Resources & Databases



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Academic Search Premier discus logo


Comprehensive database of academic journals for scholarly research

Alt HealthWatch discus logo

Database focusing on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness

Ancestry Library Edition


Ancestry Library Edition is one of the most important genealogical collections available today with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom.

**Available in the library only.

Animal Kingdom discus logo

Discover facts about animals by group, by habitat, or by name with easy-to-read articles, videos, and photos with age-appropriate reference and learning materials. Ideal for students in K-4.

Applied Science & Technology Full Text discus logo


Covers a wide variety of applied science specialties, from acoustics and aeronautics, to neural networks, nuclear and civil engineering and more



Search Businesses, People, Mailing Lists and Sales Leads, Jobs, and more.

AutoMate discus logo

Auto Service and repair information on more than 38,000 domestic and imported vehicles from 1974 to present from every major manufacturer

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Biography In Context discus logo


More than 600,000 biographies of people from around the world and throughout history

Bloom's Literary Reference Online discus logo

Comprehensive source for literary research on writers and their works throughout history and the world

Books and Authors

Books & Authors is specially designed to complement the browsing habits of today's Web user, integrating easy-to-follow menus that allow users to broaden and narrow their searches according to author, title, series, awards and other criteria. An "if you like" search connects readers to themes and genres that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

BrainPOP Jr. discus logo


Videos on many topics with games, learning activities, homework help and quizzes

Britannica Elementary discus logo


Encyclopedia articles about people, places, things with pictures, maps, videos, activities

Britannica Learning Zone discus logo

For PreK through 2nd grade. Includes activities to explore, play, read, and draw. Stories and videos are included.

Britannica Online Public Library Edition discus logo


Encyclopedia articles, current magazines, recommended Web sites, an atlas, biographies, news, pop-up dictionary and thesaurus, multimedia includes images, videos and audio clips

Business Insights Essentials


This user-friendly resource combines authoritative information and statistical data with analytical tools to explore real world application.

Business Source Premier discus logo


Business research database covering marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, banking, finance and economics

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Career E-book Collection discus logo

Customized collection of more than 250 electronic books for vocational needs

Consumer Health Complete discus logo


Health content oriented to the information needs of patients and designed to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics

Credo Reference discus logo


Full text of more than 600 subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies and dictionaries, all from well-respected publishers

CultureGrams - discus logo


Countries, states and provinces with maps, flags, photos, recipes and famous people

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DISCUSdiscus logo

Discus is a service of the South Carolina State Library and is funded by an appropriation from the South Carolina General Assembly through the K-12 School Technology Initiative and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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EBSCOhost Research Databases discus logo


A platform that allows the user to search multiple EBSCO databases at once and retrieve single set of results

Education Full Text discus logo

Coverage for a wide range of topics, including adult education, continuing education, distance education, instructional media, multicultural/ethnic education, preschool education, secondary education, teaching methods and much more

Enciclopedia Moderna (Spanish) discus logo

Spanish database for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish. Includes articles, multi-media, timelines, and more for older learners.

Escolar (Spanish) discus logo

Spanish elementary encyclopedia for early readers of Spanish from Britannica

Explora for Elementary Schools discus logo


Search interface that provides access to information from magazines and books on many topics for elementary students.

Explora for Middle Schools discus logo


Search interface that provides access to information on many topics from magazines, newspapers, books, biographies, country reports, primary sources, video and more for middle school students.

Explora for High Schools discus logo


Search interface that provides access to information on many topics from magazines, newspapers, books, biographies, country reports, primary sources, video and more for high school students.

Explora for Public Libraries discus logo

Search interface that provides access to information from many sources on most topics for teen through adult public library patrons.

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Fuente Academica discus logo


Fuente Academica offers more than 450 scholarly journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain. All major subject areas are covered with particular emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion and sociology.

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Gale Legal Forms


Provides a wide selection of state-specific 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 acomprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

Gale Literary Sources


Unlock information in primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies. Search across centuries to see the broader continuum of the story.

Gale Virtual Reference Library


Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) offers you a collection of premier reference books that you can view and search online. You can search a single book, within a Subject, or across your library or institution's entire GVRL book collection.

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Health & Wellness Resource Center


Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles



HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular ProQuest Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.

