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ALLData Automotive Repair – In-library use only
Find repair, maintenance and diagnostic assistance using up-to-date, factory-direct diagrams.  Covering over 38,000 vehicles with engine-specific repairs, listing make and models 1966 to present, while including instructional resources with troubleshooting from certified industry automotive specialists and an ALLData Community Help Forum.

Go HERE to access ALLDATA at home or outside the library. This is a temporary service due to COVID-19.

Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library is the world’s largest online family history resource which provides instant access to hundreds of years of history in billions of historical documents and millions of historical photos from all over the world.  It includes local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources which span from the 1500s to the 2000s.

Go HERE to access Ancestry Library Edition at home or outside the library. This is a temporary service due to COVID-19.

Books and Authors – In-library use only
Research books, authors, genres and topics, and find titles for Interlibrary Loan requests.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

City of Pensacola
Official website for the City of Pensacola offers helpful resources, including disaster preparedness, parks and recreation, and things to do around the city.

Code, City of Pensacola (Municode)

Code, County of Escambia, FL

Demographics Now
Robust and highly detailed U.S. demographic data. Ideal for gaining consumer and market insight when opening a business, finding an untapped audience for products/services, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population and more.

Escambia County
Official website for the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners and its departments. Visitors can find information about county parks and community centers, commission meetings, events, county projects, job openings and more. 

Escambia County Law Library
Helpful resource for federal and state case law and legal questions, including Westlaw and Shepard’s databases. Free computer access is available to the general public at the Escambia County Law Library. 

Family Law Forms
Family law forms approved by the Florida Supreme Court. Some of these forms include dissolution of marriage, alimony and temporary custody.

Family Search 
Discover your family history. Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources. 

Florida Courts
Comprehensive look at the Florida court system, including the Supreme Court of Florida, the District Courts of Appeal and court locations. The site also features helpful resources and services such as self-help, court interpretation and some online forms.

Florida Department of Health (FDOH)
FDOH provides a wide range of health information and services to Floridians.

Florida DMV Practice Tests
Get instant access to free 2018 Florida DMV practice tests and requirements. Official FL DMV Handbooks, tips, tricks, and more. 

Florida Health Finder
Information about living wills, health care advance directives and health care surrogate designation.

Florida Law Help
Resource for free and low-cost legal aid and assistance as well as some legal forms.

Florida Electronic Library
The Florida Electronic Library is a gateway to electronic magazines, newspapers, almanacs, encyclopedias and books, along with the “Ask a Librarian” reference service.

Free Legal Answers
Resource providing low income individuals and families with free legal advice on civil law questions (does not include criminal law)

GALE Health and Wellness
Accurate, authoritative information on a full range of health-related issues

GCFLearnFree
Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree. The freedom to learn what you want, when you want, absolutely free! Check out their everyday life, basic math, and computer training today.

HeritageQuest
Digitized census records, primary sources, local and family histories and more.

Informe
Full-text Spanish and Portuguese scholarly journals and magazines.
Diarios académicas y revistas en español y portugués. 

Landlord/Tenant Forms
Residential lease and eviction forms from the Florida Bar.

Libby - eBooks, Audiobooks and eMagazines
Access eBooks, audiobooks and eMagazines through Libby. You can also download the Libby app on your mobile device. All you need to get started in Libby is your device and your library card number and PIN number. The Libby app is easy to use and will guide you through the setup process and get you connected to our library in just a few minutes. If you have questions, you can find in-app support, or visit the Help site or Libby Academy within the app for assistance.
 
Martindale-Hubbell
National legal referral service that provides assistance and information on finding a lawyer or law firm.

MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

Merck Manuals
The Merck Manuals are a comprehensive medical information source covering thousands of topics in all fields of medicine. They are offered as a free public service to health care professionals and the general public. Many criteria have been put forth for what makes a website a credible reference source, and this issue has been much discussed in print and online. Thus, the Manual has drawn on existing consensus criteria to create an easy-to-remember reminder that people looking for online health information should see where the website STANDS:

  • Source: Does the resource cite recognized authorities and provide their credentials?
  • Transparency: Is it open and obvious whether the site’s mission is educational or commercial?
  • Accessibility: Is the site available without registration and is there a way for users to contact someone with questions or concerns?
  • Neutrality: Is the information available purely as a resource, or does the site benefit financially from what its users do (such as buying products or visiting advertised websites)?
  • Documentation: Is the site updated when needed by recognized medical experts?
  • Security: Can users access content without forfeiting personal information?

Morningstar Library Access Home Access
Comprehensive financial information, stock market analysis and investment resource. 

MyFlorida

Official website for finding information about all things Florida including Florida Voter Registration, child support services and public assistance.

