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MPL subscribes to a variety of databases to assist you with research, genealogy, auto and small engine repair, and more.  If you are outside of the building, you will need your library card number to log in.



Search the world's largest online family history collection. With 4 billion records available, discovering your family's story is easier than ever. (Currently available from inside our building only)


Designed for touch-enabled devices such as laptops and tablets, AutoMate offers a user-friendly search experience and access to a wealth of information to help users diagnose, repair and maintain today's complex vehicles. Diagrams and images can be easily magnified and printed.

Biography In Context

Offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that students have access to the very latest information. Password is discovery

Chilton Library

The Chilton Library application allows you to browse through a robust list of vehicles in order to obtain vehicle specific information including:

  • Repair Procedures
  • Technical Service Bulletins/Recalls
  • Labor Estimation
  • Vehicle specific Maintenance schedules and much more.

This application is setup with flexible toolbars and navigation which allows you to jump between the various areas listed above for each vehicle you are researching. Password is discovery



Whether you're looking for information on lawnmowers, groceries, or the latest in digital cameras, ConsumerReports.org has the rating, reviews, recommendations and buying advice you need.  In addition, you can find advice and tips on saving money, home improvement, personal finance, health and wellness, and more.


Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. ERIC contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents from ERIC back to 1966.


Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine distribution service where users can access their favorite magazines from a variety of publishers through their local libraries via a web browser or a custom app made specifically for iPads, Android tablets and Kindle Fire tablets, and download magazines to read offline, anytime, anywhere.


Missoula Public Library has discontinued Freegal service.  You still have access to all of the same great music content through our extensive Music CD collection, the holds program and the Inter Library Loan program.  Please call 406-721-2665 for more information.

Gale Virtual Reference LibraryGale Virtual Reference Library

The Gale Virtual Reference Library provides electronic access to reference books in various subject areas.  You can search within books or cross search multiple books at once.  Keep an eye on this growing collection as we add new titles!

General OneFile

A comprehensive general-interest resource providing periodical and news information through an intuitive, state-of-the-art interface. Password is discovery


Offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Scholarly, government and general-interest titles include content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Health & Wellness Resource Center

A comprehensive resource for libraries, schools, and hospitals that provides integrated access to medical, statistical, health, and related information. The Health & Wellness Resource Center features a fully updated, intuitive interface—providing multiple pathways to key information. Its browser-style format lets you read the latest news, review a set of subject areas, select a particular resource, or search across the entire database.Password is discovery

Heritage QuestHeritage Quest

A genealogy database to help you research your family history. Search census records, Freedman's Bank and Revolutionary War records, books, articles, and more.
Visit Heritage Quest from inside Missoula Public Library
Visit Heritage Quest from home (You will need to enter a library card number if you are outside our building)

Info Trac Newstand

This innovative full-text newspaper resource allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section or other fields, eliminating random searching through newspaper archives. InfoTrac Newsstand provides access to more than 1,100 major U.S. regional, national and local newspapers as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts. Password is discovery


Search articles and titles from JSTOR's Life Sciences and Ecology and Botany Collections.

Kids Info Bits

The perfect educational product for today's young learners. It's a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics. It features a new, modern, graphical interface and improved navigation based on feedback from both our existing customers and student users. The design helps kids explore the product and gain comfort with database searching. Password is discovery

LISTALISTA (Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts)

Indexing and abstracts for 725+ periodicals, plus books, research reports, and proceedings. Subject coverage includes: librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, and more

mangoMango Languages

Mango is an online language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for over 40 languages including ESL courses. It's so easy to use you'll see incredible results after just one lesson!

Missoulian Index

Missoulian Index

An index of Missoulian articles, archived here at the Missoula Public Library dating back to 1978, with the help of our wonderful volunteers.



Morningstar.com Library Edition helps you make smart investment decisions. Find a stock or fund to meet your needs, research current or prospective holdings, or see how your investments fit together.

Newspapers.com - Library Edition

Newspapers.com consists of historical newspapers from 414 newspapers from around the western United States and beyond. Newspapers provide a unique view of the past and can help us understand and connect with the people, events and attitudes of an earlier time.

NoveList PlisNovelist Plus

NoveList is a database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 fiction and non-fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists.

NoveListPLusK8Novelist K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 allows you to discover the fiction and non-fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in your classroom. The NoveList Learning Center provides a complete introduction to the product and shows you how to use NoveList to meet the reading needs of your students. You can access the Learning Center by clicking on its link in the left hand column of your screen.

Research In Context

Designed to bridge the gap between the Kids InfoBits resource for elementary school students and the subject-specific Gale In Context family, developed primarily for high school and undergraduate students.
Students in grades 6 to 8 will benefit from an interface that delivers the highly visual design and navigation preferred by younger users combined with the authoritative content and user-focused tool set needed to support middle school assignments and coursework. Password is discovery

Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature Retrospective 1890-1982
Search more than 3 million articles from some 375 leading magazines!  This database uses both historical and updated subject headings to give access to over a century of articles from a contemporaneous perspective.

ThomasNetThomas Register ThomasNet

Search ThomasNet to find manufacturers, distributors and service providers--from Actuators to Zirconium and everything in between.  Find 67,000 searchable categories, millions of downloadable CAD drawings 100% relevant and comprehensive industrial results as well as breaking industrial news and information.

Vital RecordsVital Record Index

An index to newspaper articles indicating a life event such as births, deaths, etc. from Montana newspapers. For a full listing of the events indexed see the exact search screen in the database. This index currently contains records from the Missoulian and the Missoula Republic with records going back to the early 1890s. Coverage is incomplete with records being added on an ongoing basis. For more information contact the Reference Desk.