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Darien Library has a wide selection of online resources to help with your research. The following list of websites and databases is a good starting point. Many of these are subscriptions paid for by the Library, providing access to premium resources that can give you far more information than a simple Google search. If you are unsure where to start, please contact the Reference Librarians who are available to assist when the Library is open.


2-1-1 Community Resources Directory

2-1-1 is the one-stop connection to the local services-- from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, and crisis intervention.

2020 U.S. Census

Shape your future. Start here. Get information about the easy, safe, and important 2020 U.S. Census. The Constitution requires a complete count of all people living within the U.S. every ten years.



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ABI/INFORM features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world

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This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles covering subjects such as science, religion, psychology, engineering, language, the arts, and much more.

Access World News

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Find global information on topics related to business, health, education, the environment, government, politics and more from a variety current and retrospective news media including newspapers, newswires, blogs, broadcast transcripts, periodicals and web-only content featuring the Christian Science Monitor, Connecticut Post, Darien News-Review and the Hartford Courant.

American Job Center - Southwest Connecticut

The American Job Center Network provides services to unemployed and underemployed individuals seeking jobs and job search assistance at no cost. Job seekers are afforded convenient access to the employment, education, training and information services they need at a single location. EVERYONE and ANYONE is welcome and encouraged to visit the American Job Center Network and use the reference materials such as newspapers, journals and job posting board. Posted positions include all levels and salary ranges from entry-level to upper-level management.

Ancestry.com Library Edition

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This premiere genealogy database is ideal for the family historian. Ancestry Library Edition provides the most genealogical information available on-line, with more than 5 billion names in over 4,000 collections.


A comprehensive index of artists represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources.



Bankrate is a leading aggregator of financial rate information, offering rate data and financial content.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations - 10th Edition

This tenth edition, published in 1919, contains over 11,000 searchable quotations.

Better Business Bureau

We help you find businesses, brands and charities you can trust, offer objective advice and a wide range of education on topics affecting marketplace trust. BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses.

Biography of America

Thanks to the Annenberg Foundation, we have this website chock full of American history, presented as a narrative, with different sections for different periods of history. You will find timelines, maps, images, and stories.

Biography Reference Bank

This biographical database offers in-depth profiles from Current Biography and World Authors, the periodical coverage of Biography Index and specialist content of Junior Authors & Illustrators. It provides full-text articles, images and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals.

Biography Reference Center

Biography Reference Center provides thousands of reliable full-text biographies, including the complete full text of Biography Today and Biography, plus narrative biographies not available in other databases. In addition to keyword search, users can locate biographies by subject occupation, nationality, activity, gender, lifespan and more.

Black Freedom Struggle in the US: Primary Sources

This website focuses on Black Freedom, featuring select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. The intention is to support a wide range of students (see examples for using in teaching and learning), as well independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it.

Black Women's Suffrage Digital Collection

The Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection is a collaborative project to provide digital access to materials documenting the roles and experiences of Black Women in the Women’s Suffrage Movement and, more broadly, women’s rights, voting rights, and civic activism between the 1850s and 1960. The materials in this collection include photographs, correspondence, speeches, event programs, publications, oral histories, and other artifacts.


Career Cruising

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This is the place to start if you are looking for direction in your job search. Easy access to hundreds of career profiles, personal assessment tools to identify your strengths, and a career matchmaker that unites skills with potential careers.

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC is the leading national public health institute of the United States. It focuses attention on infectious disease, food borne pathogens, environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, injury prevention and educational activities designed to improve the health of United States citizens.

Census Finder

A directory of free census records, linking records available online into one website. Census records are useful for learning about where your ancestors lived, if they could read/write, their occupation, and more.

Certified Nursing Assistant Practice Tests

CNA.plus is designed to help US learners pass their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) test. The site provides free practice tests that simulate the official exam. All test questions are based on the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP®), which is the written test that most states use.

Charity Navigator is an American independent charity watchdog organization that evaluates charitable organizations in the United States.


Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information.

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence

CAA|DV offers information and links to the 18 agencies in Connecticut whose primary purpose is to provide comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their families.

Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection

Information you need to become licensed, renew a permit, or solve a problem. They are here to protect Connecticut citizens from fraud, unfair business practices and physical injury from unsafe goods or services.

Connecticut Department of Revenue Services

This is the one-stop resource for all things related to taxes for individuals and business in Connecticut.

