Online Resources by Subject

Research

General Research

Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier includes scholarly journal articles covering nearly every academic discipline and dating as far back as 1975.

Britannica Library Edition
Britannica Library Edition provides access to articles and magazines, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended websites, Merriam Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus, and more.

MasterFILE Complete
MasterFILE Complete offers popular full-text magazines, reference books, and other highly-regarded sources from leading publishers covering virtually every general interest subject area. This resource also includes an extensive collection of photos, maps and flags.

MasterFILE Reference eBook Collection
MasterFILE Reference eBook Collection includes electronic titles covering a broad range of general subjects. Topics include biography, history, careers, cooking, literature, genealogy, health, parenting, personal finance, politics, architecture, science current events, social-emotional health, sports and travel.

WorldCat
Search over 10,000 libraries worldwide for books, audiobooks and videos.

Resources for Students

Britannica School Edition
Britannica School Edition contains up-to-date, age-appropriate resources for K-12 students. This resource includes encyclopedia articles, multimedia, sources, games and other learning resources to support research and reinforce curriculum standards.

Resources for Elementary students

Gale in Context: Elementary
Gale in Context: Elementary delivers age-appropriate and reliable curriculum-related content covering a broad range of subjects from animals and arts to music and social studies.

National Geographic Kids
Explore science, nature, culture, archaeology, space and more with National Geographic Kids.

PebbleGo (K-3)
PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas.

PebbleGo Next (3 - 5)
PebbleGo Next is the next step for researchers ready to graduate to more robust database content from PebbleGo. PebbleGo Next covers content appropriate to grades 3-6 curriculum content at a reading level geared to those students.

Resources for Middle School students

Gale in Context: Middle School
Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Gale in Context: Middle School combines the best of Gales reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.

Middle Search Plus
Designed specifically for middle school libraries, Middle Search Plus contains magazines and reference books covering a wide range of subjects such as history, current events, science and sports. This resource also includes biographies, primary sources, photos, maps and flags. . 

Middle Search Reference eBook Collection
This resource includes electronic titles covering a broad range of general reference subjects for middle school students.  Topics include social studies, math, history, language arts, technology, geography, culture, and science.

Points of View Reference Center
This resource includes resources that present multiple sides of an issue. The Points of View Reference Center also provides content that helps students assess and create persuasive arguments and essays, understand controversial issues, and improve analytical thinking skills.

Resources for High School students

Gale in Context: High School
This resource offers cross-curricular content aligned to national/state standards and reinforces skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation. Users can explore topics within business and economics, geography, government, history, literature, science and health, social issues, and more.

Gale OneFile: High School
Gale OneFile: High School Edition provides high school students with access to magazines, newspapers, books, and other reference content. The database offers audience-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

MAS Complete
MAS Complete provides hundreds of popular high school magazines and reference books covering subjects such art, history, sports and music. This resource also includes biographies, primary source documents, photos, maps and flags.

MAS Reference eBook Collection
The MAS Reference eBook Collection contains electronic titles covering a broad range of reference subjects for high school students. Topics include biographies, history, careers, language arts, literature, government, health, math, science, current events, and social-emotional health.

Points of View Reference Center
This resource includes resources that present multiple sides of an issue. The Points of View Reference Center also provides content that helps students assess and create persuasive arguments and essays, understand controversial issues, and improve analytical thinking skills.

Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC)
Explore TERC for standardized test preparation and career development tools for high school students and adults. Includes practice exams, college planning resources, resume builder and U.S. Citizenship help.

Topics

Arts & Crafts

Creativebug by JOANN
1,000+ online video classes in painting, knitting, crafting, sewing and more taught by top artists and creative experts. Create an account with your library card and last name (PIN).

Books & Media

Hoopla
Explore, stream and download e-books, audiobooks, comics, music, movies and TV shows on your computer or mobile device. Create an account with your library card to start checking out items.

Library2Go (OverDrive)
ELibrary2Go offers e-books, audiobooks and magazines for checkout using your West Fargo Public Library card through the North Dakota Digital Consortium. This resource is also available via the OverDrive mobile app and Libby mobile app. Find help getting started with OverDrive.

Library2Go for Kids (OverDrive)
An arm of the larger Library2Go service, Library2Go for Kids offers picture books, early readers, comics and chapter books, from classics to current titles, using your West Fargo Public Library card through the North Dakota Digital Consortium. Library2Go for Kids allows users to filter collections by age group. Users can choose Juvenile for kid’s fiction and non-fiction and Young Adult for teen fiction and non-fiction.

