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General Research Databases

AcademicSearchPremierAcademic Search Premier is an enormous collection of the most valuable peer-reviewed full text journals. This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.

MAS_UltrathumbDesigned specifically for high school students, MAS Ultra School Edition contains full text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines. This database also provides more than 360 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.

Referencia3Referencia Latina is a comprehensive Spanish-language resource offering 49,000 encyclopedia entries, 50,000 images, 2,500 health reports, a Spanish-English dictionary and the full text of over 100 hundred reference books and dozens of general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas. Its intuitive, theme-based Spanish-language interface is designed to make content readily accessible to Spanish speakers with limited online research experience. Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers from 10 Latin American countries.
Referencia Latina es un recurso integral en español que ofrece 49.000 entradas enciclopédicas, 50.000 imágenes, informes de salud 2500, un diccionario Español-Inglés y el texto completo de más de 100 cientos de libros de referencia y decenas de revistas de interés general en una amplia gama de áreas temáticas. Su intuitiva interfaz en español, basada en el tema ha sido diseñado para hacer que el contenido de fácil acceso para los hispanohablantes con experiencia limitada investigación en línea. Actualizaciones diarias garantizan la disponibilidad de los artículos más actuales de una docena de importantes periódicos de 10 países de América Latina.


Book Collection Nonfiction: High School Edition is a rich research database for school and public libraries. It contains informative abstracts and searchable full text for more than 2,440 popular nonfiction books. The database includes high interest titles on careers, health, ethnicity, disabilities, technology, biographies, music, science, history, civics and more.


Current Topics and Events

TOPICsearchthumbTOPICsearch is a current events database that allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints. TOPICsearch contains full text for over 150,691 articles from 475 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, and government information.


Science Research

ScienceReferenceCntrthumbScience Reference Center is a comprehensive research database for high school and middle school. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, and technology and wildlife.

greenfile150GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.


Literature Research

World Folklore and Folklife covers myths, proverbs, music, urgan legends, comparative religion, folk and fairytales, literature. For middle school and older.

LitCritPngLiterature Criticism Online has criticism, notes, and commentary on hundreds of bodies of important literary work.



BiographyReferenceCenterthumbBiography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies, including the complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.


History Research

HistoryReferenceCntrthumbHistory Reference Center features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, as well as full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, and nearly 57,000 historical documents; more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 113,000 historical photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical video. It has materials for grades 1-12 and into college, so students would best be served using this database with an advanced search specific to their reading level.

Daily Life Through History features the day-to-day lives of average people and places, past and present. Covers food and cooking, holidays and festivals, clothing, housing, religion, music, family life, women’s history. Also includes information on the 50 states. Browse by time period, region or subject. For middle school and older.

Connecticut Digital Collections is a trove of local history resources, including newspapers, digitized local history collections of letters and photographs, court records, and many primary sources.


Health Research

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

Language and Cultural Studies

NEW! Check out our new language-learning database, Pronunciator!

PronunciatorPronunciator is a web-app that provides access to courses in 80 languages, including ESL for 50 non-English languages.

With CultureGrams, you can experience the world with detailed cultural information on more than 200 countries.

Whether you’re searching for historical information on slavery or want to know about Will Smith, African American Experience is your source! With WPA slave narratives, music, articles, photos, maps and other documents, the black experience from African origins to the present is brought to life. For middle school and older.

The Latino American Experience is a full-text, multimedia database with both English and Spanish content focusing on individuals of Hispanic origins living in the Americas from pre-Columbian times until the present day. The database contains books, images, primary documents, and links to select Web sites. For middle school and older.

The American Indian Experience offers access to an online library featuring more than 150 volumes of reference content, hundreds of primary documents and thousands of images, including treaties, speeches, traditional tales, and a wealth of maps and photographs. For middle school and older.