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A-Z Magazine and Newspaper Locator - Identify and locate the periodicals for which MCPL has full-text online.

Advertising Redbooks - Searchable profiles of U.S. and international advertising agencies and public relations firms. Plus profiles of companies that advertise, including their brands and personnel.

Africa: An Encylopedia for Students - Full-text title from Gale Virtual Reference Library.

American Song - Listen to music from America's past. Songs by and about African Americans, American Indians, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests.

Auto Repair Reference Center - Illustrated repair and maintenance for vehicles from 1954 to the present.


Biography in Context - Biographical articles from reference books and periodicals. (Previously called Biography Resource Center.)

BookFlix - An online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction e-books from Scholastic.

Books & Authors - Book discovery and readers' advisory website, with read-alikes and suggestions, award lists, series lists, author information, reviews, and reader ratings.

Business Insights: Global - Provides worldwide company information; worldwide industry overviews and research reports; case studies; economic and business statistics; journal articles. From Gale.

Business Plans Handbook Series - Contains almost 300 model business plans for various types of small business.

newBusiness Source Premier - Over 2200 full-text journals, as well as market research reports, industry reports, country reports, and company profiles. In addition, the supplemental Regional Business News provides access to nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications. From Ebscohost.


Classical Music Library - Listen to over 50,000 tracks of streaming classical music, ranging from Gregorian chant to contemporary chamber pieces. Offers one piece for free download several times a month.

Classical Scores Library - Scores for instrumental and vocal works of all types of classical music. Listen along when pieces are also in the Classical Music Library.

Consumer Reports - Please use MasterFILE Premier for full-text of Consumer Reports, including current issues. Use one of these methods to access Consumer Reports articles:

  • Follow these MasterFILE Premier's coverage: Consumer Reports or Consumer Reports on Health.
  • OR from the Advanced Search screen, you can limit your keyword search to the publication Consumer Reports.
  • OR you can browse issue content by clicking on Publications at the top of any search screen and then typing Consumer Reports in the Publication box in the middle of the page. 

Contemporary World Music - Listen to music from around the world in genres such as reggae, worldbeat, swing and jazz, plus traditional music including Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, and zydeco.

Custom Newspapers - Coverage includes more than 150 cover-to-cover titles, including U.S. national and local newspapers as well as leading titles from around the world.


Discovering Collection - Easy-to-use coverage of history, literature, science, social studies, with content almost entirely from reputable reference books, plus video, audio, and primary sources. Great for students in high school and middle school. - Website for learners who want to practice their skills before taking the real DMV test. The site provides permit practice tests for the State of Maryland for cars, motorcycles, and CDL. Please note that these are not real driving tests and the results cannot be used as proof of DMV course completion of any sort. The practice tests are for personal use only. Also includes the Maryland Driver's, Motorcycle, and CDL Handbooks.


EBSCOhost - Search across all of our EBSCO periodical and reference products.

EBSCOhost E-Books - A collection of 222 Cliffs Notes, study aids for works of classic and modern literature .  These titles are to be read online through your browser; they are not downloadable.

Educator's Reference Complete - Over 1100 full-text periodicals and reports covering issues, research, and practical techniques in education. See also ERIC free online. ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) indexes education journals, with a few in full-text, and provides full-text of many research and policy reports.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - Una enciclopedia de conocimientos generales.

Encyclopedia of Associations - Information about national, international, and local nonprofit and membership organizations. Part of the Gale Directory Library.


Foundation Center online resources - These are available only at the Rockville Memorial Library, which is Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center.

Freegal - Download 3 free and legal MP3 songs each week. Choose from over 3,000,000 recordings on Sony and independent record labels. Freegal works with any computer, any portable music player, and iTunes. The music is yours to keep. Download limits are reset Sundays at midnight. Read the FAQ on our music resources.


Gale Courses - High-quality, free courses and career training programs entirely over the Internet.

Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media - Directory of newspapers, periodicals, radio, television, and cable. Part of the Gale Directory Library.

