The Clark County Public Library has a number of databases, providing you access to millions of articles and resources.  Our resources cover everything from practice tests for the ACT & SAT to fixing your car.

You can search all of our databases in the search box below:

 AtoZdatabases Heritage Quest
America:  History & Life Kentucky Virtual Library
Automate (Car Repair) Learning Express
Business Source Premier Lexington Herald-Leader
(via NewsBank)
Consumer Health Complete Mango Languages
EbscoHost  Newsbank
Explora for Students NoveList Plus
Fiero Code (Coding Instruction) Salem Health
Fold 3 (Formerly Footnote) Salem History
Heritage Hub (formerly Genealogybank) Winchester Sun
(via NewsBank)


Premier Reference and Marketing Database including 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

    • Update Frequency: Biweekly
    • Format: Web
    • Output: Email, Print or Download

America: History & Life

America: History and Life is the definitive index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With indexing for 1,700 journals from 1964 to present, this database is without question the most important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history. The database also includes citations and links to book and media reviews. Strong English-language journal coverage is balanced by an international perspective on topics and events, including abstracts in English of articles published in more than 40 languages.


Expert Auto Service and Repair Information

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service
and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment
Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor
estimates, service bulletins and recalls, and more.

Business Source Premier

Business Source® Premier, the industry’s most popular business research database, features the full text for more than 2,150 journals. Full text is provided back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998.

Consumer Health Complete

The single-most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.


EBSCO Host is a collection of databases (indexes) that will help you identify and access articles in scholarly journals, newspapers, and popular magazines. Many of the articles in EBSCO Host are full-text. This collection includes Academic Search Premier, which is a multidisciplinary database that indexes select journals in a variety of subject areas, as well as some popular magazines and newspapers. Other databases in EBSCO Host are discipline-specific and index scholarly and professional literature including some book chapters, proceedings, and dissertations.
Fold3 helps you find and share historic documents. We are able to bring you many never-before-seen historic documents through our unique partnerships with the National Archives, Library of Congress and other institutions.


Explora provides a simple search that quickly delivers relevant results including articles, essays and primary source documents to help students feel successful in their research. They have high-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers, recognized by library professionals and selected for use in a school environment as well as easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic to give students research ideas.  The Library is happy to offer several versions of Explora for different ages and interests.

Explora Educator’s Edition

Explora for Primary Schools

Explora for Middle Schools

Explora for Secondary Schools

Explora for Public Libraries


Fold3 helps you find and share historic documents. We are able to bring you many never-before-seen historic documents through our unique partnerships with the National Archives, Library of Congress and other institutions.

Fold3 is perfect for:

  • History Buffs
  • Genealogists
  • Researchers
  • Family Historians
  • Military Historians
  • Teachers
  • Institutions

Fiero Code

Have you ever wanted to build your own website, video game, app or animation? Then you’ll need to learn computer programming skills! Fiero Code, available through the school library, is a learn-to-code software program designed for students just like you. Through fun and exciting activities, you can learn coding languages such as:

  • Scratch
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Python
  • SQL

Heritage Hub

Search the Largest Newspaper Archive for Family History Research

Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. Access is available 24/7.

Heritage Quest

Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

The collection consists of six core data sets:

  • U.S. Federal Censuses from 1790 through 1930, with name indexes for many decades.
  • More than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books.
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI), the most comprehensive index of genealogy and local history periodicals.
  • Revolutionary War records of more than 80,000 officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
  • Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.

Kentucky Virtual Library

KYVL allows students from K-12 to graduate level access to a wide variety of newspaper, encyclopedia, magazine, and scholarly /academic journal articles. KYVL includes other tools such as Novelist, a database designed to help library users better choose recreational reading for themselves.

To access this website outside the library you will need to first ask a staff member for the User ID and Password or call the library (at 744-5661) to receive them. Once you have these, you can click on the button above.

Learning Express

LearningExpress helps students and adult learners improve the skills required for academic and career success. The LearningExpress Library™ platform provides a comprehensive selection of educational resources for basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation, and career advancement. Also included in this great resource are popular software tutorials, Internet instruction and basic computer instruction.

Areas of Study available at Learning Express:

Adult Learning Center Graduate School Entrance Exams
Advanced Placement High School Skills Improvement
Civil Service Law Enforcement
College Preparation Center Learn More About a Career
Computer & Internet Basics Middle School Skills Improvement
Computer Skills Military
Cosmetology Nursing
CDL Recursos Para Hispanohablantes
Elementary School Skills Improvement Teaching
EMT & Firefighter TOEFL
GED U.S. Citizenship

Mango Languages

Learn a new language with Mango today! Mango learns how you learn, and adapts accordingly. Mango adapts to your unique learning style, so you pick up on new vocabulary, intuit unfamiliar grammatical structure, and train your pronunciation, all while boosting your cultural IQ


Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S., including Lexington Herald-Leader and the Winchester Sun. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Full-text electronic edition of the Winchester Sun, Clark County, Kentucky’s Daily newspaper. Date Range: (8/25/2006 – Current)

NoveList Plus

Meeting your pleasure reading needs is of critical importance. But it could take a lifetime of experience and study to become familiar with all of the genres, authors and subjects your library has to offer, not to mention appeal factors such as pacing, characterization, frame and story line. Fortunately, NoveList Plus is here to help you find that next great read. With well over 200,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles included, plus feature content including lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, Recommended Reads and more, NoveList Plus is a complete readers’ resource.
Salem Health

Salem Health brings online access to Salem Press’ award-winning health reference works. The first reference set included is Salem Press’ bestselling Magill’s Medical Guide. The Guide covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders.

The second health reference set is Salem Health: Cancer. This resource offers specific topics related to the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of various cancers. It also investigates such subjects as ethics, chemotherapy, complementary and alternative treatments, prayer and cancer support, and informed consent.

The third database offered is Genetics and Inherited Conditions, an A-Z encyclopedia offering nonspecialist information about 460 topics in genetics, from the science behind this important field to diseases that can be passed down among generations.

You can search any of the three health resources or all together by making the appropriate choice from the drop-down menu next to “From” in the Search feature.
Salem History

Milestone Documents in American History is the first of five primary source resources from the Schlager Group and Salem Press. It combines 130 full-text primary source Historical documents with expert analysis and commentary.

Milestone Documents in African American History is the second of five primary source resources from Salem Press. Like the Milestone Documents in American History, this is a unique approach to primary source documents, with the same in-depth expert analysis of similar materials but those that help to tell the story of African American history.

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