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For readers of all ages, Books and Authors is a comprehensive reference database for locating reviews of books, periodicals, books-on-tape and electronic media.


Access for children and young adults and Britannica Reference Center for older students and adults. Contents include encyclopedia articles, magazines and journals, websites, multimedia, dictionary and thesaurus entries. Additional content sources include a a world atlas, a country comparison tool, and Notable Quotations.


Over 3,600 in-depth, themed reports that analyze issues that have shaped the modern world, including reportage of current events placed within historical context. Search full-text of the reports, limit searches by date and topic and use Issue Tracker to trace important changes in issues over time.


Credo Reference is a perfect starting point for students, researchers and lifelong learners who are creating research projects, writing topic papers or just doing research. It contains hundreds of subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies and dictionaries. In addition to this traditional content, Credo offers DRM-free access to over 200,000+ images and audio files and nearly 100 videos.


A driver education resource for those interested in taking the South Carolina beginner’s permit test, driver’s license test, or senior citizens’ refresher test. Provides SC DMV practice tests and online manuals for car, motorcycle, and commercial driver’s licenses.


EBSCOhost is a powerful online reference system accessible via the Internet. It offers a variety of proprietary full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. The comprehensive databases range from general reference collections to specially designed, subject-specific databases for public, academic, medical, corporate and school libraries.

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Explora is EBSCO's interface for Schools and Public Libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with a variety of features!


Comprehensive source for biographical information with more than 600,000 biographies of people from around the world and throughout history. Includes full-text articles from hundreds of magazines, daily newspapers and newswires as well as from over 170 Gale reference titles. Multimedia content includes video, audio clips and images.


Opposing Viewpoints in Context draws on the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, as well as core reference content from other Gale and Macmillan Reference sources to provide a complete one-stop source for information on social issues. Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.


An in-depth, curriculum-oriented science database that provides a one-stop resource for all science-related research needs. This database focuses on key concepts and subject areas taught in school classrooms, including: Earth Science, History of Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Science as Inquiry, Space Science and more.


With comprehensive coverage of more than 50 of the most-studied topics in U.S. history, this database provides access to nearly 5,000 primary historical documents, articles from more than 95 reference titles, and 613,000+ periodical articles from respected publications like NewsweekAmerican Heritage and The Historian covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.


World History in Context draws upon themes and trends from current history curriculums and world history textbooks to offer students and researchers comprehensive, award-winning reference content, academic and scholarly journals, as well as 1700+ of primary sources, images and maps. Includes coverage of the 20th century.



History Reference Center offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.


Learn360 is provided by Discus for the citizens of SC for educational purposes only. Access this resource from home or inside the library using the Discus username and password.

Learn360 has over 147,000 multimedia assets for Pre-K through Grade 12 and covers all subject areas. This includes: amazing videos from more than 200 producers such as Reading Rainbow, A&E, Jim Henson, and Weston Woods; interactive learning tools; science experiments; maps; fact sheets; and teacher guides.


A comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons–students and adult learners–succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations and an individualized analysis of your results.

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Provides a wide selection of South Carolina (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

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Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, this valuable resource contains hundreds of publications and thousands of multi-state forms to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds.


Plot summaries, synopses, work overviews, author biographies and interviews, literary criticism and book reviews, full-text of over 300 literary journals, and more. Detailed information on the most studied authors. Content from major literary reference works and from Harold Bloom’s literary criticism series.


Literature Criticism Online provides centuries of analysis - the scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals - delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals.


Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.


GCLS card holders now have access to thousands of free online training videos and courses. Want to learn to code? Need help with Photoshop, Excel, financial literacy, writing or overcoming procrastination? There is a topic for everyone! Courses can be taken on any desktop, laptop or tablet. You create your own account, track your progress and even earn certificates to show others you are keeping your skills razor-sharp.

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This easy-to-use, remotely-accessible, web-based language learning database teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Conversational lessons incorporate vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture components. Mango empowers you to communicate with confidence, preparing you for uncharted experiences with language and culture. Challenge yourself to discover something new.

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This full-text searchable, facsimile-image database makes experiencing historical events, daily life and 19th-century American culture as easy as clicking a mouse. 19th Century U.S. Newspapers provides both professional and general researchers with easy access to seemingly endless information and primary resources — the vast majority of which have never before been accessible online.


This definitive English language guide provides the meaning, history and pronunciation of over half a million words from across the English-speaking world. The usage of words is traced through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources. The dictionary is updated quarterly with between one and two thousand new and revised entries.


This resource offers fully-searchable, accurate, up-to-date bilingual dictionaries for Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. It includes a pronunciation feature that allows users to hear how words sound as well as other language learning and usage tools.


This full-text database provides a historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques — including contemporary content from the finest publishers.


Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.


Information on millions of U.S. and Canadian businesses, physicians and dentists, compiled from telephone directories, company annual reports, federal, state, and municipal government data, trade magazines, newsletters and major newspapers, legal filings and other sources. Search by company name, executive name, city, SIC codes, major industries.

(Formerly known as referenceUSA)

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View our extensive collection of online reference books covering careers, health, history, literature and science!


This site is loaded with South Carolina-specific web resources for K-12 homework help, projects, and more. StudySC will also provide teachers with lesson plans and other content to support classroom activities. From artist biographies to Native American tribes and Civil War timelines, get it all at StudySC. StudySC is a website that provides online content to support South Carolina-specific curriculum standards. StudySC, created by the South Carolina State Library, makes available a student-friendly environment arranged by grade level and by subject area where students can find the information they need fast.


Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals.

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Please note: Some of the services available in Tutor.com require the creation of a personal account.

The K-12 Student Center includes Live Homework Help, WriteTutor Center, Test Prep Center, and a SkillsCenter Resource Library. Tutors are available with no appointment needed! Tutor.com features a variety of resources for students of all ages:

  • Reading assistance for grades K-7 and grades 8-12 including genres, main idea, points of view, and text structures
  • Math assistance and drop-off for Algebra I & II, Pre-calculus and Calculus, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Statistics
  • Science assistance in biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics
  • Writing tutors
  • Computer literacy for Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • English assistance including grammar, literature, and vocabulary
  • ESL and ELL for grades K-7 and grades 8-12
  • Social studies – U.S. History, European History, World History, and Civics
  • World languages – French, German, Spanish, and Italian
  • SAT, PSAT, and ACT Test Prep
  • AP Test Prep

This database for Grades 2-5 includes large images, easy to read text, and easy navigation. There are over 300 videos, science projects, games, maps, and Educator Resources. Topics include: being a good citizen; building character; countries of the world; explorers; famous Americans; holidays; insects, spiders & worms; nutrition; scientists & inventors; U.S. government; weather & climate.

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