Databases A – Z


Unless otherwise noted all resources can be accessed from home with a Princeton Public Library card.


Academic Search Premier (EBSCO): Abstracts and full text articles from thousands of academic and peer-reviewed publications.

Access Video On Demand: A web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7. Choose from more than 6,500 educational titles in many subject areas relating to the humanities and social sciences. These videos can be viewed in the library, a classroom or at home. Funding made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

African-American History Online: Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.

American History Online: Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.

American Indian History Online: Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American people, culture, history, and heritage.

American Women’s History Online: Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women’s history in the United States.

Ancestry Library Edition: Genealogical and historical information from census, military, church, vital, court, land and probate records, passenger lists and more. For a limited time, PPL cardholders now have access to Ancestry Library Edition outside the library. Please use the following instructions to gain access from your home computer and devices:

    • Go to
    • Log in with your username or barcode and PIN (the last 4 digits of the phone number on your library account).
    • Click on the link that says temporary access with your library card next to Access your library’s subscription.
    • You can also view our tutorial for step-by-step instructions.
    • Don’t have a library card? The National Archives has teamed up with to offer free access to nearly 500 million of its records for everyone. Visit this page to create a free account.

Ancient and Medieval History Online: Explores the pre-modern world with an in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.



Bloom’s Literature: Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.

BookPage: Packed with book reviews, feature articles, and author interviews, check out the online edition of this monthly newspaper designed to help you find your next great read.

Brainfuse: LIVE one-on-one academic coaching, practice test center, and online resources to help you achieve your learning and career goals. Includes resources for FAFSA, GED, US citizenship test prep, resume writing, help with Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint, and more.

Business Source Complete (EBSCO): The industry’s most popular business research database, featuring the full text for more than 2,200 journals. Full text is provided back to 1965, and searchable cited references back to 1998.



Climate Signals: Explore how climate change affects your world by searching events, impacts, and related climate signals. This freely accessible database is a science information project of Climate Nexus, a nonprofit organization.

Consumer Guides (Weiss): Easy-to-use tools to help patrons navigate through nine important areas, including health savings accounts, long-term care insurance, Medicare prescription drug coverage, term life, homeowners, automobile, and Medicare supplement insurance, and variable annuities.

Consumer Reports: (via MasterFILE Complete): Access full-text articles from this perennially popular consumer review publication. Find ratings on hundreds of products, from dishwashers to automobiles. Type “Consumer Reports” in the publication field under “Limit your results.” Then enter the name of the product for which you are searching in the search field at the top of the page.

Coronavirus Research Database (ProQuest):  Including coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak, this database curates openly available content related to coronaviruses. It includes thousands of open-access articles from the world’s leading publishers as well as current research from pre-print repositories such as arXiv and will continue to grow and evolve as more is learned about the pandemic.

Creativebug: Use your library card to access more than 1000 art and craft video classes including drawing, painting, cake decorating, needle arts, & more, plus access to patterns and further inspiration.

Curriculum Resource Center: Provides a library of printable teacher-handout material for the middle school, high school, and junior college curriculum.




Driving Tests: Practice tests based on New Jersey state Department of Motor Vehicles materials, including 11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 12 CDL (commercial driver’s license), 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and a FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 DMV-related questions.



Engage Princeton: Created by the Princeton Public Library, this community resource directory of Princeton boards, commissions, and local nonprofits can be used to search for volunteer opportunities.

ERIC (EBSCO): The acronym for the Educational Resource Information Center which provides access to education literature and resources.



Facts on File: Reference database in science, history, literature, geography, health, and career guidance, plus a curriculum resource center for grades K-5 and 6-12.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: Provides detailed profiles of more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, invaluable advice on career skills, more than 48,000 resource entries, and much more.

Financial Literacy Basics (Weiss Ratings & Grey House Publishing): 8 full-text volumes outlining how to make the most of your money. Topics include Managing Debt, Auto & Renters Insurance, Checking Accounts, 401Ks, Student Loans, How to Make and Stick to a Budget, and Understanding Health Insurance Plans.

Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry: Convenient access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and documents of the men and women who served. Click here to access from home.

Funk & Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia (EBSCO)



GrantStation: Search this database of over 9k funders that accept unsolicited grant proposals, applications, or letters of inquiry. (In-Library Use Only)

GreenFILE: Provides information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment in a collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles.  Some titles are full text, the rest are abstracts only.

