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ReferenceWe have over 60 databases, most available for public use. (A few are restricted to staff searching.) Reference librarians can help you determine the best ones for your project. Over dozen databases can be used from your home or office. For most, log in with your library card number. The half-dozen databases purchased by only Morris County Library require a password. Contact Reference (973) 285-6969 for the password. Articles not found in databases or our 600 magazines are available through inter-library loan.


American National Biography (searchable
from home)
Database contains full-text biographies of thousands of prominent Americans from colonial times to present day. People may be searched by name or sorted by specific criteria (profession, birthplace, date). References for additional study are provided.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index (searchable from home)
BGMI is a comprehensive index to current and retrospective biographical dictionaries, periodicals (Biography Index) and who's who type books. Name searches will result in a bibliography of references about the designated person. Birth and death years are sometimes supplied to distinguish between people with similar names. Full-text biographies are not available from the database.

Biography Collection Complete (searchable from home)
Ebsco's database offers 177,000+ full-text bilgraphies in the fields of history, science, the arts, business, government, entertainment, etc.

Contemporary Authors (searchable from home)
Gale's database provides biographical and bibliogrpahical information on more that 120,000 U.S. and international authors.

Marquis Who's Who
This reference database contains biographical data on 700,000+ individuals listed in the complete series of Who's Who directories dating back to 1988. Entries are searchable by name or keyword. Data can be crossed and manipulated to identify people by specific criteria, such as authors born in New Jersey.


Books in Print+
Identify books by author, title, subject, and series; compile custom lists by format (book, audiocasette, videocassette) and audience (children, young adult, adult, college). Includes full-text reviews and first chapters for selected items. Bowker.

Ipage (staff search only)
Ingram Book Groupís database enables us to identify books in print.

OCLC (staff search only)
Reference librarians use this database to identify which libraries own specific magazines, journals, books and reports.

Library of Congress Catalog
Identify books by title, author, subject, keyword, edition, publication year, and language.


Business Source (searchable from home)
Use EBSCO's business products to track company news, industry trends, economic forecasts, regulatory developments and hot new management techniques. Indexing for 1,400 journals dates back to 1984; selected full-text articles begin 1990.

Corfacts NJ Business to Business New!
Company profiles, target lists, download mailing labels (.pdf format)

Corporate ResourceNet (searchable from home)
Full-text articles from nearly 1,2000 business magazines and journals.

CorpTech (searchable from home)
95,000+ high tech companies are profiled in this database. Listings are sortable by company industry, size and lcoaiton. Access via Reference USA

D & B Million Dollar database
16 million+ current U.S, company profiles. Database is searchable/sortable by industry, size and location.

Foreign Firms Operating in NJ/NJ Firms Operating Abroad New!
Searchable by country & industry. Contact information only. Uniworld.

Mergent News Reports
Updating financial information found in Mergent Reports. Current edition only, updated semi-weekly.

Mutual fund profiles and analyst "top" picks.

Reference USA (searchable from home)
U.S. & Canadian company contacts and profiles. Listings are searchable and sortable by business name, location, yellow page heading, SIC code and size of operation. Create custom lists by specific criteria. Indcludes residential listings.

Regional Business News (searchable from home)
Ebsco's database provides comprehensive full-text coverage for regional business publications including 75 business journals.

Standard Rate & Data Service
Online source provides the latest advertising rates for newspapers, consumer magazines, trade journals, radio, out of home and direct marketing.

Online edition of this popular stock investment tool. Current edition only. Companies may be accessed by name or industry, not sortable by investment criteria.

On the Internet you can also try these sites for company contacts and data.

About U.S. Patents & Trademarks


Ferguson's Career Guidance Center/Facts on File (searchable
from home)
Industry overviews, career descriptions, employability skills and basic job search methods. Excellent resource for students.


EBSCO's Searchasaurus databases are ALL searchable from
home. Databases include:

World Book Encyclopedia, 1999 edition.


Curriculum Resources/Facts on File(searchable
from home)
For middle school, high school, and junior college teachers/students seeking material to supplement their coursework in core subject areas--including U.S. and world history, science, and geogrpahy. This electronic library of curriculum-related handouts provdies access to a broad selection of visual content, including maps, historial images and timelines.


GreenFILE/EBSCO (searchable
from home)
Environmental database offers access to 200+ journals (scholarly and general interest), government documents and reports concerning all aspects of global concern. Excellent for school reports. Selected full-text.

