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ABC Mouse

A subscription-based digital educational program that helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. 

Only in library branches

ABI/INFORM Global

Find current business information in full articles from business journals, newspapers, and trade publications.
Publications include Wall Street Journal and Barron's.

Library card required

Academic Search Premier

Includes full text of many articles, plus index entries for others. Subject areas covered include arts & literature, humanities, science, social science and many other specialties. Updated daily.

Library card required

Access NYC

Provides listings and eligibility information for human service benefit programs offered by City, State, and Federal government agencies.

Free & accessible anywhere

African American Experience

A collection of scholarly articles and primary source documents on African American history and culture. Includes books, speeches, letters, photographs, illustrations and audio clips.

Library card required

American History

Conduct research on American history with more than 16,000 primary and secondary sources, including overview essays, biographies, government and court documents, photos, maps, audio/video clips, and statistics.

Library card required

American Indian Experience

A collection of scholarly articles and primary source documents covering American Indian history from the paleolithic to the present. Includes treaties, speeches, and captivity narratives as well as traditional storytelling, maps, photographs, and video.

Library card required

Ancestry.com

A searchable collection of billions of historical records from the USA and other countries. Get access to census and military records, birth, marriage and death records, and immigration records. Available at public computers at all Brooklyn Public Library locations.

For remote access to U.S. Federal Census records, genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, Census data, slave schedules, maps, local history books and articles, and more, please visit our HeritageQuest resource.

Only in library branches

ARTstor

A comprehensive image resource for students, teachers and scholars, with new collections added monthly. All images are rights-cleared for educational use. 

Library card required

Bibliography of the History of Art

A searchable bibliography of works on European and American visual arts material published between 1975 and 2007. Search by subject, artist, author, article, or journal title.

Free & accessible anywhere

Bizminer

Compare your company’s financial performance to local and national companies of similar size by industry. Download BizMiner’s Industry Financial Profiles and Industry Market Reports; view the reports as HTML in order to input your company’s data. 

This resource is accessible via username and password at the Central Library.  See a librarian. You may request remote access to Bizminer by sending an email reference request to the Business & Career Center.

Only at Central Library

Black Short Fiction and Folklore

Collects African and African-American short stories and folktales published in more than 15 countries from the mid-1900s to the present. Includes full digitized runs of select literary magazines and black-owned journals and newspapers.

Library card required

Black Thought and Culture

Collects published works by leading African American writers, spanning the 1700s to the present. Includes books, interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets and letters.

Library card required

Black Women Writers

Collects fiction, poetry and essays by black women published in Africa and the Americas from the 1700s to the present.

Library card required

BookFlix

Encourages reading by pairing streaming video storybooks with related fiction and non-fiction titles for children.

Library card required

Booklist Online

Current and archived reviews and articles from the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine. Includes reviews books, audiobooks, reference sources, video, and DVD titles.

Library card required

Brainfuse HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow offers personalized academic assistance in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science), a 24/7 Writing Lab, academic content and practice tests for skills-building (including SAT preparation), and much more. Live tutoring from Brainfuse experts is available from 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM EST.

Library card required

Brainfuse JobNow

Brainfuse JobNow is designed to support every step of the job search process:

  • Find live online coaches who assist with job search, resumes, interviews and more from 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM EST every day
  • Check out eParachute to discover careers that match your skills and interests
  • Check out SkillsFirst to find sample resumes in your profession
  • Check out SkillSurfer for study materials
  •  

 

 

Library card required

BrainPop

Watch animated movies, play learning games, and more. Includes BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL. Videos and activities cover topic areas within Science, Math, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and more.

Library card required

Britannica Academic Edition

Britannica Academic provides up-to-date and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information and is a gateway for further research for colleges, academic libraries and institutions.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Britannica Escolar

Britannica Escolar is the Spanish digital learning portal for Elementary and Middle school students. The updated content of Britannica Escolar is organized by grade levels to help improve student achievement, provide differentiated instruction, and maximize the use of technology in the classroom.

Britannica Escolar hace posible que los estudiantes completen sus trabajos escolares usando los más de 15.500 artículos de las enciclopedias y 15.000 recursos multimedia que incluyen imágenes, videos, audio y mapas detallados. Los estudiantes también pueden acceder a una gran variedad de herramientas útiles para el aprendizaje desarrolladas por especialistas en educación. Confíe en Britannica Escolar para inspirar e incentivar el aprendizaje y el descubrimiento en cualquier lugar usando cualquier dispositivo conectado a Internet.

