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Books and Magazines

Bartleby

Bartelby.com is comprised of a body of electronic versions of classic texts, including literature, nonfiction, and reference works. It includes over 370,000 full-text searchable web pages categorized by subject, and indexed by author, title and other unique criteria.

Directory of Open Access Journals

A not for profit directory of open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities.

HathiTrust

HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital searchable repository for public domain and in copyright books and materials from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and universities. Copyrighted material may only be presented as a single page or as a bibliographic reference and some material is only available full text at the partner institution which owns the book or document.

Highwire

Highwire is a journal hosting service which provides free access to the tables of contents of scholarly journals from societies, university presses and independent publishers over a wide range of subject areas. Researchers can create alerts, set favorites, and browse by title and publisher. Some current and back issues of titles are free and some articles can be viewed as pay per view for the individual article.

International Children’s Library

The International Children's Digital Library's goal is to build a collection of books representing outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. The books are for children from three to thirteen, are in a wide variety of languages, and include both fiction and nonfiction.

Internet Archive

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of free books, movies, software, audiobooks, digitized documents, music, websites, and more.

JURN

JURN is a multidisciplinary index for open access articles, including subjects such as ecology, nature, palaeontology, business, law, economics and other sciences.

LibriVox

Provides access to free public domain audiobooks.  Most texts come from Project Gutenberg.  Search by author, title or reader, or browse by author, title, genre/subject or language.  Listen via your browser; download MP3, M4B or torrent files; download the whole book as a zip file; or subscribe via iTunes or RSS Feed.

Open Library

Open Library is an online project intended to create "one web page for every book ever published.” It provides access to many public domain and out-of-print books, which can be read online. Requires free registration.

Public Library of Science

Nonprofit open access science, technology and medicine publisher with a library of open access journals and other scientific literature under an open content license.

Unite for Literacy

Unite for Literacy is an organization which works to provide books for children in areas where books may not be readily available. They work with nonprofit partners such as zoos to get books which are high interest, illustrated and easy to read. Narration is available in a wide variety of languages including Spanish and Chinese.

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Careers and Jobs

Career One Stop

Explore careers, find education and training and search for jobs.  Site also includes information on salaries and benefits, how-to information for resumes and interviews, and a list of local job services.

CareerZone

CareerZone is an innovative online career exploration and planning system designed especially for today's high-tech youth in New York State. CareerZone presents current and relevant occupational and labor market Information in a clear and interesting way, making career exploration and planning fun and easy.

JobZone

Site includes a list of local One-Stop Career Centers, job seeker resources, upcoming job fairs, and a tool box (includes quick resume, reference list, cover letter, budget, and job application tool). Search for jobs, explore careers, and find the occupations that best suit you.

NYS Department of Labor:  Resources for Individuals

Search for job openings, career fairs and recruitments, and apprenticeships.  Find sample resumes and cover letters, occupation information, unemployment assistance, wage information, and labor statistics.

NYS JobBank

Site for businesses and job seekers. Site allows you to post jobs, post a resume, or search for jobs.  Also includes other job seeker and business resources.   

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Offers career information on a number of professions in management, sales, construction, transportation, professional and technical jobs, as well as a career guide to industries, etc. It also includes job opportunities in the armed forces. Revised every two years, it provides information on what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations, etc.

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Educational Resources

DK Find Out

DK is a publishing company which produces illustrated reference books for children. Their website contains a searchable encyclopedia for children. Teachers can sign up for lesson plans, worksheets, and other tools to be used with the website and reference books.

Edutopia

Edutopia contains articles and videos to help teachers implement project-based learning, social and emotional learning, comprehensive assessment, teacher development, integrated studies, and technology integration.

ERIC

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the ERIC database contains article citations and full text educational materials from 1966 to the present. Journal articles, reports, documents, and more are included. A thesaurus allows the user to browse the database by subject; keyword searching and personalized features are available as well.

Kids.gov

Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government.  Links kids, parents and teachers to information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids and teens. Educational games and videos are included.

KidsClick

KidsClick was designed by librarians and is now owned and run by the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State as a method of directing children to websites which are age appropriate. Category, Dewey decimal and keyword searches are available and audio, video and picture resources are included. Additional resources for teachers and librarians are provided.

