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Auto and Driving

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Auto Repair Reference Center Information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles with repair information for most vintage models dating back to 1954.

Driving-Tests Help save lives. This is the nation's leading online driver's education program, which provides unlimited, registration-free access to car/motorcycle/commercial vehicle practice tests, online driving manuals and FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 DMV-related questions.


Books and Literature

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ABC-CLIO NC Live This digital collection of full text books includes materials from all time periods in the United States and Europe.

eSequels Online guide to series fiction.

NoveList Plus  The NoveList readers' advisory service provides author read-alikes, book discussion guides, reading lists, and more for all genres of fiction.

Salem Literature Literature database of author profiles and literary criticism of the world's most-studied literature.

Twentieth Century African-American Poetry NC Live This resource features nearly 9,000 poems by some of the most important African-American poets of the last century.

Twentieth Century American Poetry NC Live This resource includes 50,000 poems drawn from 750 volumes by more than 300 poets from the last century.

Twentieth Century English Poetry NC Live This resource collects more than 600 volumes of poetry by British poets since 1900.



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Bureau of Labor Statistics Statistics include unemployment rates, average earnings and consumer price index. This web site gathers information from many federal and state agencies in one location, including information about business licenses, business permits, and starting small businesses.

Business Licenses in North Carolina The North Carolina Commerce web site contains information regarding business licenses required by state agencies and occupational licensing boards.

Morningstar Investment Research Center NC Live The Morningstar Investment Research Center covers mutual funds, stocks and exchange-traded funds for the individual investor. Read in-depth, independent stock and fund reports written by experts with the proprietary Morningstar Rating and Style Box.

NC LIVE Business Portal The Business Portal is designed for local entrepreneurs, investors, and small business owners who are looking to get their business started, or grow their customer base, and contains free access to full-text articles from the Wall Street Journal, expensive market research data, demographic mapping, company listings from ReferenceUSA, information on starting a small business, business planning, investment research, and more.

ReferenceUSA NC Live Reference and research tool providing instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 235 million U.S. residents. ReferenceUSA makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

SimplyAnalytics NC Live Get business and marketing data for almost any location in the United States to help you write your business plan.

Small Business Administration The Small Business Administration provides assistance on starting, expanding, and financing a small business.

ThomasNet Industrial search engine for finding the exact product, service, or supplier and provides direct access to the detailed information including line-item product details, CAD drawings, and more.

Wall Street Journal NC Live The financial newspaper of record offers in-depth coverage of national and international finance, as well as coverage of hard news. This website contains an index of articles from 1981, with many complete articles from 1984, to the present.


College and Test Prep

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College Foundation of North Carolina Free service of the State of North Carolina that helps students plan, apply, and pay for college.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Apply for federal student financial aid online.

Learning Express Library NC Live The Learning Express Library provides online classes and resources for the SAT, ACT and GED. Practice tests are available for the SAT, ACT, GED, ASVAB, high school AP exams, graduate school entrance exams, as well as nursing, real estate, firefighter, cosmetology, and police officer exams. 



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Gale Reference Library NC Live Gale Virtual Reference Library provides respected essays on varied topics, including the arts, education, environment, medicine, religion, science, social sciences and more, all in eBook reference title format. All of the articles can be translated from English into Spanish, French, Japanese, simplified Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, or Korean.

World Book World Book Online contains every article from the 22-volume encyclopedia plus an atlas, dictionary, World Book Kids, a special North Carolina section, and a Spanish language encyclopedia.



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Fuel Economy U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provide consumers with information about fuel-economy and fuel efficient vehicles, side-by-side vehicle comparison, air pollution emissions information, and more.


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Breast Cancer Resource Directory of North Carolina Free comprehensive information, support and resources for North Carolina breast cancer patients and survivors and their families and friends.

Lab Tests Online Get reliable, unbiased help understanding your lab results from this peer-reviewed website provided by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

MedlinePlus Get quick, reliable information about many medical conditions from the National Library of Medicine. This site contains a medical encyclopedia, dictionary, current news, videos, and a pharmaceutical drug encyclopedia.

NC Health Info Use this web site to find videos, local health care providers, and reliable health information. This site also includes extensive information about health care for veterans, those currently serving in the military, and their families.

Salem Health Health database for information on topics including diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, and anatomy. Log in with your library card.

WebMD This web site provides timely information about diseases and conditions, health and wellness, and medications. There is a large collection of links to other health resources. WebMD does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


History and Genealogy

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African American Heritage Search essential historical records for African Americans, including Federal Census, Marriage and Cohabitation Records, Military Draft and Service Records, Registers of Slaves and Free(d) Persons of Color, Freedman's Bank, and more.

