Databases A-Z

An alphabetical list of important online resources

These resources are also organized by subject, including general resources for all subjects.


American Ancestors

This resource is not available at your location. You must be at the East Tennessee History Center to use the American Ancestors database.

Some of the databases available include: Massachusetts Vital Records through 1910, New York Probate Records (1787 - 1835), Social Security Death Index (SSDI), church records, newspapers and periodicals, city and town directories, court records, census, tax, and voter lists, diaries and journals, land records, military records, and published genealogies and biographies. Library Edition

This resource is not available at your location. You must be at the East Tennessee History Center to use the library edition of

Search an enhanced library version of the number one source for online family history research.


The Calvin M. McClung Digital Collection is an online archive of images from the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection. This website makes it easy and fun to research, view and find compelling digital images and artifacts from our rich East Tennessee history. Check back often; images are constantly being added.

A premier resource of high-quality art images from around the world contributed and described by leading museums, all rights-cleared for educational use. Every work in CAMIO is represented by at least one high-resolution image and a description. Many have additional views of the work, sound, video and curatorial notes.

Automobile service and repair manuals. Thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.

A collection of nearly 2,000 pamphlets and complete runs of eight newspapers, which document the diverse perspectives of the Civil War Era (1840-1865). This database covers a vast range of topics, including abolition, politics, religious themes, battle casualties, and the effects of the war on citizens, just to name a few.

This award-winning weekly publication reports on current, newsworthy social issues and controversies. Reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research.The "Issue Tracker" allow you to see how an issue has developed over the past decades.


Detailed United States demographic information including data on income, age, education level, consumer spending, and housing, combined with a powerful mapping tool and reporting capabilities you can use to assess business viability, analyze trends in a given population, and compare demographic characteristics among multiple geographies.

Lists about 600 community organizations in the Knox County area, with browse categories such as Hobby and Recreation, Retirees and Senior Citizens, Appalachia, Environment, and many more. Each listing contains a description of the organization along with basic contact information. You can explore further using tags, search with keywords such as "scholarships" or "volunteer," and download records for mailing lists.

The driver education program for Tennessee contains practice tests and driver's manuals for automobile, motorcycle and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) drivers, plus detailed answers to over 100 questions related to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

F Library Edition

This resource is only available in the library.

A leading supplier of online family history records, including over 2 billion historical records covering the United States, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of the globe, as well as PERSI (Periodical Source Index), a comprehensive subject index of genealogy periodicals and some local history publications.

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

Foundation Directory Online Professional

This resource is available only at Lawson McGhee Library. An appointment with our Foundation Center librarian is recommended; call 865-215-8700 for more information.

Search foundations for your nonprofit corporation's fundraising project. Call 865-215-8700 to set up an appointment for learning and using the database.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

This resource is available only at Lawson McGhee Library.

Search foundation giving to individuals for a variety of purposes, including scholarships, student loans, fellowships, program development, internships, professorships, arts and cultural projects, research, awards/grants by nomination only and general welfare. Call 865-215-8700 to set up an appointment for learning and using the database.

Foundation Maps

This resource is available only at Lawson McGhee Library.

An interactive mapping tool for revealing geographic patterns of giving and funding relationships. Call 865-215-8700 to set up an appointment for learning and using the database.


Search an enormous collection of newspapers, magazine/journal articles, and books simultaneously.


Informe Académico proporciona acceso a periódicos y revistas especializadas de lengua española y portuguesa. La base de datos ofrece una amplia gama de contenidos sobre América Latina.


Watch over over 16,000 films on Kanopy (apps available) including selections from Kino-Lorber, The Great Courses, PBS, and independent and world cinema.

Made especially for students in kindergarten through grade 5. Find pictures, maps, flags, stories, encyclopedia and magazine articles, and news about any subject for kids. Provided by the Tennessee Electronic Library.

Format: Database

Full page images of the historical archives (covering 1922–1990) are searchable along with—or separate from—the database of full-text articles in the current collection (1990 to the present). The historical archives are funded through the generous donations to the Library Foundation's "From Papers to Pixels" campaign.


An essential resource for finding experts on any sort of art, antique, or collectible item from James Bond memorabilia to Zsolnay tiles. Includes thousands of specialist dealers, appraisers, clubs, periodicals, repair and restoration services, museums and libraries, Internet resources, matching services, grading services, authenticators, pricing and auction services.

Contains corporate manuals (formerly known as Moody's manuals) ranging back to the early 1900s: corporate history, business description, annual reports, financial statements. Ford Equity Research Reports are searchable by sell/hold/buy recommendations. Semi-annually released Industry Reports provide detailed analysis and forecasts on two dozen major global industry sectors from Textiles to Aviation for the North American, European, Asia Pacific, and Latin American regions.

Mitchell 1 ProDemand is available for customers at Lawson McGhee Library only. Information from the database may be sent to you; some restrictions apply. Call 215-8700.

The online version of the Mitchell's manuals for car repair, offering repair instructions and diagrams, Technical Service Bulletins, recalls, repair cost estimator, maintenance information. Please note: This product will be available through October but will not be renewed.

Get comprehensive financial information on stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, indexes, and market sectors. In the Investment Classroom (under Help and Education), choose from more than 100 courses on stocks, funds, and portfolio building. Find more news, worksheets, and financial tips under Articles and Videos.

Music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds for streaming. Subcollections of this database are available for jazz, classical, American song, world music, and sounds. You can send music tracks to your mobile device for 48 hours.

More than 5 billion historical ​records from all over the world, including the USA federal census (1790-1940) and the UK census (1841-1901) with images​, 1.5 billion exclusive family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni, millions of public records and tombstone photos, directories, guides, references, biographies and yearbooks, exclusive databases such as the Jewish Chronicle historical newspaper and many others. Choose MyHeritage on the EBSCOhost "Select New Service" page.


Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more: millions of obituaries, staff-written articles, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections. Tennessee newspapers include papers for Knoxville, Maryville, Tazewell, Greeneville, LaFollette, Wartburg, Sevierville, Newport, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge, Kingston, and many others. Educators can use "Hot Topics" and "Special Reports" sections in curricula.


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


RBdigital provides a collection of full-color magazines on a variety of subjects, and downloadable audiobooks in fiction and nonfiction. After setting up your account on the RBdigital website (use the link above and go to Register), you can download to an RBdigital app for your mobile device (Android, iOS, Kindle) or to the MediaManager app on a computer. Magazines will also stream in a browser.


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

Format: Database of books

Online test preparation, along with basic skills practice quizzes, in-depth information on colleges and universities, graduate and professional programs, distance learning, available scholarships and awards, and much more. Practice tests include entrance exams, certification, and licensing tests.

Builds all four core skills of a language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 100+ languages to choose from, and English lessons for speakers of over 25 different languages. Track progress through lessons. Kid-friendly lessons in 6 languages. Mobile apps available. Provided by Tennessee Electronic Library.

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


Get projections of price performance, key financial measures, and concise, objective commentary on current operations and future prospects for hundreds of publicly traded stocks. Once you get connected to Value Line, go to Dashboard on the main menu of the site. From there, you can use the Summary & Index link in the Quick Links box to load the current issue. The quick link for the Small and Mid-Cap issue is "SMC Summary & Index." We do not subscribe to all sections of the site, but if you experience an irregularity using the Investment Survey or SMC, please clear your browser cookies.

Digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, oral histories, artifacts, etc.) documenting the history and culture of Tennessee. This site searches the "Growth of Democracy in Tennessee" database and the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.


A suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. Provided by the Tennessee Electronic Library.

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