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Research Tools

At JTPL, we subscribe to databases through the NJ State Library. These databases offer a wide variety of information on topics ranging from the standard encyclopedia to small business and legal resources. If you are seeking a place to find articles and reliable information, our databases are a good place to start. In addition, you will find links to websites that you can trust when searching the Internet.

Research Resources

Business, Finance, and Law

Legal Websites

Legal Websites

Find contact information, calendars, schedules, forms, jury information, and links to other programs and services for New Jersey Courts.

Search and browse all New Jersey Statutes via Rutgers University School of Law.

Find NJ law information on LSNJLAW, where you find legal forms, manuals, and articles to help you answer your legal question, get help with your legal problem, or just learn more about the law.

New Jersey Office of the Attorney General is responsible for protecting citizens' civil and consumer rights, promoting highway traffic safety, maintaining public confidence in the alcoholic beverage, gaming and racing industries and providing legal services and counsel to other state agencies

Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) works with local, state and federal leaders to identify and implement changes that will benefit New Jersey’s children.

Legal Services of NJ (LSNJ) coordinates the statewide Legal Services system, which provides free legal assistance to low-income New Jersey residents for their civil legal problems. Through its work, LSNJ strives to secure substantive and procedural justice for those living in poverty.

Business Websites

Business Websites

The U.S. Small Business Administration can help you Plan, Launch, Manage, and Grown your business through their Guides and Learning Centers.

The National Women’s Business Council is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.

USA.gov offers information about the steps to start a small business, get financing help from the government, and more.

The NJ Business Portal is your "one-stop shop" for doing business in New Jersey -whether you are poised to start, grow or relocate your business. If you need further help, the New Jersey Business Action Center offers professional assistance and has Business Advocates ready to take your call.

Northwest New Jersey SCORE proudly serves Morris, Sussex, and Warren Counties. They provide mentors for both start-ups and existing businesses from different fields and industries (via face-to-face, phone, and Skype counseling) to help you grow your business.

Value Line

Whether you are a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can position you for financial success quickly and easily. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence. 

Small Business Reference Center

Guides users through small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding. Business videos provide critical information for business owners. A collection of state-specific resources supports the researcher with demographic data and other local information.

Regional Business News

Provides comprehensive full-text coverage for regional business publications, and incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Reference USA

The premier source of business and residential information for reference and research, offering the most up-to-date data available in the market. With information from more than 5,000 public sources, you will be able to find jobs, find business opportunities, locate companies nationwide, research business executives, track down addresses and phone numbers, and research news articles.

Legal Information Reference Center

Offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed “how-to” instructions to address a wide-range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, property & real estate, and rights & disputes. Legal Information Reference Center contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms.

Business Source Elite

Database with full text articles from the world's top management and marketing journals, including; Business Week, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Review, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Marketing Research (JMR), etc. This database includes full text (PDF) coverage dating back as far as 1985. More than 10,100 substantial company profiles from Datamonitor are also included.

Consumer

Tax Assistance Resources

Tax Assistance Resources

Federal Tax

IRS.gov – access all federal tax forms, free file, check filing status, find local tax assistance resources, and more.

Important phone numbers:

Questions for Individual Taxpayers (800)829-1040

Questions for Business Ownders (800)829-4933

TTY/TDD (800)829-4059

 

State Taxes

New Jersey Division of Taxation website offers all forms, filing options, refund status, payment plans, property tax rebates, and fraud claims.

Questions for Individual Taxpayers(609)826-4400 OR (800)323-4059

Questions for Business Owners (609)341-4800

TTY/TDD (609)984-7300 OR (800)286-6613

New York State Taxes

Pennsylvania State Taxes

Consumer Resources Websites

Consumer Resources Websites

The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer.gov offers consumer protection basics – helping you manage and use your money wisely, use credit and loans carefully, and protect your identity and money.

The Federal Trade Commission is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace.

Recalls.gov is your one-stop website for information about all government recalls on products, food, cars, medicine, cosmetics, and environmental products.

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs – apply for professional licenses, file a complaint, and download an anti-fraud toolkit to help protect yourself from fraud.

Value Line

Whether you are a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can position you for financial success quickly and easily. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence.

Consumer Reports

Presents articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics, and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers. Search with the Consumer Reports database or browse by topic.

Genealogy

My Heritage: Library Edition

This is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. MyHeritage provides you with access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries. Remote access and a mobile-friendly interface make it the most convenient genealogy product for libraries and institutions.

