I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.

-- Former First Lady Laura Bush

Online Databases

These databases are available from home with a valid library card from a public library in Albany or Rensselaer County.

Business & Finance | General Reference / School oriented |
Health & Medicine | Multi-Subject | Newspapers

Business and Finance
Business Insights: Essentials

Includes company profiles, industry reports and financial reports, as well as business magazines and newspapers.

(Supported by the NOVEL project)

General Reference / School Oriented

Bookflix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction titles and is a great way to engage children and encourage nonfiction text reading. It features a read-along option for both fiction and nonfiction and develops listening and reading comprehension. Bookflix can be accessed at home, in the library, and anywhere - all you need is an Internet connection. Funded by the NYS 2016 Central Library Development Grant.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

These eBooks are available 24/7 with no wait, and can be browsed, searched and downloaded anytime from any Internet-connected device. Topics include test preparation, financial literacy, job readiness, computer literacy, Do-It-Yourself projects, and cooking. Funded by the NYS 2016 Central Book Aid Grant.


Always available ebooks for beginning readers with added animation, sounds, music, and narration-a fun format for children and caregivers to enjoy together! Games and activities are included with some stories, and the site is viewable in English, Spanish, and French. Titles can be accessed anytime from any Internet-connected device. Funded by the NYS 2016 Central Library Development Grant; Expires July, 2016.

eLibrary Elementary

Contains over 140 magazines and books for elementary students. Also includes the American Heritage Dictionary.

(Supported by the NOVEL project)

Scholastic Go!

Includes access to Amazing Animals of the World*, America the Beautiful*,Encyclopedia Americana,Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Lands and Peoples*,The New Book of Knowledge, The New Book of Popular Science*, and La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre* as well as Roget's II: The New Thesaurus and the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.

Amazing Animals* is for elementary school students and includes facts and photos for over 1,200 animals.

America the Beautiful* is for elementary and middle school students and includes articles on US cities, states and Presidents.

Encyclopedia Americana articles include links to further readings, a bibliography, selected full text articles, web page links, and links to related articles.

The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia includes encyclopedia articles, news, timelines, quizzes and games, and research starters. It also includes an atlas and dictionary. Articles can be grouped by lexile level and are aligned to standards.

Lands and Peoples* is for middle and high school students and includes articles on countries, cultures and current events. It also includes an atlas and almanacs.

The New Book of Knowledge is for middle grade students and includes literary selections, a timeline, projects and experiments, news, homework help and more.

The New Book of Popular Science* is for middle and high school students and includes articles in the areas of science, technology and medicine.

La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre* is a Spanish language encyclopedia written from a Latin American perspective.

(Supported by the NOVEL project)

Kids InfoBits

Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.

(Supported by the NOVEL project)

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.

(Supported by the NOVEL project)

Health & Medicine
Health Reference Center Academic

This health database includes over 2800 journals and magazines, many of which are full text. It contains nursing and allied health journals, other medical journals, newsletters and consumer health magazines.

(Supported by the NOVEL project.)

Academic One File

This database contains over 12,000 journals and reference sources, many of which are peer-reviewed and full text. It has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and more. The database also contains some full text titles that are cited in databases such as AGRICOLA, CINAHL, EconLit, ERIC, MEDLINE, MLA International Bibliography, PsycINFO and others.

(Supported by the NOVEL project.)

General One File

This general periodical database contains over 12,000 periodicals, newspapers, reference books and multimedia sources, over half of which are full text. The backfile extends nearly 30 years. Subjects include humanities, education, environmental issues, technology, health care, politics and more.

(Supported by the NOVEL project.)

Gannett Newsstand Complete

Contains over 85 Gannett newspapers, 6 of which are New York newspapers. These include the Ithaca Journal, Poughkeepsie Journal, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Journal News (White Plains), Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton) and Star-Gazette (Elmira).

(Supported by the NOVEL project.)

Infotrac Newsstand

This full-text newspaper database has several New York Newspapers including the New York Times from 1995 on, and over 1,000 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers.

(Supported by the NOVEL project.)

New York State Newspapers

A subset of InfoTrac Custom Newspapers, this database includes the following full-text newspapers from around New York State: Albany Times Union, Buffalo News, New York Times, New York Post, New York Observer, Syracuse Herald American, Syracuse Herald-Journal, and Syracuse Post-Standard.

(Supported by the NOVEL project.)

Some databases are provided by the New York State Library. NOVEL is an online virtual library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information via local libraries statewide. NOVEL is currently supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds. New Century Libraries is an important statewide funding initiative currently before the Legislature that proposes permanent state funding for NOVEL.
These databases are available to all 29 member libraries of the Upper Hudson Library System, through the generous support of its Central Library - the Albany Public Library.

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