Reference Resources

Academic Search Premier – titles for cornerstone academia including PDF backfiles for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references

 

AtoZdatabases – ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, background searches, finding friends, relatives and a whole lot of other possibilities

 

Financial Literacy Basics – series of guides for people who are just starting out and for people who want to learn more about how to best handle their finances

 

CT State Library Databases – databases on health and science, business, history and much more

 

  Biography Reference Bank – in-depth, original profiles plus biographical full text articles, page images and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals

 

MasterFILE Premier – more than 2,200 full text periodicals (as far back as 1922); over 960,000 photos, maps and flags; over 81,900 primary source documents, nearly 1,000 reference books

 

World Book Online – a collection of 6 databases including a Reference Center, an Info Finder, Timelines, a junior version for Children and a Spanish language version

 

Business Resources

Small Business Reference Center – browse by category (business area, business basics, start-up kit) or browse popular sources (home business tax deductions, patent, copyright & trademarks, how to write a business plan) or set up your own search.

 

Score – The professional advisors from the Western Connecticut chapter of SCORE can provide you with free, ongoing mentoring, and share real-world business advice.

 

CT Small Business Development Centers – Meet with an advisor from the CTSBDC. This organization  provides no-cost advising services to prospective and existing business owners to help them start or expand their business.

 

Learning Resources

CT Driver’s Ed Program – partnership with Driving-Tests.org to offer free Connecticut DMV practice tests for: 10 car tests, 5 motorcycle tests, 3 CDL tests and 3 online driver’s manuals.

 

Learn Free – an online learning database that offers free courses in technology, literacy and math skills. The courses offered include all MS Office products , internet basics, job skills, math basics, life skills, social media and much more.

 

Learning Express Library – an interactive tests and lessons for all ages from elementary school through adult including: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, civil service, law enforcement, military, EMS, firefighter, and U.S. citizenship plus job skills and help for students

 

Mango Languages – language courses with lessons that combine real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions including vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture where users learn actual conversation

 

Genealogy Resources

Family Search – family history database with records from collections including birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military – IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

 

  Heritage Quest – search the Census, the PERSI Archive, the Revolutionary War, Freedman’s Bank and the U.S. Serial Set for family history

 

Consumer Resources

  Consumer Reports – online version of the magazine all in PDF format

 

JobNow – LIVE interactive job assistance – resume and cover letter help, mock interviews, etc.

 

  Novelist – readers’ advisory tool – what’s next in a series, readalikes, find the book whose title you forgot!

 

  CT Digital Collections – photographs, maps, manuscripts, pamphlets all covering CT history

 

Newspapers and Magazines

National Geographic Magazine – a complete archive of National Geographic magazine along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos

 

Hartford Courant, Current ; Historical Hartford Courant, 1764 – 1922

 

New York Times, Current ; Historical New York Times, 1851 – 2008