There is a common misconception regarding online research -- that everything is available for free on the Internet. While there are many excellent sources available for free on the Internet, there are some important exceptions. Reputable newspapers, journals, and reference sources such as The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, and Contemporary Authors are published by for-profit organizations. They have a vested interest in protecting their intellectual properties. What this means for the average researcher is that searching the Internet for journal articles or reference sources is usually fruitless. To fill this gap, companies purchase the rights to electronically reproduce these sources and then sell access to collections of these digital reproductions (databases) to libraries and other organizations. Many of these databases are indeed on the Internet but access is restricted to those who pay.
The DOD and Air Force have purchased a variety of these databases for the library and its patrons. The end result is that the library is able to provide access to a large amount of online reference material, including full text articles from journals and newspapers. These are acceptable for use in research papers.
The library regularly offers class instruction on the use of these databases. For individual instruction, contact the Librarian (572-3939) to arrange an appointment.
A library staff member can provide you with usernames and passwords that will allow you to access these resources from any non-library computer. Please keep this information secure.
Do you have your library card number and pin? Databases are also available through Enterprise.
|Ancestry Library Edition. Unlock the story of your family. Ancestry Library Edition offers access to over 7 billion names from more than 4,000 genealogical databases. Censuses from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom (U.K.) Ireland, and more than 150 million military records are available.|
|BookFlix (from Scholastic) is a digital literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction titles to reinforce early reading skills and develop real-world knowledge. This cultivates key reading skills, supports reluctant readers and ELL students, and builds fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Please check to make sure that every computer that will access BookFlix meets the necessary technical requirements (http://bookflix.scholastic.com/browsercheck) PLEASE NOTE: Site does NOT support Internet Explorer (IE).|
|BrainHQ is an online brain-training system that offers 29 exercises specialized to work out your attention, brain speed, memory, people skills, navigation, and intelligence. Whether you decide to design your own program (choosing exercises and workouts that meet your personal interests, mood, and schedule), or use the personalized trainer feature, BrainHQ will provide personal workouts that adapt in difficulty so that you'll always be training at your optimum level. Once registered, be sure to download the BrainHQ app to your mobile device in order to access these personalized brain-training exercises from anywhere. Please enter the access key AFLIB to create your new Air Force account.|
Britannica Academic Edition provides fast and easy access to high-quality,
comprehensive information. The combination of Encyclopedia Britannica plus
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, magazines, periodicals and many other research
tools provides a variety of reliable sources. Users also have access to the Britannica
|CLEP Streaming Videos provides 80 CLEP review lessons in 16 different subject areas including: Algebra, American Government, American Literature, Analyzing Literature, Biology, Business Law, Chemistry, Composition, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Science, Principles of Management, Psychology, Social Science, US History I, and US History II. Once you enter the password AF1708 when prompted, youll be able to stream each HD video to your phone, tablet, and laptop; enabling you to study anywhere internet access is available.|
|Federal Soup provides access to the Federal
Employees News Digest (FEND)
|Fold3 Library Edition allows users to access to US military records, including the stories, photos and personal documents of those who served from the Revolutionary War onward.|
Scholastic) is a digital literacy resource that brings history to life by capturing the
dramatic and defining moments in American history. It features dynamic e-books of the
Children's Press best-selling Cornerstones of Freedom series that include embedded popup
features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos and audio
clips. Please check to make sure that every computer that will access BookFlix meets the
necessary technical requirements (
|Freegal Music is a downloadable, streaming music service with access to more than 15 million songs in MP3 format, with over 40 thousand plus music videos in MP4 format. Download up to five (5) songs or videos per week. No software installation required. Compatible with Windows Media, iTunes, and other popular media players.|
Gale's Online Resources enhance the learning experience with current and relevant digital content. These tools feature 160 million full-text articles from leading books, journals, magazines, newspapers and primary sources, multimedia assets including videos, podcasts, tutorials and images, daily updates of new content. Resources available through Gale Online Resources include the following:
Use password usaf if prompted.
|Global Incident Map provides a fully customizable map that displays critical events happening in real time across the globe. Includes everything from terror acts to kidnappings, and port security red flags to aviation incidents|
|Hoopla is a digital media service that allows users to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, eBooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on their computers, tablets, phones, or TV. With no waiting, users can borrow up to 5 titles per month. These titles can either be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later via the hoopla app (iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Roku). PLEASE NOTE: Site does NOT support Internet Explorer (IE).|
|Image Quest (from Encyclopedia Britannica)brings lesson plans, assignments and projects to life with over three million rights-cleared images from 62 leading collections.|
|The Joint Language University : This DoD language learning software is intended for serious learners, instructors and language program managers. The CL-150 is a comprehensive suite of innovative and powerful technology and materials for language learning, teaching, assessment, and reporting. Access is for anyone with a .gov or .mil address. Click on Need an account? to register.|
Kanopy : Select from over 30,000 thousand award-winning films and documentaries available from Kanopy.
