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.
ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry
Full-text business magazines and newsletters that track world-wide business conditions, trends, management techniques, corporate strategies, and industry-specific topics.
Available in the library only; access is not available from home.
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
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 AutoMate (Auto Repair and Maintenance Reference)
Bellingham Herald (NewsBank)
Find full-text articles from the Bellingham Herald for 2000 to date. Coverage includes local news, business news, sports, letters to the editor, obituaries and much more. Visit Bellingham Herald (NewsBank)
Bellingham Herald Index
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
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
Family Health Database
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
Foundation Directory Online
Available only at Central Library; access is not available from home.
Find funding for your nonprofit by searching the most comprehensive database on grantmakers and their grants. Customize your search to find grantmakers who fund in your areas of interest and the population you serve, fund in your geographic region, and provide the type of support you need. Come to the Central Library to use Foundation Directory Online, then download or email your search results. You can also attend a free Finding Funders class to receive hands-on practice using Foundation Directory Online. Funded by a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation. Visit Foundation Directory Online
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
Includes genealogy and local history collections, U.S. Census data, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, city directories, and content from the U.S. Serial Set. Visit HeritageQuest
History Study Center
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
Test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources. Includes online practice tests and tutorials to prepare for the GED, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT tests, as well as professional certification and licensing tests in a range of occupations. Spanish language instruction also included. Visit LearningExpress
Language-learning program that offers self-paced interactive instruction for 70+ languages, including courses for ESL learners. Lessons contain reading, writing and listening components. Visit Mango Languages
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
NoveList K-8 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 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:
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. Visit Reference USA
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