Online Databases

*Note: CT Library card holders may access some or all of our online databases remotely by using their library card ID. Please contact the Library at or (203) 736-1482 for more details.  

Accurate, independent ratings / financial planning tools for informed decisions about insurance, banking and investment options.

  • How to Find the Safest Bank or Credit Union in Your Area
  • How to Avoid the Weakest Insurance Companies… and How to Find the Best Ones
  • How to Pick the Best Medigap Plan and Get the Lowest Premiums
  • How to Find the Best Mutual Funds… and Make Sure Your Retirement Funds are Safe
  • How to Pick the Best-Performing Stocks
    Create Personal Profile & Watchlist; Upgrade/Downgrade Alerts & log in from anywhere!

Leading business and consumer data for libraries and their patrons. From everyday research to new business ventures, Reference Solutions provides the most up-to-

date business and consumer data available. Widely available including at the NYC Public Library, Yale University Library, and libraries of all sizes across the U.S. Find jobs by job skills, location, and industry. Find business opportunities. Locate companies nationwide. Research business executives. View historical market trends. Track down addresses and phone numbers. Discover news articles for research and build effective marketing plans.

Access World News has a variety of news publications worldwide including major national & international newspapers plus local/regional titles, newswires, blogs, web-only content, videos, journals, magazines, transcripts and more. Updated daily & has deep archives that provide background information on important topics, so you can trace an issue/event over an extended period of time.    Connecticut Post      New Haven Register   NY Daily News  NY Post  USA Today

Comprehensive coverage of the African American experience from earliest times to today. Sourced from nearly 19,000 American and global newspapers from 1704 to the present, including over 400 African American newspapers. Provides full-text searching as well as access to content by Topic, Event, and Eras in African American History. Updated daily.

AtoZ the USA provides students, teachers & library patrons with an unmatched resource for understanding the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society. From Alabama to Wyoming, explore the great American experiment.


Derby’s Community Calendar, a new city-wide event calendar: Burbio! Burbio is a free website, iOS and Android app and Alexa skill that puts Derby School, library, government and community events in one place.  At, residents can select calendars to follow, create a personalized event feed, sync events to the Google or Apple calendar and be notified when things change. Burbio is free for residents and non-profits to stream their events. Visit to find your local calendar!




English Language Learning Center

Provides individual career coaching to job seekers along with practical tools to help find a job. This brand new product from Brainfuse helps job seekers put their best foot forward by providing on-demand access to trained career coaches. It offers live interviewing techniques, a resume lab and career resources.

770+ career/academic-oriented interactive courses/practice tests. Courses in math, reading & writing + tests based on official exams: ACT, SAT, GED Spanish & English, ASVAB Core, EMT Basic, etc. Immediate scoring, complete answer explanations & individualized analysis of results. Job skills tutorials: resume creation, interview techniques & business communications. Also, info & practice activities for a successful naturalization process.  is a free program, provided by Goodwill, that creates and provides quality online learning opportunities for anyone who wants to improve their technology, literacy, or math skills. Including more than 1,000 different lessons covering more than 90 topics, this is a great, free resource to help learn new skills.

Fast & convenient on-line learning system teaches conversation skills for a variety of languages, including Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Portuguese + ESL courses in Spanish and Polish. Interactive, engaging and easy to use. Real life situations and practical dialogues w/native speakers teach actual conversation skills. 2 versions: Mango Basic appeals to beginners in a new language and teaches helpful phrases quickly. Mango Complete gives a deep understanding of language/culture. You can also download a free app from the App Store or Google Play. Mango goes where you go!

Modern information technology tool to facilitate global understanding. SCOLA’s World Television features authentic, foreign language programming from networks all around the world. This programming can be viewed on SCOLA’s Live Streaming Channels and SCOLA’s On-Demand Video Library, which features thousands of television programs. 
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An online database of teaching resources for every subject, Grades Pre-K to 8. Previously known as “Printables,” the revamped site features lessons, mini-books & more to help educators plan for the school year. 


researchITCTOneClickdigitalFree online resources as a service of the CT State Library.  Find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles for Connecticut public, K12, and academic libraries and their users. Also a collection of downloadable eAudios and eBooks for CT residents with a valid CT public library card.

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