Resource Updates


Return on Investment

This year NC LIVE is proud to provide member libraries with a twelvefold return on investment, surpassing the sevenfold ROI of our last resource cycle. This means that for every one dollar that NC LIVE spends, North Carolina communities get access to twelve dollars of resources.
3.6 million spent; 42.1 million gained for NC libraries

Selection Criteria

All selections were based on the following key criteria:

Value across COIs
Cost per use
Quantity of content for $
User experience
Change cost to community
Quality of content for $

Process and Timeline

In order to ensure the best possible suite of resources for our communities, we selected resources based on community input and expert assessment. We solicited recommendations in a survey open to every library staff person at every member institution across the state. Every recommendation was considered and assessed by the Resource Advisory Committee (RAC), which consists of three representatives from each of NC LIVE’s four Communities of Interest (COIs). Recommendations from the RAC were then reviewed and approved by the Librarians’ Council (LC), which consists of COI representatives, committee chairs, and the State Librarian of NC. We are excited to report that we were able to add every resource recommended by four or more library staff members across the state. You can read more about the selection process and timeline at nclive.org/about/resource-selection.
2018-2020 Resource Timeline



Credo Reference

Premier virtual reference collection including encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, images, audio files, and videos in a wide expanse of subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online Premium

Credo offers a large quantity of high quality content.

Cypress Resume

Easy-to-use résumé building tool with a built-in writing process and automatic formatting.



EBSCO: AutoMate

Reference database with authoritative and up-to-date auto repair and service information on more than 38,000 vehicles.



EBSCO: Biography Reference Bank

A biography database of in-depth profiles from Current Biography and World Authors, the periodical coverage of Biography Index, and specialist content from Junior Authors & Illustrators.


EBSCO: Biography Reference Center

A comprehensive collection of full-text biographies on popular and heavily-researched figures.



EBSCO: CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Premier database of nursing and allied health journals with additional materials that include nursing dissertations, conference proceedings, evidence-based care sheets, audiovisuals, and continuing education modules.



EBSCO: Consumer Reports via MasterFILE Premier

Popular collection of product reviews and recommendations for cars, appliances, electronics, personal finance, and health information.



EBSCO: NoveList Plus

Readers’ advisory resource covering fiction, nonfiction, and audiobook recommendations.



Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

Career database that enables users to explore industries and careers, plan their education, and research best practices for résumés, cover letters, interviewing, networking, and salaries/benefits. Includes articles, career advice blogs, and streaming video.



Gale: Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC)

Testing and education preparation resource. Includes in-depth information on college, graduate, and professional programs, professional training, scholarships, and entrance tests alongside practice tests for entrance exams, certifications, and licensing exams.

Learning Express

TERC offers a strong user experience and high quality content.

Mango Languages

Language learning software with courses in over 70 languages, including English.


Mango offers a strong user experience and high quality content.

ProQuest: eLibrary

General reference collection of periodical and digital media content designed for school curriculum and research support.



ProQuest: Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection

3.5 million digitized pages of historic newspaper content from the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.



ProQuest: History Study Center

A collection of primary and secondary sources on global history from ancient times to the present day.


ProQuest Learning: Literature

Full-text works of poetry, prose and drama, and secondary sources such as author biographies, literary criticisms, essays, reviews and interviews. Designed with schools and public libraries in mind.


ProQuest: Research Companion

Award-winning, cloud-based information literacy solution that enables educators and librarians to guide students through research projects efficiently.



ProQuest: SIRS Discoverer

Articles, nonfiction books, images, activities, and websites curated for educational relevance, age appropriateness, and readability.  Designed specifically for elementary and middle school students.



ProQuest: Summon

Discovery service to increase usage of library resources by offering patrons a contemporary search interface.





Ebook platform used to host NC LIVE's HomeGrown Ebooks Collection. BiblioBoard delivers all media types, works across desktop and mobile platforms, and offers a modern user experience. 

CQ Magazine (formerly CQ Weekly)

News and analysis on how legislation is shaped. Weekly coverage of bills, votes, amendments, committees, and more.

CQ Researcher

Reports on issues shaping our world, with in-depth coverage of political and social issues, such as health, education, the environment, technology, and the U.S. economy.

Films on Demand

Thousands of high quality videos on business & economics, health & medicine, humanities & social sciences, and science & mathematics, as well as travel and fitness programming, home and how-to videos, indie films, and popular music performances. Includes Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award winning documentaries, interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches and newsreels.

Gale: Literature Resource Center

An extensive literature resource collection with articles, critical essays, topic overviews, full-text works, and biographies covering authors, their works, and literary movements.

Gale: Science in Context

Reference content plus magazines, journals, news sources, experiments, and more. Covering earth science, life science, space, technology, mathematics, science history, and biography.


Investment research center that includes research and independent opinions on thousands of mutual funds, stocks, and hundreds of ETFs.

ProQuest Custom Collection

Our current ProQuest aggregated collection, which covers general reference, education, entrepreneurship, global regions, library science, natural sciences, news, and numerous health and social science fields. Includes PQ Central, ABI/INFORM, ebrary Academic and Public Library Complete (soon to be Ebook Central), HeritageQuest, and many more databases. For a complete list, see our Frequently Asked Questions below.

RBdigital (formerly OneClickdigital)

Audiobook and e-book collection and platform.


Reference and research tool providing instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses and 235 million U.S. residents. ReferenceUSA makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

SimplyAnalytics (formerly SimplyMap)

Web-based mapping application that lets you create professional-quality maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data.



Science encyclopedia with video and images.


Did not meet cost-per-use criteria.

D&B Business Browser (formerly OneSource)

International and US businesses reference resource.


Did not meet cost-per-use criteria.

Gale InfoTrac Newsstand

Contemporary newspaper content.


Significant overlap with PQ Newsstream (current resource).

LearningExpress Library

Practice tests and self-paced courses for students & adult learners. ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT, and resume and cover letter writing courses.

Gale Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC)

TERC offers a strong user experience and high quality content.

Natural Medicines

Reviews of dietary supplements and complementary and alternative medicine therapies.


Similar information available freely online.

Oxford Reference Online Premium

Reference titles in core subject areas, including quick reference articles, illustrations, photographs, line diagrams, maps, and tables.

Credo Reference

Credo offers a large quantity of high quality content.

Pronunciator & ProCitizen

Language learning tool.


Mango offers a strong user experience and high quality content.