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Low Vision Services: We have a service area for people challenged with low vision. Including machines that enable people to more easily read or listen to text. Get more info and set up an appointment to learn about this service.

News Index & Obituaries from the Fairfield Citizen: See our database for full-text articles going back to 2001. We also have a manual index of some years dating back to 1986, and an obituary search for years 1982, 1985, 1986, and 1988 – 1994.

Staff Recommended Websites: Need some help navigating the web for research and information? We have some great websites for you.

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Alphabetical Listing of Library Databases

Click here for a list of the databases with descriptions arranged by categories.

A to Z – the U.S.A. – Information for U.S. States and Territories. Includes U.S. country data, state, county and city information, maps, flags, photos and facts about the 50 states and 5 U.S. territories.

A to Z – World Culture – Information for countries around the world. Get full data for each country, including culture, demographics, climate, holidays, maps, flags, travel information and much more.

A to Z – World Travel – Information for cities around the world. Get full data for each city, including culture, demographics, climate, holidays, maps, flags, travel information and much more. Visit this before you travel!

Academic Search Premier.  An iCONN Database.

America’s Newspapers – Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.

Ancestry® Library Edition – Discover your unique family history! This resource includes billions of records from around the world, including from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more. Not available outside of the library.

Biography Reference Bank. An iCONN Database.

Biography Reference Center. An iCONN Database.

Business Insights: Essentials – Research and analyze companies and industries around the world using industry rankings, profiles, market share data, company histories, and more.

Consumer Reports – Get product ratings from world-famous test labs and sort them based on your priorities. Find out which products are best buys and worst performers.

Credo Reference – Credo Reference is an easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. This data base is a giant online collection that searches hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations and subject specific titles as well as 200,000+ images and audio files.

E-Reference Books and Non-Fiction for High School, Middle School, and Elementary School. An iCONN Database.

Facts on File – Issues & Controversies – Explores more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture.

Facts on File – World News Digest – Brings together and enhances nearly seven decades of news (1940-present) from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print.

Fairfield Citizen News – The Fairfield Citizen News provides local news from south-western Connecticut. This database provides full-text articles from 2001 to present including obituaries.

Freegal Music Service – A downloadable music collection of popular music in MP3, DRM-free format. Download and keep up to 3 songs a week.

GreenFILE – 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.

Hartford Courant – Historical 1764 to 1922 – The historical Hartford Courant covers the time period from 1764 to 1922. The digitized archive is fully searchable.

Health & Wellness Resource Center  – This comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative, up-to-date information on health topics

Historical New York TimesFull text of the New York Times from 1851. Not available outside of the library.

Heritage Quest – Includes access to US Federal Census Records from 1790-1930 as well as information on people and places described in over 25,000 family and local histories. Enter your fourteen digit Fairfield Public Library barcode number (no spaces, no letters) at the prompt. An iCONN Database.

Historical New York TimesFull text of the New York Times from 1851. Not available outside of the library.

History Reference Center. An iCONN Database,

iCONN – Connecticut Digital Library
iCONN is a statewide network of essential library and information resources. There are two ways to search iCONN. Click here to search all iCONN databases at once (except for Heritage Quest) or you may search each database individually. Check to see if a particular magazine, journal or newspaper is included in full-text in the iCONN databases by using “E-Journal Finder“.

iCONN Newspaper Collection – Full-text coverage of the Hartford Courant (1992 to present) and Hartford Courant (Historical 1764-1922).

JobNowGet expert assistance for every step of the job search process with this online chat resource. Help includes review of resumes and practice interviewing. Your Fairfield Public Library barcode number is required for access.

Kids Search. An iCONN Database.

Learning Express Library – Three job and career course series are included in our subscription: Business Writing Skills Success, Job Search & Success Skills, and Resume & Interviewing Skills. Enter your own information in these interactive diagnostic tools to help with every step of the career process.
Provides interactive online practice tests and tutorial courses for academic and licensing tests. Tests include Advanced Placement, Basic Skills Success (grammar, math, comprehension), Business Writing, Civil Service (including Postal Workers), College Preparation (including SAT), Cosmetology, EMS, ESL (Spanish), Firefighter, GED, Job & Career, Military, Nurse Aide, Skills Improvement, Technical and Career College, and US Citizenship.
Note: users must sign in with user name and password. If you will also be using this database from home, please use your FPL library barcode number (no spaces, no letters) as your user name.

Literary Reference Center – Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a comprehensive full-text literary reference database. It contains information from over 1,000 monographs and books, reference works, encyclopedias, and literary journals.

Access via mobile device
Mango Languages – Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective.

Masterfile Premier – Includes a colorful site for elementary school students that features EbscoAnimals, Funk & Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia, and Primary Search, a database that has the full-text of over 65 children’s magazines and 300 children’s pamphlets. An iCONN Database

Middle Search Plus An iCONN Database.

Morningstar Investment Research Center – This includes Morningstar analysts’ independent opinion on 1,700 stocks, 2,200 mutual funds, and 300 exchange rated funds. Morningstar Investment Research Center also offers accurate, up-to-date data on 35,000 stocks and funds, along with industry and market data. The database lets users build and test portfolio ideas online, and provides financial education through its Investing Classroom.

Newspaper Source Plus. An iCONN Database.

The New York TimesEnjoy complimentary unlimited access to the world’s finest journalism on NYTimes.com while in the library.

NoveList Plus – A database of 135,000 fiction titles that allows readers to find authors similar to their favorites, to explore genres such as thriller, romance, detective-mystery, and to create lists of prize-winning books. New!  Access non-fiction and audio titles as well.

Overdrive – Best-selling and classic audiobooks, eBooks, eAudiobooks, and video available 24/7.


Primary Search
. An iCONN Database.

Professional Development Collection, Teacher Reference Center, and ERIC.  An iCONN Database.

Reference USA – From American Business Information – a directory of over 12,000,000 businesses in the U.S. that can be sorted by geography, size, and type of business. Access to this database may be hampered by your computer’s browser, firewall, or security software. If you are having problems, please see the Reference USA Frequently Asked Questions.

Referencia Latina. An iCONN Database.

ReQuest/Online (statewide library catalog) – The holdings of other Connecticut libraries.

Searchasaurus. An iCONN Database.

Science Reference Center An iCONN Database.

Student Research Center. An iCONN Database.

Teacher Reference Center. An iCONN Database.

Tutor.com – The K-12 Student Center, College Center and Adult Career Center from Tutor.com includes live, one-to-one tutoring, a real-time writing center and 24/7 access to worksheets, videos and tutorials in just about any subject. A live, online tutoring and resume writing service is also available.

Value Line Research Center – Provides investment research on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles, and offers a family of no-load mutual funds.

WorldCat.org – Search the collections of libraries from around the U.S. and the world for books, periodicals, sound recordings, and much more.

Zinio – Full digital copies of your favorite magazines. View them on your computer or mobile devices.