Databases & E-Reference

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*New! FactCite

We have a free one-year subscription to FactCite's databases, which include history, mythology, science, technology, biography, and more! See Ms. Briggs for the log in information.


Use Grolier to search encyclopedias, magazines, and websites.

ResearchIT CT High School Resources

These resources are specifically for high school students and teachers. Explore the Student Research Center, the Science Reference Center, the Biography Reference Center, the History Reference Center, and more!

The Reference Desk

Everything from Business, Math, Science, Engineering, Technology, Language, Medical, Veterinary, Livestock, Gardening, Photography, Music, to Recipes, and more.

SIRS Knowledge Source

Pro/Con: newspaper and reference articles

Pros and Cons of controversial issues.


Calisphere is a gateway to digital collections from California's great libraries, archives, and museums. Discover over 400,000 images, texts, and recordings—and counting.

Search Databases in Spanish- All Subjects

*New! Skills for Success:


Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life

Country Reports

Cultural, Historical, Statistical, Country Information

College/Career/Test Prep

Testing & Education Reference Center

Take practice PSAT, SAT, and AP exams, explore different careers, build your resume, and more! 

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook

This is a guide to career information about hundreds of occupations!

Career OneStop: Your Source for Career Exploration, Training & Jobs

My Next Move

What do you want to do for a living? Includes a quiz!

Learn How to Become

Small Business Reference Center

Offers readers a collection of state-specific resources supported with demographic data and other local information. Business videos include interviews, "lessons learned" features, lectures and how-to videos to help foster success in all aspects of managing a business.

Crime & Violence


Introduction to Literary Context

Includes American Short Fiction, American Post-Modernist Novels, World Literature, and English Literature.

MagillOnLiterature Plus

Contains biographical essays of the 2,500 most studied authors. More than 8,500 writers of fiction, poetry, drama, and essays are featured. More than 400 comprehensive essays on specific literary genres, themes and settings round out the collection. Includes a cross-referenced glossary of 1,800 literary words and phrases. Collection includes Masterplots (12 volumes), Masterplots II (58 volumes), and Magill’s Book Reviews.

Critical Insights: Lord of the Flies

Critical Insights: Of Mice and Men

*New! Critical Insights: To Kill A Mockingbird

*New! Critical Insights: The Catcher in the Rye

*New! Critical Insights: The Great Gatsby

*New! Critical Insights: Coming of Age

*New! Critical Insights: Dystopia

*New! Critical Insights: The Slave Narrative

*New! Critical Insights: Literature of Protest

*New! Critical Insights: Technology and Humanity

*New! Critical Insights: Nature and the Environment

Critical Insights: The Hero's Quest

Student Journalism & Media Literacy

Epics for Students

Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Encyclopedia of World Mythology (scroll down to "Nation and World" to locate)

Critical Survey of Shakespeare's Plays

Critical Insights: Romeo and Juliet

Elizabethan World Reference Library

Witches and Witchcraft

Witchcraft in America (go to History and scroll right)

Critical Insights: The Crucible

OneClickdigital e-books and audio books

Free downloadable e-books.

ResearchIT CT Nonfiction Book Collection: High School

Project Gutenberg

Over 39,000 free e-books!

Lit2Go: Books

Free online books in Mp3 format.

Open Culture: E-boooks

600 free e-books for devices such as iPads and Kindles.


Psychology and Mental Health

Adolescent Health and Wellness

Magill's Medical Guide

Health Source: Consumer Edition

Consumer health information providing access to full-text consumer health magazines and reference books, including searchable full text for current health pamphlets. Covers a wide variety of subjects, including information on specific diseases as well as overall health topics. Subjects include fitness, nutrition, diabetes, aging, women's health, children's health and more.

Drug Education Library:



Psychology (AP)

Social Studies

Country Reports

Cultural, Historical, Statistical, Country Information

History Reference Center

Biography Reference Center


Have a history project? Search American History and World History: The Modern Era.

Global Issues in Context

Explore news and current events from all over the world.


Includes the following databases: CultureGrams for country reports and daily life and culture, SIRS Knowledge Source on leading controversial issues with pro/con arguments, and SIRS Decades, which features over five thousand primary and secondary sources for 20th century America.

Facts on File

Issues & Controversies and Issues & Controversies in American History.

American Memory

Search the Library of Congress for U.S. History topics.

CIA World Factbook

Exploring the Ancient and Medieval Worlds ebook series Includes the following:

  • The Origins of Civilization: From Early Humans to the Babylonians
  • Ancient Civilizations of Western Asia and the Mediterranean: From the Hittites to the Phoenicians
  • Ancient Greece: From Tyranny to Democracy
  • Asia Through the Ages: Early History to European Colonialism
  • The Rise of the Roman Empire
  • The Fall of Rome and the Rise of Constantinople
  • Persia, the Rise of Islam, and the Holy Roman Empire
  • Empires, Crusaders and Invasions Through the Middle Ages
  • Feudalism in Medieval Europe
  • First Peoples of the Americas and the European Age of Exploration

Ancient Origins

One keyword search connects you to ancient places and peoples, myths, artifacts, unexplained phenomena and more!

U*X*L American Decades: 2000-2009

Search through the events of 2000-2009 in the following categories: arts and entertainment, business and the economy, education, government, politics and law, lifestyles and social trends, medicine and health, science and technology, and sports.

Constitutional Amendments

Supreme Court Drama: Cases That Changed America

Global Social Issues

The Environmental Debate

The Gun Debate

Opinions Throughout History: Immigration

World Terrorism

American Presidential Campaigns and Elections

From Suffrage to the Senate: America's Political Women

Booms and Busts: An Encyclopedia of Economic History

Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th- and 21st-Century America

America in World History

Culture Wars in America

*New! The Legacy of 9/11

Decades: 1970s and 1990s

Great Events from History

Great Lives from History

Milestone Documents

Value of a Dollar: 1860-2014

This Is Who We Were: 1940s

Weapons and Warfare Connecticut

True Teen Stories series


Facts on File Science Online

Science Reference Center

Public Library of Science

BioMed Central: Open Access Journals for the Sciences

*New! Principles of Scientific Research

Core Concepts of Science ebook series Includes the following:

    • Animal Systems
    • Biology
    • Cell Biology
    • Ecology
    • Evolution
    • Genetics
    • Microbes
    • Plant Structures
    • Reproduction
    • Human Body
    • Atoms and Molecules
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemical Reactions
    • Chemistry
    • Energy and Reactions
    • Metals and Metalloids
    • Nonmetals
    • Organic Chemistry
    • States of Matter
    • The Periodic Table
    • Electric Charges
    • Electric Current
    • Electronics
    • Heat
    • Light
    • Magnetism
    • Matter
    • Mechanics
    • Nuclear Physics
    • Sound

Psychologists and Their Theories for Students

Psychology and Mental Health

Encyclopedia of Climate Change

The Environmental Debate

Magill's Medical Guide

Teacher Resources

ERIC: Education Resources Information Center

Teacher Reference Center

Covers a variety of topics including best practices, curriculum, assessment, continuing education, standards, and various academic subjects.

Professional Development Center

PBS Learning Media

The gateway to America's largest and most trusted classroom for teachers and students. Searchable by standard.

MPS Google Resources


See the Subject Links/Class Projects page for more resources in all subject areas!