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
Subject Guides: E-media
Format: Downloadable or streaming media
Hundreds of volumes of encyclopedias and other ebooks covering all subject areas.
Subject Guides: General
Format: Database of books
Family and local history books and U.S. Federal Census records.
Movies, TV shows, music albums, and graphic novels
Subject Guides: E-media
Format: Downloadable or streaming media
Streaming video
Subject Guides: E-media
Format: Downloadable or streaming media

Music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds

Subject Guides: E-media
Homework Helps: Arts & music
Format: Downloadable or streaming media
Historical and genealogical ​records from all over the world, plus family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni, tombstone photos, biographies and yearbooks.

Search major U.S. and international newspapers and broadcast transcripts

Subject Guides: General
Format: Database of newspapers
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.
Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video

Encyclopedias and other reference books

Subject Guides: General
Format: Database of books

Animation, sound, music and narration are added to children's ebooks. Read along or just let it read aloud to you. Watch National Geographic videos, also.

Apps are available from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Install the app then sign in the first time with your library card number.

A suite of multimedia databases built around the famous encyclopedia.
Subject Guides: General
Format: Database
The catalog of thousands of libraries around the world, including us.
Subject Guides: General
Format: Database