Ancestry Library

The world’s largest online family history resource gives you instant access to hundreds of years of history in billions of historical documents and millions of historical photos from all over the world.

*available only from computers at Jefferson Township Public Library *

Health and Wellness

Health Resources and Websites

Health Resources and Websites

MedlinePlus, produced by the National Library of Medicine, is the world’s largest medical library, bringing you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers FREE reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere. You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

The US National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe.

US Department of Health and Human Services offers Healthfinder.gov, a searchable website covering all health topics.

Health.gov offers information on physical health, nutrition, health literacy, and health quality – provided by Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP).

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or a deliberate attack the CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

The Mayo Clinic offers detailed information about various diseases, symptoms, tests and procedures, and drugs and supplements.

The American Cancer Society’s website provides information on cancer, treatment options, research, and support.

Merck Manuals Consumer Version- Find information on medical topics, symptons, drugs, procedures, news and more, written in everyday language.

Healthy NJ offers wellness advice, interactive tools, drug resources, journals, and various medical databases.

NJ Health Department’s priority is improving population health by strengthening New Jersey’s health system. Population health focuses on keeping healthy New Jerseyans well, preventing those at risk from getting sick, and keeping those with chronic conditions from getting sicker. Population health promotes prevention, wellness and equity in all environments, resulting in a healthy New Jersey.

The State of NJ Health and Wellness resources.

The Consumer Library Information Prescription (CLIP) program is a free medical information service provided by the Atlantic Health System Libraries to all patients, their families or caregivers, and the public. Let our expert CLIP medical librarians help you get accurate, easy to understand, relevant and up-to-date resources on topics such as; Conditions, Diseases, Procedures (including surgery and tests), and Recent research.

Homework Help

Homework Help Websites

Homework Help Websites

BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper was started by BJ Pinchbeck in 1996 when he was just 9 years old. The site offers educational links and resources on all subjects for students in elementary, middle, and high school.

Fact Monster – homework help, games, videos, and quizzes to help your child learn and have fun along the way.

HippoCampus.org – free educational resources for students from middle school to college.

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

NASA Space Place – explore the universe beyond Earth with games, activities, articles, crafts, and more.

National Geographic Kids – articles, videos, and games to help your student learn more about animals and natural resources.

Science Fun – science experiments you can do at home.

Science Kids – science experiment ideas for students in grades 1 to 8.

Study Geek – free, online math tutors and games to help you get through your college-level math courses.

Referencia Latina

A comprehensive Spanish-language database, offers content from a variety of sources including 49,000 encyclopedia entries; 50,000 images; 2,500 health reports; a Spanish-English dictionary and full text for over 100 reference books and dozens of general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas. 

 

Una base de datos en español comprensiva, ofrece contenido de una variedad de fuentes incluyendo 49,000 entradas de enciclopedia; 50,000 imágenes; 2,500 informes de salud; un diccionario español-inglés y texto completo para más de 100 libros de referencia y docenas de revistas de interés general en una amplia gama de áreas temáticas.


 

Points of View

Gain a balanced perspective on current issues with full-text essays and articles that present multiple sides of an issue. Help your students realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.

Primary Search

Provides full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.

Middle Search Plus

Provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is available for thousands of biographies and historical essays.

MasterFILE Elite

Provides full-text for more than 1,050 general reference publications with coverage dating as far back as 1984. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Elite also includes 52 full-text reference books and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps, and flags.

Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia

Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Explora Secondary Schools

Explora is EBSCO's interface for Schools and Public Libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with simple searches, easy-to-browse categories, topic overviews, reading level indicators (Lexiles), and text-to-speech options.

Explora Primary Schools

Explora is EBSCO's interface for Schools and Public Libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with simple searches, easy-to-browse categories, topic overviews, reading level indicators (Lexiles), and text-to-speech options. 

Jobs and Careers

Job Training

Job Training

Career Connections NJ - Get personalized resources and support for your unique life situation. New Jersey Career Connections offers a wide variety of services including: Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Veteran Services, Mature Worker Services, Youth Services, Displaced Homemaker Services, and Ex-offender Services

Morris/Sussex/Warren Employment and Training Services promotes job seeker services for both adults and youth (ages 16 – 24) by providing unemployed and underemployed workers with information, advice, job search assistance, supportive services and training within in-demand industries needed to find and retain employment.

State of New Jersey Job Training opportunities and links.

Career Listings

Career Listings

Daily Record – search for jobs by location, category, or city

State of New Jersey Job Listings with links to job search, recruitment, and workforce centers.

