Reference

Reference services, provided by the Adult & Information department, help library members & guests access the information you need. We help you find library materials, give advice on library collections and services, assist with computer questions, and try to answer your general inquiries.

 

Ask a Librarian

In person, via phone at 631.567.5079, SMS at 631-867-2678 or email.

Interlibrary Loans

Members can request to borrow materials from other libraries. Please see a librarian for more information.

Aaron Kramer Collection

Connetquot Public Library has a collection of the works of Dr. Aaron Kramer, an English professor and poet, who resided in Oakdale from 1971 until his death in April 1997. View Titles

Book Club in a Bag

Borrow a book club kit, which includes 10 copies of a title and discussion questions. View Titles

Music & Memory

Borrow customized iPod Shuffles designed to provide comfort for people suffering with dementia or Alzheimer’s. These Shuffles are tailored to the individual’s personal musical preferences and are available for loan. Please email adults@connetquotlibrary.org for more information.

Jigsaw Puzzle Swap

Are you a puzzle lover? Don’t buy new puzzles! Swap them! Ask a librarian for more information.

Readers' Advisory

Find your next great book at Connetquot Public Library and access readers' advisory resources, such as read-alikes, activities and curated social media feeds.

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Activities for Readers

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Memory Lane: Community Oral History Project

Take a stroll with us down Memory Lane, a place we have created for people of the Connetquot community to share their memories of our district and stories of the people who lived and worked here. Local history as told by residents, library members, and historians of the Oakdale-Bohemia area on Long Island, New York.

Watch all interviews on YouTube

Memeory Lane

Databases

Explore our collection of hundreds of online resources and databases. Use our free online content to help with your research, whether it's finding a single article, tracing a family tree, learning a new language, or anything in between.

  • All
  • Academic Subjects
  • Auto Repair
  • Biographies
  • Business
  • Career Information
  • Directories
  • Education
  • Encyclopedias
  • Genealogy
  • Geography
  • Health
  • History
  • Home Improvement
  • In-Library Use
  • Language Learning
  • Legal
  • Literature
  • Local History
  • Magazine Articles
  • Newspaper Articles
  • Science
  • Social Science

ABCmouse (Home Access)

ABCmouse.com helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. For kids age 2 to Kindergarten. First time users, enter your library card and pin number (defaults to the last 4 digits of your phone number), then create a username and a password to track your progress. Returning users, enter your library card information and pin, then click Log In in the top right-hand corner.


ABCmouse (In-Library Use)

ABCmouse.com helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. For kids age 2 to Kindergarten.


Academic OneFile

Find full text, peer-reviewed articles from journals covering all post-secondary academic and professional subjects.


AllData Online (In-library use only)

A car repair database that includes repair information, wiring diagrams, technical service bulletins, safety recommendations for domestic and foreign automobiles and trucks covering model years 1966 and onward for selected vehicles. (In-library use only)


American Ancestors (In-library use only)

A collection of databases created by the New England Genealogical Society. (In-library use only)


Ancestry Library Edition (In-library use only)

This comprehensive genealogy resource allows users to search and view original records from the Federal Censuses & records from city directories, Social Security Death Index, passenger lists & more.


Auto Repair Source

Use this database for assistance in repairing your car or truck. Repair articles, wiring diagrams, specifications, and technical service bulletins are available for domestic and import vehicles with selected coverage of automobiles from 1974 and onward.


Biography Reference Bank

Find in-depth, original profiles of current biographies with full-text articles, page images and abstracts from today's leading magazines and journals.


Brainfuse HelpNow (Study Skills and Online Tutoring)

Find lessons and study practice for all grades and subjects as well as a writing lab and live online tutoring from the hours of 2 pm to 11 pm daily.


Brainfuse JobNow

Live, anytime, anywhere job assistance, including up-to-date nationwide and local job search engines, professional resume critique, and proven interview techniques.


Britannica Academic Edition

The Britannica Encyclopedia for academic use.


Britannica School

The whole Encyclopaedia Britannica for all grade levels.


Brooklyn Newsstand: Brooklyn Historical Newspapers (includes Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Search historical Brooklyn newspapers (including the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) and view images of articles published between 1809 and 1999.


Building-Structure Inventory Files

This is a collection of local historic building inventories


Career Cruising

Find information on occupations and careers, do a skills assessment test to learn about other jobs that might suit you, or search for educational programs offered by technical schools and universities. You can also get tips for interviewing and creating a resume and also search for actual job openings. (For best results, access this database in Firefox or Internet Explorer. You may need to clear cookies and browser history and make sure your device is set to allow all cookies.)


Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Search and view historical newspapers from selected states, including full page images of New York's The Sun (1880 to 1910) and The New York Tribune (1880 to 1922).


Consumer Reports

Search full text articles from Consumer Reports magazine and the buying guide for helpful tips before you shop.


CultureGrams

A comprehensive database covering the cultures, economies, governments, and lands of US states, world countries, and Canadian provinces. Also find recipes, maps, flags, and info on famous people. Users can also download national anthems in MP3 format.


