Research Databases Available Through the Connecticut State Library

The full list (without alphabetical index) of research databases with legal, biographical, genealogical, government, and general information, including indexes, journals, and online newspapers available on-site at the Connecticut State Library. (From other locations, you will need your library card). View a list of only those databases that are available outside of the library. To find a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper by title, try our E-Journal Locator or search our library catalog.

Alternatively, you may want to view the alphabetical list of research databases available through the Connecticut State Library

Database Namesort icon Is this resource remotely accessible?
Access Newspaper Archive

Historical newspaper database covering over 400 cities and towns from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. dating back as far as the 1700's. More details in the library catalog.

Historians, Genealogists, Online, Newspapers No
Accounting & Tax with Standards

Accounting research database, proving access to top journals, reference reports, proceedings and dissertations. More details in the library catalog.

Legal Researchers, Online, State Library card Yes
American Ancestors

The primary research site of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. It offers online newsletters, access to databases, and other resources. More details in the library catalog.

Historians, Genealogists, Online No
American Indian History Online

Biographies, Events, Primary Sources, Timelines, Images, Maps and Charts, Tribes and Culture Areas. More details in the library catalog.

Historians, Genealogists, Online, State Library card, Native Americans Yes
American Indian Law Collection (HeinOnline)

With more than 900 unique titles and 900,000 pages dedicated to American Indian Law, this collection includes an expansive archive of treaties, federal statutes and regulations, federal case law, tribal codes, constitutions, and jurisprudence. It also features Statutory Compilation of the Indian Law Survey. A Compendium of Federal Laws and Treaties Relating to Indians, Pts. 1-46 (1776-1938), a rare compilation edited by Felix S. Cohen, as well as Cohen's 1940 Temporary Edition of the Handbook of Federal Indian Law. This is a very rare (and apparently unpublished) edition that appears to have been circulated by Cohen only to his colleagues within the Department of the Interior. Here is the description from the Foreward to the 2005 edition of the Handbook:

"...the Handbook was first issued in 1940 as a temporary edition with limited circulation in the Department of the Interior. The first printing available to the public in 1941, but the press run was small. The 1942 printing was the first edition widely available."

Legal Researchers, Online, State Library card, Law & Legislation, Native Americans Yes
American Periodicals Series Online, 1740-1900

Digitized images of over 1,100 American magazines and journals that began publication between 1740 and 1900. More details in the library catalog.

Historians, Genealogists, Online, State Library card Yes
American State Papers, 1789-1838

United States legislative and executive documents. Coverage: 1stthrough 25th Congresses, 1789-1838, American State Papers Vols. 1-38. More details in the library catalog.

Online, Governmental Information No
Ancestry.com Genealogical databases, articles, and full-text books. Coverage: International, with focus on North America. Historians, Genealogists, Online No
Ancestry.com: CT State Library Collections

The Connecticut State Library Collections in Ancestry.com include the following:

 

  • Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880
  • U.S. Federal Census - 1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes
  • Connecticut, Passport and Birth Certificates, 1852-1928
  • Connecticut, Military Census, 1917
  • Connecticut, Hale Cemetery Inscriptions, 1629-1934
  • Connecticut, School Age Certificates, 1904-1911
  • Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920
  • Hartford, Connecticut Probate Records, 1639-1700
  • U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885

 

To access the State Library's materials on Ancestry.com, you will need to create a free, individual account with Ancestry.com. In doing so, be aware that you may receive large amounts of e-mail from Ancestry.com unless you choose to opt out of receiving those e-mails.

Historians, Genealogists, Online, Any CT library card, History & Genealogy Yes
Archive Finder

Directory of repositories and collections of primary source material housed across the United States. Formerly known as "Archives USA." More details in the library catalog.

Historians, Genealogists, Online, State Library card Yes
Avotaynu, Anthology of Jewish Genealogy (1985-2011)

Searchable archive of more than 2,900 full-text articles published in the journal Avotaynu from 1985-2011. The scope of the articles cover many aspects of Jewish family history research.  Available at the Reference Desk only.  Please ask a Librarian for assistance.

Historians, Genealogists, Online, History & Genealogy No
Bar Journals Collection (HeinOnline) Contains more than 80 state and local Bar Journals. Search by article title, author, description, date, or across the full text of the articles. This is a component of the Connecticut State Library's subscription to HeinOnline. Legal Researchers, Online, State Library card, Law & Legislation Yes
Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Publisher's blurb: "Enables users to locate biographical entries contained in more than 1,000 volumes and editions of important current and retrospective biographical reference sources. This index contains citations that point to over 15 million biographies on nearly 5 million people, living and deceased, from all time periods, geographical locations, and fields of endeavor."

