Research Tools for In-Library Use

The following links will work for users in the library only. For home access, please use the links on the Research Tools A – Z 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.

America’s News Magazines (NewsBank)
Full-text coverage of regional and national current events from news magazines including The Atlantic, Newsweek, National Review, The New Yorker, and more.

Ancestry Library Edition
Resources for genealogical and historical research in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. Includes census, vital, church, court, and immigration records. Access is available in the library only (not available from home).

Auto Repair Source (Auto Repair and Maintenance Reference)
Formerly known as AutoMate, but with a new name starting May 11, 2019. 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.

Bellingham Herald (NewsBank)

Read full-page images (the whole paper!) back into 2018. Or, browse or search for full-text articles from the Bellingham Herald for 2000 to date. Coverage includes local news, business news, sports, letters to the editor, some obituaries and much more.

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.)

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

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

Use the World Edition, States Edition, Provinces 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.

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.

Family Health
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.

Foundation Directory Online
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. 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.

Foundation Grants to Individuals
Education, scholarships, and research grants for individuals.
Funded by a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation

Foundation Maps
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.
Funded by a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mango Languages
Self-paced instruction for 70+ languages, including courses for ESL learners. Lessons contain reading, writing and listening components.

NewsBank Access World News
Find global information on topics related to business, economics, education, government, health, homework help, international studies, politics, science, social issues, sports, STEM and more from a variety of news media featuring newspapers, videos and web-only content. Scope can be limited to sources from the USA or from Washington State.

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

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.

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. Search all of ProQuest, or select a section of the database:

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 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, Wall Street Journal, and Christian Science Monitor.

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)

Reference USA
Business and residential contact information for over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses, organizations, agencies and over 267 million consumers.  Pick one of the databases in the directory, and then use the “Custom Search” options to modify your searches.

Seattle Times (NewsBank)

Read full-page images (the whole paper!) back into 2018. Also, search full-text from 1985 – current.

SIRS Discoverer
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.

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