Databases A – Z


Unless otherwise noted all resources can be accessed from home with a Princeton Public Library card.


Academic Search Premier (EBSCO): Abstracts and full text articles from thousands of academic and peer-reviewed publications.

African-American History Online: Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.

American History Online: Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.

American Indian History Online: Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American people, culture, history, and heritage.

American Women’s History Online: Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women’s history in the United States.

Ancestry Library
: Genealogical and historical information from census, military, church, vital, court, land and probate records, passenger lists and more. (In Library Use Only)

Ancient and Medieval History Online: Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.



Biography Reference Center (EBSCO): A comprehensive collection of more than 436,000 full-text biographies, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies.

Bloom’s Literature: Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.

BookPage: Packed with book reviews, feature articles and author interviews, check out the online edition of this monthly newspaper designed to help you find your next great read.

Brainfuse: LIVE one-on-one academic coaching, practice test center, and online resources to help you achieve your learning and career goals. Includes resources for GED, US citizenship test prep, resume writing, help with Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint, and more.

Britannica Library: The entire encyclopedia plus a dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, timelines, video clips and rated and reviewed subject related web sites, with searching options for children, young adults and adults.

Business Source Premier (EBSCO): Business Source Premier is the industry’s most popular business research database, featuring the full text for more than 2,200 journals. Full text is provided back to 1965, and searchable cited references back to 1998.



Consumer Reports: Access full text articles from this perennially popular consumer review publication. Find ratings on hundreds of products, from dishwashers to automobiles. Enter the name of the product for which you are searching in the search field at the top of the page.

Curriculum Resource Center: Provides a library of printable teacher-handout material for the middle school, high school, and junior college curriculum.




Driving Tests: Practice tests based on New Jersey state Department of Motor Vehicles materials, including 11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 12 CDL (commercial driver’s license), 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and a FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 DMV-related questions.



EBSCO eBooks (EBSCO): Try out our starter collection of reference and textbooks. EBSCO eBooks offers the ability to read on the screen and search within the eBook’s text. The collection is primarily non-fiction eBooks on topics including Arts and Architecture, Business and Economics, Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Health and Medicine, History, Law, Literature and Criticism, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Self-help and Family, Study Aids and Language Learning.

ERIC (EBSCO): The acronym for the Educational Resource Information Center which provides access to education literature and resources.



Facts on File: Reference database in science, history, literature, geography, health and career guidance, plus a curriculum resource center for grades K-5 and 6-12.  Also includes a database of personal and business forms.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: Provides detailed profiles of more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, invaluable advice on career skills, more than 48,000 resource entries, and much more.

Films On Demand: A web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7. Choose from more than 6,500 educational titles in many subject areas relating to the humanities and social sciences. These videos can be viewed in the library, a classroom or at home. Funding made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Financial Ratings Series: Weiss and The Street Ratings – Medigap: Financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering Medigap Supplemental Insurance Plans.

Funk & Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia (EBSCO)



GreenFILE: Provides information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment in a collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles.  Some titles are full text, the rest are abstracts only.

Grove Dictionary of American Music: Search the largest, most comprehensive reference publication on American music, with over 9000 entries.

Grove Encyclopedia of American Art: Search this comprehensive and current reference resource for information about all aspects of American art and architecture from Native American art to Colonial art to Contemporary American art. It includes articles on all subject areas including: biographies of major artists, architects and patrons, architecture, painting, new media, photography, sculpture, installation art, art education, and more.



Health Reference Center: Provides clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body.

HeritageQuest (for access inside the library, click here): A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids, with coverage dating back to the 1700s.

Hoopla: Access thousands of ebooks, comics, audiobooks and music albums all available for mobile and desktop use. Digital content from Hollywood studios, major-label record companies and publishers can be borrowed for instant streaming to smartphones, tablets, and computers, or for temporary downloading to smartphones and tablets. Note: Streaming requires continuous access to an Internet connection via wireless, ethernet, or cellular data plan. Visit to sign up for an account with your valid Princeton Public Library card number, or visit your device’s app store to download the free hoopla mobile app. Check out a maximum of 5 items per month (borrow audiobooks for 21 days, music albums for 7 days, and movies/television shows for 2 to 3 days). No overdue fees; items are automatically returned to the library at the end of the lending period. View our Hoopla Guide to find customized downloading instructions for your device.



Issues and Controversies (Facts on File): A database providing in-depth investigations of today’s top issues.  Updated weekly, more than 800 hot-topics in business, politics, education, and pop culture are covered.



Job and Career Accelerator: Create resumes and cover letters; learn interviewing techniques, and prepare for related exams; access millions of job listings.

JSTOR: Full text coverage of core scholarly journals in various subjects, many from the first issue up to 3 to 5 years ago. (In Library Use Only)




Kanopy: Access our new video streaming service which offers a broad selection of quality documentaries, feature films and training videos from producers including The Criterion Channel, The Great Courses, PBS, Music Box Films, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, BBC, and many more. Films can be streamed via or the Kanopy mobile app.   Library cardholders are entitled to five checkouts per month and each checkout is active for a three day period. No overdue fees; items are automatically returned to the library at the end of the lending period. Made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Legal Information Reference Center (EBSCO):  Provides exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books (including the popular NOLO series), hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCO): An index to more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings on librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

Literary Index: An index only to the major literature series published by Gale – Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Literature Criticism, etc.