Historians, Genealogists, Online, Any CT library card, Biographical Information, History & Genealogy Yes
Biography Reference Bank

A comprehensive biographical resource for all disciplines. Coverage of more than 600,000 individuals, over 2.2 million records, links to over 300,000 related full-text articles, as well as abstracts and images from thousands of periodicals. Access provided by iCONN.

Historians, Genealogists, Online, Any CT library card, Biographical Information, History & Genealogy Yes
Biography Reference Center

A comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies on notable personalities. Access provided by iCONN.

Historians, Genealogists, Online, Any CT library card, Biographical Information, History & Genealogy Yes
Britannica Online

Britannica's article database, with links to other World Wide Web sites selected by Britannica editors. More details in the library catalog.

history_htm, Online, State Library card, General Yes
CCH Human Resources Compliance Library Addresses complex HR issues with practical answer-oriented information on how to comply with federal and state laws and changing HR practices, covering Benefits, Compensation, Discrimination and Retaliation, Employee Relations, HR Management, Organizational and Employee Development, Safety, Security, Risk Management, Staffing and Unions.  Access via CCH Intelliconnect. Online No
CCH Labor & Employment Suite Online content includes:  Labor Relations, Employment Practice Guide, Wage & Hours, Labor Arbitration Awards, ADA Business Management Guide, State Law Compare-Complete, Labor Law Journal, ADA Decisions, Aspen Treatises (6 titles),  NRLB Case Handling Manual, EEOC Compliance Manual, Immigration Law in the Workplace, State Labor & Employment Laws, OFCCP Federal Contracts, and Employment Law Daily. Access via CCH Intelliconnect. Online No
CCH Omnitax Library

State and federal tax laws and regulations for businesses, private individuals and special entities, tax news, information about sales tax and more. Access via CCH Intelliconnect.

Legal Researchers, Online, Law & Legislation No
Colonial State Papers

Provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.  Also included is a digitized version of The Calendar of State Papers, Colonial: North America and the West Indies 1574-1739, which contains bibliographic records and extracts for thousands of additional documents.

Historians, Genealogists, Online, 17th-c, State Library card, History & Genealogy Yes
Complete Directory for People with Disabilities

A comprehensive directory of resources available for people with disabilities, detailing independent living centers, rehabilitation facilities, state & federal agencies, associations, support groups and more.

Online, State Library card Yes
Congressional Research Digital Collection

Public policy issues from Congressional Research Service. Coverage: CRS reports, 1916 - ; Committee Prints, 1830 - Updated Continuously. National and international.

State Agencies, State Library card, Governmental Information Yes
Connecticut General Assembly Members

Lists members of the Connecticut General Assembly. The list of state Senators dates back to 1776, and entries for House members begin with 1849.  Database created by the Connecticut State Library.

Librarians, Open access, Biographical Information, Governmental Information, History & Genealogy, Law & Legislation Yes
Connecticut Patents Project

A database of patents issued to residents of the state of Connecticut, ranging from 1800 through 1890.

Database created by the Connecticut State Library.

Open access, Patents Yes
CQ Congress Collection

A dynamic research and reference tool allowing historical analysis of members of Congress, their legislative voting behavior, interest groups, and their interactions in crafting public policy.

Librarians, Online, State Library card, Governmental Information, Law & Legislation Yes
CQ Electronic Library

American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs from Congressional Quarterly. More details in the library catalog.

Librarians, Online, State Library card, Governmental Information Yes
Day (New London, CT)

Newspaper.  Coverage: Dec.1999 to current.

Online, Open access, Newspapers Yes
Early American Imprints. Series I, Evans (1639-1800)

Full-text collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America from 1639-1800. This collection is based on the bibliography originally compiled and edited by Charles Evans. More details in the library catalog.

Biographical Information, Newspapers No
Early American Newspapers, 1690-1922, Series 1 through 7 and 10

Full-text of newspapers, 1690-1922. More details in the library catalog.

Newspapers No
Electronic Journal Portal (Serials Solutions) To find a specific online journal, magazine, or newspaper on subscription at the Connecticut State Library, try our E-Journal Portal hosted by Serials Solutions. Online Yes
Encyclopedia of American Immigration

Covers U.S. immigration history from the earliest colonial settlements to the present. 
 

