This list includes recommended websites and password-protected resources that are free to the Brooks Memorial Library community. All library visitors may use the databases at no cost, and cardholders also have remote access to most databases with their library cards.
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- Academic OneFile
Thousands of journal articles from scholarly and popular sources. Includes options to limit your search to peer-reviewed publications. Many articles are available in full text, but if there is no full-text link for an article you need, we may be able to obtain it on interlibrary loan.
- Ancestry Library Edition
The Library Edition of the popular Ancestry.com is a rich resource for beginners and experienced genealogists. For use in library only, available on any public access computer.
- AtoZ Databases
Very large directory database of U.S. business and residences. Goes way beyond free internet services for reliability and custom search capabilities. Find sales leads, employers, businesses in an industry, individuals, and data from government agencies. Use like the yellow pages to find local businesses of a certain type in a specific town or zip code area.
- Biography in Context
Authoritative biographical info on notable people, past and present. Sources include published reference books, periodical datases, and news sources, including the New York Times
- Brattleboro Reformer
Brattleboro's daily newspaper, 2003-current, through Newsbank. We apologize for occasional gaps in coverage because of problems with the online feed; if you don't find the article you need, please inquire at reference; we'll be happy to help you obtain a copy.
"Reliable resources for green building professionals," with free access for the Brooks Memorial Library community through the generosity of BuildingGreen. A major resource for the green building industry, based here in Brattleboro. Incorporates the GreenSpec Directory of building products, the LEEDUser for working with LEED credits, and a database of technical articles and case studies for green building professionals.
- Business Insights: Essentials
Histories, financial reports, market research, and articles on selected industries and companies, U.S. and international. Generate and export data in a variety of formats. There is some limited Vermont info; it's worth checking.
- Career Transitions
You can organize your whole career planning/job search process with this tool. Establish a free account with your library card number, and then use the features to assess your interests, explore career fields, write your resume and cover letters, and apply for jobs online.
- Chilton Library
Detailed, illustrated auto repair information based on the familiar print Chilton guides. Includes cars and trucks from 1940 to the present.
- Chronicling America
Historical newspapers from Vermont and many other states. Includes a long run of Brattleboro's Vermont Phoenix (1836-1922), plus several issues of the Windham County Democrat, edited by the prominent feminist scholar Clarina Howard Nichols.
- Commons Online
"Your independent, nonprofit source of news and views from Windham County, Vermont." From Vermont Independent Media. Publishes weekly. Website includes a complete downloadable archive of past issues.
- Consumer Reports Online
The full site via EBSCO library services. Includes thousands of reviews, articles, and product overviews, all free to patrons of the Brooks Memorial Library.
- Consumer Search
Free online source that's a nice supplement to Consumer Reports. "Product-review editors pick the best electronics, appliances and services by comparing professional product reviews (like the ones you’d find at Consumer Reports or CNET) with consumer reviews (like those at Amazon.com and Epinions) to separate the top-rated from the duds."
- Drug Information Portal
Portal to reliable information on drugs and supplements of all kinds. Search by drug or supplement name, or search by category. Connects to Medlineplus, Daily Med, Pillbox, and other quality sources.
- EBSCO e-books: Dummies Guides and More
Not just for dummies! Search a collection of high-quality reference sources in the EBSCO Research Databases, primarily the popular and respected "Dummies" series.
- Financial Security Project
The practical section of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, which studies trends in American personal finance and security. Includes the "Squared Away" blog and some interesting interactive tools for retirement planning and saving.
- General OneFile
As the name suggests, similar to Academic Onefile but slightly less scholary, with more popular magazines. Many articles are available in full text, but if there is no full-text link for an article you need, we may be able to obtain it on interlibrary loan.
- Get Human
Get a real human on the phone! People post best numbers and strategies for negotiating the phone systems of many businesses and organizations. Very handy.
- Green Building Advisor
"The complete source for building, designing, and remodeling green homes." Written for design and construction professionals but of interest to homeowners as well. Green Building Advisor focuses on residential construction, whereas BuildingGreen (above) focuses on commercial construction. For use in the library only, through the generosity of Green Building Advisor. Please inquire at the reference desk for access.
- Guide to New England Colleges and Universities
From the New England Board of Higher Education. "The Guide features listings for more than 250 colleges and universities throughout the six New England states, as well as tips on navigating the college applications process, an overview of financial aid options and information on NEBHE's tuition-saving Regional Student Program."
- GVRL: Gale Virtual Reference Library
An excellent starting place for many research questions. Search a large collection of reliable, published reference books and specialized multi-volume encyclopedias in many subject areas. You can search all the books at once or focus on a specific title.
- Health and Wellness Resource Center
A good starting place for both consumer and research-level information. Includes overviews of medical conditions and treatments, a drug and supplement database, and articles from consumer and professional journals, including alternative medical info. Many articles are available in full-text, but those that are not can usually be obtained through interlibrary loan.
- Heritage Quest
Search U.S. Census data 1790-1940, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank, and the full text of millions of local history books and articles.
Great source for local breaking news and opinion. "iBrattleboro.com was founded in February, 2003 to fill a need in the community for greater coverage of local news and opinion... iBrattleboro has no staff reporters. Everything you see here is contributed by people who care about Brattleboro and the surrounding region. Anyone can get a free user account and add stories, comments, and other useful information." From Muse Arts.
- Junior Edition
Middle school students: magazine & journal articles for your school papers.
- Kids' Edition
Articles on many subjects for students in grades K-6
- Mango Languages
Online interactive instruction for approximately 45 languages. If you have a fast connection and sound capabilities (speakers and microphone), you can take full advantage of these self-paced lessons. Click Start Learning on the main screen to check out the available languages. If you decide to proceed through a full set of lessons, it's good to set up a free account so Mango will keep track of your progress.
