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Ancestry Library Edition – In-library use only
Search billions of records and discover your family’s story. 

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.

Chilton Auto Repair
Detailed vehicle maintenance and repair information. Features include step-by-step repair procedures, wiring diagrams, close-up photographs and Automotive Service Excellence test prep quizzes. 

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.

FamilySearch – In-library use only
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.

Get Help Florida
Get Help Florida includes thousands of e-government federal, state and county programs and services, organized by category. As a statewide portal, this website is intended to provide government and non-profit resources for those in need.

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.

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.

NoveList Plus
NoveList Plus has reading recommendations in both fiction and nonfiction for all ages. In addition NoveList Plus provides series information, hundreds of reading lists, and reviews from both professionals as well as from readers.

OAIster WorldCat
Search collections of libraries worldwide.

Pensacola News Journal
Full-text articles from the Pensacola News Journal 1999 to the present.

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. 

Reference USA
Expanded phonebook listings for businesses, residences and health care facilities throughout the United States.

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

Chilton Auto Repair
Detailed vehicle maintenance and repair information. Features include step-by-step repair procedures, wiring diagrams, close-up photographs and Automotive Service Excellence test prep quizzes.

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 USA
Expanded phonebook listings for businesses, residences and health care facilities throughout the United States.

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 – In-library use only
Search billions of records and discover your family’s story.

FamilySearch – In-library use only
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

Family Search 
Free genealogical and historical records

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

World Connect 
Search by family tree


Cemetery Records

Find a Grave 

Interment


Country or Ethnicity

World GenWeb Project 


African American

African Ancestored Genealogy

Christine’s Genealogy

Freedmen’s Bureau 

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database


UK and Ireland

Griffith’s Valuation of property

UK and Ireland Genealogy 

CuriousFox 


Jewish Family History

Jewish Genealogy 


Native American

Native American Archives 

Native American Genealogy 

Trace Indian Ancestry 


Genetics

DNA Ancestry Project 

Genebase 


Geography and History

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries  

Digital State Archives 

Florida State Library and Archives

Land Records 

U.S. Historical Atlases and Maps


Immigration

CastleGarden 

Ellis Island 


Local Resources

Pensacola Historical Society 

UWF Archives and West Florida History Center

West Florida Photo History  


Military and Wars

Alabama Military Records  

Fold3


American Revolution

Daughters of the American Revolution  Patriot Index Lookup Service


Civil War

Florida Confederate Pension Application Files 

Soldiers and Sailors Database 


Newspapers and Books

Archive.org

Chronicling America 

Historical Newspapers Online 


Photographs

AncientFaces

DeadFred


Other Websites

Dear Myrtle Genealogy Lessons

Family Tree Creator 

Fifty Questions for Family History Interviews

LinkPendium 

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness


Subscription Sites

Genealogy.com 

TribalPages

World Vital Records 

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

Get Help Florida
Get Help Florida includes thousands of e-government federal, state and county programs and services, organized by category. As a statewide portal, this website is intended to provide government and non-profit resources for those in need.

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. 

OAIster WorldCat
Search collections of libraries worldwide.

NoveList Plus
NoveList Plus has reading recommendations in both fiction and nonfiction for all ages. In addition NoveList Plus provides series information, hundreds of reading lists, and reviews from both professionals as well as from readers.

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

Pensacola News Journal
Full-text articles and obituaries from the Pensacola News Journal from 1999 to the present.

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.