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Looking for something? Trying to find the answer to that question that has been nagging you?  Need help with your homework assignment? Try searching by information category in the box below to get specialized, authoritative, citable information you won't find in search engines.  Also check out the list of free online databases below.  You're sure to find the answers you need here.  All you need is your Laman Library card.



Are you trying to trace your family tree?
Click here to access our genealogy databases like HeritageQuest, Proquest, Ancestry Library, and many more.






Some More for the Road...

Arkansas Traveler Database Portal 
Traveler databases offer magazines, books, encyclopedias, and other resources to all Arkansas residents. Research current events, science, business, health, notable people, hobbies, and much more from yourlibrary, school, home or office.  Ask how to access Traveler at your college/university, public library or school.
Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and more.
Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist, or historian.
Only available for use inside the library.
PROQUEST CENTRAL.  This database serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. This award-winning online reference resource features a highly-respected, diversified mix of content including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
ProQuest Family Health covers an enormous range of subjects of value in the public library context - from sports injuries to women's health, from food and nutrition to midwifery, from eye care to dentistry. It includes important general medical journals such as The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine as well as a strong selection of consumer and news magazines. 
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library

AXIS 360.  Browse, check out, and download eBooks and eAudiobooks from Laman Library using the new Axis 360 app!  It's simple - just download the app on your device, find our library, and log in using your library card number.  The Axis 360 app is compatible with:

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Kindle Fire
  • Windows (PC)
 SIRS® Issues Researcher (videos and details) helps students make sense of the world by offering relevant, credible resources that tell the whole story on major issues and world conflicts of the day. Start with SIRS Issues Researcher for background and current analysis necessary for research and understanding of 330+ current and pervasive Leading Issues. 
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
PRONUNCIATOR provides both guided and self-directed instructions for 80 foreign languages, and ESL for 50 non-English languages, along with a Course Designer which allows for the creation and deployment of custom courses by educators. 
Each language course has on average 9,600 instructional phrases, and ~2 years of guided instruction.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
An online resource for preschoolers & children in the early elementarygrades that includes three interactive learning environments 

Trek's Travels offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach critical early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more.
Welcome to Reading provides leveled readers to develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills. The Lexile Framework® for Reading ensures that early readers use text at their level.
Know It offers a richly visual first encyclopedia that will captivate early learners with non-fiction topics of interest and importance to them

Made Available by the Arkansas State Library 

Primary source material cultural & statistical country reports, covering the world, states & Canadian provinces and includes unique information in Native recipes, interviews, photos and videos
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
Highlights of the Freegal Music 4.0 Service
• Over 7 Million songs from ten thousand labels including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment.
• Tens-of-thousands of popular artists in hundreds of musical genres.
• 5,000 music videos from popular artists.
• Easy-to-use website interface with no software to install.
• DRM-FREE, Mp3 files that can be played on ANY device (including iPods).
• Simultaneous access to all music for all patrons.

  Grolier Online is a one-stop resource for online encyclopedias and reference resources. It also has a general audience portal called Grolier Online Passport and one for kids called Grolier Online Kids. And here’s an added bonus: all the Grolier’s resources provide citations, so you can cite them in your research paper.
HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. 18th Century or 20th Century. European or Native American. Farm or Factory. East Coast or West Coast. Where does your American past begin? 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.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
pic3   hoopla is an innovative new service that partners with your local public library to bring you thousands of movies, television, music, and audiobook titles for free. There are no costs or hassles. All you need is a library card and a web browser, phone, or tablet.


One resource to access materials to help with basic skills, computer applications, test preparation and more in Adult Learning Center; Career Center; College Preparation Center; College Center; Computer Skills Center; High School Equivalency Center; Recursos para Hispanohablantes (Spanish Center); School Center (gr. 4 & up).

Made Available by the Arkansas State Library

ProQuest Health and Medical Complete™ combines the clinical research titles available in ProQuest Medical Library™ with hundreds of additional consumer and health administration titles. ProQuest Health and Medical Complete provides in-depth coverage from over 1,500 publications with almost 1,300 available in full text and of these, over 900 include MEDLINE® indexing.
In addition, the database includes all charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements essential to medical research.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
  NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.
  NoveList K-8 Plus is a database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.


Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks to a variety of mobile devices allow you to enjoy your favorite authors with you whether your sitting in your favorite chair or flying to your next business meeting or vacation spot.  Sit back and relax with a book from OverDrive.  All you need is your library card.

  ProQuest Historical Newspapers: the New York Times provides the full image of articles published in the New York Times from its first issue in 1851. It is searchable by keyword, author, article title, and first paragraph (abstract). You can browse issues by clicking Publications at the top of the screen. It includes illustrations and advertisements. The title changed from the New York Daily Times to the New York Times in 1857.
The most comprehensive ABI/INFORM™ database, this comprises ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library


A groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research.

Made Available by the Arkansas State Library

General reference collections of periodical and digital media content designed specifically for K-12 schools and libraries of all kinds, as well as two distinct subject-based collections: ProQuest® Learning: Literature and History Study Center™.This collection of periodical and digital media content, covering a wide range of subjects including business, education, general interest, health, language arts, sciences, social sciences, and many other curriculum-specific subject areas.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
General K-6 reference collections of periodical and digital media content, covering a wide range of subjects including business, education, general interest, health, language arts, sciences, social sciences, and many other curriculum-specific subject areas.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
Supports the study of earth, life, physical, medical, and applied sciences providing resources K-12 and up in magazines and journals, newspapers, TV and radio transcripts, reference books, websites, images, and streaming audio/video.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library


Full text access over 1300 newspapers, news websites and blogs from leading publishers throughout the world.

Made Available by the Arkansas State Library

Bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of newspapers, magazines and journals from ethnic, minority and native presses.  Included are journals, magazines, and newspapers from ethnic and minority presses.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library


The World Book Complete is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
HOOVERS.  This database contains proprietary information about more than 40,000 public and non-public companies and 225,000 key executives. Hoover's, widely recognized as a leader in company data, delivers in depth industry analyses, information on a company's location, summary financials, top competitors, top officers and more.
Made Available by the Arkansas State Library
  WorldCat is a union catalog that itemizes the collections of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories which participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) global cooperative. It is built and maintained collectively by the participating libraries.


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