Grove Dictionary of American Music: Search the largest, most comprehensive reference publication on American music, with over 9000 entries.

Grove Encyclopedia of American Art: Search this comprehensive and current reference resource for information about all aspects of American art and architecture from Native American art to Colonial art to contemporary American art. It includes articles on all subject areas including biographies of major artists, architects and patrons, architecture, painting, new media, photography, sculpture, installation art, art education, and more.



Health Reference Center: Provides clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body.

HeritageQuest : A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids, with coverage dating back to the 1700s. Also includes Polk’s Directories for Princeton for the years 1901-1958, with a few gaps in coverage.

Hoopla: Access thousands of ebooks, comics, audiobooks, and music albums all available for mobile and desktop use. Digital content from Hollywood studios, major-label record companies, and publishers can be borrowed for instant streaming to smartphones, tablets, and computers, or for temporary downloading to smartphones and tablets. Note: Streaming requires continuous access to an Internet connection via wireless, Ethernet, or cellular data plan. Visit to sign up for an account with your valid Princeton Public Library card number, or visit your device’s app store to download the free hoopla mobile app. Check out a maximum of 5 items per month (borrow ebooks, comics, and audiobooks for 21 days and music albums for 7 days). No overdue fees; items are automatically returned to the library at the end of the lending period. View our Hoopla Guide to find customized downloading instructions for your device.



Issues and Controversies (Facts on File): A database providing in-depth investigations of today’s top issues.  Updated weekly, more than 800 hot-topics in business, politics, education, and pop culture are covered.



Job and Career Accelerator: Create resumes and cover letters; learn interviewing techniques, and prepare for related exams; access millions of job listings.

JobNow: Powered by Brainfuse, JobNow provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job. Features include a live interview coach service, a resume lab that provides the resource needed for a winning resume, and career resources with informative, easy-to-use, and free Internet resources for job seekers, including personality and career assessments. Funding provided through the American Dream Literacy Initiative of the American Library Association made possible thanks to the generosity of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

JSTOR: Full-text coverage of core scholarly journals in various subjects, many from the first issue up to 3 to 5 years ago.

For a limited time, PPL cardholders now have access to JSTOR remotely. Please use the following instructions to gain access from your home computer and devices:

    • Click here.
    • Log in with your username or barcode and PIN (the last 4 digits of the phone number on your library account).
    • Click on the link that says temporary access with your library card next to Access your library’s JSTOR subscription.
    • Don’t have a library card? JSTOR and ARTSTOR offer a growing list of free and Open Access content.




Kanopy: Access this video streaming service which offers a broad selection of quality documentaries, feature films, and training videos from producers including The Criterion Channel, The Great Courses, PBS, Music Box Films, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, BBC, and many more. Films can be streamed via or the Kanopy mobile app.  Library cardholders are entitled to five checkouts per month and each checkout is active for a three day period. No overdue fees; items are automatically returned to the library at the end of the lending period. Made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Legal Information Reference Center (EBSCO):  Provides exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books (including the popular NOLO series), hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis.

L2B (Libraries to Business): Prepare for your next job or strengthen your existing business with free webinars found on L2B’s calendar, representing combined efforts and expert insights from the collaboration of New Jersey government entities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and individual experts.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCO): An index to more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports, and proceedings on librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

Literary Reference Center (EBSCO): Full text from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources. Includes all MagillOnLiterature Plus content.

Local Newspaper Index
: Includes the two local newspapers, Princeton Packet, and Town Topics.  This index has a narrow scope and only includes selected articles of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township news from 1983 through 2006. Additional obituary entries from both newspapers are indexed from 1975 to 2006. Princeton Packet obituaries are included from 1892 to 1950. A searchable, full-text digitized version of the Town Topics (March 17, 1946 to December 15, 2013) is available in Papers of Princeton, an ongoing project to digitize local papers. For a comprehensive list of the library’s historical newspaper holdings and how to access them, please visit the Local History page. Develop new skills to achieve your personal and professional goals with, a LinkedIn Company. Watch high-quality, engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts on thousands of courses. Topics include business, design, coding, technology, marketing, film, photography, education, and more. To sign in, click here and enter your library barcode number and PIN (the last 4 digits of the phone number on your library account). If you are signing in for the first time, select “No, I’ve Never Had An Account,” and enter your name and email address. The library’s subscription to allows for 20 cardholders to be logged in concurrently at any given time. Please refer to Lynda’s Privacy Policy and Website Use Policy before starting.



