A-Z Resources


Ancestry Library Edition (Library Use Only)

Resources that help in your genealogy/family history research. Types of records you might find include census and voter lists; birth, marriage and death records; immigration and travel records; military records and more. 

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"Ballotpedia is the digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Our goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government. We are firmly committed to neutrality in our content." 

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If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

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Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System (EDGAR) is the primary system for companies and others submitting documents under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, and the Investment Company Act of 1940. Containing millions of company and individual filings, EDGAR benefits investors, corporations, and the U.S. economy overall by increasing the efficiency, transparency, and fairness of the securities markets. 

Tutorial: Using EDGAR to Research Investments

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Flipster Newspapers & Magazines Library Card Required.

Over 50 magazines available in digital format free with your library card! Read popular titles like Consumer Reports, People, Sports Illustrated, Texas Highways & more in your internet browser or via the Flipster app. 

TIP: When logging in on the Flipster app choose "Harris Co Public Library" instead of your local branch to make sure your library card number is recognized. 

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Fold3 Library Edition Library Card Required.

Distributed by ProQuest, Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to a growing collection of US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3.

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Freegal Music Library Card Required.

Over 19 million songs. Unlimited streaming. Three downloads per week. All free with your library card!

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Gale Academic OneFile Library Card Required.

Provides millions of articles from thousands of scholarly journals and other authoritative sources. With extensive coverage across academic disciplines you’ll find accurate information and articles to support your studies. Discover peer-reviewed articles to inspire research and validate your findings with Gale Academic OneFile’s extensive collection of academic journals.

Tutorial: Gale Academic OneFile

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Gale General OneFile Library Card Required.

Gale General OneFile provides millions of articles from thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, and other authoritative sources. With intuitive search features, and extensive coverage across wide-ranging topics, you’ll find accurate information and articles to support your interests. Discover full text results to fuel exploration and gain understanding through the vast selection of periodicals in Gale General OneFile.

Tutorial: Gale General OneFile

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Gale Health and Wellness Library Card Required.

Gale Health and Wellness puts authoritative, up-to-date information on health and wellness topics at your fingertips. Inside you’ll have access to full text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. 

Tutorial: Gale Health and Wellness

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Gale in Context: College Library Card Required.

Offers content that reinforces the development of skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. Learners can access news content including newspapers and periodicals like The Economist, The New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Science, Smithsonian, and more.

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Gale in Context: Elementary Library Card Required.

Users will find a vast array of resources for papers, projects, and presentations that bolster the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication skills including line notes, critical essays, related topics, critical thinking questions, viewpoints, primary sources, and more.

Tutorial: Gale in Context: Elementary

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Gale Literature: LitFinder Library Card Required.

Provides thousands of full-text written works ranging from plays by William Shakespeare and poems by Maya Angelou to essays by Ben Franklin and speeches given by U.S. Presidents and world leaders. You’ll also find a set of biographies, work summaries, and photographs to provide background on key titles and individuals.

Tutorial: Gale Literature

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Gale OneFile: Informe Académico Library Card Required.

Informe Académico provee acceso a más de 9.8 millones de artículos de carácter científico, académico y de interés general, provenientes de más de 1,000 publicaciones de 18 países. La mayor parte de este contenido ha sido arbitrado por expertos y se encuentra disponible en texto completo, libre de embargo, en español o portugués. Por su cobertura multidisciplinaria, Gale OneFile: Informe Académico abarca una amplia variedad de temas tales como política, historia, economía, ciencias de la salud, filosofía, ciencias exactas, tecnología y más.

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Offers an inside look at thousands of companies. Salary information, reviews, and interview questions.

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Harris County

Information on the current leadership, various departments, latest news and more for Harris County, Texas.

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Harris County Archives

Information on the archives of Harris County, Texas.  Collections include records from county offices such as the Assessor and Collector of Taxes, Justices of the Peace, Commissioners, County Judges and more.  Also includes private manuscript, map and photograph collections.

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Harris County Law Library

The Harris County Robert W. Hainsworth Law Library is a public library that serves the legal information needs of self-represented litigants, legal professionals, the judiciary, and county and other governmental officials. Public access to legal information is a critical component of open and equal access to the justice system. The Harris County Robert W. Hainsworth Law Library’s mission is to provide all of its patrons access to relevant, current, accurate, and practical legal information in the most appropriate and cost-effective formats possible and to provide educational opportunities designed to enhance patrons’ understanding of legal information and how it is accessed.