Nolo
Free information on personal, consumer and business law. Nolo provides many legal forms for purchase ranging from writing a will to filing a temporary patent. Nolo also offers assistance in finding a lawyer. Many of the Nolo Law book series can be found at West Florida Public Libraries.

OAIster WorldCat
Search collections of libraries worldwide.

Pillbox
Pillbox, an initiative of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, provides data and images for prescription, over-the-counter, homeopathic, and veterinary oral solid dosage medications (pills) marketed in the United States. This data set contains information about pills such as how they look, their active and inactive ingredients, and many other criteria.

PowerSearch
Conduct research with ease and produce more relevant search results. Search by publication title, document type, date ranges, subject area and Lexile score. Articles can be translated into several languages. 

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: U.S. Southeast Collection (Includes Pensacola News Journal)
This collection of historical newspapers provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of this region.

ProQuest Recent Newspapers: U.S. Southeast Collection (Includes Pensacola News Journal)
This collection of digitized newspapers provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with cover-to-cover access to recent newspaper content. Every page image is full-text searchable.  Coverage: 2008 - recent.

RBdigital - eMagazines

Update: West Florida Public Libraries eBooks, audiobooks and eMagazines have changed from RBdigital to the Libby app.

Reference Solutions (formerly Reference USA)
Expanded phonebook listings for businesses, residences and health care facilities throughout the United States. Go HERE to access Reference Solutions at home or outside the library. This is a temporary service due to COVID-19.

Rocket Languages
Learn a language on your own terms and in your own time. Languages include American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.

Small Business Resource Center
Search this database to learn how to start, finance and manage your small business.  Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles and websites.

Sources in U.S. History Online: The Civil War
Digital archive of the Civil War including a variety of primary source documents examining the war and all its complexity.

Supreme Court
Official website for the United States Supreme Court. Information about the Supreme Court, including biographies of current justices, case documents and up-to-date press releases.

Transparent Language
Transparent Language features a scientifically proven methodology, the widest variety of high-quality learning materials, and seamless integration of real-life language used by native speakers, all packaged together in an easy-to-use interface. With 100+ languages to choose from, there is something for every language learner.

Universal Class

Universal Class brings libraries lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Official website for citizenship and immigration. Information on citizenship, green cards and tools for genealogy research. The USCIS website also provides the appropriate forms for citizenship and green cards.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – Drug Information for Consumers
Contains information to help answer consumers’ regulatory and drug-related questions.

USA.gov
Official website for all government information including government agencies, housing, jobs, taxes and unemployment. You can also apply for health insurance (the Affordable Care Act and Medicare) through USA.gov.

World Books Online
World Book Online hosts thousands of articles, as well as hundreds of maps, videos, and other media for an immersive learning experience. You can access: World Book Student, Early World of Learning, World Book Mobile, World Book eBooks, World Book Timelines, World Book Kids and World Book Advanced.

Auto Resources

ALLData Automotive Repair – In-library use only
Find repair, maintenance and diagnostic assistance using up-to-date, factory-direct diagrams.  Covering over 38,000 vehicles with engine-specific repairs, listing make and models 1966 to present, while including instructional resources with troubleshooting from certified industry automotive specialists and an ALLData Community Help Forum.

Go HERE to access ALLDATA at home or outside the library. This is a temporary service due to COVID-19.

Florida DMV Practice Tests
Get instant access to free 2018 Florida DMV practice tests and requirements. Official FL DMV Handbooks, tips, tricks, and more. 

Business Resources

Demographics Now
Robust and highly detailed U.S. demographic data. Ideal for gaining consumer and market insight when opening a business, finding an untapped audience for products/services, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population and so much more.

Morningstar Library Access Home Access
Comprehensive financial information, stock market analysis and investment resources. 

Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA)
Expanded phonebook listings for businesses, residences and health care facilities throughout the United States. Go HERE to access Reference Solutions at home or outside the library. This is a temporary service due to COVID-19.

Small Business Resource Center
Search this database to learn how to start, finance and manage your small business.  Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles and websites.

Careers & Education Resources

GCFLearnFree
Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree. The freedom to learn what you want, when you want, absolutely free! Check out their everyday life, basic math, and computer training today.

Rocket Languages
Learn a language on your own terms and in your own time. Languages include American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.

Transparent Language
Transparent Language features a scientifically proven methodology, the widest variety of high-quality learning materials, and seamless integration of real-life language used by native speakers, all packaged together in an easy-to-use interface. With 100+ languages to choose from, there is something for every language learner.

Universal Class
Universal Class brings libraries lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.

En Español Resources

Informe
Full-text Spanish and Portuguese scholarly journals and magazines.

Diarios académicas y revistas en español y portugués.

