New Britain City Journal

New Britain's Weekly Online Newspaper

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Rich Resource for Everyone

If you haven’t yet checked out the free, wonderful resource of newspapers, magazines, audio books, and databases, available through the Connecticut State Library, take an opportunity to explore the riches that it has to offer. iCONN is part of the Connecticut Education Network. It provides all residents, students, and faculty with online access to essential library and information resources.

From family history, to biographies, to homework help, or legal, science, historical information, these all provide high quality articles and trusted content from reliable resources. There are over 6,600 full text magazines and journals including more than 118 million articles which are not available on the open Web. And if you have used iCONN, in the past, take another look as there were some recent changes and additions.

Some resources that are available: History Reference Center, Legal Information Reference Center, Science Reference, Biography Reference Center, and Referencia Latina, a Spanish language database. Thousands of e-reference books are available for elementary, middle and high school students including primary source materials, images and maps.

A number of newspapers, too, are available on iCONN, including the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, L. A. Times, New York Times, Hartford Courant, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Did you know you can access the Hartford Courant from 1764-1922 and 1992 to present and you can search by subject?

And for your reading pleasure, check out the popular magazine articles which are available with full text –Consumer Reports, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Rolling Stone, People, Golf, Popular Mechanics, Jet, Ebony, Money, Sports Illustrated – plus many more.

Some of the searches can be translated into a variety of other languages and some have audio so you can listen to it.

This is all available 24/7. You can do it at the library or remotely from any computer or mobile device. Access to a variety of information – but made easy, with all, in one place. You can get there on the web at iCONN.org or go to our library catalog. Click on the button that reads Information Databases and then on the link to iCONN Databases.

There is so much available at this site, I can’t being to do it justice. My best advice – explore, play and discover. Check it out and if you have any questions, please give our librarians a call at 860-224-3155 ext. 125.