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Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library

Current as of Nov. 30, 2020


Military OneSource provides free, online resources to service members and their families via the morale, welfare and recreation Digital Library. You’ll find eBooks and audiobooks on virtually every topic, as well as databases and reference books that can help you learn a new skill, keep kids engaged and help with their homework, or prepare you to land your next job.

The MWR Digital Library is a free resource for service members and their families. Just log in to your Military OneSource account or create a username and password to get started.

Note that the list provided here includes just some of the resources available. The categories are guidelines only. Many of the resources can be useful or entertaining across age groups.

For children

The digital library offers online resources that can help children learn to read and keep their grades up, research topics for writing assignments or just find a great story for a long afternoon.

  • BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction titles to reinforce early reading skills and develop real-world knowledge.
  • Britannica Library offers three sites in one — Children, Young Adults and the Reference Center — where you can conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects or explore your unique interests. You can even store your research in your personal My Britannica account.
  • Comics and Graphic Novels offers a free library of comics and graphic novels for all ages.
  • Explora Primary features a database of colorful and fun resources designed to help children in grades K-5 learn about animals, music, health, history, people and places, science, math and sports.
  • Gale in Context: Elementary introduces elementary students to database searching with resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale in Context: Middle School provides reference content to help students complete assignments in literature, science, social studies and history. Offerings include videos, newspapers, magazines and primary sources. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • National Geographic Kids provides reputable, authoritative and appropriate content that shows children ages 6-14 the world in a way they’ve likely never seen it before. National Geographic Kids will take them on adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology and space. Use the code “1source” if prompted.
  • National Geographic: People, Animals, World provides access to content that attracts, engages and informs students, educators, researchers and general readers. It includes full-text books on travel, science and technology, history and the environment as well as videos, more than 650 maps and 600 downloadable National Geographic images.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus offers recommendations specifically for younger readers, helping them find books that are appropriate for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers and librarians can also find tools to use to engage young readers.
  • ScienceFlix offers more than 50 complete units of study with more than 6,500 science-related assets in a variety of media, providing students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types and interactive features.
  • Tutor.com for military children gives kids free access to online tutoring and homework help from live, expert tutors across more than 100 subjects. Tutors can help with a homework assignment or catch your child up on missed concepts and lessons.
  • World Book Online offers a collection of resources for all ages and reading levels. Explore content to engage and excite all minds, from prereaders to advanced researchers.

NOTE: Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy has temporarily expanded program eligibility to Tutor.com beyond Department of Defense Education Activity students and active-duty children to ease academic disruptions due to coronavirus disease 2019. Please visit the site for additional information on eligibility and tutoring support.

For teens

Teenagers can also take advantage of the library through a wide variety of resources.

  • Artistworks Music Lessons provides access to hundreds of video lessons, including ones for guitar, piano, drums, ukulele, bluegrass, classical, jazz and hip-hop scratch. Submit practice videos and get direct feedback from your video instructor.
  • Britannica Annals of American History offers a rich and varied history of the United States, providing a year-by-year documentary of American thought and action. Read the original words of more than 1,500 authors who made and analyzed American history through their speeches, writings, memoirs, poems and interviews.
  • Britannica Image Quest brings lesson plans, assignments and projects to life with more than three million rights-cleared images from 62 leading collections.
  • Britannica Library offers three sites in one — Children, Young Adults and the Reference Center — where you can conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects or explore your unique interests. You can even store your research in your personal My Britannica account.
  • Britannica Online Academic allows fast and easy access to thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images and websites.
  • Comics and Graphic Novels offers a free library of comics and graphic novels for all ages.
  • EBSCO Learning Express Test Prep provides eLearning tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards and articles to help users build their skills in a wide array of core subjects for success in the classroom, on the job and in life, including preparation for CLEP, DSST, ACT, SAT and GRE.
  • FreedomFlix brings history to life by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history through ebooks with embedded popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos and audio clips.
  • Great Courses provides access to free video courses covering a wide variety of topics presented by engaging professors.
  • National Geographic Kids offers reputable, authoritative and appropriate content that shows children ages 6-14 the world in a way they’ve likely never seen it before. National Geographic Kids will take them on adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology and space. Use the code “1source” if prompted.
  • National Geographic: People, Animals, World provides access to content that attracts, engages and informs students, educators, researchers and general readers. It includes full-text books on travel, science and technology, history and the environment as well as videos, more than 650 maps and 600 downloadable National Geographic images.
  • ScienceFlix offers more than 50 complete units of study with more than 6,500 science-related assets in a variety of media, providing students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos and interactive features.
  • TrueFlix offers dozens of units to supplement social studies and science core curricula learning, helping students improve literacy skills, build content-area knowledge and cultivate the critical skills necessary for academic success and college and career readiness.
  • Unlimited offers eBooks, audiobooks, comic books and online courses for checkout and download (check for device compatibility). When registering to browse and download audiobooks to your home computer or mobile device, use the access code “MOSDOD.”

For adults

For adults looking to advance their education or career, there are even more resources available through the digital library.

