Research Databases & Online Services

For all your research needs, the West Milford Township Library subscribes to numerous online services providing information covering a variety of areas of interest including: biography, business, current and historical newspapers, health, history, literature, science and much more.  All of these electronic resources are available to you free of charge.

America’s News

Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more.  Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Heritage Hub – A Newsbank Product

Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more.  Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Black Life in America

Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more.  Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Resources by EBSCO* & JerseyClicks

Search full-text magazine articles on almost every topic of general interest – from business to education to health. Available 24/7 via JerseyClicks, resources provided to New Jersey’s libraries by the New Jersey State Library and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


Academic Search Primer

This multi-disciplinary database provides active full text for more than 3,100 journals, including active full text for nearly 2,750 peer-reviewed journals.

Business Source Elite

This business database provides full text for over 1,000 business publications. The rich collection of titles in Business Source Elite provides information dating back to 1985. More than 10,100 substantial company profiles from Datamonitor are also included. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost.

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports presents articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers.


ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and research. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. Content includes journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, dissertations and theses, and books dating back to 1966.


User interfaces which allow users to access a group of resources aimed at certain demographics with ease.

Explora for Primary/Middle School
Explora for High School
Explora for Public LIbraries

Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep

Peterson’s Test and Career Prep helps students and other users sharpen their career preparation skills. From the high school or community college student seeking an internship to the white-collar professional thinking about switching careers, Peterson’s exam and test prep and career resources are essential tools to help people make the most of the opportunities out there in both the academic and business world. Peterson’s resources give students in-depth information on colleges and universities and help them practice for preparatory entrance exams like the ACT or SAT. They also grant access to resume and cover letter building tools, act as tutorials to help students identify the most suitable industries and occupations, and provide answers to just about any career-related question.


GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,000,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 15,000 records.

Heritage Quest Online

Heritage Quest Online offers is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. The database provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.

Health Source: Academic/Nursing Edition

This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the AHFS Consumer Medication Information, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

Health Source: Consumer Edition This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.
Legal Information Reference Center Legal Information Reference Center is an online database designed to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds. It includes exclusive full text for many top consumer legal reference books, as well as thousands of legal forms.
Library, Informational Science & Technology Abstracts Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.
Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. Literary Reference Center contains full text for more than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticisms, more than 253,000 author biographies (including more than 22,000 in-depth bios), more than 460 literary journals, more than 693,000 book reviews, nearly 78,000 classic and contemporary poems, more than 19,600 classic and contemporary short stories, more than 6,500 author interviews, more than 8,200 classic texts and much more.
MasterFILE Elite Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 1,050 general reference publications with coverage dating as far back as 1984. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Elite also includes 52 full text reference books and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps and flags
Middle Search Plus Middle Search Plus contains full text for more than 150 popular, middle school magazines. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 200 magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies, historical essays and student pamphlets.
Military & Government Collection Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. The Military & Government Collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for more than 400 titles.
Newspaper Source Plus Newspaper Source Plus provides a full-text digital collection of the world’s major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources
Novelist Find titles and series by your favorite authors. Find books with those recurring plot elements that you love, just search NoveList‘s book themes! Use NoveList to find read-alikes and your next great read.
Novelist K-8 In 2017, the NoveList team thoroughly reviewed the book content in NoveList K-8 , to ensure that these interfaces represent titles appropriate for ages 0 through grade 8. Content that contains violent, disturbing, or sexual situations that are not age-appropriate are excluded from this interfaces. Like Novelist your child can find read-alikes and book themes.
Points of View Points of View Reference Center is a full text database designed to provide students and schools with a series of controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Essays provide questions and materials for further thought and study and are accompanied by thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.
Primary Search Primary Search, designed specifically for elementary school libraries and public library children’s rooms, contains full text for more than 60 popular, elementary school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator
Reference Solutions (Formerly Reference USA) Offers accurate data on 79M Businesses and 274M Consumers.
Referencia Latina Referencia Latina, a comprehensive Spanish-language database, offers content from a variety of sources including 49,000 encyclopedia entries.
Regional Business News This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis.
Small Business Reference Center a comprehensive resource for small business owners and those interested in starting a business, offering full-text periodicals and reports, sample business plans, U.S. tax forms, videos and reference books. It supports small business owners in all relevant areas from planning, financing and managing a business to exit strategies. Users also have the ability to search within specific ‘Business Topics’ and ‘Business Types’ relevant to their needs.
Teacher Reference Center provides indexing and abstracts for hundreds of periodicals. In addition, 96% of journals indexed in TRC are peer-reviewed.
Topics include: Assessment, Best Practices, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, School Administration, Science & Mathematics, and Teacher Education.

