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


reference gold General Reference Center Gold – a reference database with over 100 million articles searchable through basic and advanced modes by subject or publication plus a TOPIC FINDER to discover the context of your search term and uncover hidden connections


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


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.


business builder Gale Small Business Builder – database for new entrepreneurs, experienced business owners and nonprofits – take your business idea and walk it through the steps necessary to get funding plus get planning resources to achieve success


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 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.


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


Windows 10 Learning Guide – an extensive and comprehensive online Windows 10 troubleshooting guide that covers the OS in and out for beginners, average and advanced users


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



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


New York Times, Current