  • Ancestry® Library allows you to unlock the story of your family through billions of U.S. and international records.
  • Britannica Library offers three sites in one — Children, Young Adults and the Reference Center — where you can conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects or explore your unique interests. You can even store your research in your personal My Britannica account.
  • Consumer Reports helps you find the best deals, ratings and reviews on thousands of popular consumer items from one of the most respected sources.
  • EBSCO Audiobook Collection offers downloads on more than 2,000 audiobooks across different subjects and categories. Log in with your EBSCOhost account (software download required).
  • EBSCO eBook Collection contains more than 3,000 titles in areas such as fiction, history, health and medicine, self-help, business, economics and law.
  • Fold3 Library Edition is a premier collection of historical U.S. military records and unique military content that brings to life the details of America’s military veterans with stories, photos and personal documents from the Revolutionary War through today.
  • Freegal Music provides access to 15 million songs. Download up to five songs or videos per week. No software installation required. Compatible with most media players.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia offers a vast reference library with full articles covering thousands of topics. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Academic OneFile includes articles from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources, with extensive coverage in key subject areas such as biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science and psychology. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Business Entrepreneurship shows you how to plan, fund, start or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles and websites. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Chilton Automotive Maintenance Library offers the most authoritative car repair information available, including thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus coverage of specialty models. ChiltonLibrary.com gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale eBooks is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, which can be accessed remotely 24/7. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale General OneFile provides a broad collection of news articles, magazines, books, academic journals, images and video in support of general interest research and exploration.
  • Gale Health and Wellness offers access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works and multimedia covering a full range of health-related issues from current diseases and disorders to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale in Context: Biography includes more than 600,000 biographical entries covering figures from all time periods and areas of study. Reference content is offered alongside videos, audio selections, images and magazine and journal articles from hundreds of major periodicals and newspapers. This resource is continuously updated. Use the code “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Legal Forms offers a wide selection of state-specific and multistate forms across the most popular legal areas ─ including real estate contracts, wills, premarital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce and landlord tenant. It also includes a state directory of attorneys and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen’s language. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Military and Intelligence provides military personnel access to scholarly journals, magazines and reports covering all aspects of past and present military affairs. Updated annually, this library contains hand-selected content supporting subject areas such as governmental policies, the socioeconomic effects of war and the structure of the armed forces. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • Gale Small Business Builder helps readers interested in planning and optimizing their businesses or nonprofit groups. Compiled for aspiring entrepreneurs and those with existing small businesses, it provides a step-by-step process supported by a variety of recognized tools that enable users to produce complete business plans and other documents essential for gaining access to capital and growing their enterprise. Enter the password “1source” if prompted.
  • GreenFILE contains well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment.
  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center provides creative ideas and detailed how-to instruction on a wide range of hobbies, including ones involving performing arts, science experiments model building and arts and crafts.
  • Home Improvement Reference Center includes tips and tricks on how to fix a leaky faucet, install a new fan or plan your outdoor projects. The user-friendly database offers full-text content from leading home improvement magazines, images not found anywhere else online, and nearly 100 videos of popular home repair projects.
  • Kanopy provides access to more than 30,000 award-winning films and documentaries anywhere, anytime using any device. To set up an account, click Add Your Library Card and enter the username dod and password dod11978. Set up your own profile from there.
  • Library, Information, Science and Technology Abstracts includes references on librarianship, bibliometrics, online information retrieval and information management.
  • Magazines allows you to read or download a wide assortment of popular news and special interest digital magazines on your PC, smartphone or laptop. Use the access key MOSDOD to create your account.
  • Mango Languages is a digital language learning program for learners of all levels, with courses in more than 70 different foreign languages, 21 English language courses and 44 specialty courses. Mango’s language-learning methodology is designed to simulate the way people learn a foreign language when actually immersed in everyday conversation.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center offers information on stocks and mutual funds. Visit the Investment Classroom to hone your investing skills and explore dozens of articles and videos about the stock market.
  • National Geographic Archive (1888-1994) provides comprehensive, timely articles and photos documenting life on our planet and beyond. Includes more than 100 years of history told through articles on culture, global events, nature, science, technology, the environment and gripping first-person accounts of exploration and discovery.
  • National Geographic Current (1995-present) includes every article of National Geographic magazine since in the mid-1990s. Search the vivid photographs and historic articles as well as engaging videos and detailed maps.
  • National Geographic: People, Animals, World provides access to content that attracts, engages and informs students, educators, researchers and general readers. It includes full-text books on travel, science and technology, history and the environment as well as videos, more than 650 maps and 600 downloadable National Geographic images.
  • NoveList Plus is a trusted source for expert reading recommendations covering fiction and nonfiction titles.
  • O’Reilly Online Learning (previously Safari Books Online) offers access to more than 57,000 eBooks, videos, live learning and interactive coding sandboxes and tutorials.
  • PressReader Digital Newspapers provides interactive, digital access to about 7,000 of the world’s best newspapers and magazines. Readers can browse articles, photos, advertisements, classifieds and notices in full color.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center offers hundreds of reference books with original photos and illustrations of engines including motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, tractors and generators.
  • Teachables provides access to more than 15,000 teacher-created, vetted printables to support instruction. Download activities for pre-K to sixth-grade subjects including math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, teacher supports and skills sheets.
  • Teacher Reference Center has indexing and abstracts for more than 270 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines.
  • Universal Class provides lifelong learning courses across more than 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units. More than 500 courses are available, designed and led by professional instructors. 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.
  • Unlimited offers eBooks, audiobooks, comic books and online courses for checkout and download (check for device compatibility). When registering to browse and download audiobooks to your home computer or mobile device, use the access code “MOSDOD.”
  • Wall Street Journal provides coverage of U.S. and world news, politics, arts, culture, lifestyle, sports and health. It’s available in print, online and through mobile apps and includes breaking news streams, interactive features, videos and blogs.
  • Weiss Financial Ratings offers access to financial literacy tools on retirement planning, home and mortgage, insurance strategies and saving for your child’s education.

The MWR Digital Library is an incredible free resource for service members and their families. Just log into your Military OneSource account or create a username and password to get started and enjoy browsing.

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