Research Resources


Antiques & Music
Books & Literature
Nature & Conservation
Newspapers & Magazines
Students K-5

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Antiques & Music
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

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.

P4 Antiques Database
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.

Books & Literature

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

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

eLibrary Elementary
contains over 140 magazine and books for elementary students. novelny_small_new is a collection of online courses and video tutorials to help you learn business, technical and creative skills.

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

Rocket Languages
An online collection of language tutorials.  Includes French, German, Spanish, Chinese and others.


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

Heritage Quest Online
Includes millions of genealogy records, including Ship Manifests, Ellis Island records and US Census data.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Information on diseases and conditions, traveler’s health, emergency preparedness and more.

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

Find information on health, wellness, disorders and conditions.  Learn about prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, herbs and supplements.  Discover tutorials, health and surgery videos, quizzes and games. 

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.

Nature & Conservation

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.

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. 

Mammals of New York State
Originally published in The Conservationist magazine, this series features common mammals found in New York State. 

New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Information on attractions throughout New York State.  Includes historic sites, nature centers, golf courses, and trails.

New York State Trees & Forestry
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. 

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. 

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. 

Newspapers & Magazines

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. novelny_small_new

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). novelny_small_new
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.

Newspaper Archive – Syracuse Newspapers 
A searchable archive of just the Syracuse newspapers from 1857 forward. This collection includes full text and images of newspaper pages. Please note: The years and dates available are incomplete.

New York State Newspapers 
 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 Newsdaynovelny_small_new


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

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. novelny_small_new
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. novelny_small_new

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.

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.

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

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.
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.

Students K-5

eLibrary Elementary 
contains over 140 magazine and books for elementary students.novelny_small_new

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

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.

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.

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