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Biography

links American Presidents: Life Portraits
This web site, created for the television series, contains a complete video archive of all American Presidents: Life Portraits programming, plus additional resources.
links Biography Reference Center
Contains many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines. Offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies.
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links Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson)
Original profiles of Current Biography and World Authors series, the periodical coverage of Biography Index, and the specialist biographical content of Junior Authors & Illustrators.
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links Biography.com
You can read about more than 25,000 notable figures who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day. Produced by A&E.

Geography

links CIA World Fact Book
Select a country and find information on its geography, population, government, economy, and more provided by the Central intelligence Agency
links Map Collections
Library of Congress.
MasterFILE Premier
Provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents and an Image Collection with photos, maps & flags. Includes Consumer Reports.
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links National Atlas
This online version of the National Atlas of the United States provides printatable and interactive maps about America's people, history and resources.
links National Geographic Xpeditions
Printable maps from National Geographic's online atlas.
links Student Research Center
For students in grades 6-12. Includes magazines, newspapers, biographies, coutry reports, an online dictionary and encyclopedia, film & video.
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Science

links All Weather Is Good
This website compiles lists of books and websites about weather. It is prepared by the National Weather Center Library and supported by a Carnegie-Whitney grant from the American Library Association.
links Chem For Kids
Simple explanations of chemistry principles suitable for students or anyone looking for basic chemistry information.
links ENature
Drawing from the National Audubon Society Field, Regional, and Nature guides, the Online Field Guide offers information on more than 4,000 plant and animal species found in North America. Be sure to check out the news items, discussion groups, and travel tales as well.
links GreenFile
Content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations, and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these affects.
links NASA
Brings you images, videos and interactive features from the unique perspective of America’s space agency.
links NOVA Science Now
A division of PBS's popular television series. Explore topics and watch online videos.
links Science Reference Center
For upper grades. Covers biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, technology, and wildlife.
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links WebElements
An interactive periodic table of the elements.

Books & Literature

links Book Clubs Start your own book club. See what are the hot books for book clubs, get free discussion guides and more!
links Genrefluent
The author of Genreflecting, Diana Tixier Herald, reviews her recommended reads in all of the popular genres -- crime, historical fiction, romance, etc.
links Good Reads Best Books Lists Join thousands of readers who review daily, and let your voice be heard. Find new titles to read, and vote on your favorites. Great for finding new book recommendations. Create an online account and keep track of all the books you read.
databases Literary Reference Center
This resource includes more than 10,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews; 75,000 articles of literary criticism; 130,000 author biographies; full text of more than 300 literary journals; 500,000 book reviews; 25,000 classic and contemporary poems; over 11,000 classic and contemporary short stories. Enter your library card number as your Patron ID.
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links New York Times Best Seller List
databases NoveList
Offers one-stop shopping for fiction book recommendations for all age groups, series lists, book discussion guides, and much more. Also, note NoveList book recommendatons and series information added to the bottom of library catalog entries.
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links NPR Recently Reviewed Books
Find titles featured on NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition

History

links American Memory (Library of Congress)
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. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.
links Art History Resources on the NetThis multi-award winning site serves as a gateway to resources on art history from ancient times to the present day. There are links to research resources, an extensive list of museums and galleries by country, online journals, exhibits, and university art departments.
links Best of History Websites
An award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.
links Chronicling America
A free, searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers from 1836-1922, available through the Library of Congress.
links Connecticut Digital Collections
Search individually, or as a combined search, the digital collections of the Connecticut State Library, Connecticut History Online, Newspapers of Connecticut and Treasures of Connecticut Libraries.
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links Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
The Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University currently holds more than 4,100 testimonies of individuals who experienced the Holocaust – survivors, those in hiding, resistors, liberators. The project began in 1979, and the resources have been available to the public since 1982. View excerpts from these testimonies here at the Archive’s website, or connect to the Archive’s online catalogs.
links Hartford Courant - Historical (1764-1922)
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links History Reference Center
For upper grades, secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research. Full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.
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links Middle Search Plus
Primary source documents, reference books, and thousands of relevant photos, maps, and flags.
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links Monroe Historical Society
Your best resource for local history.
links Salem History
Online access to Milestone Documents in American History, a resource published by Salem Press which combines 134 full-text primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary.
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Also available in print at the library. Location: TEEN REF 973 MILESTONE
links The September 11 Digital Archive
150,000 digital items, 40,000 first-hand accounts, and an interactive map of Ground Zero.

Test Prep

links Learning Express
Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want. See a list of tests, careers, and skills that are included.
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links GCFLearnFree.org
Use the Math and Reading modules for a little extra help with grammar, algebra, and other areas where you might need a boost.