Mango Languages: An online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Languages include Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. English courses are available for non-English speakers. On the go? Set up a free account through our Mango database or download the free Mango Mobile Library Edition app, and start learning!

MasterFILE Complete (EBSCO): This database provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents. It also provides an Image Collection containing photos, maps & flags. Access full-text articles from Consumer Reports. Find ratings on hundreds of products, from dishwashers to automobiles. Type “Consumer Reports” in the publication field under “Limit your results.” Then enter the name of the product for which you are searching in the search field at the top of the page.

MedlinePlus: MedlinePlus, produced by the National Library of Medicine, offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. Learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations, get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition. Use this link to find health information in other languages.

Middle Search Plus (EBSCO): Provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags

Military and Government Collection (EBSCO): Provides cover-to-cover full text, indexing, and abstracts for hundreds of journals and periodicals. Many full-text titles are available in searchable PDF or scanned-in-color.

Modern World History Online: Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from the mid-15th century to the present.

Muzzy Language Learning: MUZZY is an award-winning BBC Online Language Program for children from beginners to early intermediate language learners. Learn to speak Spanish, Latin-American Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese (Pinyin), Korean (RR) and English.




New Jersey Career Connections (formerly Jobs4Jersey): Create resumes, enhance existing resumes; gain tools that can increase your visibility to employers; access real-time job openings; do active or automatic job searches.

New York Times: To access NYTimes within the library, visit Note: you will need to register or log in with a personal account, using an email address and password of your own creation. For remote access, PPL cardholders can contact the 2nd-floor Information Desk to receive a code that provides 72-hour access to the paper from any device. You will also need to register/create an account (see above) or login if you already have one. At the conclusion of the 72 hour period, you may reuse the same code to get another 72 hours of access.  The code can be used repeatedly.

New York Times Archive (1851-2016): Full-text, including advertising, charts, and photos, of the entire paper from 1851 (the beginning of the publication) through 2016.

NoveList Plus (EBSCO): A reader’s advisory database that provides subject heading access, reviews and annotations for both fiction titles and nonfiction titles; and custom created articles and lists, including readalikes and book discussion questions.

NoveList K-8 Plus (EBSCO): Provides subject heading access, reviews, and annotations for fiction and nonfiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles that are appropriate for classroom use.



Oxford English Dictionary: The OED is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words – past and present – from across the English-speaking world.



Papers of Princeton: A digitized collection of historical periodicals from the town of Princeton and Princeton University. This is an ongoing project and new titles will be added in the future. Titles currently included in this database are Town Topics, Local Express, The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University Weekly Bulletin, Nassau Literary Review, Princeton Recollector, and Princeton Herald. Check the database for most up-to-date information, including dates of coverage. For a partial index to the Princeton Packet, see the Local Newspaper Index, description listed above. For a comprehensive list of the library’s historical newspaper holdings and how to access them, please visit the Local History page.

Pillbox: From the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, use this for rapid identification, and reliable information for the identification of unknown pills, combining images of pills with appearance and other information to enable users to visually search for and identify oral solid dosage form medications.

Plunkett Research: Industry reference tools, market research, trends analysis, and statistics, helpful to business professionals, professors, students, job seekers, and more. Please read the Terms & Conditions of this resource before searching. Use this link if you are logging in from home.

Points of View (EBSCO): Designed to assist students and researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects, this resource includes essays, questions, and thousands of supporting articles.

Primary Search (EBSCO): Full text of about 70 popular elementary school magazines.

Princeton OverDrive(Libby): A curated collection of eBooks and audiobooks for the Princeton community, enter your library card barcode and PIN to log on. New titles are added on an ongoing basis, and OverDrive’s popular library of more than 11,000 public domain eBook titles are also available.  Visit the Princeton Overdrive Kids & Teens eReading Room to access titles for children and young adults. Our collection can be enjoyed on your computer (PC or Mac) or on a compatible eReader or tablet (including iPad, iPhone, Android devices, Kindle, Nook, and Sony). Check out a maximum of 5 books at a time for up to 21 days. No overdue fees; books are automatically returned to the library at the end of the lending period.

