Connect & Learn Databases

TexShare Databases


TexShare Databases include the following databases: 

  • Explora, a research database for Elementary & High School students
  • Small Business Reference Center, from business area information to forms
  • Pronunciator, a language learning tool
  • Small Engine Repair Database, for ATVs, motorcycles, boats, and more
  • Gale Legal Forms, legal forms by state or type
  • Heritage Quest, a genealogy tool with billions of records at your disposal
  • And many, many more

Stop by your Lake Dallas Public Library to get the username and password. No card necessary.

Learning Express

Learning Express

In today’s global economy emphasizing 21st Century skills, career-based knowledge and ongoing professional improvement is critical to succeeding in the workplace and in life. LearningExpress Library’s unique, interactive online learning platform provides patrons with the most comprehensive selection of career-oriented and academic resources available to help with job preparation, career advancement, career changes, and re-entry into the workforce.

Driving Practice Tests


These practice tests are good for the learner license test, driver’s license test and the senior citizens’ refresher test. Practice tests for cars, motorcycles, and your CDL. Tests are available in English and Spanish. Handbooks and TX DMV FAQs are also available for free. 


"DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science."

Contains information on 60,574 works from the National (UK) Portrait Gallery's collection of over 320,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, and photographs


Thomas Net is a Business to Business website that connects businesses, provides business insights, and assists with marketing. 

Get the latest annual and quarterly trade data with customized outputs for visualization and analysis.  


Find open access dissertations and theses. 

American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933 - 1955. 

Search over 4,000 electronic theses and dissertations. 


Designed for high school and college teachers and students,
History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers
other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.

The ERIC online system provides the public with a centralized ERIC Web site for searching the ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966. More than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based services only, are now available for free.

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments.

Search for college class materials available free online.


Created and maintained by the Texas State Historical Association, the Handbook of Texas is a digital gateway to Texas' history. 

A gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas. 

From birth certificates to vehicle registration and driver license renewal, has all of the information you need to live and thrive in Texas. 

The Texas Records and Information Locator (TRAIL) service provides access to Texas state government information contained in electronic publications. TRAIL facilitates ready access to the information for Texas citizens and other users.