Digital Resources

Note: For the subject areas listed here, and many more, you will find information on the NY State Library website, along with instructions for use.

Business Research

  • Business Insights: Essentials – Detailed company and industry news that includes profiles, company histories, brand information, rankings and investment reports, etc.



Note: In order to access any of the Grolier encyclopedias, go here first: Grolier Home Access – Just select the encyclopedia you wish you use from the list along the left hand side of the site.

  • The New Book of Popular Science (Grolier) – is for middle and high school students and includes articles in the areas of science, technology and medicine.
  • La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre (Grolier) – a Spanish language encyclopedia written from a Latin American perspective.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online – Features reference content and commentary by renowned scholars in areas such as global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture, and is regularly updated as new content is commissioned and approved under the guidance of the Editor in Chief, John L. Esposito. This database has been made possible thanks to the Bridging Cultures Grant. Please note: Home access is not available.


  • (In-library access only) – Includes U.S. Federal census, American genealogical biographical index, immigration list index and more.

Health and Medicine

  • Health Reference Center Academic – Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac’s award-winning Health Reference Center.
  • Health Tutorials – More than 300 educational videos with basic health information about illnesses or conditions, medical tests and procedures.


  • Academic OneFile – The premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. Extensive coverage of the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals – A service that covers free, full-text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.
  • Home Access – Search the news from 1980 to the present, look up legal cases, and get company information all from one location.Note: Legal cases are not searchable from home.


  • Rocket Languages – With Rocket Languages’ comprehensive multi-media packages you will be speaking and improving your language skills with every lesson by taking part in the modern, everyday conversations that make up our Interactive Audio Course.
  • LearningExpress Library 2.0 – A comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series.
  • LearningExpress Library 3.0 – Introducing NEW LearningExpress Library Version 3.0! It’s a whole NEW experience. Register as a new user to gain access to a completely new platform that offers all of the same great content found in version 2.0 with improved functionality; easier-to-use navigation; new interactive tutorials with integrated assessments; individualized prescriptive learning study plans; detailed guidance; tests with multiple modes for study; and score reports with recommendations for additional study. Your login from version 2.0 will not work on this platform. Register as a new user to begin usingLearningExpress Library 3.0 today!
  • First Find – Has basic information on easy to read websites.
  • Learn English – Practice and learn English using several websites that include: Grammar, Vocabulary, Listening, Reading, Pronunciation and Writing. Test your progress with games and quizzes.
  • Get Your GED – Connect to websites that can help build your knowledge and skills you will need to pass the GED. You will also find general information about the GED and how to take the GED test in New York State.
  • Basic Computer Tips – How computers work and tutorials on how to use software.

NYSL Legal Resources


  • Freegal  – A downloadable music service that the Westchester Library System subscribes to.
  • Free Music Archive – The Free Music Archive provides free, high-quality, music in a wide range of genres. The content on Free Music Archive is used under various creative commons licenses. The New York State Music Fund provided initial funding for FMA. FMA seeks to maintain a high-quality resource through the use of selected curators who approve or deny all submissions to the collection.


  • Gannett Newsstand Complete (ProQuest) – Contains over 85 Gannett newspapers, 6 of which are New York newspapers. These include the Ithaca Journal, Poughkeepsie Journal, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Journal News (White Plains), Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton) and Star-Gazette (Elmira).
  • Infotrac Newsstand (Gale) – Full-text newspaper database has several NY newspapers, including the NY Times from 1995-Present, as well as over fifty national and international newspapers. Click here for a title list. (Full-text)
  • General OneFile – A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.
  • National Newspaper Index – Indexes New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.
  • NYS Newspapers – Collection of ten major newspapers published in New York State, searchable by section, keyword or relevance. (Full-text)


NYSL Science Resources

For Students

Note: In order to access any of the Grolier encyclopedias, go here first: Grolier Home Access – Just select the encyclopedia you wish you use from the list along the left hand side of the site.