Research

Access to our subscription resources requires a valid Scranton Memorial Library card number (barcode),
which you should type in when prompted. You may log in to the state library databases with a valid library card from any Connecticut library.

Scranton Library subscription databases are available to non-residents if accessed from within our library.

If you have questions, call the Information Desk at (203) 245-7365. Or send an email: info@scrantonlibrary.org.


CATALOG

catalog

Search the LION catalog.


CONNECTICUT STATE LIBRARY RESOURCES

Find articles from academic journals, popular magazines, and newspapers.

>>Browse by subject
>>Resources A-Z


OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES


BOOKS AND LITERATURE

♦Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations
Quotations are searchable.

♦BookInfo
Help deciding what to read next.

♦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
RECOMMENDED
An online readers’ advisory tool that 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 FINANCE

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

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

♦Big Charts
Historical stock prices.

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

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

Reference USA
RECOMMENDED
Find detailed information (competitors, executives, and other officers) 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.
>>SCORE Business Mentor
>>Small Business Tools

♦ValueLine
RECOMMENDED
Comprehensive investment analysis on individual stocks.


CITIZENSHIP RESOURCES

♦Citizenshipworks
Provides a step-by-step guide to applying for citizenship.

♦Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants

♦Middletown Adult Education ESL & Citizenship Program

♦U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:
>>Citizenship Resource Center
>>Citizens Almanac
>>Civics (History and Government) Questions for the Naturalization Test
>>Civics Flash Cards
>>Learn about the United States
>>Preguntas de educación cívica del Examen de Naturalización
>>Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship
>>Reading Vocabulary for the Naturalization Test (flash cards)
>>Tarjetas de Educación Cívica para el Examen de Naturalización
>>Writing Vocabulary for the Naturalization Test (flash cards)


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 step to prevent and investigate fraud.

♦Consumer Reports
RECOMMENDED
Ratings on everything, including appliances, electronics, and cars.

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

♦N.A.D.A. Guide
Another car appraisal site, similar 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
RECOMMENDED
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.

♦State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education

♦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
RECOMMENDED
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 and historical research on a local, state, or national level:

♦American Ancestors: Getting Started guide
Tips for starting your genealogy research from the New England Historic Genealogical Society

♦Ancestry.com Library Edition
RECOMMENDED
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

♦Connecticut Digital Collections
Several collections that can be searched individually or all at once.
Includes books, letters, newspapers, and photos.

♦FamilySearch
Genealogical records provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

♦HeritageQuest
Search the U.S. Census, genealogical histories, local and family histories, and more.

Madison, Connecticut History Links:
>>The Charlotte L. Evarts Memorial Archives
The largest collection of historical resources dedicated to preserving the history of Madison.
>>Deason John Grave House
581 Boston Post Road in Madison.
>Madison Historical Society
Located in the Alis-Bushnell House, 853 Boston Post Road in Madison.

♦researchIT CT and State Library Resources 
Some of these resources are available outside of the library with a valid Connecticut public library card number.
This page includes links to popular and useful genealogy websites.


GENERAL REFERENCE

♦Academic Search Premier
RECOMMENDED
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
RECOMMENDED
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.

♦AccessHealthCT
Official State of Connecticut health insurance website.

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

♦ClinicalTrials.gov

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

♦Connecticut Consumer Health Information (UCONN Health)
RECOMMENDED
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)

♦Health and Wellness Documentaries from Kanopy
RECOMMENDED

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

♦MedlinePlus
RECOMMENDED
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.


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

♦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
>>Online Voter Registration System

♦Town of Madison
>>Federal and State Officials Serving the Town of Madison

♦USA.gov

♦USAFacts
“Nonpartisan government data” project created by Steve Ballmer.


JOBS AND CAREERS

♦AARP Job Search

JobNow
RECOMMENDED
Let JobNow be your personal career center. Get live job assistance, including résumé critiques and interview techniques.

♦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.

Reference USA
RECOMMENDED
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.

♦Upwork
For freelancers.

♦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
RECOMMENDED
Learn a new language with Mango, an interactive language-learning program complete with an 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 with Mango

>>Mango support page

♦Middletown Adult Education — ESL & Citizenship


LAW

♦CTLawHelp
Free legal help.

♦Connecticut General Statutes

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

♦Legal Information Institute (Cornell University)
“Open Access to Law Since 1992.”

♦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.

♦Library of Congress: Guide to Law Online

♦Martindale-Hubbell Attorney Directory

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.
>>Legal Publications and Videos
>>Research Guides

♦Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut
Free legal advice and resources.


MAGAZINES, JOURNALS, NEWSPAPERS

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.

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

♦Connecticut Digital Collections
Several collections that can be searched individually or all at once. Includes books, letters, newspapers, and photos.

♦E-Journal Finder
Looking for a specific magazine or journal? Find out if researchIT CT has a newspaper, magazine or journal you want in full text.

♦MasterFILE Premier
Full text for thousands of general interest publications.

♦Newspaper Source Plus
Provides full text for more than ver 1,000 newspapers.

Popular Magazines
A selection of favorite magazines for public libraries, from The Atlantic to Wired.

Print Magazines at the Library:

  • Barron’s
  • Hartford Courant
  • New Haven Register
  • New York Times
  • ShoreLIne Times
  • Source
  • USA Today
  • Wall Street Journal

♦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 (1980-present)


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.

♦NOAA Weather Forecast

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”


SENIORS

♦AARP

♦Alzheimer’s Association

♦American Geriatrics Society

♦Eldercare Locator (U.S. Administration on Aging)

Medicare.gov

♦MedlinePlus
RECOMMENDED
>>Nutrition for Seniors
>>Exercise for Seniors

>>Seniors’ Health

♦National Council on Aging
>>BenefitsCheckUp

♦National Institute on Aging (NIH)
>>Go4Life 

♦Road Scholar

♦Social Security Administration


TAXES

♦AARP Tax-Aide Site Locator

♦Connecticut Department of Revenue Services

♦IRS Forms and Publications (Federal)

♦IRS Interactive Tax Assistant

♦IRS Taxpayer Bill of Rights


TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

Reference USA
RECOMMENDED
Includes business and white pages for the entire United States.