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Databases - General Research

The Plainfield Public Library subscribes to several online databases that are available to the public. If you have any questions regarding the databases or access, please contact the Reference Desk.

"In Library Use" databases are accessible for the public on the library’s own computers.

"Remote Access" databases can be accessed from home using a Plainfield Public Library card.

Database Name
Description
In Library Use
Remote Access
abcmouse.com ABCmouse.com is the most comprehensive early education website available today for children ages 2–6. With over 5,000 interactive learning activities and 450 lessons, ABCmouse.com helps children master fundamentals in reading, math, beginning science, art, music, and more. In Library Use  
Academic Search Premier Academic Search Premier contains indexing for 8,025 publications, with full text for more than 4,500 of those titles.
(part of the JerseyClicks collection)
In Library Use Remote Access
NEHGS
New England Historic Genealogical Society offers access to more than 110 million names in a variety of databases, making family research easy and efficient. Some databases included are Abstracts of NY Wills, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Massachusetts Vital Record, 1841-1915.  Online genealogical periodicals included in the subscription are The American Genealogists, The Connecticut Nutmegger, New England Ancestors Magazine, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The New Netherland Connections and The Virginia Genealogist.  Databases and resources are updated and expanded weekly.
In Library Use
Ancestry
Ancestry.com is the #1 online source for family history information, including the web's largest collection of historical records. This resource has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930, and the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps.
In Library Use
Business Source Premier This is the world’s definitive scholarly business database, providing indexing and abstracts for more than twice as many active, peer-reviewed, business related journals as any other database. Business Source® Elite offers indexing and abstracts for the 350 most important scholarly journals back to 1965 or the first published issue. This database includes searchable cited references for 1,205 journals. (part of the JerseyClicks collection) In Library Use Remote Access
Courier News
ProQuest Newspapers provides access to full-text articles from the Courier News from 1999 to date.
In Library Use
Remote Access
eLibraryNJ Free downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks with your Library Card and PIN code! (You will need to choos "Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium" as your library - you will not see Plainfield in the list of options)
In Library Use
Remote Access
ERIC ERIC, the Educational Resource Information Center, is a national information system supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Library of Education, and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. It provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. (part of the JerseyClicks collection) In Library Use Remote Access
Great Websites for Kids

Great Websites for Kids is a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria. The committee is made up of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

In Library Use Remote Access
GreenFile GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. (part of the JerseyClicks collection) In Library Use Remote Access
Freegal

Freegal provides 3 FREE music downloads per patron per week. Over 7 million songs from ten thousand labels including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment.

In Library Use Remote Access
Health Source Consumer Edition This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide.
(part of the JerseyClicks collection)
In Library Use Remote Access
HeritageQuest

HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.

Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

In Library Use Remote Access
Custom Journals Available on the state-of-the-art Gale PowerSearch platform, InfoTrac Custom Journals allows you to search 100 full-text newspapers, magazines and journals including the Home News Tribune, Newark Star Ledger, New Jersey Monthly, and the Journal of African American History among others. In Library Use Remote Access
JerseyClicks
JerseyClicks is New Jersey's statewide portal that features federated searching of the statewide full-text databases offered by the New Jersey State Library. This resource offers keyword and custom searching of databases through a federated search. These high quality databases cover subjects such as health, history, business, education, science, current events, literature, and popular fiction. The suite also includes Informe, a Spanish language full-text database.
In Library Use
Remote Access
Job & Career Accelerator

LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator™ provides personalized, step-by-step job search assistance-from exploring and matching suitable occupations from over 1,000 detailed occupation profiles to finding available jobs from a database of over 5 million up-to-date job postings. With Job & Career Accelerator, you can easily create professional and effective resumes and cover letters, master interviewing and networking techniques, improve your work skills, and prepare for occupation-related exams. It also helps you plan, tailor, and track your progress for multiple job searches while providing expert advice and tips at every step of the way.

In Library Use Remote Access
Learning Express

LearningExpress Library is an interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

LearningExpress version 3.0 now available. All users must switch their accounts over by June 30, 2014!