Data Axle Reference Solutions (Formerly known as ReferenceUSA)

A business & residential directory for the entire United States. Search an individual company or person or create lists of companies based on industry, size, earnings, location, and more. Please note: If unable to access Reference Solutions remotely using Google Chrome™, please try using a different internet browser. The most recent version of Chrome has been known to cause access issues.


Emerald Research Pass

The Emerald Research Pass is a resource sharing program for LILRC-member public libraries and school libraries. Users can locate scholarly articles and ebook chapters and librarians use 'tokens' to download those articles for them. Subjects include health, education, social sciences, public policy, gender studies, and more. Login required to access restricted content (please see a librarian).


ERIC Online

Provides indexing and abstracts for professional journal articles from the 1930s onwards on teaching and educational research. Some full text journal articles are available.


FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch.org is a free website that contains many worldwide digitized records. In order to view the records, you will need to create a free registration.


Find My Past (In-library use only)

Contains millions of records including UK parish records, census records, Irish records, British military records and New York Roman Catholic parish records. (In-library use only)


Fold3

A database of American military, naturalization, and federal census records.


Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship is a comprehensive database that covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. It combines authoritative periodical and reference content to support prospective and current entrepreneurs as well as business students. Experience an easy-to-browse interface mapped to four key stages—plan, fund, start, and manage—to fit your research needs at any point in your business's development.


Gale Business: Insights

Provides profiles of public and private companies and includes financial data, company histories, management lists, etc.


Gale General OneFile

Full-text articles from journals and magazines that cover news, health, and all other general interest topics.


Gale Health and Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness offers access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. Perfect for researchers at all levels, this comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.


Gale In Context: Elementary

Created for students in kindergarten through grade five, this database provides information on current events, arts, sciences, health, people, government, sports, history and more.


Gale in Context: Middle School

Research In Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more.


Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Provides full text access to differing points of view on current social issues. Brings together viewpoint articles, contextual topic overviews, government and organizational statistics, biographies of social activists, court cases, profiles of government agencies and special interest groups, newspaper and magazine articles, as well as links to more than 1,800 reviewed and subject-indexed web sites.


Gale Literature

Gale Literature searches across multiple Gale databases to find research articles on literary topics. You can research authors and their works, literary movements, and genres, and find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews.


Gale Literature: Books and Authors

Finding a book that interests you can be time-consuming. Match your reading interests with Gale Books and Authors, a reader's advisory database that makes finding a great read much less challenging. With fun ways to browse, an intuitive design, read-alikes, reviews, award winners and themed book lists, and more, this resource answers the age-old question, "What do I read next?"


Gale OneFile Educator's Reference Complete

A comprehensive collection of periodicals and reference content supporting the education field.


Gale OneFile Information Science

Provides access to periodical content covering all aspects of managing and maintaining libraries, information, and technology, including usability, cataloging, circulation, business information, and more.


Gale OneFile News (includes NYS Newspapers)

Search a collection of more than 1,000 national and international newspapers, including newspapers from the cities of Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse, plus the New York Observer, the New York Times, the New York Post, and the New York Daily News, back to 1980.


Gale OneFile Nursing and Allied Health

Provide access to authoritative content supporting nursing professionals already working in the field, as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum. Full text content includes academic medical journals as well as popular and industry medical magazines & newspapers.


GreenFILE

Access to scholarly, government and general-interest titles that focus on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.


HeritageQuest Online

Genealogists can view digital images of U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940 as well as digitized images of over 25,000 local history books.


Historical Vital Records: The New York City Municipal Archives

Historical Vital Records of NYC provides access to millions of digitized birth, death and marriage records dating from 1855 to 1949. Search, browse, download or order certified copies from the Municipal Archives' vital records collection.


History Reference Source

History Reference Source is a comprehensive full text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research.


Home Improvement Source

Includes articles and reference content, as well as videos and images designed to help home and business owners who want to make repairs themselves.


JobNow (Brainfuse)

Connect to a live coach to discuss your resume and practice interviewing. Also includes resume templates, career assessment tools, help applying for unemployment, and the ability to upload your resume for feedback.


JSTOR (In-Library Access)

JSTOR provides full-text access to more than 12 million journal articles, books, images, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.


JSTOR (Home Access : requires barcode and pin)

JSTOR provides full-text access to more than 12 million journal articles, books, images, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.


Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

Provides indexing and abstracting for hundreds of key journals, books, research reports for library and information science studies.


Literary Reference Source

Literary Reference Source is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes


Literature Criticism Online

Full-text criticism for American, British, and world literature from the 19th century to today. [This is full text of NCLC, TCLC and CLC criticism series, found in print in the library.]


LitFinder

LitFinder provides access to literary works and authors throughout history and includes more than 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. The database alsoincludes secondary materials like biographies, images, and more.


Long Island Historical Journal

Website contains index and full-text articles of the Long Island Historical Journal (1988 to 2008).


Magazines A to Z

Search for the name of a specific magazine or journal to find out which library-susbscribed database carries full-text articles or abstracts.


MasterFILE Elite

Full text articles from more than 1,900 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.


