Access to Ancestry.com is available from within the Library. Contains billions of names from census records, passenger immigration lists, vital records (birth/marriage/death), war and muster lists, court/land records, images, indexes, narratives and much more.
Biographies & People
Outstanding research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. A curriculum-aligned resource with media-rich content updated daily.
(Grades 7 and up) A research collection of periodical and digital media content for middle and high school students, college-level researchers, and professional educators. Includes full-text articles, newspapers, books, and transcripts, plus thousands of maps, pictures, weblinks, podcasts and audio/video files.
Access to scanned images of the U.S. census records, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Freedman’s Bank Records, the U.S. Serial Set, Revolutionary War records and more!
Literary criticism plus primary sources, literary and cultural analysis, and information on influential literary figures from all eras and genres. Microsoft and Google classroom integration.
Full-text articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and thousands of full-text poems and short stories published in contemporary journals and magazines.
Search by name or keyword to find references to articles, book chapters, and other resources containing information on the people and events that have shaped our local history. All sources referenced in the index are available in the Northwest Room at Main Branch.
A collection of essays about the facinating people who explored, settled and developed Tacoma and the Puget Sound region. The stories were selected by librarian Gary Fuller Reese from more than 30 years of newspaper & magazine articles, books, radio broadcasts and other writings by the distinguished historian, author and educator Murray Morgan.
A one-stop-shop for articles from a mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers.
Authoritative, curriculum-oriented information for assignments and projects on earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history.
(Grades 1-9) Need to write a report? Start here! SIRS Discoverer is full of hand-picked articles to meet your research needs. Don't miss the great PDF Nonfiction eBooks that you can access at home!
Offers cross-curricular content aligned to Common Core State Standards and provides stellar support for papers, projects, and presentations.
An index of obituaries published in the Tacoma News Tribune / Morning News Tribune. (Microfilm of the original obituaries available at the downtown Main Library.) Complete coverage from 1980 to the present, partial coverage pre-1980..
A complete overview of U.S. history covering the most-studied events, issues and current information combining documents from primary sources, periodicals and reference materials.