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Elizabeth Public Library offers all cardholders FREE access to more than 30 online resources for learning, research, entertainment, and information! Unless otherwise noted, most are available to you from home with an EPL card. 

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ABC Mouse helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. For kids age 2 to Kindergarten. IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY

Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier contains indexing for 8,025 publications, with full text for more than 4,500 of those titles.
Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more.  Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

ProQuest has partnered with Ancestry.com to create Ancestry® Library Edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today.  It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world! 

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For online access to Barron's, please send an email to eplreference@elizpl.org and login information will be provided.

You can access the Barron's app here.

The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media

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Free on demand, anytime, anywhere online learning for all ages and levels! Brainfuse HelpNow offers personalized homework help in all core subjects, preparation for SAT, GED, Citizenship, and career exams, essay writing and resume help, and more. Live tutors are available every day from 2:00pm to 11:00pm EDT.

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This is the world’s definitive scholarly business database, providing indexing and abstracts for more than twice as many active, peer-reviewed, business related journals as any other database. Business Source® Elite offers indexing and abstracts for the 350 most important scholarly journals back to 1965 or the first published issue. This database includes searchable cited references for 1,205 journals.

Interactive e-books with read-aloud audio for children.   You will need to login with the "Capstone Interactive" option.

Please email elizchildren@gmail.com to get the username and password.

Consumer Reports is an American magazine published since 1930 by Consumers Union, a nonprofit organization dedicated to unbiased product testing, consumer-oriented research, public education, and advocacy.

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Reach nearly 65,000 New Jersey Businesses, Top Officers, Plant Managers, HR Contacts, Buyers. Create Mailing Lists, Prospect Lists, or Update Your Contact Database. Reach New Jersey's Business Elite!


Free downloadable eBooks, Audiobooks, and digital magazines with your Library Card and PIN code! (You will need to choose "Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium" as your library - you will not see Elizabeth Public Library in the list of options) Mobile App is available!

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The Elizabeth Daily Journal Digital database begins with the January 10, 1872 edition and is continuously updated as more issues are digitized.
Funding for the Elizabeth Daily Journal Digital database has been made possible in part by project grants from the New Jersey  Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, and through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks & Recreation. 

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The most up-to-date information on funders from around the United States and their grants, with more than 92,000 U.S. foundations and corporate donors featured.
For on-site access click here

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Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1824 - today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900's, and original obituary images. Access is available 24/7.

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                             Discover the amazing history of you! Heritage Quest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical resources that will help New Jersey residents find their ancestors. With more than 4.4 billion records, it delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

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The experience and impact of Hispanic Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today.

La Vida Hispana en América
La experiencia e impacto de los Hispano Américanos como ha sido escrita por los medios de comunicación del 1704 al presente.


Hoopla is a digital content provider of music, ebooks, audiobooks, movies, comics, and television, with currently more than 400,000 titles available across those formats. Library patrons have access to all content instantly, without having to place a hold or wait for a title to become available.

Registration is required. You will need your Library Card number and PIN code in order to register for an account. (View a tutorial here.) Users are allowed five checkouts per month. This service is provided via our membership in LMxAC.

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JerseyClicks is New Jersey's statewide portal that features federated searching of the statewide full-text databases offered by the New Jersey State Library. This resource offers keyword and custom searching of databases through a federated search. These high quality databases cover subjects such as health, history, business, education, science, current events, literature, and popular fiction. The suite also includes Informe, a Spanish language full-text database.

Learning Express

LearningExpress Library is an interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

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Legal Information Reference Center

Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center contains more than 225 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

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MasterFile Premier

MasterFILE Elite, designed specifically for public libraries, provides full text for more than 1,950 general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines including general reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues and much more.

Middle Search Plus

Middle Search Plus contains full text for more than 150 popular, middle school magazines. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 200 magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies, historical essays and student pamphlets.

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Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites.

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Obtain free and full digital access to The New York Times for 24 hours. Please use IE 11 or Firefox for access.  We're now excited to officially introduce New York Times Audio
a new iOS app for audio journalism and storytelling on everything
from world events to what to cook. It's an exclusive feature for
New York Times news subscribers—including those through library 
group subscriptions.


Click HERE for 24 hours of AT-HOME ACCESS.

Niche Academy is an online learning platform that gives EPL patrons access to free videos and tutorials. Use Niche Academy to learn how to use library resources like Brainfuse, Rosetta Stone, Overdrive (eLibraryNJ), hoopla, and many more! Plus, learn how to use the Microsoft Office, social media platforms, and even fill out a job application -- all for free. Click here to access all of our tutorials!

Novelist, the complete readers' advisory solution, empowers librarians, engages readers and connects communities. Find your next read here, for adults, teens, or children.

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Find all the tools you need to discover your passion, ace your exams, and excel in your career.
Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides 200 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).

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Primary Search

Primary Search, designed specifically for elementary school libraries and public library children's rooms, contains full text for more than 60 popular, elementary school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).

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Pronunciator offers the largest ESL curriculum on the planet, with courses for 50 non-English languages.

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ProQuest invites you to explore the new Black Freedom Struggle website, featuring expertly selected open primary source documents. Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

RBDigital magazines have moved to eLibraryNJ or the Libby app, accessible with your EPL card by selecting "Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium" as your library.

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Image result for reference usa logo transparent Reference Solutions is the leading provider in business and consumer research! The database provides real-time access to more than 20 Million Business, 222 Million Consumers, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. New Homeowners and Movers.
Referencia Latina

This comprehensive database offers content from a variety of sources, including an inclusive collection of images, health reports, and full text for reference books and general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas. Additionally, the resource covers a full spectrum of Spanish-language scholarships inside and outside academia.

Small Business Resource Center his database offers users complete small business management resources via a combination of unparalleled periodicals and reference content. From conducting industry research to financial planning, to marketing a product and franchising a business, the Small Business Resource Center provides users with all the information they need to succeed.

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Explore Newark history through local news, events and people with the Star Ledger Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.
Teacher Resource Center TRC provides indexing and abstracts for 280 periodicals. In addition, 96% of journals indexed in TRC are peer-reviewed. Topics include: Assessment, Best Practices, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, School Administration, Science & Mathematics, and Teacher Education.

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games. With a school licence, teachers and students have access to the Common Core Portal, quizzes and teacher materials/lesson plans!

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TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math picture books you will find anywhere. All in the amazing TumbleBook format complete with animation and narration.
The Union County Local Source was created by the merger of the Union Leader, The Observer, The Progress and The Eagle. The database covers 2008-2018. Additional years will be added as they are digitized.