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Databases and E-Journals, Listed Alphabetically

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Anyone can access these databases on-site at the State Library. Remote access is available as follows:

  • NOVELNY - Available to all New Yorkers
  • "Access with NYSL P Card" - New York State Library Borrower's Card number starts with "P"
  • "Access with NYSL R Card" - New York State Library "Resident" Borrower's Card number starts with "R"


ABI/INFORM Collection - The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world. Includes content from ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry, ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Dateline and ABI/INFORM Archive. Type: Full text.

Academic OneFile - Periodicals covering a broad range of material: arts, business, education, general reference, health, law, literature, medicine, sciences, social sciences, technology, and other subjects. Type: Full text.

Accessible Archives - Online databases of primary source material from 18th and 19th centuries, including coverage of the Colonial Period, The French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, African-American History, and the Industrial Revolution. Users may search across all of the databases simultaneously or search only selected databases. The six databases are: Godey's Ladys Book 1830-1880; The Pennsylvania Gazette from 1728-1800; The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective Nov. 1860 - April 1865; African American Newspapers: The 19th Century; The Pennsylvania Newspaper Record: Delaware County 1819-1870; and The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue: Chester County 1809-1870. Type: Full text.

African American Newspapers: The 19th Century - The database consists of six newspapers: The Freedom's Journal, The Colored American, The North Star, Frederick Douglass Paper, The National Era, Provincial Freeman, and The Christian Recorder. Dates covered are 1827-1902. Type: Full text.

America's Newspapers: New York - Full text coverage of a wide range of New York State newspapers from Albany, Batavia, Binghamton, Buffalo, Lewisboro, Long Island, New York City, Plattsburgh, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Suffolk county, Syracuse, Troy, Utica, Watertown, and Westchester county. Titles include the Buffalo News, Daily Gazette (Schenectady), Long Island Advance, Times Union (Albany), New York Post, Observer-Dispatch (Utica), Post Standard (Syracuse), Post-Star (Glens Falls), Press-Republican (Plattsburgh), Saratogian, Watertown Daily Times, and more. Dates of coverage vary with the newspaper. Type: Full text.

Ancestry (Library Edition) - Ancestry contains family and local histories, family trees, directories, periodical and newspaper articles on genealogy, immigration and naturalization records, birth marriage and death records, and federal census records. While not every state or country is represented for every publication, the majority of the United States as well as many foreign countries are included. Type: mostly full text.

  • Only available on-site New York - Several New York repositories have formed a partnership with to digitize family history records and make them available on line for free to New York State residents. The list of records available is located in the bottom left corner of the New York web page. Descriptions of the records as well as the holding organizations are provided through the links and logos on the page. Access requires a free New York account. First-time users should go to this page and enter their zip code to get started: More about NY. Type: mostly full text.

AnthroSource - AnthroSource contains a retrospective archive of peer-reviewed journals, newsletters, and bulletins published by the American Anthropological Association - over 100 years of published scholarly research across approximately 31 publications. Type: Abstracts.


Biological Abstracts - Biological Abstracts®, produced by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Scientific), is a complete collection of bibliographic references covering life science and biomedical research literature published from more than 4,000 journals internationally. This database contains over 14 million archival records from as far back as 1926, with more than 370,000 citations added each year.

BioOne - BioOne is full-text bioscience research journal database created by a collaboration between scientific societies, libraries, academe and the private sector. Most of BioOne's titles are published by small societies and non-commercial publishers and contain information on the biological, ecological and environmental sciences. Type: Full text.

Britannica Academic - Includes Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools. Britannica School (K-12 edition) and Britannica Escolar (Spanish version) are also available. Type: Full text.

Business Insights: Essentials - Includes company profiles, brand information, company histories, financial reports, periodical articles, and links to relevant Web sites. Type: Full text.


Charleston Advisor - The Charleston Advisor (TCA) contains in-depth, critical reviews of web products and online databases for librarians and other information professionals. TCA's five-star rating system scores each product based on four elements: content, searchability (user interface), price and contract options/features. Type: Full text.

  • Only available on-site

Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective - This database contains the full text of major articles from the New York Herald, Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865. It includes descriptive news articles, eye-witness accounts and official reports of battles and events, editorials, advertisements and biographies. Type: Full text.

CollegeSource - A resource for national and international college catalogs. Type: Full text.

  • Only available on-site


eBook Collection - Our collection of electronic books (e-books) contains 3,772 copyrighted books. Formerly netLibrary. Type: Full text.

EBSCO Electronic Journals Service (EJS) - EJS provides access to journals the State Library receives from EBSCO in print. Topics covered include psychology, education, medicine, economics, geology, criminal justice, information science, physics, history, and more. If you are asked to submit payment, please contact the library and let us know which journal you were trying to reach. EJS also indexes (and in some cases abstracts) titles from thousands of journals which the State Library does not subscribe to and for which there is no full text. Contact your library to find out how to get a copy of these articles. Type: Full text and tables of contents.

EBSCOhost - Interface to all EBSCO subscription databases. Type: Indexing, abstracts and some full text.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) - This internet-based digital library of education research and information is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides access to bibliographic records (citations, abstracts, and other data) for items indexed from 1966 to the present. Links to full text articles when available or contact your library to request a specific article. ERIC provides full text access to most ERIC documents, which includes federal and state reports as well as other research reports. Type: Citations, abstracts, some full text.

Freely available.


Fastcase - A comprehensive national law library that includes searching, sorting, and visualization tools.

