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.
History & Social Sciences
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 over 2 billion records from the UK and around the world including vital records, census records, military collections, immigration and naturalization records, and the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI). Provided through the generous support of the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society.
A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics.
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.
A beautiful, informative website that chronicles a series of adventures of local Mountaineers from 1912 to 1916 told in their own words and photographs.
A collection of the top national newspapers and other Independent and International news sources including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and more.
(Grades 7 and up) All about today's hottest social issues. Research, analyze and organize a variety of data for writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.
Get direct access to magazines and academic journals with Publication Finder. You can search by periodical title, browse by subjects, search within publications, or view the full-text articles within individual volumes or issues.
A one-stop-shop for articles from a mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers.
(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.
Indexes home construction news in Tacoma newspapers from 1883 through 1950. Lists architects, contractor and building style, if known. Indicates whether architectural plans are known to exist. Includes many photographs and indexes over 200 books related to Tacoma architecture or history. Nearly 50,000 addresses included.
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..
(Grades 3-5) Combines award-winning True Books with a collection of related videos, images, and web links.
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.
West Newsstream covers news sources from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Hawaii. (This replaces Washington Newspapers, a resource we formerly offered.)
Multicultural, global content supporting history research.