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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.

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Alphabetical Listing of Library Databases

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ABI/INFORM Access key business and economics periodicals and major news sources like the Wall Street Journal to get a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world. A researchIT CT Database.

Academic Search Premier A researchIT CT 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 In-library use only. 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.

Biography Reference Bank A researchIT CT Database.

Biography Reference Center A researchIT CT Database.

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.

The Directory of Business Information ResourcesWith comprehensive coverage of 101 industries, Business Information Resources provides ways for users to find new customers, increase customer loyalty, and improve the bottom line.

Driving Tests.org Free permit practice tests for learner drivers.

E-Reference Books and Non-Fiction for High School, Middle School, and Elementary School. A researchIT CT Database.

Explora Explora is a simple access point for all the researchIT databases that quickly delivers `relevant results from articles, essays and reference books. Topic overviews provide a starting point for research on topical issues. A researchIT CT 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.

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. A researchIT CT Database.

Historical New York Times In-library use only. Full text of the New York Times from 1851.

History Reference Center A researchIT CT Database.

Hoopla Visit Hoopla to download and stream movies, TV shows, music and more. View them on your computer or mobile device.

researchIT CT – Connecticut Digital Library researchIT CT is a statewide network of essential library and information resources. There are two ways to search researchIT CT. Click here to search all researchIT CT 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 researchIT CT databases by using “E-Journal Finder“.

ResearchIT CT Newspaper Collection Full-text coverage of the Hartford Courant (1992 to present) and Hartford Courant (Historical 1764-1922). Find articles from the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and the Washington Post.

JobNow Get 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.

Kanopy Stream thousands of movies, including classic cinema, indie films, and top documentaries, for free. For more help and details, visit our Kanopy page.

Legal Information Reference Center A researchIT CT Database

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.

Lynda.com Now access free self-paced training tutorials covering hundreds of subjects including marketing, design, video, photography, web development, programming, and software instruction, just to name a few.

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. A researchIT CT Database

Middle Search Plus A researchIT CT 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 A researchIT CT Database.

The New York Times In-library use only. Enjoy 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 A researchIT CT Database.

Professional Development Collection, Teacher Reference Center, and ERIC A researchIT CT Database.

RBDigital (formerly Zinio) Full digital copies of your favorite magazines. View them on your computer or mobile devices.

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 A researchIT CT Database.

Science Reference Center A researchIT CT Database.

Statewide Catalog A researchIT CT Database – Search all Connecticut library catalogs at once.

Teacher Reference Center A researchIT CT 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.

Weiss Ratings for Consumers Download informative booklets about purchasing various types of insurance: Medicare Supplement, Long-Term Care , Homeowners & Auto, Term-Life, Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, Elder Care Choices, and Variable.

World Book for Kids and Students Two premier reference website developed especially for students, featuring thousands of articles & packed with stunning illustrations. Also, correlations to Common Core, state, and provincial standards.

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