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Hayner Library Databases Provide Help to All Ages

DatabasesHayner Library has a wide array of online resources to help teachers, students, and anyone interested in topics for research or for self-improvement. Library databases, sometimes called online resources or online databases, are organized collections of electronic information that allow you to search for a particular topic, article, or book in a variety of ways (e.g., keyword, subject, author, title). When you search one of these databases, you are not searching the Web; you’re searching pre-selected material that is the equivalent of what you might find on a library shelf in print format.
Subscription databases consist of published journals, magazines, documents, newspapers, books, image collections, and more. Hayner Library has purchased subscription access to a variety of online databases. These resources are accessed online through the Hayner Library website at
Why do libraries subscribe to databases?
• To help students doing research papers by providing accurate, authoritative articles on a wide variety of topics. Each article found is cited and can be converted to a selected citation style (MLA, APA, etc.), making it easy for students to copy and paste the citation into their papers.
• To offer access to thousands of articles from hundreds of journals and magazines, many more than a library could physically have on hand.
• To offer patrons a quick, easy way to obtain reliable information on topics of interest.
Hayner Library subscribes to more than 20 subscription databases. Some of these databases are as follows:
  • Biography Reference Center is a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies.
  • Literary Reference Center offers book summaries, author information, and more.
  • Academic Search Premier offers peer-reviewed, full-text journal articles from many academic areas, including biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and religion.
  • History Reference Center offers articles, images, videos, and primary source documents on American and world history.
  • Science Reference Center includes biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, environmental science, health, medicine, life science, physics, scientists, and technology.
  • Points of View Reference Center provides students with a series of essays presenting multiple sides of current controversial issues.
  • Auto Repair Reference Center has repair information for model years 1954 to 2010.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus is a reader’s advisory for fiction and nonfiction. K-8 is designed for teachers and kids. Features Grab and Go book lists, Picture Book Extenders.
  • provides the most current reviews of consumer products.
  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas for hobby enthusiasts provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.
  • Home Improvement Reference Center has articles, videos, and images to help homeowners tackle home repairs safely.
  • Legal Information Reference Center provides full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books and contains thousands of legal forms.
These reliable, accurate information sources are free with your Hayner Library card number. You can access them from home or within the library at by clicking Online Resources on the home screen.
Students, Teachers, Learners of All Ages! Attend the Database Class/Library Tour for help with exploring and navigating these databases.