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American Indian History
Covers more than 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and heritage.

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Ancestry Library Edition contains hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records. does not permit home access. Please visit the library to access this database.

Ancient & Medieval History
Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

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AtoZ Business & Residential
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Detailed information on U.S. businesses and U.S. residential listings.

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Auto Repair Reference Center
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Covers vehicles from 1945-present. Includes complete automotive repair manuals originally published in the Chilton Total Car Care Series.
All content has been created by ASE certified technicians.

Biography Reference Center
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Comprehensive collection of full-text biographies supporting history, science, arts, music, literature, multicultural studies, business, sports, entertainment & more.

Career Center
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Search for a job, write an effective resume, or prepare for an interview with a career tutor. Live one-on-one help daily, 2:00 - 10:00pm. The Skills Center Resource Library is available 24/7.

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Consumer Health Complete
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Provides access to easily understandable health and medical information.

Consumer Reports

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EBSCOhost Database Collection
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Search many databases at once. List of links to all EBSCO reference and research databases. Provides access to articles, magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, pamphlets, etc. covering all subject areas.
Available in 13 languages. Provided by OSL and

E-Zone Downloadable Media
Checkout and download audiobooks and ebooks from home with a valid Pawtucket Public Library card. You must have a computer or device that meets the system requirements for the type(s) of digital materials you wish to check out. Free software for the computer or device on which you wish to use the materials available at this site.

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HELIN Catalog
Shared library catalog of the HELIN Library Consortium, which is composed of ten academic libraries, and fifteen health sciences libraries.
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History Reference Center
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Comprehensive history database designed for secondary through undergraduate college research.

Homework Help
(Remote Access Available)
Free online help from real tutors, every day 2pm-11pm. La ayuda en vivo individual está disponible de Todos los días de 2:00pm hasta 11:00pm.
Service provided by the Pawtucket Public Library. To connect remotely, you will need your 14-digit Pawtucket Library card number.

Learning Express Library
(Remote Access Available)
Skill building courses and online practice tests that are true previews of the official tests, including the ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT, U.S. Citizenship exams, Job Skills courses, ESL courses & more.
Provided by

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Literary Reference Center
(Remote Access Available)
Comprehensive database that includes plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies, poems, short stories, classic novels and more.
TIP: For Classics click on Browse Works and select Full Text Classics from the drop-down menu.

Mango Languages
(Remote Access Available)
Language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for over 60 languages and 17 ESL languages. Includes a text translator, film-based learning and free mobile apps.
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MasterFILE Premier
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Magazine, newspaper, general reference, business, health, education, general interest, general science, multicultural issues and more. Reference books, biographies, primary source documents.
Updated daily. Available in 13 languages.

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Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.

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Includes The (Pawtucket) Times, The Valley Breeze Pawtucket Edition, The Providence Journal, and Rhode Island Historical Newspapers.

Providence Journal December 23, 1981 – current
Full-text articles from this daily Rhode Island newspaper on local news, sports, politics, opinion, events, food, restaurants and more. Updated daily.

Pawtucket Times Archives:  January 1, 1898 – February 28, 1921
Searchable by: Birth, death and marriage notices; news/opinion, election returns, letters, legislative acts, legal proceedings (including laws, proceedings of legislatures or courts, official speeches and proclamations by the king, governor, etc.), lists of current prices of important commodities, shipping news (arrivals and departures of ships in domestic and foreign ports), advertisements (including both display ads and classified ads) and maps.

Providence Journal Obituaries & Death Notices
Obituaries and death notices from the Providence Journal (1980 to today). An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.

Rhode Island Historical Newspapers:
Includes: The Pawtucket Times January 1, 1898 – February 28, 1921
and 27 other historical Rhode Island newspapers.

The (Pawtucket) Times: June 10, 2008 - Current
Full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of The Times. Includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. Updated daily.

The Valley Breeze Pawtucket Edition: August 19, 2009 – Current
Full-text weekly newspaper serving the cities and towns of Northern Rhode Island and the Blackstone Valley.

America's News Magazines:
Access news magazines including National Review, Newsweek Global, Parenting, Science News and many popular titles.

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Complete readers’ fiction resource. Most comprehensive guide to fiction series. Recommended reading lists for adults, teens, and kids. Includes Readers’ advisory, genre outlines, discussion guides, awards lists & more.

Points of View Reference Center
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Full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.

World Book Web & Digital Libraries
(Remote Access Available)
Premier online reference suite includes articles & current news, historic & primary source documents, atlases & maps, timelines, literary works & more.
Provided by
*Verizon FIOS and out-of-state Rhode Islanders, see access instructions below.

Access individual World Book Digital Libraries:

Dramatic Learning
Early World of Living

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
Hispánica Saber

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