Electronic Resources

Librarians provide assistance with searching databases and with printing or downloading search results. Call 946-8130 ext. 101 for help with any of the resources below.

Note: These resources are available both at the library and from home or office using your library card, unless otherwise indicated.

NEW!  TUMBLEBOOKS for kids K-5 (ebooks)
A collection of animated, talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles.  Includes Math Stories, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), Videos (from National Geographics), TumbleTV (pre-set playlists of a sequence of books) and Tumble Puzzles & Games. Created from existing picture books.

Ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines & more

TumbleBooksNEW!  TUMBLEBOOKS for kids K-5 (ebooks):  A collection of animated, talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles.  Includes Math Stories, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), Videos (from National Geographics), TumbleTV (pre-set playlists of a sequence of books) and Tumble Puzzles & Games. Created from existing picture books.

LY5053_Zinio_WebButtonNEW! ZINIO FOR LIBRARIES (digital magazines):
Access complete digital magazines!  Sign up for RBdigital and Zinio accounts to start reading.
-Keep magazines as long as you want.
-Instantly stream on your PC or Mac.
-Download to mobile devices for offline reading.
-Enjoy mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android and Windows 8.
Click here for access or here for help on getting started!



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.




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.



iCONNiCONN’s OneClickdigital audiobooks and ebooks: 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 OneClickdigital account. Click here to learn more or here to access the collection.


Note: You may also want to check out iCONN’s Free ebooks & audiobooks page!



General Reference and Research


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.



Gale Online ResourcesGale Online Resources: Includes literary criticism, directories, and other reference books on many topics.




Gale Directory LibraryGale has long been known for publishing authoritative directories on companies, publishers, associations and more.


Gale Virtual Reference LibraryGale Virtual Reference Library (iCONN): Search the contents of science, health and history reference books.




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.


Gale Directory Library -

Literature Criticism Online -



NewsBankNewsBank: This newspaper archive includes New Haven Register going back to 1988. In addition, October 23, 1878-December 31, 1900 is available in America’s Historical Newspapers (searchable early American newspapers from various periods between 1690-1922.) Finally, America’s News Magazines covers the last one to two decades of news magazine articles.

Christian Science Monitor: 1997 – present.
Hartford Courant: 1764 – 1922.
Hartford Courant: 1992 – present.
Los Angeles Times: 1985 – present.
New York Times: 1985 – present.
Sunday Times (London, England): 1985 – present.
The Times (London, England): 1985 – present.
Wall Street Journal: 1984 – present.
Washington Post: 1987 – present.



Popular Magazines

Looking to browse the latest issues of your favorite magazine? iCONN’s Popular Magazine page can connect you to 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

ReferenceUSAReferenceUSA: Information on over 14 million U.S. businesses, including company executives, contact information, lines of business, credit rating, & sales volume.




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.



Food & Beverage Market Place Online: With over 40,000 companies, 80,000+ key executive contacts and in-depth product categories, Food & Beverage Market Place lets you find the products, services and new clients required to operate your business – a valuable reference for executives, marketing firms, and anyone working in the food and beverage industry.




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.



LearningExpressLibraryLearningExpress: Provides interactive online practice tests and tutorial courses for academic and licensing tests. Tests include Advanced Placement, Basic Skills Success(grammar, math, comprehension), Business Writing, Civil Service (including Postal Workers), College Preparation (including SAT), Cosmetology, EMS, ESL(Spanish), Firefighter, GED, Job & Career, Military, Nurse Aide, Skills Improvement, Technical and Career College, and US Citizenship. Also includes Computer Skills Tutorials (Adobe, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word) and Writing Improvement Programs (with instant essay scoring and analysis for SAT Writing, GED Writing, Writing for Adults and High School, Middle School, Elementary School).



Foundation Directory Online: Professional version of the web-based portal to the Foundation Center ‘s database of private philanthropies and corporate giving programs. Available only at Ives Main Library.



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.


Foundation Maps is Foundation Center’s premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world.  With millions of grants from 2006 to the present, innovative ways to visualize funding data, and the flexibility and precision to tailor research, Foundation Maps helps funders and nonprofits access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and strengthen their impact. Available only at computers in the Main Library.


GuideStarGuideStar: Use this premium edition of GuideStar to identify and sort nonprofit organizations by category and geographic location. Available only at Ives Main Library. Ask a librarian to log you on.


Wealth Engine: Wealth Engine web service is a comprehensive and efficient tool for determining a general profile of wealth, philanthropic intent and connections. It offers a convenient way to search 26 sources concurrently. The Premium Web Service is an online research and data mining service that provides a variety of financial, business, asset, personal, and stock information in order to help rate a prospect’s giving capacity. Available only at Ives Main Library. Ask a librarian to log you on.



Health and Wellness

MedlinePlus: Developed by National Library of Medicine and National Institute 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



Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by Ancestry.com, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Now available at Ives Main Library and our library branches.





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


HeritageQuestHeritageQuest: Research family history and American culture using U.S. federal census records and the UMI Genealogy and Local History.



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.



World Folklore and FolklifeWorld Folklore and Folklife: Covers myths, proverbs, music, comparative religion, fairytales, and literature.



CulturesGramsCultureGrams: Allows you to learn about the history, customs, and everyday life of countries around the world.



Kids and Teens


Language Learning

Mango LanguagesMango Languages:Designed to help you become conversationally proficient in a wide variety of the world’s most popular languages. Includes an audio feature so you can hear proper pronunciation of words. ESL courses in 12 languages are also available. Download free apps for iPhone, iPod touch and Android and learn languages on the go!



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.


211: CT’s Community Resources Database
Academic Search Premier
African American Experience
American Indian Experience
American Civil War Resources (iCONN)
America’s Historical Newspapers*
America’s News Magazines
Ancestry Library Edition***
Biography Reference Bank
Biography Reference Center
BookFlix (access from home)
Christian Science Monitor
Connecticut Digital Collections
Connecticut History.org
CultureGrams Online
Daily Life Through History
Food & Beverage Market Place Online | from home
Foundation Directory Online **
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online **

Foundation Maps **
Freading (e-books)
Free E-books and Audiobooks (by iCONN)
Gale Directory Library
Gale Online Resources
GuideStar **
Hartford Courant (1764 – 1922)
Hartford Courant (1992 – present )
Healthnet: CT Consumer Health Info. Network
History Reference Center
Latino American Experience
Legal Information Reference Center
Literature Criticism Online
Los Angeles Times (1985 – present)
Mango Languages
Master File Premier
Medline Plus Health Information
Middle Search Plus
New Haven Register (1988 – present)
New York Times (1985 – present)
OneClickdigital (audiobooks)
Overdrive (e-books & audiobooks)
Popular Culture Universe
Reference U.S.A.
Referencia Latina
reQuest statewide library catalog
Science Reference Center
Student Research Center
Sunday Times (London, England) (1985 – present)
The Times (London, England) (1985 – present)
Topic Search Premier
TrueFlix (access from home)
Virtual Reference Center Library
Wall Street Journal (1984 – present)
Washington Post (1987 – present)
Wealth Engine **
World Folklore and Folklife
Zinio (digital magazines)