Facts On File

Facts On File consists of the following educational databases. For homework assignments requiring research, find information about science, history, geography, literature, health or careers. Also included are teacher resources, such as curriculum based items, factsheets, and quizzes. You will need your library card to access Facts On File.

World Almanac for Kids World Almanac for Kids  is packed with thousands of awesome facts about science, nature, and people—everything on planet Earth and beyond.
Bloom’s Literature Bloom’s Literature  is rich with relevant content on core authors and works, multicultural classics, contemporary literature, and more. Students will find exactly what they need for research and deeper learning without having to wade through an uncurated search.
Science Science Online includes topics including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Marine Science, Mathematics, Physics, Space and Astronomy, and Weather and Climate. Includes curriculum tools for teachers.
Health Reference Center Health Reference Center An essential resource for your health courses, guidance department, and general student use, Health Reference Center includes comprehensive, in-depth coverage of body systems, current health issues, major diseases and conditions, treatments, and procedures, as well as health and nutrition information specific to men, women, children, teens, and seniors.
Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is an award-winning reference database for lifelong career exploration and planning. It offers a wealth of resources for users to assess their career goals and interests, plan their education, learn workplace skills, find apprenticeships and internships, conduct a job search, and much more. It provides users with clean, fast access to core content; a fully responsive design; a seamless multimedia experience; unparalleled, up-to-date information; proprietary directories of apprenticeships and internships; and financial aid and school search databases.
Curriculum Resource Center Curriculum Resource Center We make it simple for educators, professionals, and all learners to explore new ideas, develop new skills  and author their own courses with reliable information, and digital tools.
History Databases
Ancient & Medieval History Ancient and Medieval History provides thorough coverage of world history from prehistory through the mid-1500s, with special Topic Centers on key civilizations and regions, including the ancient Near East, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient and medieval Africa, ancient and medieval Asia, the Americas, medieval Europe, and the Islamic World. Each civilization’s history is brought to life through articles, videos and slideshows, primary sources, and more
American History American History is an indispensable resource for student research. Spanning our nation’s history—from prehistory to the present day—American History was developed and curated by leading editors and scholars in the study of American history. It is composed of a variety of learning assets, including articles, images, primary source documents, timelines, videos, and slideshows
African – American History   Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture, with tablet/mobile-friendly videos and slideshows, images, biographies of key people, event and topic entries, primary sources, maps and graphs, and timelines.
American Indian History American Indian History American Indian History offers fast access to more than 15,000 years of culture and history, covering more than 600 Native American groups, through tablet/mobile-friendly videos and slideshows, images, biographies of key people, event and topic entries, primary sources, maps and graphs, and timelines. This comprehensive database allows for an interactive, multifaceted look at the indigenous peoples of the Americas.
Modern World History Modern World History  Modern World History offers a comprehensive look at world history from the mid-15th century to the present. Thousands of subject entries, biographies, images, videos and slideshows, maps and graphs, primary sources, and timelines combine to provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, events, and ideas that have defined modern world history.
World Geography and Culture  World Geography and Culture  Learn about key ideas important to the study of geography and gain an understanding of the world. Explore the Earth through illustrations. Research and compare the world’s cultures and peoples. Discover the top 10 biggest, tallest, longest mountains, rivers, cities, and more, with these lists of geography extremes. View specially selected videos on themes relating to human and physical geography from award-winning filmmakers.


Ancestry Library Edition

The West Milford Township Library is pleased to announce it now offers a subscription to Ancestry Library Edition. This genealogy database offers many different kinds of digitized records, including censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, and more. For anyone interested in genealogy or looking into their family tree.


Presented by Ancestry Library Edition, Fold3 provides access to US military records, from the Revolutionary War and onward. From its website: “Traditionally, the third fold in some flag-folding ceremonies honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world.” Library Edition

Provides access provides online access to over 4,000 historical newspapers. Full and partial runs of regional , state and local newspapers and included in this collection. Another tool to use in genealogical research.

Passaic County Historical Society

The PCHS Library contains a large collection of family group sheets, published and compiled family histories, local history books, maps, etc.

The Earth Shook and the Sky Was Red

Read the rich history of your community on a Library workstation. This book was originally published in 1976 by the West Milford Bicentennial Committee.

Suburban Trends

View the digitized version of this local newspaper from 1958 through 2014.

WM Historical File

Browse the local history files and reminisce while reading news articles and personal narratives about your town.

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