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Databases and Online Reference


The Waterbury Public Library's research databases include online resources featuring the some of the most comprehensive and authoritative information available on a variety of subjects. These resources are available to you 24-hours-a-day from not only your participating local library, but your home, your office - or anywhere Internet access is available. Just click on the icon to get there.




Heritage Quest: Search U.S. Census data 1790-1940, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank, and the full text of millions of local history books and articles.



General Reference: Magazine & Journal Articles on Many Topics:


A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and

many general interest topics.

A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.
A database of full-text encyclopedias and reference sources.


For Research:


A comprehensive database for serious academic research. Full-text articles from the world's leading journals, popular magazines and  reference sources.

From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all

academic disciplines. Contains scholarly journals, news

magazines, and newspapers.


For Educators:


A selection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education.


For Students:


 For Kindergarten through Grade 5 -

This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

For elementary school students -

From publishers such as Cobblestones and Scholastic and Time, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

For students in junior high and middle school -

A variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports

and more.   

For high-school students -

Full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.



Other Useful Databases for Homework Help:


 Search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword

and full text.

Essays, news, and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social and controversial issues.
From earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography, this revolutionary, curriculum-oriented online experience is designed to boost achievement for students and researchers.

For Businesses:


Detailed company and industry news and information, including company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories.

Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.

Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings.


Looking for a job or new career?


This online career guidance center walks users through the job-search process from beginning to end. All the tools needed to explore and take the leap to a new career - employs a step-by-step approach to help you 1) explore new career possibilities; 2) assess interests and experience; 3) identify ways to improve prospects; 4) prepare for a job search; and 5) search and apply for jobs.


Computer Information:


Find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.

Health & Wellness:


Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, and over 700 health-related videos, and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.


Legal Help:


Students, law school faculty and legal researchers will all find the legal publications they need here. More than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals

and international legal journals.





An innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields.


Learn a New Language:


An online language learning experience - an entertaining and effective way to learn a new language.


Do-It-Yourself Automotive Repair:                                                               


Provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls, and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in this easy-to-use databse.



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