Online Reference Resources

In some cases accessing these information sources from outside the library requires a library card and password. If you do not have a password, or have forgotten it, please call the library (631-725-0049) for assistance.

If, after clicking on a link below, you receive a message that says either "There is a problem with this website's security certificate," (in Internet Explorer) or "Secure Connection Failed" (in Firefox), you can safely click on "Continue to this website (not recommended)" in Internet Explorer, or "or, you can add an exception..." in Firefox. Doing so will allow you to continue to the reference resource. After you have done this once on your computer, you will not see this message again. This is expected behavior, not an error, and is due to the way in which we control access to these databases.

Līve-brary Research Over 70 searchable information resources accessible at any time from any ccomputer connected to the Internet. Live-brary Research includes both popular and academic reference works and additional genealogical resources. Access from outside the library requires a library card and password. If you do not have a password, or have forgotten it, please call the library (631-725-0049) for assistance.

For a full list of Live-brary Research resources click on the link below.


Ancestry Library Edition
Search for your ancestors from over two billion names listed in this comprehensive genealogical database. You must be using a computer in the John Jermain Memorial Library to access this resource.

To use Ancestry Library Edition in the library click on the link below.


Consumer features Ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services in categories including appliances, cars, electronics and computers, home and garden, health and fitness, babies and kids, food, personal finance, and is published by Consumers Union, which accepts no outside advertising, no free test samples, and has no agenda other than the interests of consumers. With more than 2 million active, paid subscribers, is larger than any other publication-based Web site.

To access click on one of the links below.



Newspaper Source™ PlusNewspaper Source Plus provides a full-text digital collection of the world's major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.

To access Newspaper Source™ Plus click on one of the links below.


Career Cruising
Career Cruising is an Internet-based career exploration and planning tool to help explore career and college options and develop a career plan. Career Cruising can be accessed from wherever you have access to the Internet. Features of the program include:

  • Interest and Skills Assessment - a world-renowned career assessment tool to help people identify suitable career options based on their interests and skills.
  • Career Profiles - thorough and up-to-date information about hundreds of different occupations, including direct links between careers and related college programs.
  • Multimedia Interviews - interviews with real people in each occupation, which add depth and realism to career profiles.
  • College and Financial Aid Information - comprehensive college and financial aid information, with a number of useful search tools to help students find the right college and the right scholarships.
  • Electronic Career Portfolio - available online, so you can develop your education and career plans from wherever you access Career Cruising.
  • Resume Builder - integrated with the portfolio to help you format and print professional-looking resumes quickly and easily.
To use Career Cruising, click on one of the links below.



Reference USA
ReferenceUSA provides business and consumer research. It offers a full-service platform that helps users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people. Also included is real-time access to more than 20 Million Businesses, 222 Million Consumers, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. New Homeowners and Movers. ReferenceUSA’s information helps researchers, students and job-seekers answer a wide variety of questions.

Small-business owners and entrepreneurs can conduct powerful market research. For example: select a location and do a radius search to look up the number of similar businesses in the area. Check the strength of the competition with years in business and credit rating. Look for businesses to buy or connect with fellow business owners.

Job seekers can locate and research companies they want to work for. ReferenceUSA has details on 14 million U.S. Businesses including 200,000 human resource contact names, business descriptions, company size and website links to job postings.

Students can find articles for research on businesses, perform complicated searches for papers and class projects, or use data summaries to profile an entire neighborhood, city or state by type of business, size of business or household median income.

Movers can find schools, childcare, churches, doctors and other services. They can also research neighborhoods they want to move into, plus, look for housing, and check home value and median income to see how they will compare to their new neighbors.

To use ReferenceUSA, click on one of the links below.



Suffolk Historic Newspapers
Suffolk Historic Newspapers is a centralized, searchable collection of Suffolk's newspaper heritage available to you online. Because of Suffolk County's unique geography and historical development, no one newspaper can provide complete coverage of the county. Digitizing allows searching of previously unindexed microfilm resources across multiple multiple newspapers, covering any time period. The articles can be viewed separately or as they appear on the full page. They can be printed, saved to your local computer and emailed.

To view Suffolk Historic Newspapers, click on the link below.


Hudson River Valley Historic Newspapers
The vision for HRVH Historical Newspapers is to provide access to digitized copies of historical newspapers from the Hudson River Valley region of New York State. As a first step toward this vision, The Kingston Daily Freeman has been completely digitized for the years 1903 to 1912. The entire contents of the newspaper issues can be searched and browsed in HRVH Historical newspapers.

To view Hudson River Valley Historic Newspapers, click on the link below.