The Carroll and Madison Library System makes a number of research databases available for use in the library. Registered library card holders may also use most of these databases from home. Unless otherwise noted, please use your library card number to gain access to these databases.
Many of these databases are made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Additional state funds were provided by the Arkansas Department of Education.
If you need assistance using these databases or finding information, please call the Library.
Books and Book Reviews
NoveList Plus (Ebscohost) – Search for fiction and non-fiction books by Author, Title or Description. Find lists of author read-alikes, award winners and recommended reads, as well as books discussion guides.
NoveList K-8 Plus (Ebscohost) – Includes information on many titles popular with students in grades K-8, arranged by instructional unit, theme or topic. Teachers can find appropriate fiction and non-fiction to complement classroom instruction.
Business Source Elite (Ebscohost)– Provides fulltext articles from more than 1,100 scholarly business journals.
Regional Business News (Ebscohost) – Provides indexing and some fulltext from regional business publications. Arkansas Business is indexed from July 1996 through May 2001.
Education/Jobs and Careers
ERIC (Ebscohost) – The Educational Resource Information Center, with digests, citations and abstracts from almost 1,000 education-related journals.
Professional Development Collection (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext journal articles of interest to professional educators.
Britannica for Kids (Encyclopaedia Britannica) – An online encyclopedia designed especially for younger students. Includes Compton’s Encyclopedia and other resources.
Enciclopedia Juvenil (Encyclopaedia Britannica) - Articles in Spanish, as well as photos and images, aimed at younger students.
Enciclopedia Universal en Espanol (Encyclopaedia Britannica) – A comprehensive Spanish-language reference tool with more than 47,000 articles for older students and adults.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (Encyclopaedia Britannica) – An online encyclopedia designed specifically for public libraries. Included the Encyclopaedia Britannica and other resources.
Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (Ebscohost) – A general encyclopedia which covers a variety of subject areas.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus (Encyclopaedia Britannica) – Comprehensive dictionary and thesaurus of the English language.
Searchasaurus (Ebscohost) provides an easy to use interface for children to search EBSCO Animals, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, and databases that contain articles written for primary grade or middle grade students
Webster’s Third International Dictionary, Unabridged (Encyclopaedia Britannica) – A comprehensive, unabridged dictionary of the English language, with over 472,000 entries.
AncestryLibrary Edition – Includes census, church, court and immigration records as well as historical maps and many other genealogy resources, from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and other areas. Available in library only.
HeritageQuest – (Proquest) Includes searchable images of the U.S. Federal Census records, digitized family and local history books, an index to genealogical and history periodicals, and other genealogy resources.
Digital Sanborn Maps - The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for the state of Arkansas. Covers the years 1867-1970; not all years are available for all locations. Please call the Library for login and password.
Health Source: Consumer Edition (Ebscohost) – This database provides consumer health information on many health topics including medical sciences, nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (Ebscohost) – This database provides nearly 550 scholarly fulltext journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.
Teen Health and Wellness
Teen Health and Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers is a comprehensive database that allows teens (and those who care about teens) to research health-related issues important to their well-being. It’s both a research/report tool and a self-help resource.
Annals of American History Online (Encyclopaedia Britannica) - Provides a year-by-year documentary of American thought and action. Includes speeches, writings, memoirs, poems, and interviews by more than 1,500 authors who made and analyzed American history.
Arkansas Legal Services – Information and free legal aid on matters of Family, Housing, Public Benefits and Consumer Law. Library card not needed to access site.
Arkansas State Code – Link to Arkansas state law. Library card not needed to access site.
Legal Collection (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext articles from scholarly journals.
Academic Search Elite (Ebscohost) – This database provides fulltext articles from over 2,000 scholarly journals, many peer-reviewed, and covers virtually every area of academic study.
Gale OneFile - Includes more than 7,000 full-text titles; more than 3,600 journals; more than 25 years of backfile; and five newspaper indexes.
MAS Ultra-School Edition (Ebscohost) – Provides fulltext articles from hundreds of popular magazines, as well as pamphlets, reference books, biographies, primary source documents and images, all intended for high school students.
Masterfile Premier (Ebscohost) – A general periodicals database with fulltext information from more than 2,050 publications including magazines, reference books, primary source documents and images.
Middle Search Plus (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext magazines, biographies, primary source documents and images, all intended for middle school and junior high students.
Newspaper Source (Ebscohost) – A database with selected articles from about 30 national and international newspapers, as well as some regional newspapers, and television and radio transcripts.
Primary Search (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext magazines intended for elementary school students.
TOPICsearch (Ebscohost) – Provides information about current events which are likely to be discussed in the classroom. Includes more than 1,000 fulltext periodicals.
FirstSearch – Provides access to several databases including Worldcat, which is a catalog of books, videos and other materials owned by libraries across the country.
Gale Discovering Collection – A database of information from Gale Group print publications on topics such as history, literature, geography and cultures, and science.
Kids Search (Ebscohost) - Articles and other reference materials for students in grades K-5.
Student Research Center (Ebscohost) - Articles, primary source documents and other reference materials for researchers in grades 6-12.
World Data Analyst Online (Encyclopaedia Britannica) – Provides current and historical statistics on 217 countries. Users may create tables and charts, and may export information to a spreadsheet.