Not all information on the internet is accessible
without charge. Many libraries now subscribe to electronic databases,
collections of digital information organized for efficient retrieval
by computer searches. The information in these proprietary collections
is often more selective, quality-controlled or specialized than
freely available information. In addition, many valuable publications
are now available in a digital format.
Use of these select digital information sources
is limited to those who hold library cards.
Mark Twain Library cardholders have access to the
subscription databases listed here.
Some databases are subsidized directly by the library, some are
offered by Joel Barlow High School and can be accessed by Redding
residents, and some are made available to all state residents by
ICONN, Connecticut's Digital Library.
Please stop at the front desk on your next visit
to the library for a complete list of web addresses and passwords
to access these valuable information sources.
Freegal: Free downloadable music from Sony's Catalog. A Gift from us to you. Use your library card to download up to three songs a week free of charge! Take advantage of this great service week after week. Files are compatible with iTunes, iPods, MP3 players, and both Macs and PCs. Click here for more information.
Transparent Language Online: a foreign language learning system with options for ESL learners and mobile device users.
ConsumerReports.org: on-line access to product reviews and ratings from Consumer Reports (to use from home, you will need to enter your library card number)
PILOT Online (from NEWSBANK): allows patrons to browse PILOT
articles by date, starting with the June 5, 2003 edition; letters
to the editors, obituaries, and general news articles can be
Morningstar® Investment Research Center: Real-time access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds. Available in the library and from home.
Downloadable Books: download audiobooks or eBooks to your computer and/or portable devices.
ICONN provides a collection of essential library and information resources for all Connecticut students, faculty and residents.
Their Digital Library offers periodical, newspapers, reference databases, and downloadable books. Click here to see what's available.
reQuest, the Statewide Library Catalog, allows you to search more than five million titles in the collections of more than 400 libraries in Connecticut for Books, DVDs and more.
ABC-CLIO a set of five separate
interactive databases, in the areas of American government,
American history, ancient history, world geography, and world
history; each database includes at least 15,000 primary and
eLIBRARY a collection of diverse
information resources, ranging from newspapers and books to
radio transcripts and video clips, that can be searched by reading
FACTS ON FILE: ISSUES AND CONTROVERSIES
an excellent database providing articles on more than 800 "hot
topics"; each article defines the topic, summarizes various
viewpoints on the subject, and provides suggestions for further
study; updated weekly
PROQUEST DIRECT the world's largest
collection of magazine, journal, and newspaper articles
SIRS Its Leading Issues database
provides hundreds of editorially-selected resources on selected
topics from a broad selection of periodicals.
- You may search more than one JBHS database at
a time by using the ONE SEARCH or POWER SEARCH options.