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How To Find Articles, Books, Documents, etc. In CSL Databases

The Connecticut State Library (CSL) has a collection of indexes and databases to help you find articles - and many include books, government documents, and other resources. They cover different date ranges and different subject areas.

Some, like Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, we have only in print. If you come to the library in person, a librarian can help you learn how to use it.

Many of our databases are online and full text. When it is a subscription database from a commercial vendor, you will need a card for the Connecticut State Library (your school or public library card will not work). Not all databases have full text of articles/resources - some are just indexes that tell you where to find the actual resource. We have additional indexes that are not online - contact us for help learning which resource to use.

Below are tips to get a CSL library card, find databases and determine which have remote access and which require you to be in our building to use. A list of suggested databases follows.

Get Databases From Home

Until our web site migration is complete, please use the handout in the file below. When the new web site is complete, the screen shots (images of what the computer screen will look like) will be updated.

Find Our Databases

We have many indexes that are not online - please contact us for help.

Suggested Databases

These are only a few suggestions of databases you may access from home with a CT State Library card. There are more: some have remote access, others that may be used within our building in Hartford. For a complete list of databases, please see:

Suggested Databases

The focus is on the current year's theme.

Newspapers will be listed in next section.

Icons for database access. Blue card and researchIT CT icon = remote access with card. Unlocked= freely available. Locked= must be in the building

Newspaper Databases

Newspaper Databases

Some newspaper databases have only historic issues, some only modern, and some have both. Read the date range given in the description. Modern newspapers may give insight into impact over time.

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