Research Databases

BCPL offers free, online access to a vast collection of scholarly journals, online newspapers, and other research databases. In most cases, your library card number will be required for remote access. If you have questions about any BCPL database or if you need additional research help, ask at any BCPL service desk for assistance, e-mail reference@bcplib.org, or contact our reference services team at 543-7675 ext. 4.

BCPL Subscription Databases

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    Alt-PressWatch (KYVL)

    This database, powered by Kentucky Virtual Library and ProQuest, contains full-text newspapers and magazines from alternative, independent presses rather than the mainstream media. Articles range from 1970–today, and cover issues regarding government, policy, culture, religion, and more. Alt-PressWatch is accessible through the Kentucky Virtual Library Proquest portal.

  • Ancestry Library Edition

    The largest online family history resource available, with access to both domestic and international records. Access is available inside the library only.

  • AutoMate

    AutoMate

    Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins, and recalls. A valid library card is required for use outside a BCPL library location. 

  • Business Source Premier

    Created especially for the business searcher performing market research or looking for specific country economic data, company profiles, and industry information.

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    Career & Technical Education (KYVL)

    Kentucky Virtual Library’s Career & Technical Education Database was created to help Kentuckians searching for a new career. It includes career advice and insider knowledge on popular industries, as well as resources you might need to get the job you want.

  • Consumer Health Complete

    Searches the latest evidence-based reports, encyclopedias, reference books, and medical research. Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream to holistic and integrated medicine.

  • EBSCOhost

    EBSCOhost Web

    Access FULL-TEXT magazine and journal articles with EBSCOhost Web, or choose from a selection of special-topic databases such as Auto Repair Reference Center, Business Source Premier, and Literary Reference Center.

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    Explora

    Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, supporting both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

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    Explora Primary Schools

    Designed especially for primary school students, with rich, reliable, and age-appropriate content content and easy-to-use functionality.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

    Find authoritative, full-text reference materials online with a simple keyword search or browse available materials by category (biography, business, literature, science, etc.). Some materials include MP3 audio files and translation tools.

  • HeritageQuest Online

    This comprehensive treasury contains unique American genealogical sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

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    Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

    Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center has video tutorials, how-to articles, recipes, and more for just about any hobby or craft you can think of. Explore guitar playing, gaming, painting, baking, homebrewing, model train building, origami, cycling, skateboarding, camping, fishing, and many more activities with your Bullitt County Public Library card.

  • Kentucky Virtual Library

    In addition to EBSCO and LearningExpress resources that can be accessed directly from our website, KYVL also provides access to Britannica Digital Learning, Scholastic GO!, and Proquest. A special username and password are required for access; ask any BCPL librarian for the login credentials.

  • Literary Reference Center

    This database provides information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Students, professors and researchers can use this comprehensive database for their research needs, including plot summaries, articles/essays, biographies, book reviews, and more!

  • NewsBank: America’s Newspapers

    Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports, and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate, and other sections. Kentucky news sources include the Pioneer News (9/26/2008–Current), the Lexington Herald-Leader (4/25/1983–Current), and even transcript and video from Channel 32- WLKY (09/11/2009–Current).

  • NoveList Plus

    Look up authors or specific books. Discover readalikes, recommendations, book discussion guides, book reviews, and more for fiction, narrative nonfiction, and audiobooks.

  • OCLC FirstSearch Databases

    FirstSearch is a collection of databases that includes access to magazine articles. World Cat lists books and materials kept in other libraries around the world. If you are looking for material that is not available in Bullitt County and have a Bullitt County Library card, you may request that an item be “Interlibrary Loaned” using the online request form from World Cat.

  • ReferenceUSA

    ReferenceUSA is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses and U.S. residents.

  • Small Business Reference Center

    The Small Business Reference Center is EBSCOhost database specifically for small business owners and aspiring owners. The site offers a multitude of articles and videos regarding planning and starting a business (or non-profit); the basics of running a business and keeping it relevant in an ever-changing climate; information on legal issues, marketing, and taxes & accounting; as well as start up kits and forms to help you from your first steps into business to your last.

  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center

    Offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) for small engine such as those for boats, lawnmowers, and tractors. Search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type, and model numbers.

Additional Research Databases

  • PubMed

    An archive of life science journals. Visit PubMed»

  • Public Library of Science

    The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is “a nonprofit publisher, innovator, and advocacy organization.” Visit PLoS»

  • MEDLINEplus

    From the National Library of Medicine. Disease database, dictionaries, lists of hospitals and physicians, current news, clinical trials. (No access restrictions) Visit MEDLINE plus»

  • Kentuckiana Digital Library

    Search over 550,000 digital images including historic newspapers, photographs, rare Kentuckiana imprints, Sanborn maps, and historic issues of the Daily Racing Form. Historic Kentucky Newspapers Index includes Louisville’s Courier Journal (currently 1884-1909), Breckinridge News (1878-1921), Elizabethtown Democrat (1859), several Lexington papers, and others. Visit the Kentucky Digital Library»