Biographical Information, State Library card Yes
FirstSearch OCLC WorldCat

OCLC catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

history_htm, General No
Fitch's Home for Soldiers

Veterans' files from the Fitch's Home for Soldiers.  Coverage: Mostly Civil War veterans, with some Spanish American War veterans.

Open access Yes
Fold3

Searchable original, historical documents ranging from major historical events to personal accounts and family histories. Users can also share their own content and insights. Formerly known as "Footnote.com." More details in the library catalog.

history_htm, State Library card Yes
FolioMed Physician Directory for Connecticut and Rhode Island

An online searchable directory of physicians and healthcare facilities for Connecticut and Rhode Island. Search by name or browse for healthcare resources by town.

Librarians, Online, State Library card Yes
Gale's Ready Reference Shelf

General reference databases list associations, publishers, publications, databases, TV and radio stations and more. More details in the library catalog.

Librarians, State Library card, General Yes
Godfrey Scholar

Includes the Ed Laput Cemetery Collection, searchable records for Middletown and Cromwell churches, funeral home records of Middletown and Southington, a fully digitized version of the American Genealogical and Biographical Index (AGBI) as well as other collections.

No
Government Periodicals Index

Detailed subject and author index to U.S. government magazines and newsletters. Coverage: Updated quarterly with more than 2,000 articles. More details in the library catalog.

State Library card, Governmental Information Yes
GuideStar Premium

Comprehensive data on nonprofit organizations, with IRS data, employee information, and grants. More details in the library catalog.

No
Hartford Courant (1764-1922)

Newspaper. Coverage: 1764 to December 31, 1922. Access provided by iCONN. More details in the library catalog.

Any CT library card, Newspapers Yes
Hartford Courant (1764-1988)

Newspaper. Coverage: 1764-1988. Access to 1764-1922 is provided by iCONN. Access to 1923-1988 is a separate subscription provided by the Connecticut State Library and requires a CT State Library card. More details in the library catalog.

Online, State Library card, Newspapers Yes
Hartford Courant (1992-current)

Newspaper. Coverage: 1992 to current.   Access provided by iCONN.

Any CT library card, Newspapers Yes
Hartford Courant Digital Microfilm (2008-)

Provides a convenient way from your desktop browser to access Hartford Courant microfilm content in a digital format, without the need for a traditional microfilm reader/printer. Coverage 2008 onwards.

Online, State Library card, 21st-c, Newspapers Yes
Hartford Courant eCourant (daily online edition)

Hartford Courant eCourant is a daily, online replica of the print version of the Hartford Courant - including every article, photograph, and advertisement. Search and navigate through the paper online, download or email articles, photos, etc. Coverage: Most recent 30 days.  Please ask a Librarian for login assistance.

Online, Newspapers No
HeinOnline

Comprehensive historical collection of legal and law-related material, including many North American legal journals. Coverage: From 1800's to present. Continually adding new content. More details in the library cataog.

Legal Researchers, State Library card, Law & Legislation Yes
HeritageQuest Online

Family histories, genealogical serials, local histories, and primary sources, including U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1930, and Private Relief Actions, Memorials and Petitions from the U. S. Serial Set. Coverage: All 50 states, Canada and the British Isles.

history_htm, Librarians, Any CT library card Yes
Historic Map Works Library Edition

Full color, digital collection of over 200,000 United States and World maps and atlases spanning several hundred years.

State Library card, Geography & Maps Yes
History of Bankruptcy: Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part III (HeinOnline) Includes legislative histories, treatises, documents and more related to bankruptcy law in America. It also includes classic books dating back to the late 1800s and links to scholarly articles that are related to the study of bankruptcy in America. Legal Researchers, Online, State Library card, Law & Legislation Yes
iCONN - Connecticut's re-search engine

General reference, homework help, newspapers, biographies, health and business databases, downloadable audio books, and more!

 

Includes:

  • Statewide Library Catalog (reQuest)
  • Genealogy (HeritageQuest)
  • Newspapers
  • Downloadable Audiobooks
  • CT Digital Collections
  • Online Magazines
  • Free E-Books
  • Job Seeking Resources
  • American Civil War Resources
  • Helping Children Cope With Tragedy
Librarians, State Agencies, Any CT library card, Biographical Information, General Yes
iCONN Newspapers
  • Christian Science Monitor (1988-present)
  • Hartford Courant - Historical (1764-1922)
  • Hartford Courant (1992-present)
  • Los Angeles Times (1985-present)
  • New York Times (1985-present)
  • Sunday Times (London, England) (1985-present)
  • The Times (London, England) (1985-present)
  • Wall Street Journal (1984-present)
  • Washington Post (1987-present)
Librarians, State Agencies, Any CT library card, Newspapers Yes
Index to Legal Periodicals

Full text plus indexing of legal journals and books. This content is now provided in our subscription to Legal Source.