U.S. Federal Census images 1790-1930 (including 1890 substitute), state and local census data and full-text court, land, probate, military and immigration records, directories, periodicals, birth, marriage and death records, Social Security Death Index. Comparable databasess for UK and Ireland (i.e. Census, vital records, court and land records), also a selection of international databases. Biographical sources and genealogical finding aids are also part of this database.
Civil War on CD-ROM
Full-text access to official U.S. Army records (not personnel), Fox's Regimental Losses and Dyer's Compendium. Documents can be searched by personal name, regiment, battle or location.
Confederate Military History
Collection of primary source documents of Confederate military history and biography.
Index to Griffith's Valuation of Ireland
An index to the only detailed guide to where people lived in Ireland, in the middle of the Nineteenth Century, and what property they owned or leased. The Valuation itself gives important social and economic information about these individuals [1848-1864].
Genealogy database includes photographs of headstones from selected US cemeteries.
Military Records
Revolutionary War Muster Rolls--Searchable by name, company and rank.
War of 1812 Muster Rolls--Searchable by name, company & rank.
Overseas Interments, from Military Records of World War II & Korean Conflict
Searchable by name, death date, induction place, rank & U.S. Awards. Reports location of monument, notes medals awarded.
Passenger and Immigration List Index, 1500s-2001
An index of individuals named in published Passenger and Immigration lists, currently about 4,200,000, a fraction of the 35,000,000 people who have come to the U.S. Searchable by name and keyword. Data for each individual includes age, year & place of arrival, naturalization/immigration record and source of record.
Pension Index 1883
Finding tool for the 277,702 people listed on the U.S. Pensioners on the Federal Roll. Complete pension records can be ordered from the National Archives.
The largest and most widely used index of articles from genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world. Contains 1.5 million records from 5,500 different periodicals with holdings locations.


Health Source Plus (seachable
from home)
Ebsco's HSP is now split into two databases: Consumer edition (160 journals/17 full-text publications--good way to learn about new treatments and procedures, many items are written in *plain language* or report clinical studies that are referenced on the news) and Nursing/Academic edition (500+ full-text and indexed articles--includes extensive bibliographies and additional resources for further study.) Coverage begins January 1988.

Healthcare: Physicians & Dentists (searchable from home)
Reference USA's database lists heath care professionals by specialty and location. Profiles include brief biographical data (Medical School, year graduated), hospital affiliation, and number of patients.

The National Library of Medicine's database contains citations to articles, reports and conference proceedings. Medline is available free on the Internet.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (staff search only)
Information on 1000+ natural medicines. Reports include alternative names, scientific names, safety, effectiveness, mechanism of action and active ingredients, adverse reactions, interactions, durng influences on nutrient levels and depletion, dosage and administration, references and brand names.


This database offers political histories reaching back to the beginnings of the nation's history.

Facts on File (searchable from home)
History Database Center has special sections on ancient, American, world, African American, Native American and women's history (biographies, maps, timelines, articles). Science Online section also contains biographical and historical information.

History Reference Center (searchable from home)
Reference books, historical documents, biographies, photos, maps & videos.

New York Times Historic (searchable from home)
Full-text images of the newspaper from 1851-2004, including advertisements and classifieds. Advanced search features permit limiting by date (or range of years). Excellent primary source material.


CountryWatch (searchable
from home)
In-depth country profiles, current statistics, maps, key links and the latest news. Database can be used to create custom data tables for global comparisons.

Legal database contains full-text federal and all 50 state court cases, statutes and regulations. Searchable by citation, parties, keyword, etc. Searches may be limited by state/court or run through the entire database. KeyCite feature finds related cases. Includes online access to New Jersey Practice and New Jersey Forms: Business and Legal.


Columbia Granger's World of Poetry (staff search only)
Columbia University Press' World of Poetry database provides anthology citations for 145,000 poems written by 20,000+ poets and the complete text of 11,000 public domain poems. The database is searchable by author, title, first line, subject and keyword.

Contemporary Authors (searchable from home)
Gale's database provides biographical and bibliographical information on more that 120,000 U.S. and international authors.

Gale Literary Index
Use this tool to loate authors and titles contained in Gale Group literary criticism sets (Contemporary Literary Criticism, Something About the Author, etc.)

Literary Reference Center/EBSCO(searchable from home)
Comprehensive database provides a broad spectrum of reference information from antiquity to today. Excellent for literary criticism, author biogrpahies, and scholarly analysis. All materials are full-text, including infomation from over 1,000 books, major literary encyclpedias and literary journals. Includes MagillOnLiterature information.

Literary Reference Online/Facts on File(searchable from home)
This database guides readers through a writer's life and major compositions, linking author biographies to critical essays on major works and descriptions of more than 35,000 key characters.

LitFINDER (searchable from home)
Roth Publishing's LitFinder database contains citations and information on thousands of poems, short stories, and essays. Searchable by author, translator, title, and genre. Selected full-text items are available.

MLA International Bibliography
The Modern Language Association's International Bibliography indexes over 3,000 worldwide journals, books, dissertations and conference proceedings in the fields of literature, language and linguistics. MLA is a good source for locating scholarly literary criticism by author, title or genre. Citations only. Coverage: 1963-1997.

