Invisible Online Library Resources

And you might ask “What do you mean by “Invisible Online Library Resources”

And our answer to that question is that the “Invisible Online Library Resources,” which you might also describe as “Secret Internet Resources,” consists of credible research resources (AKA databases) accessed through the SSCL website that cannot be accessed on the open web (aka Visible or Free Web) by simply doing a Google search because you have to have a library card to log into the databases.

Library databases can also be thought of as mini-online libraries that are part of the Invisible or Secret Web because the library or the library system (that is the Southern Tier Library System which SSCL is a member of) pays for the databases that patrons can access for free through the Southeast Steuben County Library website:

And all of that can be summed up this way:

There’s more to the Internet than meets the eye!!!

Access the “secret internet”…it’s easy… just use your library card!

  • Go to
  • Click on the Research Tab
  • Click on the Subscription Services Tab

There you will find the following Databases:

  • Kids info Bits – An educational database for kids
  • eLibrary Elementary – Everything from encyclopedias to Newspaper articles
  • Gannett Newstand –Detailed indexing to help find new information
  • Literary Reference Center – Information about thousands of authors and their works
  • JobNow! – Free resume help, cover letter help.  Chat live with resume experts.  Conduct job searches.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies online – Provided by a grant from theBridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys
  • Mango Languages – Learn English and 40 other languages
  • Art Museum Image Gallery – A digital archive of visual works of art
  • Omnifile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson)  A database full  of scholarly work
  • InfoTrac Newsstand – Full-text newspaper database
  • National Newspaper Index – Indexed articles from the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times
  • NY State Newspapers – Browse New York state papers
  • Academic OneFile – Peer reviewed, full text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources
  • *The Foundation Directory Online Professional.  Fund grant writing resources for: (Grants for Individual & Grants for Non-profits)

*Access via library computers only

  • General OneFile – One-stop source for full text news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics.  Updated daily.
  • Business Insights: Essentials – Investment profiles, business news, company profiles
  • Ebsco Animals – Full text encyclopedia of animals
  • Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia – A wide variety of reliable resource material
  • Grolier Online – Encyclopedias and encyclopedic multimedia resources for students of all ages, with AP news feed
  • Health Reference Center – Multi-source database providing access to full-text articles in nursing and allied health journals
  • Heritagequest Online – Genealogical search resource.  Includes scanned census data 1790- partial 1930, Freeman’s Bank data, U.S. Serial Set and more
  • Novelist – A reader’s advisory service that provides more than 135,000 fiction titles, including book reviews, first chapters and book discussion guides
  • OCLC First Search – Database of Library Collections around the World
  • – (Previously called Tumble Talking Books) Audio books you can access from any internet provider

If you have questions about online library resources, or the Visible and Free versus Invisible, Secret and someone-has-to-pay-for-access-to-it web resources, ask our experts at the Reference Desk!

Feel free to ask us the next time you’re in the library or give us a call at 607-936-3713 ext. 502

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