Connecticut Historical Newspapers

This extensive online collection offers nearly 80 newspapers published between 1756 and 1914 in the State of Connecticut.

Connecticut History Illustrated

A collection of images of the state's people, places, and events.

Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library Services

Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries provide in-person legal reference assistance,as well as print materials and electronic resources for your legal research needs. They are staffed by Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Librarians and serve all Connecticut residents.

Consumer Reports

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Whether looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV or researching the top-recommended used vehicles, ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.


Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.

The Connecticut Judicial Branch has Volunteer Attorney Programs in the areas of Contract Collections, Family Law, Foreclosure Law, and Small Claims. If you are not represented by an attorney and need legal help, you can come to the courthouse and talk to a volunteer for advice.

CT Parent Advisory Council

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth through 26.


The best resource for self-help guides, online classes, and videos to provide the legal information and tools you need to represent yourself.

Cyndi's List

A list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. Cyndi's List is one of the most popular genealogy resources on the web today.


Darien News-Review

Darien News-Review October 15, 2001 - current

Darien Times

Darien Times June 19, 2003 - current


DIVCON is a dividend health rating system which assesses the likelihood that companies will grow or cut their dividends.


DoctorFinder provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States. This includes more than 814,000 doctors.

Dollars For Docs

Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are required by law to release details of their payments to a variety of doctors and U.S. teaching hospitals for promotional talks, research and consulting, among other categories. Use this tool to search for general payments (excluding research and ownership interests) made from August 2013 to December 2016.


Get ready for your Connecticut DMV Permit test for cars, motorcycles, and commercial driver's license by taking free practice exams. This is also the place to find the Connecticut Driver's Manual, Connecticut Motorcycle Guide, and the Connecticut CDL Handbook.


Duolingo is the world's most popular way to learn a language! Practice online or on the apps! Also has a wide selection of classes for English Language Learners.



U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission website for data from corporate filings and other disclosure documents.


Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering free high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.

eLicense - Connecticut

An easy to use database of licenced healthcare providers, includes licensure actions and pending charges.

Ellis Island Immigration

Search the electronic archive of passenger lists from Ellis Island's immigration records.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

An online version of the entire print encyclopedia. The encyclopedia is updated daily and has special added features including Internet links.


Filled with education-related resources, ERIC contains articles, program evaluations, curricular materials, and much more.



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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides access to genealogical records gathered from all over the world.

FDA: U. S. Food and Drug Administration

The go-to resource for easy-to-read articles about buying medicines online, health fraud, warnings and enforcement, and safety alerts. Links to free print publications. Available en Espanol.

Figure This: Math Challenges

A website for families, teachers, and kids to work on math challenges in a fun learning environment. The website is supported by the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Education.

Find Your Legislators

Find your state and federal representatives through an easy street address look-up.


A great resource for legal information, lawyer profiles, and overviews of a wide variety of legal topics.


Gale E-books

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Gale E-books contains a broad selection of reference books on topics including history, mythology, science, education, biography, and the arts. These books are useful for primary source research and historical context.


GreenFile draws connections between the environment and human impact. Whether you're looking for topics such as climate change, green architecture, pollution, recycling, sustainable agriculture, or something similar, GreenFile is the place to start!


Health Information in Multiple Languages

From the National Library of Medicine, health information in multiple languages, including American Sign Language, Arabic, Cambodian/Khmer, Chinese, French, German, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese

Health Source: Consumer Edition

This rich collection of consumer health information provides access to full-text consumer health magazines and reference books. It also includes searchable full text for current health pamphlets.


HealthPocket compares and ranks health plans and provides valuable research about Obamacare, Medicare, and other types of health insurance. HealthPocket is neither a broker nor an insurance company and is committed to providing unbiased information to help consumers make more informed insurance decisions.

Healthy Minds CT

Mental health initiatives, events, training, and resources in Southwestern Connecticut.

HelpNow - Online Tutoring and Study Resources

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HelpNow offers a comprehensive suite of online academic services designed to support many learning needs and styles. Take advantage of expert online services like live tutoring, skills-building, a foreign language lab, writing lab, and FAFSA assistance. Utilize standardized test prep resources and flashcard creation modules. And meet with peers or instructors in collaborative virtual classroom settings.

History Reference Center

History Reference Center offers a variety of information resources and productivity tools to support students and educators in meeting curriculum goals. In addition to full-text historical reference books, primary source documents and biographies, History Reference Center includes full text and selective content from more than 140 leading history journals.


