Research & Learning

Our collection of online resources includes premium magazine, journal and newspaper articles, videos and tutorials that you won’t find anywhere else online.  Check one of these popular topics to see all that's available.  Note that a Boise Public Library card is required in most cases.  Need personal assistance?  Just ask a librarian.

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Academic Search™ Premier contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles.
Basic ESL improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, and instructionally proven curriculum. Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including: family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation. No computer experience is necessary. Click on "Instant Access" to enter without registering.
Business Source® Premier, the industry's most popular business research database, features the full text for more than 2,100 journals. Full text is provided back to 1965, and searchable cited references back to 1998.
ChiltonLibrary supplies a solution for the “do-it-yourselfer” that is easy to use no matter the skill level. Repair, maintenance and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward. ChiltonLibrary provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on seven decades of the broadest range of vehicles available, including cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
Explore hundreds of careers, Idaho employers, colleges, national and Idaho financial aid opportunities and much more. Take tests to discover your best job or college. Click on the "guest" tab in the green box at the right to get started!
Read about daily life in over 50 time periods and geographic locations around the world.
Learn about the history, the culture and significant events from 1950 through 1990.
Search over 8,000 magazines, journals, newspapers and eBooks covering multiple topics from health to history.
Award-winning documentaries across multiple subjects
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A unique database that focuses on foundations that provide financial support for individual grantseekers. No remote access. Available in person at any Boise Public Library location.
Users can quickly create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships as never before. No remote access. In Library Use Only.
Full-text e-book versions of encyclopedias on a variety of multidisciplinary research topics, including animals, science, history, health, business, travel and more.
Gem State Prospector can help entrepreneurs with business site selection and demographics research for any city or county in Idaho.
The U.S Government Publishing Office (GPO) provides publishing and dissemination services for the official and authentic government publications to Congress, Federal agencies, Federal depository libraries, and the American public.
GrantSpaceSM, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers.
Free permit practice tests for learner drivers. Includes the full text of the Idaho Driver's Manual as well as practice tests for cars and motorcycles
Treasure Valley's largest paper. Access local stories from 1999 to present. Does not include wire service stories or classified ads. Library also has microfilm of the paper from 1864 to present.
Search and read articles, advertisements, obituaries and more. Coverage from July 26, 1864 through December 31, 1970.
Self-paced practice tests, subject tutorials and full-text ebook study guides for all ages, with learning centers for Elementary, Middle and High School, College & College Prep, Software Tutorials, U.S. Citizenship, GED prep and a variety of job search and workplace skills, including ASVAB, academic, postal service, law enforcement and many other tests.
Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more. Deliciously simple language learning!
MasterFILE™ Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.
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ProDemand™ provides full OEM repair, estimating, maintenance, and real-world experience-based information in one easy-to-use product. After entering your library card, click "login" to access repair information.
Morningstar offers individual investors an independent source for stock and mutual fund research, in depth analysis and reports, powerful portfolio tools, financial commentary, exclusive data, and advanced analytical tools.
This collection assembles hundreds of the greatest PBS documentary films and series into one convenient online interface. This collection provides access to Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, and films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.
Coverage 1890 through 1982. Searchable access to more than 100 years of citations (NOT full text) from 523 leading U.S. magazines. A valuable resource for historical research.
Providing the most up-to-date information on topics related to starting a company, operations management, sales, and growing or rescuing a business.
Travel books from our GVRL collection. Download them to your smartphone or tablet for your next vacation.
eBooks for Kids! Animated talking picture books - listen, read, and watch. Also includes games and books in variety of foreign languges. The website is accessible in French, Spanish and Chinese.
As the U.S. government's official web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web.
Health resources from the government, from child care and insurance to medications and vaccines.
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
A powerful reference tool with encyclopedic, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases.
Search for local or national library resources using WorldCat.


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