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Academic Search Complete 
(Includes full Text Magazines)
An enormous collection of full-text journals, providing users access to critical information from many sources unique to this database. In addition, it includes peer-reviewed full text for STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities. 
Popular Full Text Magazines Include: People, US Weekly, Time, USA Today, Good Housekeeping, etc.
For instructions on accessing these titles and a list of popular titles click here.
For a list of all publications included. click here.
You must have a Sims Library Card to access this database from home.
Chilton's Online Auto Repair Database

Chilton Library represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. You must have a Sims Library Card to access this database. 

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Cypress Resume

The Cypress Resume database covers virtually all professions, grouping job types by core tasks. With Cypress Resume, there is no need to compose anything, ever. You simply type basic information about themselves and leave the difficult task of writing concise, descriptive statements detailing abilities to Cypress Resume.

 

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Driving Tests.org

Taking your driving test soon? Sims Library is proud to offer free online test prep for students preparing for their Texas driving tests! Click on the link to visit our exclusive website, where you can choose from several different permit tests.

 

No library card number or personal information is needed. This resource is also great for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of Texas’ traffic laws or interested in getting their motorcycle license.

EBSCO - Newpaper Source

Full Text for Today’s Leading National and Regional Newspapers cover-to-cover full text for hundreds of national, international and regional  newspapers.

 

In addition, it offers television and radio news transcripts from major networks. 

Complete television and radio transcripts from: CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR and more. 

Newspapers Include: USA Today, The Washington Post, The Times (London), Toronto Star

 

For a full list of coverage sources click here.

You must have a Sims Library Card to access this database.

Gale Databases
The Gale Databases offer comprehensive access to literature, medical references and more. Databases include ContemporaryAuthors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Twayne Author Series, InfoTrac Custom Newspapers, and Health and Wellness Resource Center. 
 
You must have a Sims Library Card to access this database.
Gale Health
Reference Center
Integrating millions of articles from a wide range of full-text nursing and allied health journals, magazines, newsletters and select consumer health information sources with full-text reference works and health-related multimedia, all available 24/7. Health Reference Center Academic is the perfect resource for up-to-date information on the complete range of health care topics. Included are full-text sources and hundreds of videos demonstrating medical procedures and live surgeries.
Magazines included are AARP Magazine, Consumer Report on Health and many more.
 
You must have a Sims Library Card to access this database.
Gale Legal Forms
Thousands of legal forms available with more forms being added daily. Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. Forms available on Gale LegalForms include forms drafted by attorneys for a particular legal matter, forms from public records and participating companies and attorneys. "Official" forms for many states are also included. Warning: Public users should consult an attorney in your state for serious legal matters. 
 
You must have a Sims Library Card to access this database.
Learning Express
Library
GED Practice

  • Skills Check

  • Build Your Basic Skills

  • Build Your Reading Skills

  • Build Your Writing Skills

  • Build Your Math Skills

  • Build Your Grammar Skills

  • Build Your Science Skills

  • Build Your Vocabulary and Spelling Skills

  • Prepare for the GED® Test

Hobbies & Crafts
This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead&Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more.
 
You must have a Sims Library Card to access this database from home.
Home Improvement D-I_Y

Access how to instructions, videos, magazines, books, and journals on how to do everything from woodworking, plumbing, electrical work, remodeling, and everyday home maintenance. 

 
You must have a Sims Library Card to access this database from home.
Live Homework Help / Tutor.com

Live Homework Help is available for Kindergarten – 12th grade, college introduction level students, and adult learners seven days a week from 2 PM to Midnight CST. Students connect to a real live tutor. Log on, enter your grade level, then subject, and you will be connected to an expert tutor. Students can receive help in math, science, social studies or English.

 

Tutor.com To Go Mobile App

 

Live Homework Help will be closed on July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

 
You must have a Sims Library Card to access this database.
Lynda.com
Lynda.com is an online learning company that helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. With your Nicholas P. Sims Library card, patrons receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials. New courses and topics are added every week. 
 
You must have a Sims Library Card to access this database.
Mango Languages
Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.
 
You must have a Sims Library Card to access this database.
Salem History: Great Events 1941-1970
Salem History: Great Events from History: The 20th Century 1941-1970 In this database, the mid-twentieth century receives worldwide coverage that prioritizes the needs of students at the high school and undergraduate levels.
 
