Databases (Articles)


The library subscribes to NewsBank for electronic access to The Eagle (local newspaper) as well as online access to national magazines and newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle and USA Today. The online coverage from the Eagle is from 1999 to the present. Older newspapers may be viewed on microfilm at the Carnegie History Center.

To view articles on NewsBank service, log in with your library card number (bar code from the back of your library card; no spaces). If you have any questions, contact a librarian for help. – World Collection is an extensive database that provides online access to 3,000+ historical newspapers. Dating from the early 1700s into the early 2000s, contains full runs and portions of runs of well-known, regional and state titles to small local newspapers in the United States and other countries.

Invaluable for researchers, historians, genealogists, teachers and students, Library Edition provides greater opportunities for longitudinal and comparative analysis of historical events and people, and is a great source of information for genealogists. With ongoing updates and new content continually being added, there’s always more to be discovered.

At this time, access is limited to library computers.

TexShare Databases

The TexShare Databases are commercial database subscriptions that are paid for by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board for use by registered patrons of Texas public libraries, Texas State governmental agency libraries, Texas academic libraries, and libraries of clinical medicine.

There is no charge to patrons who use the TexShare Databases, but you will need to have a current, valid library card from the Bryan+College Station Public Library System. You can then obtain a login and password from either library which will allow you to access the database from your office or at home. You can also access the databases from the library’s Internet computers when you are visiting the library. If you are accessing TexShare from the library, you will be automatically logged in based on the library’s IP address. If you are accessing TexShare from home, you will need to select our library and type in the password.

If you have any questions or need help accessing TexShare, just contact one of the reference librarians. You may also use the help screens contained in the databases themselves. Each tip guide is provided by the vendor for that particular database. Please note that the Texshare landing screen has changed.

Databases are listed by title at and by subject at If viewing from home, you will need to select the library and log in with the password in order to see these lists.

Ancestry® Library Edition

Ancestry® Library Edition, a genealogy research database, offers census, vital, church, court, and immigration records for the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as collected records from other areas including Canada. Some of the key historical collections include U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930, American Genealogical Biographical Index, Social Security Death Index, and a Map Center of more than 1,000 historical maps.

At this time, access is limited to library computers.

Fold3 by Ancestry® Library Edition – Military Records Database

Fold3 by Ancestry® Library Edition provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. The records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.

At this time, access is limited to library computers.

Legal Forms

Thomson Gale Legal Forms provides official state specific, federal, business, personal, real estate and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. You can browse by category or search for a specific form title.

You must have a current, valid library card from the Bryan+College Station Public Library System to access this database. Then you can contact a reference librarian to get the password for this database.

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