 

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Britannica School

Britannica School is a safe, up-to-date, and age-appropriate information resource for Elementary, Middle, and High School. Discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, games, and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Brooklyn Newsstand

Brooklyn Newsstand is a collection of digitized Brooklyn newspapers made possible through a partnership between Brooklyn Public Library and Newspapers.com.  

Brooklyn Newsstand (2,402,000 digitized pages) contains 44 newspaper titles-including the full run of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper (1841-1963) and Brooklyn Life (1890-1931), a Brooklyn Society Magazine. Learn more about the history of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

View the full list of newspapers and their date ranges.

This site is best viewed using Chrome or Safari. 

Free & accessible anywhere

Brooklyn Public Library Digital Collections

Discover Brooklyn history: Explore our collection of digitized Brooklyn content.

Free & accessible anywhere

Brooklyn Public Library Electronic Magazines and Journals List

Find full text to many of the electronic journals held by the Brooklyn Public Library through its online database subscriptions.

Free & accessible anywhere

Career Cruising

Interactive career guidance resource in English and in Spanish. Users can find help with occupational assessment, career exploration, educational planning, and portfolio development.  Learn how to use this resource by watching a video.

Learn about Career Cruising's Matchmaker feature from BPL's Work Life blog.

Library card required

Caribbean Literature

Searchable collection of Caribbean poems, plays, novels, short stories, and other materials from 1700 to the present. Works are in English, French, Haitian Creole, Spanish and Dutch.

Library card required

Chinese Electronic Journal Database (Qikan)

A full-text resource of over 500 Chinese popular and scholarly periodicals published in China. Search this Chinese database to find periodical articles for adults, young adults and children.

Library card required

CIA World Factbook and Country Maps

The Central Intelligence Agency's basic intelligence for 266 world entities; free maps can be downloaded and printed in PDF or JPEG formats.

Free & accessible anywhere

Cision Communications Cloud

Media outlets and contacts. Share your news release via email with journalists, bloggers and social influencers via Cision.  (This resource is accessible via username and password at the Central Library.  See a librarian.)

Only at Central Library

Crain’s New York Data Center

Data on leading companies and organizations that operate in the NYC market; includes the New York Book of Lists; use these lists to benchmark your business, gather competitive intelligence, and target potential new clients. (This resource is accessible via username and password at the Central Library.  See a librarian.)

Only at Central Library

Creative Commons

Creative Commons searches openly licensed and public domain images. Search for works that are available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.

Free & accessible anywhere

Creativebug

Creativebug is a video-learning site for art and craft classes. New classes from top artists are released every day, with instructors bringing a lifetime of practice and proven teaching methods. Public Performance Rights are included for programming.

Interested in becoming a Creativebug Instructor? Brooklyn Public Library is partnering with the Creativebug editorial team to recruit Brooklyn-based creators and artists, particularly those who can help increase the diversity and representation of Creativebug's course catalog. Apply here: https://cbug.tv/BecomeAnInstructor

Library card required

DigitalLearn.org

The Public Library Association's site, DigitalLearn.org is an online hub for digital literacy support and training. Find short, video-based courses with narration, on basic skills, such as using a computer, navigating a web site, email, internet privacy, and more.

Free & accessible anywhere

Directory of Open Access Journals

Free community-curated directory that indexes and connects to full text, open access, peer reviewed scientific and scholarly journals.

Free & accessible anywhere

E-books on Ebscohost Collection

Search, read, and download eBooks in different subject areas, including business, career, classic literature, etc.

Library card required

eBooks and More

Access Brooklyn Public Library’s collection of digital books, magazines and reference library, available to download wirelessly to your device.

Free & accessible anywhere

Ebscohost Espanol

Artículos con texto completo de revistas, diarios y revistas académicas, índices generales, y otros recursos en ambos Español e Inglés. EBSCOhost Español tiene una función de traducción, pero no es garantizado obtener una traducción completamente exacta.

Library card required

EPOCH - Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage

A website that allows anyone to create and publish a free obituary online and in the process involve the community in building their own collection of local history.

Free & accessible anywhere

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Collection of education research and information. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Free & accessible anywhere

Europeana

Web portal to the digital resources of many European museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. Formats include books, paintings, films, objects, sound recordings and archival records. 

Free & accessible anywhere

Findhelp.org

Formerly known as Aunt Bertha, a national directory of social service organizations. Search by zip code to find nearby food, health, housing, job training programs and more.

