As Close as Your Fingertips

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Whether you want to learn a new language, combat fake news, put together a resume, prepare for job interviews, practice for your driver’s test, SAT, GED or citizenship test, we have an online database that can help you do it. The best part, you can do this at your own pace at the library or in the comfort of your home.

The most recent one that the library added is Mango Languages, a language learning database introduced this past May, which offers over 70 languages to choose from. There are also courses for English language learners.

For job hunters, there is Job Now. You can create your resume, upload it onto this database, and receive a critique of it. There is live job coaching and real-time interview practice available.

Global Road Warrior is a great resource for anyone who is doing research on a country for school reports or planning a future trip. It provides historic, cultural, geographical information, points of interest, travel essentials, maps, plus much more.

Fight fake news with World News Digest, a trusted authoritative resource that has been around for 75 years, and began in print form. It was considered the librarians’ go to tool for world news before the Internet. It contains a wealth of information – the week in review, recent news, hot topics, landmark events in history, people in the news, and historical documents. It is one stop shopping for trusted information. Plus, it offers google translate and Read Aloud features.

Learning Express is a database of practice tests, exercises, and skill building courses. It offers practice tests ranging from elementary school level to college level, includes tests in English, Math, AP exams, SAT, GED, and ASVAB, many graduate level entrance exams and citizenship preparation. There are exams for the Commercial Driver’s License, and licensing exams for many trades and occupations including nursing, firefighter, law enforcement, civil service positions, and many others.

Driving Tests provides several practice tests to help you study for the driving test along with the Connecticut driver’s manual. Practice tests and the manual are also available in Spanish. It has frequently asked questions and answers about getting a driver’s license or procedures to follow.

And for all the folks who want to learn about their family tree, there is Ancestry. It provides censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. Although it is the only database which is not available from home, it is available on all the public computers at the library.

There’s a world of information at your fingertips. Ask a librarian to show you what we have and how to access these or visit our web page (www.nbpl.info) to find the links to these databases.

 

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