Research and learning resources

Browse all of our research and learning resources below, or use the menu to filter by age, topic or type of resource.

  • ABI/Inform

    The ABI/INFORM Collection includes international coverage and provides researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world. 

  • Ancestry

    Our Ancestry Library Edition is a great genealogical resource for tracing your roots.

  • Bedtime Math

    Make math fun with these home math activities, daily questions, weekly lesson plans, and more. For grades K-5 with adult support.

  • Chicago Tribune

    A text-only source of articles from the Chicago Tribune, 1992-present.

  • College Board

    College Board is a not-for-profit organization that offers programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT and PSAT.

  • Common App

    The Common App platform provides a single, online application and 24/7/365 support for students applying to one of more than one thousand member colleges and universities.

  • Common Sense Media

    Reviews of books, movies, games, TV and more by both kids and parents.

  • Connecticut History

    A program from Connecticut Humanities that brings local history to life.

  • Connecticut State Library

    Use your library card to access databases, encyclopedias, magazines, and more from the Connecticut State Library.

  • Consumer Reports

    Research ratings and recommendations on appliances, automobiles and electronics, with access from home or from within the Library.

  • CT Newsstream

    CT Newsstream offers a unified search of several leading current and historical newspaper databases.

  • ERIC

    ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources for educators.

  • Explora Kids

    Full-text articles from magazines, newspapers, and reference books about current events, people, places, animals, history and more, designed for elementary students

  • Federal Student Aid

    Financial aid information for students applying to college and university.

  • Government Information for Children

    Government information produced by local, state, federal, and international governmental organizations for use by K-12 teachers and students.

  • Guilford Art Center

    Virtual art lessons, galleries, demonstrations, tours, and art-at-home ideas for the whole family.

  • Guilford Public Schools

    A list of school-approved learning/enrichment websites and local resources.

  • Hartford Courant

    A text-only database of articles from the Hartford Courant, 1992- present.

  • Hartford Courant (historical)

    Full-text and full-image articles for the Hartford Courant dating from 1764-1922.

  • Highlights Kids Games

    Similar to the Highlights Magazine, this site offers fun stories, hidden pictures, games and giggles, science articles, today in history, and jokes.

  • JobNow

    Access in the library and at home with your library card.

  • Khan Academy SAT Practice Test

    Khan Academy offers online SAT Practice tests (created in partnership with College Board). Students can set up a free account to access the practice tests.

  • Kids Health

    Outstanding, easy-to-navigate advice and information on health, fitness, sports, and nutrition.

  • Lakeshore Learning

    Download lesson plans, worksheets, videos, crafts, and other activities for home learning.

  • Lawhelp Connecticut

    CTLawHelp supports Connecticut residents by providing free legal help to people with very low income.

  • Legal Information Reference Center

    Full text database of consumer legal reference books addressing legal issues

  • Los Angeles Times

    A full-text database of articles from the Los Angles Times, 1985-present.

  • Mad Science

    Science experiments, videos, lessons, quizzes, games, coloring sheets, and building projects for elementary aged children with adult guidance.

  • MainFile

    A multi-disciplinary database with coverage of all aspects of academic study and general interest subject areas.

  • MAS Ultra: School Edition

    full text articles from hundreds of high school magazines covering a various subject areas including history, science, careers and more.

  • Medline Plus

    A source of health information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • Merck Manual

    Information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written in everyday language.

  • Money As You Grow

    Resources for teaching children about managing money from an early age up through the teen and young adult years.

  • National Geographic Kids

    Interactive content and reading for kids from preschool to grade 8. Largely about animals, the environment, and science.

  • New York Times

    Guilford Free Library’s New York Times digital subscription provides access to from any computer or device, as well as access to the NYT app on portable devices.

  • News Literacy Project

    A national education nonprofit offering nonpartisan, independent programs that teach students how to know what to believe in the digital age.

  • NewsBank

    NewsBank offers digital access to current and archived information from thousands of newspaper titles, newswires, business journals, periodicals and government documents.

  • Newsela

    Topics in the news at age-appropriate reading levels for grades 3-12 from reliable sources without bias.

  • Notable Children’s Digital Media

    This list of apps includes real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways.

  • Overdrive for Teens

    E-books and e-audiobooks for teens – complete blurb

  • Overdrive Kids

    E-books and e-audiobooks for kids

  • Peabody at Home

    Peabody@Home is full of learning activities for all ages, printables, ways to browse the collections from home, citizen science for kids, and more from Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History.

  • Pronunciator

    Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 163 languages, with personalized courses, movies, music and more. Learn online using your desktop computer or mobile device.

  • ReadWorks

    Reading comprehension instruction online along with great articles on a variety of topics for Kindergarten through grade 12.

  • Reference Solutions by Data Axle

    Find jobs and business opportunities, look up addresses for companies and individuals nationwide, and more.

  • Science Reference Center

    For upper grades, topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

  • Small Business Reference Center

    General operational information for most types of small business with searchable advisory videos.  It includes state-specific startup guides and a broad range of industry information including articles and market research reports.

  • STARnet

    A collection of STEM activities developed in partnership with NCIL and NASA to bring the love of science and space to the next generation.

  • Value Line

    Investment research and analysis on companies, industries, markets and economies.

  • Wall Street Journal

    Guilford Free Library offers free and unlimited access to The Wall Street Journal digital content both in the Library. Start by setting up your account and then renew your lease every three days.

  • Washington Post

    A full-text database of articles from the Washington Post, 1987-present.

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