Arts & Humanities

Gale OneFile: Fine Arts

Search millions of articles about drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. Diverse resource for serious fine arts students.

Books & Libraries

Books & Author Resources for Children

Resources about children's and young adult  books. Ready to use activities, links to author videos, list of permissions for virtual read alouds. Some video readings.

Books & Author Resources for Teens

Resources about Teen books and author resrouces. Ready to use activities, links to author videos, list of permissions for virtual read alouds. Some video readings.

Ebook Central (Formerly Ebrary)

A collection of e-books covering K-12, career, arts, leisure and life skills.

EBSCOhost Ebook Collection (Formerly NetLibrary Ebooks)

Read or check out e-books, available through EBSCOhost's electronic book collection

Gale Books and Authors

Answer the age-old question, 'What do I read next?' Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres, or topics.

Gale eBooks

Explore this database of encyclopedias and reference sources within the Gale eBooks platform for multidisciplinary research.

Gale In Context: Biography

Discover the world's most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazines, and multimedia content.

Gale Literature

Gale Literary Sources integrates full-text literary content with metadata and subject indexing and provides workflow tools to analyze information. You can research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Search across your library's Literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews.

Gale Literature: LitFinder

Access literary works and authors throughout history, including full-text poems, plays, short stories, speeches, and more.

Gale Literature: Scribner Writer Series

Browse original scholarly essays on authors from around the world. Places authors and their works in personal and historical context.

Gale Literature: Twayne's Author Series

Find in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers. Includes influences of literary movements.

Gale Literature Resource Center

Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.

NoveList Plus

Online guide to help identify fiction books by title, author, plot description.


Download audiobooks, e-books, and e-videos.


Catalog of library materials owned by libraries around the world.


Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Includes sample business plans, how-to guides, articles, and more.

Gale Business: Insights

Research global companies and industries with in-depth analysis through current news, statistical data, and comprehensive reports

Gale OneFile: Business

Understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through leading business and trade publications. Updated daily.

Gale OneFile: Economics and Theory

Discover content useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, and more.

Gale OneFile: Insurance and Liability

Discover information about physical and intellectual asset protection, from individuals to multinational corporations.

Consumer & Auto


Provides photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins for automobiles and light trucks in one web site.

Cooking and Food

Gale OneFile: Agriculture

Access current and authoritative periodical content covering agriculture and its related fields.

Gale OneFile: Culinary Arts

Find a variety of information from major cooking and nutrition magazines as well as key reference titles.

Discovery Database Search

Discovery Service for Port Arthur Public Library

This Discovery Service searches many of the databases Port Arthur Public Library has access to for any term you enter. The result will list items from our databases, including text, videos, and periodicals. Searches can be refined from the menu to the left, while direct links to some of our other databases can be found to the right.

Gale Power Search

Gale PowerSearch is a search platform unlike any other, providing libraries with a sophisticated yet simple solution for managing a wealth of periodical, reference, multimedia, and primary source information. Library Note, This resource searches all Gale databases The Port Arthur Public Library has access to.

Do It Yourself

Gale OneFile: Home Improvement

Search home improvement topics such as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and more.

eBooks and eAudiobooks

E books for Children

Full-text ebooks for children from SEBCO. Username: PAPL and Password: read. Next enter your Port Arthur Library card number.


Books & Author Resources for Educators

Resources about children's and young adult  books. Ready to use activities, links to author videos, list of permissions for virtual read alouds. Some video readings.

Gale Academic OneFile

Quickly access articles from a database of scholarly journals and other trusted periodicals. Best for academic research.

Gale In Context: College

An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a wide array of subjects.

Gale In Context: Elementary

Introduce elementary students to database searching with resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content.

Gale In Context: High School

Explore thousands of topics across subjects including literature, science, history, and social issues using different sources.

Gale In Context: Middle School

Explore the most-studied topics, including cultures, government, people, history, literature, and more.

Gale In Context: Science

Science In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.

Gale Interactive: Science

Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.

Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete

Gain insight into issues in administration, funding, and policy. Best for educators, administrators, and education students.

Gale OneFile: Information Science

Access articles covering all aspects of managing and maintaining information and technology. Updated daily.

Gale Presents: Udemy

Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and more. Includes 10,000+ on-demand video courses in multiple languages.

Learning Express Library

Test preparation materials and interactive practice exams in the areas of academic, civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams. Formerly known as

Miss Humblebee's Academy

Discover an interactive learning program for children ages three to six. Aligned with preschool and elementary standards.

National Geographic Kids

Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Best for children aged 6–14. 

National Geographic Virtual Library

Browse this cross-searchable platform for research insight from journalism's most trusted name in exploration and discovery.


Gale OneFile: Environmental Studies and Policy

Investigate environmental issues with diverse perspectives from the scientific community, policymakers, and corporate interests.

Gale OneFile: Gardening and Horticulture

Find millions of articles on the practical and scientific aspects of horticulture studies, for all horticultural enthusiasts.

Genealogy & Biography

Ancestry Library Edition (In-Library Use Only)

One of the largest collections of family history data online. Ancestry Library Edition is the database with an interface from ProQuest.

Chronicling America

Database of a variety of historic newspapers from the Library of Congress.

Fold3 (In Library Use Only)

Digital images of historic military records. 

HeritageQuest - formerly Genealogy and Local History

HeritageQuest Online provides U. S. Federal census records and a collection of research materials for tracing family lineages

Portal to Texas History

Historical and primary sources including documents, maps, newspapers, photographs, and more. Hosted by the University of North Texas. Includes years books from Port Arthur schools.


Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia

Indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics. Full text for each record may be easily accessed by double clicking on the topic from the display. The database also has various images and offers brief biographies.

Gale : Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints In Context is a rich resource for debaters and includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. A category on the National Debate Topic provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues. Periodical content covers current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more from sources such as The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, American Scientist, and Education Week. Provided by the Texas State Library's TEXSHARE program.

Gale Databases

This is a list of all of the Gale databases that the Port Arthur Public Library has a subscription to.

Health & Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness

Search a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to alternative medical practices.

Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine

Provides access to medical and professional periodicals, health and fitness magazines, and reference books and pamphlets. The database is designed for both nursing and allied health students as well as consumer health researchers. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

Gale OneFile: Nursing and Allied Health

Research full-text titles cited in CINAHL and other resources to support specialized care, treatment, and patient management.

Gale OneFile: Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine

Access academic journals and magazines covering the fields of physical therapy, physical fitness, and sports medicine.

History, Social Studies, & Geography

Gale OneFile: Contemporary Women's Issues

Find timely and historically relevant content on issues that influence women’s lives across the globe.

Gale OneFile: U.S. History

Search balanced coverage of events in U.S. history. Best for novice historians and academic researchers. Updated daily.

Gale OneFile: War and Terrorism

Gain valuable insight into conflicts and their causes, impact, and perception on a global scale.

Gale OneFile: World History

Access balanced coverage of events in world history and scholarly work being established in the field.

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps

Sanborn maps are large scale plans of a city or town drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. They were created to assist fire insurance companies as they assessed the risk associated with insuring a particular property. The maps list street block and building numbers including numbers in use at the time the map was made and previous numbers.


Gale OneFile: High School Edition

Search magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference on a range of topics. Best for middle- and high-school students.

Houston & Texas

Handbook of Texas

Encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture.

Jobs & Careers

Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship

Analyze business insights, tips, strategies, and success stories. Updated daily. Best for business schools and entrepreneurs.

Gale OneFile: Vocations and Careers

Research a vocation, find an appropriate institution of learning, and get assistance on job searches and maintaining a career.

Language Learning

Mango Languages

Online language learning courses for Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Russian and more. Also learn English with ESL classes for Brazilian Portuguese, Polish and Spanish.



Gale LegalForms includes forms specific to the state of Texas


20th Century American and English Poetry

A database collection of 598 volumes of poetry by 283 poets from 1900 to the present day. 