Gale Encyclopedia of American Law - 14-volume encyclopedia, published in 2011, with entries on legal topics as well as cases, important statutes and documents, legal terms and concepts, and notable persons. Part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Full-text reference books on topics including business, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, religion, science, travel, and more. Fully searchable and browsable.

General OneFile - Our largest periodical resource. Articles from 11,000 periodicals and newspapers. Indexing starts in 1980; later years have majority in full-text. National Public Radio transcripts and audio. Machine translation into 8 languages. Save your searches and post RSS feeds.

General OneFile subcollections - For focused searches, you can use these subject specialty subcollections of this resource:


Health & Wellness Resource Center - Articles on health, medicine, and wellness from magazines, journals, and reference books. Also covers alternative medicine.

HeritageQuest Online - Rich resource for genealogists, including Census and U.S. military records and full-text family and local histories. Help with printing Census records.

History in Context - U.S. - Reference articles, journal articles, primary sources, maps, and charts on topics in American history. From Gale/Cengage.

History in Context - World - Reference articles, journal articles, primary sources, maps, and charts on topics in world history. From Gale/Cengage.

History Reference Center - Full text from history reference books and periodicals. Plus historical documents, biographies, images, maps, and video. From EBSCO.


¡Informe! - Articles from popular Hispanic magazines. Articulos de revistas hispánicas populares.


Jazz Music Library - Listen to streaming music from thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.


Kids InfoBits - For students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Content from children's magazines and reference books.


Legal Forms - General forms as well as forms specific to Maryland. From Gale.

Literature Resource Center - Literary criticism and biographies from journals and reference books.


Mango Languages - Online language courses, emphasizing conversational skills. Covers more than 44 languages, plus English courses for speakers of over 13 languages. Mango Languages has apps for Apple devices and for Android devices.  To use the app, first log in to the Mango website with your library card number, and create your Mango account. Then download the app to your device.

Marina - Maryland's interlibrary loan catalog. See our interlibrary loan policies.

Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium (Overdrive) - Downloadable e-books and audiobooks.

MasterFILE Premier - Full-text articles from nearly 1,700 periodicals, some dating back to 1975.  Includes complete and current Consumer Reports articles.  Plus reference books, primary documents, images.

Morningstar Investment Research Center - Investment reports on specific stocks and funds. Search for investments that meet your criteria.

Music Online - Search across all of our streaming music resources at once. Music Online includes all the content of American Song, Classical Music Library, Classical Scores Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound. Music Online now includes almost 140,000 tracks of rock, pop, punk, new age, metal, holiday music, hip-hop, rap, electronic, film and theater soundtracks, and more, which are not in the subcollections.

Muzzy Online - Interactive language learning for children.  Teaches 8 languages, including English, with animation and games.

MyGovernment - Locate, research, and contact your elected officials - federal, state and local. Also includes overviews of the federal government, how laws are made, applying for citizenship, and voter information.


National Newspapers Premier from ProQuest - Articles from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and two dozen other newspapers. Funded in part by the Friends of the Library, Potomac Branch Chapter.

New York Times - 1980 to the present in full-text. Use these specific links for the full-text coverage of the NYT Book Review and the Sunday NYT Magazine, beginning in 1986. Part of National Newspapers Premier from ProQuest.

New York Times Historical - 1851-2008. Available only at the Rockville Memorial Library. Completely searchable images of every page.

NoveList Plus - Find fiction by series, plot, setting, and read-alikes. Also book discussion guides, booklists and award winners, booktalks, and other articles. Covers fiction and nonfiction for all ages.

NoveList K-8 Plus - Find good books, fiction and nonfiction, for kids and teens. Kid-friendly, with recommended reading lists, read-alikes, award winners, series titles, and more.


OneClickDigital Audiobooks - Downloadable audiobooks for adults, teens, and children. First-time users should create an account on the site with a user name and password.

Opposing Viewpoints - Articles, overviews, editorials, statistics, and primary sources on controversial social issues.