Legal Researchers, Online, State Library card, Law & Legislation Yes
IndexMaster

Indices and tables of contents from legal treatises.
Coverage: International; Updated: Daily.

Legal Researchers, State Library card, Law & Legislation No
JSTOR

Extensive backfile volumes of more than 2,500 full text, core scholarly journals in History, Political Science and other disciplines. The backfiles begin with the very first issues, many of which reach back to the 1800s. The Connecticut State Library participates in JSTOR Public Library Collections I and II which includes the following:

  • Arts & Sciences I Collection
  • Arts & Sciences II Collection
  • Arts & Sciences III Collection
  • Arts & Sciences IV Collection
  • Arts & Sciences IX Collection
  • Arts & Sciences V Collection
  • Arts & Sciences VI Collection
  • Arts & Sciences VII Collection
  • Arts & Sciences VIII Collection
  • Arts & Sciences X Collection
  • Arts & Sciences XI Collection
  • Arts & Sciences XII Collection
  • Business III Collection
  • Ecology & Botany II Collection
  • Life Sciences Collection

For more details, including a complete title list, see our library catalog.

No
Legal Information Reference Center

Provides online full text of top consumer legal reference books addressing a wide-range of legal issues including business & corporations, family affairs & divorce, immigration & travel, money & financial planning, patents, copyrights & trademarks, property & real estate, rights & disputes, and wills & estate planning. Many of these titles are published by Nolo, an established provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

Legal Researchers, Librarians, Online, Any CT library card, Law & Legislation Yes
Legal Source

Provides full-text coverage of scholarly law journals, information on current issues, and studies and trends in the legal world. The collection includes over 1,200 full-text journals and over 2.5 million records, including book reviews and case citations.

Legal Researchers, Librarians, Online, State Library card, Law & Legislation Yes
LegalTrac

Provides indexing for law reviews, legal newspapers, law specialty publications and bar association journals. Coverage: 1980 - ; International; Updated: Weekly.

Legal Researchers, Librarians, State Library card, Law & Legislation Yes
LexisNexis State Capital

State bills and laws, constitutions, regulations, newspapers of record, legislative issues, legislature membership. Coverage: All 50 states.

Legal Researchers, Librarians, State Agencies, State Library card, Governmental Information, Law & Legislation Yes
LLMC-Digital

U.S. executive, judicial, and legislative materials digitized by the Law Library Microform Consortium.
Coverage: National; Updated: Monthly.

Legal Researchers, Online, Law & Legislation No
Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926

Includes pre-1926 treatises and similar monographs, sourced from the collections of the Yale, George Washington University, and Columbia law libraries, in the following areas: International Law; Comparative Law; Foreign Law; Roman Law; Islamic Law; Jewish Law; and Ancient Law.

Legal Researchers, Online, Law & Legislation No
Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926

Provides digital images on every page of 22,000 legal treatises on US and British law published from 1800 through 1926.

Legal Researchers, Online, Law & Legislation No
Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources

Designed to complement The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, this archive offers online access to state and municipal codes, documents relating to constitutional conventions, and other resources in American legal history.

Legal Researchers, Online, Law & Legislation No
Making of Modern Law: Trials 1600-1926

Comprehensive digital collection comprised of over 10,000 titles on Anglo-American trials 1600-1926.

Legal Researchers, Online, Law & Legislation No
Milestone Documents in American History

Combines more than 130 full-text primary source documents in American history with expert analysis and commentary.  Coverage: from the Revolutionary era to the present day. 

Yes
Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, 1895-1976

A finding aid for all publications of the United States government, including those of the Congress and all executive departments, dating from 1895 to 1976.

Librarians, State Library card, Governmental Information Yes
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws Archive Publications (NCCUSL)

Full text of Model Acts drafted, recommended or endorsed by the Conference.

Legal Researchers, State Library card, Law & Legislation Yes
New York Times (1851-2009) with Index (1851-1993)

Historical New York Times with Index.

Coverage: Full-text: 1851-2009.   Index: 1851-1993.

