Research

Access to many of these online resources requires a valid Scranton Memorial Library card number (barcode), which you should type in when prompted.

Our databases are available to non-residents if accessed from within the Scranton Library.

For more help, call the Information Desk at (203) 245-7365. Or send an email: info@scrantonlibrary.org.
The CT State Library is also available to you.

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>>Library Catalog and account info



ARTS

♦Artcyclopedia: The Fine Art Search Engine♦
An index of artists.

InstantFlix
InstantFlix offers over 7,000 shorts, features, documentaries, TV shows and Web series from 85 countries.
Available online, anywhere, or through Roku, Xbox and Apple TV.

♦Library of Congress: Performing Arts Encyclopedia♦
Music, Theater and Dance


BIOGRAPHY

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Offers original profiles of Current Biography and World Authors series, the periodical coverage of Biography Index, and the content of Junior Authors and Illustrators.

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Contains the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines. Offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies.

♦Biography.com
Biographies of famous people — both living and not.


BOOKS AND LITERATURE

♦Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations
Quotations are searchable.

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Access thousands of e-Books and primary source materials through the Internet and on tablet devices.  Submit your own works to Biblioboard through SELF-e.

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Offers original profiles of Current Biography and World Authors series, the periodical coverage of Biography Index, and the content of Junior Authors and Illustrators.

BookLetters
Sign up for newsletter emails highlighting new titles in various genres.

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The Connecticut State Library Catalog.

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The catalog that searches the Scranton and more than 30 other area libraries.

♦Library of Congress Online Catalog

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A comprehensive literature database that offers full text analyses and brief plot summaries of the most studied works in literature.

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Provides reviews, annotations and more for thousands of fiction titles.

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Millions of ebooks in a variety of formats from the Connecticut Digital Library. Holds and checkouts require a valid Connecticut public library card number.
Click for an instructional video

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Downloadable audiobooks and e-books that you can download with your Scranton library card.
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♦Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers (SNEAB)
Encompassing Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

Worldcat
Search library catalogs all over the world. Includes links to other public and academic library catalogs.


BUSINESS AND INVESTING

♦American FactFinder
Search for facts and data about your community.

♦Bankrate
Financial rate information.

♦Commercial Record♦
Find real estate and credit records statewide, compiled weekly. This database is accessible from within the Library only.  Please see a librarian for assistance.

EDGAR
Company filings from the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission.

♦MarketWatch
Keep track of the markets in real time. Published by Dow Jones & Co.

Morningstar
Extensive investment information and analysis helps you research mutual funds, stocks and Exchange Traded Funds.
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ReferenceUSA
Find detailed information on over 14 million U.S. businesses, setting customized criteria for your searches.

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researchIT CT — OneSearch for Public Libraries — Business Profile.

♦ThomasNet
Formerly Thomas Register®

♦U.S. Census Bureau
A vast trove of data on people and the U.S. economy.

♦U.S. Small Business Administration
For entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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Comprehensive investment analysis on individual stocks.

♦Yahoo! Finance
Everything finance, from stock quotes to mortgage rates.


CONSUMER INFORMATION

♦2-1-1 Consumer Resources Directory
Listings for health and human service providers. CT residents may dial 2-1-1 for assistance, 24/7.

♦Better Business Bureau
Search for accredited businesses.

♦Charity Navigator
Find out how charities rate and where your money goes.

Chilton
Auto repair manuals — includes videos.

♦Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
The first stop to prevent and investigate fraud.

♦Consumer Health Information in Many Languages
From the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

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Ratings on everything from appliances to electronics to cars.

♦DoctorFinder
Find professional information on most doctors in the United States.

♦HealthNet
Health information from the Maynard Lyman Stowe Library at UCONN Health Center.

♦National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration
Investigate vehicle safety and find out about recalls.

PriceIt
Find out what your stuff is worth with this database of antiques and collectibles. Powered by WorthPoint.

ReferenceUSA
Find detailed information on over 14 million U.S. businesses. Includes white pages for the entire United States.

♦U. S. Food and Drug Administration
Information to help protect consumers from health crises and fraud. Links to free publications.

♦USA.gov
Everything about government information and services.


EDUCATION AND ONLINE LEARNING

♦Corsera
Take free courses online from top universities
(PENN, Johns Hopkins, UMICH, Stanford, UCSD, and Duke).

