Databases & Downloads

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Articles-Magazines & Journals
Articles-Newspapers
Arts & Humanities
Auto Repair
Biography
Books
Business, Finance, & Investing
Catalogs & Indexes
Consumer Reports & Information
Directories
Downloads (eBooks, eAudio, Magazines, & Music)
eAudiobooks
eBooks
Educator and Librarian Resources
Encyclopedias

Films
Genealogy

Grants
Health & Medical
Homework Help
Languages
Legal
Music Downloads
Practice Tests
Science and Technology
Spanish-Language

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Available in Library only. Access is paid for by Owatonna Public Library.
Available with your Owatonna Public Library card. Some databases will ask you to enter your card number. Unless otherwise indicated, access is paid for by Owatonna Public Library.
Free Web resource.

Databases by Subject

  Articles - Magazines & Journals
MasterFILE Premier
Designed specifically for public libraries. Full text for nearly 1,750 general reference publications with full text dating back as far as 1975. Covers a wide range of general interest subjects. Also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and 164,424 primary source documents, as well as an image collection with more than 453,000 photos, maps, & flags.
Provided by ELM
Academic Search Premier
Full text for more than 4,600 scholarly publications across all academic disciplines.
Provided by ELM
EBSCO MegaFILE
Search all four EBSCO databases at once: Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, MasterFILE Premier, and Regional Business News.
Provided by ELM
EBSCO Power Search
Choose from the full list of EBSCO databases.
Educator's Reference Complete
K-12 education articles for teachers, administrators, and undergraduate or graduate students in education.
Provided by ELM
Expanded Academic ASAP
Articles from academic journals, general interest magazines, and news sources.
Provided by ELM
General Science Collection
Articles from the most popular scientific journals.
Provided by ELM
Health Source: Consumer Edition
Consumer health information, including current health-related pamphlets and health reference books.
Provided by ELM
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Articles from scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines, with strong coverage of nursing and allied health.
Provided by ELM
InfoTrac Junior Edition
Designed for middle school students, this database has full-text articles from magazines, newspapers, and reference books in a wide range of subject areas.
Provided by ELM
InfoTrac Student Edition
Designed for high school students, this database has full-text articles from magazines, newspapers, and reference books. Historical images and maps included.
Provided by ELM
Kids InfoBits
Designed for students in grades K-5, includes articles from magazines, newspapers, and reference books on animals, famous people, science, countries & states, and more.
Provided by ELM
MAS Ultra - School Edition
Designed specifically for high school libraries, this resource contains full text for more than 500 magazines, biographies, primary source documents, and more.
Provided by ELM
Middle Search Plus
Full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines, biographies, historical essays, primary source documents, and reference books. Image collections includes more than 400,000 photos, maps, and flags.
Provided by ELM
Primary Search
Full text for more than 70 popular elementary school magazines.
Provided by ELM
  Zinio
Full digital copies of your favorite magazines, with unlimited access to our collection of 138 titles.
Provided by OPL 
 
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  Articles - Newspapers
Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub
This work-in-progress by the Minnesota Historical Society includes digitized images of newspapers from the 1870s through the 1920s.
Provided by MHS
 
ProQuest Newspapers
Search articles and abstracts from more than 800 newspapers. Minnesota newspapers include the StarTribune and the St. Cloud Times. Other titles include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. Also includes Historical Minneapolis Tribune covering 1867-1922.
Provided by ELM
 
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  Arts & Humanities
(CAMIO) Catalog of Art Museum Images Online
More than 23,000 images of works of art from well-known collections including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Provided by ELM
 
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  Auto Repair
ALLDATA Online
Automotive diagnostic and repair information. In-Library use only.
Provided by OPL
ChiltonLibrary
Quick online access to repair, maintenance, and service information for up to 350 cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today.
Provided by SELCO
 
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  Biography
Biography In Context
Biographical information on more than 525,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
Provided by SELCO
Great Lives from History: Notorious Lives
More than 600 biographies of notorious people, from the merely controversial to extremely negative, from ancient times to the present and worldwide, with emphasis on their roles in historical events or impact on law enforcement or popular culture. In-Library use only.
Provided by OPL
 