Library of Congress

American Memory

Collections cover a variety of topics including advertising, architecture, immigration, literature, sports and much more.  Browse collections by topic, time period, content type or place.  Includes information for teachers on using American Memory in the classroom.  Classroom materials can be searched by standard (Common Core, State Content, Organizations).

America's Story from America's Library

The Library of Congress’s website which contains an overview of the history of the United States of America. Histories of the individual states, famous Americans, and popular culture are provided.

National Archives Educator Resources

Find information on professional development, distance learning programs, teaching with records of Congress, National History Day resources, learning resources based on primary sources and more.  Access DocsTeach, an online tool for teaching with primary source documents.  Includes teaching activities and the ability to create your own interactive learning activities. 

New York State Museum: Education

Contains information for teachers about group visits and teacher workshops, for students about afterschool programs and volunteering, and for families about the Discovery Place and family programs.

PBS LearningMedia New York

Contains lesson plans, videos and other resources in a variety of topics.  Search content by grade level, subject or type.  Browse standards to find related resources.  Includes links to classroom content, outreach programming for schools, professional development for teachers and educational family events on local PBS stations.

Smithsonian Educators Search

This website contains lesson plans, online guides, and digital resources (such as music or portraits) which can be used to provide classroom activities. Many are aligned with national standards.

South Central Regional Library Council History Unbound

Includes primary source documents that conform to the Social Studies New York State Common Core standards.  Covers 18th century and before; 19th century; 20th century; and geography, government and economics.  Also includes links to assessment practices, New York State standards and lesson plans resources.

Unite for Literacy

Unite for Literacy is an organization which works to provide books for children in areas where books may not be readily available. They work with nonprofit partners such as zoos to get books which are high interest, illustrated and easy to read. Narration is available in a wide variety of languages including Spanish and Chinese.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has developed a list of questions, flash cards, audio and video files, and practice tests which can be used both by teachers and as self study tools for both civics courses and for the naturalization test.

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Genealogy

Ancestry Library

Several New York repositories have formed a partnership with Ancestry.com to digitize family history records and make them available online for free to New York State residents. The list of records available is located in the bottom left corner of the Ancestry.com New York web page. Descriptions of the records as well as the holding organizations are provided through the links and logos on the page.

Access requires a free Ancestry.com New York account. First-time users should visit the page and enter their zip code to get started.

Ellis Island Passenger Records

Site contains a search engine for searching the Ellis Island database of passengers arriving in New York 1892-1924.  Initial information includes name, residence, arrival date and age at arrival.   Free registration allows access to the full record for passengers (name, ethnicity, place of residence, date of arrival, age on arrival, gender, marital status, ship of travel and port of departure).  Site also includes information on the immigrant experience.

FamilySearch

Searchable database of the Family History Department of the Church of Latter-day Saints. Includes their Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index and Web sites.

NY GenWeb

This USGenWeb site is organized by county. Also includes New York military links, geography, cemeteries, land records, vital records and more.

Voyages:  The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

Includes records of over 35,000 slaving expeditions that took place between 1514 and 1866.  The database is searchable but additional variables not shown in the online search can also be downloaded. Results include vessel name, captain’s name, year arrived with slaves, principal region of slave purchase and principal region of slave landing.  Summary statistics, tables, custom graphs, timelines, maps and animations are also available.

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Health

MedlinePlus

Consumer health information selected by the National Library of Medicine.

New York State Physician Profile

This searchable site allows users to find information about a physician in New York State. Required information includes doctor’s medical education, translation services at specific offices, and legal actions taken against specific doctors. Optional information includes practice information, articles and research papers published by specific doctors, a personal statement by the doctor, and more. The data on this Web site is maintained by the New York State Department of Health.

PubMed

The National Library of Medicine's free search service to 9 million citations on the Medline and Pre-Medline databases.

PubMed Central

A full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journals on the Web, maintained by the National Library of Medicine.

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History

Digital History

Provides historical information for teachers and researchers by era and topic.  Includes timelines, primary sources, voices, multimedia, general reference, active learning, resources for teachers, and exhibitions.

Franklin: FDR Library’s Digital Collections 

Provides access to the FDR Library’s document collections and photographs.  Document collections include fully digitized collections or series and finding aids to all document collections.  Fully digitized collections include Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations, presidential press conferences, selected Eleanor Roosevelt correspondence, records of the War Refugee Board and more.  Photographs can be browsed or searched.  Photograph subjects include Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Great Depression, the New Deal and World War II.

