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Virtual Reference Desk

 The Ferguson Library makes these databases available for use in the library and for remote users. Remote users will need to use their Ferguson Library card number and PIN (personal identification number) to access these databases. If you do not have a library card, visit your local branch to obtain one, or visit our library card page.

Connecticut state residents may use their local library card to access databases.


Student Research Center
Journal and encyclopedia articles related to history, geography, science, and literature all collected in one place.

Encyclopedia Americana
An online reference source with a powerful search tool--it will help you find the information you need.

Kids Search
Search for articles by subject, publication, or date.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
Browse a category, search for an article, or select a featured topic.

World Book Online
Your online route to reliable, easy-to-understand information, search tools and information sources.

Nueva Encyclopedia Cumbre en Linea
The only full-length online encyclopedia which focuses on Spanish-speaking people in America.


Biography Reference Center
Biographical profiles and pictures of individuals from antiquity to present.



Access Science
Relevant, current, and practical scientific information that will help you in your studies and research

Teens Health
A resource for parents, kids, teens and educators with facts on physical, emotional and behavioral wellness.

New Book of Popular Science
Search the SciClopedia, NewsBytes, and career articles for current scientific information.


History and Geography

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.


Search this multimedia database of the world’s leading magazines.

Search for articles in academic  journals, images, letters, and primary sources.

InfoTrac Junior
Search encyclopedia, magazine, and newspaper articles and maps.

InfoTrac Student Edition

A comprehensive search tool to find magazine articles by title or date.

SIRS Discoverer
An award-winning database designed with the young researcher in mind.



Literature Resource Center
Literary criticism, reviews, and biographical information



Historical Photos of Stamford

Associated Press Photo Archive
Search or browse photos in news, sports, and entertainment


Databases from the Connecticut State Library

Researchit:  Resources for the Public
A one-stop shop for periodicals, newspapers, reference sources, biographies, as well as information in many curriculum areas, maps, almanacs, and Spanish.