Online Reference Resources

Arizonans can explore thousands of online articles and images from popular magazines, scholarly journals, current newspapers and other reference works through their public library websites. We encourage you to use your public library's website to access these resources. If you are not connecting through your library's website, you will be asked to enter your home zip code to continue. 

Funding provided by the Pima, Maricopa, and other county library systems, and through a grant  from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act..


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Academic OneFile
Articles​ and abstracts from scholarly, trade and general-interest periodicals in current events, science, social science, art and the humanities. Tutorials

Biography in Context
Biographies on more than 325,000 people from throughout history and around the world. Tutorials

Books & Authors
Expert book reviews, recommendations and author biographies. Tutorials

Career Transitions
Provides guidance and essential activities for job-seekers and those exploring career options. Tutorials
More than 45 years of information with step-by-step procedures, engine, chassis, electrical, drive train, routine maintenance, suspension work and more. Tutorials


Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
Beginner's Spanish-language reference tool. The site offers World Book’s editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish. Key features include search and browse options, with dozens of hands-on activities to engage different learning styles.

Genealogy Connect
Includes hundreds of authoritative resources formerly available only in print or on CD-ROM, covering genealogy best practices, research methods, immigration, royal and noble ancestry and much more.

General OneFile
Search periodicals, newspapers, reference books and multi-media sources on the humanities, education, environmental issues, technology, health care, politics and more. Tutorials

Global Issues in Context
Features hundreds of country portals for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health and cultural issues. Tutorials

InfoTrac Newsstand
Provides access to more than 1,100 major U.S. regional, national and local newspapers as well as leading titles from around the world​. Tutorials

Kids InfoBits
Thousands of age appropriate articles, eBooks and images, designed for grades K-6. Tutorials

Online academic and career practice tests. Areas covered include SAT preparation courses, SAT practice exams, civil service, cosmetology, EMS, firefighter, GED, law enforcement, military, postal services, real estate, U.S. citizenship, and more. Tutorials

Legal Forms
Includes official legal forms enabling users to create their own legal documents. Tutorials

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to bibliographical and biographical information, literary criticism, and contextual information covering more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers. Tutorials

NoveList Plus
Online tool to help readers of all ages find new books to read based on books they've already read or topics in which they are interested. Tutorials

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
An online library of current event topics--facts and arguments for and against each topic. Tutorials

Powerspeak Languages
Focusing on the most popular languages being studied today, Powerspeak features a combination of scored online activities, exercises, lessons, and games. Tutorials

ReferenceUSA helps users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people. Our database selections and real-time access to more than 20 Million Businesses, 222 Million Consumers, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. New Homeowners and Movers, make research easy and fast. Tutorials

Science in Context
Detailed information for science assignments and projects, including articles, biographies, videos, overviews and experiments. Tutorials

Student Resources in Context
Explore information from science, literature and history through reference books, newspaper and journal articles, video and audio files. Tutorials

Testing and Educational Reference Center
Provides users with in-depth information on colleges and universities, graduate and professional programs, distance learning, corporate training, available scholarships and awards, preparatory entrance tests and more. Tutorials

U.S. History in Context
Information on US history from primary sources and reference documents, including photographs, illustrations and maps. Tutorials

World History in Context
Search a broad collection of reference works and primary documents covering the events, movements and individuals that have shaped world history. Tutorials

World Book
Reliable information for homework, reports, or general questions.


World Book Advanced
Specifically organized for high school and pre-college users. Offers all of the resources of World Book Student plus primary source materials.

World Book Early World of Learning
Dedicated resources for early learners. Provides a lexiled and leveled reading program, correlating games, pictures and videos, and a complete story corner with downloadable fairy tales to take your stories on the go.

World Book KIDS
For elementary users. Includes lesson plans, science activities, comparable animal and geography features, interactive maps, challenging games, and biographies on an image-based platform that is easy to navigate and safe for all users.

World Book Student
Content for upper-elementary and middle-grade users. Includes a digital resource platform where users can save, notate and organize article pages, biographies and other featured content.

Catalog of books and other materials owned by OCLC member libraries across the nation and around the world.