Free portal to consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine. Includes overviews of health topics, health news, video tutorials, and a drug/supplement database. Click the Español link to switch to the Spanish-language version of the website.
- Morningstar Investment Research Center
Powerful tool for financial data geeks and investors, but it also includes down-to-earth articles and videos from financial advisors on topics like saving money, making a budget, and preparing for retirement. This replaces and expands on the print version of Morningstar, which is no longer in publication. Check out our Morningstar video guide for tips on making the most of this resource.
- National Geographic
The whole archive of National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler, 1888-present, with all the wonderful images.
- New England Historic Genealogical Society
Genealogical tools from the primary genealogical association for the New England area.
- New Grassroots
“A better way to contact legislators…and know your voice was heard.” Establish a free account, keep up on bills in the Vermont legislature, and contact your VT rep and senators quickly and easily. This non-partisan tool has true local roots.
- New York Times
All the newspaper content from New York Times staff, 1980-current, and the Book Review and Magazine, 1997-current. "This is considered the official U.S. newspaper because it publishes the complete text of important documents, speeches and presidential press conferences." Does not include newswire articles, some syndicated material, and some website-specific material, such as blog posts. Earlier New York Times articles (1851-1979) are indexed at the New York Times website. Please inquire at the Reference Desk for help using that index and for obtaining the full text of older articles.
Full-text newspapers from the U.S. and around the world
- NoveList Plus
Don't be fooled by the name: this tool is for fiction AND nonfiction readers of all ages. Includes reviews, author read-alikes, books in series, and expert suggestions for your next great read.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore career fields based on earnings potential, growth outlook, educational requirements, and other factors. Really nice resource from the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Overviews of hot topics, including opinion pieces, factual articles, statistics, and primary sources. Great for school research and for background on the day's news.
- Oxford English Dictionary
"The definitive record of the English Language" has found a perfect home online with flexible searching and personalized profile options. Incorporates timelines, searchable source lists, and the Historical Thesaurus. Sign up for Word of the Day!
- Oxford Reference
The Library's collection of reference books from the Oxford University Press. Emphasizes the arts and humanities, including painting, sculpture, theatre, music, dance, language, and history. Search many books at once, or search them individually. NOTE: look for cover images in your search results. Those are our reference books. The "Overview Pages" sometimes link back to sources beyond our collection. If you see a dollar sign or a lock symbol on an Overview Page, it means the source is NOT accessible.
- Powerspeak Languages
It has fewer languages than Mango, but some prefer the Powerspeak approach, so check out both to find the best fit for your learning style.
- Professional Collection
Articles from education journals for professional educators, education students, and home schoolers
Flagship database from the National Library of Medicine for researchers, health professionals, and students. "Comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites." If there is not a link to free full-text for the article you need, we can probably obtain it for you on interlibrary loan. This is not your first stop for basic information; if you need a basic overview, try the Health and Wellness Resource Center or Medlineplus.
- Reference USA
Note: when searching remotely, scroll to the bottom of the "Terms and Conditions" screen and accept the terms to continue to the barcode authentication page. A directory database with many uses, including marketing, job searching, and travel planning. Do a simple search for a business or residence by name, or use custom searches to find, for example, all the yarn shops in Vermont or all the nonprofits within 10 miles of zip code 05301. Search for companies in your field of interest with a specific sales volume or number of employees, and then find name and gender of key contacts at those businesses. Custom features can be tricky to use, so don't hesitate to contact reference for pointers.
- Sanborn Maps of Vermont Towns
Detailed historical fire insurance maps of Vermont towns and neighborhoods, 1885-1950. For remote access: user name = Brooks, password = first four digits of your library card.
- Science in Context
Reference and journal articles, news, videos, and more on key science topics for a general audience.
- Small Business Resource Center
This neat tool is built around sample business plans for many types of small businesses. Also includes articles and directories of interest to specific types of small businesses.
- Student Editon
For high school students: articles from journals and magazines that are not available on the free, open internet
- Testing and Education Reference Center
Prep guides and sample tests for SAT, GED, GRE, and many other other acdemic tests, plus professional exams for careers in the military (ASVAB), public safety, nursing, real estate, teaching, and more.
- Universal Class
Self-paced, instructor-led online courses for professional development and personal enrichment. Subjects are wide ranging, from computer skills to accounting, the sciences, history, cooking, feng shui...check out all the possibilities by signing up with your library card. Once you establish an account, you can see the whole catalog. Limit five courses at a time, with a six-month time period to complete each course.
- Vermont Financial Education Page
A collection of useful links from the Office of the State Treasurer of Vermont. “Being ‘financially literate’ means you have the knowledge, skills and habits to successfully manage your money…The pages in our financial literacy section organize resources for you so that you can quickly get to information you can use. "
- Vermont Insights
A data portal "to serve...data user communities to make data-informed decisions with Vermont data for the well-being of children, families and communities.” A partnership of Vermont’s State Data Center at UVM and Building Bright Futures, a 501(c) public-private partnership advised by the Building Bright Futures Data and Evaluation Committee.
- Vermont JobLink
This free local tool from the Vermont Department of Labor matches employers and employees. Job seekers, click Find a Job; employers, click Find Employees. Like Career Transitions, it enables you to establish an account, store your resume, and use it to apply for jobs online. You might choose one or the other to be home base for career planning.
- Vermont Makers
Stay on top of this emerging movment in Vermont through the Vermont Makers blog, which includes the Vermont Makers Directory of groups and resources. Much is concentrated in the Burlington area, but there is also some activity in the Brattleboro area; check it out.
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