Free & accessible anywhere

Fire Insurance Maps Online (FIMO)

New York State high-definition, full-color fire insurance maps from Sanborn and other publishers, real estate atlases, plat books, and other historical maps showing building structures, building construction details, property ownership, property uses, and other useful information. The site has an Interactive map search, and Geo-referenced or search by place name and drop-down menus.

Library card required

Flipster

Get access to major magazines and journals to read on your smartphone, tablet, or PC. Check out Flipster's getting started guide here. To get the free Flipster app, search for "Flipster" in either Google Play or  Apple's App Store

Library card required

Foundation Directory by Candid

Find funding for your nonprofit organization with Candid's quick and efficient fundraising tool. Use their clean and coded philanthropic data to evaluate a funder, gain an understanding of the grant writing process, and find financial information.

Only at Central Library

Gale Academic OneFile

Academic One File lets you access millions of articles from thousands of scholarly and authoritative sources in the humanities, science, social science, business, and more. The Topic Finder feature is an easy visual to help explore sub-topics of your initial search.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Comprehensive index to biographical sketches in available in standard reference books.

Library card required

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

Information on opening, operating, and growing a small business including financing, managing, marketing, and accounting; contains sample business plans. To learn more about using this resource, check out this video tutorial.

Library card required

Gale Business: Insights

Company and industry profiles, including brand information, investment reports, market research reports, rankings and news.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale Business: Plan Builder

A step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit; the Gale Business: Plan Builder dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration to develop a business plan focused on long-term success.

Gale Business: Plan Builder requires each user to create a username and password. To set up your personal account, select “Visit the Resource” below, then “Get Started”, and then “First Time Here? Get Started." To learn more about using this resource, check out this video tutorial.

Library card required

Gale Directory Library

Searchable business directories. Titles included:

  • Brands and Their Companies
  • Business Rankings Annual
  • Consultants & Consulting Organizations Directory
  • Encyclopedia of Associations
  • Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media
  • Market Share Reporter
  • National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Publishers Directory
  • Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans
  • Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies
  •  
Library card required

Gale eBooks

24/7 access to reference ebooks. No checkout necessary. Titles can be browsed, searched, and downloaded anytime from any Internet-connected device. Topics include arts, business, education, history, law, literature, medicine, religion, science, and social science.

Library card required

Gale General OneFile

A searchable collection of general interest and scholarly publications on topics including Careers, Computers & Technology, Education, Health, History, Personal Finance, and Self-Help. Content includes reference books, newspapers, magazines, journals, and audio & video files.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale In Context: Elementary

Gale In Context: Elementary (formerly Kids InfoBits), introduces elementary school students to database searching with easy-to-use resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale In Context: High School

Gale in Context High School (Formerly Student Resources) contains information on a variety of topics in an easy to read format. Includes primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, magazine articles, audio and video clips, and thousands of photographs and illustrations. Includes topics in science, health, history, literature, current events, sports, world cultures, and business/economics. Easy to search and topics are comprehensive in content.

Library card required

Gale In Context: Middle School

Gale In Context: Middle School is a Gale database created specifically for middle school students, combining reference content with age-appropriate videos.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Gale in Context Opposing Viewpoints covers today’s social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change. Helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale Literature Criticism

An online collection of literary criticism. Based upon well known reference series like Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Poetry Criticism. Conduct research on authors and their works, as well as articles on multiple eras, genres, and regions.

Library card required

Gale Literature Resource Center

Online resource for research on literary topics, authors, and their works. Coverage includes all genres and disciplines, all time periods, and all regions of the world.

Library card required

Gale Literature: LitFinder

Full text online editions of classic poems, short stories, essays, plays, and speeches.

Library card required

Gale OneFile: Communications and Mass Media

Customized selection of journals relating to communications and mass media. From the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Computer Science

Customized selection of journals of leading business and technical publications spanning the computer industry. From the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Criminal Justice

Customized selection of journals relating to criminal justice. From the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies

Customized selection of journals relating to Diversity Studies. From the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship

Customized selection of journals from the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection relating to small business.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Environmental Studies and Policy

Journals from the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection relating to environmental studies and environmental policy, including climate change, recycling, and sustainability.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Fine Arts

Customized selection of journals from the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection relating to the fine arts and music, from filmmaking, jazz and Mozart to Shakespeare and Van Gogh.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Gender Studies