Genealogy Resources

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library is the world’s largest online family history resource which provides instant access to hundreds of years of history in billions of historical documents and millions of historical photos from all over the world.  It includes local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources which span from the 1500s to the 2000s.

Go here to access Ancestry Library Edition at home or outside the library. This is a temporary service due to COVID-19.

Family Search 
Discover your family history. Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources. 

HeritageQuest
Digitized census records, primary sources, local and family histories and more.


General Research

Cyndi’s List 
A comprehensive, categorized and cross-referenced list of links to genealogical research websites

Genforum (forums for surnames and places)

RootsWeb 
Genealogical resource owned and sponsored by ancestry.com

U.S. GenWeb Project 
Genealogical research organized by county and state.

Vital Records
U.S. birth certificates, death records and marriage licenses

National Center for Health Statistics

Search here to find Where to Write for Vital Records

World Connect 
Search by family tree


Books (mostly old)

Archive.org

Hathi Trust

FamilySearch Books

Online Book Indexes (to old county histories)


Cemetery Records

Billion Graves

Find a Grave 

Interment

Country or Ethnicity

World GenWeb Project 


African American

African American Family History Step By Step

African American Gateway

African Ancestored Genealogy

Black Genealogy (Access Genealogy)

Christine’s Genealogy

Digital Library on American Slavery

Freedmen’s Bureau 

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database


UK and Ireland

CuriousFox 

Griffith’s Valuation of property

and Ireland Genealogy 


Jewish Family History

Israel Genealogy Research Association

Jewish Genealogy 


Native American

Bureau of Indian Affairs 

Indian Ancestry 101

Native American Archives (at the National Archives)

Native American Genealogy

Trace Indian Ancestry 

Treaties

Genetics

DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

Genetics – DNA in Genealogy   

Genomelink


Geography and History

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries  

Bureau of Land Management

U.S. Historical Atlases and Maps

Immigration

CastleGarden 

Ellis Island 

GG Archives – Historical Ephemera – passenger lists, images, etc.

Local Resources

Florida State Library and Archives

Pensacola Historical Society 

Pensapedia

Spanish Land Grants

UWF Archives and West Florida History Center

West Florida Digital Collection

West Florida Genealogical Society webpage:

Military and Wars

Alabama Military Records

Military Awards

Navy History

Army History

American Revolution

Daughters of the American Revolution  Patriot Index Lookup Service

Civil War

Florida Confederate Pension Application Files 

Soldiers and Sailors Database 

Newspapers

Chronicling America 

Google Newspapers

Digital Historical Newspapers 

Florida Digital Newspaper Library

Historical Newspapers Online 


Photographs

AncientFaces

DeadFred

State Archives

250+ Killer Digital Libraries and Archives

Georgia's Virtual Vault

Mississippi Digital Archives

North Carolina Family Records Online

South Carolina Archives

South Carolina Archives – Name Search

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Virginia – Library – includes digital records

Virginia Library - Microfilms

Volunteer Researchers across the country

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness 

Gen Gathering (Volunteer researchers across the country)

Websites of Possible Interest

Adoption - Searching for Birth Relatives

Allen County Public Library free Databases

Ancestry.com free how to videos

Cousin Calculator and Relationship Finder

Dear Myrtle Blog  

Facebook Genealogy & Historical Groups/Pages 

Family Search Wiki

Fifty Questions for Family History Interviews

HowTo Guide with Links 

Kitty Cooper’s Blog

Legacy Family Tree Webinars (most free for 1 week)             

LinkPendium (Resource Directory)

National Archives Resources for Genealogists [Southeast]

One Step Census Locators (1900-1950 censuses)
Find Enumeration District by street address

General Research Resources 

Florida Electronic Library
The Florida Electronic Library is a gateway to electronic magazines, newspapers, almanacs, encyclopedias and books, along with the “Ask a Librarian” reference service.

OAIster WorldCat
Search collections of libraries worldwide.

PowerSearch
Conduct research with ease and produce more relevant search results. Search by publication title, document type, date ranges, subject area and Lexile score. Articles can be translated into several languages.

Government

Supreme Court
Official website for the United States Supreme Court. Information about the Supreme Court, including biographies of current justices, case documents and up-to-date press releases.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Official website for citizenship and immigration. Information on citizenship, green cards and tools for genealogy research. The USCIS website also provides the appropriate forms for citizenship and green cards.

USA.gov
Official website for all government information including government agencies, housing, jobs, taxes and unemployment. You can also apply for health insurance (the Affordable Care Act and Medicare) through USA.gov.

Health & Wellness Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise. 

Florida Department of Health (FDOH)
FDOH provides a wide range of health information and services to Floridians.

Florida Health Finder
Florida Health Finder provides assistance in answering questions and concerns about health care advance directives including living wills and a health care surrogate designation.

