Electronic Resources

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Digital Literacy - Digital Literacy includes E-learning and assessments so patrons can skip concepts they have mastered and focus on the topics they need to round out their skills set. Digital Literacy starts at the most basic level such as how to use a mouse, includes standard courses such as computer basics and the Internet, advanced courses such as creating an e-mail account and creating a resume. Digital Literacy participants may pass a test to earn a Digital Literacy certificate. Digital Literacy is open to all and does not require entry to the full IT Academy site. 


downloadable eBooks and audiobooks

Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks are available FREE through your library.  Currently items are available from OverDrive and OneClick. Click the link for more information and helpful tip sheets on buying an eReader and using the sites.  We are able to offer these downloadable audiobooks and ebooks thanks to an agreement through the Washington State Library. 

ProQuest - Offering nearly 4,000 newspapers and magazines in a full-text and abstracted searchable database.


EBSCOhost - EBSCOhost databases; Consumer Reports, Small Engine Repair, and COIN Career Library, a career resources database.


Consumer Reports Known as one of the most trusted resources for information and advice on consumer products, this award-winning website contains information that enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. In addition, users will find advice and tips on saving money on home improvement plans, how to shore up personal finances, ways to improve health and much more.

Testing and Education Reference Center Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals.

Scholastic GO! logoGrolier Online is now Scholastic Go! - Search 7 encyclopedias simultaneously including Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, Encyclopedia of American Studies, The New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples, and America the Beautiful.

eLibrary - A favorite research tool for students that allows you to search extensive archives of newspapers, magazines, books, and transcripts.

Chilton Auto Repair Library - Chilton Library represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. Chilton Library gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicles.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center is the definitive online tool for small engine repair assistance, including: ATVs, commercial mowers, farm tractors, generators, motorcycles, marine (boats), outdoor power equipment, PWC (personal watercraft/jet ski), snowblowers, snowmobiles, tillers and other small engines.

Legal Forms logoThompson Gale Legal Forms Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

Ancestry Library Edition logoAncestry Library - ProQuest has partnered with MyFamily.com to create Ancestry® Library Edition. It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. This collection, with thousands of databases and billions of names, is essential to having a broad genealogy collection, and its valuable content is a strong complement to HeritageQuestTM Online. THIS SERVICE IS AVAILABLE ONLY FROM INTERNET STATIONS AT THE COLFAX LIBRARY.

HeritageQuest - HeritageQuest is designed specifically for patrons in public libraries who are either just beginning their family research or who after years of work are still uncovering their past.


Birds of North America - A comprehensive reference database covering the life histories of North American birds.


Project Access - Project ACCESS is a collaborative effort intended to increase access to resources for individuals and families living on the Palouse. We promote healthy life-styles so people can thrive in their own homes and rural communities.  Includes the Palouse Resource Guide, an on-line directory with listings for local resources.

Thomas Register - A comprehensive resource for finding products and companies for placing orders and viewing catalogs or websites.


"Greenfile" logoGreenFile indexes scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. This resource offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. Drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. The database contains nearly 300,000 records, full text for selected titles and searchable cited references for more than 200 titles as well.


The Electronic Resources collection provides links to free sites and to commercial databases to which the library subscribes. This enables our patrons to freely access their home, school or a work computer that has an Internet connection.