Electronic Resources and Research Databases
Meridian Library District subscribes to a number of online databases that can help you find detailed, specific information on a variety of topics, all of which has been collected and vetted by professionals. Whether your interest is academic, vocational, or personal, the following resources will provide a base of knowledge well beyond what simple internet searches can provide. Most databases will require your Meridian Library card for access. Instructions for individual databases are listed below.
3M eBooks are specifically for children and teens! Download the app for your computer or smart device and use your library card to access the service! Note: The 3M Cloud Library is not currently supported by Amazon, except for the Kindle Fire. If you would like compatibility with your Kindle device, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audio Book Cloud allows you to listen to your favorite audio books with just a click of a button. Listen online to audio books in many different categories. Over 1,000 titles available, with more added all the time. Always available, no holds or downloads. Just click and listen in your browser.
Auto Repair Reference (funded by LiLI) allows you to access repair procedures, wiring diagrams, and automobile recall information. It's easy to find information on almost any make of car as far back as 1955. Instructional videos are available, along with troubleshooting guides and tips on repair. If you're a mechanic or just working on your car at home, this database is an invaluable resource!
Check out our new downloadable audiobook service from Axis360! A selection of new and classic audiobooks for various ages, available by downloading the Acoustik app on to your tablet or smart phone. Use your library card number to login to Axis 360 to checkout titles, and then create an Acoustik user ID and password to download and enjoy.
CIS (Career Information System) is a tool from the Idaho Department of Labor to help you identify your ideal career, plus the education and training necessary to realize your goals. Click on the GUEST tab above the login window to use CIS.
Gale Virtual Reference offers several reference books on a wide variety of topics that are freely available to you. History, literature, medicine, science, etc. Each reference book is completely searchable and split into individual articles for easy retrieval and printing. Use your library card number to login.
General OneFile is a one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily. Use your library card number to log in.
Have you ever wanted to know more about your family's history but weren't sure where to begin? Heritage Quest is a great place to start. Access genealogical records and historical documents to begin the search for your ancestry. Census information, historical articles, local histories, and more.
Hoopla is a new service that offers downloading and streaming of movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and music. You can use Hoopla on your personal computer or laptop, or download the app to your smart phone or tablet. There are Hoopla apps for Android and iOS, available in the Google Play or Apple stores. Use your Meridian library card and PIN to authenticate, and then create your account by using your email address and a password you choose. Access 10,000 audiobooks, top 700 music albums (10,000 more coming), 2,500 movies and 500 television shows.
Idaho Statesman Historical Archive allows you to access the Idaho Statesman newspaper from 1864 to 1942, and from 1999 to the present. Search and read articles, advertisements, obituaries, and more. Use your Meridian Library Card number to access.
Learning Express Library (funded by LiLI) is a resource to help you learn new computer skills, study for standardized tests like the ACT or SAT, assist in earning your GED, prepare for Real Estate licensing, and more.
LiLI is a collection of shared databases provided by Libraries Linking Idaho. The subjects range from academic, to auto repair, to art, to health--nearly every topic will find some treatment. Log in with your zip code and city to access any database.
MUZZY Online is the award winning language program, hailed by kids, parents, teachers, and librarians world-wide. In eight languages, MUZZY Online is a comprehensive, interactive, and fun way to learn a second language.
NoveList (funded by LiLI) is a reader's database that offers book recommendations, discussion guides, author read-alikes, and much more. If you're new to the idea of NoveList, EBSCO provides a handy site for getting started. You can create your own account and customize your experience, as well as learn how to make full use of this great database.
NoveList K-8 (funded by LiLI) is just like the adult version of NoveList, but targeted at younger readers. You can find books based on authors, genres, or any category you can think of. Find the titles of every book in a series or individual books, all complete with plot synopses. If your son or daughter wants something good to read, but can't find anything, give NoveList K-8 a try.
OverDrive is a service that allows you to download eAudio and eBooks to your Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iDevice, or one of several other e-readers or MP3 players. Go to our OverDrive Site, establish an Adobe username and password, and check out our newest way to enjoy your favorite authors. Holds on digital materials are available. Ebooks and eAudio check out for two weeks with no renewals.
Pronunciator is the world's largest language-learning service, with 75 languages and 3,750 available courses. Learn how to actually speak a foreign language with the help of pronunciation analysis, virtual coaches, and simulated conversations. For both beginners and advanced learners, kids to adults. Includes interactive ESL for 50 non-English languages, too. Also, get the Pronunciator mobile app!
Reference USA is a directory of information about U. S. businesses and publicly-listed residential names and addresses. Use your library card number to log on.
TumbleBookCloud is our middle school AND high school collection which contains over 600 titles! This collection contains a vast array of YA/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, YA/Teen audiobooks, our very popular graphic novels, and world class educational videos from National Geographic.
TumbleBookCloud Junior is a great option for adventurous young readers who wish to go beyond the picture book collection in TumbleBookLibrary! TumbleBookCloud Junior contains early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audio books, and new National Geographic videos - many of which are paired with our e-books - a perfect complement to support Common Core Curriculum!
Zinio Online Magazines We now have a growing selection of online magazines available for free checkout. You will need to create two accounts: a library collection account to check out magazines and a zinio.com reader account to read checked out magazines via online streaming with a computer or mobile apps. There's also a nice printable document or video to help you get started. Try it out today!