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Harris County Public Health

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is the county health department for Harris County and provides comprehensive health services and programs to the community through a workforce of approximately 700 public health professionals – all dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Harris County residents and the communities in which they live, learn, work, worship, and play. The HCPH jurisdiction included approximately 2.3 million people and over 30 other municipalities located in Harris County (not including the city of Houston). 

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Harris Votes

Harris County Elections Administrator's Office. Here you can find information on voter registration, sample ballots, elections calendar and more. 

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HeritageQuest Library Card Required.

Primary sources dating back to the 1700s. Contains six core resources: U.S. Federal Censuses, genealogy and local history books, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Records, Freedman's Bank Records and the LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

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Historical Newspapers: Austin American-Statesman (1871-1980) Newspapers & Magazines Library Card Required.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers is considered the gold standard in historical news databases. As the leading newspaper in the capital of Texas, the historical Austin American-Statesman provides researchers with unique insights into the political, economic, cultural, and social life of this important state, as well as the southwest U.S. from the late 19th through the 20th century. The paper has strong central Texas coverage, especially for political reporting.

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Kanopy Movies & TV Library Card Required.

Stream independent and international films, classic cinema, documentaries and kids' programs all for free with your library card! 

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Legal GPS New!

Legal GPS is an interactive platform that gives business owners step-by-step, customized directions to complete 50+ legal essentials. Simply answer a few questions, complete step-by-step legal directions personalized for each business, then receive a personalized Legal GPS Status Report containing a legal scorecard, a quick guide sheet to help legally in the future, and a completion certificate. Saves owners $4500 in legal fees and 60+ hours.

Tutorial: Legal GPS Demo Video

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Money Smart

The FDIC's Money Smart financial education program can help people of all ages enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships. First released in 2001 and regularly updated since then, Money Smart has a long track record of success.

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Morningstar Library Card Required.

Resources to help with personal investments. Topics covered include stocks, funds, ETFs, as well as articles, videos and investment skills training.  

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ParentTV New! Library Card Required.

ParentTV works with leading psychologists, pediatricians, mental health specialists, nutritionists, occupational therapists and parenting educators across the globe to offer thousands of on-demand parenting videos and courses with content designed to support those who care for children, from pregnancy through to teenage years. Search and find videos on general parenting, play, behavior, child development, mental health, sleep, nutrition, technology and more. Most videos are under 10 minutes in length and can be accessed on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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Portal to Texas History

"The Portal to Texas History is a gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas. Created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries, the Portal leverages the power of hundreds of content partners across the state to provide a vibrant, growing collection of resources."

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Ready Harris

"This site provides user-friendly access to information on how to prepare for all types of disasters, highlights access to real-time alerts regarding ongoing emergencies, and connects you with state-of-the-art tools available to help you plan, recover, and stay safe." 

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Talking Book Program

"TBP (Talking Book Program) provides free library services for Texans with blindness or visual, physical, or reading disabilities. Registered TBP users may borrow books and magazines in digital audio, Braille, and large print."(About TBP)

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Texas Governor’s Office

Office of the Governor of Texas. Here you'll find information on the initiatives of the current governor and how to reach out to the governor's office. 

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Texas Judicial Branch

Information on the Texas courts, judicial organizations, publications & training, programs & services, judicial data and more. 

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Texas Legislature

Information on legislature before the Texas House & Senate. Find out who represents you, how the legislative process works and more. 

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A comprehensive online resource for finding companies and products manufactured in North America.  Free registration is required to view company records.

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United States Code of Federal Regulations

A browsable version of the United States Code of Federal Regulations.  Alternate Search @ the Cornell Legal Information Institute

"The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. The 50 subject matter titles contain one or more individual volumes, which are updated once each calendar year, on a staggered basis."

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"Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process:

  • Absentee ballot information
  • Ballot measure information (where applicable)
  • Early voting options (where applicable)
  • Election dates
  • Factual data on candidates in various federal, state and local races
  • General information on such topics as how to watch debates with a critical eye
  • ID requirements
  • Polling place locations
  • Registration deadlines
  • Voter qualifications
  • Voter registration forms
  • Voting machines
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Wall Street Journal Newspapers & Magazines Library Card Required.

Access to the most recent 90 days of Wall Street Journal (WSJ) articles. Advanced search gives you access to articles from the last 4 years.

When accessing WSJ from home, create a free account which gives you a 3 day pass. After the pass expires, start again from the link on the HCPL website and log back in with the same account details you created earlier for another 3 days worth of access.

The Wall Street Journal app is not included with the library subscription, but the site is mobile responsive so it displays well on tablets and smartphones. 

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World Factbook

Information on world entities provided by the CIA--history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, transnational issues--in compact entries. Maps, flags, and country comparisons are included.

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