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Online Resources

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Business Source Elite

This business database provides full text for over 1,000 business publications. The rich collection of titles in Business Source Elite provides information dating back to 1985. More than 10,100 substantial company profiles from Datamonitor are also included. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost.

Business Source Premier


Corfacts is New Jersey's premier business to business information site.  Corfacts includes NJ Directory of Human Resources Executives, the NJ Directory of Small Businesses, and the NJ Business-to-Business Directory.


Morningstar offers investment information and advice about mutual funds, stocks, and ETFs. Features include a screener, research reports, and portfolio creation and organization.

Reference USA (Available through JerseyClicks) ..... Learn How to Use Reference USA!

(Available through JerseyClicks) Reference USA is a powerful database for finding information on doctors, businesses, and residences.  The business section is a particularly useful way to find out about a business' ownership, sales volume, and number of employees.  This page will take you to a site called JerseyClicks.  From there please click on Reference USA.

Regional Business News This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage is a comprehensive source of business and investment information, offering on-line access to Standard & Poor’s independent research, data and commentary on stocks, bonds, funds, and industries.

The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal covers international and national news, with a focus on business and business personalities.  Our access to the WSJ comes from ProQuest.  You may search the NYTimes and WSJ simultaneously.  1984 to the present. 

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Ferguson's Career Guidance Center Ferguson's Career Guidance is a multifaceted resource for those considering a new career. By industry, Ferguson’s offers occupational outlook, credentials, and salaries. Ferguson's gives advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and self-assessments. **

Gale Career Transitions The Gale Career Transitions page offers you a free, Step-by-Step approach to choosing a career, finding a job, and more.  Create a focused profile based on your interests, education, and preferences. UPDATE GALE

New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator offers extensive New Jersey information on over 550 occupations and 194 NJ occupational licenses, registrations and certifications.

New Jersey Next Stop
This a state site sponsored by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, State Employment and Training Commission, to help NJ teens, parents, and counselors learn more about career interests, career options, and the world of work. 

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College Catalogs (CollegeSource Online)

Over 34,300 college catalogs in full cover-to-cover, original page format with 2-year, 4-year, graduate, professional and international schools.

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Encyclopedia Americana Blends the depth and accuracy of the print edition with the currency expected of an online reference work. Its 45,000 articles and 25 million words, contributed by 6,500 specialists are updated quarterly

Encyclopedia Britannica Encyclopædia Britannica Online Academic Edition brings together the world-renowned content of the encyclopedia, with the speed and convenience of the Internet.

Encyclopedia Judaica Provides an exhaustive overview of Jewish cultural and religious life from the Second Temple period until the present.  The Second Edition of this classic tome is invaluable for scholars, students, and general readers alike.

Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia Offered by EBSCO, this encyclopedia provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries on a tremendous variety of subject areas.     

Grolier Multi-Media Based on the Academic American Encyclopedia, it has 38,000 articles, 11 million words which are expanded by authoritative links to other sources of information on the web

New Book of Knowledge The leading source of accurate, accessible and fun-to-read information written especially for children.

New Book of Popular Science Grolier's New Book of Popular Science is a multifaceted science and technology resource for middle and high school students.

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Referencia Latina

Referencia Latina, a comprehensive Spanish-language database, offers content from a variety of sources including 49,000 encyclopedia entries.

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Ancestry Library (available in library only)

Family history is one of the most popular pursuits in the United States. is the world's largest online family history resource.


(Sponsored by the Genealogical Society of the West Fields.) HeritageQuest Online is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical hobbyists and professionals, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. 

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Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier is one of the best databases for high school and college research papers.  This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,500 journals, of which more than 3,700 are peer-reviewed. PDF backfiles to 1975 or farther are available for well over one hundred journals. 

American Doctoral Dissertations doctoral disserations from hundreds of institutions.

Biography Reference Bank Biography Reference Bank contains biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to the present, along with thousands of images. It contains the full text of the articles from hundreds of reference books.


Grolier Multi-Media

Jersey Clicks JerseyClicks searches the full text of thousands of magazines, newspapers, reference books and biographies as well as indexed images including photographs, maps and flags - all from authorative databases so you know the information provided is as accurate.  Use Jersey Clicks to access Reference USA, one of our most useful business databases.

Points of View Reference Center This site from EBSCO is intended for people who have to research a contentious issue. If you are going to be writing a persuasive speech or participating in a debate this database would be an excellent resource for you.

Gale Power Search Gale's PowerSearch is a tool to let you search multiple databases at once and customize your search experience. Other Gale databases are subject specific, but this one casts a wide net in its effort to find information for you, all while still giving you the ability to customize your results by general interest, full-text, and peer-reviewed.

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Lands and Peoples The leading encyclopedia of countries, cultures and current events that is geared to students. Each article is links to its own Facts and Figures. The site also has an electronic, interactive atlas.

