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Library offers online resources [UPDATED]

Published 9:33am Friday, August 2, 2013 Updated 11:40am Friday, August 2, 2013

The Fergus Falls Public Library has online resources to help you find the information you are looking for. Not all information is available free or on Google. These databases are created by professional companies and contain reliable and accurate information. The library subscribes to these databases so that you can use them 24/7 in the library or at home.

These first two databases are new and are available directly on the library’s website. Go to to access them. You will need your library card.

Chilton Online Auto Repair Manuals has current auto repair, maintenance and recall information including diagrams. Select your vehicle model from 1940 to present day. Information is easy to print.

Powerspeak Languages is a resource for learning Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian, Russian, Korean and English for Spanish and Mandarin speakers. Learn vocabulary and phrases starting with “hello” and advancing through six beginner units, each with many interactive lessons and activities.

The rest of the databases listed are part of Electronic Library of Minnesota (ELM). ELM is an online library for Minnesota residents funded by libraries and the Minnesota Department of Education. It contains magazine, newspaper and scholarly articles as well as videos, images and information from encyclopedias, almanacs, directories and other resources.

You can access ELM using your library card at

Click on “Databases A-Z” to find the databases listed or search for additional databases by topic, content type or grade level.

Use Minnesota Reflections to search for photos, documents and maps related to Minnesota history. A search for Fergus Falls reveals everything from a photo of Fourth of July celebrations in 1885 to a 1942 letter written by Sinclair Lewis at the River Inn.

ProQuest Newsstand Complete gives you access to full newspaper articles from hundreds of current and historic newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune and many more.

Britannica Learning Zone is intended for students in PreK through second grade. In this interactive database, children can practice reading, explore geography with short videos from around the globe, draw, and play educational games. Activities center around basic concepts such as letters, numbers, shapes, and colors.

Searchasaurus is great for elementary schools students and includes kid-friendly encyclopedia and dictionary entries as well as an image collection of photos and maps. Children can search for topics in a box on the homepage or browse one of eight broad categories (animals, sports, art, people, etc.).

This database can be very helpful for school assignments and is also fun just to explore for fun. There is a plethora of information for children available through Searchasaurus. A search for “Benjamin Franklin” yielded many results including 76 images and 107 magazine articles.

Britannica Online High School Edition is a useful resource for students in ninth through 12th grades. This database includes encyclopedia entries on a wide variety of topics such as technology, society, and history plus videos, timelines, atlases, and primary sources.

This database also provides help on how to write a research paper or science report and is mobile-friendly.

Academic Search Premier is aimed at college students. It is an incredible resource of full text scholarly articles on all topics.

Unsure how to use any of our databases? Ask us in person, call or chat 24/7 with a librarian on our website at


Katelyn Edds is the Adult Services Librarian and Arielle Krohn is the Youth Librarian.

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