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Research Databases

Research isn’t just strictly for academics (although, we have a database for that!) Whether you’re doing research for school, research on buying a car, or researching what book to read next, we’ve got a database that can help you!



Connecticut State Library collections in Ancestry.com


Access thousands of genealogy records including, birth, death, marriage, immigration, voter, and census records.  Ancestry.com must be accessed from inside the library either on a library computer or a laptop on our wifi.  Ask a staff member for help.



 Foundation Center Grant Databases


3 databases all for people looking for grants! One for non-profits, one for individuals and one for philanthropy trends.  This database is only accessible from inside the library.  Email Madhu to schedule an appointment to use one of these databases today: mgupta@plnl.org




iCONN OneSearch

Connecticut’s free research database is really many databases in one.  Magazine articles, archived newspaper articles, business and industry resources, homework help, and science articles (plus many more).  Take a look at the individual resources below!  Please note that although these resources are free, you do need to have a valid Connecticut library card.

General Reference Information:

MasterFILE Premier
Academic Search Premier

Business Insights: Essentials contains a wealth of information on companies and business industries.

Covering US History from colonial times to present, this database is an integrated collection of articles from scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers.  It contains primary documents, timelines, historical maps and audio and video clips.



iCONN Newsstand
Newspaper Source Plus



Legal Information Reference Center

Connecticut History:


Connecticut Digital Collections
Connecticut Digital Collections


Biography Reference Bank button
Biography Reference Center button



MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for You
Developed by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, PubMed comprises over 22 million citations and abstracts in the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Citation Help:

Remember to cite your sources! EVERY well-written paper is followed by a comprehensive bibliography which gives credit to the original sources that helped make ideas possible. Click the link below for an array of sites that will help you cite your sources!

Citation Sites