World Geography and Culture (Facts on File) The Facts on File World Geography and Culture allows one to access a wealth of geographic information, from statistical tables of comparative information, to maps, to articles. Topics are American and international.  **

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Health Reference Center

Easy to navigate - provides information on research, medical terms and treatments, and nutrition and wellness.  This database features educational videos, searchable color illustrations, health news articles, a BMI calculator, a food pyramid, and a list of various hotlines.  ***

Health Source - Consumer Edition
This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health

Health Source: : Nursing/Academic EditionThis database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

HealthyNJ.comConsumer health information for healthy living in New Jersey from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  English/Spanish.

PubMedAccess to Medline, the National Library of Medicine's database of bibliographic citations and abstracts for the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems and preclinical sciences.

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African American History Online

Facts on File's African-American History Online is a comprehensive database on African-American history from the slave trade to the Civil Rights movement to the present day. Thousands of extensively hyperlinked and informative entries include topical entries, biographies, primary source documents, images, timelines, and maps and charts. 

American Indian History Online Facts on File’s American Indian History Online is an authoritative database that provides in-depth coverage of more than 5,000 years of culture, legends, and leaders. Hundreds of Indians groups are covered in hyperlinked entries, including topical entries, primary sources, biographies, maps, images, and timelines. The content is searchable by tribe and culture area. **

American Women's History Online Facts on File’s American Women's History Online offers thousands of extensively hyperlinked entries—biographies, topical entries, maps, timelines, tables and charts, primary sources, and images—that are essential to understanding the experiences of women throughout U.S. history. **

American History Online, Facts on FileFacts on File’s American History Online is a comprehensive reference of the most important individuals, events, and topics in U.S. history. The thousands of entries—topical entries, biographies, maps, timeline entries, primary source documents, and images—are hyperlinked and allow users a path to related entries. Extensive overview essays provide detail on each time period. **

Ancient and Medieval History Online Facts on File’s Ancient and Medieval History Online focuses on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia, Ancient and Medieval History Online gives a balanced, global view of the world in ancient and medieval times. Thousands of entries on events, people, and primary source documents are hyperlinked and allow users a comprehensive and comparative view of the pre-modern world.

European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750

Inventors and InventionsThis database is based on Salem History's "Great Lives from History." Use it to find information on inventors and their inventions.

Modern World History Online Facts on File’s Modern World History Online covers the important people and events of world history from the age of exploration in the mid-15th century today. Topical entries, biographies, maps, primary source documents, and timeline entries provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, and events that have defined world history.

Oxford African-American Studies Center The Oxford African American Studies Center combines the authority of carefully edited reference works with sophisticated technology to create the most comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American history and culture.

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Rosetta Stone..... Learn How to Use Rosetta Stone! is a leading language-acquisition program. Our library-specific program provides access to dozens of language courses to help you brush up on a language or learn something completely new! (accessed through Jersey Clicks)

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Law and Government

Legal Information Reference Center legal articles, brought to you by EBSCO.

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Bloom's Literary Reference Center Bloom’s Literary Reference, from Facts on File, offers articles on authors and books from antiquity to the present.

Contemporary Literary Criticism - Select is an extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors. Each CLC--Select entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, listing of principal works and sources for further study.

EBSCO eBooks Formerly NetLibrary, this contains full-text eBooks, electronic journals, a variety of online reference databases, and eAudiobooks and Recorded Books.  Note: Please click the link to "eBook Collection" at the bottom of the page.

Literature Resource Center Accessed through Gale, Literature Resource Center offers full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on over 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

Literary Reference Center EBSCO's LRC is a comprehensive literary reference database, which provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to today. LRC combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources not available anywhere else.

LitFinder Gale's LitFinder has 100,000+ full-text poems including over 10,000 copyrighted poems, 800,000 poem citations and excerpts, thousands of full-text short stories, and full-text essays, speeches and plays.

Novelist..... Learn How to Use Novelist! NoveList is an on-line readers' advisory tool that helps you find new books based on books you have already read or topics that interest you.

Online Book Club The Online Book Club consists of a number of book clubs each dedicated to a specific genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Business, Romance, Teen, and Audio.  If you sign up for one or more of the book clubs every day you will receive a few pages of a book. During a week you can read 2-3 chapters and decide if you want to check the book out of the library. Every Monday the OBC starts a new book.

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Local History Archive

Westfield History Archive The Westfield History Archive consists of full-text, easily searchable versions of the Westfield Leader, the Union County Standard, the Westfield Record Press, the Weather Vane, Westfield High School's school yearbook, and oral history projects.

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America's News Magazines This database offers access to nearly 30, diverse American magazines.

MasterFile Premier Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,950 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975.
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Music Art

Hoopla Hoopla gives you access to thousands of pieces of music for you to enjoy!