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  Books
Booklist Online
Book reviews from the American Library Association.
Provided by OPL
BookNews
Book news, award lists, and best sellers.
Provided by OPL
NoveList: In-Library Users Click Here
NoveList: Home or Office Users Click Here and enter your library card number.
Fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and more. Covers more than 120,000 fiction titles. Includes Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles.
Provided by OPL
Novelist K-8: In-Library Users Click Here
NoveList K-8: Home or Office Users Click Here and enter your library card number.
Covers fiction titles popular with young readers. NoveList K-8 is updated monthly and contains materials for all K-8 grade levels. You will find picture books, children's "chapter" books, and young adult titles.
Provided by OPL
Online Book Clubs
Join our Online Book Clubs and start reading books in your email. Each day we'll send you a 5-minute portion of a book. By the end of the week, you'll have read 2-3 chapters. If you'd like to finish a book, stop by the library and pick up a copy. Every week we feature new books. Sign up today and start reading tomorrow.
Provided by OPL
You can also find suggestions for books and other materials on our Staff Picks lists.
Provided by OPL
 
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  Business, Finance, & Investing
Business Source Premier
Full text for scholarly business journals and trade publications across all subject areas. Includes detailed company profiles and country economic reports.
Provided by ELM
Minnesota Grantmakers Online
A database of more than 1,000 Minnesota foundations and corporate grantmakers searchable by grantmaker name, area of interest, type of support, and more.  In-Library use only; ask at the Information Desk for assistance logging in.
Provided by OPL
ReferenceUSA
Informational directory of business and residential listings for researchers, students, job seekers, and government agencies.
Provided by OPL
Regional Business News
Coverage of U.S. regional business journals and newspapers.
Provided by ELM
 
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  Catalogs & Indexes
ArticleFirst
Index of articles from the contents pages of journals.
Provided by ELM
Ebooks Index
Index of Ebooks that have been cataloged by OCLC member libraries, including titles available from NetLibrary and others.
Provided by ELM
ECO (Electronic Collections Online)
Index of articles from scholarly journals.
Provided by ELM
GPO Monthly Catalog
Catalog of United States Government publications.
Provided by ELM
MnLINK Gateway
Search for items in most libraries and library systems throughout the state of Minnesota.
Funded by the State of Minnesota
OAISter
Union catalog of digital resources from open archive collections.
Provided by ELM
Owatonna Public Schools
Search the collections at the Elementary Schools, Junior High, and High School.
Provided by Owatonna Public Schools
PapersFirst
Index of papers presented at conferences worldwide.
Provided by ELM
Proceedings
Index of worldwide conference proceedings
Provided by ELM
WorldCat
Catalog of books and other materials held in libraries worldwide.
Provided by ELM
WorldCat Dissertations
List of all dissertations and these available in WorldCat.
Provided by ELM
 
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  Consumer Reports & Information
Consumer Reports: In-Library Users Click Here
Consumer Reports: Home or Office Users Click Here and enter your library card number.
Product reviews, ratings, news, and comparisons from one of the most trusted resources for information and advice on consumer products.
Provided by OPL
Recalls.gov
Product recall and safety information from six agencies of the federal government.
Free Web resource
 
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  Directories
ReferenceUSA
Informational directory of businesses and residential listings for researchers, students, job seekers, and government agencies.
Provided by OPL
 
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  Downloads
eBooks, eAudiobooks, Magazines, & Music downloads available from Owatonna Public Library.
Provided by OPL, SELCO, and ELM
 
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  eAudiobooks
eAudiobooks available to download to your personal computer. Many may also be transfered to portable devices.
Provided by OPL and SELCO
 
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  eBooks
eBooks available to download to your personal computer. Many may also be transfered to portable devices.
Provided by OPL, SELCO, and ELM
 
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  Educator and Librarian Resources
Educator's Reference Complete
K-12 education articles for teachers, administrators, and undergraduate or graduate students in education.
Provided by ELM
ERIC (EBSCO interface)
ERIC (OCLC interface)