User Guides

In Library Use
Remote Access
Legal Information Reference Center Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center contains more than 225 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation's oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. (part of the JerseyClicks collection) In Library Use Remote Access
LISTA LISTA indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. (part of the JerseyClicks collection) In Library Use Remote Access
Literary Reference Center Literary Reference Center is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. (part of the JerseyClicks collection) In Library Use Remote Access
MasterFile Premier MasterFILE Premier, designed specifically for public libraries, provides full text for more than 1,950 general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines including general reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues and much more. (part of the JerseyClicks collection) In Library Use Remote Access
MAS Ultra MAS Ultra School Edition is a comprehensive full text general reference database designed for high school and junior college libraries. This database includes: searchable full text of articles, reports and special issues from nearly 200 of the most wanted K-12 magazines. (part of the JerseyClicks collection) In Library Use Remote Access
Medline Plus MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. In Library Use Remote Access
Middle Search Plus Middle Search Plus contains full text for more than 150 popular, middle school magazines. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 200 magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies, historical essays and student pamphlets. (part of the JerseyClicks collection) In Library Use Remote Access
Military One Source Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve Component members, and their families. Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more. In Library Use Remote Access
Newspaper Source Plus Newspaper Source Plus includes more than 700 full-text newspapers, and provides more than 31 million full-text articles. In addition, the database includes nearly 700,000 television and radio transcripts. (part of the JerseyClicks collection) In Library Use Remote Access
Novelist K-8 Plus Focuses on nonfiction reading materials that support the school curriculum, as well as the recreational reading interests of children and students from preschool through middle school.
(part of the JerseyClicks collection)
In Library Use Remote Access
Novelist NoveList Plus – a readers' advisory resource for nonfiction, will be an upgrade to our enormously popular fiction NoveList product.
(part of the JerseyClicks collection)
In Library Use Remote Access
One Click Digital The OneClickdigital collection offers eAudiobook and eBook classic titles for download or streaming on PCs, eReaders and mobile devices. In Library Use Remote Access
Points of View Reference Center Points of View Reference Center is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides 200 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). (part of the JerseyClicks collection) In Library Use Remote Access
Primary Search Primary Search, designed specifically for elementary school libraries and public library children's rooms, contains full text for more than 60 popular, elementary school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
(part of the JerseyClicks collection)
In Library Use Remote Access
ProQuest
ProQuest Newspapers provides access to full-text articles from the Courier News from 1999 to date.
In Library Use
Remote Access
Reference USA ReferenceUSA is the leading provider in business and consumer research! The database provides real-time access to more than 20 Million Business, 222 Million Consumers, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. New Homeowners and Movers. (part of the JerseyClicks collection) In Library Use Remote Access
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. This database is updated on a daily basis.
(part of the JerseyClicks collection)
In Library Use Remote Access
Rocket Languages Learn a Language with Rocket Languages on Your Own Terms and in Your Own Time! In Library Use Remote Access
Small Business Resource Center This database offers users complete small business management resources via a combination of unparalleled periodicals and reference content. From conducting industry research to financial planning, to marketing a product and franchising a business, the Small Business Resource Center provides users with all the information they need to succeed. (part of the JerseyClicks collection) In Library Use Remote Access
Teacher Resource Center TRC provides indexing and abstracts for 280 periodicals. In addition, 96% of journals indexed in TRC are peer-reviewed. Topics include: Assessment, Best Practices, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, School Administration, Science & Mathematics, and Teacher Education. (part of the JerseyClicks collection) In Library Use Remote Access
World Book Provides access to the World Book Online for Kids, World Book Online Info Finder, the World Book Online Reference Center and the Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos. In Library Use Remote Access
Zinio

Zinio, the world's largest newsstand, offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from your library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

Before logging in please check out the Zinio User Guide.

In Library Use Remote Access

Databases - Local History

 
Name and Description
In Library Use
Remote Access
Photograph Collection

Photograph Collection

The Plainfield Public Library's historic photograph collections include over 100,000 individual photographic prints, negatives, slides and glass plates by over a dozen local photographers from the 1860's to the present.

Complete Information on Photograph Collections

In Library Use
Remote Access
postcards

Plainfield Postcard Collection

The Plainfield Postcard Collection contains 2,000 postcards with 1,000 unique images. The Chase collection and the Ricketts collection make up the core of the library's holdings, depicting Plainfield in the early 1900s. 

In Library Use
Remote Access
blueprints

Detwiller Blueprint Collection

This unique collection of 15,000 architectural drawings and blueprints documents the rich history of Plainfield's architectural development. It includes residences, houses of worship, businesses, and multifamily dwellings from 1887 to the present. The drawings have been microfilmed and digitized for preservation and Internet access.

In Library Use
Remote Access
City Directories

Plainfield City Directories

The Local History department holds city directories from the 1870s through 1982, when current phone books came into existence. The city directories are available in print, on microfilm and in an online searchable PDF format.

Because of copyright issues, city directories are only available online in the library; please contact the Reference department or Local History department to make an appointment for assistance using the online city directories.

In Library Use
dailypress

Historical Plainfield Newspapers

The Local History department holds 23 newspapers and magazines dating back to 1837. This collection includes microfilmed copies and broadsides, as well as digitized titles. The Courier News, available on microfilm, is located in the upstairs reference section. The earliest newspapers are available on microfilm and in an online searchable PDF format.

Because of copyright issues, the digitized versions are only available online in the library; please contact the Reference department or Local History department to make an appointment for assistance using the online newspapers.

In Library Use
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