Literary Reference Center (EBSCO): Full text from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources. Includes all MagillOnLiterature Plus content.

Literature Resource Center: Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline.

Local Newspaper Index
: An index of the “Princeton Packet” and “Town Topics.” Articles of general interest to the Princeton Community are indexed from 1983 to and including 2006, with obituaries indexed back to 1975. In addition, obituaries from the “Princeton Packet” are indexed from 1892 to 1950. A searchable, full-text version of the Town Topics is available in Papers of Princeton, an ongoing project to digitize local papers. It also features historical collections of The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University Weekly Bulletin, and Local Express. Develop new skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. Watch high-quality, engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts on thousands of courses. Topics include: business, design, coding, technology, marketing, film, photography, education, and more. To sign in, click here and enter your library barcode number and PIN (the last 4 digits of the phone number on your library account). If you are signing in for the first time, select “No, I’ve Never Had An Account,” and enter your name and email address. The library’s subscription to allows for 20 cardholders to be logged in concurrently at any given time.



Mango Languages: An online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective. The system is completely web-based and remotely accessible, so you can learn anywhere you have an internet connection. As you listen to and repeat after native speakers, you’ll learn more than just words and phrases. In addition to lessons, Mango also offers language learning through a selection of streaming, full-length films with interactive content. Languages include Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. English courses are available for non-English speakers. On the go? Set up a free account through our Mango database or download the free Mango Mobile Library Edition app, and start  learning!

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCO): MasterFILE Premier provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents. This database also provides an Image Collection containing photos, maps & flags.

Medigap Buyer’s Guide & Premium Calculator
: From Weiss Financial Ratings Series, comes this comprehensive tool, providing users step-by-step guidance to learn how to select a Medigap insurance plan, which plans are right for them and which insurance company has the lowest rates. By simply entering their name, age, gender and zip code, users get immediate access to their own 80+ page, information-packed Buyer’s Guide & Premium Calculator, customized just for them.

MedlinePlus: MedlinePlus, produced by the National Library of Medicine, offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. Learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations, get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

Middle Search (EBSCO): Full text of popular magazines and reference books with middle school reading levels.

Military and Government Collection (EBSCO): Provides cover-to-cover full text, indexing and abstracts for hundreds of journals and periodicals. Many full-text titles are available in searchable PDF or scanned-in-color.

Modern World History Online: Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from mid-15th century to the present.

Muzzy Language Learning: MUZZY is an award winning BBC Online Language Program for children from beginners to early intermediate language learners. Learn to speak Spanish, Latin-American Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese (Pinyin), Korean (RR) and English. Surrounding learners with visual, aural and contextual language, MUZZY employs a natural immersion approach, modeled on the way we all learn our first language.




New Jersey Career Connections (formerly Jobs4Jersey): Create resumes, enhance existing resumes; gain tools that can increase your visibility to employers; access real-time job openings; do active or automatic job searches.

New York Times: Visit while connected to the library’s Wi-Fi to get complete access within the library. Note you will need to register or log in with a personal account, using your email address and a password of your own creation. For remote access, please call (609-924-9529, x1220) or visit the Welcome Desk on the first floor to get a code for 72-hour-access to the paper with any device. To activate your remote subscription, you’ll also need to log in or register first, again by using an email address and password. At the conclusion of the 72-hour period, you may re-use the access code to get another 72-hour all-access pass.

New York Times Archive (1851-2013): Full-text, including advertising, charts and photos, of the entire paper from 1851 (the beginning of the publication) through 2013. (In Library Use Only)

News for You Online: A news source designed for people who are learning to read, write, or speak English, seven new stories are posted weekly for 48 weeks a year. These engaging articles, based on world and national news events, are written at reading levels 3-6 and ESL levels high-beginning and low-intermediate. Includes audio for news stories and captions so students can listen and read along with the whole story or practice pronunciation sentence by sentence; interactive online exercises with immediate feedback; key vocabulary that is highlighted and defined at the point of use; and interactive crossword puzzles and word searches.All users must enter the following password in order to access the news articles: FFAED5.
NoveList (EBSCO): A reader’s advisory database that provides subject heading access, reviews and annotations for both fiction titles and nonfiction titles; and custom created articles and lists, including readalikes and book discussion questions.

NoveList K-8 (EBSCO): Provides subject heading access, reviews and annotations for fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles that are appropriate for classroom use.



Oxford English Dictionary: The OED is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words – past and present – from across the English-speaking world.



Papers of Princeton: This site contains a digitized collection of historical periodicals from the town of Princeton and Princeton University. Titles include: “Town Topics” (available online: March 17, 1946 to December 25, 2013); “Local Express” (available online: February 13, 1935 to March 9, 1939); “The Daily Princetonian” (available online: September 22, 1876 to January 20, 2003); and “Princeton University Weekly Bulletin (September 23, 1911 to June 14, 2010).