Oxford African American Studies Center - Covers African American history, including primary sources and biographies. Features the African American National Biography, Africana, and the Encyclopedia of African American History.

Oxford English Dictionary - Word entries include definitions, pronunciation, and history, with quotations that trace usage over time.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online - History, belief and practice, politics, and culture of the Islamic world, incorporating reference articles, primary sources, images, and timelines.


Reference USA - Find businesses in the U.S. and Canada by name, address, and phone number, as well as by type, size, and location. Find U.S. residences by name, address, or phone number. Search for jobs by type, keywords, geography, and estimated salary. Find business profiles in the U.S. and Canada by type, size, and location, as well as by name, address, and phone number. Includes limited download options. Tutorials and webcasts.


Safari Books Online - E-books on information technology, computing, and business from major publishers within the last 2 to 3 years. Complete content of over 8000 books, with charts, graphics, and cut-and-paste code segments. Note: These titles are not downloadable. Read them from within your browser. You should be able to read these books on mobile devices with Web access after you log in with your card number and PIN, if the device supports Flash. Apple devices do not support Flash. MCPL has a limited number of concurrent users on this product. If you can't get in, clear your browser's Temporary Internet Files, and try again after a while.

Science in Context - Articles from science magazines, peer-reviewed journals, and reference books, including topic overviews, experiments, and biographies. From Gale/Cengage.

Science Reference Center - Full-text articles from science periodicals, reference books, and encyclopedias. From EBSCO.

newSearchasaurus - Articles from over 80 magazines that are favorites of elementary school students. With a kid-friendly design from EBSCO.

Small Business Resource Center - Reference and periodical content covering all major areas of starting, operating and maintaining a business from financing, management, marketing, accounting, taxes and more.

Smithsonian Global Sound - Listen to traditional and world music, plus nature sounds, dramatic performances, poetry, political speeches, and war and protest songs.

Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage - Investment reports on stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, plus company profiles and the S&P Outlook. With a new Financial Literacy section.

Student Research Center - For students in grades 6 through 12. Articles from reference books and magazines, biographies, images, primary sources, and more. From EBSCO.

Student Resources in Context - For middle and high school students. Articles from reference books and magazines, images, video, primary sources, and more. From Gale/Cengage.


3M Cloud Library - Downloadable fiction and nonfiction e-books for adults, young adults, and children in epub format.

Testing and Education Resource Center - Practice SAT, ACT, AP, TOEFL, GRE, LSAT, GED, SSAT, NCLEX, civil service, career, military exams and many more, with both interactive and eBook formats. Search for colleges and graduate programs by your own criteria.

Theatre in Video - Over 250 performances of the world's leading plays, available in streaming video. Bookmark specific scenes or speeches and create your own playlists. Includes documentaries about theater. Flash Player 8 and a minimum of 400kbps of bandwidth are required.

TumbleBooks - An online collection of animated, talking picture books. Includes story books, chapter books, nonfiction, videos, and more. Also includes e-books in French and Spanish.


UlrichsWeb Global Serials Directory - Ulrich's directory of magazines and journals published worldwide, with bibliographic and publisher information. There is no article access in this directory.


Value Line - Information and investment advice on stocks, industries, mutual funds, options, and convertibles.  Allows screening by various criteria to create prospect lists.


Wall Street Journal - 1984 to the present in full-text. Part of National Newspapers Premier from ProQuest.

Washington Consumers' Checkbook - In-Library Access Only. Consumer reviews of local services.

Washington Information Directory - Congressional Quarterly's guide to national organizations and government agencies in the Washington area.

Washington Post - 1988 to the present in full-text. Part of National Newspapers Premier from ProQuest.

Washington Post Historical - 1877-1995. Completely searchable images of every page.

World Book Online - Encyclopedia for students and adults, with multimedia content.

WorldCat, a vast catalog of library holdings from OCLC, a worldwide library cooperative. See MCPL's See MCPL's interlibrary loan policies.


Zinio - Downloadable magazines to read on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Complete full color issues available of 100 magazine titles.