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Northern Onondaga Public Library Online Databases

Access full-text magazine and journal articles, newspapers, and reference books 24 hours a day with your OCPL library card and PIN. If you do not have a PIN, or cannot remember your PIN, please contact your library for assistance.

Books and Literature | Biography | Business | Careers and Education | Encyclopedias
Genealogy | Health | History | Magazines | Newspapers | Reference Books | Students K-8

Books and Literature

  • NoveList- Database covering more than 120,000 adult, teen and children’s fiction titles. Provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, hundreds of theme-oriented book lists for readers at all grade levels, award-winning and recommended titles, read-alikes, book reviews and much more.


  • Great Athletes – A comprehensive look at over 1,400 sports heroes and legends.
  • Great Lives from History – Worldwide coverage of important men and women in all areas of achievement from the Ancient World to the present.
  • Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century – In-depth biographical and critical essays covering more than 600 musical artists who made an enduring impact on music between 1901 and 2000.


  • Business Insight: Essentials* – Provides in depth coverage of businesses, including company profiles, industry profiles, products and brands, financial reports, company rankings, histories and full text periodical articles.
  • ReferenceUSA – Business and residential phone numbers, addresses and other detailed information. Advanced search allows users to do reverse phone number lookups, search by yellow page heading, business SIC code, zip code, SMSA and more.
  • BusinessDecision – A useful tool for small businesses and entrepreneurs, it allows users to combine geographic information systems (GIS) technology with extensive business, demographic, and consumer household data.

Careers and Education

  • Webucator-provides many online Self-Paced courses on Web Development, Microsoft, Adobe, Java and more. (To use Webucator see a librarian to receive a voucher code.)
  • LearningExpress Library- Interactive online practice for academic and licensing tests including civil service, ACT, ASVAB, GED, SAT and more. It also contains dozens of career related eBooks and software tutorials.
  • Job & Career Accelerator – Combines everything you need for a successful job search. Explore occupations, search national job postings, create resumes and cover letters, and improve your work skills with software tutorials.
  • Rocket Languages – Interactive online language instruction programs for 11 different languages. iOS and Android Apps available.
  • – is an extensive collection of award-winning online courses and video tutorials to help you learn business, technical and creative skills. Courses are taught by recognized industry experts.



  • Ancestry Library – [In-library use only]  Provides access to Census records; birth, marriage and death records; military records; immigration and emigration records and more.

HeritageQuest Online is now restricted to those patrons whose card was issued by either the Central Library or one of the city branch libraries.


  • Gale Health Reference Center Academic*-Over 2,800 journals and magazines, many of which are full text. It contains nursing and allied health journals, other medical journals, newsletters and consumer health magazines.
  • Salem Health -Online, searchable, full text content of two titles: Magill’s Medical Guide 7th edition, and Salem Health: Cancer, 835 essays on all aspects of cancer for the patient, family members and caregivers.


  • Great Events From History – Includes hundreds of essays covering historical events from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. It also includes historical biographies.
  • Milestone Documents in American History – Includes 268 full-text primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary covering American and African American history.


  • Gale Academic OneFile* – Includes nearly 13,000 titles, more than 7,300 are peer-reviewed journals. Has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.
  • Gale General OneFile* – A general interest periodical resource with more than 12,000 titles, over 7,800 full-text. Subjects include humanities, education, environmental issues, technology, health care, politics and more.
  • NewsBank – “America’s News Magazines” from NewsBank includes full text articles from popular magazines.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context* – Information on social issues from viewpoint essays, reference books, magazines and newspapers, with links to websites, podcasts and videos on over 5,000 topics. Supports NYS Common Core.


  • Gale National Newspaper Index* – Offers indexing and abstracts from 1977 to present for the Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and USA Today.
  • Gale New York State Newspapers*- Provides full-text articles from 10 major New York State newspapers.
  • Gannett Newsstand Complete* – Contains over 85 Gannett newspapers, 6 of which are New York newspapers. The Ithaca Journal, Poughkeepsie Journal, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Journal News (White Plains), Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton) and Star-Gazette (Elmira).
  • InfoTrac Newsstand* – Access full text articles from more than 1,000 major U.S. regional, national and local newspapers as well as leading international titles. Search articles by title, headline, date, author or newspaper section.
  • NewsBank – Full text access to the Syracuse Newspapers from 1986 to present. It also includes Rochester and Utica newspapers.
  • Access Newspaper Archive –  Searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from over 2000 newspapers from U.S and foreign cities. Includes Syracuse newspapers from 1809 forward.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context* -Information on social issues from viewpoint essays, reference books, magazines and newspapers, with links to websites, podcasts and videos on over 5,000 topics. Supports NYS Common Core.

Reference Books

Students K – 8

  • New Book of Knowledge* – Reference and current events suitable for elementary-school and middle-school students.
  • Amazing Animals of the World* – Wild animals and their habitats for elementary school and middle school students.
  • America the Beautiful* – State history, people, places and events for elementary school and middle school students.
  • Lands and Peoples* – Countries and cultures of the world for middle school and above.
  • New Book of Popular Science* – Science and technology for middle school and above.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context* -Information on social issues from viewpoint essays, reference books, magazines and newspapers, with links to websites, podcasts and videos on over 5,000 topics. Supports NYS Common Core.
  • Kids InfoBits* – Developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5, KidsInfoBits contains curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content  from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. It covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
  • eLibrary Elementary* – Access to more than 390 magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts—plus thousands of maps, images, educator-approved websites from Homework Central®, and audio/video titles, appropriate for elementary school studies.
  • TumbleBook Library – An online collection of animated, talking picture books. It includes story books, chapter books, nonfiction books, language learning and educational puzzles and games.

Onondaga County Public Library Online Databases

  • Find links here to all of the databases available through the Onondaga County Public Library Website, organized by subject.