Research

Avon Free Public Library provides reference service and research assistance from professional librarians in person, on the phone (860-673-9712 x203), and via email.  Additionally, the library provides access to dozens of subscription databases covering a variety of topics.  Access our databases in the library or remotely. If prompted for an ID number, enter the barcode number from the back of your Avon Library card (omitting spaces).

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  • A to Z the USA

    State and city information on all 50 US states and 5 territories including maps, flags, photos, and fast facts.

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  • A to Z World Food

    Over 1,400 food culture articles and recipes from 174 countries around the world.

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  • A to Z World Travel

    Maps, attractions, culture, shopping, cuisine and other travel essentials from over 100 destination cities world-wide.

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    For remote access, click Library Card/Bar Code Login in the upper right corner when you go to the site and enter your Avon Library card number.

  • AbdoZOOM Animals

    Young readers will explore 160 pages of fascinating and interactive animal content in depth! Animals can be easily filtered by geography, habitat, and classification. Topic tabs feature overviews, characteristics, life cycles, feeding habits, personality traits, history, and more. With read-along audio, beginning readers can go on an adventure with their favorite animals!

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  • AbdoZOOM Biographies

    With 160 compelling biographies to choose from, young readers will learn about the lives of important people and their contributions. Each biography is broken down into easy-to-read, chronological sections, focusing on each person’s impact, early life, rise to fame, breakthrough, legacy, and more. Enjoy a diverse list of important figures from yesterday and today, including inventors, explorers, entertainers, athletes and activists.

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  • AbdoZOOM STEAM

    Young readers can explore more than 100 topics through the lens of how they relate to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each topic is broken down into sections about the five STEAM categories. Plus, a special art project helps spur creativity. With read-along audio and colorful pictures, this database is a great introduction into the wide world of STEAM!

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  • ABI/INFORM

    ABI/INFORM is a business research database that includes important full‐text journals and much sought‐after titles from the business press as well as key trade publications, dissertations, conference proceedings, and market reports.

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  • America’s News

    Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.

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  • America’s News Magazines

    Find information on topics of current interest including business, education, the environment, history, homeschooling, science and technology. Features Newsweek/Newsweek Global, Popular Science, Field and Stream, Mother Earth News, Science Illustrated, Smithsonian and more for homework help and current events.

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  • Ancestry

    Find census, birth, marriage and death records, newspaper and historical stories, photos, historical maps and other media.

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  • BarPrep Hero

    The Multistate Bar Examination, which is prepared and administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, covers material relating to seven legal practice areas. They are Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property and Torts. The following practice exams incorporate those subjects into the hypothetical problem-solving, multiple choice questions.

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  • Biography Reference Bank

    A comprehensive collection of more than 200,000 full text biographies, including the complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

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  • BookBrowse

    Exceptional books don’t just entertain, they also uplift and educate us. BookBrowse seeks out these books across a range of genres offering reviews, recommendations, articles and excerpts, and includes extensive resources for book clubs. For the latest recommendations read their twice-monthly online magazine; or browse by genre and a wide range of themes.

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  • BookFlix

    BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction from Children’s Press and other trusted Scholastic imprints. It is published by Scholastic Inc.

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  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Practice Test

    CNA practice tests that have the same kind of questions you’ll be answering when you take the real written examination. All test questions are based on current course materials, including the 2016 National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP®), which is the written test that most states use.

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  • Christian Science Monitor, 1988-present

    Searchable full text of this international newspaper from 1988 to present, provided by ResearchIt

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  • Connecticut Digital Collections

    CT Digital libraries provided by the Connecticut State Library, including books, letters, newspapers, photographs and more.

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  • Connecticut Post

    The Connecticut Post serves Connecticut’s largest city of Bridgeport. The paper features breaking news articles, sports, editorial, business, and lifestyle coverage for southwestern Connecticut.

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  • Consumer Reports

    Get product ratings from world famous test labs and find out which products are best buys and worst performers. Includes cars, appliances, electronics, home & garden, babies & kids, money, and more.

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  • CultureGrams

    Reports on 187 countries and all 50 U.S. states, including background facts, history & government, social customs & lifestyle, religion, economy, holidays, education, transportation, and even recipes!

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  • Driving-Tests.org

    Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles handbooks and practice tests for driving permits, motorcycle licenses and commercial drivers licenses.

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  • Explora

    Explora is a dedicated search interface for students that covers all of our EBSCO databases. A simple search quickly delivers relevant results, including articles, essays, and primary source documents.

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  • findIT CT

    Statewide Library Catalog – a service of the Connecticut State Library

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  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

    A collection of over 800 recent reference books in electronic format, covering the arts, biography, business, education, environment, history, law, medicine, science, and much more. Search by keyword across the entire collection, browse by topic, or select an individual book.

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  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Biography Collection

    A collection of biographical e-books.

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  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Business Collection

    A collection of reference e-books covering business, management and marketing topics.

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  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: History Collection

    A collection of history e-books, covering US and World History, from ancient times through the 20th Century.

