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Arts
ArtistWorksTake music lessons online. ArtistWorks provides world-class video lessons on musical instruments and styles. Learn to play guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, banjo and more.
Universal ClassUniversal Class hosts over 500 courses on a wide variety of subjects. Classes are self-paced and instructor led. Learn to paint, draw, knit, use Photoshop, and more.
Automotive
Chilton LibraryChilton Library provides the detailed information you need to repair and maintain your vehicles. Includes step-by-step service procedures, troubleshooting guides, and videos.
Consumer ReportsMake smart buying decisions with Consumer Reports. ​​Find ratings and recommendations for new and used vehicles, car buying guide, and a maintenance & repair pricing tool.
DrivingTests.orgDrivingTests.org provides practice tests for car, motorcycle, and CDL licensing in South Dakota. The SD Driver License Handbook is available to read online or download as a pdf.
Books
Novelist PlusFind your next book with Novelist Plus. Get expert reading recommendations for fiction, nonfiction and audiobooks. Search by appeal factors, genres, and themes.
Books and AuthorsWant to know what you should read next? Get expert recommendations, reading lists, and more from Gale Books and Authors. Browse by genre, series, author or title.
Library, Information Science & Technology AbstractsLibrary, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) is research database focused on library and information science. Includes full text articles from many of the journals.
Business
AtoZdatabasesAtoZdatabases provides detailed profiles on U.S businesses and consumers to create mailing lists or perform market research. Useful for new and growing small businesses, budding entrepreneurs, and job-seekers.
Business Source PremierWith Business Source Premier, search leading business journals for articles on marketing, management, accounting, banking & finance, and regional business. Includes access to over 10,000 company profiles from MarketLine.
Foundation Directory OnlineFoundation Directory Online is a database of grantmakers & nonprofit funders. Includes profiles on over 235,000 grantmakers. Search by subject, organization, and geographic focus. Browse new RFPs, connect with funders, and view recipient profiles. *Only available on library computers and wifi.
Gale Business: Plan BuilderStarting a business? Let Gale Business: Plan Builder be your guide through the entire business development cycle. The program’s easy to understand process will walk you through five essential steps of business planning
LawDepotWith LawDepot, you can create, print or download the business or employment forms you need in 5-10 minutes.
LegalFormsUse Gale Legal Forms to access a wide selection of legal forms and resources. Many forms are relevant to business owners, such as filing for copyrights, patents and trademarks, articles of incorporation, licenses, and more.
Regional Business NewsRegional Business News from EBSCO provides full-text regional business publications. Search newspapers, magazines, and other sources for business related articles dating back to the 1990s.
South Dakota DashboardSouth Dakota Dashboard is a service of Benchmark Data Labs that aggregates local and state-wide data and statistics for South Dakota.
Value LineGet valuable investment advice with the Value Line Research Library. This resource covers 3,500 stocks across 100 industries and representing 90% of the market capitalization of all stocks traded in the U.S. markets.
Career
AtoZdatabasesStart your job search with AtoZdatabases. Access résumé & cover letter templates, interviewing tips, and learn job searching skills. Search over 7 million job listings.
GED Test Prep CenterIf you are preparing for the GED®, HiSET® or TASC exams, the Test Prep Center’s practice tests, interactive tutorials and e-books will help you reach your goal.
LearningExpress LibraryLearningExpress Library has online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books to help students of all ages. Find test preps for career certification and licensure, college and grad school entrance, GED, and more.
DigitalLearnDigitalLearn provides short beginner courses to help improve digital skills. Includes courses about online job searching, being safe online, and basic computer skills.
Computers
Universal ClassLearn to use your computer with Universal Class. Find self-paced instructor-led courses on computer basics, keyboarding, Windows 10, and more.
DigitalLearnDigitalLearn has short beginner courses to help improve digital skills. Includes courses about basic computer skills like using a pc, browsing the internet, and being safe online.
Continuing Education
Mango LanguagesLearn a new language with today! Mango is an award-winning language and culture learning system. It offers adaptive, conversation-based lessons in over 70 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and more.
Universal ClassUniversal Class hosts over 500 online continuing education courses. The classes are self-paced and instructor led, and include a wide variety of subjects.
LearningExpress LibraryLearningExpress Library has online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books to help students of all ages. Find test preps for career certification and licensure, college and grad school entrance, GED, and more.
Early Literacy
TumblebooksTumbleBooks has tons of animated, talking picture books just for kids! Find early readers, chapter books, and graphic novels too!
BookflixYour child will have fun learning with BookFlix. They can listen to and watch classic animated stories from Weston Woods, and then explore the paired nonfiction eBook from Scholastic. Books are chosen to help children practice early literacy skills.
