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.

♦LION Catalog



ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

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

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


BIOGRAPHY

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

♦Biography Reference Center
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.

♦findIT CT
The Connecticut State Library Catalog.

♦Library of Congress Online Catalog

♦LION Catalog
, which searches the Scranton and more than 30 other area libraries.

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

♦OverDrive
Downloadable audiobooks and e-books through the LION system with your library card.
>>Device Resource Center

♦RBDigital
Through the Connecticut State Library, you can download more audiobooks and e-books from RBdigital.
This collection includes audio from The Great Courses series.
>>Click for an instructional video

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


BUSINESS AND INVESTING

♦ABI/INFORM
Dateline, Global, and Trade & Industry (business publications and market information)

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

Business Market Research Collection
Conduct company, industry, economic and geopolitical market research.

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

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

♦researchIT CT — OneSearch for Public Libraries — Business Profile

♦ThomasNet
Formerly Thomas Register® directory of manufacturers, products and brand names.

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

♦ValueLine
Comprehensive investment analysis on individual stocks.

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


CONNECTICUT STATE LIBRARY RESOURCES

♦CSL Contact
Chat, phone or email your question to the Connecticut State Library staff.

♦CT State Library Digital Collections
Presents historical photographs, maps, manuscripts, oral histories and more from Connecticut libraries.

♦FindIT CT
The CT State Library Catalog.

♦researchIT CT
Free online access to digital resources with your library card.

CONSUMER INFORMATION

♦Better Business Bureau
Search for accredited businesses.

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

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

♦Consumer Reports
Ratings on everything from appliances to electronics to cars.

♦Kelley Blue Book
Information about new and used automobiles, including prices and values.

♦N.A.D.A. Guide
Another car appraisal site, similary to Kelley Blue Book.

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

♦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).

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

♦edX
More free online courses from top universities.

♦ERIC
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.

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

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

♦Teacher Reference Center
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 & Education Reference Center
Practice tests to help you prepare for the SAT, ACT, AP subject tests, PRAXIS, and more.
Also contains information on the college search process, civil service, and other licensing exams.


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.

♦Ancestry
Includes U.S., U.K. and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, and more.
Accessible from the Scranton Library computers only.
>>Ancestry Libguide to help you get started

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

♦Connecticut State Library Collections via Ancestry.com
Selected vital records that are not part of the Ancestry.com site that is commercially available to the public.

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

♦Deason John Grave House
581 Boston Post Road in Madison.

♦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.

Hartford Courant (1764-1922)
Search the earliest years of the Courant for articles and images that relate Connecticut and national history.

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

♦Madison Historical Society
Located in the Alis-Bushnell House, 853 Boston Post Road in Madison.

♦National Archives & Records Administration
Resources for genealogists.


GENERAL REFERENCE

♦Academic Search Premier
Academic articles. Comprehensive content, including PDF backfiles to 1975 or further for well over 100 scholarly 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.

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

Newspaper Source Plus
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.”

♦Referencia Latina
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.

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

♦World Book
The popular encyclopedia, online.


HEALTH AND MEDICINE

♦2-1-1 Community Resources
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

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

♦Connecticut Physician Profiles
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)

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

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

PDR.net (Prescribers’ Desk Reference, formerly Physicians’ Desk Reference)
This resource is now available online only. You can also download an app for phones and tablets.

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


HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT

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

Biography of America
Teacher resources from Annenberg Learner.

♦Connecticut History Illustrated
An archive of digital primary sources related to Connecticut heritage and culture.

Congress.gov

♦Federal and State Officials Serving the Town of Madison

♦Historical Newspapers of Connecticut
Courtesy of the Connecticut State Library

♦History Reference Center
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.

♦State of Connecticut

♦Town of Madison

♦USA.gov


JOBS AND CAREERS

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

♦CTHires
Register to see information about Connecticut jobs and employers.

♦Connecticut Department of Labor
Information about local CT Works career offices and how to file claims for unemployment insurance.

♦Craigslist
Online classifieds.

♦LinkedIn
Professional social networking site.

♦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.

♦SimplyHired
Look for millions of jobs with a single search.

State of CT Jobs
Find out about state jobs and applicable examination dates.

♦Workplace Writers
Links to resources for workplace writers and hints on writing techniques to employ during the job search.


LANGUAGES

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

♦iLove Languages
A catalog of online language resources.

♦italki
Find an affordable tutor for one-on-one conversations.

Mango Languages
Learn a new language with Mango, an interactive language-learning program complete with on-the-go app.
Mango offers English as a Second Language lessons for speakers of various languages and provides the opportunity to study a foreign language through cinema with its Mango Premiere option.


>>Click to get started

>>Mango support page


LAW

♦CTLawHelp
Free legal help for people with low incomes.

♦Connecticut General Statutes

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

Legal Forms
Create accurate, reliable legal documents with Gale LegalForms, which offers Connecticut-specific “attorney forms” – officially approved forms actually used by law firms. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word and Adobe format.

Legal Information Reference Center
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.

Quick References for Connecticut Legal Questions

Quick References for Federal Legal Questions

♦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

Consumer Reports
Search Consumer Reports articles through EBSCO’s MasterFILE Premier
database from researchIT CT.

♦E-Journal Finder
Find out it researchIT CT has a newspaper, magazine or journal you want in full text.

Popular Magazines
Favorite magazines for public libraries, from The Atlantic to Wired.

♦RBDigital
The RBdigital app delivers your favorite titles right to your smartphone or tablet including digital magazines, audiobooks, ebooks, and more. Download now to listen, read, learn, and enjoy!

Referencia Latina
A comprehensive Spanish-language database that includes general interest magazines in a broad array
of subject areas.

♦researchIT CT Newsstream (Christian Science Monitor; Hartford Courant; Hartford Courant (historical); Los Angeles Times; New York Times; Wall Street Journal; Washington Post)

♦U.S. Major Dailies


MATH AND SCIENCE

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

GreenFile
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.

♦Science Reference Center
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 (Federal)
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
Includes business and white pages for the entire United States.