For the benefit of its cardholders, the Lincoln Public Library buys subscriptions to high-quality web-based reference products not openly offered on the Internet. Access to this premium web-based content is one of the privileges of holding an OSL (Ocean State Libraries) or Lincoln Public Library Card. The links below have brief descriptions and go directly to our paid databases:

Other quality content is available on the Internet.To access some of our favorites, select from the list on the left.

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is available inside the library only. This online database offers census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more from countries all over the world. Research your family's history with Ancestry Library Edition.
Product reviews and ratings on cars, appliances, electronics and more from Consumer Reports. You must either hold a Lincoln Public Library card to access this product or use this in the Lincoln Public Library.


Value Line

Published weekly, each Survey Issue includes:

  • Ratings & Reports
  • Selection & Opinion
  • Summary & Index

Morningstar Investment Research Center
This online database was designed to help both new and experience investors make informed investing decisions. Access is available within the library as well as outside the library.

Ebsco Online: (click to expand for direct links to individual databases)

Ebsco Online offers access to:

Academic Search Premier
The world’s largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for nearly 4,650 serials, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost.

Auto Repair Reference Center
The Auto Repair Reference Center database includes automotive repair information supplied by Point 5 Technologies, Inc., under license from Nichols Publishing, the former publisher of Chilton® Information and information from Delphi Integrated Service Solutions. Auto Repair Reference Center contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1945.

Biography Reference Center
Biography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies supporting history, science, the arts, music, literature, multicultural studies, gender studies, business, government & politics, sports, entertainment and many other areas. This database features more than 177,000 full-text biographies from many different sources.

EBSCO’s all new research portals designed for general audiences. Explora has a user-friendly interface with quick facts and articles for all of your research needs.

History Reference Center
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 77,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

Literary Reference Center
Literary Reference Center contains full text for more than 31,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism, more than 179,000 author biographies (including more than 22,000 in-depth bios), nearly 450 literary journals, more than 644,000 book reviews, more than 71,000 classic and contemporary poems, more than 18,000 classic and contemporary short stories, more than 5,800 author interviews, more than 8,200 classic texts and much more.

MasterFILE Premier
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,950 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, 84,011 biographies, 83,472 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 192,999 photos, maps and flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.

MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.

Middle Search Plus
Middle Search Plus provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps and flags.

Novelist is an electronic readers' advisory resource which assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles.

Points of View
Points of View Reference Center is a full text database designed to provide students and schools with a series of controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Essays provide questions and materials for further thought and study and are accompanied by thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications

Primary Search
Primary Search provides full text for nearly 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990. This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost.

This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms. TOPICsearch contains full text for over 102,800 articles from more than 2,500 diverse sources, including more than 1,550 full text periodicals.


The Gale Databases may be accessed outside the library. You must either hold a Lincoln Public Library card to access the Gale products or use them in the Lincoln Public Library.

Gale Virtual Reference Library  
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).

Literature Criticism Online
Includes Contemporary Literary Criticism® and
Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism®


AskRI: Rhode Island's Statewide Reference Resource Center

Learning ExpressLearning Express Library
LearningExpress Library provides a completely 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.
LearningExpress Library also includes the Job Search & Workplace Skills Learning Center which will help you:
* Craft the resume that will get you hired
* Strengthen your job search, interviewing, and networking skills, and much more!


Mango Languages -- Learn a language now!
Mango Languages
is an online language-learning system that will teach you actual conversational skills. Start learning a new language now!



World Book Online
Multimedia encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary, Spanish language encyclopedia for students, teacher and parent resources, and more.



Salem Online

Salem Online Reference Sources
Search the library's entire collection of online works published by Salem. Includes literary criticism, history, health, and science.



World History Encyclopedia eBook