UHLS Digital Resources
We know some folks want their library available wherever they are, 24/7! In 2017, a public library card in Albany and Rensselaer Counties includes access to ebooks, digital audiobooks and magazines, streaming video, and several subscription databases. Some of our member libraries provide additional digital resources, so be sure to contact your home library for information on how to access these resources or to get a library card.
Funding for the UHLS digital resources below is provided by the Albany Public Library via the New York State Library’s Central Library grants. Additional funding for OverDrive is provided by our 29 member libraries.
Flipster: Digital magazines
Read the complete contents of over 60 popular digital magazines on your computer or mobile device. There is no separate account to set up–your library card grants you access from wherever you are. Titles include People, US Weekly, The New Yorker, Forbes, and many more. Please note: Flipster is the replacement for OverDrive Magazines in 2017.
OverDrive: eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video
The Upper Hudson Library System hosts a great collection of ebooks, digital audiobooks, and streaming video. It’s easier than ever to enjoy them on your desktop computer or mobile device. Learn more on our OverDrive Getting Started page.
Gale Virtual Reference Library: Nonfiction eBooks
These eBooks are available 24/7 with no wait, and can be browsed, searched and downloaded anytime from any Internet-connected device. Topics include test preparation, financial literacy, job readiness, computer literacy, Do-It-Yourself projects, and cooking.
Mango Languages: Language learning platform
A fun and easy to use, self-paced language learning program with courses in over 70 languages! Library patrons can create an account using their email address and start learning right away. Mango language courses are accessible on a computer or an Apple or Android mobile device using free apps that allow users to take their learning with them, with or without an internet connection.
Ancestry Library Edition (In Library Use Only): Genealogy research database
Ancestry® Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. Its 7,000 databases deliver an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. Access is only available at your library–ask your home librarian for details.
New York Heritage: Local history digital collections
Several public libraries in Albany and Rensselaer counties have begun digitizing their local history resources to make them even more accessible. New York Heritage is an invaluable research portal for anyone interested in learning more about New York State. UHLS members on New York Heritage include: Albany Public Library, Altamont Free Library, Bethlehem Public Library, Guilderland Public Library, Nassau Free Library, Voorheesville Public Library, and William K. Sanford Town Library (Colonie).
Databases Provided by New York State Library
Access several online databases where you can find newspapers and research materials on many different subjects. Searching a database is a little different than using an Internet search engine like Google, and specific strategies for combining search terms may be necessary to get the best results. The reliability of the information you can find in a database is well worth the extra effort, so please ask your home librarian if you have any questions.
These databases are available from home from anywhere in New York State. No library card required. For more information, please visit NOVELNY.
Information about NOVELNY for librarians:
|Business and Finance
|Business Insights: Essentials
||Includes company profiles, industry reports and financial reports, as well as business magazines and newspapers.
|General Reference / School Oriented
||Discover the leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish. New features make it more valuable than ever for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish.
|| Britannica School is the go-to site for learning more about any subject—for grades Pre-K-12 and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and recommended Web sites. Available at three levels—Elementary, Middle, or High.
||Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.
|Opposing Viewpoints in Context
||Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Includes a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.
|Health & Medicine
|Health Reference Center Academic
||This health database includes over 2800 journals and magazines, many of which are full text. It contains nursing and allied health journals, other medical journals, newsletters and consumer health magazines.
|Academic One File
|| This database contains over 12,000 journals and reference sources, many of which are peer-reviewed and full text. It has extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and more. The database also contains some full text titles that are cited in databases such as AGRICOLA, CINAHL, EconLit, ERIC, MEDLINE, MLA International Bibliography, PsycINFO and others.
|Britannica Academic Edition
|| Britannica Academic delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination of the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough research—all from one resource. Written by Nobel laureates, historians, curators, professors, and other notable experts, Britannica Academic’s articles provide trusted information with balanced, global perspectives and insights that users will not find anywhere else.
|General One File
|| This general periodical database contains over 12,000 periodicals, newspapers, reference books and multimedia sources, over half of which are full text. The backfile extends nearly 30 years. Subjects include humanities, education, environmental issues, technology, health care, politics and more.
| Infotrac Newsstand
||This full-text newspaper database has several New York Newspapers including the New York Times from 1995 on, and over 1,000 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers.
|New York State Newspapers
||A subset of InfoTrac Custom Newspapers, this database includes the following full-text newspapers from around New York State: Buffalo News, New York Times, New York Post, New York Observer, Syracuse Herald American, Syracuse Herald-Journal, and Syracuse Post-Standard.