Multicultural Resources

Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies

Access a range of periodical content to explore cultural differences, contributions, and influences in the global community.

Newspapers and Magazines

Chronicling America

Database of a variety of historic newspapers hosted by the Library of Congress, 1789-1963.

Gale General OneFile

Access general interest magazines and key serials in a single resource. Best for general research.

Gale OneFile: Military and Intelligence

Search scholarly journals, magazines, and reports covering all aspects of past and present military affairs. Updated daily

Gale OneFile: News

Access major U.S. and international newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, or other fields.

Gale OneFile: Popular Magazines

Access the most searched magazines across Gale OneFile focusing on current events, sports, science, and health issues.

NewsBank- America’s News

Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people, and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues, and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S., including Port Arthur. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Newspaper Archive

Access the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s.

Note, the link for out of library access is

Once there you have the option to create an account on Newspaper Archive to save pages to.

Portal to Texas History

Historical and primary source materials from or about Texas. Hosted by the University of North Texas.

Port Arthur Newspapers

Digital archives of The Port Arthur News (1921 - 2014) and the Port Arthur Daily News (1921-1922). Note additional back issues are available on microfilm and more recent editions are available in print for use in the Library.


Philosophy and Religion

Gale OneFile: Religion and Philosophy

Research the impact of religion on culture throughout history, including literature, arts, and language. Updated daily.

Port Arthur

City of Port Arthur

Home page for the City of Port Arthur

Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce

This is also a great page for organizations to recommend to area newcomers.  This will help them get up to speed on what is going on in the community.

Jefferson County List of Microfilm at Sam Houston Regional Library

This depository, a collection site for regional historical documents, is part of the Texas State Library.

Museum of the Gulf Coast

The Museum has outstanding exhibits including historical, pop culture, sports and music figures. 

Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation

"The Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation is a 4a sales tax corporation created to enhance Port Arthur’s business climate and overall economic development. The PAEDC is responsible for encouraging and developing business growth and attracting new business to Port Arthur. Our 300-acre business park is especially beneficial to business in the areas of manufacturing, light industrial and commercial development."

Port Arthur Little Theater

The Port Arthur Little Theater provides a rich combination of area talent onstage at its 4701 Jimmy Johnson Blvd. location. Support this local live entertainment offering.  It has rewards that beat anything on the screen.

Port Arthur News Online

The hometown paper

Port of Port Arthur

The maritime industry is alive and well in Port Arthur.  Recent expansion of Port facilities from two berths to five with huge increase in transit shed capacity is keeping the PORT in Port Arthur.


Gale OneFile: Gender Studies

Discover balanced coverage of topics related to gender studies, family and marital issues, and more.

Gale OneFile: Leadership and Management

Search authoritative periodical content covering topics like organizational dynamics, adult learning, and more. Updated daily.

Gale OneFile: Psychology

Find authoritative periodical content supporting research in all fields of psychology.

Science & Technology

Directory of Open Access Journals

This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

Gale OneFile: Communications and Mass Media

Search millions of articles covering all aspects of communications, including advertising, public relations, and more.

Gale OneFile: Computer Science

Access leading business and technical publications in the computer, telecommunications, and electronics industries.

Gale OneFile: Science

Access information on the latest developments across a range of scientific disciplines. Updated daily.

Science in Context

Provides information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics by means of newspaper and journal articles, images, and video.

SciTech Premium

The SciTech Premium Collection includes the Natural Science Collection and the Technology Collection and provides full-text titles from around the world, including scholarly journals, trade and industry

journals, magazines, technical reports, conference proceedings, government publications, and more. 


Social Sciences

Gale OneFile: Pop Culture Studies

Access scholarly journals and magazines that both analyze and contribute to popular culture.


Gale OneFile: Informe Académico

Search across full-text Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines from and about Latin America.

Travel & Geography

Gale OneFile: Hospitality and Tourism

Discover well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism industries.