Research Databases

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Not all information on the internet is accessible without charge. Many libraries now subscribe to electronic databases, collections of digital information organized for efficient retrieval by computer searches. The information in these proprietary collections is often more selective, quality-controlled or specialized than freely available information. In addition, many valuable publications are now available in a digital format.

Use of these select digital information sources is limited to those who hold library cards. Mark Twain Library cardholders have access to the subscription databases listed here. Some databases are subsidized directly by the library, some are offered by Joel Barlow High School and can be accessed by Redding residents, and some are made available to all state residents by ResearchIT CT, Connecticut’s Digital Library.

Library-funded Databases/Digital Publications

  • Ancestry® Library Edition (can only be used in the library): the most comprehensive source of genealogical information on the web; the site recently added complete U.S. military records 
  • online access to product reviews and ratings from Consumer Reports (to use from home, you will need to enter your library card number)
  • Redding PILOT Online (from NEWSBANK): allows patrons to browse PILOT articles by date, starting with the June 5, 2003 edition; letters to the editors, obituaries, and general news articles can be accessed.
  • Morningstar® Investment Research Center: Real-time access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds. Available in the library and from home.
  • ReferenceUSA: a business research database with in-depth information on more than 24 million U.S. businesses. Search by geography, type of business, size, and other criteria.

Connecticut State Library

(can be used at the library and from home)

ResearchIT CT—Connecticut State Library’s search engine

(can be used at the library and from home)

  • ResearchIT CT provides a collection of essential library and information resources for all Connecticut students, faculty and residents. Their Digital Library offers periodical, newspapers, reference databases, and downloadable books. Click here to see what’s available