The events covered include the geopolitical events of the era--from World War II (1939-1945) and the Holocaust to the formation of the United Nations and the start of the Cold War in 1945, from the Korean War (1950-1953) to the war in Vietnam (1959-1975). Essays also address important social and cultural developments in literature, the arts, music, law, and social and civil rights legislation.
Small Business Reference

Contains full-text reference books and magazines. This database provides the everyday user with the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to address a wide-range of small business topics, including:

Buying/selling a business, Managing employees,

Writing a business plan, Understanding legal information,

Marketing a business,

And much more…

You must have a Sims Library Card to access this database from home.

Teacher Resources

 

Teachers: did you know that your school library offers a fun, easy-to-use tool that helps students complete research and classroom assignments? And did you know that this tool also helps you fi nd primary source documents, informational texts, and curriculum support materials? With Explora, both you and your students will discover reliable information on thousands of topics that cover a wide range of subjects and support STEM to STEAM initiatives.

You must have a Sims Library Card to access this database from home.

Texas Reference Center
More than 80 full-text journals and books about Texas history, ethnic & cultural diversity, gender studies, literature, public health, and business as well as home & garden and sports & leisure. The database contains biographies portraying famous historical and contemporary Texans such as George Herbert Walker Bush, Lady Bird Johnson, Dan Moody, Susanna Dickinson and Sam Houston.
Also available in the Texas Reference Center is the Spanish-language newspaper El Sol de Texas with Texas and national news coverage. This database is updated weekly.
 
You must have a Sims Library Card to access this database from home.
TexShare
Patrons have access to the TexShare Databases, which allow you to access over 27,000 journals, over 171,000 ebooks, and over 15 million images, videos, and interactive resources all which are commercial-free databases covering hundreds of subjects, from education to genealogy.
Please Contact us at 972-937-2671 or by email at adult@simslib.org for the password.

Genealogy/History Databases

 
Ancestry.com

ProQuest has partnered with MyFamily.com to create Ancestry® Library Edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today. It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.

 

This database is only available within Sims Library.

Ellis County Records by DAR

The Texas Genealogical Records, Ellis County, compiled by Mrs. A. L. Feltenberger and the Rebecca Boyce Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution between 1954 and 1970, includes unique records and accounts of the history of Ellis County, Texas, including family Bible records, family histories, church histories, cemetery records, wills, and marriage records, Ellis County pioneers, school records and histories, and biographical sketches of the people of Ellis County.

 

It provides details about the Parson’s Texas Cavalry Brigade from 1861 to 1865 as well as other military records.

 

This digitization project was funded by the Friends of Sims Library and is hosted by the University of North Texas’ Portal to Texas History.

HeritageQuest® Online

HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

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.

Memorial and Biographical History of Ellis County
A fulltext version of the 1892 history book, keyword searchable. Provided by the University of North Texas, The Portal to Texas History, and the Dallas Public Library.

 

"Memorial and biographical history of Ellis county, Texas ... Containing a history of this important section of the great state of Texas, from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time, together with glimpses of its future prospects; with full-page portraits of the presidents of the United States, and also full-page portraits of some of the most eminent men of the county, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers, and also of prominent citizens of to-day..."

Portal to Texas History

 

Educational resources designed to help you get young minds thinking about history in new ways. Emphasizing primary sources, first-hand accounts, and fascinating artifacts from the Portal, these materials take students way beyond their textbooks to experience history more personally.

Visit the Resources4 Educators site to find lesson plans, activities, and links to great information.

Also found here is the Texas Digital Newspaper Program.

Find digital copies of many Newspapers from around Texas.

Salem Press

 

Salem History: Great Events from History: The 20th Century 1941-1970

 

In this database, the mid-twentieth century receives worldwide coverage that prioritizes the needs of students at the high school and undergraduate levels. The events covered include the geopolitical events of the era--from World War II (1939-1945) and the Holocaust to the formation of the United Nations and the start of the Cold War in 1945, from the Korean War (1950-1953) to the war in Vietnam (1959-1975).

 

Essays also address important social and cultural developments in literature, the arts, music, law, and social and civil rights legislation.

 

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