Resources

The Hood River County Library District offers you a world of great online resources, free of charge.

Popular resources

Click the logo to access some of our most popular resources. A library card is required for all of these services. Ancestry is accessible in-library only.

You can also view even more great electronic resources by clicking any subject below. they include a wide range of available articles, e-books, tests, business information, and more. These resources can be accessed without a library card onsite at any of our three locations. Resources with an asterisk (*) after their name can be accessed outside our branches with a Hood River County Library District card.

Articles

Academic OneFile*
Designed for colleges and universities, with peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals and reference sources on the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, theology, literature, and other subjects.

General OneFile*
Contains magazine, news articles, and some multimedia on topics of interest to the general public, including millions of full-text articles, as well as citations for older articles.

InfoTrac Newsstand*
A full-text newspaper database that allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section, etc.

Popular Magazines*
Full text articles from 1,000 of the most searched magazines, with titles like Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Business Week, National Review, Cosmopolitan, NPR, Oprah, and more.

Hood River News
The Hood River News covers all of Hood River County, including Hood River, Cascade Locks, Parkdale, and Odell.

 

Arts and crafts

Culinary Arts Collection*
This resource will excite gourmands with its access to major cooking and nutrition magazines and thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

Fine Arts and Music Collection*
Check out full-text magazines and journals on drama, music, art history, filmmaking, and many other fine arts.

 

Automotive

Auto Repair Reference Center*
Includes repair information, bulletins, diagrams, and other practical information to keep over 50 years of makes and models of automobiles purring.

Edmunds
Includes prices for new and used vehicles, a database of national and regional incentives and rebates, vehicle test drive reviews by road test editors, and tips and advice on all aspects of car purchases and ownership.

Kelley Blue Book
A source for new and used vehicle pricing and information. It reports market value prices for new and used automobiles of all types, as well as RVs, mobile homes, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and personal watercrafts.

N.A.D.A.
Publishes pricing information for new and used cars, trucks, vans and SUVs, as well as classic, collectible, exotic and special interest vehicles, boats, motorcycles, RVs, personal watercraft, ATVs, snowmobiles, and manufactured housing.

 

Books and reading

Library2Go*
Contains an extensive catalog of audiobooks, videos, and e-books that can be downloaded and enjoyed on your home computer, mobile phone, mp3 player, or e-reader. Choose LEO Listens as your library.

LibraryThing
A social networking website for book lovers that lets you create, store, share, and personalize your very own library catalog and book lists.

TumbleBooks*
An online collection of popular animated, talking children’s picture books that will make you love reading even more!

Oregon Authors
Provides a wealth of information and resources about authors living in and important to Oregon.

What’s Next Database
Are you reading a great series and are wondering which book comes next? Find out with this valuable resource.

 

Business, finance, and taxes

Business and Company Resource Center*
Brings together information on companies and industries. Company profiles include information on products and brands, rankings, investment reports, history, and news articles.

Business Economics and Theory*
Provides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics.

Federal Tax Forms

General BusinessFile ASAP*
Provides access to company profiles, investment reports, news and events, as well as articles on business theory, economics, and best practices.

Hood River County Chamber of Commerce
The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, professional organization made up of the business communities throughout Hood River County.

Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Collection*
Covers the current and historical state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism fields.

Oregon Tax Forms

Small Business Resource Center*
Covers a variety of topics for those starting, financing, or managing a small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles from 200 business journals, and websites.

 

College/university

Academic OneFile*
Designed for colleges and universities, with peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals and reference sources on the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, theology, literature, and other subjects.

Answerland
Have a question? Need help with your homework? Ask an Oregon librarian! Chat live 24/7 with a librarian, or ask your question via email.

LearningExpress*
A test and job skills preparation database that can help with all kinds of standardized high school, college entrance, civil service, and career professional exams as well as computer, job, grammar, and math skills. Practice tests available include GED, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, Civil Service, Citizenship, Nursing, and much more.

 

E-books and downloadable media

Feedbooks
Discover thousands of freely-available public domain and original e-books from new authors that you can read on your computer or mobile devices.

Google Book Search
Searches the text of books that Google has scanned from publishers and libraries around the world. Includes literally millions of titles, many of which can be viewed or downloaded in full for free.