Genealogy, Historians, Genealogists, Online, State Library card, History & Genealogy, Newspapers Yes
New York Times (1980-current)

Full text of the New York Times newspaper, 1980 to current. The complete text of recent articles is provided in the ASCII format. The New York Times Book Review and Sunday Magazine are provided in PDF format. Access provided by iCONN.

Genealogy, Historians, Genealogists, Librarians, Online, History, History & Genealogy, Newspapers Yes
OED (Oxford English Dictionary)

Historical dictionary of English, covering the language from the earliest times to the present day. Coverage: Editions from 1884 -.

Librarians, Online, State Library card, General Yes
Ordinance.com

Municipal codes, zoning & subdivision by-laws, ordinances and maps. Coverage: Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Legal Researchers, municipalities, State Library card, Law & Legislation No
Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History

Full-text articles on all aspects of legal history throughout the world.  Covers legal history from ancient to modern times. 

History, Legal Researchers, Law & Legislation No
PACER

PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records)  Coverage: Geographic: United States federal courts. Dates of coverage varies with jurisdiction.   Please ask a Librarian for login assistance.

Legal Researchers, State Library card, Governmental Information, Law & Legislation No
ProQuest Congressional

Comprehensive index and selected full-text source for Congressional publications. Coverage: 1819-

Legal Researchers, State Library card, Governmental Information Yes
Public Documents Masterfile

Federal, state, local, and international public documents.    Coverage: 1789 - present.

Librarians, State Library card, Governmental Information No
ReferenceUSA

Database containing information on over 10 million U.S. companies. Coverage: United States. Our subscription permits up to 50 prints/downloads per day. More details in the library catalog.

General No
Safari Books Online

Full-text electronic books on information technology.

Librarians, Online, State Library card, Governmental Information Yes
Sanborn Maps for Connecticut

Sanborn fire insurance maps for Connecticut towns and cities between 1867 and 1970.

Historians, Genealogists, State Library card, Geography & Maps Yes
Taxation & Economic Reform in America Part I & II, 1781-2011 (HeinOnline) This historical archive contains more than 3,200 volumes and one million pages of legislative history materials and other documents. It includes the complete Carlton Fox Collection which contains nearly 42 years of historical legislation related to the internal revenue laws from 1909-1950. It includes more than 100 other legislative histories related to taxation, economic reform, and stimulus plans. Legal Researchers, Law & Legislation Yes
ThomasNet.com

Open access database of over 650,000 distributors, manufacturers and service companies.

Librarians, Open access, General Yes
U.S. Congressional Documents

A HeinOnline digitized collection of the bound and daily versions of the Congressional Record, and its predecessors. Coverage: 1789-.

State Library card, Governmental Information Yes
U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980

Reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Coverage: 1817-1980. For online content beyond 1980, try ProQuest Congressional

State Library card, Governmental Information No
U.S. Federal Agency Library

Official case law of some of the most important United States government institutions.  Coverage:  Varies, earliest is 1894.

State Library card, Governmental Information Yes
U.S. House and Senate Journals, 1798-1817.

Journals of the House of Representatives and Senate for the first 14 Congresses of the United States.  Coverage: 1st Congress - 14th Congress, 1798-1817.

State Library card, Governmental Information No
U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978.

Primary judicial documents presented to the United States Supreme Court. Coverage: 1832-1978.

Legal Researchers, Online, State Library card, Law & Legislation No
Westlaw

Current and historical state and federal statutes, case law materials, periodicals, law reviews, and other legal resources. Coverage: 50 States; District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeal; Federal District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts.

Legal Researchers, Online, Law & Legislation No
WestlawNext

Current and historical state and federal statutes, case law materials, periodicals, law reviews, and other legal resources. Coverage: 50 States; District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeal; Federal District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts.

Legal Researchers, Online, Law & Legislation No
Wethersfield Prison Records

Warrants of Commitment for prisoners. Coverage: 1800-1903.    Database created by the Connecticut State Library.

Historians, Genealogists, Open access, Biographical Information No
World War I Veterans Database

Military Service Questionnaires, from World War I veterans and families of deceased veterans. Coverage: 1919-1920.  Database created by the Connecticut State Library.

Historians, Genealogists, Open access Yes
WorldCat

Open access bibliographic database of authoritative research materials owned by libraries, keyword searching only.   Coverage: Before 1000 BC to present; International; multiple languages.  At the State Library, see also FirstSearch for more precise WorldCat searches.

Librarians, Open access, General Yes