Journals from the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection related to gender and sexuality in culture and society. Research information on women's studies, gender identity and more.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine

Resources from the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection relating to health studies. Health reference topics include immunization, youth sports, food allergies and more.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Information Science

Journals from the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection relating to information and library science. Formerly called Information Science & Library Issues Collection.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: News

Gale OneFile News (Formerly InfoTrac Newsstand) is a full-text database that provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers including the New York Times, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio, and TV broadcasts and transcripts.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Nursing and Allied Health

Customized selection of journals from the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection relating to nursing and health care professions.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Popular Magazines

Customized selection of popular magazines from the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection. Magazines from 1980 to the present.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Psychology

Customized selection of journals from the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection relating to psychology. Articles from 1980 to the present.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Religion and Philosophy

Searches over 1.8 million articles on philosophy, religion, arts and humanities, social sciences and also includes media and photographs. From the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Science

Journals from the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection relating to general science. Coverage spans 1980 to the present and includes general interest periodicals as well as academic journals. Learn about scientific developments, global warming, alternative energy and more.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Gale OneFile: Vocations and Careers

Articles and other documents from hundreds of publications, ranging from general career guides to more specialized industry journals.  Users can also listen to the articles or have them translated in various world languages.  From the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

GCFLearnFree.org

Video tutorials and self-paced courses to learn computer basics and build skills, including in Microsoft Office, the Internet, Email, and Google Workspace

Free & accessible anywhere

Glassdoor.com

Career and workplace community where users can find and anonymously share salary details about careers and jobs for specific employers. Find interview reviews describing company culture. Create a free account with your email address.

Free & accessible anywhere

globalEDGE

A knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals to information, insights, and resources on global business activities, created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University.

 

Free & accessible anywhere

Go Direct

Social Security and Federal benefit payments are to be deposited electronically by law of as March 2013. Sign up for a prepaid debit card or with your bank account for direct deposit.

Free & accessible anywhere

govinfo

govinfo (formerly the Federal Digital System) provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. govinfo is a service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO), which is a Federal agency in the legislative branch.

Free & accessible anywhere

Grants to Individuals by Candid

Formerly Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

Get detailed information on foundations that give grants or scholarships to individuals. The application also provides direct access to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for individuals not associated with a nonprofit on its homepage.

Only at Central Library

GreenFile

Resource draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.

Library card required

HeritageQuest

Genealogical tool that includes U.S. Federal Census records, genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, Census data, slave schedules, maps, local history books and articles, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant application files, and the Freedman's Bank Records 1865-1874.

Library card required

Hite: Health Information Tool for Empowerment

5,000 health and social services available to low income, uninsured and underinsured persons.

Free & accessible anywhere

HUD Affordable Apartment Search (New York State)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development assists in finding subsidized apartments in New York State.

Free & accessible anywhere

Hyread

Access Chinese eBooks and audiobooks on a variety of topics including health, English learning, art, literature and children’s materials. Titles can be read or played on PCs, laptops, or mobile devices. Download the free app.

Library card required

Instructables

Get step-by-step, user created instructions on how to make just about anything. Examples include instructions on building a digital microscope or sewing a zipper.

Free & accessible anywhere

Investor’s Business Daily (IBD)

Learn how to invest, find news on market trends and personal finance, and access the digital IBD Weekly (This resource is accessible via username and password at the Central Library.  See a librarian.)

Only at Central Library

JSTOR

JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journals, books, and primary sources as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The material available spans many disciplines in the arts, sciences, and humanities.

When browsing or searching, you may find locked content. We apologize that some content is not available via Brooklyn Public Library's subscription. 

Library card required

Kings County Supreme Court

The Kings County Supreme Court handles felony criminal and civil matters, including name changes, matrimonial cases, foreclosures, mental hygiene applications, and elder law cases. Explore the website for sample forms and guides, court procedures, and information regarding a pending case. For a quick reference guide on Legal Referral Services in Kings County, click here.

Free & accessible anywhere

Latino American Experience

Scholarly articles and primary source documents covering Latino American history and culture from the 1400s to the present.

Library card required

LearningExpress Library 3.0

This resource supports those looking to improve core academic skills, pass standardized tests, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more. Includes practice tests and other study materials for the GED/HSE/TASC, HiSET, TASC, SAT, elementary school and middle school standardized tests, civil service, technical, and other professional exams.

Hay recursos para hispanohablantes, incluyendo herramientas de aprendizaje, carrera y ciudadanía en español.

