Electronic Resources

QUICK LINKS to some online content available from home with your library card that might be helpful during this time:  (PLEASE NOTE, if you are having trouble with your library card for any reason, or live in New Haven but don’t have a card, please call 203-946-8130 x101 or email refdesk@nhfpl.org for assistance and we will be in touch with you.  We are here to help!

Overdrive | National Emergency LibraryHoopla | BookFlix | Kanopy | Freading | New York Times | New Haven Register archive | CreativeBug | Foundation Directory Online (temporary remote access)

Ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, music & movies

Overdrive Ebooks & AudiobooksOverdrive (audiobooks & ebooks) : Choose from our ever-growing collection of downloadable audiobooks and ebooks!

Watch Tutorial/Guided Tour | Get Started | Help | Search or browse collection.


HooplaHOOPLA: A unique digital entertainment / media service which allows you to borrow movies, videos, music and audiobooks straight from your browser, tablet, or smartphone!


Kanopy: Stream a variety of feature films, documentaries and educational videos from Criterion Collection, First Run Features, PBS, Great Courses and more!


FreadingFreading is a collection of thousands of ebooks from every genre. You can explore them all without ever waiting on a hold or worrying about late fees. Read on your computer or take the book with you on a compatible eReader, smartphone, or tablet! Start here with the Freading FAQ, then access the collection here.



BookFlixBookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction ebooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning for children, pre k – grade 3. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. Features 80 fiction-nonfiction pairs and 20 Spanish pairs. Click here to access from home.


TrueFlix is an online resource that brings books to life. It features electronic versions of Scholastic’s award-winning True Books series paired with topical videos, project ideas, age-appropriate web links, and interactive educational games. Click here to access from home.



RBdigital eAudio & eBooksRBdigital eAudio & eBooks: researchIT CT’s downloadable eAudio & eBook service: Temporarily unavailable – stay tuned as these materials move to a new platform, SimplyE, soon.  Provided statewide, this downloadable audiobook collection features nearly 1,400 titles and just recently added ebooks to their collections. These titles can be checked out after creating a new RBdigital account. Click here to learn more or here to access the collection.



General Reference, Research and Readers' Advisory


Weiss RatingsNEW! Weiss Ratings Consumer Guides: Nine How-To Guides that will help you plan for & select the right insurance and financial products.


NoveList PlusNOVELIST PLUS Readers’ Advisory: NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.


MasterFileResized1Master File.  Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE Premier provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents. This database also provides an Image Collection containing photos, maps and flags.



Academic Search Premier encompasses the expansive academic disciplines now being offered in colleges and universities.  This resource provides comprehensive content, including PDF backfiles to 1975 for over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references for more than 1,050 titles.



Legal Information Reference Center.   Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, with more content being added on a regular basis.




Science Reference Center provides easy access to a multitude of full-text, science-oriented content. , Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.


GreenFileGreenFile: Scholarly, government and general-interest titles include content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects.





New York TimesNEW! New York Times: Complimentary access within any of our locations. You will need to log in or register first. For off-site access,                                                                                      log in or register here.




This collection of digitized newspapers include the following New Haven newspapers from 1880-1908:



Christian Science Monitor: 1997 – present.

Hartford Courant: 1764 – 1922.

Hartford Courant: 1992 – present.

Los Angeles Times: 1985 – present.

New York Times: 1980 – present.

Wall Street Journal: 1984 – present.

Washington Post: 1987 – present.


Popular Magazines


Check out ResearchIT CT’s Popular Magazine page for such popular titles as Consumer Reports, Consumer Reports Buying Guide, Consumer Reports on Health, Atlantic, Backpacker, Bonjour, Ebony, Field & Stream, Inc., Jet, Outdoor Life, Saturday Evening Post, and Ski. Check it out here!

(Please note, articles from these titles are also searchable in research databases such as MasterFILE).


Referencia Latina



Referencia Latina, a comprehensive Spanish-language database, offers content from a variety of sources. Its intuitive, theme-based Spanish-language interface is designed for non-English users with limited online research experience.



