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Here you'll find access to resources that can help in your genealogy/family history research.  Types of records you might find include census and voter lists, birth, marriage and death records; immigration and travel records; military records and more. Remote access to Ancestry Library Edition ended as of 12/31/2021. Please visit your local branch for on-site access. 

Found In: Genealogy & Local History
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Consumer Health Complete

"The most comprehensive database for consumer-oriented health content, Consumer Health Complete is designed to help users gain an overall understanding of key topics across the health and wellness spectrum — from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine."

Found In: Health & Medicine

EBSCOhost Español

Aquí encontrará una manera de realizar una búsqueda a travéz de múltiples bases de datos de EBSCO. El interfaz de la búsqueda está en español con los artículos en inglés. En algunas de las bases de datos hay opción de la traducción. 

Vídeo Tutorial:EBSCOHost búsqueda básica

Found In: Español
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"EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, is the primary system for companies and others submitting documents under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, and the Investment Company Act of 1940.  Containing millions of company and individual filings, EDGAR benefits investors, corporations, and the U.S. economy overall by increasing the efficiency, transparency, and fairness of the securities markets. The system processes about 3,000 filings per day, serves up 3,000 terabytes of data to the public annually, and accommodates 40,000 new filers per year on average."  Using EDGAR to research investments:

Found In: Business & Finance, Law & Government
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Family Search

Here you'll find a family history organization that provides free access to genealogy research tools such as family-tree building, digitized records and family history books from around the world, a research wiki, online classes and more.

Found In: Genealogy & Local History
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Family Studies Abstracts

"With bibliographic records covering family dynamics topics, Family Studies Abstracts is an excellent source for family studies researchers. Scholars can access unique content and highly regarded works."

Found In: Social Sciences
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Freegal Music

Freegal® Music offers access to about 15 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 40,000 music videos. Unlimited streaming and three downloads per week. 

Found In: Digital Media
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Heritage Quest

Here you'll find primary sources dating back to the 1700s. Contains six core resources: U.S. Federal Censuses, genealogy and local history books, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Records, Freedman's Bank Records and the LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

Found In: Genealogy & Local History

Houston Chronicle (Newsbank)

Here you'll find Houston Chronicle articles from 10/29/1985 to the present. Digital image edition available from 10/24/2017 to present. To read the digital image edition click the listing on the menu with "image" as the format.  Click on "All Databases" to see other available collections from Newsbank: Houston Community Weeklies, Texas Newspaper collection, America's News, Special Reports & Hot Topics from around the nation. 

Found In: Magazines, Newspapers & Journals
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Kanopy is a streaming video service focusing on critically-acclaimed documentaries, foreign films & classic cinema. 

Found In: Digital Media
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Legal GPS

Legal GPS is an interactive platform that gives business owners step-by-step, customized directions to complete 50+ legal essentials. Simply answer a few questions, complete step-by-step legal directions personalized for each business, then receive a personalized Legal GPS Status Report containing a legal scorecard, a quick guide sheet to help legally in the future, and a completion certificate. Saves owners $4500 in legal fees and 60+ hours.

Video Tutorial: Legal GPS Demo Video

Found In: Law & Government, Business & Finance, Jobs & Careers


Here you'll find information to help with personal investments. Topics covered include stocks, funds, ETFs, as well as articles, videos and investment skills training.  

Found In: Business & Finance
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Ready Harris

"This site provides user-friendly access to information on how to prepare for all types of disasters, highlights access to real-time alerts regarding ongoing emergencies, and connects you with state-of-the-art tools available to help you plan, recover, and stay safe." 

Found In: Texas & Harris County, COVID-19
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Referencia Latina

"Esta base de datos de texto completo en español cubre una amplia gama de temas dentro y fuera de la academia. Ofrece contenido de una variedad de fuentes, incluidos libros de referencia, revistas de interés general e informes de salud."

Found In: Encyclopedias & Reference, Español


Here you'll find a comprehensive online resource for finding companies and products manufactured in North America.  Free registration is required to view company records.  

Found In: Business & Finance
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Wall Street Journal

Here you'll find access to the most recent 90 days of Wall Street Journal (WSJ) articles. Advanced search gives you access to articles from the last 4 years.

When accessing WSJ from home, create a free account which gives you a 3 day pass. After the pass expires, start again from the link on the HCPL website and log back in with the same account details you created earlier for another 3 days worth of access.

The Wall Street Journal app is not included with the library subscription, but the site is mobile responsive so it displays well on tablets and smartphones. 

Found In: Magazines, Newspapers & Journals, Business & Finance, Jobs & Careers


Here you'll find a master catalog of items owned by libraries around the world. Click here for a guide on how to place an Interlibrary Loan Request.  

Found In: Books & Reading