The Education Resource Information Center provides access to education literature.
Provided by ELM
Professional Development Collection
Information especially for professional librarians, professional educators, and education researchers.
Provided by ELM
 
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  Encyclopedias
Britannica Online Academic Edition
Encyclopedia content plus news headlines, safe Web sites, multimedia, and a customizable workspace.
Provided by ELM
Britannica Online Public Library Edition
Offers separate home pages for adults and children, providing age-appropriate encyclopedia content.
Provided by ELM
Britannica School Elementary

Britannica School Middle

Britannica School High

Learning Zone

Access to four encyclopedias that ensure consistency with classroom topics and age-appropriate language. Designed for all levels of learning K-12.
Provided by ELM

Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre
La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre es un repositorio de seis millones de palabras en textos e imágenes mantenido por el personal editorial y técnico de la enciclopedia.
Provided by SELCO
World Almanac
Almanacs and an encyclopedia. Biographies, facts, statistics, and more.
Provided by ELM
 
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  Films
IndieFlix
Unlimited streaming access to independent films from more than 50 countries, including award-winning shorts, features, and documentaries.
Provided by OPL
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  Genealogy
  1940 Census
Official, searchable website of the 1940 US Census.
Free Web resource  
Ancestry Library Edition
U.S. Federal Census records; passenger lists; birth, death, marriage, & military records; family & local history collections. In-Library use only.
Provided by OPL
ArchiveGrid
Access to descriptions of archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives worldwide.
Provided by ELM
Dalby Database
Cemetery records for Steele and Rice Counties and much more local genealogy resources.
Free Web resource, provided by OPL
Heritage Quest Online: In-Library Users Click Here
Heritage Quest Online: Home or Office Users Click Here and enter your library card number.
Genealogy resources.
Provided by OPL
 
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  Grants
Minnesota Grantmakers Online
A database of more than 1,000 Minnesota foundations and corporate grantmakers searchable by grantmaker name, area of interest, type of support, and more. In-Library use only; ask at the Information Desk for assistance logging in.
Provided by OPL
 
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  Health & Medical
Addictions & Substance Abuse
Designed for the general reader, it provides authoritative, essential information in easy-to-understand language. Contains 400 essays on a variety of topics, including substances of abuse, treatment and addiction overviews, and much more. Magill's Medical Guide also available at this link. In-library use only.
Provided by OPL
Alt HealthWatch
Full text articles from more than 180 international journals on complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.
Provided by ELM
Consumer Health Complete
Designed to support the information needs of patients and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.
Provided by ELM
Health Source: Consumer Edition
Consumer health information, including current health-related pamphlets and health reference books.
Provided by ELM
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Articles from scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines, with strong coverage of nursing and allied health.
Provided by ELM
Magill's Medical Guide
Covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders. Addictions & Substance Abuse also available at this link. In-library use only.
Provided by OPL
MayoClinic.com
Authoritative information on Diseases and Conditions, as well as a Symptom Checker and information on First Aid.
Free Web resource
Medline
OCLC search interface. Index to articles in all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing.
Provided by ELM
MedlinePlus
Information on diseases, conditions, drugs, supplements, and more from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
Free Web resource
Medline Plus Español
Información de salud. Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina y los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud.
Free Web resource
MNSure
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) calls for the establishment of a federal health insurance exchange/marketplace, while giving states the option to create their own. MNSure is the Minnesota-Made health insurance exchange/marketplace, with an easy-to-use website where you can search and compare plans, a hotline you can call to talk with someone about your options, and information about places where you can sign up in your community.
Free Web resource
 