Oxford Art Online Formerly the Grove Art Encyclopedia, this is a resournce on every aspect of the visual arts from prehistory to the present day. Over 45,000 articles on fine arts, decorative arts, and architecture.

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EBSCO Newspaper Source Plus

Newspaper Source provides selected full text for nearly 30 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. The database also contains full text television radio news transcripts, and selected full text for more than 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers.

New York Times Current The NYT Current has articles from the New York Times from 1980 until the present.  Articles are in HTML form, so you will not be seeing the articles as they originally appeared in the printed newspaper. 

New York Times Historical The NYT Historical has articles from the inception of the New York Times in the 1850s all the way to 2003.  The database is full-text searchable and articles have been scanned to easily readable PDFs.

The Star Ledger New Jersey's leading newspaper. 

The Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal covers international and national news, with a focus on business and business personalities.  Our access to the WSJ comes from ProQuest.  You may search the NYTimes and WSJ simultaneously.  1984 to the present.

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GreenFILEGreenFILE is a database of books, journals, essays, and magazines covering consumer health, ecology, general science, and nature.

Science Online Research topics in biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, environmental science, forensic science, math, physics, astronomy, and weather and climate.  There are diagrams, experiments, biographies, timelines, videos, animations and news articles.

Science Reference Center EBSCO's Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student's science research needs, the SRC contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. Topics covered include every discipline, science society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Science Reference Center also satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards
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College Catalogs (CollegeSource Online)

Curriculum Resource Center This Facts on File database claims to be the premier source for lesson plans and printable handouts on the web. 

Curriculum Resource Center Junior Edition This Facts on File database has lesson plans and activities for elementary students.

ERIC, the Educational Resource Information Center, contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals.

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Young Student

Children's Core Collection (HW Wilson)

Elementary School Magazines (Primary Search) Also called Primary Search, Elementary School Magazines provides full text for more than 70 popular magazines for elementary schoolers. Each full text article is assigned a reading level indicator (a Lexile) to allow researchers to hone in on the most age-appropriate material.

Explora Educator's Edition

Explora Primary Schools

Great Websites for Kids

Middle and Junior High Core Collection (HW Wilson)Middle Search Plus provides full text for nearly 140 popular magazines for middle and jr. high school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).

NoveList K-8 NoveList K-8 is designed to help students find books similar to ones they have already enjoyed and to give them a chance to acquire new insights into those books.

Student Research Center This EBSCO database offers information on every subject, but it tailored to the needs of high school students.

If you encounter a problem accessing one of our databases, please contact Jeffrey Bennett at 


You will need your library card barcode number (no spaces) to access these information resources. Please note: Ancestry Library and Hoovers are available at the library only.

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Academic Search Premier

African American History Online

American Doctoral Dissertations

American History Online, Facts on File

American Indian History Online

America's News Magazines

American Women's History Online

Ancestry Library (available in library only) Open Tutorial

Ancient and Medieval History Online


Bloom's Literary Reference Center

Business Source Elite

Business Source Premier


Children's Core Collection (HW Wilson)

College Catalogs (CollegeSource Online)

Contemporary Literary Criticism - Select


Curriculum Resource Center

Curriculum Resource Center Junior Edition


EBSCO eBooks

EBSCO Newspaper Source Plus


Elementary School Magazines (Primary Search)

Encyclopedia Americana

Encyclopedia Britannica

Encyclopedia Judaica

European Views of the Americas: 1493-1750


Explora Educator's Edition

Explora Primary Schools

NOT in the EBSCO list of databases Explora Secondary Schools


Fable Learning

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia


Gale Power Search

Great Websites for Kids


Grolier Multi-Media


Health Reference Center

Health Source: : Nursing/Academic Edition


(Sponsored by the Genealogical Society of the West Fields)


Inventors and Inventions


Jersey Clicks

Job and Career Accelerator


Lands and Peoples

Legal Information Reference Center

Literary Reference Center

Literature Resource Center


Local History Collection


MasterFile Premier

Middle and Junior High Core Collection (HW Wilson)

Middle Search Plus

Military & Government Collection

Modern World History Online



New Book of Knowledge

New Book of Popular Science

New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator

New Jersey Next Stop

New York Times Current

New York Times Historical

Novelist..... Learn How to Use Novelist!

Novelist K-8


Online Book Club

Oxford African-American Studies Center

Oxford Art Online


Points of View Reference Center



Reference USA (Available through JerseyClicks) ..... Learn How to Use Reference USA!

Referencia Latina

Regional Business News

Rosetta Stone..... Learn How to Use Rosetta Stone!


Science Online

Small Business Reference Center

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

The Star Ledger

Student Research Center


The Wall Street Journal

Westfield History Archive

Westfield Oral History Project

World Geography and Culture (Facts on File)