Research and Learning

Librarians are available to help navigate the databases.

If time permits, a librarian can help walk through some of basics to the databases but we are unable to spend extensive amounts of time helping one person at the computer center or on the phone. Computer skills are required.  Inquire at the information desk to learn more.

You must have a valid Meriden Public Library card to access these databases from home. Ancestry.com is the only database that cannot be accessed from home.

Auto Information
Chilton’s Up to date information on how to maintain and repair a vehicle. Option to print directions and diagrams.
Connecticut Driver’s Test Free Car and Motorcycle practice tests and Driver’s Handbooks.

Book Lovers
NoveList Plus - a comprehensive readers' advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction. With an intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList Plus answers the question: What should I read next?
eSequels (find books in a series) - Like the book Sequels, first published by ALA  in 1982 and now in its 4th edition (2009), this database aims to include the best, most enduring, and most popular novels in series that might appeal to today's adult readers.

Business/Company Information
 AtoZdatabases The database offers 30 million business & executives profiles, 220 million residents, 2.3 million job/internship opportunities, Interview Tips, Résumé Templates, 1.1 healthcare professionals, 2 million new businesses, genealogy, background and criminal search, email marketing and more. The database is ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, marketing research, demographic studies, employment opportunities, genealogy, background and criminal searching, finding friends, and relatives and much more!

Genealogy
Ancestry (for use in library only) Search genealogical and historical records. Collections include: Birth, Marriage, and Death; Census and Voter List; Immigration and Travel; Military; and more.
Heritage Quest (researchIT) Find ancestors and certain historical records. Search available are: Census, local history books, PERSI archive, records from the Revolutionary War, and more.

Health
MedlinePlus (CT State Library) Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information.

Languages/Espanol
Transparent Language Online The software and technology trusted by the experts and used to make learning a language easier, faster, and more enjoyable for everyone.
Career Cruising es un recurso en línea para explorar las opciones de carreras y escuelas superiores y universidades. El programa incluye las siguientes funciones: evaluación de intereses y habilidades, perfiles de carreras, información sobre ayuda financiera, y una herramienta para crear su currículum (resume).
AtoZdatabases es un recurso en línea que incluye las direcciones y números de teléfono para millones de negocios y personas. Es ideal para las oportunidades de ventas, listas de correo, estudios de mercado, oportunidades de empleo, búsqueda de amigos y parientes, y mucho más.
Encyclopedia estudiantil Hallazgos  A los principiantes en idioma español que ofrece herramienta de referencia fácil de -Leer artículos, un diccionario visual, y repleto de impresionantes ilustraciones, videos, mapas interactivos, así como juegos y actividades.

News
Record Journal Search newspaper articles from 12/7/1997 – present.
America’s News Magazines Search for magazine articles in a collection of 27 news magazines.

Online Learning
Lynda.com  Learn a new skill online, at your own pace. Over 5,000 courses to choose from in Business, Technology, and Creative Skills.

Research
 Consumer Reports (and other popular magazines) Full text articles
from 01/01/1991 – present
researchIT Connecticut State Library provides access to many newspapers, ebooks and audiobooks, digital collections, online magazines, and more. Also Meriden residents may request an item (excluding dvd’s) from most library’s in the state through InterLibrary Loan.                                
Literature Criticism Online Information on contemporary authors.
World Book Web Offers 1000’s of easy to read encyclopedia articles, biographical information, how to cite your research, and historical timelines.          CQResearcher is the definitive reference resource for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs.                                                                                                                                  

Resume/Career
JobNow Expert resumes assistance, live interview coaching, job searching tips, and skill building tutorials.
Career Cruising Create an account with a MPL card to access resources on education options and career building skills. Available in Spanish.

Test Preparation
Learning Express Improve skills in reading, writing, and math; prepare for the GED and other career exams, take computer tutorials for Windows and Mac, and more.

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