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These databases are supplied to our members at no charge. Remote access is available for all databases EXCEPT Ancestry Library Edition and Most databases require you to enter your library barcode for remote access. Texshare Databases have a special login which may be obtained by calling the Reference Desk at 940-767-0868 x234 (Must be a WFPL cardholder to use the library's Texshare login). T=Texshare

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Auto Repair

  • Auto Repair Reference Center - From EBSCO. Includes automotive repair information on most manufacturers of imported and domestic vehicles from 1945- current.

  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center - From EBSCO. Contains thousands of accurate and concise step-by-step maintenance and repair instructions for hundreds of small engine machines and their supporting components. Engines types include: motorcycles, ATVs, personal water craft, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, tractors, snow blowers, generators, and more. T


  • Biography in Context - From Gale. An engaging online experience for those seeking information on the world's most influential people.

Books & Literature

  • Book Review Digest Plus -brings together book reviews on a wide range of topics from a variety of sources. Many of the reviews are serious, academic works. T

  • Literary Reference Center - From EBSCO. Provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes—to give students, professors, and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs. T

  • NoveList - From EBSCO. NoveList allows fiction readers to use a favorite author or title to find new authors and titles of interest. You can search by title, author, series, genre, characters, settings, or plots. Try Read-Alikes to find similar books to ones you already enjoy!

  • Gale Literature Criticism Online (with Something About the Author) - an extensive compilation of literary commentary that represents a wide range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres. Includes the Gale titles Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC) , Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC), Drama Criticism (DC), Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism (NCLC), Poetry Criticism (PC), Shakesperean Criticism (SC),  Short Story Criticism (SSC), and Something About the Author (SATA).
  • Literature Resource Center (LRC) from Gale is your most current, comprehensive, and reliable online resource for research on literary topics, authors, and their works. Its coverage includes all genres and disciplines, all time periods, and all regions of the world. Content includes Literature Criticism, Biographies, Topic and Work Overviews, Reviews, News, Primary Sources, and Literary Works, images, and links to audio interviews and reviews. Your search will also include Scribner's Writers Series as well as Twayne's Author Series. T

  • Something about the Author from Gale features biographical information on thousands of children's book authors and illustrators.

  • North Texas Libraries on the Go - Cozy up with a best-selling audio book or ebook from the comfort of your home. Log in using your library card and your PIN (last 4 digits of your phone muner). Check out the useful information on the site about which devices will work for downloading.

  • OneClick Digital from Recorded Books provides popular audiobooks for download.


  • Gale Directory Library  - Includes access to Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies, The Encyclopedia of Associations, and the Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media.

  • Morningstar Investment Research Center - Research more than 23,000 stocks and mutual funds, build and analyze an investment portfolio, learn about stocks, mutual funds, and portfolios. ***Use this link for remote access (with library card).

  • ReferenceUSA - Access to over 34 million US Business records and over 250 million US Residential records.  Information includes company name, address, phone, executive contact names, employee size, sales size, SIC codes, NAICS codes, credit ratings, 10-K’s, news information and much more.  Users have the ability to create customized searches with over 35 different selects including,  by geographic location, Industry type and size, and much more.  Users have the ability to download and print the data.  Residential information includes name, address, phone, home value, home income, lifestyle interests, and much more.

  • Small Business Reference Center - from EBSCO offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding. T

Genealogy (be sure to check out our Genealogy page, too!)

  • Ancestry Library Edition- Discover your unique family history! This resource includes billions of records from around the world, including from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more. Available for use at the Library only.

  • - Search this site for historic newspapers including the Wichita Falls Daily Times 1911-1923. The New York Times from 1854 to 1901 is also online as well as dozens of newspapers from throughout North America. Available for use at the Library only.

General Reference & Homework Help

  • Britannica Public Library Edition - 4 full encyclopedias, full-text magazine articles, websites that have been reviewed and verified by Britannica editors, a homework help section for students, a world atlas, Merriam-Webster dictionaries and thesauri for children and adults, a Spanish-English dictionary, video and audio content, daily content updates, and more. Use this link for home access - Britannica Remote.
    Britannica Spanish Reference Center - Same Britannica as above but en español. Use this link for home access - Britannica Spanish Remote.

  • EBSCO MAS Ultra - School Edition - This comprehensive database, designed specifically for high school libraries, contains full text for nearly 500 popular, high school magazines.T

  • EBSCO Middle Search Plus - provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator. Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags. T

  • EBSCO Primary Search -  designed specifically for elementary school libraries and public library children’s rooms, contains full text for more than 70 popular, elementary school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 100 magazines. T

  • EBSCO Student Research Center - designed for students in grades 6 through 12. SRC provides students in secondary schools with the most appropriate research tools to easily obtain the information that they need from their EBSCO databases. T

  • EBSCO TOPICsearch - This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms. T

  • Gale Power Search - a search tool that saves you time by allowing you to search our Gale electronic resources in one place and review all of the results in a single list.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)- a database of hundreds of reference ebooks - encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources, including titles such as Novels for Students, Drama for Students, and Literary Themes for Students.

