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.


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.

Specializing in New England genealogy records.

American Physical Society journals

Full text access to the journal articles is available to a computer user at any Knox County Public Library location.

Highly technical research in physics, available in-library only. 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

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).

F Library Edition

This resource is only available in the library.

Family history records covering the United States, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and others.

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 for an appointment if you would like help using the database. You may also call to reserve a computer at Lawson McGhee Library to use the database, but a reservation is not required.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

This resource is available only at Lawson McGhee Library.

Records of foundation giving to individuals for education, research, program development, internships, arts and cultural projects, and more.

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
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 (1840–2014), The Wall Street Journal‎ (1889–2000), The Washington Post‎ (1877–2001), 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.)

Subject Guides: Literature
Format: Magazines to download

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). Read along or just let it read aloud to you. Watch National Geographic videos, also. (For mobile users or any device that does not support Flash, the site automatically redirects to the mobile site. If you are not automatically redirected, find "English non-Flash" in the menu in the top right corner. You can also download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.)

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