Online Encyclopedias and Databases
Virtual Reference Desk
The Ferguson Library has made these databases available for the use of remote visitors. Select a database to search for articles on different topics from encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, etc. Some databases include images and/or full text. Also, check out Ferguson Library's Homework Help site with links on a wide range of subjects.
Please have your Ferguson Library card handy to use these databases. If you do not have a Ferguson Library card, please visit your local branch to obtain one. Connecticut state residents may use their local library card number to access ICONN.org databases.
Journal and encyclopedia articles related to history, geography, science, and literature all collected in one place.
An online reference source with a powerful search tool--it will help you find the information you need.
General Reference Center Gold*
Search for articles by subject, publication, or date.
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
Browse a category, search for an article, or select a featured topic.
Great general reference source for articles, maps, and almanacs.
Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre en Linea
The only full-length online encyclopedia which focuses on Spanish-speaking people in America.
World Book Online
Your online route to reliable, easy-to-understand information, search tools and information sources.
Biography Resource Center
Biographical profiles and pictures of individuals from antiquity to present.
Relevant, current, and practical scientific information that will help you in your studies and research.
Health & Wellness Resource Center*
A resource for libraries and schools that provides access to health and wellness information.
New Book of Popular Science
Search the SciClopedia, NewsBytes, and career articles for current scientific information.
African-American History & Culture
Covering more than 500 years of African-American history, this comprehensive reference database features thousands of extensively hyperlinked and informative entries, including biographies (some with quotes), primary sources, images, timelines, and maps and charts. Web links direct users to some of the web’s best educational sites.
American Indian History and Culture
Access to more than 1000 years of Native American culture, legends, and leaders.
Ancient History and Culture
This database gives a balanced, global view of the ancient world as it explores five civilizations – Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Mesoamerica.
History Resource Center-U.S.*
Encyclopedias, dictionaries, full-text, articles, and original documents.
History Resource Center-World*
Encyclopedias, dictionaries, full-text articles, and original documents.
Search this multimedia database of the world's leading magazines.
Search encyclopedia, magazine, and newspaper articles and maps.
InfoTrac Student Edition*
A comprehensive search tool to find magazine articles by title or date.
An award-winning database designed with the young researcher in mind.
Books in Print
The first place to find books, audios, and videos.
Associated Press Photo Archive*
Search or browse photos in news, sports, and entertainment.
ICONN: Resources for the Public
A one-stop shop for periodicals, newspapers, references sources, biographies, as well as information in many curriculum areas, maps, almanacs, and Spanish resources.
* Databases from ICONN: Resources for the public