Miss HumblebeeA fun, interactive, and award-winning, online kindergarten-readiness learning solution for children ages 3 to 6.
Worldbook Early LearningWorldbook Early Learning is designed for preschool students with tools and content that reinforce early childhood curriculum via short videos, read-aloud stories, printable activities, and matching and tracing games, among others.
ABCMouseABC Mouse is an early literacy website with thousands of interactive books, games, puzzles, and other learning activities. (Only available on library computers and wifi)
Elementary Students
TumblebooksTumbleBooks has tons of animated, talking picture books just for kids! Find early readers, chapter books, and graphic novels too!
BookflixYour child will have fun learning with BookFlix. They can listen to and watch classic animated stories from Weston Woods, and then explore the paired nonfiction eBook from Scholastic. Geared towards students in preschool through 3rd grade.
TrueflixA fun way to learn science and social studies for Grades 3-8. Trueflix pairs Scholastic nonfiction eBooks with informational videos. Each eBook and video set includes additional activities, project ideas, and more.
Worldbook KidsWorldbook Kids is an Easy-to-use encyclopedia for young readers. It has articles, videos, games, science projects and interactive tools for homework and fun.
SIRS DiscovererSIRS Discoverer is a general reference database that helps upper elementary students complete their assignments by providing easy access to premium newspapers, magazines, images, and other kinds of great content.
Genealogy
Ancestry Library EditionResearch your family history. Ancestry Library Edition offers access to more than 7 billion names in over 4,000 genealogical databases, including South Dakota census records from 1790-1940. (Only available on library computers and wifi)
Fold3With Fold3, you can search and browse historical military records with ease. Includes draft cards, military yearbooks, photos and stories.
HeritageQuestDiscover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
Rapid City Society for Genealogical ResearchThe Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research is a local group that can aid with researching your family history. Services include obituary lookups, an online cemetery index, funeral home ledgers, and misc. local records. Questions? email askus@rcgenealogy.com
General Research
Academic Search PremierWriting a research paper? Start here! Academic Search Premier has access to current information in many areas of major research. Includes full-text articles, books and journals.

Consumer ReportsMake smart buying decisions with Consumer Reports. Access ratings and reviews of vehicles, electronics, appliances, health equipment, and more. Includes buying guides and articles.
EBSCO MegafileDoing research? EBSCO Megafile combines three major EBSCO databases into one simple search: Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, and Regional Business News.
Gale eBooksGale ebooks is a collection of reference sources and encyclopedias.
GreenFILEGreenFILE is a research database that covers human impact to the environment. This collection of scholarly, government and general titles includes content on global warming, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and more.
MasterFILE CompleteNeed to find reliable information on a subject? MasterFILE Complete covers virtually every subject area of general interest and provides full of more than 2,000 general reference publications dating back to 1922.
Proquest Research LibraryDoing research? Check out Proquest Research Library, a database with over 150 full-text periodicals and scholarly journals. It covers topics from arts, literature, and social science to general reference, business, science, technology, and medicine.
Health
Medline PlusMedline Plus is a service of the National Institute of Health. It provides easy to understand medical information for patients, family, and friends. This resource includes up-to-date information on diseases, prescription drugs, and health care.
Consumer Health CompleteConsumer Health Complete can help you better understand key topics across the health and wellness spectrum — from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.
Coronavirus Research DatabaseThe Coronavirus Research Database is a collection of journal articles, preprints, dissertations and more related to COVID-19 and other coronaviruses. It includes wide-ranging research background coverage of past pandemics and epidemics, like MERS and SARS, to give background around the current crisis.
Health SourceHealth Source provides information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Access nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.
High School Students
Academic Search PremierWriting a research paper? Start here! Academic Search Premier has access to current information in many areas of major research. Includes full-text articles, books and journals.
American Indian ExperienceThe American Indian Experience is a digital resource that illuminates the histories and contemporary cultures of the Native peoples of North America. Click here to log in from home with your library card.
GED Test Prep CenterIf you are preparing for the GED®, HiSET® or TASC exams, the Test Prep Center’s practice tests, interactive tutorials and e-books will help you reach your goal.
LearningExpress LibraryLearningExpress Library has online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books to help students of all ages. Find test preps for career certification and licensure, college and grad school entrance, GED, and more.
CultureGramsWhat’s life like in other countries? Find out with CultureGrams. Explore reports on the daily life and culture of over 200 countries. Find recipes, videos, interviews, bios, and more.
Science Reference CenterScience Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other more.
SIRS Issues ResearcherWhen it comes to helping novice researchers make sense of the major issues of the day, SIRS Issues Researcher stands apart by offering balanced content selections from more than 2,000 global sources.
World Book AdvancedWorld Book Advanced is an encyclopedia for High School students. Look up homework answers, read world newspapers, find information for papers, and download images and videos to use in reports and presentations.