Business, Jobs and Nonprofit


Mergent Intellect: An expansive directory database that includes more than 100 million private US, Canadian and global businesses, more than 6000 US public companies and over 200 million residents and local businesses, with previous addresses and allowing for reverse telephone lookups. It has job search and executive search capabilities and a multifaceted advanced search functionality. It also includes census data by zip code. To access remotely, login using the following: username: haven password: public


Statista: This database is a statistics portal that integrates thousands of diverse topics of data and facts from a wide range of sources onto a single platform. Sources of information include market research, trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases. Click HERE to access Statista from anywhere through your library account! Log into your library account and click on the Statista icon!




SEMRUSH: This database offers solutions for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), content, social media and competitive research by allowing users to analyze the effectiveness of your business or nonprofit’s online presence. Ask a librarian to log you in.



Gale Business: Plan Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. The program’s intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration to develop a business plan focused on long-term success.

Grant Watch
Find nonprofit grants and small business grants for your community or religious organization, 501c3, NGO, school, university or municipality on GrantWatch. Ask a librarian to log you in.



Legal Information Reference Center:   Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, with more content being added on a regular basis.



Wall Street Journal: 1984 to present.


Weiss RatingsWeiss Ratings Consumer Guides: Nine How-To Guides that will help you plan for & select the right insurance and financial products.



JobNowJobNow: Live job assistance. Available Monday through Sunday, 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST. Other job resources available 24/7 online include: personality & career assessments, aptitude tests, resume writing, interview coaching, and skill builders.

LearningExpress library.  Users achieve their goals with LearningExpress Library. Organized into targeted learning centers, this e-resource supports those looking to improve core academic skills, pass the GED®, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more.

Foundation Center’s Ebook Collection: Create a free account to access the Foundation Center’s Overdrive ebook collection of nonprofit literature.



Foundation Directory Online: Professional version of the web-based portal to the Foundation Center ‘s database of private philanthropies and corporate giving programs. Temporary remote access available – normally only available on location at Ives Main Library. Click HERE for temporary remote access from anywhere through your library account! Log into your library account and click on the Foundation Directory Online icon to get started.



Foundation Grants to Individuals Online: An online database of more than 6,500 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. Available only at Ives Main Library.



GuideStarGuideStar: Create a free account and use GuideStar to identify and sort nonprofit organizations by category and geographic location.


Prospect Research OnlineProspect Research Online

Allows development and fundraising professionals to gather philanthropic and wealth information on foundations, individuals, and corporations.**

** Only available at Ives Main. You may need a librarian to log you in.



Health and Wellness

MedlinePlus: Developed by National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health for consumers needing health information.



HealthNet: CT Consumer Health Info. Network: Research service for Connecticut residents with medical questions. Provided by the University of Connecticut Health Center’s Lyman Maynard Stowe Library.


History, Biography & Genealogy



History Reference Center is a comprehensive full text history reference database with more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.



Daily Life Through HistoryDaily Life Through History: Spotlights the day-to-day lives of average people and places, past and present. Covers food and cooking, holidays and festivals, clothing and fashion, housing and furnishings, religion and spirituality, music and dance, family life, women’s history. Also includes information on the 50 states (capitals, population, state motto, state bird, etc). Browse by time period, region or subject.



Hartford Courant (1764 – 1922)This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts.



America’s Historical Newspapers: Searchable early American newspapers from various periods between 1690-1922. Includes the New Haven Register from October 23, 1878-December 31, 1900.



Connecticut Digital Collections: Connecticut Digital Collections presents historical photographs, maps, manuscripts, oral histories and more from Connecticut libraries, museums, and historical societies.



Connecticut HistoryConnecticut History.org: Stories about the people, traditions, innovations, and events that make up the rich history of the Nutmeg State, with weekly updates.



Biography Reference Center is a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies on notable personalities, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies.  Resources offered include Biography Today and Biography.