IRS Federal Income Tax Tips

Steps you can take today to get ready for filing your annual federal income taxes.

IRS Forms and Publications

Complete access to all IRS forms, instructions, and publications.

IRS Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS.



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JobNow provides a host of services to help in every step of the job search process, including real-time resume assistance and interview coaching.


Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Classes include math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Relates to saving, investing, taxes, insurance, major purchases including homes, education, health, travel & more. Contains full text articles from July 1991 - Present. You can also access digital copies of Kiplinger's Personal Finance from the last four years using Overdrive/Libby.


Learn About the United States

Official list of civics questions and answers for the United States Naturalization Test.

LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator and Computer Skills Center

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LearningExpress® offers two resources: Job & Career Accelerator and Computer Skills Center. The Job & Career Accelerator gives you the tools you need to explore careers, find open positions, apply for jobs and get hired. And whether you’re looking to brush up on the fundamentals of computers, more easily navigate the web, or learn a new software program, the Computer Skills Center has you covered.

Indexes law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals. Also contains law-related articles from business and general interest titles.

Library of Congress Online Catalog

Contains 18 million catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources in the Library of Congress collections.

Library of Congress; Performing Arts Encyclopedia

This is an amazing guide to the performing arts. You can find "digitized items from the collections; special Web presentations on topics and collections; articles and biographical essays; finding aids to collections; databases for performing arts resources; information on concerts at the Library; and a special Performing Arts Resource Guide which contains entries for hundreds of Library collections, Web sites, databases and exhibits."

Life Magazine Digital Archive

Life Magazine is a photographic magazine chronicling the 20th Century. This link to Google Books will allow you to browse "Golden Age" issues of Life Magazine (1936-1972) and search the full text. Perfect for primary source research.

Literature Resource Center

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A current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database. Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.


Mango Languages

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An online language-learning system teaching conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Create an account with your library card to track your progress. There's also an app!

Market Watch

MarketWatch, published by Dow Jones & Co., tracks the pulse of markets in real time.


Includes profiles for over one million lawyers and firms in the United States, Canada and 160 other countries.

MasterFILE Premier

MasterFILE Premier contains full text for general reference magazines and publications covering a wide range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science and multicultural issues. It also includes an extensive image collection of more than 2 million photos, maps and flags.

Mayo Clinic Health Information

More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise to empower you.


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MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, you will find information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information.

Merck Manuals - Consumer Edition

A trusted, authoritative resource for information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written in everyday language.

Merck Manuals - Professional Edition

Find detailed information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written for the health care professional.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

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One of today’s most comprehensive financial databases for information about stocks, mutual funds, ETF’s and markets. Also includes analyst reports providing an extensive overview on the company's place in today's market.

Multistate Bar Exam Practice Tests

BarPrepHero.com is a free resource to assist US law students and graduates preparing to take their MBE exam. The practice tests are based on the previous Multistate Bar Examination questions written by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.


National Archives & Records Administration

Find information on how to do genealogical research at the National Archives and other useful links. The National Archives are located in Washington, D.C.

National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration

Studies, reports and information on vehicle safety, including recall updates.

New York Times

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Free complimentary access to the NYTimes.com simply redeem access using the Library's code on the following page. NOTE: In order to redeem, you'll need to create a free account or log in using an existing account.

New York Times Historical (In-Library Use)

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Searchable full-text and images from The New York Times archive. Find every article, every issue from 1851 - 2017.

New York Times Historical (Remote Access)

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Searchable full-text and images from The New York Times archive. Find every article, every issue from 1851 - 2017. Note: You will need a valid Darien Library Card to access this resource from home.

Newspaper Source Plus

Newspaper Source Plus provides a full-text digital collection of the world's major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.

NoveList Plus

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NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.


Occupational Outlook Handbook

The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

Old Farmer's Almanac

This is the online version of the Old Farmer's Almanac, "North America's oldest continuously published periodical." It lists interesting information about the weather, sunrise and sunset times, phases of the moon, gardening information, seasonal recipes and crafts, and many other items. Can you find out what the weather was like on the day you were born?


Easy access to over forty popular titles, including Consumer Reports, The New Yorker, and People Magazine. Many of these magazines can also be found in our Overdrive/Libby collection.

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog

The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.

Professional Development Collection

A specialized collection of high-quality journals, peer-reviewed materials, and pamphlets designed for the professional educator. Journal titles included are Booklist, Education Digest, High School Journal, Journal of Educational Research, Reading Teacher, School Library Journal, and many others.


PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.


Reference Solutions (ReferenceUSA)

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Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) is the premier source of business and residential information for reference and research. Reference Solutions offers the most up-to-date data available in the market. The database offers library patrons accurate data on 45 million businesses and 289 million consumers.

Referencia Latina

Spanish-Language database offering access to encyclopedia entries, health reports, reference books, general interest magazines, and current articles from prominent newspapers throughout Latin America.

researchIT CT

researchIT CT offers free online resources as a service of the CT State Library. Here you will find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles for Connecticut public, K12, and academic libraries and their users. We also offer a collection of downloadable eAudios and eBooks for Connecticut residents with valid CT public library card numbers.

researchIT CT Newsstream

Full text of the Boston Globe and Christian Science Monitor, 1988-current. Hartford Courant, 1992-current. Los Angeles Times, 1985-current. New York Times, 1997-current. Wall Street Journal, 1982-current. Washington Post, 1987-current.

Resume Builder

This resume builder is for people looking to create a professional resume quickly and conveniently. Using section templates to fill in your information, creating a resume has never been easier!

Roots Web

Calls itself the oldest and largest free genealogy site, supported by Ancestry.com.

Rosetta Stone

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Improve your English or learn another language with Rosetta Stone Library Solution. This is an effective, easy-to-use program that allows you to learn a new language on your own time. Learning is structured around core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and also includes focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more.


Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center allows users to conduct keyword searches or browse topics by branch of science. In addition to full-text periodicals, books, biographies and essays, it includes: more than 1,000 science experiments; more than 2,000 science videos from top educational publishers; and thousands of high-quality science images.


Science.gov searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.

Silver Book

A searchable database of more than 1,000 facts, statistics, graphs, and data from more than 200 agencies, organizations, and experts. Sponsored by the Alliance for Aging Research.

Skillsurfer (Test Prep)

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Skillsurfer offers a wide variety of practice tests and study resources for teens and adults, including: AP Exams, ACT, SAT, Praxis, ASVAB, GRE, GMAT, CLEP tests, career preparation tests, nursing school exams, and U.S. Citizenship test.

Small Business Reference Center

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Small Business Reference Center offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes NOLO documents, business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.

Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers

SNEAB is a directory of open shops and others who sell by appointment, mail, catalog, online or at book fairs. Members offer early, modern, collectible, rare, scholarly, fine and used books, manuscripts, ephemera, prints, maps, autographs, postcards and photographs in a wide range of specialties.

Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut is a legal aid advice and referral center helping low-income people solve their legal problems.


Teacher Reference Center

Provides access abstracts and full articles for 280 peer-reviewed journals. Topics include: assessment, best practices, continuing education, curriculum development, language arts, literacy standards, science and math, higher education, current pedagogical research, and a variety of other Education related topics.


The Thomas Register of American Manufacturers, now ThomasNet, is an online directory of suppliers and product sourcing in the USA and Canada.


U. S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

UConn Consumer Health Resources

University of Connecticut Health Center Library's consumer health information program for Connecticut residents.

Unclaimed Money

Find unclaimed funds held by the government that might be owed to you! An easy guide to where to look for unclaimed money-- this could be your lucky day!

United States Census Bureau

The United States Census Bureau is the primary source of reliable data about the American people and economy.

US Major Dailies

US Major Dailies provides access to the five most respected U.S. national and regional newspapers: The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. The content is available by 8 AM U.S. Eastern time each day and provides archives stretching as far back as 1980. All titles are cross searchable on the ProQuest platform.


The online guide to all government information and services.

USGenWeb Project: Darien, CT

The local page of a nationwide genealogy research site based on the town or county level.


Value Line Investment Survey

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Reliable, unbiased and continuously updated compendium of current and historical market and financial data spanning thousands of U.S. companies, mutual funds and other securities, industry sectors, indices and economic variables.


Wall Street Journal

Comprehensive coverage back to 1984 is available.

Washington Post

Comprehensive coverage back to 1987 is available.

World Book Encyclopedia

Find all the encyclopedia entries from the print World Book as well as current events and research articles. Sections include Today in History, Search the Ages and Special Reports.

World Factbook

The World Factbook is produced by the Central Intelligence Agency with almanac-style information about the countries of the world.


WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online.


Yahoo Finance

Free stock quotes, up-to-date news, portfolio management resources, international market data, and mortgage rates.

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