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How-To & Video Tutorials

Tutorials: Common Catalog Tasks

The following guides provide help on using our online catalog:

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Online Resources

On our catalog page you will find the following free online resources. Some have video tutorials linked below:

Includes thousands of historical newspapers, government books and documents, Social Security Death Index and more. Some entries back as far as 1650. Texas is included.
  • Genealogy Bank
  • Gutenberg
    The place where you can download over 30,000 books in a variety of formats to read on your PC, iPhone, Kindle, Sony Reader or other portable device. Most of the books available from Gutenberg are no longer covered by copyright.
  • LibriVox
    Public domain recordings of public domain literature. Downloads to anything!
  • Mango
    Mango Languages is a language learning program teaching practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world’s most popular languages. It’s the fun, easy and incredibly effective way for travelers of all kinds to learn to speak a foreign language.  Go mobile with Mango Mobile Library Edition, the language learning app available for your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
  • NoveList
    Need help figuring out what fiction you may like?  This database contains read-alike lists, information about authors, and even book discussion guides.  Find a novel you may like based on your own parameters!
  • Overdrive
    Download digital books and audio books.  Choose from hundreds of popular titles.
  • Texas and US Statistics
    RAND Texas offers fabulous, accessible statistics about our state and nation. It throws in public policy analysis as an extra benefit.
  • Testing and Education Resource Center
    Find current information on colleges and universities, available scholarships and financial aid. Also, eBooks on test preparation and preparatory online entrance tests and study aids and more.
  • TexShare Resources
     Think of this site as a bag of assorted candy bars. It includes lots of separately wrapped, fabulously flavored resources- newspapers, homework help, business links, medical and consumer advice. To open the bag, click on the TexShare Resources icon on the catalog page. Learn more about how to use the individual candy bars (we call them databases). 
  • Tumble Books
    TumbleBookLibrary (opens new page) is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading.
  • Value Line Online
    On-line access to Value Line's leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities. (1 user at a time)