Biography Reference Bank is a biographical resource for all disciplines.   This database contains biographical full-text articles, page images and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals—providing the most current coverage of an individual’s life and work





Social Science

African American ExperienceAfrican American Experience: With WPA slave narratives, music clips, texts, articles, photographs, maps and other documents, the black experience from African origins to the present is brought to life!



Latino American Experience: This is a full-text, multimedia database with both English and Spanish content focusing on individuals of Hispanic origins living in the Americas.



American Indian ExperienceAmerican Indian Experience: Offers hundreds of primary documents and thousands of images, including treaties, speeches, traditional tales, and photographs.



Daily Life Through HistoryDaily Life Through History: Spotlights the day-to-day lives of average people and places, past and present.



Popular Culture UniversePopular Culture Universe: Provides information on American and world popular culture through the decades.




Kids and Teens

TODAY’S SCIENCE for students

todaysscienceThe award-winning Science Online offers a comprehensive, curriculum-oriented overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines in a variety of useful formats. The accessible content is organized by subject area and type of resource, as well as by Common Core, state, national, national STEM, and Next Generation Science Standards. Users can follow an extensive network of hyperlinks and suggested searches to related topics, and tabbed search results help users easily find their desired results quickly and easily.

•Complete coverage: the full spectrum of scientific disciplines
•Experiments and activities: more than 1,150 science experiments and activities, indexed by grade range, subject category, and time required. Great for science fairs!
•Full science and mathematics coverage: intuitive access to thousands of reference articles and news stories
•”Today’s Science Feature”: handpicked articles from Today’s Science highlighting recent scientific events and discoveries
•Images, videos, and animations: more than 9,400 printable diagrams, illustrations, and images; nearly 810 iPad/mobile-friendly videos and animations




NOVELIST K-8 PLUS Readers’ Advisory

NoveList K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 Plus is a database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests.



Click here for more Kids Resources

Click here for more Teen Resources



Driving Tests

Driving-Tests.org offers free CT DMV permit practice tests, as well as tips for getting or renewing your driver’s license! Check it out today!




Literature Research


Literature Criticism OnlineThe largest curated online collection of literary criticism in the world, this resource brings together 10 acclaimed multidisciplinary series representing a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres.

Electronic Resources: A-Z

* Includes the New Haven Register from October 23, 1878-December 31, 1900.

** Only available at Ives Main. You may need a librarian to log you in.

*** Only available at Ives Main and branches. You may need a librarian to log you in.


211: CT’s Community Resources Database
Academic Search Premier
African American Experience
American Indian ExperienceBiography Reference Bank
Biography Reference Center
BookFlix (access from home)
Christian Science Monitor
Connecticut Digital Collections
Connecticut History.org
Daily Life Through History
Foundation Center’s Ebook Collection
Foundation Directory Online TEMPORARY REMOTE ACCESS
Foundation Directory Online **
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online **

Freading (e-books)Gale Business Plan BuilderGrant Watch***
Hartford Courant (1764 – 1922)
Hartford Courant (1992 – present )
History Reference Center
Hoopla (movies, ebooks, etc.)
Latino American Experience
Legal Information Reference Center
Literature Criticism Online
Los Angeles Times (1985 – present)
Master File Premier
Medline Plus Health Information
Mergent Intellect (to access remotely, login using the following: username: haven password: public)
Middle Search PlusNew York Times (NYTimes.com). For off-site access: log in or register here.
New York Times (1980 – present)
NoveList K-8 Plus
NoveList Plus
Overdrive (e-books & audiobooks)
Popular Culture Universe
ProCitizen (Español)
Prospect Research Online**
Referencia Latina
ResearchIT CT
Science Reference Center
Statista (remote access through your library account) 
Today’s Science
Topic Search Premier
TrueFlix (access from home)
Virtual Reference Center Library
Wall Street Journal (1984 – present)
Washington Post (1987 – present)
Weiss Ratings Consumer Guides