Free online resources as a service of the Connecticut State Library. Includes magazine and journal articles for all audiences.
Genealogy, including limited access to Ancestry.com
Project Gutenberg – free books to read online.
What You Can Search in researchIT CT
Search all articles, newspapers, audiobooks and digital collections in iCONN.
Advanced searching of all articles and e-books in iCONN.
Explora for Elementary Schools
The new version of Searchasaurus.
Primary Search (Elementary Schools)
Articles and curriculum-related materials selected for elementary schools.
Explora for Middle Schools
A new interface for searching many middle school resources.
Middle Search Plus (Middle Schools)
Articles and curriculum-related materials selected for grades 6-8.
MAS Ultra: School Edition (High Schools)
Articles, historical images, maps and more selected for grades 9-12.
Explora for High Schools
The new version of Student Research Center.
Academic Search Premier
Provides an elaborate array of titles to cornerstone academia. Comprehensive content, including PDF backfiles to 1975 or further for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references for more than 1,050 titles.
Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE Premier provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents and an Image Collection with photos, maps & flags. Includes Consumer Reports
A multi-disciplinary database with coverage of all aspects of academic study and general interest subject areas. Includes more than 4,300 full-text magazines and journals and nearly 250 full-text newspapers and newswires, and over 2,900 full-text reference books and encyclopedias.
Contains full text for tens of thousands of articles from diverse sources, including international newspapers, EBSCO’s collection of periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets and government information.
Select an individual newspaper from the list:
- Hartford Courant (1992 – )
- Los Angeles Times (1985 – )
- New York Times (1985 – )
- Wall Street Journal (1984 – )
- Washington Post (1987 – )
Newspaper Source Plus
Cover-to-cover full text coverage for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, and selective full text for more than 330 regional (U.S.) newspapers. Also, full-text television and radio news transcripts from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc.
A comprehensive Spanish-language database with 49,000 encyclopedia entries; 50,000 images; 2,500 health reports; a Spanish-English dictionary and full text for over 100 reference books and dozens of general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas.
E-BOOKS, CATALOGS and READING
eAudio & eBooks
Over 25,000 nonfiction and fiction eAudio books and more than 800 eBooks that you can download to your device for limited times with the SimplyE app as part of the Connecticut State Library’s eGO Program. Apps are available for the iPhone, and Android. Holds and checkouts require a valid CT public library card number.
A resource for editorially reviewed critical analyses, character studies, author biographies, and plot summaries of the most studied literary works.
For specialized information
HISTORY, BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson)
Offering the original profiles of Current Biography and World Authors series, the periodical coverage of Biography Index, and the specialist biographical content of Junior Authors & Illustrators. Search result limiters include occupation/activity, gender, place of origin, birth day or month, and lifespan.
Biography Reference Center
Contains many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines. Offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies
Connecticut Digital Collections
Search individually, or as a combined search, the digital collections of the Connecticut State Library, Connecticut History Online, Newspapers of Connecticut, Treasures of Connecticut Libraries, Central Connecticut State University’s (CCSU) Digital Collections, and Southern Connecticut State University’s (SCSU) Digital Collections.
Stories about the people, traditions, innovations, and events that make up the rich history of the Nutmeg State.
Hartford Courant – Historical (1764-1922)
Search the earliest years of the Courant for articles and images that relate Connecticut and national history.
History Reference Center
For upper grades, secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research. Full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.
ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)
Provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. More than a million records and links to hundreds of thousands of full-text documents from ERIC back to 1966.
Professional Development Collection
Full text for more than 500 high-quality education journals including: Booklist, Education, Education Digest, Education Week, Educational Leadership, High School Journal, Journal of Education, Journal of Educational Research, Phi Delta Kappan, Reading Teacher, School Library Journal, and many others.
Teacher Reference Center
Provides indexing and abstracts for 280 peer-reviewed journals. Subjects include: Assessment, Best Practices, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, School Administration, Science & Mathematics, Teacher Education.
LAW & BUSINESS
Legal Information Reference Center
Exclusive online full text for many top consumer legal reference books, full-text publications and legal forms, with more content added on a regular basis. Thousands of state-specific legal forms – searchable by top subject areas including Adoption, Bankruptcy, Name Changes and more.
Small Business Reference Center
Offers readers a collection of state-specific resources supported with demographic data and other local information. Business videos include interviews, “lessons learned”” features, lectures, and ho-to videos to help foster success in all aspects of managing a business.
HEALTH and SCIENCE
Developed by the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health for consumers needing health information. Includes clinical trials, drug information and Spanish-language materials.
Developed by the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. Comprises over 22 million citations and abstracts in the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
CT Consumer Health Information
Research service for CT residents with medical questions. Provided by the University of Connecticut Health Center’s Lyman Maynard Stowe Library.
2-1-1 Community Resources Directory
Listings for health and human service providers. CT residents may dial 2-1-1 for assistance, 24/7.
Connecticut Physician Profiles
Information about CT physicians.
Health Source: Consumer Edition
Covers a wide variety of subjects, including information on specific diseases as well as overall health topics. Subjects include fitness, nutrition, diabetes, aging, women’s health, children’s health and more.
Science Reference Center
For upper grades. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
Scholarly, government and general-interest titles on topics of global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.