Library2Go*
Contains an extensive catalog of audiobooks, videos, and e-books that can be downloaded and enjoyed on your home computer, mobile phone, mp3 player, or e-reader. Choose LEO Listens as your library.

ManyBooks
Thousands of free e-books, pre-formatted for reading on your computer, smartphone, mp3 player, or e-reader.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to “encourage the creation and distribution of e-Books.” Most of the items in this collection are the full texts of freely-available public domain books.

TumbleBooks*
An online collection of popular animated, talking children’s picture books that will make you love reading even more!

 

Education

Educators Reference Complete*
Focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education, with 450 full-text academic journals plus full-text reports and reference sources.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.

LearningExpress*
A test and job skills preparation database that can help with all kinds of standardized high school, college entrance, civil service, and career professional exams as well as computer, job, grammar, and math skills. Practice tests available include GED, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, Civil Service, Citizenship, Nursing, and much more.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context*
Provides articles from a variety of perspectives on controversial current events topics including abortion, environmental protection, gun control, poverty, and many more.

OSLIS for Elementary Educators
Lesson plans, information, and handouts for K-5 educators to help their students learn research, evaluation, and citation skills.

OSLIS for Secondary Educators
Lesson plans, information, and handouts for middle and high school educators to help their students learn research, evaluation, and citation skills.

 

Español

Informe Académico*
Esta colección multidisciplinaria provee material iberoamericano confiable de carácter académico, científico y de interés general. Abarca temas tan variados como política, historia, economía, humanidades, ciencias de la salud, filosofía, literatura, ciencia, tecnología y más.

Pronunciator*
Aprende Inglés y más de 40 otros idiomas desde su computadora o aparato móvil. Pronunciator le ayudará a aprender a leer, hablar, e incluso pronunciar correctamente muchos lenguajes!

Recursos para Hispanohablantes*
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.

 

General questions/help

Answerland
Have a question? Need help with your homework? Ask an Oregon librarian! Chat live 24/7 with a librarian, or ask your question via email.

Gale Virtual Reference Library*
Contains over 40 full-text encyclopedias and reference sets on general and special topics useful for school, college, or general information. Topics include civilizations, mathematics, social issues, mental health, animals, Native Americans, world cultures, World War I and II.

WorldCat
Search the collections of libraries from around the world, including books, music CDs, videos, digital content, and more. Many titles that aren’t available in Hood River County County libraries can be borrowed for a small fee via interlibrary loan starting in December.

USA.gov
A search engine specifically for searching federal and state government websites, making it easier to find government information and services on the web.

 

Health

Gale Virtual Reference Library*
Includes several authoritative full-text encyclopedias on diseases, mental health, genetic disorders, and more.

Health & Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module*
Provides carefully-compiled and trusted medical reference materials, including health/medical and alternative health journals, general interest publications, pamphlets, health-related videos, reference titles, and directories.

Health Reference Center Academic*
Contains full-text nursing and allied health journals, as well as personal health information resources, for high school and college level students.

Medline Plus
Brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.

Nursing Resource Center*
Brings together disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results, multimedia, and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts. Designed for nursing students

Nursing and Allied Health Collection*
Covers all aspects of the nursing profession, from direct patient care to health care administration.

Psychology Collection*
Gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions, and how the human mind develops — and diminishes — over time.

 

History and genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition* (accessible in-library only)
Access to more than 7 billion names in from than 4,000 genealogical sources including United States Census records, passenger lists, and records from several other countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Germany.

Cyndi’s List
A categorized and cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Social Security Death Index

U.S. History in Context*
Provides a complete overview of U.S. history that combines primary source documents with authoritative overviews, commentary, and much more on significant events in U.S. history.

Gale Virtual Reference Library*
Includes several authoritative full-text encyclopedias on everything from U.S. history to Ancient Greece to World War I and II to witchcraft.

 

Home and garden

Culinary Arts Collection*
This resources will excite gourmands with its access to major cooking and nutrition magazines and thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture Collection*
The nearly 50 magazines and journals in this collection focus specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture.

Home Improvement Collection*
Hobbyists and professional carpenters alike will enjoy the many resources in this collection that focus on topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more.

