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Multimedia Databases

Britannica ImageQuest: 3 million+ rights-cleared images for use in school projects

General Reference


Britannica School:  Quick facts and in-depth information on a variety of subjects, includes multimedia 

researchIT CT Resources for High School Libraries:  Click for a complete listing of Ebsco databases plus additional researchIT CT resources. Provides access to a wide variety of databases including  newspapers, eBooks, and more. Note: To access from home, enter the barcode number on the back of your public library card.

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Gale Databases: click for a complete listing of Gale databases

Opposing Viewpoints:  Find overviews, news, and opinions on hundreds of today's important social issues.

Global Issues in Context:  Analyze important global issues and events through topic overviews, international viewpoints, news, and multimedia content.

High School in Context:  Explore thousands of topics across subjects including literature, science, history, and social issues using different sources.

Explora for High Schools:  High quality articles from reputable publishers.  Searches Ebsco's High School Resources.

The collections in JSTOR include peer-reviewed scholarly journals, respected literary journals, academic monographs, research reports, and primary sources from libraries’ special collections and archives.

e-Reference / NonFiction

Infobase's Source Reference is an information skills platform that promotes knowledge building, problem solving, and critical thinking to give users the information skills necessary for success throughout their academic, professional and personal lives.



Gale eBooks: Explore this database of encyclopedias and reference sources within the Gale eBooks platform.  


Ebsco's Non-Fiction Book Collection for High Schools:  This cross-curricular database provides content representing a wide spectrum of works, including popular series from top book publishers.



Academic One FileQuickly access articles from a database of scholarly journals and other trusted periodicals. Best for academic research.


Academic Search Premier:  Access to acclaimed full-text journals, magazines, and other valuable resources.


MAS Ultra:  Designed specifically for high school libraries.  Contains full text for hundreds of popular high school magazines,


Master FILE Premier:  Provides full-text of magazines, reference books, and primary source documents and an Image Collection with photos, maps, and flags.

researchIT CT News & Issues (ProQuest):  Search all newspaper databases together or individually.  Includes The Christian Science Monitor, Hartford Courant, National Newspapers Core, New York Time, ProQuest Historical Newspapers:  Hartford Courant (1764-1922), The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.


Newspaper Source Plus:  This database contains comprehensive full text for major newspapers. Videos and podcasts are coming soon.


Bloom's Literary Reference Online:  Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.

Writer's Reference Center provides users with a convenient one-stop location for all of the tools necessary to write and research effectively. From the mechanics of writing and grammar to style and research, this indispensable online resource thoroughly covers the fundamentals of quality writing.




Health and Wellness:  Access full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. This comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices for researchers of all levels.


Teen Health & Wellness:  A comprehensive database that allows teens to research health-related issues important to their well-being. It’s both a research/report tool and a self-help resource.

Science & MATH


Science in Context:  Understand context for hundreds of science topics through overviews, journals, news, interactive experiments, and more.


Science Reference Center:  Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.


GreenFILE:  A collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Rosen Digital’s Financial Literacy database makes economics and personal finance easy to understand and highly engaging. Articles explore macro-, micro-, and global economics as well as personal and household finance. Users will learn to manage credit and debt, save and invest with confidence, plan for college and retirement, and avoid fraud and scams.

Social Studies & Civics


World History in Context Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in world history from a variety of sources.


U.S. History in Context:  Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in U.S. history from a variety of sources.


History Reference Center:  Features full text from reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.



Hartford Courant - Historical Newspapers (1764-1922):  Find out what was going on in CT between 1800-up to the end of the Civil War. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Proquest Historical Newspapers - Hartford Courant 1764-1922.

African-American History Online offers many exciting features including historical videos that bring history to life. Also included are subject entries, primary sources, images, general and topic-specific timelines, biographies, maps and charts, and more. 

 Biographical Resources


Biography in Context:  Discover the world's most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazine, and multimedia content.


Biography Reference Center:  This resource provides superior coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography(both dating back to the first issue published).

Biography Reference Bank:  Offering the in-depth, original profiles of Current Biography and World Authors series, the thorough periodical coverage of Biography Index, and the specialist biographical content of Junior Authors & Illustrators.


Legal Information Reference Center:  Full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis. 


Referencia Latina:  This spanish-language database offers content from a variety of sources including encyclopedia entries, images, an atlas, health reports, a Spanish-English dictionary and full text from reference books and general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas. Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from prominent Latin American newspapers.


Teacher Reference Center:  Provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines


Professional Development Collection:  Full-text education journals, peer-reviewed titles, and educational reports

ERICERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, it is an essential tool for education researchers of all kinds. 


Explora Educator's Edition:  Selected lesson plans, curriculum standards, and valuable sites for teachers. 



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