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Maryland AskUsNow! is a 24/7 live online interactive service for the residents and students of the state of Maryland. It uses the expertise of trained librarians to provide answers to questions, research guidance, and help navigating the Internet. The librarian should be able to take you to various websites and will communicate with you using Internet chat. A normal session lasts no longer than 15-20 minutes. The librarian may offer to follow-up by e-mail if your question cannot be answered online in this timeframe.

Available to:
All Counties
See also:
  • For Students
  • General Reference
Available ONLY at the Fletcher branch

The Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants.

Available to:
Washington County
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  • General Reference

Oxford Reference Premium is a one-stop shop for reputable information from a well-trusted source. It covers 25 different subject areas, including art & architecture, history, language, law, philosophy, religion, science, and more. Over 260 titles are searchable in one place with new titles added all the time. A great first stop for any research needs.

Remote access to the site must be through the WCFL website: https://www.washcolibrary.org

Available to:
Washington County
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  • General Reference

ReferenceUSA has vital information on every business & consumer in the United States & Canada. It assists business executives in finding valuable sales leads, conducting market research or competitive analysis, and provides an avenue for businesses to do effective marketing & outreach. Students are able to reference this data for research projects and job seekers may find gainful employment. ReferenceUSA provides data on businesses, consumers, healthcare providers, new movers & homeowners, as well as historical business information.

Available to:
All Counties
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  • Academic/Career/ Vocational Test Preparation
  • Business and Investing
  • Community Information
  • General Reference
  • People Search

Salem History is a robust online database that includes the complete content of printed reference sets. Salem currently offers this service with three series of historical reference: Milestone Documents - A new, primary source series; The Decades - Salem's critically acclaimed American history series; Great Lives from History - The definitive, worldwide biographical resource. Titles available include:

  • The 50 States
  • American Immigration, Encyc. of American Immigration
  • Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society
  • Great Lives from History: Latinos
  • Milestone Documents in African American History
  • Milestone Documents in American History
  • Milestone Documents of American Leaders
  • Milestone Documents in World History
  • Milestone Documents of World Religions
  • Musicians & Composers
  • Weapons & Warfare
Available to:
Washington County
See also:
  • General Reference
  • History
  • Multicultural Studies

Features the content of The World Book Encyclopedia, plus 16 additional databases, which include an online atlas, Spanish-language encyclopedia, teacher resources, World Book Kids, images and sounds, current events, and an online version of the World Book Dictionary.

Available to:
All Counties
See also:
  • Encyclopedias
  • For Students
  • General Reference
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