Information Resources - Databases

Through a grant from the Colorado State Library, the Colorado Talking Book Library is now able to offer access to ESBCO database services. To access the databases, you will need to enter your patron id number in the space asking for your library card number. If you do not know your Patron ID Number, call the library and a reader advisor can give you that information.

The databases have been tested for accessibility with JAWS and VoiceOver. However, we would like to know if you experience any problems using the databases with any assistive technology.

EBSCO Service Selection Menu which includes the databases below and more:

  • Auto Repair Source - provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles from the automotive experts at MOTOR.
  • Biography Reference Center - provides thousands of unique and reliable full-text biographies, including the complete full text of Biography and Biography Today. In addition to keyword search, users can locate biographies by subject occupation, activity, nationality, gender, birthplace and more.
  • Consumer Health Complete - provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.
  • EBSCO - Business Searching Interface - provides an easy way to both browse and search for country economic data, company profiles, industry information and market research, and then use the results as limiters in a keyword search, if desired.
  • EBSCOhost Research Databases - fifteen proprietary full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. Selecting this link will take you to a page listing each database with a brief description.
  • Ethnic Diversity Source - a dedicated resource covering the culture, traditions, social treatment and lived experiences of different ethnic groups in America.
  • Explora Educators' Edition - information for teachers including lesson plans and curriculum standards.
  • Explora High School - research topics for high school students in various subjects such as current issues, geography and history.
  • Explora Middle School - research topics for middle school students in various subjects such as current issues, geography and history.
  • Explora Elementary School - elementary school students can research animals, science, and social studies topics.
  • Explora Public Libraries (General Research) - general research on arts and literature; biographies; business and careers; health and other topics.
  • History Reference Center - the world's most comprehensive full text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research. The database features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.
  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center - offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.
  • Home Improvement Reference Center - this database provides detailed, user-friendly, “how-to” information covering a variety of DIY home improvement and repair projects.
  • Legal Information Reference Center - contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. This database offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate and rights & disputes.
  • Literary Reference Center - a rich full-text literary database covering all genres and time periods. It includes thousands of synopses, critical essays, book reviews, literary journals and author biographies, plus full-text classic novels, short stories and poems. 
  • NoveList - NoveList is a comprehensive readers' advisory solution for fiction lovers. With an intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList answers the question: What should I read next?
  • Poetry & Short Story Reference Center - contains thousands of classic and contemporary poems, short stories, biographies, essays, lesson plans and learning guides. It also includes high-quality videos and audio recordings from the Academy of American Poets.
  • Points of View Reference Center - designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. Each Points of View Essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.
  • Religion & Philosophy Collection - includes hundreds of full-text journals and magazines covering many religious and philosophical topics, including world religions, religious history, political philosophy and philosophy of language.
  • Science Reference Center - Designed to meet every student's science research needs, topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center - contains the full set of small engine repair manuals from Clymer ( These manuals contain thousands of accurate and concise step-by-step maintenance and repair instructions for hundreds of small engine machines and their supporting components.