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Research & Reference

At the moment, the following databases are available to the public. In time, we hope to add more.

Ancestry (In House only)
This database is great for anyone who is doing genealogical research. This can only be used in the library but is available on all public computers.

This database includes the driving manuals for the CT driver’s license, motorcycle license and the CDL, several practice tests to help you pass the test for driving cars, motorcycles, and CDL. There are two practice tests in Spanish and the CT driver’s manual is also available in Spanish. There is a section on frequently asked questions you may have about getting a driver’s license or procedures to follow.

Global Road Warrior: The Ultimate Guide to the World
This is a great resource for anyone who is doing research on a country. This will provide historic, cultural, geographical, etc. information.

JobNow: Live Job Assistance
This resume and job hunting resource is available in the library as well as at home (will need a public library card to access from home). You can create your resume, upload it onto this database, and then receive a critique of it. There is also interview skills help available.

Learning Express 3.0
Learning Express is a database of practice tests, exercises, and skill building courses. E-books, online versions of print books, are also accessible at the Learning Express website and include many test preparation books for the practice tests. Practice tests ranging from elementary school level to college level, includes tests in English, Math, AP exams, SAT, GED, and ASVAB as well as many graduate level entrance exams. There are exams for the CDL, as well as licensing exams for many trades and occupations including nursing, firefighter, law enforcement, civil service positions, and many others.

Mango Language Learning
Mango Languages has arrived at the library. Mango offers access to 70 foreign language courses and 20 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. Mango is available at the Main Library and at the Jefferson Branch. It can also be accessed remotely or on-the- go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle®, and Nook®.

researchIT CT (formerly
This state-wide resource is available in the library as well as at home (will need a public library card to access from home). There are a variety of online magazines, newspapers, and journals where you can download full text articles.

Salem Press – Online Resources

Salem Science

The Encyclopedia of Global Warming provides comprehensive coverage of the questions of global warming and climate change, including scientific descriptions and explanations of all factors, from carbon dioxide to sunspots, that might contribute to climate change.

Salem Health

This database contains three print resources from Salem Press’ award winning reference works. These include Magill’s Medical Guide, 7th edition, Addictions and Substance Abuse, and Psychology and Mental Health.  All three of these resources provide authoritative and accessible information for students, patients and caregivers alike.

Salem History

The Seventies in America
The Eighties in America

These resources explore the social, political, and cultural events that impacted life in the United States during these quickly changing years.

Great Lives:
Inventors and Inventions offer biographical and in-depth information on important men and women inventors of all time, from around the world. There is a copy of the print resources in Reference. The online format is available to you at home or in the library. At home, please type in your library card number.

The password for access to all of the Salem Press titles is: nbpl.

World News Digest
This database is great for anyone who is trying to find out when various topics were in the news.

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