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Research Sources
Research information @ your library from home using a number of databases.

Access electronic resources at home with your libary card number and PIN.  Resources with "(in library use only)" after the name can only be accessed from a library computer.  This list is updated regularly.   If you have a problem connecting, please contact the library with a description of the problem.

Alldata Auto Repair Database (in library use only)
An excellent resource for the home mechanic who wants step by step instructions on auto repairs. 

Ancestry Library (in library use only)
Geneological information
, including  census data, vital records, directories, and photos.

Antiques Reference
The P4 Antiques database provides descriptive information along with recently paid prices for antiques, collectibles, art and Americana sold at art auctions across the country. There also is a color photograph for each item listed.

A useful tool for entrepreneurs, small and mid-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations that  combines extensive consumer household, market segmentation, and demographic data from ESRI with GIS mapping technology so you can find customers and understand your market.
Like a certain book and want to read more like it? Put in the title of the book that you like in the search box, click on the title when it appears in the results list, then click on the Similar Titles link on the book entry page.  


Credo Reference   

Credo Reference is an online reference service made up of full-text books from the world's best publishers. Whether you're working on a research paper, trying to win trivia or just curious, Credo Reference has something for you.BPL'


Culture Wars in America

Featuring hundreds of A-Z entries and numerous photos, the set examines the history and relevance of the issues, events, controversies, personalities, groups, and concepts that have contributed to the political and social polarization of American society over recent decades.  This is an electronic book.  To access the content just enter your library card number where indicated on the right hand side of the page.

EBSCO Mobile

Use the EBSCO Mobile app to access the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia and Primary Search.  Primary Search provides full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. Info on using the EBSCO Mobile app can be found at

Freegal Music

Download up to 3 songs per week from the SONY catalog with your library card and PIN just click on the Freegal icon. This service is available to anyone with a library card from Baldwinsville or who lives in the Baldwinsville School District. Do not fit those criteria? Check with your local library as some of them do offer Freegal. BPL


Gale Academic OneFile

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.


Gale General OneFile

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.


Gannet Newsstand 

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). 

HeritageQuest Online

A collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture, including a complete set of U.S. Federal Census [head of household] records from 1790-1930, a collection of over 25,000 family and local histories, and an index of over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles.


Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

It offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.  Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Birder's World, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World, and many more.


Kids Search

Is designed for students in grades K through 5. It provides an easy-to-use, graphically-appealing way for kids to search resources.  Kids Search includes: non-fiction books, animals, history, magazines and pictures.


Learning Express

A collection of more than 1000 practice tests and skills tutorials for academic career advancement and more than 200 eBooks


Literary Reference Center

It is a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books and literary journals, as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. There is full text for more than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews; nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism; more than 252,000 author biographies (including more than 22,000 in-depth bios); 450 literary journals; more than 693,000 book reviews; more than 78,400 classic and contemporary poems; more than 19,700 classic and contemporary short stories; more than 6,600 author interviews; more than 8,200 classic texts; and much more.


In addition, Literary Reference Center includes Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Beacham's Research Guide to Biography and Criticism (six volumes), The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, The Columbia Companion to the 20th Century American Short Story, all of MagillOnLiterature Plus™ and much more.


MasterFILE Premier (EBSCO Host Web)

Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.

Business and residential phone numbers, addresses, and other directory information, including reverse phone number lookups. The business directory offers advanced mode searching by yellow page heading, business SIC code, zip code, SMSA and more.



For kids up to grade 5 it includes magazine articles, newspaper articles, dictionary/encyclopedia entries, pictures and more on a variety of topics ranging from animals to history to stories. Lexile (reading) levels of the information found go up to Grade 5.


Syracuse Newspapers

A searchable archive of digital images of the Syracuse newspapers from 1857 forward. Coverage also includes more than 750 US cities and over 2000 US and international newspaper titles. Included in the collection is This collection includes full text and images of newspaper pages. Please note: The years and dates available are incomplete.

** General FAQs
** A Quick How-to Search the Syracuse Archives 


It provides in-depth financial information, research, commentary, price projecttions and analytical tools for stocks and mutual funds. BPL


World Food

Comprehensive in scope, this two-volume encyclopedia covers agriculture and industry, food preparation and regional cuisines, science and technology, nutrition and health, and trade and commerce, as well as key contemporary issues such as famine relief, farm subsidies, food safety, and the organic movement.


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