 

Jobs and employment

Craigslist Jobs – Portland and Columbia Gorge 

LearningExpress*
A test and job skills preparation database that can help with all kinds of standardized high school, college entrance, civil service, and career professional exams as well as computer, job, grammar, and math skills. Practice tests available include GED, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, Civil Service, Citizenship, Nursing, and much more.

Oregon Employment Department

Hood River News Classifieds

 

Kids

Kids Infobits*
Allows kids to search broad or narrower subjects using pictures and simple search boxes to find age appropriate, full-text content from K-5 level reference sources and magazines.

OSLIS for Elementary Students
Learn how to research, find information, and properly cite your sources with easy-to use, understandable tutorials written by teachers and librarians.

Library2Go*
Contains lots of audiobooks and e-books just for kids that can be downloaded and enjoyed on your home computer, mobile phone, mp3 player, or e-reader. Choose LEO Listens as your library.

Research in Context*
Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research in Context combines great reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more.

TumbleBooks*
An online collection of popular animated, talking children’s picture books that will make you love reading even more!

Language

Babel Fish
Quickly translate single words or whole texts to and from various languages.

Informe*
Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.

Pronunciator*
Learn over 75 languages from the comfort of home of the convenience of your mobile device. Pronunciator will walk you through speaking, reading, and even properly pronouncing nearly any language you can imagine!

Law

Code of Federal Regulations

Criminal Justice Collection*
Provides articles useful for students and those working in criminal justice, law, or homeland security.

LegalTrac*
Provides citations from major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals, and international legal journals. Abstracts or full-text articles are available for some titles. Legal forms are not included.

Oregon Administrative Rules

Oregon Family Law Forms
Includes Oregon State forms relating to divorce, parental custody, child support, and more.

Oregon Revised Statues

 

Oregon

Oregon Encyclopedia
An authoritative reference website on all things Oregon, including history, important people, current events, and regions.

Oregon Blue Book
The official state directory and fact book about state and local governments in Oregon. Includes lots of interesting facts and information about the state.

Oregon Tax Forms

Portland State Population Resource Center
A project of Portland State University that provides population estimates and statistical information from communities around Oregon.

 

Science, technology, and agriculture

Agriculture Collection*
This collection spans the agricultural industry, with everything from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.

Computer Database*
Includes computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection*
This collection of resources covers environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

Gale Virtual Reference Library*
Includes several authoritative full-text encyclopedias on mathematics, animals, the environment, and science and technology generally.

Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture Collection*
The nearly 50 journals in this collection focus specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture.

Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (GREENR)*
This resource focuses on sustainability and the environment, providing news, video, primary source documents, interactive maps, case studies, and more on topics such as energy systems, healthcare, food, and green collar jobs.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context*
Science and technology can be controversial. This collection of essays covers all sides of the debates surrounding science and technology including cloning, nuclear energy, genetic engineering, and more.

 

Society and culture

Communications and Mass Media Collection*
This large collection of materials focuses on all aspects of communications including advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and much more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library*
Includes several authoritative full-text encyclopedias on world cultures, government, gender, terrorism, and much more.

Students and homework

Answerland
Have a question? Need help with your homework? Ask an Oregon librarian! Chat live 24/7 with a librarian, or ask your question via email.

Gale Virtual Reference Library*
Contains over 40 full-text encyclopedias and reference sets on general and special topics useful for school, college, or general information. Topics include civilizations, mathematics, social issues, mental health, animals, Native Americans, world cultures, World War I and II.

Homework Center – Multnomah County Library
Got a homework project? Need to do Internet research or find articles for a school project? Here’s a great place to start.

InfoTrac Student Edition*
Provides a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on many topics. Designed for high-school students.

LearningExpress*
A test and job skills preparation database that can help with all kinds of standardized high school, college entrance, civil service, and career professional exams as well as computer, job, grammar, and math skills. Practice tests available include GED, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, Civil Service, Citizenship, Nursing, and much more.

OSLIS for Secondary Students
Learn how to research, find information, and properly cite your sources with easy-to use, understandable tutorials written by teachers and librarians.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context*
Provides articles from a variety of perspectives on controversial current events topics including abortion, environmental protection, gun control, poverty, and many more.

Research in Context*
Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research in Context combines great reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more.

Other

Other Hood River County Library District databases provided by Gale*