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Research

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 contact us via phone or email  ([email protected].)  The librarians are here to help.

*The 1950 census records were released by the US National Archives on April 1, 2022. You can access 1950 census images, population schedules, enumeration district maps and descriptions HERE>

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Reference Solutions Login

Reference Solutions has vital information on every business & consumer in the United States & Canada.  It assists business executives in finding valuable sales leads, conducting market research or competitive analysis, and provides an avenue for businesses to do effective marketing & outreach.  Students are able to reference this data for research projects and job seekers may find gainful employment.  Reference Solutions provides data on businesses, consumers, healthcare providers, new movers & homeowners, as well as historical business information.

Ancestry Login | Instructions

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. Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access of this database will end on December 31, 2021. After that date, this database can only be accessed on the Library premises.

Consumer Reports Login | Instructions

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.

Creativebug LoginInstructions

Experience the joy of making with thousands of award-winning video classes taught by top designers and artists. Keep your hands active and your mind engaged with inspiration, ideas, and daily practice exercises all accessed from home with your library card barcode! Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes. Watch classes anytime, anywhere. Since classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace on an easy-to-use, personalized platform.

Family Search Login | Instructions

With access to billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land and court records from more than 130 countries, FamilySearch can help you discover and make family connections when researching genealogy. The service has over 6 billion searchable names and 2 billion images of historical genealogical records, and adds over 300 million free genealogical records and images online yearly from all over the world. Full access of FamilySearch resources requires on-site access. 

LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator Login | Instructions

LearningExpress® Job & Career Accelerator gives job seekers the tools they need to explore careers, find open positions, apply for jobs and get hired. This innovative job-hunting platform has everything job seekers need to create professional and competitive resumes and cover letters, search for jobs that fit their needs, gain interview tips, and more.

 

NoveList Plus Login

Novelist is an independent readers advisory service that lets users search for read-a-likes, reading recommendations, and offers genre-focused  browsing.  Looking for the next title in a series? Novelist has that too! When you find what you are looking for, search the New Canaan Library catalog to see if it’s part of our collection.

 

NY Times Login | Instructions

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.

Value Line Login | Instructions

Value Line is an investment research tool covering 3,500 stocks across 100 industries. It is a powerful database with a Stock Screener, hundreds of data fields for analysis, model portfolios, and printable PDF reports. You can create custom reports and build a robust screener with access to data, news, and analysis.

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Academic Source Premier | Login

Provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over 100 journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

Ancestry.com | Login

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. Learn all the ways you can research genealogy with Ancestry Library Edition with this wonderfully informative Proquest Libguide: CLICK HERE>> Temporary remote access to Ancestry Library Edition will end on December 31, 2021. After that date, this database can only be accessed on the Library premises.

Biography Reference Bank | Login

Combines the in-depth, original profiles of Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated, plus the thorough periodicals coverage of Biography Index, full-text articles, page images, and abstracts from the complete range of Wilson databases (including biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, or obituaries). Biography Reference Bank covers over 600,000 people with links to over 300,000 related full-text articles, as well as abstracts and images from thousands of periodicals and over 35,000 images. Access to this database is provided as a service of the Connecticut State Library provided by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Biography Reference Center | Login

Containing many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies. This resource provides superior coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published). Access to this database is provided as a service of the Connecticut State Library provided by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

CT Business & Industry Association | Login

The Connecticut Business & Industry Association is the voice of business in Connecticut, with thousands of member companies championing change at the State Capitol, shaping debate about economic competitiveness, and fighting for a better future for all.

Connecticut History Illustrated | Login

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.

Consumer Reports | Login

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.

Creative Bug | Create an account

After your account has been created, you can login in at creativebug.com. Experience the joy of making with thousands of award-winning video classes taught by top designers and artists. Keep your hands active and your mind engaged with inspiration, ideas, and daily practice exercises all accessed from home with your library card barcode! Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes. Watch classes anytime, anywhere. Since classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace on an easy-to-use, personalized platform.

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ERIC | Login

ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.

Historic Hartford Courant | Login

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.

History Reference Center | Login

Offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

LearningExpress® | Login

LearningExpress® Job & Career Accelerator gives job seekers the tools they need to explore careers, find open positions, apply for jobs and get hired. This innovative job-hunting platform has everything job seekers need to create professional and competitive resumes and cover letters, search for jobs that fit their needs, gain interview tips, and more.

