Research is a vital service that we offer the community. By providing accurate, timely, and readily available information, our members are able to make informed decisions, uncover new business leads, find lost relatives, or even discover the missing piece of history to complete their book.
Below are our featured sources of information, accessible at any time with your New Canaan Library card. Should you not find what you are looking for or need additional assistance, please to contact us via phone or email (firstname.lastname@example.org.) The librarians are here to help.
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American Memory Project
American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.
A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources, including unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more.
Note: This database can only be accessed on the Library premise.
Centers for Disease Control
The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
CT Business & Industry Association
Connecticut Digital Collections
Contains Central Connecticut State University’s (CCSU) Digital Collections, Connecticut History Online (CHO), Connecticut State Library’s Digital Collections, Newspapers of Connecticut, Southern Connecticut State University’s Digital Collections, and Treasures of Connecticut Libraries. Our digital collections feature materials from the State Library, the Museum of Connecticut History, and the Connecticut State Archives.
Connecticut Economic Resource Center
The Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC) is a nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that provides economic development services, working with state, local and utility partners to leverage Connecticut’s unique advantages as a premier business location.
Connecticut History Illustrated
This digital collection of over 15,000 digital primary sources, together with associated interpretive and educational material. Resources provided by collaborative effort of the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Connecticut Libraries and the Connecticut State Library.
Publishes reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on reporting and results from its in-house testing laboratory and survey research center. Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization that works side by side with consumers to create a fairer, safer, and healthier world. They do it by fighting to put consumers’ needs first in the marketplace and by empowering them with the trusted knowledge they depend on to make better, more informed choices.
Foundation Center is innovative nonprofit that gathers and analyzes data, shares it worldwide, and empowers people like you to understand and increase philanthropy’s ability to improve the world. Search by type, keyword, location, and size for grants available nationwide.
Note: This database can only be used on the Library premise and allows only one user at a time. Please stop by the Information Desk for help when you come to the Library.
HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. Discover the amazing history of you. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
Historic Hartford Courant
This database provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. Includes issues from 1764-1922. For current issues of the Hartford Courant (1992-present), please visit the “News and Newspaper Sources” in the Newspapers & Journals heading of the Research page.
Lynda.com is the leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.
Viewable from any computer with your New Canaan Library card!
Testing & Education Reference Center
Provided by the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.
Morningstar Investment Research Center offers public, corporate, and academic libraries real-time access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds. Customized to meet any organization’s needs, Investment Research Center serves all levels of investors with a range of dynamic tools and thoughtful perspectives to help them make more informed investment decisions.
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is using PubMed Central (PMC) to permanently preserve and provide easy public access to the peer-reviewed papers resulting from NASA-funded research. PMC is a full-text, online archive of journal literature operated by the National Library of Medicine. Explore!
The New York Times
In addition to a daily digital issue of The New York Times, the Library provides access to digital issues of this newspaper from 1851-1922 and 1981- present. This database provides high resolution PDFs of all original articles and images.
The New York Times (sometimes abbreviated to NYT) is an American daily newspaper, founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, by The New York Times Company. The New York Times has won 117 Pulitzer Prizes.
News & Newspaper Resources
This resource contains indices and full text to the following newspapers:
- New York Times (1980- Present)
- The Christian Science Monitor (1980-1989, 1997-Present)
- Hartford Courant (Current and Historical- (1764-1922,1992-Present)
- National Newspapers Core (LA Times 1996-Curent)
- Wall Street Journal (1984-Present)
- Washington Post (1996 – Present)
Newspaper Source Plus
PubMed comprises more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Information provided by the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
Science Reference Center
A comprehensive research database that provides easy full text access to nearly 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
The Washington Post
Wall Street Journal
This database provides access to digital issues of the Wall Street Journal from 1984-present.
The Wall Street Journal is a business-focused, English-language international newspaper based in New York City. The Journal, along with its Asian and European editions, is published six days a week by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corp.