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researchIT CT - Free Online Resources. A Service of the CT State Library

Are you or your patrons looking for information about the global spread of the Corona Virus disease (COVID-19)? You can find quality information with these researchIT databases.

List of Free Online Educational Resources

  • The Internet Archive has made available a National Emergency Library: a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.
  • For educators and students looking to find open and free access to e-resources, use this link from the Connecticut State Library.
  • Students and patrons can visit RBDigital's ICONN page and select the register option on the right side of the page and follow these simple steps. Create a user name and password and use ctstatelib20 for the access code. Provide first name, last name, e-mail, and postal code.  Check the box to accept the terms of service and privacy policy and click on the register button. That's all there is to it. They can now access the Connecticut State Library's eAudio and eBook collection from RBDigital!
  • Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology: Remote Learning Resources
  • Virtual Learning and Engagement Resources for Educators and Parents from We Are Bookish.
  • CLC Clearinghouse of Resources for all age groups
  • Open and free content is being provided by JSTOR.
  • Enfield Public Library compiled an Educational and Cultural Resources from Home list.
  • TumbleBooks is inviting libraries across America to email with subject line Free TumbleBooks in order to receive free links to all five of its databases so they can be shared and accessed by their patrons from the comfort and safety of their homes. TumbleBooklibrary ([] is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, books, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games.
  • For Kanopy subscribers: Kanopy has put together a collection of films that your community can watch at no cost to your library for the next 30 days.
  • Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project which includes resources for teachers.
  • World Book is providing all of their valued educators with access to additional Pre-K to grade 12 learning resources through April 20, 2020.
  • Publishers provide scholarly content free on Project Muse during COVID-19 Crisis.
  • Access free e-books from Project Gutenberg.
  • BiblioBoard offers a free, Open Access platform that you can promote to your patrons today, no subscription needed! This platform includes an assortment of rich historical and carefully curated multimedia content, as well as high-quality open access journals, textbooks, and other open educational resources
  • EBSCO Announces free access to resources for Academic Libraries- Working together with our information partners, EBSCO would like to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on your library by extending free and expanded access to academic content.



researchIT CT is part of the Connecticut Education Network. It provides all students, faculty and residents with online access to essential library and information resources. It is administered by the Connecticut State Library in conjunction with your local library. Through researchIT CT, a core level of information resources including secured access to licensed databases is available to every citizen in Connecticut. In addition, specialized research information is available to college students and faculty.

The Goals of researchIT CT are:

  • To ensure universal access to a core level of library and information resources for every resident of Connecticut through their public library, school, college, and from home.
  • To help provide necessary information resources to every school in Connecticut so that all students are prepared to function in an information society.
  • To provide information resources to the increasing number of students taking advantage of on-line courses at Connecticut's colleges and universities.
  • To support the information needs of all Connecticut citizens.


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