Hudson River Valley Heritage

Digital library provides access to selected collections of libraries, archives, museums and historical societies in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties.  Collections may be searched or browsed.  Collections cover local history, art, libraries, maritime history, genealogical records, and much more.  Formats include photographs, postcards, ephemera, historical documents, maps, yearbooks, audio recordings and more.  Site also includes many online exhibits, covering a variety of subjects such as poverty, textiles, cooking, atlases and the Civil War.

Library of Congress:

American Memory

Collections cover a variety of topics including advertising, architecture, immigration, literature, sports and much more.  Browse collections by topic, time period, content type or place.  Includes information for teachers on using American Memory in the classroom.  Classroom materials can be searched by standard (Common Core, State Content, Organizations).

America's Story from America's Library

The Library of Congress’s website which contains an overview of the history of the United States of America. Histories of the individual states, famous Americans, and popular culture are provided.

Chronicling America

Produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program, this searchable database contains descriptive information of U.S. newspapers and selected digitized pages.  Records cover 1690 to present while digitized pages from over 2300 newspapers currently cover 1789-1925.  Search by state, newspaper, date, or keyword.

Digital Collections

Searchable archive has items categorized by subject, Library of Congress division, and original format.  Collection includes books/printed material, newspapers, photographs, prints, maps, music, audio recordings, films, manuscripts, and more.

National Jukebox

Contains over 10,000 historical sound recordings from the Victor Talking Machine Company and other Sony-owned labels.  Dates currently range from 1900 to 1925 but additional dates will be added.  Search by artist, song, lyricist, genre, composer, year or place.

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog

Collection contains catalog records for photographs, prints, drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings held by the Library of Congress.  Images are included for 1.2 million items.  Search by keyword, subject, title, creator/name or number.

Making of America

Making of America is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from approximately 1850-1877.  The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.  The collection contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.

National Archives

America's Historical Documents 

Provides access to digitized records of the federal government, along with transcripts and supplemental information.  Documents include the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, U.S. Constitution, Emancipation Proclamation, Women’s Right to Vote, Brown v. Board of Education, Apollo 11 Flight Plan and more. 

Educator Resources

Find information on professional development, distance learning programs, teaching with records of Congress, National History Day resources, learning resources based on primary sources and more.  Access DocsTeach, an online tool for teaching with primary source documents.  Includes teaching activities and the ability to create your own interactive learning activities. 

New York Heritage Digital Collections

Provides access to New York collections from New York libraries, library systems, museums, archives and other institutions.  Searchable collections include correspondence, directories, maps, newspapers, photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, and yearbooks.  Browse by topic, region, time period or sub-collection.  Site also includes lesson plans and activity ideas.

New York Philharmonic Digital Archives

Searchable archive provides access to printed programs, marked conducting scores, business documents and photographs from the New York Philharmonic.  Some items date back to the Philharmonic’s founding in 1842.

New York State Archives Digital Collections

Provides access to searchable collection of photographs, textual records, artifacts, government documents, manuscripts and other materials from the New York State Archives, New York State Library, New York State Museum and project partners across New York State.  Browse by collections, places, repositories or state agencies.

New York State Library

Digital Collections

Provides access to New York State government documents from 1995 to the present and selected State publications from earlier years.  Also includes some historical materials.

Digital Collections, Historical

The New York State Library website, Historical Documents Available Online, provides access to a variety of historical documents, including items about the American Revolutionary War and Civil War, building and construction codes, the State Census, State Documents, Laws of New York State, Native American materials, New York State Constitutional Convention materials, items related to New York State government and history, and New York State Museum publications.

South Central Regional Library Council History Unbound

Includes primary source documents that conform to the Social Studies New York State Common Core standards.  Covers 18th century and before; 19th century; 20th century; and geography, government and economics.  Also includes links to assessment practices, New York State standards and lesson plans resources.

Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

Includes records of over 35,000 slaving expeditions that took place between 1514 and 1866.  The database is searchable but additional variables not shown in the online search can also be downloaded. Results include vessel name, captain’s name, year arrived with slaves, principal region of slave purchase and principal region of slave landing.  Summary statistics, tables, custom graphs, timelines, maps and animations are also available.