Please note that you will need to create a username and password.

To learn more about using this resource, check out this video tutorial.

Library card required

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)

LinkedIn Learning offers more than 16,000 online courses in seven languages, hosted by expert instructors with real-world experience. Courses on LinkedIn Learning include Leadership, Project Management, Mental Wellness, Job Hunting, Digital Marketing, Data Science, 3D Animation, and CAD.

For Mobile users: 
1. Download the LinkedIn Learning app from Google Play / App Store 
2. Open the app 
3. Select - "Sign In" 
4. Select "Sign in with your library card" 
5. You'll be prompted to "Enter your Library ID". Tap on the box and enter "bklynlibrary" (all lowercase, no quotation marks) 
6. Use your BPL library card number or username and PIN and click on "Continue". 
First time users will be prompted to select topics of interest.

Library card required

Mango Languages

Learn a new language or brush up current skills.  Contains 52 language learning courses including Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese as well as 17 English courses for speakers new to English.  There is a mobile app to use to learn on the go and there are feature films to complement select courses.

Library card required

MarciveWeb DOCS

Searchable catalog of U.S. government publications from July 1976 - present. Access to Congressional Research Service reports that are in the public domain.  

Only in library branches

MasterFILE Premier

Full text articles covering a broad range of subjects including general reference, business, education, health, general science and multicultural issues.

Library card required

Medline Plus

National Library of Medicine’s database of health information for consumers and health professionals. Includes information on over 750 health topics, drugs and supplements, medical encyclopedia, dictionaries, interactive tutorials, and surgery videos. Also includes health information in over 40 languages.

Free & accessible anywhere

MedlinePlus (en Español)

MedlinePlus le ayuda encontrar las respuestas que usted busca en temas de salud. MedlinePlus ha recopilado la informacion mas confiable proveniente de fuentes autorizadas tales como la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina y los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud, asi como otras agencias gubernamentales y organizaciones de servicios para la salud. MedlinePlus tambien le ofrece mucha informacion sobre medicamentos, una enciclopedia medica ilustrada, programas interactivos para el paciente y las mas recientes noticias acerca de la salud.

Free & accessible anywhere

Memorial Sloan Kettering's Information About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products

Evidence-based information about herbs, botanicals, supplements, and more, created by Memorial Sloan Kettering's Integrative Medicine Service.

Free & accessible anywhere

Mergent Archives

Historical Mergent (Moody’s) Manuals of global corporate data in digitized PDF documents dating back to 1909. Also includes historical D&B Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios from 1979, Million Dollar Directory from 1959, and Who Owns Whom from 1961. 

Only at Central Library

Mergent Intellect

Access to public & private U.S. and international business data, executive contact information, First Research industry profiles, current D&B Key Business Ratios, job search, residential look-ups, and Census demographics.  To learn more about using this resource, To learn more about using this resource, check out these video tutorials:

Library card required

Mergent Online

The authoritative source for information on US companies listed on the NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ exchanges, non-US companies representing 95% of the non-US global market capitalization, and inactive companies which have been merged, acquired etc. Also includes up to 30 years of financials, up to 30 years of daily stock pricing, over 300,000 scanned images of global annual reports archived up to 10 years.  

Library card required

Metrix Learning

Metrix Learning is an online learning management system that helps jobseekers upgrade their skills and study for certification exams to help secure employment.

Course content covers academic, workplace and personal skills for industries like Business, Construction, Healthcare, Hospitality, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Human Services and more. Search for courses, add them to your "Plan", and click "Launch" when ready to take a course. Select "Career" and "Pathways" to rate your skills and readiness for a particular career. Metrix will help you identify skills gaps and courses needed to fill those gaps.

Access

To access Metrix Learning, click "Visit This Resource" below, "Request a Login", and "Sign up Now". You must live in New York State to access Metrix through Brooklyn Public Library. You will receive a Welcome email from Metrix Learning containing your username and password. Access will last for six months. If you wish to continue learning after six months, please email   [email protected] to request an extension.

10.2022 The Medcom license for medical classes is no longer available. We're sorry for the inconvenience.

Free & accessible anywhere

Middle Search Plus

Middle Search Plus is a full-text database providing popular middle school magazines, reference e-books, and thousands of primary source documents and videos. Subjects include history, current events, science and sports.

Library card required

Mintel Reports Academic

Market research reports with analysis of consumer markets, companies, and brands.   

Unfortunately, the vendor restricts this resource to "view-only". You may not print or download from Mintel.