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  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Literature Collection

    A collection of e-books on on literature, from Shakespeare through Suzanne Collins.

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  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Medicine Collection

    A collection of e-books covering disease, medicine, nutrition, and all kids of health related topics.

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  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Nation & World Collection

    A collection of e-books on the culture, politics and other issues of the US and other countries.

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  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Science Collection

    A collection of e-books, including the Gale Encyclopedia of Science, covering several scientific disciplines.

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  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Social Science Collection

    A collection of recent e-books on topical social issues.

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  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Technology Collection

    A collection of e-books on current technologies, including cloud computing and electric cars.

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  • Global Road Warrior

    A comprehensive country cultural database that features in-depth information on 175 countries, including their culture, food, language, maps, images, business, and education.

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  • Hartford Courant-Historical, 1764-1991

    Searchable full text and images from every available issue between 1764 and 1991.

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  • Hartford Courant, 1992-present

    Searchable full text and images from every available issue between 1992 and the present.

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  • Heritage Quest

    Research family history and American culture using U.S. federal census records and the UMI Genealogy and Local History collection.

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  • History Reference Center

    Designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research, this database features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books.

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  • JobNow

    JobNow provides live interactive online help and online resources to guide you through the tasks to get a job. Get help with resume writing, interviewing, building skills, and more!

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  • Journal Enquirer

    The Journal Inquirer newspaper serves Manchester Connecticut, a service, retail, employment and residential center for the eastern part of the Hartford region.

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  • Los Angeles Times, 1985-present

    Searchable full text articles from every available issue from 1985 to present, provided by ResearchIt CT

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  • LyndaLibrary

    LyndaLibrary provides online, self-paced courses on software, creative, and business skills taught by passionate educators who are respected authorities in their fields.  Popular topics include Microsoft Office, WordPress, Photoshop and much more.

    Technical support for LyndaLibrary login problems is available by phone at 888-335-9632.

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  • Mango Languages

    Mango Languages’s PhD-created and linguist-approved software teaches real conversations in over 60 languages and makes it fun too! Free mobile apps, easy progress tracking and film based learning make it one of the most popular language learning programs.

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  • MasterFILE Premier

    MasterFILE Premier contains full text for thousands of general reference magazines and publications and covers a wide-range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.

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  • Medline Plus

    Medical encyclopedia & dictionary, health information in Spanish, prescription & nonprescription drug information, links to clinical trials, including information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other health-related agencies.

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  • Morningstar

    Morningstar provides data on more than 385,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 8 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets.
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  • New Britain Herald

    Local news, sports and information for readers throughout New Britain and surrounding district.

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  • New Haven Register

    The New Haven Register, the second-largest daily newspaper in the state of Connecticut, provides local news for the towns and cities within New Haven and Middlesex counties.

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  • New York Times – Historical, 1851-2013

    Full-text and full-image coverage of the New York Times newspaper from 1851-2013.

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  • New York Times, 1985-present

    Searchable full text and images from every available issue between 1985 and the present, provided by ResearchIt CT.

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  • NewsBank’s Special Reports

    NewsBank’s Special Reports focus on topics of current interest. They include content from sources throughout the world to provide a global perspective, current and background information, statistics, maps, images, websites, and suggested search terms. New information is added daily to featured and current reports.

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  • Newspaper Source Plus

    Provides more than 1,000 full-text newspapers, providing more than 39 million full-text articles.

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  • Professional Development Collection

    Professional Development Collection includes full text for more than 500 high-quality education journals, provided by ResearchItCT.

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  • ReferenceUSA

    Directory information for more than 20 million business and 222 million consumers.

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  • Referencia Latina

    This comprehensive Spanish-language database offers content from a variety of sources including thousands of encyclopedia entries, an inclusive collection of images, an atlas, health reports, a Spanish-English dictionary and full text for reference books and general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas.

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  • Science Reference Center

    A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text, science-oriented content.

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  • ScienceFLIX

    ScienceFlix combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9. It is published by Scholastic Inc.

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  • State Library’s List of Foreign Language Collections

    The Connecticut State Library maintains lists of public libraries in Connecticut that have collections in languages other than English. Libraries are included if they have what they consider substantial, active, non-English language print collections.

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  • TrueFLIX

    TrueFlix is an online resource that combines award-winning True Books content with reading supports and a deep and diverse collection of related videos, images, Web links, and text. TrueFlix is based on the True Books print series published by Children’s Press, an imprint of Scholastic Library Publishing.

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  • UConn Healthnet

    Research service for consumers with personal medical questions. For Connecticut residents only. Also provides resource guides and helpful tips for doing your own research.

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  • Value Line Research Center

    Covers stocks, mutual funds, options, convertible securities and special situation stocks.

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  • Wall Street Journal, 1984-present

    Searchable full text articles from every available issue between 1984 and the present, provided by ResearchIt CT.

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  • Washington Post, 1987-present

    Searchable full text articles from every available issue between 1987 and the present, provided by ResearchIt CT.

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