World Digital Library

This Library of Congress project, supported by UNESCO, provides access to cultural treasures and historical documents including books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, journals, prints, photographs, sound recordings and film.  The over 16,000 items are searchable.  Items can also be browsed by place, time period, topic, type of item, language and institution.

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New York

Franklin: FDR Library’s Digital Collections 

Provides access to the FDR Library’s document collections and photographs.  Document collections include fully digitized collections or series and finding aids to all document collections.  Fully digitized collections include Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations, presidential press conferences, selected Eleanor Roosevelt correspondence, records of the War Refugee Board and more.  Photographs can be browsed or searched.  Photograph subjects include Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Great Depression, the New Deal and World War II.

New York Heritage Digital Collections

Provides access to New York collections from New York libraries, library systems, museums, archives and other institutions.  Searchable collections include correspondence, directories, maps, newspapers, photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, and yearbooks.  Browse by topic, region, time period or sub-collection.  Site also includes lesson plans and activity ideas.

New York Philharmonic Digital Archives

Searchable archive provides access to printed programs, marked conducting scores, business documents and photographs from the New York Philharmonic.  Some items date back to the Philharmonic’s founding in 1842.

New York Public Library Digital Collections

The digital collections of New York Public Library contain maps, prints, photographs, streaming video and more.

New York State Archives Digital Collections

Provides access to a searchable collection of photographs, textual records, artifacts, government documents, manuscripts and other materials from the New York State Archives, New York State Library, New York State Museum and project partners across New York State.  Browse by collections, places, repositories or state agencies.

New York State Historical Newspapers

New York State Historical Newspapers provides indexed access to selected historical newspapers from Albany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Clinton, Delaware Erie, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Monroe, Nassau Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Putnam, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Schenectady, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tioga, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Wyoming, and Yates Counties. Newspapers include the Adirondack Record-Elizabethtown Post (1917-1971), Clarkson Integrator (1920-2007), Essex County Republican (1844-1973), Glens Falls Republican ((1843-1905) , Lake Placid News (1914-2008), Malone Farmer (1900-1936), Plattsburgh Republican (1866-1931), Potsdam Courier-Freeman (1861-1989), Pulaski Democrat (1834-1990), Saranac Lake Adirondack Daily Enterprise (1948-2007), Ticonderoga Sentinel (1874-1950), Tupper Lake Free Press and Herald (1911-2005), The Watertown Herald (1886-1918), and many more.

New York State Library

Digital Collections

Provides access to New York State government documents from 1995 to the present and selected State publications from earlier years.  Also includes some historical materials.

Digital Collections, Historical

The New York State Library website, Historical Documents Available Online, provides access to a variety of historical documents, including items about the American Revolutionary War and Civil War, building and construction codes, the State Census, State Documents, Laws of New York State, Native American materials, New York State Constitutional Convention materials, items related to New York State government and history, and New York State Museum publications.

NY GenWeb

This USGenWeb site is organized by county. Also includes New York military links, geography, cemeteries, land records, vital records and more.

South Central Regional Library Council History Unbound

Includes primary source documents that conform to the Social Studies New York State Common Core standards.  Covers 18th century and before; 19th century; 20th century; and geography, government and economics.  Also includes links to assessment practices, New York State standards and lesson plans resources.

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Newspapers

HRVH Historical Newspapers

HRVH Historical Newspapers provides digitized access to newspapers throughout the Hudson Valley. Titles include the Bronxville Reporter Irvington Gazette, Kingston Daily Freeman, Newburgh Telegraph, Rockland County Journal, Vassar Chronicle, and more.

New York State Historical Newspapers

New York State Historical Newspapers provides indexed access to selected historical newspapers from Albany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Clinton, Delaware Erie, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Monroe, Nassau Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Putnam, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Schenectady, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tioga, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Wyoming, and Yates Counties. Newspapers include the Adirondack Record-Elizabethtown Post (1917-1971), Clarkson Integrator (1920-2007), Essex County Republican (1844-1973), Glens Falls Republican ((1843-1905) , Lake Placid News (1914-2008), Malone Farmer (1900-1936), Plattsburgh Republican (1866-1931), Potsdam Courier-Freeman (1861-1989), Pulaski Democrat (1834-1990), Saranac Lake Adirondack Daily Enterprise (1948-2007), Ticonderoga Sentinel (1874-1950), Tupper Lake Free Press and Herald (1911-2005), The Watertown Herald (1886-1918), and many more.

