Online Resources & Databases
All databases listed here are available at both Poughkeepsie Public Library District branch libraries. However, remote access to some databases may be limited– those are marked in blue, while others are available throughout the Mid-Hudson Library System. If you have an access problem and live in the Mid-Hudson region, but not in Poughkeepsie, you can find your local library’s home page, and look for the ‘Home Access’ logo.
Database by Letter (select letter to view databases):
Ancestry.com – Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more. Onsite access only (both branches).
Britannica Academic Encyclopedia Online – Includes Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools.
Britannica Escolar – Accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students and students learning Spanish.
Business Insights: Essentials – Company profiles, industry rankings, products, brands, stock prices. Contents can be retrieved with a Catalog Plus Articles search in a Catalog Search.
ChiltonLibrary.com – Automotive repair information for do-it-yourself people.
Consumer Reports Online — This is the full access to the official Consumer Reports subscription level Web product, including articles and product ratings.
CQ Researcher – A database of in-depth, authoritative reports on a full range of political and social-policy issues extending back to 1923 — each report is footnoted and includes an overview, background section, chronology, bibliography and debate-style pro-con feature, plus tools to study the evolution of the topic over time. Offsite access limited to Poughkeepsie Public Library District residents.
Credo Reference – A wide-ranging selection of over 600, full-text, searchable, authoritative reference works in digital format. Offsite access limited to Poughkeepsie Public Library District residents.
DMV-Permit-Test.com – provides free access to a wealth of driver-related resources, including: free online permit practice tests based on the actual contents of each State’s Driver Manual, driver’s training, frequently asked questions, latests official Driver’s Manuals.
Driving-Tests.org – unlimited access to the official state driver’s manuals, NY-specific DMV practice tests for car, motorcycle and commercial driver’s license (CDL), a DMV exam simulator, and a DMV-related FAQ.
Dutchess County Clerk Ancient Document Search – Explore digital images of 37,000 pages of eighteenth-century legal documents. These records comprise the oldest surviving manuscripts from the Dutchess County Court of Common Pleas and General Sessions, which began operation in 1721 through 1786 (document numbers 1-11400). These documents detail daily life in Dutchess County as seen through both civil and criminal cases that came before the judges and justices of the peace.
Educators Reference Complete – Resource for educators and education students. Provides access to periodicals covering pre-school to college and most educational specialties. Also contains federal and international reports and publications, including full-text for many titles cited in ERIC.
ERIC – Education Journal articles, reports, conference papers and other materials, become indexed in ERIC through a formal review process.
Expanded Academic ASAP – Resource for academic research includes scholarly journals and selected general interest titles in a wide variety of subjects. Ideal for smaller academic libraries and high schools.
GALE Academic OneFile – News are articles covering the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Updated daily. Contents can be retrieved with a Catalog Plus Articles search in a Catalog Search.
Gale Encyclopedia of World Biography – Approximately 7,000 biographies in 24 volumes on notables from every part of the world and from all time periods.
GALE General OneFile – News and articles covering 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. Updated daily. Contents can be retrieved with a Catalog Plus Articles search in a Catalog Search.
Gale Small Business Collection – Hundreds of full text subject-appropriate periodicals. The collection contains 10,231,146 articles updated daily. All articles have been published between 1980 and 2012.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) – A library of searchable electronic-format reference books covering biography, business, history, medicine, nations of the world, and science.
Gale Vocations & Careers – Finding the right career can be a daunting and high stakes task: finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career are all topics covered by this collection, providing current and applicable content for all vocational milestones. Offering content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.
Gale’s Health Reference Center Academic – Articles on general health issues from popular and scholarly magazines and encyclopedias; includes alternative medicine. Contents can be retrieved with a Catalog Plus Articles search in a Catalog Search.
General Reference Center Gold – General-interest sources include magazines, children’s magazines, newspapers, almanacs, encyclopedias, dictionaries, reference books and more.
HeritageQuest – Census records and other documents for genealogy and family research. Offsite access limited to Poughkeepsie Public Library District cardholders.
Historical New York Times – Online provides full text coverage of the New York Times from 1851 through 2005 and is searchable by keyword (“Titanic sinks”) or by date (April 16, 1912). Scroll through all related articles, or use the Page Map to view the entire page and navigate through the paper from first page to last. Offsite access limited to Poughkeepsie Public Library District residents.
Informe Académico – Spanish interface provides access to Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals both from and about Latin America.
Infotrac Newsstand – Full-text newspaper articles from newspapers across the country and around the world, including the New York Times (1985-present), the New York Post, The Daily News, the Albany Times Union and other newspapers.
Job Express – Current job openings in New York State.
JobNow – A database that will help you create a resume, hone your interview skills and search for jobs. Patrons can also take practice tests, chat with a live tutor or receive writing help.
Mango – Learn Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Greek, or Russian the fun, interactive way – all on your own schedule, at your own pace, and wherever you want. Stop in the middle of a lesson and sign back in at a later point, Mango will keep track of everything for you.
New York Times – Full text access from 1985 to the present. Articles can be translated into more than 10 different languages or listened to using the audio player.
Newspapers.com -New York – Page image newspapers that are keyword searchable from many parts of New York State. The Poughkeepsie Eagle News is available from November 30, 1861 – December 30, 1922 (with some coverage gaps). Also included are the Kingston Daily Freeman (1873-1977), and the Middletown Herald and variant names (1894-1970s). Offsite access limited to Poughkeepsie Public Library District Cardholders.
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Opposing Viewpoints – Covers covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more. Contents can be retrieved with a Catalog Plus Articles search in a Catalog Search.
Reference USA – A premier business and residential directory. Source a supplier, prepare for a job interview or do research on a company or business, see who your competitors are, and more. Offsite access limited to Poughkeepsie Public Library District residents.
Research in Context – Contains magazines, newspapers, primary sources and videos for students in grades 6 to 8.
Salem Press Reference Titles — American Book of Days; Famous First Facts: Great Lives From History: Inventors & Inventions: Cyclopedia of Literary Characters
Value Line Investment Survey – The premier tool to explore publicly traded stocks, with history and risk analysis. The PPLD subscription also includes access to the Mutual Funds Advisor. Offsite access limited to Poughkeepsie Public Library District Cardholders.
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