Databases A-Z

An alphabetical list of important online research 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 to remote users with a library card through June 2021. 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).


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).


Current magazines and their back issues can be browsed and read online or downloaded for offline reading in apps for Android™ phones and tablets, Apple® phones and tables, and Kindle Fire tablets. Titles include Consumer Reports, Newsweek, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and many others.

Format: Downloadable or streaming media
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 23,000 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.

Literary works throughout history, including full-text novels, plays, essays, short stories, speeches, poems, 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.

Provides access to major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers as well as leading titles from around the world, with thousands of images and broadcast transcripts. Search articles by publication title, headline, date, author, or other fields.

Format: Database of newspapers
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.
Discover good books (both fiction and nonfiction), sign up for new book alerts, and build your own reading lists. Find series order, read-alikes, book club discussion guides and more.
(formerly Safari Books Online) Tens of thousands of ebooks and videos on essential topics. Books are from top publishers, fully searchable, and always available.

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


Includes The Tennessean (in two separate databases, 1812–2002 and 1999–current), The Atlanta Constitution‎ (1869–1984), Chicago Defender‎ (1909–1975), The New York Times (1851–2017), The Wall Street Journal‎ (in two separate databases, 1889–2003 and 2008–current), and The Washington Post‎ (1877–2004). The Tennessean is provided by the Tennessee Electronic Library.


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 children's ebooks. (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