Cook Memorial Library provides subscription access to several research databases for its members. All but Ancestry Library Edition can be accessed from your home computer.

Use your 14-digit library card number to login to the online resources listed below. Tip: Find this number under the barcode on your library card. Enter all 14 digits with no spaces.

A take-home brochure with web addresses and login information can be picked up at the library. Training for using these resources is available at the library. Contact us to request assistance.

Note: for kid-friendly research tools, see our kids’ page homework help links.

Research online with Explora

Explora: Find articles from magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. Encyclopedia, dictionary, and image resources, too. Explora lets you search a number of Ebsco databases from one place.


Britannica: Online encyclopedia with levels for kids, teens, and adult researchers. Includes articles, images, and videos. (Use your library card number to login.)


NoveList Plus: Find reading recommendations for all ages, series lists, and more. Great for learning about popular books and topics. Includes fiction, nonfiction and audiobook recommendations and reviews.


EbscoHost: For researchers, choose one or more Ebsco databases to search.

MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for You

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. No login required!

Genealogy Research - In Library Use Only

Ancestry Library: Well-known genealogy resource is available to use at the library only.


HeritageQuest Online: Search genealogy records from home, including census.

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