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Online Databases
The Carroll and Madison Library System makes a number of research databases available for use in the library. Registered library card holders may also use most of these databases from home. Unless otherwise noted, please use your library card number to gain access to these databases.

Many of these databases are made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Additional state funds were provided by the Arkansas Department of Education.

If you need assistance using these databases or finding information, please call the Library.


Business Source Elite (Ebscohost)– Provides fulltext articles from more than 1,100 scholarly business journals.

Regional Business News (Ebscohost) – Provides indexing and some fulltext from regional business publications. Arkansas Business is indexed from July 1996 through May 2001.

Education/Jobs and Careers

ERIC (Ebscohost) – The Educational Resource Information Center, with digests, citations and abstracts from almost 1,000 education-related journals.

Professional Development Collection (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext journal articles of interest to professional educators.


World Book Online - Kids (World Book Online) – An online encyclopedia designed especially for younger students.

World Book Online -Spanish (World Book Online) – A comprehensive Spanish-language reference tool for older students and adults.

World Book Online Reference Center (World Book Online) – An online encyclopedia designed specifically for public libraries.

Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (Ebscohost) – A general encyclopedia which covers a variety of subject areas.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus (Encyclopaedia Britannica) – Comprehensive dictionary and thesaurus of the English language.

Searchasaurus (Ebscohost) provides an easy to use interface for children to search EBSCO Animals, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, and databases that contain articles written for primary grade or middle grade students


AncestryLibrary Edition – Includes census, church, court and immigration records as well as historical maps and many other genealogy resources, from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and other areas. Available in library only.

HeritageQuest – (Proquest) Includes searchable images of the U.S. Federal Census records, digitized family and local history books, an index to genealogical and history periodicals, and other genealogy resources.

Digital Sanborn Maps - The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for the state of Arkansas. Covers the years 1867-1970; not all years are available for all locations. Please call the Library for login and password.


Health Source: Consumer Edition (Ebscohost) – This database provides consumer health information on many health topics including medical sciences, nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (Ebscohost) – This database provides nearly 550 scholarly fulltext journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.



Arkansas Legal Services – Information and free legal aid on matters of Family, Housing, Public Benefits and Consumer Law. Library card not needed to access site.

Arkansas State Code – Link to Arkansas state law. Library card not needed to access site.

Legal Collection (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext articles from scholarly journals.

Periodicals Indexes

Academic Search Elite (Ebscohost) – This database provides fulltext articles from over 2,000 scholarly journals, many peer-reviewed, and covers virtually every area of academic study.

MAS Ultra-School Edition (Ebscohost) – Provides fulltext articles from hundreds of popular magazines, as well as pamphlets, reference books, biographies, primary source documents and images, all intended for high school students.

Masterfile Premier (Ebscohost) – A general periodicals database with fulltext information from more than 2,050 publications including magazines, reference books, primary source documents and images.

Middle Search Plus (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext magazines, biographies, primary source documents and images, all intended for middle school and junior high students.

Newspaper Source (Ebscohost) – A database with selected articles from about 30 national and international newspapers, as well as some regional newspapers, and television and radio transcripts.

Primary Search (Ebscohost) – A database of fulltext magazines intended for elementary school students.

TOPICsearch (Ebscohost) – Provides information about current events which are likely to be discussed in the classroom. Includes more than 1,000 fulltext periodicals.


FirstSearch – Provides access to several databases including Worldcat, which is a catalog of books, videos and other materials owned by libraries across the country.

Gale Discovering Collection – A database of information from Gale Group print publications on topics such as history, literature, geography and cultures, and science.

Kids Search (Ebscohost) - Articles and other reference materials for students in grades K-5.

Student Research Center (Ebscohost) - Articles, primary source documents and other reference materials for researchers in grades 6-12.