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Online Databases

The James River Valley Library System has many free digital resources available to our patrons. To access these resources, you may need your library card number or you may also need to contact the library to get an access code.  


National Agriculture Library Digital Collections: Current and historic documents from the USDA.

NDSU Extension Service: Region-specific agricultural, gardening, and nutritional information.


Books, Magazines, and Newspapers

Beanstack: Platform to track your reading and earn virtual badges based on your completed activities and reading accomplishments.

MasterFILE Premier: Full-text magazine articles covering general interest topics.

U.S. Newsstream (ProQuest News): Search articles back to the 1980s from newspapers and trade journals around the United States, including the Bismarck Tribune, Fargo Forum, and the Grand Forks Herald.

NoveList: Reading recommendation resource for all ages.

Overdrive: E-books, E-audiobooks, and E-magazines. These items can also be accessed through the Libby app.



Business Source Premier: Information and analysis from top management and marketing journals.


Continuing Education

Mango Languages: Learn and practice any of over 70 languages.

Niche Academy: Take courses on how to use library resources, brush up on library skills, learn new computer skills at your own pace, and so much more.

Universal Class: Online educational service that offers over 500 courses.



Ancestry Library Edition: Family history research tool with records from around the world. 

Digital Public Library of America: Interactive archive that has records from institutions across the United States including North Dakota, Minnesota, The Smithsonian Institution, National Archives, and more. 

Digital Horizons: Collaborative digital archive from institutions across North Dakota and Minnesota that is dedicated to collecting and preserving the unique history and historical resources from the region. 


General Research

Britannica Public Library Edition: Reliable reference content for kids and adults.

Explora Public Library: This new interface searches popular, academic, business, science, and health content. 

WorldCat (FirstSearch): Catalog detailing items from over 10,000 libraries.



Alt HealthWatch: Articles and reports on alternative, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care.

Consumer Health Complete: Basic medical information and diagrams for students and the general public.

Health Source: Full-text articles and abstracts for the academic medical community.



Academic OneFile Select (Expanded Academic ASAP): Scholarly collection of journals selected for college students.

Academic Search Premier: Scholarly collection of journals selected for high school and college students.

Ben's Guide: Interactive learning adventures about the Federal Government for ages 4 and up.

Britannica Academic: Reliable reference content for high school and college students.

Britannica School: Reliable reference content for K-12 students.

Explora Primary: Designed for young researchers (K-5), content includes full-text magazine and reference articles. It replaces Searchasaurus.

Explora Secondary: Designed for students in grades 6-12, reliable content covers the major academic areas. It replaces Kids Search and Student Research Center. 

Gale eBooks: Browse and search a collection of 25 reference titles from various publishers.

Gale In Context: Elementary (Kids InfoBits): Engaging resource for K-5 students, including premier content and magazines.

Gale In Context: High School (Student Resources in Context): Reference, periodical, and multi-media content for high school and college.

Gale In Context: Middle School (Research in Context): Designed specifically for middle school students, it contains authoritative content covering the core subjects.

Gale OneFile: Science (General Science Collection): Learn about the latest developments in science and mathematics.

National Geographic Kids: Includes high-quality informational texts for primary, upper elementary, and middle school English Language Arts, social studies, and science classrooms. 

PebbleGo: Designed for K-3 students, content includes informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy support.

PebbleGo Next: Designed for students in grades 3-6, content includes informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy support.

Points of View Reference Center: Presents the pros and cons of current issues.

Science Reference Center: Explore scientific fields through subject encyclopedias, books, and periodicals.



Digital Public Library of America - Primary Resources: This national archive provides teaching guides to primary resources from institutions across the country such as The Smithsonian and the National Archives.

ERIC: Education Resources Information Center.

Explora Educator: Designed for teachers, this interfaces searches: ERIC, Teacher Reference Center, and the Professional Development Collection.

Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete (Educator's Reference Complete): Academic journals, reports, and reference sources for most disciplines.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts: Reference information about topics in librarianship.

Professional Development Collection: Specialized collection of education journals and reports.

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