General Reference

links 411
This site provides free directory service to find phone numbers (listed landlines only) and addresses of individuals and businesses. It also offers reverse searches, i.e. use a phone number or address if you have only that information to retrieve the other details.
links Abbreviations.com
An extensive collection of hundreds of thousands of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.
links Academic Search Premier
Provides an elaborate array of titles to cornerstone academia. Comprehensive content, including PDF backfiles to 1975 or further for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references for more than 1,050 titles.
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links Area Code Locations
Provides a list of locations for each area code in the U. S. , Canada and some Caribbean Islands.
links Area Libraires
Bibliomation Public Libraries
Trumbull Library
Stratford Library Association
Fairfield Public Library
Bridgeport Public Library
links Book Collection: Nonfiction-Elementary School Edition
Informative abstracts and searchable full text for more than 1,300 nonfiction titles on animals, weather, holidays, adventure, sports, and more.
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links Book Collection: Nonfiction-High School Edition
Informative abstracts and searchable full text for more than 2,700 nonfiction titles on careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, disabilities, adventure, sports, technology, biographies, music, science, history, civics, and more.
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links Book Collection: Nonfiction-Middle School Edition
Informative abstracts and searchable full text for more than 3,200 nonfiction titles on careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, disabilities, adventure, sports, technology, biographies, history, science, women, civics, and more.
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links Dictionary.com
In addition to a dictionary and thesaurus, this site also has a foreign language translator, a basic grammar usage guide, and daily puzzles. In addition, you can find links to numerous valuable reference sites.
databases Explora
Supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.
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links Free Translation
Translate foreign language phrases into English, or vice versa.
links Google Advanced Search
All the power of Google with more precision and focus.
links Google Scholar
Search for free access to scholarly articles right from Google. A great place to get started!
links MainFile
A multi-disciplinary database with coverage of all aspects of academic study and general interest subject areas. Includes more than 4,300 full-text magazines and journals and nearly 250 full-text newspapers and newswires, and over 2,900 full-text reference books and encyclopedias.
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links MAS Ultra - School Edition
Designed specifically for high school students. Contains full text for hundreds of popular magazines covering a wide range of subject areas including history, science, careers and much more.
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links MasterFILE Premier
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents and an Image Collection with photos, maps & flags. Includes Consumer Reports.
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links Middle Search Plus
Contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History, reference books such as the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia of Animals, and more than 1.2 million relevant photos, maps, and flags.
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links Popular Magazines
Access to the complete or nearly complete archives of many popular magazines such as Newsweek, Smithsonian, Scientific American, National Geographic, and more.
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ResearchIT CT All Resources
See a list of all the different resources available in ResearchIT CT.
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links ResearchIT CT OneSearch
Search all articles, newspapers, audiobooks and digital collections in ResearchIT CT.
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links The Phrase Finder
The meanings and origins of thousands of English sayings, phrases, idioms and expressions: Proverbs, American Phrases, Phrases coined by Shakespeare, Nautical phrases, and Phrases from the Bible.
links TOPICSearch
Contains full text for tens of thousands of articles from diverse sources, including international newspapers, EBSCO's collection of periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets and government information.
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links Student Research Center
For students in grades 6-12. Includes magazines, newspapers, biographies, country reports, an online dictionary and encyclopedia, film & video.
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Newspapers

links Chronicling America
A free, searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers from 1836-1922, available through the Library of Congress.
links Connecticut Post
Website for the major newspaper of Connecticut.
databases Hartford Courant Historical
This archive includes over 280,000 pages of text from 1764 through 1922.
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links The Monroe Courier
Newspaper of Monroe, Connecticut.
databases Newspaper Source Plus
Cover-to-cover full text coverage for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, and selective full text for more than 330 regional (U.S.) newspapers. Also, full-text television and radio news transcripts from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc.
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databases Newspapers of Connecticut
Browse an assortment of local Connecticut Newspapers from 1821-1929.
databases ResearchIT CT ProQuest Newspapers
Search All Newspapers Listed
Select an individual Newspaper from the list:
Hartford Courant (1992-)
Los Angeles Times (1985-)
New York Times (1985-)
Wall Street Journal (1984-)
Washington Post (1987-)
Christian Science Monitor

Writing Tools

links Bartleby
Free online version of dozens of reputable reference books, such as the American Heritage Dictionary, The Elements of Style, and the World Encyclopedia. You can also find many classic fiction and nonfiction works.
links Dictionary.com
In addition to a dictionary and thesaurus, this site also has a foreign language translator, a basic grammar usage guide, and daily puzzles. In addition, you can find links to numerous valuable reference sites.
links  Online Citation Guides
Offers correct citation examples for a wide variety of sources in every style.
links Citation Machine
Creates a citation for you when you fill your information into a form.
links Slate Citation Machine
What a wonderful resource for students and writers everywhere! Citing sources can be tricky, especially electronic resources. This website allows you to plug in the citation information (author, title, journal, etc.), and then arranges the info in either the correct MLA or APA format.
links Free Translation
Translate foreign languages phrases into English, or vice versa.
links Guide to Writing a Basic Essay
This award winning site provides an outline and tips for writing a basic essay. Includes a sample essay and links to other writing and research sites.
links KnightCite
Fill your resource information into a form and get a citation back in any style.
links Poetry Resources
This website provides poetry apps, discussion forums, links, poems, and opportunities to get involved in grassroots projects. The site's "Writing Help" section offers many resources for poets-in-the-making.
links Purdue OWL
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material. OWL also offers email tutor assistance for brief writing related questions.
links Teen Ink
Read published works from other teens and submit your own for possible publication on this online version of this national teen magazine.
links Writer's Digest
For more than 90 years, the experts at Writer’s Digest have been publishing books, magazines, competitions, conferences and distance education materials for writers who want to polish their skills and hone their craft.