FirstSearch - The OCLC Online Union Catalog contains 40 million records describing items owned by libraries around the world. Each record contains library holdings and bibliographic information. Those who do not have a NYSL P card can access WorldCat. Type: Bibliographic information.

Foundation Directory Online - Updated continually, Foundation Directory Online provides current details available on U.S. funders and their grants. Over 92,000 U.S. foundations and corporate donors, 1.3 million recent grants, and more than 400,000 key decision makers are provided. Includes links to searchable 990s as well. Type: Full text.

  • Only available on-site

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online - Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. This unique online database is the only one devoted exclusively to the needs of individuals. Use it for online access to accurate, up-to-date information on financial support for individuals including scholarships, fellowships, professorships, research support and program development. This database is updated quarterly. Type: Directory.

  • Only available on-site


General OneFile - This database contains news and periodical articles on many topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many more. Type: Abstracts and some full text.

Godey's Ladys Book - In addition to extensive fashion descriptions and plates, the early issues included biographical sketches, articles about mineralogy, handcrafts, female costume, the dance, equestrienne procedures, health and hygiene, recipes and remedies, etc. Full text of sheet music is included, as well as works by authors such as Harriet Beecher Stowe. Type: Full text.


Heritage Quest - ProQuest's Genealogy and Local History Collection of 25,000+ family and local history books; and the US censuses for the entire U.S.1790-1940. It also includes Private Relief Actions, Memorials, and Petitions from the Serial Set. The documents in the collection are from the years 1789-1969. Additional files on obituaries, wills, immigration and military services are included. Type: Full text.


In Context: Opposing Viewpoints - Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more. Type: Full text.


JSTOR - Arts and Sciences Collection - The Arts and Sciences collections I, II, III and IV contain more than 240 titles in over forty disciplines. Topics include anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art, business education, geography, history, language and literature, law, mathematics, music, performing Arts, philosophy, political science, psychology, public policy, religion, sociology and more. Most issues appear three to five years after publication. Type: Full text.

JSTOR - Sciences (Biology, Ecology and Health and General Science) - Contains full text from extensive back files of scholarly journals related to biological sciences, including ecology and botany, and health and general sciences, including nursing and epidemiology. Starting dates vary, but some go back to the 19th century. Most issues appear 3-5 years after publication. Type: Full text.


Kids InfoBits - Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs. Type: Full text.


Legislative Retrieval Service (LRS) - LRS provides free public access to legislative session information from 1995-present including bill text, status, summaries, memos, calendars, agendas, and current consolidated laws. Search for legislation by bill number, chapter number, or keyword. The NYS Library subscribes to a version of this, available on-site only, that includes the Legislative Digest daily sheets and the NYCRR. Ask a reference librarian for information about how to access this. Type: Full text.

  • Freely available

Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA) - Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s. Type: Indexing and abstracts.


MEDLINE (via PubMed) - PubMed® is a database interface that provides free access to MEDLINE, the U.S. National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database containing citations and abstracts for biomedical and health journals around the world. It's used by health care professionals, nurses, clinicians and researchers engaged in clinical care, public health and health policy development. Links to full text articles when available or contact your library for information about how to request a specific article. Type: Indexes, abstracts and some full text.

Freely available.


National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) - Free access to a searchable online database of approximately three million publications from the National Technical Information Service. Type: Indexing, abstracts, some full text.

Freely available

The New York Times - Full-text access to The New York Times from 1985 - present

New York Times - Historical - A digital archive for The New York Times, the newspaper of record for the United States, is currently available, from its first issue in 1851 through 2017. Users can search and view article images and full page images, page through issues, and search by a variety of methods. Type: Full text.


OneFile: Health and Medicine - Database contains the full-text of medical, nursing and allied health journals, plus a wide variety of consumer health sources. Type: Full text, abstracts.

OneFile: News - This full text newspaper database has seven New York Newspapers, including the New York Times from 1985 on, and over fifty national and international newspapers. Type: Full text.


Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800) - The Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800) - Considered The New York Times of the 18th century, the Gazette provides the reader with a first hand view of colonial America, the American Revolution and the New Republic, and offers important social, political and cultural perspectives of each of the periods. It includes editorials, letters, and the full text of important documents such as the U.S. Constitution. Type: Full text.

Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue: Chester County 1809-1870 - This database is primarily a listing of marriages, deaths and obituaries from the Village Record, published in West Chester, PA. Type: Full text.

Pennsylvania Newspaper Record: Delaware County 1819-1870 - Consisting of five Delaware County newspapers, this database contains the full text transcriptions of articles, advertisements, and vital statistics, providing insight into technology, business activity and culture in a down-river milling and manufacturing area. Type: Full text.

PLOS (Public Library of Science) - PLOS is a nonprofit Open Access publisher, innovator and advocacy organization with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. PLOS publications cover the areas of medicine/health sciences, biology/life sciences, research analysis/science policy, computer/information science, and earth/environmental sciences. Type: Full text.

Freely available

ProQuest - Provides access to ABI/INFORM databases and ProQuest Historical Newspapers.


Sanborn Maps - Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 provides access to large-scale maps (50 feet to an inch) of towns and cities in the United States. The State Library subscribes to the New York subset of these maps. Type: Full text and maps.


Westlaw Patron Access - An online legal research service designed especially for patron use in government, law, and public libraries. It provides access to cases and legal documents from both federal and state sources. Limited to three concurrent sessions. Type: Full text.

  • Only available on-site

WorldCat - WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. This internet-based catalog lists the holdings of participating libraries.. Type: Citations.

Freely available.

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NOVELNY databases are provided by New York State Library's NOVEL Databases Program through an LSTA grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Service.

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Last Updated: January 3, 2022