♦Driving-Tests.org
Practice Connecticut driving tests.

♦Duolingo
A free way to practice any language — anytime, anywhere.

♦edX
More free online courses from top universities.

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Information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. Links to full-text documents from ERIC (1966-present).

♦Khan Academy
Free learning in the sciences and the humanities, with some courses in test preparation.

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Learn conversation skills in foreign languages with Mango, an online language-learning program.

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Full text for education journals including: Education Digest, Education Leadership, High School Journal, Journal of Education, Journal of Educational Research, and others.

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Indexing and abstracts for peer-reviewed journals. Subjects include: Assessment, Best Practices, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Media, Literacy Standards, and School Administration.

Testing and Educational Reference Center
Prepare for the SAT, ACT, AP subject tests, PRAXIS tests and more.
Also contains information on the college search process and civil service exams.

UniversalClass
After you log in with your library barcode, create a username and password to enroll in courses with Universal Class.


GENEALOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY

The Library has its own Local History collection, which includes Daniel Hand High School yearbooks, city directories, and books on the history of Madison. Feel free to stop by, call 203-245-7365 or email us for further information: info@scrantonlibrary.org

The online resources below also provide a good starting point for genealogical research on a local, state, or national level.

♦American Ancestors
The site of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

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Includes U.S., U.K. and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, and more. Accessible from the Scranton Library computers only.

♦Boston Post Road (Wikipedia Entry)
The Library is at #801!

♦Census Finder
Find free census records.

♦The Charlotte L. Evarts Memorial Archives
The largest collection of historical resources dedicated to preserving the history of Madison.

CTDigitalColl
Presents historical photographs, maps, manuscripts, oral histories and more from Connecticut libraries.

CTHistory
Stories about the people, traditions, innovations, and events that make up the rich history of the Nutmeg State, with weekly updates.

♦Connecticut Society of Genealogists
Investigate the lives of your Connecticut ancestors.

♦Cyndi’s List
A directory of online genealogical resources.

♦The Deacon John Grave House
An historic house at 581 Boston Post Road. Built by Deacon John Grave in 1681.

♦DNA Testing Companies (list)
A wiki from the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

♦Ellis Island Immigration
Passenger search.

♦FamilySearch
A genealogical service provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

♦Godfrey Memorial Library
A genealogy library for Connecticut, located in Middletown.

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Search the earliest years of the Courant for articles and images that relate Connecticut and national history.

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Research family history and American culture using U.S. federal census records and the UMI Genealogy and Local History.

♦Madison, Connecticut (Wikipedia Entry)

♦Madison Historical Society
Its mission includes protecting and preserving historical properties in Madison.

♦National Archives & Records Administration
Resources for genealogists.

♦National Genealogical Society
For beginning and experienced genealogical researchers.

♦Professional Genealogists and Genealogical Societies
A list compiled by the Connecticut State Library.

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Search: Christian Science Monitor, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post — together or in a combination.

♦Roots Web
An ancestry.com community.


GENERAL REFERENCE

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Academic articles. Comprehensive content, including PDF backfiles to 1975 or further for well over 100 journals and searchable cited references for over 1,050 titles.

♦American FactFinder
Search for facts and data about your community.

♦American Memory from the Library of Congress
Browse topics from advertising to women’s history. Includes recordings and films.

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Offers original profiles of Current Biography and World Authors series, the periodical coverage of Biography Index, and the content of Junior Authors and Illustrators.

BioRef200researchITCTOneClickdigital
Contains the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines. Offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies.

CTHistory
Stories about the people, traditions, innovations, and events that make up the rich history of the Nutmeg State, with weekly updates.

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Information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. Links to full-text documents from ERIC (1966-present).

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Scholarly, government and general-interest titles include content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments.

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MasterFILE Premier provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents and an image collection with photos, maps and flags.

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Cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) and international newspapers.

♦Old Farmer’s Almanac
The online version of “North America’s oldest continuously published periodical.”

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A Spanish-language database with 49,000 encyclopedia entries; 50,000 images; 2,500 health reports; over 100 reference books and magazines, and a Spanish-English dictionary.

♦RUSA Best Free Reference Web Sites
From the Reference and User Services Association.

♦Science.gov
The science website of the U.S. government.

