All databases listed here are available at both Poughkeepsie Public Library District branch libraries. However, remote access to some databases may be limited 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 the letter to view available databases):

Academic OneFile (Gale) – News 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.

Academic OneFile Select (Gale) – 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.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Resources – List of direct links to free study guides, practice tests, and books. – Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more. Remote access will be available until September 30, 2021 (and will continue to be re-evaluated) to Poughkeepsie Public Library District library account/cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

Ancestry Education Resources – access to Nearly 500M National Archives Records and online tutorials and video courses. *This at home service is provided temporarily by Ancestry during the quarantine.

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.

Available at two levels for students— Britannica Escolar Primeria  and Britannica Escolar Secundaria.

Business Insights: Essentials (Gale) – Company profiles, industry rankings, products, brands, stock prices. Contents can be retrieved with a Catalog Plus Articles search in a Catalog Search.

Computer Science (Gale OneFile) – Provides access to business and technical publications in the computer, electronics, and telecommunications industries.

CourseraNew Yorkers can Access Nearly 4,000 Online Free Courses and Certificate Programs on Coursera. Courses Focus on High-Growth and In-Demand Industries like Advanced Manufacturing, Tech, and Healthcare.

CQ Researcher – Timely social and political issues covered factually offering pro/con viewpoints on controversial topics. – 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.

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.

Ebsco Information Services – Free (no library card or account needed) Resources for Schools and Public Libraries Impacted by COVID-19. Updated frequently.

Educators Reference Complete (Gale OneFile) – 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.

Elementary (Gale In Context) – Explores hundreds of fun topics and provides reliable facts for your grade-schooler.

Entrepreneurship (Gale) – 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.

ERIC – Education Journal articles, reports, conference papers and other materials, become indexed in ERIC through a formal review process.

Foundation Center – Non-profits can learn how to win more grants and make a bigger difference using this database.

General OneFile (Gale) – 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 Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) – A library of searchable electronic-format reference books covering biography, business, history, medicine, nations of the world, and science.

Health & Medicine (Gale OneFile) – 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.

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 (Gale OneFile) –  Spanish interface provides access to Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals both from and about Latin America.

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.

LinkedIn Learning Pathways – (formerly is providing some free learning paths available during the pandemic. Note that a LinkedIn account is required to view the courses. That account can be created while accessing the free materials. Available through the end of 2021.

From any of the Learning Path choices listed on the page, once selected, you will be brought to a blog page. From the blog, choose a course, then you should see this screen where you can click Sign In (do this with or without a LinkedIn account).On the Sign In page, you can sign in (if you already have a LinkedIn account) or click Join Now to create an account. Do not click the Start Free Trail as it will ask you for a credit card. It is not necessary to access the free Learning Paths. View this short video tutorial on how to access LinkedIn Learning.

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.

Middle School (Gale in Context) – Contains magazines, newspapers, primary sources and videos for students in grades 6 to 8.

Morningstar Investment Research Center – Access Morningstar financial reports, screening, analyst reports and portfolio screening. Use the Help & Education link to access information about this database and online course modules on investing. ***If you are inside a PPLD library building, click here for immediate access. Poughkeepsie Public Library Card holders can access this service remotely using this link.

MiSN (Maternal Infant Services Network) – Community-based nonprofit Perinatal Network, established in 1990 to improve birth outcomes and reduce ethnic and racial disparities leading to infant mortality, maternal mortality, preterm birth and low birth weight babies.

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.

News (Gale OneFile) – 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. -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. ***If you are inside a PPLD library building, click HERE for immediate access.

Niche Academy is an online learning platform that includes ready-to-use tutorials for many of our library services.

Opposing Viewpoints (Gale in Context) – 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 Solutions – 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.

Salem Press Reference Titles — American Book of Days; Famous First Facts: Great Lives From History: Inventors & Inventions: Cyclopedia of Literary Characters

Scholastic ScienceFlix – Over 8,000 digital science-related videos, texts, projects, and interactive features for grades 5 – 9.

Scholastic Teachables – Ready-to-go lessons and activities for every age, grade, or skill level.

Universal Class brings libraries lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. You can take multiple classes and learn at your own pace.

Upsolve – A government backed 501(c)(3) that helps low-income families file for bankruptcy for free.

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.

Vocations & Careers (Gale OneFile) – 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.

World Book Online – Thousands of articles, as well as hundreds of maps, videos, and other media for an immersive learning experience. From pre-K to high school and beyond. Offsite access limited to Poughkeepsie Public Library District residents with library card.

Database by Subject (click on box to jump to that section):

Photo of Dollar Bills

Business and Personal Finance

Image of people shaking hands and doing business

Careers and Jobs

Photo of someone driving

DMV and Driving Tests

Image of a Wooden Figure Reading a Book


Photo of person on the computer

Español / Spanish





Photo of US Capitol Building

Government and Current Affairs



Photo close up of a doctor's coat with tools in pocket

Health and Wellness



Graphic of the word Hello in different languages

Language Learning / Aprendizaje de idiomas



Illustration of a newspaper

Newspapers, Magazines, & Journals



illustration of people implying a nonprofit

Nonprofit Resources