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Biography/History

Biography Reference Bank: researchIT CT database offering the in-depth, original profiles of Current Biography and World Authors series, the periodical coverage of Biography Index, and the specialist biographical context of Junior Authors & Illustrators.  Contains biographical full-text articles, page images, and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals–providing the most current coverage of an individual’s life and work.   [Available to all Connecticut residents with current public library cards.]

Biography Reference CenterresearchIT CT database offering a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies.  Provides superior coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography.    [Available to all Connecticut residents with current public library cards.]

Connecticut Digital Collections:  researchIT CT database offering Central Connecticut State University's (CCSU) Digital Collections, a collection of more than 4,500 digital objects including oral histories, rare publications and archives materials, Polish posters and publications, student publications, theses and dissertations; Connecticut State Library’s Digital Collections, a collection of materials from the Connecticut State Library and the State Archives, including court documents, law and legal materials, photographs of farms, roads, bridges and more, ranging from 1631 to the present; Newspapers of Connecticut, a sample collection of historical newspapers covering the various regions, perspectives and topics of the Civil War era in Connecticut, including the Connecticut War Record from 1863-1865; Treasures of Connecticut Libraries, a collection of more than 1,700 items from Connecticut libraries and partnering institutions, including Civil War letters, historical photographs, postcards, pamphlets, films and more; and new items from CT libraries are added on an ongoing basis; Southern Connecticut State University's (SCSU) Digital Collections, a collection of antique library postcards, student publications, the newsletter of the Connecticut Library Association and Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.'s papers; and Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA), a service of the University of Connecticut Libraries with a collection of 200,000 digital assets from 20 different institutions, and includes assets from Connecticut History Illustrated (formerly Connecticut History Online).  [Available to all Connecticut residents with current public library cards.]

Connecticut State Library Collections in Ancestry.com:  researchIT CT database offering Connecticut State Library materials on Ancestry.com that are not part of the Ancestry.com site that is commercially available to the public. To access the State Library’s materials, you must create an individual account with Ancestry.com. In doing so, be aware that you may receive large amounts of e-mail from Ancestry.com – unless you choose to opt out of receiving those e-mails.  [Available to all Connecticut residents with current public library cards.]

Hartford Courant Historical: researchIT CT database (ProQuest) containing full-text coverage of theHartford Courant Historical (1764-1922). [Available to all Connecticut residents with current public library cards.]

HeritageQuest: researchIT CT research resource for family history and American culture. Includes U.S. Federal census records and the UMI Genealogy and Local History collection. [Available to all Connecticut residents with current public library cards.]

History Reference Center:  researchIT CT database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research, this database features full text for thousands of primary source documents and informational texts, including more than 630,900 full-text records from peer-reviewed journals, reference books, and periodicals, more than 74600 primary source documents, more than 81,300 biographies of historical figures, nearly 2,000 full-text reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, more than 41,500 images, including maps and historical photos, and more than 80 hours of historical video.  [Available to all Connecticut residents with current public library cards.]

MAS Ultra–School Edition: researchIT CT database designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for popular high school magazines covering a wide-range of subject areas including history, science, careers and much more.  Includes America’s Civil War, American History, Archaeology, Astronomy, Bioscience, Civil WarTimes, CollegeXpress Magazine, Congressional Digest, Discover, History Today, Nation, National Review, New Republic, New Scientist, Popular Science, Science News, Scientific American, Smithsonian, World War II and more.  All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator.  [Available to all Connecticut residents with current public library cards.]

Middle Search Plus: researchIT CT database designed for middle school libraries, this database containing full text for popular middle school magazines, full-text biographies and historical essays. In addition, it includes primary source documents, reference books and a vast image collection. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level. Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. [Available to all Connecticut residents with current public library cards.]

Science Reference Center: researchIT CT database providing easy access to a wealth of full-text, science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other reliable sources. In addition, the database includes a vast collection of images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.[Available to all Connecticut residents with current public library cards.]

TOPICsearchresearchIT CT database in which students researchers, teachers, and librarians can explore current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics frequently discussed in the classroom.    [Available to all Connecticut residents with current public library cards.]

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