Medline

Created by the United States National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE is an authoritative bibliographic database containing citations and abstracts for biomedical and health journals used by health care professionals, nurses, clinicians and researchers.


MedlinePlus

Medical information for the layperson offering information and tutorials on diseases, conditions, medications, physicians, and surgical procedures.


Miss Humblebee's Academy

Miss Humblebee's Academy is an award-winning, online kindergarten-readiness solution for children ages 3 to 6. The program lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning success, building strength in core subject areas: language and literacy, math, science and social studies, art and music, social and emotional learning, and fitness. The curriculum is based on standards from the U.S. Department of Education, Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, Common Core State Standards, and research from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


Mitchell1 ProDemand (In-library use only)

An automotive repair database including repair information, wiring diagrams, and technical service bulletins for domestic and import vehicles from 1960 and on. To get started, click "Login" on the top-right of the screen. (In-library use only)


Morningstar Library Edition (Home Access)

Find financial information on mutual funds, stocks, and ETFs. Includes a screener to identify investments according to criteria that you set and an Investing Classroom to learn the basics.


Morningstar Library Edition (In-library Access)

Find financial information on mutual funds, stocks, and ETFs. Includes a screener to identify investments according to criteria that you set and an Investing Classroom to learn the basics.


MyHeritage Library Edition

Collection of genealogy records from around the world including censuses, passenger lists, family histories, and more.


New York Amsterdam News

New York Amsterdam News provides a multicultural look at world history from 1922 to the modern day. Search full text page images from 1922-1993.


New York Times (1980 - present)

Full text of the New York Times late edition. Complete articles from 1980 onward including the Book Review and Magazine sections.


New York Times Historical

Search the complete run of the historical New York Times with full text page images from every issue starting from the paper's inception in 1851 through 3 years ago.


Newsday (1940 - 1984)

Search Newsday's full text articles from 1940 to 1984. All articles can be printed or emailed.


Newsday (1985 - present)

Search Newsday's full text articles back to 1985. This database covers the three main editions - Nassau, Suffolk and City. All articles can be printed or emailed.


Novelist K-8 Plus

Find readalikes for your favorite fiction and nonfiction titles, get lists of books in a series, or read up on your favorite author.


Novelist Plus

Find readalikes for your favorite fiction and nonfiction titles, get lists of books in a series, or read up on your favorite author.


Obituaries Index

This is an index of obituaries published in local newspapers (Ronkonkoma Review, Brookhaven Review and the Islip Bulletin). Many of the obituaries were added to our computerized Local History Vertical File. Contact Adult Reference Department for information.


Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a publication of the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics that includes information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, earnings and job outlook for hundreds of different occupations in the United States. It is released biennially.


Old Fulton New York Post Cards

Search over 26,108,000 old New York historical newspapers. Included in the collection are issues of Suffolk County News from 1900 to 1986 (with some gaps).


Passenger and Immigration Lists Index

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (PILI) covers more than 5 million names of persons who immigrated to North American between the late 1500s and mid 20th Century.


Peterson's Test and Career Prep

Includes both course material and practice tests for the SAT, PSAT, ACT, GED, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, Catholic high school entrance exams, as well as vocational exams in real estate, cosmetology, NCLEX-RN, NCLEX-PN, ASVAB, U.S. Citizenship tests, and more.


Pronunciator

A language-learning service that offers 163 foreign languages including ESL for 50 non-English languages and American Sign Language.


Salem History

Online access to the following Salem Press history reference books: Decades, Great Athletes, Great Events from History, Great Lives from History, and Milestone Documents.


Salem Literature

Provides online access to full-text literary reference books.


Science Online

General science encyclopedia with diagrams, experiments, essays, definitions, and biographies arranged by topic.


Science Reference Source

Find full text articles, encyclopedias, and reference books for all topics in the hard sciences including biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, physics, and technology.


Something About The Author Online

Read in-depth profiles of more than 12,000 children's and young adult authors and illustrators. Each essay explores an author's personal life, writings, adaptations, and works in progress.


Suffolk County Historic Newspapers (from NYS Historic Newspapers)

A collection of local newspapers with historical full-text articles. Newspapers included are Suffolk County News, South Side Signal, Islip Bulletin, Ronkonkoma Review, The Long Islander, The Long Island Traveler, The Corrector, The Mid-Island Mail, The Port Jefferson Echo, Sag Harbor Express, and others.


Teacher Reference Source

Provides indexing and abstracts for over 250 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.


Value Line Online

Value Line Online includes evaluations of large and mid-cap U.S. public companies, including valuations and analyst commentaries. Note: There is a 3-person simultaneous login limit. If you receive a login challenge, please try again later when a session opens.


Wall Street Journal (1984 - present)

Index and full text of the Wall Street Journal from 1984 onward.


Wall Street Journal Historical (1889-1999)

This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. Coverage: 1889 - 1999


World Book Online

The online version of this standard encyclopedia includes all of the articles from the 22-volume print set, plus over 1,800 more.


World Book Online Kids

Elementary school students can look for information in the World Book Encyclopedia using a fun and easy to use search screen.


World Book Student

Middle/High school students can look for information in the World Book Encyclopedia.