Princeton Public Library Print Periodical Holdings This list is the online catalog listing for all print magazine subscriptions at the library. Includes titles found in the Newsroom, plus those in the Children’s and Teens collections on the 3rd floor.  In general, the library keeps one year of monthly magazines and 3 months of weeklies.  For complete holdings for an individual title, click on view details in the catalog record.



RBDigital  (formerly OneClickDigital): Enjoy this audiobook collection on your computer (PC or Mac) or on selected mobile devices (including MP3, iPod) and also download directly to your smartphone or tablet. Check out a maximum of 3 books at a time for up to 21 days. No overdue fees; books are automatically returned to the library at the end of the lending period. You will need a valid Princeton Public Library card to check out books. Visit RBDigital’s guide to find customized downloading instructions for your device.

RBDigitalMagazines: Enjoy the newly expanded digital magazine collection of approximately 3000 of your favorite titles, available anytime for reading on your computer or downloading to a mobile device. Collection includes a wide variety of genres such as news and current affairs, science and technology, home decorating, travel, cooking, fashion, and more. Popular titles include The Economist, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Architectural Digest, and Bake from Scratch. Also included are titles in other world languages such as French, Italian, German, Chinese, etc. as well as titles for children in English and other world languages plus adult coloring books and puzzles. Visit our eLibrary magazine page for information on setting up an account using your PPL library card.

Referencia Latina (EBSCO): A Spanish language database including encyclopedia entries, images, reports, a Spanish-English dictionary, reference books, and general interest magazines.

Reference Solutions by Data Axle (formerly Reference USA): Directory information on millions of U.S. and Canadian businesses and residences.  Search and compare companies by category, size, and geographic location.  Search residences by name, location, and phone number. Explore job listings and career resources.

Regional Business News (EBSCO): Full-text articles from 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the U.S.

Rosetta Stone (EBSCO): Learn a language with Rosetta Stone. Select from 30 languages featuring core lessons in developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. For complete instructions, please visit the Languages page.



Science Online: Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.

Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO):  Features a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.



Teacher Reference Center (EBSCO): Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 270 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.

Today’s Science (Facts on File): Science news written especially for students that links what is learned in the classroom with today’s real world science discoveries.

Town Topics Archive: Digitized, fully searchable issues of the Town Topics for the time period of March 17, 1946 to December 25, 2013, are available through Papers of Princeton, an ongoing project to digitize collections of historical publications from the town of Princeton and Princeton University. More recent issues of Town Topics can be found on their website.

TumbleBookLibrary: This collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books), Tumble Puzzles, and Tumble Games may be viewed online or downloaded for 90 days. TumbleBooks collection includes fiction, non-fiction, and foreign language titles, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), eBooks and audiobooks.


U.S. Consumer/Lifestyles: Use this database of over 203 million U.S. consumers to conduct market research. (Please note this is available within the list of resources within Reference USA.)


Value Line Investment Survey OnlineNow, there’s no need to make a special trip to the library to take a look at Value Line. Equivalent to the Standard and Small & Mid Cap Print Editions combined, Value Line Institutional Investment Survey covers approximately 3,500 Large through Small & Mid Cap Equities vs. the approximately 1,700 Stocks Covered in the Standard Print Edition alone.



Wall Street Journal: Get the latest coverage of business, politics, entertainment, sports and more with access to the Wall Street Journal online. (In-Library Use Only)

World Book Online Reference Center: Online encyclopedia of articles, selected web links, animations, and interactive maps, plus Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos – an intermediate Spanish language encyclopedia.

World Geography and Culture: This comprehensive resource makes it easy to study all aspects of a country—from its geography and physical features to its government, people, and society—providing both facts at a glance and in-depth coverage through country entries, maps, flags, images, statistics, news articles, a gazetteer, and more.

World News Digest (Facts on File): This archival record of domestic and international news is updated weekly and covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940.

World Almanac for Kids Online: Provides resources for homework, reports, and projects in a fun format while encouraging online research skills. Contains biographical, career, history, science, and readers’ advisory resources.

World Religions Online: Explores religion and spirituality in an unbiased manner, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the rituals of today.



Zinio for Libraries:  is now RBDigital Magazines.  See entry above.