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Explore the Hidden Gems on the Library Website

Explore the Hidden Gems on the Library Website

Posted February 08, 2010 B By Joanne Mullowney

The Library is making sure that the world is at your fingertips, literally! Through The Library’s Online Databases users have access to the complete and authoritative text of thousands of magazines, journals, books and transcripts. Find newspaper and magazine articles, obtain investment data from Morningstar and Value Line, search for product reviews from Consumer Reports, research companies with RefUSA and Lexis Nexis, research your family history, get full text from the New York Times going back to 1851 and more!

Most of these copyrighted resources cannot be found using Google, Yahoo or other Internet search engines, but they are accessible to East Brunswick Public Library cardholders from a home computer at any time of the day or night, or to non cardholders from a library computer.

All of the Library’s subscription Online Databases are in the Research Tools section of our website, found in the navigation menu on the left.  Just put your mouse cursor over it and you will see an expanding menu to your right. 

Data for the consumer
Use EBSCOhost’s Master File Premier to find newspaper and magazine articles on all topics.  The database also offers full text product evaluations from Consumer Reports Magazine.   To search Consumer Reports type “Consumer Reports” in the Publications box and type in your search terms in the search box (i.e. digital cameras).

Investment Data
Value Line
and Morningstar give you the data you need to make important financial decisions.  The Value Line Research Center database contains the complete Investment Survey Standard Edition, Investment Survey Small & Mid-Cap, Value Line Mutual Fund Survey, Value Line Daily Options Survey, Value Line Special Situations Service, Value Line Convertible Survey and other online tools that allow investors to use numbers and ratios in ways never possible before.
Use analysis from Morningstar’s experts to compare stocks and mutual funds. The database analyzes 1900 stocks and 2,000 funds.

Business Information
Magazine articles, newspapers, and company and legal information are at your fingertips with Lexis Nexis, a powerful database of worldwide publications.  In-library users can also access legal information such as laws, patents, federal and states cases and codes.  Also available is RefUSA.  The database allows you to target companies based on geography, line of business, size and sales volume. It contains detailed information on nearly 12 million U.S. businesses with addresses, key executives and websites.  Use it to build your own custom list of companies for mailing out resumes or targeted marketing plans.  It also offers information on companies that have just recently opened or are planning on opening. The data is compiled from telephone directories, annual reports, government data, trade magazines, newspapers, and phone calls by a staff of researchers.

Family History Research

Use Ancestry Library Edition, the extensive database compiled by, for information from the U.S. Federal Census dating back to 1790, plus birth, marriage and death records, immigration and emigration, family trees, military, court, land, wills, financial records and more.  Researchers can search the digitized pages of the New York Times from 1851 on to mark the passage of their immigrant ancestors through the port of New York.  Note immigrant arrivals, establishment of their businesses and communities, court notices, as well as their deaths with the New York Times obituaries.  The Port of New York has been the most used portal to the US for centuries.  In fact, it is estimated that more than 100 million Americans are descended from immigrants who passed through this port on their way to their new lives.  The New York Times is an invaluable tool for marking their passage.

These are just a few highlights of what the Library has. For more information about how to search these databases please contact the Information desk at 732-390-6767.  The Library’s Internet III computer training class also addresses this topic.  Check the monthly computer training calendar to see when the class will next be offered.