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.


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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.


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A comprehensive, multi-disciplinary resource covering subjects such as science, religion, psychology, engineering, language, the arts, and much more.

Access World News

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.

America's Obituaries and Death Notices

The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices.

American Ancestors

In library use only

From the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS).

American FactFinder

American FactFinder is your source for population, housing, economic and geographic information for the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas.

American Memory from the Library of Congress

American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

Ancestry.com Library Edition

In library use only

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.

Artcyclopedia

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

AtoZ World Travel

AtoZ World Travel provides the low-down on city neighborhoods and districts, in-town excursions and day trips, major attractions, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and insiders' tips on navigating the city and culture - all in a style that's both fresh and informative.

AtoZdatabases

AtoZdatabases' Premier Business Database has over 30 million U.S. business and executive profiles. Detailed data includes: industry specifics, employee size, sales, competitors, executive titles and email addresses, historic data, and more. Search by geography, industry, executives, ownership, and much more!


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Bankrate

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.

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government

Designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program.

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

Biographies of well known figures from all fields and countries.

Biography Reference Center

Biographies of well known figures from all fields and countries.

Business Insights: Essentials

A user-friendly database with company profiles including company history, chronology, investment reports, and up-to-the minute news.


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Career Cruising

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.

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.

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.

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

Congress.Gov

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 Online

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

Consumer Health Information in Many Languages

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

Consumer Reports

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.

Corsera

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

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.

CTLawHelp

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

Culturegrams

Use World Edition for countries, and States Edition for U.S. states. Find out about government, culture, religion, sports, flags, recipes, and more!

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.


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DoctorFinder

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

Driving-Tests.org

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

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.


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EDGAR

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

edX

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.

ERIC

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


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FamilySearch

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

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.

FindLaw

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


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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a broad selection of reference books on topics including history, science, education, biography, and current events.

Greenfile

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!


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Health & Wellness Resource Center

Contains articles from health and medical journals, pamphlets, and general interest periodicals. This database also contains medical dictionaries and encyclopedias and a searchable directory of health organizations.

Healthnet

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

Healthy Minds CT

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

HeritageQuest

Trace family history and American culture using searchable images of U.S. federal census records along with the UMI Genealogy and Local History collection catalog.


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iCONN Newsstand

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.

iLove Languages

A specialized language resource with online dictionaries, language lessons, translation services, and other language-related Internet resources.

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

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


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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


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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."

Literature Resource Center

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.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Darien Library cardholders have access to the lynda.com video library of courses taught by recognized industry experts. NOTE: Access is available exclusively through the Darien Library Lynda.com login page. You will need to call Lynda.com at 1-888-335-9632 to have your password reset.


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Mango Languages

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.

Martindale-Hubbell

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

MasterFILE Premier

MasterFILEPremier provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents and an Image Collection with photos, maps & flags. Includes Consumer Reports.

Mayo Clinic Health Information

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

MedlinePlus

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.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

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.


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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.

NetAdvantage

From Standard & Poor's, a professional source for company analysis and investment rankings, including tools to understand personal & family financial matters.

New York Times Historical (1851-2009)

In library use only

Searchable full-text and images from The New York Times archive. Find every article, every issue since the newspaper's very first issue.

Newspaper Source Plus

Provides more than 1,400 full-text newspapers, providing more than 55 million full-text articles.

NoveList Plus

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.


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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?


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Easy access to over forty popular titles, including Consumer Reports, The New Yorker, and People Magazine.

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

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


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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.

Roots Web

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

RUSA Best Free Reference Web Sites

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of the American Library Association list of the best free web sites. Updated annually since 1999.


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Science.gov

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.

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.


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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.

ThomasNet

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


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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.

U. S. Small Business Administration

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

United States Census Bureau

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

USA.gov

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.


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Value Line Investment Survey

In library use only

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.


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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

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


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Yahoo Finance

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

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