Search Databases

Begin your research here. Whether at home or in the Library, you will find databases offering a wide variety of information, including full text articles from specific magazines, journals and other resources.

Available to All Statewide

[9.1.16] Due to state budget constraints, subscriptions to (Homework Help RI) and HeritageQuest have not been renewed and are no longer available through AskRI.

Academic Search Elite (EBSCO)
Multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

A to Z (EBSCO)
Access to eight unique databases within a single search

  • 30 Million Businesses
  • 33 Million Executives
  • 8 Million Executive Email Addresses
  • 2 Million New Businesses
  • 200 Million Residents
  • 90 Million Homeowners
  • 50,000 New Homeowners Added Weekly
  • 200,000 New Movers Added Weekly

Explora Primary (EBSCO)  
EBSCO's research database for students K-5 is the replacement for Searchasaurus and Kids Search and features colorful pictures and school subject categories for easy browsing. 

Explora Secondary (EBSCO)  
Explora for Secondary Schools is the replacement for Kids Search and Student Research Center and features an easy to use site and updated features like the cite button.

Explora for Public Libraries (EBSCO)  
Explora for Everyone is a new site for the general public that simultaneously searches 20 EBSCO databases for an easy one stop search.

Explora Educator's Edition (EBSCO)  
Highlights content relevant to teachers, including lesson plans, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources.

Learning Express 3.0
Whatever your goal, LearningExpress Library's resources will help you succeed. Each of the Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.

Mango Languages-Learn a language
Mango is an online language learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.

World Book Online Reference Center
Multi-media World Book Encyclopedia, a Reference Library with primary resources from US History and Political Science and Law, plus a Spanish language encyclopedia.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos 
PPL's Digital Library contains over 7,000 photographs, postcards and other media of people, places, and buildings available to download for personal use. 

For PPL Patrons (PPL library card required for remote access)

Providence Journal Archives (from Newsbank)
Contains articles published in the Providence Journal since 1983, written by Providence Journal writers. News, sports, editorials, obituaries, wedding announcements, and legal notices are available. Search by issue available.

Providence Journal Obituaries and Death Notices  (from Newsbank)
Contains obituaries and death notices published in the Providence Journal since 1980.

Sanborn Maps RI (Remote users need Username and Password. Username: PROVIDENCE Password: publiclibrary  both are case-sensitive) (Contact PPL Reference Services if access issues: 401-455-8005)

ProQuest Sanborn Maps (1867-1970) provides digital access to thousands of large-scale maps of Rhode Island towns and cities, searchable by address and GPS coordinates.

Ancestry Library Edition (available from within PPL only)
Census records and images, birth, marriage, and death records, military and immigration records are available in this library resource from Thousands of databases, posted or updated regularly.

For Ocean State Libraries (public library) cardholders 

(Ocean State Library card number required for remote access)

Librarian Recommended

Literary Reference Center
Comprehensive database provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Specifically designed for public libraries, secondary schools, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research, it is a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals and much more, as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing.

Auto Repair Reference Center
Contains the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information in the market, including information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. The database covers more than 35,000 vehicles from 1945 to present.

Consumer Health Complete
Single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content, this full-text database is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. It provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine and covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, etc.

A complete readers' resource with information on over 250,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles included, plus feature content including lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, Recommended Reads and more.

NoveList K-8 
Created especially for kids (and the adults who work with them), NoveList K-8 Plus has a colorful, graphic-rich homepage and is very easy to use. It provides access to information on over 30,500 nonfiction titles designed to support the curriculum and kids’ pleasure reading and is a great online resource for helping teachers, school media specialists and kids find that next great fiction read.

Points of View
A full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. It provides more than 280 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide. Topics include: affirmative action, cloning, DNA profiling, HIV/AIDS status disclosure, immigration, Iraq, Israel & the Palestinians, Katrina and FEMA response, nuclear proliferation, separation of church and state, standardized testing, stem cell research, tax cuts, voting machines, and many more.

Salud en Espanol (CHC Spanish Version)
Comprehensive evidence-based reports and fact sheets in Spanish on all aspects of consumer health and wellness. Topic-specific reports covering all aspects of health offer valuable overviews on diseases, conditions, procedures and various treatments. A diverse collection of health related themes: first aid, infant/ child care and illnesses, alternative medicine, aging and wellness.