Only at Central Library

Mometrix eLibrary

Unlimited access to test preparation materials for over 1,000 different standardized exams. Access study guides and practice questions for exams including the GED, SAT, ACT, TEAS, HESI, Praxis, TOEFL, career and technical certification.

Library card required

Morningstar Investing Center

Basic financial planning and investment advice as well as sophisticated portfolio analysis. Access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds.  (May be accessed by 5 simultaneous users. If you are denied access, please try back at another time.) 

Library card required

My Next Move

My Next Move is a tool for job seekers and students to learn more about possible career options. Learn about the tasks, skills, and salary information for over 900 different careers. Browse careers or industries, or check out the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on your interests and level of work experience.

Free & accessible anywhere

New York Apartment Law Insider

Provides information for owners and managers of residential real estate, covering topics like rent stabilization, rent control, building maintenance requirements, and correction of code violations. (This resource is accessible via username and password at the Central Library.  See a librarian.)

Only at Central Library

New York City Department of Education's Find A School Database

Locate information on New York City's public schools. Search by borough, grade, school name, and zip code.

Free & accessible anywhere

New York Heritage Digital Collections

Search and browse digital collections about New York State's extensive history. Includes letters, diaries, photographs, newspapers, and maps from over 160 museums, libraries and archives.

Free & accessible anywhere

New York Landlord v Tenant Online

Provides landlord-tenant court decisions as far back as 1993, including cases from the NYC Civil Court, NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), and NYC Environmental Control Board.  (This resource is accessible via username and password at the Central Library.  See a librarian.)

Only at Central Library

New York State Contract Reporter

Lists New York State bidding opportunities for contracts greater than $15,000. 

Free & accessible anywhere

New York State Legislature

Legislative information related to both houses of the New York State Legislature. Look up bill text, summaries, committee agendas, and voting records from 1995 to the present.

Free & accessible anywhere

New York State Newspapers

Current and archived articles from newspapers across New York State.  Includes the New York Observer, the New York Post and Newsday.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

New York State Office of Unclaimed Funds

Banks, insurance companies, corporations, courts, and other organizations are required by law to report dormant accounts and turn over unclaimed funds to the State Comptroller. Search by name or organization to discover and claim funds.

Free & accessible anywhere

New York Times (1851-2007) with Index (1851-1993)

PDFs of articles include original layout, images, and advertisements. Limit searches by topic, article title, date, and more.   

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New York Times Digital Microfilm

Browse 2008 - present issues of the New York Times by date and page number or search for articles by keyword. Includes high-quality replications of photos, graphs, and tables. (Please note that present coverage will be one month behind due to a publisher embargo period.)

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Novelist K-8 Plus

Find good books for kids, whether fiction or nonfiction. This online resource includes reading recommendations from librarians. Search for books by reading level, genre, content, time period, and more.

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Novelist Plus

Find good books and audiobooks for adults, whether fiction or nonfiction. This online resource includes reading recommendations from librarians. Search for books by genre, content, time period, and more.

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NovelNY (resources for students)

Encyclopedias and research tools for elementary and middle school students: the Scholastic Go! encyclopedia, eLibrary Elementary for books and magazines, Kids Infobits for children's magazines, and Opposing Viewpoints in Context. High school and college students can access General OneFile, Academic OneFile, and Opposing Viewpoints for research. From the New York State Online Virtual Library database collection.

Free & accessible anywhere in NY state

Nursing Home Compare

From Medicare.gov, find and compare nursing homes, hospitals, hospice care, and other health care providers. Nursing homes are rated on health inspections, quality of care, and staffing.

Free & accessible anywhere

O*NET OnLine

O*NET OnLine is a tool for job seekers to explore hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. This in-depth resource provides information on work tasks, tech and general skill requirements, work values and styles, and links to helpful industry-specific professional organizations. For a simplified version, visit My Next Move.

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Oxford English Dictionary Online

A guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of more than 600,000 words in English from current speech to past usage.

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Oxford Research Encyclopedias are a collection of essays on a variety of topics, designed to give readers an overview of a subject that they can understand in half an hour of reading or less.

Remote users: Type your Brooklyn Public Library card number in the box "Sign in with your library card", click Sign In, and then select Brooklyn Public Library.

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Oxford Very Short Introductions

The full text of the entire catalog of Oxford University Press's Very Short Introductions series. The books in this platform offer concise overviews to a range of academic subjects in the arts & humanities, law, medicine & health, science & mathematics, and social sciences. 