GALE Health and Wellness
Accurate, authoritative information on a full range of health-related issues

MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

Merck Manuals
The Merck Manuals are a comprehensive medical information source covering thousands of topics in all fields of medicine. They are offered as a free public service to health care professionals and the general public. Many criteria have been put forth for what makes a website a credible reference source, and this issue has been much discussed in print and online. Thus, the Manual has drawn on existing consensus criteria to create an easy-to-remember reminder that people looking for online health information should see where the website STANDS:

  • Source: Does the resource cite recognized authorities and provide their credentials?
  • Transparency: Is it open and obvious whether the site’s mission is educational or commercial?
  • Accessibility: Is the site available without registration and is there a way for users to contact someone with questions or concerns?
  • Neutrality: Is the information available purely as a resource, or does the site benefit financially from what its users do (such as buying products or visiting advertised websites)?
  • Documentation: Is the site updated when needed by recognized medical experts?
  • Security: Can users access content without forfeiting personal information?

Pillbox
Pillbox, an initiative of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, provides data and images for prescription, over-the-counter, homeopathic, and veterinary oral solid dosage medications (pills) marketed in the United States. This data set contains information about pills such as how they look, their active and inactive ingredients, and many other criteria.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – Drug Information for Consumers
Contains information to help answer consumers’ regulatory and drug-related questions.

History Resources

Sources in U.S. History Online: The Civil War
Digital archive of the Civil War including a variety of primary source documents examining the war and all its complexity.

Literature & Reading Resources

Books and Authors – In-library use only
Research books, authors, genres and topics, and find titles for Interlibrary Loan requests. 

Libby - eBooks and Audiobooks
Access eBooks and audiobooks through Libby. You can also download the Libby app on your mobile device. All you need to get started in Libby is your device and your library card number and PIN number. The Libby app is easy to use and will guide you through the setup process and get you connected to our library in just a few minutes. If you have questions, you can find in-app support, or visit the Help site or Libby Academy within the app for assistance.

OAIster WorldCat
Search collections of libraries worldwide.

RBdigital - eMagazines
Update: West Florida Public Libraries digital eBooks and audiobooks have changed from RBdigital to the Libby app.

 

Local Resources

City of Pensacola
Official website for the City of Pensacola offers helpful resources, including disaster preparedness, parks and recreation, and things to do around the city.

Escambia County
Official website for the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners and its departments. Visitors can find information about county parks and community centers, commission meetings, events, county projects, job openings and more.

Florida Courts
Comprehensive look at the Florida court system, including the Supreme Court of Florida, the District Courts of Appeal and court locations. The site also features helpful resources and services such as self-help, court interpretation and some online forms.

MyFlorida
Official website for finding information about all things Florida including Florida Voter Registration, child support services and public assistance.

Magazines & Newspapers Resources

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: U.S. Southeast Collection (Includes Pensacola News Journal)
This collection of historical newspapers provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of this region.

ProQuest Recent Newspapers: U.S. Southeast Collection (Includes Pensacola News Journal)
This collection of digitized newspapers provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with cover-to-cover access to recent newspaper content. Every page image is full-text searchable.  Coverage: 2008 - recent.

Our reference librarians are able to provide information on a variety of subjects. A librarian is always available at Pensacola Library during business hours to help answer questions and provide research assistance. Stop by Pensacola Library, call 850-436-5063 or email refstaff@mywfpl.com with your questions.

Ask a Florida Librarian

Ask a Librarian provides Florida residents with virtual reference service via live chat and text messaging from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday (EST), and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday (EST).

Email is available to patrons 24 hours a day, seven days per week, and all email is answered by the user’s local library.

Ask a Genealogy Expert

Do you need help finding information on your family tree, local history or a genealogical research project? The staff and volunteers at Genealogy Branch Library are available to help. Email your questions to genealogy@mywfpl.com or call 850-494-7373.

Career Development and the Journey of a Lifetime

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Career development can be one of the most challenging tasks that we will ever face, but it can also be one of the most rewarding and inspiring journeys of a lifetime. Rather than feeling as if we are responding to a world that seems out of control, we can take ownership of our situation, live deliberately, and navigate a path toward a meaningful life. Career development can also be liberating because it helps us know who we are and what we want out of life. It can also provide purpose, direction, and hope. This program covers the following topics: inevitable change, personal identity, career development, job search, resumes, cover letters, search engines, local employers, local employment agencies, local education or training opportunities, video chat or meeting apps, motivational books and movies, and life’s journey. Whether in the midst of a pandemic or any other time, this program can become an invaluable addition to your portfolio as you explore careers, search for jobs, or just consider options. It is a concise reference with many tools in one convenient package. For some, it might even become a traveling companion along the journey of a lifetime. Bon Voyage!