World Book Web
The popular encyclopedia, online.


HEALTH AND MEDICINE

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Listings for health and human service providers. CT residents may dial 2-1-1 for assistance, 24/7.

♦Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The primary national public health institute of the United States designed to improve the health of all citizens.

♦Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Includes links to agencies in Connecticut that provide services to victims of domestic violence.

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Provided by the University of Connecticut Health Center’s Lyman Maynard Stowe Library. Research service for Connecticut residents with medical questions.

♦CT Parent Advisory Council
Provides information for parents that have a child with a disability or chronic illness.

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Information about Connecticut physicians. From the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

♦Consumer Health Information in Many Languages
American Sign Language to Vietnamese (National Library of Medicine)

♦eLicense – Connecticut
Search for a provider’s license, permit, registration or certification.

♦Mayo Clinic Health Information
Free, sound information about all health topics, presented in consumer-friendly language.


Developed by the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health for consumers needing health information.

PubMed
Millions of citations and abstracts in biomedicine and health. May include links to full text from PubMed Central and publisher websites.

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For upper grades. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Science.gov
“Your gateway to U.S. Federal Science”

♦Silver Book
Resources from the Alliance for Aging Research.

♦U. S. Food and Drug Administration
Information to help protect consumers from health crises and fraud. Links to free publications.


HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT

American Memory from the Library of Congress
Browse topics from advertising to women’s history.

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
Straightforward information for kids of all ages.

Biography of America
Teacher resources from Annenberg Learner.

Congress.gov

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Upper grades, secondary schools, public libraries, community colleges and undergraduate research. More than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.

World Factbook
All facets of country information from the Central Intelligence Agency.


JOBS AND CAREERS

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Live job assistance, including nationwide and local job search engines, resumé critiques and interview techniques. Experience a personalized career center integrated with virtual technology.

♦Occupational Outlook Handbook
Job and career information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

ReferenceUSA
Find detailed information on over 14 million U.S. businesses, setting customized criteria for your searches.


LANGUAGES

♦Duolingo
A free way to practice any language — anytime, anywhere.

♦iLove Languages
A catalog of online language resources.

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Learn conversation skills in foreign languages with Mango, an online language-learning program. Mango offers English as a Second Language for speakers of various languages.


>>Click to get started

>>Mango support page


LAW

♦CTLawHelp
Free legal help for people with low incomes.

♦FindLaw
Learn about the law, or find a lawyer.

LegalForms
Download legal forms pertinent to the state of Connecticut.

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Full text for top consumer legal reference books, publications and legal forms. Thousands of state-specific legal forms – searchable by top subject areas.

♦Martindale-Hubbell
Directory of lawyers and law firms.

♦State of Connecticut Judicial Branch – Law Library Services
Research a subject yourself, or send a question to a law librarian.

♦Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut
Free legal advice and resources for people with low incomes.


MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS

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Academic articles. Comprehensive content, including PDF backfiles to 1975 or further for well over 100 journals and searchable cited references for over 1,050 titles.

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The online version of the magazine, complete with its familiar ratings charts.

EJournalFinder
Use this to find out if researchIT CT has the full-text publication you want.

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The historical Hartford Courant.

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MasterFILE Premier provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents and an image collection with photos, maps and flags.

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Cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) and international newspapers.

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Favorite magazines for public libraries.

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A Spanish-language database with 49,000 encyclopedia entries; 50,000 images; 2,500 health reports; over 100 reference books and magazines, and a Spanish-English dictionary.

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Search: Christian Science Monitor, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post — together or in a combination.

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180 popular magazines, and no due dates: keep them as long as you wish.
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MATH AND SCIENCE

♦Figure This — Math Challenges for Families
(From the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)

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Scholarly, government and general-interest titles include content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments.

Science, Engineering and Medicine e-books from the National Academies Press
E-books are free. Print copies are available for purchase.

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For upper grades. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Science.gov
“Your gateway to U.S. Federal Science”


TAXES

♦Connecticut Department of Revenue Services
Your first and final stop for all things pertaining to taxes Connecticut.

♦IRS Forms and Publications
A gateway to the IRS in general, this is the page most people want.

♦IRS Taxpayer Bill of Rights
Read up on this if you need to deal extensively with the IRS.


TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

ReferenceUSA

Directory information for businesses and consumers throughout the U.S.