NoveList (searchable from home)
The reader's advisory database identifies fiction books by subject. Contains information on 90,000+ fiction titles from children's books to the classics. Also provides book reviews 1,200 theme-oriented booklists, 150 award lists and 1,000 fiction related web sites.

Play Index (staff search only)
Contains references to plays published in collections from 1949-present. Plays range from antiquity to present.

Short Story Index (staff search only)
Indexing for short stories in collections/magazines 1915-present. Selected full-text stories 1994-present. H.W. Wilson.


LEXIS-NEXIS reQUESTer (staff search only)
reQUESTer provides access to information printed in thousands of news sources all over the world, including wire services, newspapers, magazines, trade journals and television transcripts. Information is updated daily and available in full-text format. Coverage dates vary according to source.

MasterFILE Premier (searchable from home)
Ebsco's magazine database provides indexing for 2000+ journals convering a wide range of general, consumer, academic and technical subjects. Articles from many of these journals are available full-text directly from the computer. Information is searchable by keyword and may be limited to specific magazine titles or only full-text items. Coverage begins 1975.

PA Research II Periodicals (searchable from home)
ProQuests's Research II magazine database indexes 1,000 popular publications. Articles are searchable by keyword and may be limited to specific magazines. Abstracts and selected full-text articles provided. Coverage begins 1971, varies by publication.

Readers' Guide Retrospective (staff search only)
Indexing for hundreds of popular magazines 1890-1982. No full-text.


Physical and political maps for 192 countries, world time zone map, global cultural maps (education, population, religion, life expectancy), economic data sectors (crops, energy, forestry), macroeconomics (GDP, money & inflation), environmental (Greenhouse gasses) and Country Risk.

Facts on File
World Atlas provides more than 1,200 clear, reproducible, full-color maps and over 270 flags.


Jazz Discography
Tom Lord's database includes over 31,000 band leaders, over 160,000 recording sessions, over 900,000 musician entries and over 900,000 tune entries. Version 6.0.

RockBase Plus (staff search only)
Cravenplan's database contains informaiton about 155,000 albums and 183 singles released by 44,000 artists on 11,000 different record labels. Data is searchable by artist, album, track, country of origin, instrument, record company and year of release.


Custom Newspapers (searchable
from home)
100+ full-text newspapers U.S. and International, including: New York Times (January 2001-present), [Bergen] Record (January 1996-present). Database courtesy of the New Jersey State Library.

Jersey Journal
Articles are searchable by keyword. Full text (excluding pictures) is available. Coverage begins January 1997; updated daily.

New York Times Historic
Full-text images of the newspaper from 1851-2004, including advertisements and classifieds. Advanced search features permit limiting by date, section and thesaurus term. Current & historid articles are searchable from home [Custom Newspapers and Proquest databases].

Newspaper Source (searchable from home)
EBSCO's newspaper database provides indexing and selected full-text for 25 national (U.S.) and international newpspaers, 200 regional (U.S.) papers, television and radio news transcripts.

ProQuest Newspapers (searchable from home)
National Newspapers provides full-text articles from 9 major U.S. newspapers: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Atlanta Constitution/Atlanta Journal and USA Today. Full-text time coverage for papers varies. page.

Need information printed in regional or local newspapers? The Internet Public Library provides links to over 1,500 newspapers published worldwide. Many of these papers offer (limited) online archives.


Tax Board records/County of Morris
Official property records from our County's Tax Assessor's Office. Data includes owner's names, sale amount, and property description. Current information only. Accessible via the Internet


from home)
In-depth country profiles, current statistics, maps, key links and the latest news. Database can be used to create custom data tables for global comparisons.

Fact on File (searchable from home)
This megadatabase is an excellent resource for grades 4-12 in biography, science, geography, literature, careers, and history. Curriculum Resource Center includes key historic maps, charts and primary documents. Includes maps and images.
Excellent source for students and teachers seeking information on contemporary political, social and economic issues. Information is arranged for easy access: start with the general subject index, key events, issues & people. Specific news stories and people may also be located by keyword search. All information is offered in full-text format. Issues and Controversies section provides opposing viewpoint information for debates. Historic coverage begins 1940, full-text articles begin 1980, updated quarterly.

Oxford English Dictionary (staff search only)
The OED is considered one of the most authoritative reference sources for the definition and history of the words in the English language. This database can be used to locate word and phrase origins, verify spellings and even furnish original patent numbers for selected inventions. Copyright 1995.

Ulrich's Plus
Bowker's Ulrich's serials directory is useful for identifying 230,000 worldwide journals devoted to specific topics, industry directories and conference proceedings. Content descriptions include publisher contacts, frequency, circulation, price and indexing. Titles can be browsed or searched by keyword.

Library of Congress Catalog
containing books cataloged from 1898 to present.


Science Online/Facts on File(searchable
from home)
Excellent resource for students looking for biographies, essays, definitions, diagrams (need the muscle system of a cat?), science experiments and timelines.


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