Classic-films, world cinema, popular movies, plus a whole lot more
educational and entertainment films to choose from. Access the account with the Kanopy APP on phones, roku, etc
( anywhere, anytime, with any device).
|LearningExpress DoD Test Prep from EBSCO is designed specifically for current and retired service members and their families. This eResource provides access to: military test prep (ASTB-E, ASVAB, Military Flight Aptitude Test, Officer Candidate Tests, etc.); CLEP, DSST, TOEFL iBT, IELTS, SAT prep; resources for military transition to civilian careers; career certification exam prep for a wide range of occupations including air traffic controller, firefighter, electrician, border patrol, etc.; learning resources for elementary, middle school, high school, and college students; GED, HiSET, and TASC prep; job search and workplace skills improvement; popular software programs tutorials (i.e., Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop); and much more.|
|Mango is a digital
language learning program for learners of all levels, with courses in over 70 different
foreign languages, 21 English Language Learning courses, and 44 specialty courses designed
to celebrate world cultures. Each Mango lesson incorporates four key learning components:
Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Grammar, and Culture. Mango’s language-learning methodology is designed to simulate the way people learn a foreign language when actually immersed in everyday, practical conversation. Furthermore, the organic style of Mango’s system allows students to build upon what they’ve learned as they progress.
Mango Languages also offers over 40 streaming international movies via their Mango Premier feature. Mango Premier takes the rich cultural input of film and uses it as a medium to teach students language and cultural lessons.
If you want to keep track of your progress, you will need to create a profile. Click "Create One" under the LOG IN button. Everyone in your family is able to create a profile using their sponsor's library card number, but each will need a different email address.
|Military OneSource's MWR Digital Library provides access to additional free resources for you and your family members without the need for a CAC or Library Card. Just login (first-time users must create an account) and go to MENU/MWR DIGITAL LIBRARY/Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library. The MWR Digital Library provides access to many of the same resources available on the AF Portal or AF Library OPAC.|
|MorningStar Investment Research Center: provides information and advice on mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds and market returns. Users can track investments, access daily market news and commentary, view snapshots on investments and interact on the research center forums.|
|OverDrive Digital Media: includes language learning materials, downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music, and videos. Play downloads on a variety of devices including smart phones, eBook readers, computers, tablets and more. Includes the 2019 CSAF Reading List titles. You will need your library card number and PIN to register for an account.|
|PressReader Digital Newspapers delivers unlimited digital access to over 7,000 newspapers from 120 countries in more than 60 different languages. These newspapers are provided in full-color, full-page format, and appear on your screen exactly as they appear on the news stand, many providing instant translation and audio.|
|RBdigital Unlimited access to the latest, most current eBooks and audiobooks. Download the RBdigital app for immediate access to RBdigital magazines, comics, audiobooks, eBooks, The Great Courses Library Collection, and Unlimited Audiobooks. Use AFLIB access key for new account creation. Compatible with any device.|
|Safari Books Online is a leading e-reference resource for technology and business professionals; providing access to over 57,000 eBooks, videos, and tutorials featuring technology, digital media & professional development topics. Please contact Marjorie Neeley (email@example.com at 707-827-4963) with all support and account issues.|
|Scholastic Teachables offers printable activities for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and beyond for grades pre-k - 8. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, teacher supports, and skills sheets. Over 25,000 teacher created, vetted printables to support your instruction.|
|ScienceFlix Offering more than 50 complete units of study with over 6500 science-related assets in a variety of media, ScienceFlix (from Scholastic) provides students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types, interactive features and more.|
|TrueFlix : Offering dozens of units to supplement social studies and science core curricula learning, TrueFlix (from Scholastic) helps students improve literacy skills, build content-area knowledge, and cultivate the critical skills necessary for academic success and college and career readiness. NOTE: Site does NOT support Internet Explorer (IE).|
|Tutor.com The children (grades K-12) of all Active Duty military and Active Reserve can get help from a professional tutor anytime they need it with Tutor.com. Tutors are online and available to help 24/7, offering assistance in 16 different subject areas. Free mobile companion "Tutor.com To Go" for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch is also available.
NOTE: Tutor.com ACCESS HAS ENDED FOR ACTIVE DUTY AIRMEN. However, the Military Community and Family Policy Office at OSD continues to fund access for the K-12 children of all Active Duty military, Active Reserve, and Deployed.
|Universal Class offers over 500 online courses on a wide range of subjects/levels. Courses are available 24/7, are instructor led, & self-paced. Some courses offer CEUs. Subject areas include: Computers and Technology, Personal Finance, Crafts and Hobbies, Home Schooling, Professional Development and many more. Click here to register and use code AFLIB. You will receive an email with a link to click to complete the process. Use your personal or official AF email.|
|US Major Dailies provides full-text, same day publication access to five major US newspapers: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. New content available by 8 AM U.S. Eastern time each day.|
|Weiss Financial Ratings provides access to financial literacy tools on retirement planning, home and mortgage, insurance strategies, and saving for your child’s education.|
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