Databases A-Z

A descriptive list of all online database subscriptions available to Ridgefield Library cardholders. All are brought to you by the Ridgefield Library unless otherwise noted. Databases with the researchIT logo are brought to you by the Connecticut State Library and are available to all CT library cardholders. Have your library card handy for log-in.

Please note that the state library research service formerly known as iCONN is now called researchIT CT. Re-branded items are located under their new name in the list below and indicated by the new logo.

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ABI/Inform CompleteiConn*Temporarily reinstated during ongoing CT state budget discussions
The gold standard for business research. ABI/Inform Complete includes thousands of important full-text journals and sought-after titles from the business press as well as key trade publications, newspapers, dissertations, conference proceedings, and market reports.

Academic Search Premier iConnCovers a wide variety of academic topics.  Includes full text articles from 4,600 journals. *Available only from computers in the Library. Search more than 500 databases maintained by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Covers vital, probate, cemetery, church, and other records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records.

Ancestry Library Edition
*Available only from computers in the Library. The world's most popular consumer online genealogy resource. Billions of records from 8,000 databases; census data, vital records, immigration & military records, and more. Unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom., Inc. is based in Provo, UT.

Biography Reference Bank iConnOriginal biographies from H.W. Wilson including the trusted Biography Index.  Covers 500,000 people.

Biography Reference Center iConnOver 450,000 biographies from EBSCO including thousands of narrative biographies not available elesewhere.

BookSizzle Sign up to receive email newsletters of new book lists on topics of interest to you.


Catholic Encyclopedia Authoritative information on Catholic interests, action and doctrine and more.

Christian Science Monitor iConn1988 to present.

Connecticut Digital CollectionsiConn

Connecticut State Library Collections in Create an individual account and search Connecticut records only. The complete database is available from computers in the

Consumer Reports Explore the Consumer Reports database. Search for products, find ratings, recommendations, information on reliability, and buying guides. View the current issue of Consumer Reports magazine. *Archived Consumer Reports articles are also available in full text on MasterFILE Premier -Click on "Publications" (on upper left green bar) then type "consumer reports" and click on the Browse button; then click on Consumer Reports.

Encyclopedia Britannica Click here for tips on using this online encyclopedia.

ERIC iConnEducation Resource Information Center contains1.3 million records with 323,000 in full text. 1966 to present.

Foundation Directory Online(FDO) *Available only from computers in the Library. Search grants, grantmakers, IRS Forms 990, and more from the Foundation Center.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online *Available only from computers in the Library. Find funding for artists, students and other individuals.

Foundation Maps *Available only from computers in the Library. Interactive mapping tool of grantmakers and grants from the Foundation Center.

Funk & Wagnalls New World EncyclopediaiConn

Glassdoor Gives you an inside look at company reviews, interview questions, & salary information for thousands of jobs. Content is from current and former employees, job seekers, and sometimes from the companies themselves.

GreenFILEiConnCovers environmental science topics such as global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

Hartford Courant - Classifieds iConnFind jobs in/around Hartford.

Hartford Courant iConn1992 to present   *Temporarily reinstated during ongoing CT state budget discussions
Hartford Courant Historical iConn 1764-1922  *Temporarily reinstated during ongoing CT state budget discssions

HeritageQuest Online - iConnSearch U.S. federal census records 1790-1940, local history books and Revolutionary War records.  Includes 272 million names.

History Reference Center iConnU.S. and world history;1,620 reference books, over 150 history journals, biographies, historical documents, photos, maps, and 80 hours of historical video.

Hoopla  Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, downloadable audiobooks, comics, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your Ridgefield Library card. Multiple users can check out the same item so you will never have to place a hold.

Investor’s Business Daily *Available only from computers in the Library.

JobNow  Help with resume writing, interviewing, and your job search. Career assessments included. Live online coaching and feedback.

Legal Information Reference Center iConnSearch 225 legal reference sources in full text including Nolo books. Print thousands of state-specific legal forms.