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  Homework Help
See also the Articles and Encyclopedias sections above
Amazing Animals of the World
From aardvarks to zebras, including color photos and games, for elementary students and higher.
Provided by SELCO
America the Beautiful
State-by-state history and current events for elementary and middle-school students.
Provided by SELCO
Biography In Context
Biographical information on more than 525,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
Provided by SELCO
Discovering Collection
Designed for students in grades 8-12. Includes literary criticisms, timelines, primary source documents, audio and video clips, maps, images, flags, and more.
Provided by ELM
Great Lives from History: Notorious Lives
More than 600 biographies of notorious people, from the merely controversial to extremely negative, from ancient times to the present and worldwide, with emphasis on their roles in historical events or impact on law enforcement or popular culture. In-Library use only.
Provided by OPL
Junior Reference Collection
Designed for students grades 6-8, includes information from reference books about people, places, history, science, and more. Includes photos and maps.
Provided by ELM
Lands and Peoples
Articles about nations and nationalities linked to facts and figures, maps, and flags.
Provided by SELCO
Learning Express Library
Math, reading, and writing skills improvement for elementary, middle school, and high school. College prep practice tests for SAT, ACT, and more. Practice tests for GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCA, as well as skill building for adults, job & career resources, and U.S. Citizenship exam prep.
Provided by OPL
The New Book of Popular Science
Science and technology, plus science in the news for middle and high school age.
Provided by SELCO
Points of View Reference Center
Essays, articles, and news items presenting multiple sides of current issues.
Provided by ELM
Student Resources In Context
Designed for high school students to use for homework and in-depth research assignments. Reference works, biographies, essays, overviews, primary works, images, audio, video, and periodical articles.
Provided by ELM
 
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  Languages
BBC Languages
Includes French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, and many more.
Free Web resource
BBC Learning English
Note that this is British pronunciation and spelling.
Free Web resource
Little Pim
Online language learning for kids ages 0-6.
Provided by OPL
Mango Languages
Online language learning service teaching practical conversation skills. A wide variety of foreign languages for English speakers available, as well as English courses tailored to speakers of 15 other languages.
Provided by OPL
  Check out more language learning sites on our Web Resources page.
 
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  Legal
Lawchek
Legal forms, Q & A, glossaries, tax forms and pre-drafted letters. Locate an attorney in your area. Search U.S. Codes, U.S. Supreme Court Cases, and U.S. Federal Circuit Court Cases.
Provided by OPL
Westlaw (original search), -or-
WestlawNext (new search interface)
In-depth legal research. Need help using the new WestlawNext? The West eLearning Center offers short, easy-to-use tutorials. In-Library use only.
Provided by OPL via the Steele County Law Library
 
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  Music Downloads
With Freegal Music you can download 3 free MP3s from your favorite artists every week.
Provided by OPL
 
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  Practice Tests
Learning Express Library
Math, reading, and writing skills improvement for elementary, middle school, and high school. College prep practice tests for SAT, ACT, and more. Practice tests for GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCA, as well as skill building for adults, job & career resources, and U.S. Citizenship exam prep.
Provided by OPL
Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations
Beginning September 2010, the MTLE are the sole means of assessing the basic skills, pedagogical, and content-area knowledge of Minnesota K-12 teacher candidates. Preparation materials and more information are available from this Web site; some resources including practice tests are not free.
Free Web resource
 
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  Science and Technology
General Science Collection
Articles from the most popular scientific journals.
Provided by ELM
The New Book of Popular Science
Science and technology, plus science in the news for middle and high school age.
Provided by SELCO
Science Reference Center
Articles from science magazines, encyclopedias, reference works, and more.
Provided by ELM
 
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  Spanish-Language
CLASE/PERIÓDICA
CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities. PERIÓDICA covers journals specializing in science and technology. Together they contain 2,600 scholarly journals published in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English.
Provided by ELM
¡Informe!
Full text articles from Hispanic magazines covering business, health, technology, culture, current events, and other subjects. To use the Spanish-language interface, click on the link to ¡Informe!, select "Preferences," and choose "Spanish" under the language options.
Provided by ELM
MedlinePlus Español
Información de salud.  Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina y los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud.
Free Web resource
Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre
La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre es un repositorio de seis millones de palabras en textos e imágenes mantenido por el personal editorial y técnico de la enciclopedia.
Provided by SELCO
 
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