Ancestry Library Online This genealogical database includes federal and state census, church, military, court, land, probate, immigration, and vital records.

Digital Mooresville This site has a web-based collection of photographs, documents, maps and images that depict the history of Mooresville from the earliest images to the present. Digital Mooresville preserves and promotes the history and heritage of Mooresville and the surrounding area by making that history available to researchers, teachers, students, and others in an online environment.

Digital North Carolina A digital collection of primary sources from cultural heritage institutions around North Carolina including photographs, yearbooks, and government records.

Documenting the American South  Documenting the American South includes books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs related to southern history, literature, and culture.

Fold3  Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Heritage Quest NC Live Genealogy buffs or historians may search federal census records, family histories, local histories, the Periodical Source Index, and more with records from 1700 to the present.

Mooresville Tribune Archive Access Mooresville Tribune newspapers from 1904-2010.

MyHeritage  Discover, share and preserve your family history, with access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. MyHeritage is available in 40 languages.

NC LIVE Video Collection NC Live This collection contains more than 250 high-quality documentary and educational video programs produced for PBS, covering the sciences, U.S. and world history, biographies, current events, the arts, and a variety of other subjects. Several educational series for children are included.

NCpedia  Free and reliable source of information for students and other researchers interested in topics related to North Carolina.

Newspaper Archive Contains tens of millions of historical newspaper pages from 1759 to present. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date.

Salem History  Biographical database of important men and women in all areas of achievement. Log in with your library card.

Sanborn Maps North Carolina NC Live This site contains Sanborn fire insurance maps from 1867-1970 for all parts of North Carolina.


Job Search, Careers and Life Long Learning

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Digital Learn is a collection of free self-directed tutorial for end-user to increase their digital literacy. Learn basic computer skills, such as "Navigating a Website" or "Intro to Email".

Gale Courses  Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

GCFLearn Free
Offers more than 180 topics, from MS Office and email to reading, math and more; Including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free; Helps you learn the essential skills needed to live and work in the 21st century.

LearningExpress Library NC Live With nearly 400 online tests and courses, LearningExpress Library provides skill building, remediation, academic preparation, job, and career preparation and advancement skills.

NC LIVE Jobs Portal NC Live  A user-friendly starting point for those who are job hunting or looking to jump start their careers, featuring resume and cover letter builders, career information, career-related eBooks, interviewing tips, interactive practice exams, and more.

NCWorks   One-stop online resource for job seekers and employers in North Carolina. Job seekers can search for jobs, create resumes, and find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs, and search labor market information.

North Carolina Division of Employment Security  The North Carolina Division of Employment Securities (DES) provides employment services, unemployment insurance and labor market information to the State's workers, employers and general public.

North Carolina Joblink Career Centers This web site contains employment and training services to help job seekers find a new or better job.
North Carolina Office of State Personnel This website posts job openings with the state of North Carolina.

North Carolina State Library Jobs This website posts job openings available in North Carolina libraries.

Occupational Outlook Handbook  The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally-recognized source of career information designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.

O*net Online  This site provides detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more.


Language Learning

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BBC Languages Offers free online language-learning courses with emphasis on major European languages. Also offers links in 33 languages to the BBC news.
Duolingo Learn languages in bite-sized lessons as you earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up.
Mango Languages Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. Mango offers 22 languages to learn as well as 15 English as a Second Language courses. Log in with your library card number. 

Pronunciator Fun and easy way to learn 80 languages. Learn right in your browser, and get the app for your mobile device!
Read Arabic! Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the materials of Read Arabic! were developed to provide online e-learning reading lessons aimed at beginning and intermediate students of the language.

Read Chinese! Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, these Read Chinese! materials were developed to provide online e-learning reading lessons aimed at beginning and intermediate students of the language.

English as a Second Language

Activities for ESL Students Quizzes, tests, exercises, and puzzles to help you learn English.

Adult Learning Activities News Stories for ESL Learners. Improve basic English skills using real-life stories on topics of interest to adults.

BBC Learning English Videos, podcasts, and quizzes for learning English from the BBC. Tools for learning and practicing English grammar and writing.

General Learning Quizzes Listen to everyday conversations with adult and children's voices.



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Charlotte Observer Serving the Piedmont of North Carolina with News, Sports and Weather.


Tax Information

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Internal Revenue Service Download federal tax forms and instructions from 1980 to the present.

Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally $49,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country.

North Carolina Department of Revenue Download North Carolina state tax forms and instructions from 1992 to the present.

North Carolina Taxpayer Service Centers The North Carolina Department of Revenue lists their office locations throughout the state where staff offer a variety of services ranging from providing North Carolina tax forms to answering questions.