Old Fulton NY Post Cards

This database includes historical newspapers from Albany, Amsterdam, Auburn, Baldwinsville, Binghamton, Boonville, Carthage, Cato, Catskill, Chatham, Clayton, Cooperstown, Elmira, Fulton, Ithaca, Kingston, Lyons, Moravia, New York City, Ogdensburg, Oswego, Richfield Springs, Rochester, Schenectady, Skaneateles, Sodus, Syracuse, Troy, Utica, Warwick, Watertown, and many more.

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Research

American FactFinder

American Fact Finder contains searchable data from the 1990, 2000, and 2010 censuses, as well as the Economic Census, American Community Survey and the Decennial Census. 

CIA World Factbook

This U.S. government resource provides detailed information on countries and non-self-governing territories around the world. The online edition of the World Factbook provides detailed information on a country's economy, government, people, and geography. It also provides information on abbreviations, selected international environmental agreements, international organizations, weights and measures and more.

Congress.gov

Comprehensive site for all information about and generated by the U.S. Congress. Earliest material dates back to mid-1970s.

Digital Public Library of America

Partnering with many digitization projects such as Empire State Digital Network, New York Public Library, Digital Maine, U.S. GPO, National Archives, the Smithsonian and more, the Digital Public Library of America provides materials such as photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, and government documents.

ERIC

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the ERIC database contains article citations and full text educational materials from 1966 to the present. Journal articles, reports, documents, and more are included. A thesaurus allows the user to browse the database by subject; keyword searching and personalized features are available as well.

FactCheck.org

FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.  The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels.  Monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.

govinfo

Service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO).  Access U.S. Government information from all three branches of the federal government by category, date, committee or author.  Documents are also searchable and browsable.  Documents include bills, laws, regulations, Federal Register, Congressional Record, Code of Federal Regulations, Congressional Hearings, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, the United States Government Manual and much more.

Internet Archive:  Wayback Machine

Begun in 1996 to archive the Internet, it now includes over 20 years of web history. Identifies, reviews, and saves important web pages of all types.

KnightCite

An online citation generator service provided by the Hekman Library of Calvin College. Formats any given data on a source into a reliable citation, using any one of the three most common citation styles.  Free registration allows user to save citations online.

New York State Museum Publications

Provides access to the Cultural Resource Survey Program (CRSP) Series, Education Leaflets, Map and Chart Series, Museum Bulletin, Museum Record and staff publications.

Reference Desk

Indexes and reviews free, accurate and authoritative current web-based reference resources.

Statistical Abstract of the United States

The Statistical Abstract of the United States provides extensive statistical facts on broad topics, such as health, education, employment, prices, income, and science. This site includes the statistics from 1878 to 2012.

U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets (formerly U.S. Department of State Background Notes)

Succinct overview of recent history with each foreign nation. Also provides many links to additional State Department sites for each country.

USA.gov

An interagency cooperative venture to create a government-wide portal.  Provides easy access to timely, important government information and services.  Includes search and browse functionality.

WorldCat

The OCLC Online Union Catalog contains 40 million records describing items owned by libraries around the world. Each record contains library holdings and bibliographic information.

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Science

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a nonprofit organization which is involved in studying and protecting birds. The website includes birding guides, bird cams and videos, bird biology, frequently asked questions, general articles, and issues of Living Bird Magazine.

NatureServe Explorer

Database includes information about plants, vertebrate animals, invertebrate animals and ecological units.  Records include scientific and common names, conservation status, distribution maps, images for some species, life histories, conservation needs and more.

Public Library of Science

Nonprofit open access science, technology and medicine publisher with a library of open access journals and other scientific literature under an open content license.

SciCentral

Access to free news articles on current scientific research. "Non-news" resources such as literature search tools, directories, and utilities (reference sources, protocols) are also included.

Science 360 - Video Library

Access to the latest science, engineering, technology and math videos provided by scientists, colleges and universities, science and engineering centers, and the National Science Foundation.

Science.gov

Central gateway to search or navigate to U.S. Government resources for the sciences.


NOTE: For additional sites please see the New York State Library’s Internet Bibliographies. Bibliographies cover many of the topics above along with additional topics.

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Revised November 1, 2017