Databases and Online Reference

The Waterbury Public Library’s research databases include online resources featuring some of the most comprehensive and authoritative information available on a variety of subjects. These resources are available to you 24-hours-a-day from not only your participating local library, but your home, your office – or anywhere Internet access is available. Just click on the icon to get there.

General Reference: Magazine & Journal Articles on Many Topics:

GeneralOneFile_000A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.
GeneralRef.Ctr.Gold_000A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources – newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.
GaleVirtualReference_000 A database of full-text encyclopedias and reference sources.

For Research:

AcademicOneFile_000A comprehensive database for serious academic research. Full-text articles from the world’s leading journals, popular magazines, and reference sources.
ExpandedAcademic_000From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science, and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. It contains scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers.

For Educators:

EducatorsReference_000A selection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education.

For Students:

KidsInfoBits_000For Kindergarten through Grade 5 -This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Other Useful Databases for Homework Help:

BiographyinContext_000Search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.
OpposingViewpoints_000Essays, news, and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social and controversial issues.
ScienceinContextFrom earth science and life science to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography, this revolutionary, curriculum-oriented online experience is designed to boost achievement for students and researchers.

For Businesses:

BusinessInsightsEssentialsDetailed company and industry news and information, including company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories.
SmallBusinessResourceCtr._000_000Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles and websites.
GeneralBusinessFile_000Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics, and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals, and company directory listings.

Looking for a job or a new career?

CareerTransitions_000This online career guidance center walks users through the job-search process from beginning to end. All the tools needed to explore and take the leap to a new career – employs a step-by-step approach to help you 1) explore new career possibilities; 2) assess interests and experience; 3) identify ways to improve prospects; 4) prepare for a job search, and 5) search and apply for jobs.

Computer information

ComputerDatabases_000Find computer-related product introductions, news, and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.

Health & Wellness

HealthandWellness_000Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, and over 700 health-related videos, and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Legal Help

LegalTrac_000Students, law school faculty and legal researchers will all find the legal publications they need here. More than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals, and international legal journals.


Newsstand_000An innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields.

Learn a new language

PowerspeakLanguages_000An online language learning experience – an entertaining and effective way to learn a new language.

Do it yourself auto repair

ChiltonLibraryProvides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls, and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in this easy-to-use database.