Virtual Reference Desk
The Ferguson Library makes these databases available for use in the library and for remote users. Remote users will need to use their Ferguson Library card number and PIN (personal identification number) to access these databases. If you do not have a library card, visit your local branch to obtain one, or visit our library card page.
Connecticut state residents may use their local library card to access ICONN.org databases.
Student Research Center
Journal and encyclopedia articles related to history, geography, science, and literature all collected in one place.
An online reference source with a powerful search tool--it will help you find the information you need.
Search for articles by subject, publication, or date.
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
Browse a category, search for an article, or select a featured topic.
World Book Online
Your online route to reliable, easy-to-understand information, search tools and information sources.
Nueva Encyclopedia Cumbre en Linea
The only full-length online encyclopedia which focuses on Spanish-speaking people in America.
Biography Reference Center
Biographical profiles and pictures of individuals from antiquity to present.
Relevant, current, and practical scientific information that will help you in your studies and research
A resource for parents, kids, teens and educators with facts on physical, emotional and behavioral wellness.
New Book of Popular Science
Search the SciClopedia, NewsBytes, and career articles for current scientific information.
History and Geography
African-American History & Culture
Covering more than 500 years of African-American history, this comprehensive reference database features thousands of extensively hyperlinked and informative entries, including biographies, (some with quotes), primary sources, images, timelines, and maps and charts. Web links direct users to some of the web’s best educational sites.
American Indian History and Culture
Access to more than 1000 years of Native American culture, legends, and leaders.
Ancient History and Culture
This database gives a balanced, global view of the ancient world as it explores five civilizations - Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Mesoamerica.
Search this multimedia database of the world’s leading magazines.
Search for articles in academic journals, images, letters, and primary sources.
Search encyclopedia, magazine, and newspaper articles and maps.
InfoTrac Student Edition
A comprehensive search tool to find magazine articles by title or date.
An award-winning database designed with the young researcher in mind.
Databases from the Connecticut State Library
ICONN: Resources for the Public
A one-stop shop for periodicals, newspapers, reference sources, biographies, as well as information in many curriculum areas, maps, almanacs, and Spanish.