Online Databases

        • Access — Check out the world’s largest institution-accessible historic newspaper database with newspapers that date back as far as 1759 (The Edinburgh Chronicle) and through 1977 including papers from all 50 states, Canada, the UK, Jamaica, and others. By vendor contract rules, this website is accessible from FSPL’s four locations ONLY (NOT from home).
        • African American Heritage — A groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research; search essential historical records for African Americans, including Federal Census, Marriage and Cohabitation Records, Military Draft and Service Records, Registers of Slaves and Free(d) Persons of Color, Freedman’s Bank, and more. Paid for with LSTA funds administered by the Arkansas State Library.
        • Ancestry: Library Edition — Genealogy information for everyone! Find birth and death records, census records, military records, immigration records, court, land, probate records, newspapers and periodicals — and so much more. By vendor contract rules, this website is accessible from FSPL’s four locations ONLY (NOT from home).
        • Arkansas — Free Department of Motor Vehicles permit practice tests for Automobile Drivers License, Motorcycle License, and Commercial Drivers License (CMD)! Great studying materials to show you if you are ready to take your drivers license permit test. BE PREPARED!
        • CultureGrams — Primary source material including cultural & statistical country reports (with photos, videos, slideshows, interviews, recipes, flags, graphs and tables) covering the world, states & Canadian provinces. In addition to the World, States, Provinces Editions, there is also a Kids Edition. Paid for with LSTA funds administered by the Arkansas State Library.
        • Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture— The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture is a comprehensive reference work for historians, teachers, students, and individuals for the purpose of promoting the study, understanding, and appreciation of Arkansas’s heritage. This online encyclopedia, which debuted to the public in May 2006, strives to offer a definitive, comprehensive, and accurate record of Arkansas, the twenty-fifth state. In 2015, the Encyclopedia contains more than 3,700 entries PLUS more than 5,000 pieces of related media (photos, maps, documents, video and audio files). It is maintained by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System in Little Rock, the only state encyclopedia in the country to be produced by a library system.
        • Facts on FileFacts On File‘s online reference databases are curriculum-oriented, interactive databases covering a wide range of subjects, such as history, science, careers, literature, geography, and more. Each subject-specific database offers students and researchers an unprecedented depth of coverage with extensively hyperlinked full-text records, citation information, and a wide range of printable teacher resources. Facts On File‘s online content is indexed by subject experts and updated regularly to ensure accuracy and currency. FSPL has subscriptions for American History Online, American Women’s History Online, African-American History Online, American Indian History Online, Modern World History Online, Ancient and Medieval History Online, Science Online, Bloom’s Literary Reference Online, Issues and Controversies, and Issues and Controversies in American History.
        • FirstSearch (OCLC) –For access to a rich collection of reference databases, use FirstSearch to find magazine articles and books from a collection of dozens of databases and more than 10 million full-text and full-image articles. FirstSearch is accessible from the Library’s four locations ONLY but will be available from home sometime in the future. Paid for with LSTA funds administered by the Arkansas State Library.
        • Gale Discovering Collection — 19 different databases such as Exploring Shakespeare, Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America: Primary Documents, American Eras, and many more; these databases cover the subjects of literature, history, biographies, science, and social studies.
          Link works in the Library and elsewhere. Paid for with LSTA funds administered by the Arkansas State Library.
        • Gale Virtual Reference Library — This database includes thousands of reference titles — biographies, histories, encyclopediae, etc. — in e-book format. Simply browse the listing of reference books shown or conduct searches by subject, author, and/or title.
          When outside the Library, please enter your Library card number when prompted.
        • Heritage Quest Online — This genealogy resource contains census data, family records, local histories and other artifacts to help you find out more about your family’s past.
          Select HERE to Enter Heritage Quest Online from home.
          Please enter your Library card number when prompted. 
          Paid for with LSTA funds administered by the Arkansas State Library.
        • Kanopy — Watch over 30,000 Documentaries, Classic and Indie Films.  You must create an account, then verify your email address.  Once your email address is verified then you will need to add your library card number to your account.  When the library card number has been added, you can start watching.  Each month you will have 6 play credits.  Any movie that you select will be available for unlimited viewing for 72 hours.  Kanopy can be viewed on a computer or an app available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple TV, Roku, or Fire Tablet.
        • LearningExpress — This resource offers targeted practice exams with instant scoring, individual analysis and personalized recommendations. In addition, LearningExpress offers test-preparation materials and study aids that provide practical tips and information on best practices in the field of your choice. LearningExpress also provides parents and students with test-taking tools for success in school.