Legal Information Reference Center | Login

Legal Information Reference Center offers everyday users the necessary tools and detailed how-to instructions covering a wide-range of legal issues. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. With the Legal Forms by U.S. State feature, users can search state-specific legal forms by top subject areas including adoption, bankruptcy, name changes and more. Access to this database is provided as a service of the Connecticut State Library provided by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

MAS Ultra School Edition | Login

This comprehensive database contains full text for top high-school magazines including America’s Civil War, American History, Archaeology, Astronomy, Bioscience, Civil War Times, CollegeXpress Magazine, Congressional Digest, Discover, History Today, Nation, National Review, New Republic, New Scientist, Popular Science, Science News, Scientific American, Smithsonian, World War II, and much more. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Access to this database is provided as a service of the Connecticut State Library provided by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

MasterFILE Premier | Login

MasterFILE Premier contains full text for general reference magazines and publications covering a wide-range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science and multicultural issues. Access to this datbase is as a service of the Connecticut State Library provided by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Medline Plus | Login

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.

Middle Search Plus | Login

Middle Search Plus contains primary source documents and reference books such as the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia and the Encyclopedia of Animals. Full-text magazines include Sports Illustrated Kids, Scholastic News, National Geographic and dozens more. All full-text articles are assigned reading level indicators (Lexiles) that provide educators with an estimate of the result’s reading difficulty and the approximate grade-level reading ability required for comprehension. Lexiles help teachers meet the needs of students with varying reading abilities and interests and allow students to read along at their own pace. Access to this database is provided as a service of the Connecticut State Library provided by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The New York Times | Login

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.

Newspaper Source Plus | Login

This newspaper database includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts. Access to this database is provided as a service of the Connecticut State Library provided by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Primary Search | Login

Provides full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990. Access to this database is provided as a service of the Connecticut State Library provided by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Professional Development Collection | Login

Professional Development Collection includes full text for high-quality education journals including Booklist, Education, Education Digest, Education Week, Educational Leadership, High School Journal, Journal of Education, Journal of Educational Research, Phi Delta Kappan, Reading Teacher, School Library Journal and more. Access to this database is provided as a service of the Connecticut State Library provided by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

PubMed | Login

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.

Reference Solutions | Login

Reference Solutions has vital information on every business & consumer in the United States & Canada. It assists business executives in finding valuable sales leads, conducting market research or competitive analysis, and provides an avenue for businesses to do effective marketing & outreach. Students are able to reference this data for research projects and job seekers may find gainful employment. Reference Solutions provides data on businesses, consumers, healthcare providers, new movers & homeowners, as well as historical business information.

Referencia Latina | Login

This comprehensive database offers content from a variety of sources, including an inclusive collection of images, health reports, and full text for reference books and general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas. Additionally, the resource covers a full spectrum of Spanish-language scholarships inside and outside academia. Referencia Latina‘s intuitive, theme-based Spanish-language interface is designed to make content readily accessible to non-English users with limited online research experience. Access to this database is provided as a service of the Connecticut State Library provided by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Salant Papers | Login

The collected papers of Richard Salant journalist and president of the CBS news division.

Science Reference Center | Login

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.

Teacher Reference Center | Login

Provides many subjects for teachers needs, including: Assessment, Best Practices, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, School AdministrationScience & MathematicsTeacher Education. Access to this database is provided as a service of the Connecticut State Library provided by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

TopicSearch | Login

Contains full text for over 150,961 articles from 475 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, EBSCO’s collection of periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information. Access to this database is provided as a service of the Connecticut State Library provided by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Value Line | Login

Value Line is an investment research tool covering 3,500 stocks across 100 industries. It is a powerful database with a Stock Screener, hundreds of data fields for analysis, model portfolios, and printable PDF reports. You can create custom reports and build a robust screener with access to data, news, and analysis.

Wall Street Journal | Login

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.

The Washington Post | Login

This database provides digital access to The Washington Post issues from 1987-present. The Washington Post is an American daily newspaper. It is the most widely circulated newspaper published in Washington, D.C., and was founded on December 6, 1877

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