Literary Reference Center (EBSCO)  Literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews, study guides, plot summaries and work overviews. Includes poems, short stories, drama, full text literary reference books, author interviews and more. For secondary school through undergraduate research.
Los Angeles Times iConn1985 to present Online video learning resource offering more than 3,400 video courses covering a wide range of commercial software, business skills, computer programming and web development, creative and technical skills. Log on using your Ridgefield Library barcode and the password used to log into your Ridgefield Library catalog account (usually the last four digits of your phone number, unless you have changed it). You will be asked to create a Lynda Library account which will allow you to track your progress through your tutorials.

MainFILE  iConnIncludes more than 12,000 publications, 440,00 images, and 17, 500 company reports.

MAS Ultra - School Edition iConnResearch for high school students.

MasterFILE Premier iConn Covers all topics; 1,700 magazines, reference books, images and Consumer Reports in full text. 1975 to present.

Middle Search Plus iConnResearch for middle school students.

Morningstar Investment Research Center - Investment research for stocks, bonds, mutual funds and more. If you have trouble accessing Morningstar, contact us at 203-438-2282 x12004. As a reminder, please click "End Session" in the upper right corner and then close out of your browser to allow other patrons to access Morningstar. 

MyHeritage Library Edition - More than 5 billion historical records from all over the world, including U.S. and U.K. census records, 1.5 billion exclusive family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni, millions of public records and tombstone photos, directories, guides, references, biographies and yearbooks, exclusive databases such as the Jewish Chronicle historical newspaper and many others. MyHeritage is based in Israel.

New York Times iConn1980 to present

New York Times Historical 1851-2012

Newspaper Source Plus iConnSearch 860 full text newspapers. Also includes television and radio news transcripts.

NoveList Plus Browse fiction and nonfiction; view read-alikes and recommended reading lists.  Includes book discussion guides.

NoveList K-8 Plus Find fiction and nonfiction books for school projects and for pleasure.  Recommended reading lists and read-alikes too. Grades K-8

Primary SearchiConn   Full text articles from 70 popular magazines for elementary school research. All articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).

Professional Development Collection iConnResearch for teachers and other educational professionals.

Pronunciator Online language learning program, featuring beginning and advanced modules for 80 languages, plus extensive assistance with learning English for speakers of many languages

ProQuest News and Newspapers iConnSearch all eight researchIT CT newspapers together: Christian Science Monitor, Harford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, along with other national newspapers. Formerly known as the iCONN Newstand.

Reference USA  Find customized information on 24 million U.S. businesses.  Perfect for market research and job seekers.  Search 222 million U.S. consumers in residential "white pages" listings.

Referencia Latina iConnComprehensive research in Spanish.  Includes 10 Latin American newspapers, reference books and magazines.

researchIT CT offers free online resources as a service of the CT State Library. Here you will find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles for Connecticut public, K12, and academic libraries and their users. We also offer a collection of downloadable eAudios and eBooks for Connecticut residents with valid CT public library card numbers. Formerly known as iCONN.

Ridgefield Authors - temporarily unavailable

The Ridgefield Authors Online Directory was on a platform called Wikispaces which officially closed in July 2018. The content of the Directory has been copied and saved, and we will be migrating it to a new website which should be available in early 2019. In the meantime, if you would like access to the content from the Ridgefield Authors Online Directory, please contact the Adult Services Desk.

Science Reference Center iConn Search 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, and

Teacher Reference Center iConn Search 280 education periodicals for teachers, administrators, and other educational professionals.

TOPICsearch iConn Search more than 50 selected topics such as gun control and abortion rights.  Covers social, political, economic, scientific and other popular classroom discussion topics.

Value Line Investment Survey Investment research information and market trends. Current and historical data, and expert forecasts. Check the status of stocks, mutual funds and other securities.

Wall Street Journal iConn 1984 to present

Washington Post iConn 1987 to present

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