  • LearningExpress Library 3.0 - online, interactive materials to help learners succeed in the workplace and at school. It combines tutorials, skill practice sets, test preparation, and eBooks in an engaging, easy-to-use eLearning platform. If you used the previous version of LearningExpress Library, you'll need to register as a new user! T

  • Library of Texas - search multiple Texas library catalogs and databases in one sitting.
  • Texshare Databases - access over 50 different databases on a wide range of topics, including business, science, genealogy, homework help, health, newspapers, magazines, literature, and history. Remote access requires a special login and password available at the Reference Desk. Call 767-0868, ext 234. You must be a Wichita Falls Public Library cardholder. T


  • A to Z Maps Online - the world's largest subscription-based database of proprietary, royalty-free world, continent, country, and state maps. Included in the 4,000+ maps are: political maps, physical maps, outline maps, population maps, precipitation maps, climate maps, and other thematic maps.

  • A to Z the USA - information and statistics about the states and territories of the U.S.A.

  • A to Z World Travel - 150 world city travel guides! Includes travel essentials, attractions, maps, and culture for your next trip.

  • Global Road Warrior - country-based e-content on all the nations of the world with up-to-date information on society and culture, communications, travel, trade, business, money and banking, and country maps.


  • MedicLatina from EBSCO - a Spanish language collection of medical research and investigative journals published by renowned Latin American medical publishers. This unique database provides access to full text for 130 peer-reviewed medical journals in native Spanish. T

  • Health and Wellness Resource Center from Gale - authoritative health information, including full-text medical encyclopedias, health and medical journals, thousands of pamphlets, streaming videos, and health articles from more than 3,000 general interest publications covering health care, diet, and fitness topics. T

  • Health Reference Center Academic from Gale - provides access to articles on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, HMOs, prescription drugs, etc. T

  • Salem Health - online access to Salem Press's health reference works


  • The American West allows browsers to explore tales of frontier life, Pioneers, Wild West shows, the Gold Rush, vigilantes and outlaws. Document types include: manuscripts, trade cards, wanted posters, photographs, claim certificates, news sheets, rare printed works, brand books, broadsides, correspondence, diaries, directories, journals, pamphlets, periodicals, and artworks. Sourced from the Everett D. Graff Collection at the Newberry Library, Chicago. T

  • American Indian Histories and Culture is a unique resource that makes available, for the first time, many rare and significant documents from the Edward E. Ayer Collection at the Newberry Library, Chicago; one of the strongest archival collections on American Indian history in the world. Spanning four hundred years, document types include manuscripts, artworks, speeches and petitions, diaries, correspondence, linguistic and ethnographic studies, photographs, maps, photographs, rare printed books and American Indian newspapers. T

  • Salem History - online access to historical reference works from Salem Press


  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center from EBSCO - offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more. T

Home Improvement

Job & Career Support

  • Atomic Training Computer Tutorials - become more proficient on basic computer applications, such as Microsoft Word®, PowerPoint®, Excel®, Adobe® Photoshop, Skype™, twitter™, Facebook™, Google™ Docs, and many more.

  • Cypress Resume - Create a professional resume in minutes!

  • Vocational and Career Collection from EBSCO - full text coverage for nearly 340 trade and industry related periodicals including American Machinist, Pediatric Nursing, Wireless Week, Drug Store News, Reeves Journal, Hotel and Motel Management, Restaurant Business, Advertising Age, and many more. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for over 600 journals. T

  • LearningExpress Library 3.0 - online, interactive materials to help learners succeed in the workplace and at school. It combines tutorials, skill practice sets, test preparation, and eBooks in an engaging, easy-to-use eLearning platform. If you used the previous version of LearningExpress Library, you'll need to register as a new user! T


  • Mango Languages -Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for over 77 popular languages. Be sure to check out the apps for your phone or tablet once you've signed up here.


  • Legal Forms Library from Gale - Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

Magazines, Journals, & Newspapers

  • EBSCO Masterfile Premier - Need articles? This database contains full text articles for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. T

  • EBSCO Newspaper Source - provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided. T

  • Newsbank - Complete full-text content of local and regional news from the Wichita Falls Times Record News (11/16/1998 - current), including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community. Paid advertisements are excluded.

  • - Search this site for historic newspapers including the Wichita Falls newspapers 1911 through 1976.  Available for use at the Library only.


  • EBSCO Science and Technology Collection - contains more than 830 leading full text journals covering relevant aspects of the scientific and technical community. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 1,740 publications. Topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, computer technology, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology, marine sciences and materials science. T

  • Salem Science - online access to Salem Press's science books, including The Solar System, Encyclopedia of Math & Society, and Forensic Science.