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Business
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Genealogy
Health
Nature & Conservation
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Reference
Students K-5


Lynda.com is offering free training for companies transitioning staff to working from home:
Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success
This program is being offered free of charge through Friday, March 27th

Bookpage Magazine is now available online, click here to see the March 2020 issue.

Gale Databases is offering free access to instructional materials for families who are homeschooling during the national quarantine. 
Click here to access Gale’s Covid19 Access Collection.

Infobase is offering free access to educational materials for the month of April: click Here and enter the username: patrontrial and the password: trial


Browse the Carousel to see our new collection of magazines from Flipster

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 Archive.org
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.

 

Books & Literature


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

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.

 

Collections & Hobbies


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.

P4A 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.

 

Business


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 projections and analytical tools for stocks and mutual funds.

 

Education


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.

GALE Testing and Education Reference Center
A resource for testing prep, college planning, basic skills, Microsoft online tutorials and resume building.

Lynda.com
Lynda.com is a collection of online courses and video tutorials to help you learn business, technical and creative skills.

Mango Languages
A fun and interactive online language-learning system to help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian, or English, just to name a few! Lessons range from basic to comprehensive language and grammar skills, and includes lessons in practical conversation skills, providing tutorials, films, and specialty courses in culture. Available from home–set up an account with your email address, and library barcode and select a password.

 

Genealogy


Ancestry Library
Genealogical information, including  census data, vital records, directories, and photos.  Ancestry and OCPL have made this resource accessible from home for library patrons for the remainder of the 2020 Coronavirus shutdown. 

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

 

Health


Alcoholics Anonymous – Syracuse 
Information on where to find AA meetings in the Syracuse, NY area.

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

GALE Onefile Health & Medicine  
Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals 

MedlinePlus
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. 

Mental Health America
Information on living a mentally healthy life and finding help with mental health issues. 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Mental health support and resources. 

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

 

Nature & Conservation


eBirds
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.

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.

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. 

Fishing Regulations of New York State
Published by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 

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. 

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. 

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


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.

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. 

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.

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 Newsday

 

Reference


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.

Canalmap.com
Sponsored by the New York State board of tourism, Canalway.com 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.

Computer Science by GALE Onefile
Provides access to business and technical publications in the computer, electronics and telecommunications industries. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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

ReferenceUSA
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
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.

 

Students K-5


Kids Infobits 
contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5.
(NOVELNY is currently having issues with the login for this site.  They have been notified of the issue)

Novelist K-8 Plus
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 on a variety of topics ranging from animals to history to stories. Lexile (reading) levels of the information found go up to Grade 5.