Remote users: Type your Brooklyn Public Library card number in the box "Sign in with your library card", click Sign In, and then select Brooklyn Public Library.

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Plunkett Research Online

Market research, industry analysis and company profiles; Job seeker resources

To learn more about using this resource, check out this video tutorial.

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Population Reference Bureau Data Center

A data searching tool from the nonprofit Population Reference Bureau, including information on income, housing prices, health, and labor force.

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PowerMyLearning

Online learning activities curated by educators and organized by subject, grade and Common Core standard. Educators can create playlists of activities tailored to their lessons and invite students to a "class" with a code and track their students' progress. Students can create an avatar and "level up" the more they play. Parents can also log in and connect with their children to set goals and rewards for them. Create a free login to get started.

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PressReader

Access to current newspaper editions from around the world in a full color readable online format.  

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Professional Development Collection

Articles and abstracts from academic journals for professional educators.

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Project Muse

Humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. Complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals and books from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies. 

You may encounter locked content. When browsing or searching "All Muse", select "Only Content I have access to" to find subscription content. We apologize that some content is not available via Brooklyn Public Library's subscription.

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PropertyShark (New York City Only)

This site combines proprietary data with public data. View the comprehensive listing of a given property including its sale history, ownership information, zoning etc. Foreclosure listings and comparable sales along with phone numbers and maps are also available.(This resource is accessible via username and password at the Central Library.  See a librarian.)

Only at Central Library

PubMed

A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. Areas include medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care, and pre-clinical sciences.

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Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA)

Business, physician, dentist, and residential directory listings; job postings; data for entrepreneurs to research target customers, competitors and suppliers. To learn more about using this resource, check out this video tutorial.

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Rich Register

Net worth and biographical information of Americans with estimated net worth of $25 million or more.   (This resource is accessible via username and password at the Central Library.  See a librarian.)

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RKMA Consumer Market Research

Richard K. Miller & Associates publishes handbooks focused on marketing and the consumer marketplace. Each handbook includes market assessments and forecasts, sector trends, profiles of market leaders, and statistics. Industries include the internet & mobile web, entertainment, media & advertising, healthcare, restaurants, food & beverage, retail, sports, and travel.

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Salem Literature

Collection of classical and current literary criticism of the world’s most-studied literature. Focuses on both an individual author’s entire body of work or on a single work of literature.  Based off of Magill Books or Masterplots series.

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Science.gov

Searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.  Also includes information education and training opportunities in science, tecnology, engineering, and mathematics fields for undergraduate and graduate students.

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ScienceFlix

Covers major science areas like Earth Science, Space, Life Science, Human Body, Physics, and Engineering, with general overviews and articles for deeper understanding. Includes videos, project ideas, experiments, quizzes, and information about careers in science. Complements the Next Generation Science Standards.  Can adjust Lexile reading levels of articles.

To learn more about this resource, check out this video tutorial.

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SimplyAnalytics

Demographic, business, and marketing data on a local level; users may create reports and maps with hundreds of demographic, business and marketing variables. 

Remote access to SimplyAnalytics is available to anyone within Kings County (Brooklyn) with a Brooklyn Public Library card. Exceptions to remote access content are below:

  • PRIZM Premier behavioral marketing & audience segments and Nielsen Scarborough local market research are only available to users on-site at any Brooklyn Public Library location. PRIZM and Scarborough data is not available to remote users.
  • On-site users will sign in to SimplyAnalytics with their BPL card number and PIN. Remote users will sign in to SimplyAnalytics with an email address and password. First-time remote users must follow the "Create an Account" link. You may have on-site and remote SimplyAnalytics accounts but these accounts are NOT connected. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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SIRS Discoverer

Areas covered include: current events, history, health, language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology. Includes newspaper and magazine articles, material from DK Eyewitness books, and science experiment ideas. Search for something specific or explore a variety of topics and current events.
 

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Smarthistory

Smarthistory is an always-free resource for learning about global art history featuring curated article, image and video content—created by respected scholars in collaboration with museum curators—that is engaging, informative, and accessible. Patrons can explore a wealth of high-resolution images of art from museums, galleries and cultural heritage sites throughout the world, all of which are free to download and use for classroom presentations and projects under Creative Commons (CC) licensure. 

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Sourcing Journal

Sister publication to WWD, covers the fashion production pipeline, concentrating on sourcing and manufacturing (May be accessed by 3 simultaneous users. If you are denied access, please try back at another time.)

