Databases A-Z

An alphabetical list of important online resources

These resources are also organized by subject, including general resources for all subjects. Longer descriptions of these products may appear in the linked subject guides.

This resource is available only at the East Tennessee History Center. Specializing in New England genealogy records.
This resource is available only at the East Tennessee History Center. An enhanced library version of the online family history research site.

More than 6,000 digitized pages covering the years 1869–1910.  Includes The Chattanooga News‎ (1891–1910), The Chattanooga Press‎ (1893–1905), The Chattanooga Commercial (1885–1887), The Daily Times‎ (1869–1895), The Daily Commercial (1887–1887), and The Chattanooga Daily Commercial (1876–1885).

Presents even-handed analysis of current controversies, essential to policy debates. (Note that we do not subscribe to Supreme Court Debates or International Debates, although you will see links to them within this site.)


Digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, oral histories, artifacts, etc.) documenting the history and culture of Tennessee. Part of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).


Includes several databases. ArticleFirst is an index of items listed on the table of contents pages of over 16,000 journals. Other databases index conference papers and proceedings, dissertations, Latin American journals, and open archives.

Format: Index
Family and local history books and U.S. Federal Census records.

Stream and download thousands of movies, TV shows, music albums, and graphic novels with Hoopla. Hoopla works with most smartphones, tablets, and computers as well as Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Fire TV. The library pays per use so patrons are limited to 5 checkouts each month. At the beginning of each month your limit will reset.


Watch over 16,000 films on Kanopy (apps available) including selections from Kino-Lorber, The Great Courses, PBS, and independent and world cinema. The library pays per checkout, so patrons are limited to 5 per month. This limit resets at the start of each month.

For students in kindergarten through grade 5, with pictures, maps, flags, stories, articles, and news about any subject.
Format: Database
Biographies of literary figures and overviews of their work; literary criticism and reviews in all disciplines; full-text works of literature from all time periods and from around the world.
Literary works throughout history, including full-text poems, short stories, speeches, novels, plays, essays, and classic nonfiction.
Rates stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds plus provides portfolio education, news, worksheets, and financial tips.

Music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds for streaming; jazz, classical, American song, world music, sound effects can be sent to your mobile device for 48 hours.

Historical and genealogical ​records from all over the world, plus family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni, tombstone photos, biographies and yearbooks.
Newspaper articles and broadcast transcripts. Coverage for Tennessee includes Knoxville, Maryville, Tazewell, Greeneville, LaFollette, Wartburg, Sevierville, Newport, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge, Kingston, and many others.

Authoritative reference books covering the full subject spectrum, plus English and bilingual dictionaries, timelines, quotations, maps and illustrations.


Includes The Atlanta Constitution‎ (1869–1984), Chicago Defender‎ (1909–1975), The New York Times (1851–2015), The Wall Street Journal‎ (1889–2002), The Washington Post‎ (1877–2002), and The Tennessean (in two separate databases, 1812–2002 and 1999–present). The Tennessean is provided by the Tennessee Electronic Library.


Provides a collection of full-color magazines on a variety of subjects; read online or download to the RBdigital app for your mobile device (Android, iOS, Kindle). (When a publisher stops licensing to RBdigital, we move the inactive magazine to the end of the list, but you can still find the back issues by searching or by scrolling past all of the current titles. Inactive magazine titles will also show up when you use the Genre filter.)


A collection of reference books covering business, careers, health, history, literature, science, and social issues.

Format: Database of books

Covers a variety of programs in all educational areas, including area and ethnic studies, business, computer science, education, liberal arts, medicine, physical sciences, theology and religion, and more. Intended for students and others interested in education funding.

Subject Guides: Education
Format: Online reference

Animation, sound, music and narration are added to picture books (apps available from Google Play or the Apple App Store). Read along or just let it read aloud to you. Watch National Geographic videos, also.

Projections of price performance, key financial measures, and concise, objective commentary on current operations and future prospects for hundreds of publicly traded stocks.
A suite of multimedia databases built around the famous encyclopedia.
Format: Database

The catalog of thousands of libraries around the world, including us. You can register for your own account and use it to create lists to share with your friends, or contribute to the description of an item by posting ratings and reviews, factual notes or a table of contents.

Format: Database