Databases, Resources, Audiobooks & eBooks

All-Purpose Reference Databases


World Book Online is an online encyclopedia that offers high quality reference articles and more...maps, news, educator tools, student activities, and dictionary. 

Research in Context provides engaging reference, periodical, and multimedia content supporting national and state curriculum standards for secondary students in language arts, social studies, and science.

researchIT is Connecticut's free online database supplied by CT State Library.  Students can view journal, magazine and newspaper articles that are  appropriate for students grades K-12.  Students also download eAudios and eBooks.  

Students need a valid CT town library card to access the database from home.

Explora is a simple search tool that delivers relevant results including articles, essays and primary source documents to help students feel successful in their research.

Students need a valid CT town library card to access the database from home.

Controversial Issues

Opposing Viewpoints is a rich resource with pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics and more.  The database covers today's hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to the legalization of marijuana.

Social Studies


CIA World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

History Reference Center includes full text for more than 200 leading history periodicals, covering wide-ranging topics such as Ancient civilizations, global military and cultural histories including Jewish History, Women's History, Native American History, as well as African Studies and Arab Studies.

Students need a valid CT town library card to access the database from home.

Referencia Latina

Referencia Latina is a comprehensive Spanish-language database that offers content from a variety of sources including thousands of encyclopedia entries, an inclusive collection of images, an atlas, health reports, a Spanish-English dictionary and full text for reference books and general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas.

Students need a valid CT town library card to access the database from home.


Destiny is our school's card catalog. Our HMS library has a growing list of eBooks.  To access our school library's collection, students should login to their Destiny accounts, go to "Catalog," and select "Destiny Discover" from the left sidebar.  UN: Last Name First Initial Year of High School Graduation (Example: 8th grader William Smith is SmithW24).  PW: 8-digit Student ID number 

Junior Library Guild is offering students access to their eBook collection for a short period of time.  To access collections, use the following logins: 
Middle School Collection (UN: JLGMID PW: JLGFREE)
Elementary Collection (UN: JLGELM PW: JLGFREE)
High School Collection (UN: JLGHI PW: JLGFREE)

Hamden Public Library provides students access to the catalogs of Hamden's public libraries. Students can peruse the collection, download eBooks and Audio books, and find hours and locations of each branch.

Students need a valid CT town library card to access the databases from home.  Currently, library card applications are being accepted-- and processed-- online.

Project Gutenberg provides readers with free access to books within the Public Domain (think classics)-- AND in a variety of languages-- for free. No username and password needed. 


Audible is providing students with access to audiobooks for free for a limited time.  No username and password needed.


Science Reference Center includes topics such as biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Students need a valid CT town library card to access the database from home.

Citation Assistance


EasyBib is a free website that students can access in order to generate citations and to create a works cited page utilizing MLA format. This is an excellent and easy to use resource for students to use every time they cite a source. 

Additional Resources & Databases

Visit the Hamden High School Library Media Center Webpage for additional resources.