          PLEASE NOTE: At this time, LearningExpress does not have practice materials for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) test. Please click HERE to link to these available practice materials for educators. Paid for with LSTA funds administered by the Arkansas State Library.
        • Library2Go Downloadable Media — If you enjoy listening to your books on your own digital media player (iPod, MP3 player, phone, etc.) OR if you would like to read books on your computer, tablet, phone, or electronic reader, you will really enjoy the Library’s downloadable audiobooks and ebooks from Overdrive. This quickly growing collection of audiobooks and ebooks (plus a few films) are part of Library2Go, a partnership of 17 Arkansas libraries of which Fort Smith Public Library is a founding member.
          For more information and downloading instructions, check out OverDrive Help.
        • Mango Languages — Over 40 foreign languages to explore! More than 15 ESL courses taught in your native language! Use our Mango Languages database to learn anytime and anywhere with remote access and FREE mobile apps! For a list of available languages and ESL languages plus instructions on how to get started from your computer as well as mobile devices, click HERE.
        • MedlinePlus — Find dependable, authoritative, up-to-date medical information from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 650 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials. Updated daily.
        • New York Times Newspaper (Online Access) —Within the library, please visit New York Times website and create an account or log into your account for access.  Outside of the library, please visit this link to access New York Times for 72 hours.  You will receive an email confirming your 72 hour access.  You can access this link as often as needed.
        • Novelist — EBSCO’s search database for booklovers, Novelist contains suggestions for your next selection from over 100,000 titles of fiction! Reviews, booklists, and “Read-Alikes”…sound interesting? Find out about other books from your favorite author or books of similar types. When outside the Library, please enter your Library card number when prompted.
        • Novelist K-8 — EBSCO’s search database for bookloving kids with over 35,000 titles of fiction for students from Kindergarten through 8th grade.When outside the Library, please enter your library card number when prompted.
        • ProQuest Central — A cross-disciplinary research tool with 30 databases that can be searched together or individually. This link takes you to the central access point for an array of ProQuest databases covering a variety of subjects. Paid for with LSTA funds administered by the Arkansas State Library.
        • Research Companion — Developed to help students do more effective research and assist educators in teaching the basics for information literacy core principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.Paid for with LSTA funds administered by the Arkansas State Library.
        • Research Library — A mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and other timely sources across the top 150 subject areas, including the arts, business, education, engineering and technology, health and medical, history, law, literature and languages, multicultural themes, psychology, natural sciences, social sciences, & women’s studies. Paid for with LSTA funds administered by the Arkansas State Library.
        • Salem Press Online Collection — This collection offers access to select Salem Press titles in literature, American and world history, and science. Certain titles include biographical information and primary source materials. Critical Surveys of American Literature, Mythology, and Poetry and Defining Documents in American and World History are examples of the quality titles available in this collection. Additionally, H.W. Wilson Reference Shelf titles provide information on contemporary issues with primary and secondary sources.
        • SIRS Researcher— Background and analysis on 350+ leading issues, providing pros and cons on social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues.
           Paid for with LSTA funds administered by the Arkansas State Library.
        • TumbleBook Library is a fun and interactive library of animated, talking story books for preschoolers, beginner readers and older independent readers. Read along and listen, or read on your own. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing story books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic (e-book) story book. TumbleBooks will help teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love!
        • University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Boreham Library Catalog — Search the catalog of the UAFS Boreham Library from any computer anywhere.
        • World Book Portal — A portal to ALL of World Book databases listed individually below. Check out these excellent reference materials for students:  Paid for with LSTA funds administered by the Arkansas State Library
        • World Book Kids — A general reference Web site developed especially for young students with easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, videos, comparison tools, and a wealth of engaging games and activities, including an atlas, interactive maps, flags, and over 200 game and activities.
        • World Book Online Timelines — A resource for accessing or creating timelines for projects in the arts, literature, notable people, science & technology, world history, geography and more.
        • World Book Early World of Learning — Developed with experts on early childhood education, the Early World of Learning is the premier online resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades.
        • World Book Student — A research tool tailored for students in elementary & middle schools with over 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles, 10,000 + biographies, multimedia, videos, animations and student activities.
        • World Book Discover— World Book Discover offers engaging reference resources for students reading below year level because of language difficulties, including reluctant readers, EFL, ESL, and adult literacy students. The collection includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, auto translation into 30 languages, multimedia, and interactive video to draw students into curriculum-related topics and subjects relevant to older students.
        • World Book Advanced — World Book Advanced is a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.
        • World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos — World Books Online encyclopedia for younger children is also available in Spanish!