Online Databases

Books & Literature | Business | Business/Job Hunting | Car Repair | Education | Genealogy |
Health & Science | Kids & Homework | Legal Forms| Magazines & Newspapers

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Books & Literature
Twayne's Author Series Twayne World, U.S., and English Authors each contains the full text of 200 frequently used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, U.S., or English authors, for a total of 600 individual full-text titles. (Supported by the NOVEL project.)
Business
AtoZdatabases
AtoZdatabases is the premier reference and marketing database marketed to Library, Academic, and Government institutions throughout the U.S. This simple, user-friendly, web-based solution provides details on every business and every household within the U.S. Available to Colonie patrons only.
Business and Company Resource Center Company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information. (Supported by the NOVEL project.)
Morningstar Investment
Research Center

The Morningstar Investment Research Center includes comprehensive financial information on more than 30,000 stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).   Easy-to-use portfolio tools and calculators can help you determine what your asset mix should be and how your investments are working together.  The help and education section offers short online tutorials to sharpen your investing skills or you can sign up for an online database training class. Note: This can only be accessed from within the Library.

Business/Job Hunting
Job Hunting / Adult Learning Center JobNow provides you with practical tools to help you get a job. (Supported by the NOVEL project.)
Car Repair
Chilton Library.com
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Car repair manuals online. Available to Colonie patrons only.

Video Tutorials for using this database:
Accessing Bulletins, Recalls, and Maintenance Schedules
Navigating the Repair Manuals
Selecting a Vehicle

Education
Primary Search Full text of 57 children's magazines plus almanacs and an encyclopedia. Useful for finding short stories, crafts, games, puzzles, recipes, classroom activities and more. (For a more graphical interface, see Searchasaurus.) (Supported by the NOVEL project.)
Grolier Online (includes Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, and the New Book of Knowledge
Includes access to the Encyclopedia Americana, New Book of Knowledge and Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia as well as Roget's II: The New Thesaurus and the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.

Encyclopedia articles include links to further readings, a bibliography, selected full text articles, web page links, and links to related Encyclopedia Americana articles.

The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia includes encyclopedia articles, news, timelines, quizzes and games, and research starters. It also includes an atlas and dictionary. Articles can be grouped by lexile level and are aligned to standards.

The New Book of Knowledge is for middle grade students and includes literary selections, a timeline, projects and experiments, news, homework help and more.

Mango Language

An online language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Testing & Education Reference Center

Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals. Available to Colonie patrons only.

Genealogy
Ancestry Library Edition Includes approximately 4,000 databases including U.S. Federal Census, the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes); and Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes). Note: This can only be used within the Library
HeritageQuest Online
A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. The collection consists of six core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank Records and LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set. Available to Colonie patrons only.
Health & Science
Health Reference Center Academic This health database includes over 2800 journals and magazines, many of which are full text. It contains nursing and allied health journals, other medical journals, newsletters and consumer health magazines. (Supported by the NOVEL project.)
Health Source - Consumer Edition This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source - Consumer Edition features searchable full text for nearly 300 journals. This database is updated on a daily basis.
Kids & Homework
Grolier Online (includes Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, and the New Book of Knowledge) Includes access to the Encyclopedia Americana, New Book of Knowledge and Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia as well as Roget's II: The New Thesaurus and the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.

Encyclopedia articles include links to further readings, a bibliography, selected full text articles, web page links, and links to related Encyclopedia Americana articles.

The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia includes encyclopedia articles, news, timelines, quizzes and games, and research starters. It also includes an atlas and dictionary. Articles can be grouped by lexile level and are aligned to standards.

The New Book of Knowledge is for middle grade students and includes literary selections, a timeline, projects and experiments, news, homework help and more.

Kids Search by EBSCOhost Kids Search makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type - -magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.
Primary Search Contains full text of 57 children's magazines plus almanacs and an encyclopedia. Indexing and abstracting for 80+ titles. (For a more graphical interface, see Searchasaurus.) (Supported by the NOVEL project.)
Searchasaurus An interface to Primary Search, which contains full-text articles from elementary school magazines, an encyclopedia and a dictionary. (Supported by the NOVEL project.)
Twayne's Author Series Twayne World, U.S., and English Authors each contains the full text of 200 frequently used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, U.S., or English authors, for a total of 600 individual full-text titles. (Supported by the NOVEL project.)
Legal Forms
Legal Forms

Legal forms for every topic from Adoption to Workers Compensation and everything in between. Available to Colonie patrons only.

Magazines & Newspapers
Academic OneFile This database contains over 12,000 journals and reference sources, many of which are peer-reviewed and full text. It has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and more. The database also contains some full text titles that are cited in databases such as AGRICOLA, CINAHL, EconLit, ERIC, MEDLINE, MLA International Bibliography, PsycINFO and others. (Supported by the NOVEL project.)
Academic Search Premier The world’s largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for nearly 4,700 publications, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed journals. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost. Available to Colonie patrons only.
Consumer Reports

    Product and Service Ratings and Recommendations, selections from the latest issue of Consumer Reports print edition, searchable archive of the past four years of Ratings, Consumer Reports' exclusive product and car reliability reports, and more.Available to Colonie patrons only.

Gale Newsstand This full-text newspaper database lets you search newspapers electronically by title, headline, date, author, or section.With InfoTrac Newsstand, you can search a collection of thousands of national, international, state and local newspapers, then select your own screen appearance, search options and results format. (Supported by the NOVEL project.)
General OneFile This general periodical database contains over 12,000 periodicals, newspapers, reference books and multimedia sources, over half of which are full text. The backfile extends nearly 30 years. Subjects include humanities, education, environmental issues, technology, health care, politics and more (Supported by the NOVEL project.)
Newspaper Source Newspaper Source provides selected full text for 25 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. The database also contains full text television & radio news transcripts, and selected full text for more than 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.
National Newspaper Index National Newspaper Index provides quick access to the indexing of America's top five newspapers in one seamless search: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. (Supported by the NOVEL project.
New York State Newspapers Search this database of ten major newspapers published in the state of New York, including the New York Times and the New York Post. (Supported by the NOVEL project.)
Times Union

Online archives are provided at no cost to the user and contain most staff-written stories published in the Times Union newspaper since March 1986 (obituaries since 1993). The archives do not include online-only stories, such as local and wire-service breaking news updates.


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