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

Academic Video Online: Streaming videos of documentaries, films, demonstrations, etc. spanning a wide range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.


Discovery Search

Source Reference


Infobase's Source Reference: 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.

researchIT CT Resources for High School Libraries (including EbscoHost)A complete listing of Ebsco databases plus additional researchIT CT resources. Provides access to a wide variety of databases including newspapers, eBooks, and more. Use OneSearch to search all researchIT CT resources simultaneously. New: "Research It Best Bets" for K-12!

Explora for High SchoolsHigh-quality articles from reputable publishers.  Searches Ebsco's High School Resources.
Gale Databases: Click for a complete listing of Gale databases

ProQuest Platform (PQP): Searches all ProQuest databases simultaneously. 

General Reference


Britannica SchoolQuick facts and in-depth information on a variety of subjects, includes multimedia 

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.

eBooks (Reference & NonFiction)


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


Ebsco's Non-Fiction Book Collection for High SchoolsCross-curricular content representing a wide spectrum of works, including popular series from top book publishers.

Periodicals (Magazines & Newspapers)

JSTOR: Peer-reviewed scholarly journals, respected literary journals, academic monographs, research reports, and primary sources from libraries’ special collections and archives.


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 UltraDesigned 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.

Hartford Courant (1992-present)
New York Times (1985-present)
Washington Post (1987-present)  
Wall Street Journal (1987-present) 


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

Popular Magazines


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

MagillOnLiterature Plus: Biographical essays of the most studied authors, glossary terms of literary words and phrases, as well as essays on specific literary genres, themes, and settings.

Writer's Reference Center
Writer's Reference CenterA 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 resource thoroughly covers the fundamentals of quality writing.




Health and Wellness:  Access full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and more. This 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.


Teen Health & WellnessArticles on health-related issues important to teens' well-being. Use as both a research/report tool and a self-help resource.

Science & MATH


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


Science Reference SourceContains full text of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.


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

Rosen Digital’s Financial Literacy: Makes economics and personal finance easy to understand. Articles explore macro-, micro-, and global economics as well as personal and household finance. Learn to manage credit and debt, save and invest with confidence, plan for college and retirement, and avoid fraud and scams.

Social Studies, Civics, & LAW


History Reference SourceFeatures full text from reference books, encyclopedias, and non-fiction books.


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


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

African-American History Online

African-American History Online: Offers subject entries, primary sources, images, general and topic-specific timelines, biographies, maps and charts, historical videos, and more. 

Exploring Race in Society

Exploring Race in Society: Covers topics associated with race, ethnicity, diversity, and inclusiveness.



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.

Legal Information SourceFull text for many of the top consumer legal reference books and thousands of legal forms. 



Search All HeinOnline Databases at once or search each individually: 

Civil Rights and Social Justice: Covers the expansion of civil rights in America through government publications (including the Commission on Civil Rights), legislation, Supreme Court briefs, and more.

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America: Essential periodicals, compiled legislative histories, CRS reports, Congressional hearings, United States Supreme Court briefs, monographs, and other related materials on the regulating of firearms in America.

LGBTQ+ Rights: A collection of subject-coded materials charting the gay rights movement in America, showing the civil rights codified into law in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the inequalities that still exist today.

Open Society Justice Initiative: Contains reports, handbooks, briefing papers, legal and policy submissions, and fact sheets from the Open Society Justice Initiative exploring and advocating on issues of human rights and justice.

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law: Essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. Includes statutes passed by every colony and state, as well as federal statutes, and all related state and federal cases.

Biographical Resources


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


Biography Reference SourceProvides coverage 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 BankOffering 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.


Career Readiness

Learning Express -Workforce Solutions

Learning ExpressInteractive tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards, and articles for academic skill-building, standardized test preparation, career development, and more.


Referencia LatinaSpanish-language database offering 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 the availability of the most current articles from prominent Latin American newspapers.


Teacher Reference CenterProvides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines


Professional Development CollectionProvides full-text of education journals, peer-reviewed titles, and educational reports

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC): Full-text education literature and resources sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. An essential tool for education researchers. 


Explora Educator's EditionSelected lesson plans, curriculum standards, and valuable sites for teachers. 


Library of Congress Collections

Library of Congressfree access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience


National Archives Catalog - Search primary source material for classroom projects


Connecticut History

Connecticut State Library

CT Humanities

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