World Book DiscoverWorld Book Discover is an online encyclopedia for reluctant readers, English Language Learners, and adult students. Included is a Life Skills section, with advice on stepping out into the working world, getting your first apartment, and more.
History
American Indian ExperienceThe American Indian Experience is a digital resource that illuminates the histories and contemporary cultures of the Native peoples of North America. Click here to log in from home with your library card.
Indian Claims InsightExplore the history of Native American migration and resettlement through this collection of Native American claims against the US Government. Find dockets, treaties, public laws, executive orders, transcripts and more. Click here to log in from home with your library card.
PastPerfect OnlineIn this original collection of content from Rapid City Public Library you will find a wide assortment of historical documents, books, images, articles and much more. The digital collections cover the Black Hills region and are contributed to by partner libraries.
Gale Primary Resources: Archives UnboundArchives Unbound is four collections of primary sources in American History. Primary sources are books, documents, diaries, recordings, and other sources of information that were created during the time of study. Includes Slavery in America, The American Revolution, The Civil War, and Travels in the West: 1800-1880.
Gale Primary Sources: Indigenous Peoples of North AmericaIndigenous Peoples of North America provides insights into the cultures, politics and social histories of Native Peoples through primary source documents from the 17th to 20th centuries. Primary sources are books, documents, diaries, recordings, and other sources of information that were created during the time of study.
Nineteenth Century NewspapersNineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers provides an as-it-happened window on events, culture, and daily life in nineteenth-century America that is of interest to both professional and general researchers.
Sanborn MapsBrowse maps of many South Dakota communities published by the Sanborn Map Company. Used for fire insurance purposes, these colorful maps were created between 1867 and 1970 and are stored at the Library of Congress.
Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & LawA HeinOnline collection of legal materials on slavery in the US and the English-speaking world. It includes every colony, state & federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery. *available on Rapid City Library computers and wifi.
Language and Culture
A to Z World FoodHungry to learn about international cuisine? Visit A to Z World Food to explore food culture and traditional recipes from around the world. It's a virtual cookbook for each of 147 different countries.
A to Z  World TravelWhere do you want to go today? Learn about the countries of the world with A to Z World Travel. With 202 city guides, this is a comprehensive travel guide providing practical information for experiencing the world and all its wonders, for travelers and students alike.
Mango LanguagesLearn a new language with today! Mango is an award-winning language and culture learning system. It offers adaptive, conversation-based lessons in over 70 languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and more.
CultureGramsWhat’s life like in other countries? Find out with CultureGrams. Explore reports on the daily life and culture of over 200 countries. Find recipes, videos, interviews, bios, and more.
Law
LawDepotWith LawDepot, print or download a personalized will, power of attorney, bill of sale, agreements, and more, in 5-10 minutes.
LegalFormsCreate accurate, reliable legal documents with no hassle with Gale LegalForms. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word and Adobe format
Indian Claims InsightExplore the history of Native American migration and resettlement through this collection of Native American claims against the US Government. Find dockets, treaties, public laws, executive orders, transcripts and more. Click here to log in from home with your library card.
Middle School Students
TrueflixA fun way to learn science and social studies for Grades 3-8. Trueflix pairs Scholastic nonfiction eBooks with informational videos. Each eBook and video set includes additional activities, project ideas, and more.
SIRS DiscovererSIRS Discoverer is a general reference database that helps middle school students complete their assignments by providing easy access to premium newspapers, magazines, images, and other kinds of great content.
CultureGramsWhat’s life like in other countries? Find out with CultureGrams Kids Edition. Get a kid's-eye view of daily life around the world.
Worldbook StudentWorldbook Student is an online encyclopedia just for middle school and elementary kids. Get help with your homework with articles on almost every subject you can think of. Read famous people biographies, browse current events, and even play games.
Newspapers
AmericaExplore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events from news sources spanning the U.S., including the Rapid City Journal.
Nineteenth Century NewspapersNineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers provides an as-it-happened window on events, culture, and daily life in nineteenth-century America that is of interest to both professional and general researchers.
Rapid City Journal ArchiveInterested in the history of Rapid City? Looking for current news? Search the Rapid City Journal collection on Newspapers.com. This database of scanned images of the Journal from 1886-now is fully searchable. *available on library computers and wifi.
U.S. Major DailiesAccess five of the top national and regional newspapers. U.S. Major Dailies includes the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Updated by 8am daily, and includes archives going back to the 1980s.
U.S. NewsstreamU.S. Newsstream provides access to the top contemporary news resources in the U.S. Includes the most recent issues of the Argus Leader, Denver Post, and Wall Street Journal, along with over 250 other titles. Also contains archives going back to the 1980s.

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