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Sports Market Analytics

SBRnet and the Sports Market Analytics Data Platform are a comprehensive online platform of nationwide sports business data and analytics, using syndicated and custom proprietary research for the professional and college sports categories as well as sports participation and equipment sales information. Data is driven from consumer research, industry reports, and licensed industry articles. Topics include:

  • · Sports Fan Demographics
  • · Attendance
  • · Television Viewing
  • · Streaming Media
  • · Social Media Usage
  • · Logo Merchandise Sales
  • · Sponsorship Influence
  • · Sports Participation
  • · Fitness Participation
  • · Sports Gambling
  • · Sports Travel
  • · Collectibles
  • · Device Usage
  • · Fantasy Sports Play
  • · Consumer categories: Sports Drinks, Homeowners Insurance, Driver’s Insurance, Cell Phone Carrier, Banking, Credit Cards, Hotel/Motel, Air Travel and Quick Service Restaurant.


On the SMA log-in page, enter only your library card number. The username and password fields are auto-populated by the vendor.

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Statista

Quantitative data categorized into 21 market sectors such as media, business, finance, and politics. To learn more about using this resource, check out this video tutorial

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The Salesman's Guide

The Salesman's Guide Retail Buyers Database is for entrepreneurs and business owners seeking national buyers for their products in business categories like fashion, specialty foods, home furnishings, and more. Find and download contact information for store buyers.

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TrueFlix

Read and listen to e-books and watch videos online based on titles from the Trueflix nonfiction book series.  Also look up project ideas, extra information, and lesson plans for teachers and others.

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Tumblebooks

Search from a selection of read-a-long and animated talking picture books, eBooks, graphic novels, non-fiction, and educational videos, puzzles, and games.  Titles include accelerated reading, Lexile, and grade reading levels.  Create your own playlists of favorite titles.

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UNdata

UNdata Easy way to search and download across multiple United Nations' databases. Includes current information on populations, trade, standard of living, and the environment.

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Urban Archive

View our collection of city stories and check out the platform of digital collections of New York City's museums, archives, and libraries.

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USA Spending

Search by agency, recipient, state funding, or even your own neighborhood to see how federal money is being used.  Developed as part of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act.

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Value Line Research Center

Investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. Commentary, up-to-date statistics and the wide variety of stock "screens" are designed to help investors identify attractive stocks for their portfolios. (May be accessed by 7 simultaneous users. If you are denied access, please try back at another time.)

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Wall Street Journal Digital Microfilm

Scanned images of each page of the day's edition, starting in 2008. Browse by date and page number or search for articles by keyword.  Includes high-quality replications of photos, graphs, and tables.  (Please note that full text is not available for the most recent 3 months.)

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Wall Street Transcript

Investment advice and information from interviews with CEOs and analysts offering comments on specific equities, specific industries, finance and investing.  (This resource is accessible via username and password at the Central Library.  See a librarian.)

Only at Central Library

Weiss Financial Ratings

  • Financial Literacy Tools to learn about your finances
  • Independent, unbiased financial strength ratings of banks, credit unions & insurance companies
  • Conservative buy-hold-sell ratings of thousands of stocks, mutual funds & exchange traded funds
  • Medicare supplement insurance - which plan to choose, how much it will cost, compare rates & plan benefits
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Where to Write for Vital Records

Find information on vital records like birth records, death records and marriage records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Offers direct links to state and other agencies that assist in locating information on vital records.
 

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Winmo

Previously known as Redbooks, Winmo provides background on advertisers - their brands, media spending, campaigns, and contacts, and detailed profiles of advertising agencies - their clients, market specialization, and contacts.

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World Digital Library

Images of historic items from countries around the world, curated by the U.S. Library of Congress and the United Nations.  Materials include photographs, maps, newspapers, journals, books, and manuscripts from museums, libraries, and national archives from around the world, representing over 100 languages.  Easily search by time period, institution, type of material, language, place, or topic.

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WorldCat FirstSearch

Search other libraries' catalogs for books and other materials. WorldCat FirstSearch is a service of OCLC, a library cooperative.

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WWD Archive

Fashion and beauty business news and key trends from 1994 through today from WWD, “the fashion bible”. For retailers, designers, manufacturers, marketers, financiers, Wall Street analysts, international moguls, media executives, ad agencies, socialites, and trend-makers. (May be accessed by 3 simultaneous users. If you are denied access, please try back at another time.)

Only in library branches