Pillbox: This resource from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, is a great resource for rapid identification, and reliable information for the identification of unknown pills, combining images of pills with appearance and other information to enable users to visually search for and identify oral solid dosage form medications.

Points of View (EBSCO): A database designed to assist students and researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. It includes essays, questions, and thousands of supporting articles.

Primary Search (EBSCO): Full text of about 70 popular elementary school magazines.

Princeton OverDriveRead and listen to great eBooks and audiobooks! To sign in to Princeton OverDrive, enter your library card barcode and PIN. (Your PIN is the last 4 digits of the phone number on your library account. Can’t recall? Ask Us!) This collection is hand-selected and built from the ground up with a focus on quality selections that meet the diverse reading and listening preferences of the Princeton community. New titles will be added on an ongoing basis, and OverDrive’s popular library of more than 11,000 public domain eBook titles will be available, too. Also, visit the Princeton Overdrive Kids & Teens eReading Room to access titles for children and young adults. Our collection can be enjoyed on your computer (PC or Mac) or on a compatible eReader or tablet (including iPad, iPhone, Android devices, Kindle, Nook, and Sony). Check out a maximum of 5 books at a time for up to 21 days. No overdue fees; books are automatically returned to the library at the end of the lending period.

Princeton Public Library Electronic Periodical Holdings

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RBDigital  (formerly OneClickDigital): Enjoy this collection on your computer (PC or Mac) or on selected mobile devices (including MP3, iPod) and also download directly to your smartphone or tablet. Check out a maximum of 3 books at time for up to 21 days. No overdue fees; books are automatically returned to the library at the end of lending period. You will need a valid Princeton Public Library card to check out books. Visit RBDigital’s guide to find customized downloading instructions for your device.

RBDigital Magazines (formerly Zinio): Enjoy full-color digital copies of over 80 magazine titles, including several that we have recently added including “American Girl Magazine”,  “Audobon Magazine”,  “L’Express”, “PEOPLE Bookazines”, “Veranda” “Wallpaper”, “Weight Watchers”, “Working Mother”, and several “Mollie Makes” titles. Available for the Mac, PC, Apple & Android mobile devices. View our RBDigital Magazine guide to find downloading instructions for your device.

Referencia Latina (EBSCO): A Spanish language database including encyclopedia entries, images, reports, a Spanish-English dictionary, reference books and general interest magazines.

Reference USA: Directory information on millions of U.S. and Canadian businesses and residences.  Search for businesses by category, size and geographic location.  Search residences by name, location and phone number.

Regional Business News (EBSCO): Full text articles from 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the U.S.

Rosetta Stone (EBSCO): Learn a language with Rosetta Stone. Select from 30 languages featuring core lessons in developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. (Note that if you use the mobile app, you will need to log in first through the EBSCO sign-in portal before launching the app. When prompted, select “Work or School”, name space is cjrlc085.)



Science Online: Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.

Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO):  Features a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.



Teacher Reference Center (EBSCO): Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 270 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.

Today’s Science (Facts on File): Science news written especially for students that links what is learned in the classroom with today’s real world science discoveries.

Town Topics Archive: Through Papers of Princeton, access a digitized collection of historical periodicals from the town of Princeton and Princeton University, including a searchable version of “Town Topics” (available online: March 17, 1946 to February 24, 2010).


U.S. Consumer/Lifestyles: Use this database of over 203 million U.S. consumers to conduct market research. (Please note this is available within the list of resources within Reference USA.)


Value Line InvestmentSurvey OnlineNow, there’s no need to make a special trip to the library to take a look at Value Line. Equivalent to the Standard and Small & Mid Cap Print Editions combined, Value Line Institutional Investment Survey covers approximately 3,500 Large through Small & Mid Cap Equities vs. the approximately 1,700 Stocks Covered in the Standard Print Edition alone.



Wall Street Journal: Get the latest coverage of business, politics, entertainment, sports and more with access to the Wall Street Journal online. (In Library Use Only)

World Book Online Reference Center: Online encyclopedia of articles, selected web links, animations, and interactive maps, plus Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos – an intermediate Spanish language encyclopedia.

World Geography and Culture: This comprehensive resource makes it easy to study all aspects of a country—from its geography and physical features to its government, people, and society—providing both facts at a glance and in-depth coverage through country entries, maps, flags, images, statistics, news articles, a gazetteer, and more.

World News Digest (Facts on File): This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940.

World Almanac for Kids Online: Provides resources for homework, reports, and projects in a fun format while encouraging online research skills. Contains biographical, career, history, science, and readers’ advisory resources.

World Religions Online: Explores religion and spirituality in an unbiased manner, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the rituals of today.



RBDigital Magazines (formerly Zinio): Enjoy full-color digital copies of over 80 magazine titles, including several that we have recently added including “American Girl Magazine”,  “Audobon Magazine”,  “L’Express”, “PEOPLE Bookazines”, “Veranda” “Wallpaper”, “Weight Watchers”, “Working Mother”, and several “Mollie Makes” titles. Available for the Mac, PC, Apple & Android mobile devices. View our RBDigital Magazine guide to find downloading instructions for your device.