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Reference & Databases

Databases requiring an Orcas Island Library Card

EBSCO Databases

EBSCO caters to the information needs of researchers at every level by providing libraries with the content and services needed to bring the latest and best information to researchers.

Choose one of the databases below by clicking on its name. To access these databases from your home computer please enter your entire 14-digit library card barcode when prompted.

For a quick introduction on using these EBSCO databases, see this short guide created by library patron Brad Brown.


The Definitive Source of Business and Residential Reference Information for Library Patrons Created by Infogroup, ReferenceUSA research and reference tool is the leading source for business and residential data. Serving a variety of quality information, ReferenceUSA helps users of all kinds search for jobs, find doctors, create marketing and small business plans, locate specific people and more.


You can learn 80 languages in any of 50 languages with Pronunciator. That’s 4,000 possible course combinations! One of the great things about Pronunciator is that you can learn any language, in virtually any other language. Plus, Pronunciator has ESL for speakers of 50 non-English languages! Each language course has a minimum of 1,500 phrases to learn, and most have 10,000 phrases.

To access Pronounciator please enter your entire 14-digit library card barcode when prompted.

Access Pronounciator now.

Testing & Education Reference Center

The Testing & Education Reference Center is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.

  • Over 300 practice tests and courses
  • Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
  • Information on over 4,000 accredited schools
  • Scholarship search featuring $8 billion in available scholarships
  • Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
  • Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiations

To access the Testing & Education Reference Center you will need your entire 14-digit Orcas Island Library card number. Prior to accessing this database it is suggested users clear their browser cache.

Follow the link to begin using the Testing & Education Reference Center.

Global Road Warrior

Global Road Warrior's mission is to promote understanding for the earth and her people by providing educational products that lower informational barriers. To access this web site please enter your entire 14-digit library card barcode.

Oxford English Dictionary Online

The Oxford English Dictionary Online is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. To access this web site please enter the last 6 digits of your library card barcode.

Inside Library Use Only Databases

These databases can only be accessed using a Library computer or through the Library's wireless network.


Ancestry.com is the world's largest online resource for family history.

Foundation Directory Online

Foundation Directory Online is the nation's leading online funding research tool, developed by the Foundation Center, a national nonprofit service organization founded over 50 years ago to help open U.S. foundations to public view. To access this web site please ask a library staff person to log you in.

Society for Nonprofits

Society for Nonprofits is a leading resource for nonprofit professionals and has been helping nonprofit leaders increase their knowledge and grow the capacity of their organizations for more than 30 years. Society for Nonprofits and the resources it provides helps to close those gaps in knowledge, develop stronger nonprofit leaders and grow the capacity of nonprofit organizations. To access this web site please ask a library staff person to log you in.

Free Public-access Databases

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.

Government Information Sources page

The Government Information Sources page offers a listing of federal, state, and local websites to answer your questions.

Homework Help page

Our Homework Help page is full of links to internet resources that will help students complete school assignments.


MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends.

National Agricultural Library

The National Agricultural Library houses is the nexus for a national network of state land-grant and U.S. Department of Agriculture field libraries.


ThomasNet is an industrial search engine that provides one source for finding the exact product, service, or supplier quickly and efficiently.

Local History Resources

Local Newspapers:

The Islander [1891-1898] and The San Juan Islander [1898 - 1914]

Early editions of The Islander and The San Juan Islander are provided by Chronicling America. Chronicling America is a Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC). It is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages.

Orcas Island Historical Museum

The Orcas Island Historical Museum is the object-based, interpretive heritage facility for the Island. Its permanent collection has approximately 6000 objects, paper documents and photographs.

Washington Rural Heritage

Washington Rural Heritage is a collection of historic materials documenting the early culture, industry, and community life of Washington State. The collection is an ongoing project of small, rural libraries and partnering cultural institutions, guided by an initiative of the Washington State Library.

Visit the Orcas Island Heritage page here.

Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands

The Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands are a visual testimony to the rich history of island farming. Some of the largest structures in the islands, they literally stand out in the landscape. They are treasured by local residents and visitors alike as monuments to the distinctive cultural landscape of the islands. San Juan County barns are a varied lot. In age, the earliest examples date from the mid-1860s, some of the oldest surviving barns in Washington State; on the other end of the spectrum, barns are still being built. The historic barns of the San Juan Islands also vary considerably in regard to size, shape, plan, and function. While most were built as to store hay and house livestock, usually cattle, horses or sheep, barns were also used for poultry, fruit storage, and grain. This site will provide you with information about these barns and their island context.

Orcas Schools Annuals