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Online Databases

Find information in thousands of magazine and newspaper articles, reports, directories, and other sources through online databases. These databases offer a wealth of information not available to Google™ or other Internet search engines. If you are outside the library you may be required to enter your library card number.

Databases are unavailable from midnight to 4 a.m. daily.

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Solutions for database access problems
If you experience problems when trying to access a database from a remote location (home, work, school, etc.), you might try the following solutions:

  • Press the Enter Key after typing in your library card number rather than clicking on the Login button.
  • Clear your browser’s cache.
  • Make sure that you’re accessing the database through the library's databases page, instead of bookmarking the database page itself.
  • If you're using Internet Explorer as your browser, go to Tools, Internet Options, Security and set http://romeo.ci.irving.tx.us as a “trusted site.”
  • Disable or reconfigure your firewall or security software.
  • Disable any Web “accelerator” (EV1 WebJet, Earthlink Accelerator, NetZero HiSpeed, etc.).
  • If you’re having trouble accessing the Heritage Quest database, click here for possible solutions.
  • If you receive a Real Download error message, reconfigure or disable that part of Real Download.
  • If you are connected to the Internet through America Online, try accessing the database in a separate browser window (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, Opera, etc.).
  • Problems with some databases have been reported by customers using Internet Explorer 9.
  • If you still have problems, call the library at (972) 721-2606.

    Librarian Picks -
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    Study for a Test
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    The best place to start when you're not sure how to find what you need. This database has articles on nearly all subjects from more than 1,900 sources.


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    Learn a New Language


    Learn English, Arabic, Dari, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu or Vietnamese.


    Read an eBook
    Read any of hundreds of ebooks on your screen or download to your mobile device.