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*Some of these databases require a PASSWORD, come to the LIBRARY to get a BOOKMARK with all the access information you need.



  • all subjects
  • current events
  • researching hard to find topics
  • scholarly and general interest articles


  • full text classics
  • author biographies
  • literature studies
  • critical insights
  • reference shelf includes step-by-step research guide

  • literary criticism
  • plot summaries and overviews of major writers and their works
  • author biographies and interviews
  • book reviews
  • full texts of novels, poems and short stories


  • authoritative reference content plus magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images.
  • vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers
  • continuously updated for latest news

  • social, political, environmental, and health issues
  • multiple perspectives on issues in the news
  • debates, papers or projects that require you to take a stand on a controversial topic
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  • today's most significant science topics
  • shows how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity 

  • provides a complete overview of our nation's past
  • covers the most-studied events, decades, conflicts, wars, political and cultural movements, people, and more

  • provides an overview of world history
  • covers the most-studied events, periods, cultures, civilizations, religions, conflicts, wars, ideologies, cultural movements, people, and more


  • Topics covered include diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, suicide, bullying, LGBTQ issues, and more


  • three million high-quality images

  • photographs, maps, and drawings of nearly everything in the world: from ladybugs to Lady Gaga, from Stonehenge to the Rolling Stones

  • all are rights cleared for noncommercial, educational use

  • free, copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for education

  • Access to:
    • CCC! Video on Demand (National Geographic Education, National Science Foundation, BBC)
    • Discovery Education - offers standards aligned videos, images, lessson plans, virtual field trips, RSS feed to current events, primary resources
    • Learn 360 - offers 60,000 streaming videos, images, audio clips (A&E, History Channel, BBC)
    • PBS Learning Media 
    • NBC Learn - offers authentic news footage with over 10,000 video resources (updated daily, current events) 
    • Soundsaboundz - royalty free music library 
    • Pics 4 Learning - free, copyright-friendly photos and illustrations for education 
    • Khan Academy - offers standards aligned content for k-14 Math, Science, History, AP & SAT  (and more) 





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New York State Library

New York Online Virtual Electronic Library
  • Select one of the NUMEROUS DATABASES to search magazines, journals, newspapers, and other reference resources.

  • New Yorkers accessing these databases while in New York will be able to enter the databases via geoIP authentication.

  • New Yorkers who are accessing the databases out of state will be given the option to log in using their public library card.


Additional Resources

American FactFinder 
U.S. Census Bureau

  • How many people live in New York State? What is the population of Syracuse? What is the median income in Saratoga? Find these answers easily using FactFinder! Use this database to learn facts about every town, city, county, and state in the United States.

CIA World Factbook

  • The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
  • Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

Institute for Statistics

  • UNESCO provides information for users to compare important statistics among nations and regions. Users can compare literacy rates between wealthy and developing countries and instantly compile charts and graphs using this data. Focus on education, science, and culture and includes PDFs of official reports on issues. 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

  • Although the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is rooted in birds, the collection includes amphibians, fishes, and mammals, and the collection preserves recordings of each species’ behavior and natural history. Housed in the Macaulay Library this is the world’s premier scientific archive of natural history audio, video, and photographs. 



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Lynda Quick
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