Research Resources – alphabetical

200 Years on the Erie Canal
The Erie Canal is one of the most famous man-made bodies of water in the world. Designed, financed, built, operated, and maintained by the people of New York, the canal was one of the largest public works projects ever attempted anywhere in the world when the first shovel of earth was turned near Rome, New York, on July 4, 1817. This exhibit from the Digital Public Library of America chronicles the Canal’s early days.

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

American Museum of Natural History Photo Collection
Dioramas, Educational Exhibits and behind the scenes photos from the archives of the American Natural History Museum in New York City.

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

Avalon Project at Yale Law School
A digital archive of key historic documents in the fields of law and politics. The collection ranges from the Ancient to the Modern era.

Birds of North America
From drawings made in the United States and territories by John James Audobon; a New York State Public Library Digital Special collection.

BookBrowse offers book reviews, an e-magazine, a similar titles app, and an app for your smartphone.

Britannica Academic
Combines the Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and a variety of other magazines and periodicals

Britannica School
Designed for Pre-K through 12, and all reading levels; this collection offers thousands of up-to-date and curriculum relevant articles, images, videos, audio-clips, primary sources and maps.  The site is organized into three separate sub-collections: Elementary, Middle and High-school. 

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.

Business Insights: Essentials
Detailed company and industry profiles including SWOT reports, market share reports, financial reports, company histories and industry essays.
Sponsored by the New York State board of tourism, offers travel information for places of interest all along the Erie Canal.  The site allows you to search for places of interest by category, region or feature

Chronicling America: National Digital Newspaper Program
The National Digital Newspaper Program is a partnership between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities which has digitized thousands of newspapers from all 50 states.

Computer Database
Provides access to business and technical publications in the computer, electronics and telecommunications industries. 

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.

Digital Public Library of America Primary Source sets
DPLA Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture through primary sources. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA’s Education Advisory Committee.

Distinguishing Endangered & Threatened Species From Common Game Fish
Published by the Baldwinsville Public Library

Driving Tests Online
An online collection of Driver’s Test Prep materials.  This site includes motorcycle and CDL practice tests, along with online drivers’ manuals.

eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world. A collaborative enterprise with hundreds of partner organizations, thousands of regional experts, and hundreds of thousands of users, eBird is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Encyclopedia Britannica
An accurate, current, and comprehensive resource for college-level learners, researchers, and faculty. Discover encyclopedia articles, full-text journal and magazine articles, primary sources, multimedia, and other unique resources and tools that make research easier and more productive. 

Endangered Species: US Fish & Wildlife Service
A registry of species listed as threatened or endangered.  The database allows you to search your state and county for local endangered or threatened species. 

Freegal Music
Download up to 5 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

Freshwater Fishes of New York State
Originally published in The Conservationist magazine. This series includes articles on fish species found in New York State’s freshwater lakes, ponds and streams.

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 Directory Library: Telecommunications Directory
A listing of headquarters location, address and other contact information for firms in the telecommunications industry.

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.

Gale Infotrac Newsstand 
InfoTrac Newsstand is a newspaper database which allows users to search articles by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields.

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).

The Onondaga County Public Library’s GVRL Collection
The Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is a collection of eBooks that includes encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These materials once accessible only in hard copy are now available online from the library or remotely.  The link to the Baldwinsville Collection are titles available specifically to Baldwinsville patrons.  The OCPL collection are titles that are available to all libraries in the Onondaga County Public Library System.

Gale Infotrac Newsstand
InfoTrac Newsstand is a newspaper database which allows users to search articles by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields.

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).

Grey-House Directory of Resources for People with Disabilities
Links, program descriptions and application documents for state and federal programs for the disabled.  The user guide for this database may be downloaded here.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
Based on the full text of the Academic American Encyclopedia, is a fact-filled reference resource. Includes and interactive atlas, images, sound files and topical Internet links. Designed for users from the upper elementary grades through adults.

Grolier Online
A collection of online encyclopedias and other reference titles including: Amazing Animals, America the Beautiful, New Book of Popular Science and Lands and Peoples.

Health Reference Center Academic
Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals. 

Heritage Quest Online (in library use only)
Includes millions of genealogy records, including Ship Manifests, Ellis Island records and US Census data.

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 Infobits
contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5.

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.

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. is a collection of online courses and video tutorials to help you learn business, technical and creative skills.
Macauley Library: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The Macauley Library at Cornell University has compiled a substantial collection of images, audio and video of birds.  Images, audio-files and video recordings are captioned, providing the date, place and contributor name. 
Originally published in The Conservationist magazine, this series features common mammals found in New York State. 
National Register of Historic Places
The National Park Service provides a nationwide catalog of sites, buildings and landmarks that have met specific criteria for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.  The database allows you to search by community and surrounding areas.  Many sites include profiles that can be downloaded as PDF files.
Newsbank Infoweb 
A comprehensive news collection ideal for exploring issues and events at the local, regional, national and international level. Diverse source types include print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos.
A subset of InfoTrac Newsstand, this database includes articles from newspapers from around New York State including: Glens Falls Post-StarNew York TimesNew York ObserverNew York Post, and Newsday.
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Information on attractions throughout New York State.  Includes historic sites, nature centers, golf courses, and trails. 
This site from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation offers information on the New York State Tree Nursery program, the New York State Big Tree Registry, information on native plant species, and details of the state’s Open Space Conservation plan.

NIH Senior Health
The National Institute of Health’s website for senior citizens; includes articles and videos designed for use by the average person, and covering a variety of health topics.

Novelist Plus
Database covering more than 120,000 adult, teen and children’s fiction and non-fiction titles. Provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, hundreds of theme-oriented book lists for readers at all grade levels, award-winning and recommended titles, read-alikes, book reviews and much more.

Old Time Radio from
A collection of classic radio programs that have fallen into the public domain.  The collection includes Musical reviews, variety shows, science fiction, mysteries and westerns.

Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency
Information on waste disposal and recycling guidelines for residents of Onondaga County.  This website also includes seasonal information on topics such as Christmas Tree and yard waste disposal. 

Opposing Viewpoints
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.

Oswego County Department of Solid Waste 
Waste disposal and recycling information for residents of Oswego County.  This website also includes information on where to purchase landfill stickers, yard waste drop-off sites and how to dispose of potentially hazardous materials. 

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.
Information on how to prepare for major weather events, flooding, power outages and other incidents.

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.

Research in Context (NEW): 
Resource for students in grades 6 to 8.  Offers magazines, newspapers, primary sources, over 12,000 videos and more on a variety of topics.  Supports national and state curriculum standards in language arts, social studies and science. novelny_small_new

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.

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

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