Below is a list of resources, both websites and databases, we've selected to help you find the information you need. We've included in this list databases provided by the SD State Library and SDLN. You can access these databases from home using your Brookings Public Library Card. Please contact us in person, by phone, or by email if you have any questions.


Automobiles Education
Books and Readers Advisory Genealogy
Business Government, Law, and Taxes
Careers and Employment Health
Consumer Information History and Geography
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias Languages
Directories Research and Articles



Chilton Automotive Library - vehicle maintenance and repair (Database provided by the SD State Library) - Free DMV Practice Tests

Kelley Blue Book

NADA Guides

Books and Readers Advisory

Fantastic Fiction

Graphic Novel Reporter

Project Gutenberg - free ebooks

Reading Group Guides

RT Book Reviews - romance book reviews and news

Stop, You're Killing Me! - mystery authors and books


Company Information from SEC

Ready to Work - SD Governor’s Office of Economic Development

SD Business Help

US Patent and Trademark Office

Yahoo! Finance

Careers and Employment - search engine

Career One Stop - local jobs

SD Department of Labor

Learning Express - occupational exams and improving your job search (Database provided by the SD State Library)

LinkUp - search engine

Occupational Outlook Handbook

USA Jobs - federal jobs

Consumer Information

Better Business Bureau

CNET Reviews - electronics

Consumer Search

Federal Citizen Information Center

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias


Wordnik Medical Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary


Encyclopedia of Earth

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

Smithsonian Enyclopedia


Infobel World Directory

White Pages

Yellow Pages


Brookings School District

Federal Student AID (FAFSA)

Learning Express - college and exam prep including practice tests (Database provided by the SD State Library)

South Dakota Department of Education

South Dakota State University


American Family Immigration History Center Library Edition - only available in the Library (Database provided by SD State Library)

Brookings Area Genealogical Society

Cyndi’s List

Family Search

HeritageQuest (Database provided by the SD State Library)

National Archives


Government, Law, and Taxes


Brookings County

Brookings Code of Ordinances

City of Brookings


Secretary of State

South Dakota Government

SD Codified Laws search

South Dakota Legislature


House of Representatives


United States Legislative Information

Congressional Record

United States Code

USA.GOV portal

US Census Bureau


SD Office of the Attorney General

SD Unified Judicial System

State Bar of South Dakota

USD School of Law, Law Library



SD Department of Revenue


AMA Doctor Finder

Avera McKennan Hospital

Centers for Disease Control

FDA Approved Drugs Database

Heathcare Insurance Marketplace - learn about and apply for health insurance


Mayo Clinic


Salem Health (Library database)

History and Geography

America’s Historical Documents

American Memory (LOC)

American Rhetoric

Brookings County Historical Society

CIA World Factbook

National Archives Digital Collection

Sanborn Maps - the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for 82 SD communities from 1867 to 1970 (Database provided by the SD State Library)

South Dakota State Historical Society

Timeline Index

USGS - use the Map Locator & Downloader to access any of their topograpic maps for free


Mango Languages - learn a language (Database provided by the SD State Library)

Pronunciator - learn a language (Library database)

Forvo - word pronunciation audio clips in over 300 languages

Research and Articles

EbscoHost - journal and magazine articles (Database provided by SDLN)

Gale Virtual Reference Library - collection of online reference books (Database provided by the SD State Library)

InfoTrac - journal and magazine articles (Database provided by SDLN)

ProQuest - journal, magazine, and newspaper articles (Database provided by the SD State Library)

SIRS Discoverer - journal, newspaper, and magazine articles for grades K-9 (Database provided by the SD State Library)

SIRS Issues Researcher - general reference articles for grades 6-12 (Database provided by the SD State Library)

World Book Online (Database provided by the SD State Library)