Historic American Newspapers

Page images from selected historic newspapers of 25 states and the District of Columbia, published from 1836-1922, which also includes 34 historic South Carolina newspapers published in Anderson, Anderson Court House, Bennettsville, Charleston, Columbia, Edgefield, Georgetown, Laurens, Orangeburg, Orangeburg Court House, Pickens Court House, Rock Hill, Sumter and Sumterville

History Reference Center discus logo


Comprehensive U.S. and world history reference resource

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center


This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more.

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Home Improvement Reference Center


Home Improvement Reference Center features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines and videos of popular home repair projects.

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Issues & Controversies

Issues & Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, business government and society, family and community, education and popular culture.

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Kids InfoBits discus logo


Articles on most topics with pictures and maps

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Learn360 discus logo

161,000 multimedia resources, including high-quality full-length videos, video clips, images, audio files, interactives, maps, and science experiments. Resources are from more than 200 top educational producers including: A&E, Reading Rainbow, National Geographic, Jim Henson, and Weston Woods. All significant subject areas are included: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health, World Languages, Technical and Vocational Education, Music & Dance, and more.

LearningExpress Library discus logo


Comprehensive collection of test-preparation tools, skill-building materials and other career and life skills resources

Lexington County Obituary Search

Search our online database of obituaries for Lexington County.

Literary Reference Center discus logo


Sources include major respected reference works, books and literary journals. Provides plot summaries, synopses and work overviews; articles/essays of literary criticism; author biographies; book reviews; classic and contemporary poems and short stories; author interviews and more.

Literature Criticism Online


The largest curated online collection of literary criticism in the world, this resource brings together 10 acclaimed multidisciplinary series representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres.

Literature Resources Center


Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.

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Mango Languages

Choose from over 70 foreign and English language courses to get started. Mango Languages is provided by The South Carolina State Library.

MasterFILE Premier discus logo


Large collection of periodicals, reference books and more covering a wide range of general interest topics

Morningstar Investment Research

Get comprehensive financial information on New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange and NASDAQ stocks. Find comprehensive financial information on thousands of mutual funds, including the Morningstar star rating.

Use this link if accessing from home

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NewsBank: America's Newspapers - Requires SC State Library card to access

Articles from over 600 U.S. and over 20 S.C. newspapers, including The State and the Post & Courier.

Newspaper Source Plus discus logo


Provides the latest news from the leading national and international news sources


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NoveList K-8 Plus discus logo

Resources for helping students find their next great fiction or nonfiction title to read

NoveList Plus discus logo


Readers' advisory product providing access to information on over 260,000 fiction and nonfiction titles and series

Nursing Resource Center discus logo


Collection of core content from recognized reference, textbook and journal publications in the nursing field

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Opposing Viewpoints In Context discus logo


From immigration to stem cells to texting while driving, Opposing Viewpoints in Context delivers 13,000+ pro/con views, 1,000+ court case overviews and thousands more topic overviews, biographies and profiles.

Obituary Search (Lexington County)

Search our online database of obituaries for Lexington County.

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Points of View Reference Center discus logo


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

Print Service mobile prt

Send a print job to Lexington Main Library, Batesburg-Leesville Branch Library, Irmo Branch Library, Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library or Chapin Branch Library for pickup.

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Science in Context


Science In Context features authoritative information for assignments and projects and provides detailed coverage of popular subjects. From earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography

Science Reference Center discus logo


Comprehensive full-text database covering the major scientific fields of study: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife

Small Business Reference Center discus logo


Up-to-date information on topics related to small businesses and entrepreneurs

Small Business Resource Center


Covers all major areas of starting and operating a business including financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting and taxes

Small Engine Repair Reference Center


This database offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) and allows users to search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type and model numbers.

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Something about the Author


Each volume of this series provides illustrated biographical articles on approximately 70 children's authors and artists. Entries cover personal life, career, writings and works in progress, adaptations, additional sources and photographs.


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.

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Today's Science

Bridges the gap between the science that students learn in the classroom and the discoveries pushing the boundaries of science today

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U.S. History In Context


U.S. History in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

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Whether you're a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can position you for financial success quickly and easily. The uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased information, Value Line puts you in the driver's seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence.

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Weiss Financial Ratings

This website gives you powerful new tools to protect your finances, invest wisely, grow your wealth, and learn more about your finances. Ratings information for banks, credit unions and insurance companies. A Medigap insurance tool is also included.

World Data Analyst discus logo

Resource for retrieving, comparing and customizing data on the world's nations

World History In Context


World History in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

World News Digest

This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and contains more than 1 million internal hyperlinks and convenient new features such as tabbed search results. It covers all major political, social and economic events since November 1940.

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