NoveList
Reading NoveList supplies reading recommendation articles, book discussion guides, curricular connection ideas and "what to read next" lists for patrons.

TumbleBook Library
TumbleBook Library is an online collection of e-books for children that is accessible on a computer or mobile device using your West Fargo Public Library card.

Consumer Information

Consumer Reports
Explore this resource for expert product ratings and comparisons, user reviews and buying advice. Consumer Reports distributes unbiased product testing, investigative journalism, consumer-oriented research, general public education and consumer advocacy.

Kelley Blue Book
Kelley Blue Book reports up-to-date car prices/values for consumers who would like to buy or sell a new or used vehicle.

North Dakota Attorney General's Office: Consumer Resources
The ND Attorney General's Office enforces consumer fraud and “Do-Not-Call” laws, investigates and prosecutes consumer fraud cases, and enforces the State’s antitrust statutes.

Career & Online Education 

DigitalLearn.org
Users of DigitalLearn can increase their digital literacy through courses on basic skills, such as using a computer, navigating a web site, and searching.

GCFLearnFree.org
GCFLearnFree offers tutorials on essential abilities for living and working in the 21st century. Lessons include topics such as using Microsoft Office and email, to improving reading, math and other core skills.

2020 ND Department of Transportation Practice Test
Supplies DOT practice tests for car drivers, motorcycle enthusiasts, or commercial vehicle operators who require a learner’s permit or license.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Career information on duties, education and training, pay and outlook for hundreds of occupations. From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Testing & Education Reference Center
Standardized test preparation and career development tools for high school students and adults. Includes practice exams, college planning resources, resume builder and U.S. Citizenship help.

Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition
A popular family history research site, Ancestry allows users to search census records, military records, passenger lists and more. Note: Usually only available to patrons at the library, however, is currently available to patrons from home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chronicling America
This resource provides full-text access to thousands of historical newspapers from across the United States, including over 40 North Dakota newspapers.

HeritageQuest Online
HeritageQuest provides a comprehensive source for family history research. This resource is available from inside the library or from home.

Health & Medicine

Alt HealthWatch
Articles and reports on alternative, holistic and integrated approaches to health care.

Consumer Health Complete
Full-text reports and magazine articles covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream to holistic medicine. Includes pamphlets, images, diagrams, videos and animations.

Health Source: Consumer Edition
Health Source: Consumer Edition is a rich collection of consumer health information. This resource distributes consumer health magazines, reference books and current health pamphlets.

MedlinePlus
Find information on diseases, conditions, drugs and wellness issues with MedlinePlus. This resource includes a medical encyclopedia, videos and links to research articles, clinical trials and healthcare provider directories from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Languages

Mango Languages
Explore self-paced lessons in over 70 languages with Mango. This resource prepares learners for realistic conversations and communication. ESL courses in over 20 languages are also available.

Laws & Regulations

GPO Monthly Catalog
The GPO Monthly Catalog grants users free electronic access to important information from the Federal Government. This resource contains all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.)

North Dakota Legal Self Help Center
Resources for people representing themselves in the North Dakota Courts. Note: The information on this website is not intended for legal advice. Rather, this information serves as a general guide to the court process in North Dakota.

North Dakota Century Code
Explore current North Dakota laws found within the North Dakota Century Code.

2020 ND Department of Transportation Practice Test
This website supplies DOT practice tests for car drivers, motorcycle enthusiasts, or commercial vehicle operators who require a learner’s permit or license in the state of North Dakota.

Local History

Digital Horizons
Access thousands of images, documents, video and oral histories depicting life on the Northern Plains from the late 1800s to today with Digital Horizons.

News

Chronicling America
This resource provides full-text access to thousands of historical newspapers from across the United States, including over 40 North Dakota newspapers.

Gale OneFile: News
View U.S. national, regional and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world on Gale OneFile: News. This resource also includes images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.

Newspaper Source
Explore national (U.S.), international and regional newspapers, as well as television and radio news transcripts from major networks.

U.S. Newsstream (Includes the Star Tribune)
U.S. Newsstream delivers top U.S. newspapers, wires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, and news sites, as well as selected archives stretching back into the 1980s.