To access databases from home you may need to enter your library card number to log in. Ancestry.com Library Edition can only be accessed on the desktop computers within the Southbury Public Library. If you have any questions please contact the Reference Department at 203-262-0626 ext.130.
Search for magazines, newspapers, and journals by title, subject, or ISSN.
Legal Information Reference Center
Providing online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center™ offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate and rights & disputes. Many 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.
The database offers 30 million business & executives profiles, 220 million residents, 2.3 million job/internship opportunities, Interview Tips, Résumé Templates, 1.1 healthcare professionals, 2 million new businesses, genealogy, background and criminal search, email marketing and more. The database is ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, marketing research, demographic studies, employment opportunities, genealogy, background and criminal searching, finding friends, and relatives and much more!
Mango Languages provides you with the tools and resources you need to learn more than 60 languages.
Resources for Teachers
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.
Professional Development Collection
Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world.Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world.
Teacher Reference Center
Provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.
The 1940 census records were released by the US National Archives April 2, 2012, and brought online through a partnership with Archives.com. This website allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions.
A great catchall site to find records dedicated to a particular are in the United States.
Provides helpful links to every state in the union and every country in the world to help you learn what’s available as you search for your ancestors.
Run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Free census records being added regularly; Social Security Death Index (SSDI). Free databases from all over the world being uploaded weekly. Recently added digital books.
Find a Grave
Pictures of gravestones and information from cemeteries all over the world.
Google your Family Tree
Put in a name enclosed in quotation marks. Insert a tilde (~) and the word genealogy.
Add a place with the plus sign (+). For example: “George Washington” +Chicago ~genealogy
Use your library card number to log-in. Includes federal census records from 1790 – 1930.
Search genealogy information including Census and Revolutionary War data.
Website dedicated to free genealogical research.
One-Step Webpages by Steve Morse
Use to find passenger lists, naturalizations, and birthdays.
US Gen Web Project
Volunteers post information to keep genealogy free.
Click on the state where the event occurred to find out how to order a death certificate, birth certificate, or marriage certificate. The cost and regulations for obtaining these documents varies from state to state.
Consumer Reports Online
Consumer Reports Online enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. Whether a patron is looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles, Consumer Reports Online provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.
RMS Titanic facts and history
Official U.S. government source for fuel economy information. Find fuel economy data for new model year cars, sport utility vehicles, and light trucks. The website contains fuel economy data for new and used passenger vehicles dating back to 1984, allows side-by-side vehicle comparisons, and offers fuel-saving tips.
Connecticut’s Research Engine. Search newspapers, journal articles, or look for a book in the statewide catalog.
The US Government’s official webpage
Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network
University of Connecticut Health Center Library’s consumer health information program. Includes resource guides and medical news as well as helpful research tips.
“MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.”
“PubMed comprises more than 22 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.”
2-1-1 Connecticut Community Resource Database
Search Connecticut based heath & human service providers by category, keyword, or agency name.
Biography Reference Bank
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.
Connecticut Digital Collections
Connecticut Digital Collections presents historical photographs, maps, manuscripts, oral histories and more from Connecticut libraries, museums, and historical societies.
History Reference Center
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.
Life Writing Connection
Organization that sees value in helping to preserve privately-held, unpublished life writing– journals, diaries, notebooks, personal letters, and autobiographies or memoirs. Co-founded by Olivia Dresher and Audrey Borenstein, Life Writing Connection collects and publishes information in an annotated directory that may be used by researchers, libraries, and anyone interested in life writing.
Search documents from thousands of sources, covering research and subject areas including the arts, business, health & medicine, history, literature & language, science & technology, and social sciences. Search obituaries, and newspapers including:
- The Christian Science Monitor
- Hartford Courant
- Hartford Courant – Historical
- Los Angeles Times
- New York Times
- The Wall Street Journal
- The Washington Post
Newspaper Source Plus 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.
Offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.
Science Reference Center
A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. This database contains full text for 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.