articles covering a wide range of subjects including business, education, health, language arts and sciences.
Visit eLibrary

Articles on subjects from sports injuries to women’s health, from food and nutrition to midwifery, from eye care to dentistry. Includes medical journals such as The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine as well as a selection of consumer and news magazines.
Visit Family Health Database


During the pandemic, Foundation Directory Online Essential is available from home. This offers access to grantmaker and foundation profiles. Access to grant information and recipient profiles is not included in the Foundation Directory Online Essential.

Starting March 25, 2021, users will be asked to create an individual account with FDO Essential, using their name and email. This will give the user a day pass to use Foundation Directory Online Essential remotely, in a 24 hour window, once a month. This limited access is necessary to ensure security to Candid, the provider of the Foundation Directory Online.

Visit Foundation Directory Online Essential

Available only at Central Library; access is not available from home.
Education, scholarships, and research grants for individuals. Come to the Central Library to use Foundation Grants to Individuals, then download or email your search results.
Funded by a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation
Visit Foundation Grants to Individuals

Available only at Central Library; access is not available from home.
A data visualization tool that is the easiest way for nonprofits and grantseekers to see who is funding what and where around the world Create maps and lists revealing patterns of funders, recipients, and grants given in all areas of philanthropic interest. Come to the Central Library to use Foundation Maps, then download or email your search results.
Funded by a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation
Visit Foundation Maps

Focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond.
Visit Greenfile

Primary and secondary sources for the study of history. Contents include reference books, essays, journal articles, historical newspaper and magazine articles, maps, rare books, government documents, transcripts of historical speeches, images and video clips.
Visit History Study Center

News from sources around the world! Sources include a variety of news media featuring newspapers, videos and web-only content.

Visit Access World News – World

Visit Access World News – USA

Visit Access World News – Washington State

Database of fiction and nonfiction offering enhanced subject access and full-text reviews, Author Read-alikes, awards, theme-oriented book lists, Book Discussion Guides, Book Talks, and Feature Articles.
Visit NoveList Plus

Database of fiction and narrative nonfiction titles for students in grades K-8.  Search by subject, age, awards won and Lexile reading levels; read reviews and learn about the author.
Visit NoveList K-8 Plus

Researching a topic? Start here! Find articles from thousands of magazines, journals, and newspapers on a wide range of topics including current events, the arts, business, medicine, history, science and technology. You can search all of ProQuest, or select a section of the database using the options below.

ProQuest (all)

ProQuest Learning: Literature
Critical inquiry into the world of poetry, prose, and drama. Explore over 180,000 full-text literary works, plus criticism, essays, author biographies, reviews, and interviews.

ProQuest Research Library
A research platform comprised of scholarly journals, professional and trade publications, and magazines covering over 150 subjects and topics. Includes:

Research Library: Business
Research Library: Health & Medicine
Research Library: History
Research Library: Literature & Language
Research Library: Science & Technology
Research Library: Social Sciences
Research Library: The Arts

ProQuest: US Hispanic Newsstream
Access to leading Hispanic newspapers from US publishers in both Spanish and English, including La Opinión (Los Angeles), La Prensa (San Antonio), and Extra (Chicago).

ProQuest: US Newsstream
Search the major newspapers of the United States, including the Los Angeles TimesNew York Times, and Wall Street Journal.

ProQuest: US West Newsstream
Covers news sources from Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Washington state coverage includes the daily newspapers from Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Vancouver.
The Bellingham Herald is not indexed in US West Newsstream; instead, see: Bellingham Herald (NewsBank)

Business and residential contact information for U.S. and Canadian businesses, organizations, agencies, and individuals.  Pick one of the databases in the directory, and then use the “Custom Search” options to modify your searches.

Formerly called ‘Reference USA’
Visit Reference Solutions

The Seattle Times from 1985 – current.

Visit The Seattle Times

Specifically designed for elementary and middle school students. Offers articles and multimedia resources on reading, language arts, current events, science, social studies, history, health, and technology.  And includes Science Fair explorer for identifying and creating projects.
Visit SIRS Discoverer

Investment-related data, news, and analysis for stocks and mutual funds. Investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies.
Visit Value Line