Online Databases


 Use our databases to search for magazine & newspaper articles, encyclopedia entries or business and job information; find a recommendation for a good novel; and much more. Your  library card  is required to search most of the databases. Library Edition   

(This database is only available at the library)

The Ancestry Library Edition collection has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps, Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War Collection.


Available for home use, AtoZdatabases includes 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents. Updated biweekly, this resource is ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more. Searches can be performed by company name, SIC code, geographical location, business size or a combination of the above criteria.

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 1954.


Beanstack is an innovative new way to connect children and their families with books and educational apps that match each child’s specific age, interests, reading level, and background.

Biography Reference Center

A collection of biographies of notable personalities from around the world--from past to present.


Introducing BookFlix, the new interactive literacy resource that builds a love of reading and learning - online! BookFlix pairs classic fictional video storybooks from Weston Woods with nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to reinforce reading skills and develop essential real-world knowledge and understanding.


Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results including articles, essays, and primary source documents to help students feel successful in their research.  Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic to give students research ideas.

Gale Directory Library

Includes Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans.

Heritage Quest  

HeritageQuest Online is designed specifically for patrons in public libraries who are either just beginning their family research or who after years of work are still uncovering their past.

History Reference Center

Features full text reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books.

Learning Express Library

Includes more than 1,000 tutorials, practice exams, and eBooks for basic skills master, academic success, job preparation, and career advancement.

Literary Reference Center

Information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

MasterFILE Premier

Full text articles covering general reference, business, health, educations, general science and much more, including Consumer Reports and Time.  Also includes photos, flags, and maps. 


Includes Cumberland-Times News.  Complete full-text content of local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community.  

Novelist Plus

Expert reading recommendations, reviews, articles, Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles.

Novelist Plus K-8

NoveList K-8 Plus contains materials for all K-8 grade levels and includes picture books, children's "chapter" books and young adult titles.

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is an online language-learning service that helps build skills in 30 languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian, and more.  It's unique learning environment provides an interactive immersion approach that guides pronunciation using speech-recognition technology.

  Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 provides access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps for more than 12,000 American towns and cities.  Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in libraries, and are valuable historical tools.  In electronic form, Sanborn maps allow users to easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections, and layer maps from different years.

Science Reference Center

Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Air-cooled engines, ATVs, Chainsaws, Commercial mowers, Diesel engines, Farm tractors, Generators, Motorcycles, Marine (boats), Outdoor power equipment, Personal watercraft/jet ski, Riding lawn mowers, Rotary tillers, Snowmobiles, Snowthrowers, String trimmers and blowers, Walk-behind mowers, Yard and garden tractors


Testing and Education Reference Center  

Tools to find the perfect college, vocational or graduate school or career match.  Practice for college/graduate school admissions; civil service; military entrance exams; and the GRE high school equivalency exam. 


TrueFlix is an online resource that focuses on engaging subject-area content in science and social studies for students spanning grades 3-6.  Each of the TrueFlix subject areas will help your child hone literacy skills, bolster their understanding of crucial subjects relating to science and social studies, and help enhance their ability to be able to organize and assemble information.

Value Line      Not at the library? Click Here.  

The Value Line Investment Survey is a comprehensive source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks in 97 industries, the stock market, and the economy. 


Veterans can get live help with Veterans Administration benefits, resources for skills development and coaching, and assistance with jobs and resume writing.

World Book Online Reference Center   

Continually updated, includes all of the articles from the 22-volume print set, plus thousands more. In addition, there are more than 9,500 pictures and maps, 115 videos and animations, 9,300 sounds, more than 100 simulated historic Web sites.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Databases:

What are "Online Databases"
The term "Online Databases" refer to reference databases which exist as electronic resources available through the Allegany County Library System web site. These databases cover many topics.

Why should I use these databases?
These electronic reference databases contain information from reliable sources that has been reviewed and edited. The information in these databases is generally much more reliable than information available from searching the Internet via a search engine. Many of these databases are available 24 hours a day from any computer anywhere to card holders of the  Allegany County Library System.

Is there a charge to use these databases?
No, there is no direct charge to you to use any of these databases. The databases are free for searching because the Library has already bought and paid for the right for Library card holders to use these databases. In most cases any card holder has free remote access from home or office 24 hours per day.

How do I access these databases when I am not in the Library?
Most databases are available when you are at home or work if you have a Allegany County Library System card. Click on the database name and if you are not in a Library you will be prompted to enter your library card number. Your browser will then be taken to the correct database.