NJ.com – search job listings throughout the state of New Jersey.

New Jersey Department of Labor and Statistics – file for unemployment, temporary disability, or family leave benefits. Also includes links to NJ job search, workforce development, and worker’s compensation.

US Bureau of Labor and Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook - The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

Learning Express: Job & Career Accelerator and Computer Skills Center

A comprehensive collection of online job and career-related tools delivers everything individuals need to find, prepare for, apply to, and get hired into their ideal positions. Job seekers’ lives can be changed when they use Job & Career Accelerator, because they will hear “You’re Hired,” and turn their search into success.

Career Accelerator

Language Learning

Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone Library Solution is available to help you gain confidence as you explore and engage with 30 different languages available. Options to study more than one language available.

Literature

Reading Suggestion Websites

Reading Suggestion Websites

Can’t find the book you want in the M.A.I.N. catalog? Try another New Jersey library with JerseyCat. When you find the book you’re looking for, simply fill this form, and we will request the item for you.

Children can get in on the social aspect of reading with Bookopolis – a website connecting young book lovers, allowing them to create a book shelf, explore new books, share what they are reading, and play games.

Goodreads – Connect to fellow readers, keep track of your reading history and books you want to read, read and write book reviews, and explore titles on this social media site.

Librarything – keep your own reading record, write book reviews, tag your books, and join the community of fellow book lovers.

Bookworm4Kids is a website that offers lists of books for children by age, theme, genre, subject, award-winners, etc. Use this site to help connect young readers with books and foster a love of reading.

ALA Youth Book and Media Awards are annual awards given to books and media for children and young adults, check out the comprehensive list for all the award-winners.

StorylineOnline.net offers a wide-variety of picture books read by famous actors and actresses from the Screen Actors' Guild. A fun way to share the love of reading online.

Read.gov - The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read.

Do you want to see which books belong in your favorite series? What’s Next: Books in Series, is a searchable database that lists all the books based on title, author, and genre.

Tumblebooks

Animated, talking picture books teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music, and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games.

NoveList K-8

Your solution for integrating fiction across the curriculum. With a fun and intuitive interface, and extensive proprietary content, NoveList K-8 will be the resource you and your young readers turn to when looking for the next book to read. 

NoveList

A comprehensive readers' advisory solution for fiction lovers; including read-alikes by author, title, and genre. With an intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList answers the question: What should I read next?

Literary Reference Center

A full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals, and original content from EBSCO Publishing.

Rosetta Stone Library Solution

As multicultural communities expand, interest in language learning increases. Language programs promote inclusive participation and strengthen community connections. Rosetta Stone Library Solution meets this growing need, helping learners engage with confidence in multilingual settings.

Content:

  • 30 languages to meet a range of cultural interests
  • Core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and more
  • Mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce language on the go.

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Local Resources

Local Websites

Local Websites

The Township of Jefferson’s official municipal website

Jefferson Township Legislation Ordinances

Jefferson Township Administrative Codes

Jefferson Township Police Department

Jefferson Township Fire Department #1 (Milton)

Jefferson Township Fire Department #2 (Lake Hopatcong

Jefferson Township Rescue Squad (Lake Hopatcong)

Milton First Aid Squad (Milton)

Jefferson Township Public Schools 

The Jefferson Arts Committee is a non-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of cultural and artistic activities that include concerts, student artist programs, special choral and instrumental performances, art and photography shows, summer gazebo concerts, and theatrical performances.

 

The Jefferson Township Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic civic organization, committed to helping the township and surrounding areas thrive through strategic business development, professional growth, and community support initiatives.

The Jefferson Chronicle is Jefferson Township’s only dedicated news and local features platform, with coverage spanning the Oak Ridge to Lake Hopatcong sections of our great community. Our writers, columnists, and editors are here to serve you, our community, in providing high-quality local news, sports, lifestyle, and event reporting.


 

Miscellaneous

Newspaper Source Plus

Other Catalogs (JerseyCat)

Reference and Research (Professional Databases)

Teaching and Education Websites

Teaching and Education Websites

EduCore – tools and lessons for helping you teach the Common Core.

The Learning Network – free student features to help them learn using The New York Times. Webinars, lesson plans, and articles available.

Teach Engineering – free STEM curriculum for grades K-12

Teacher Reference Center

Provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.

MasterFILE Elite

Provides full-text for more than 1,050 general reference publications with coverage dating as far back as 1984. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Elite also includes 52 full-text reference books and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps, and flags.

Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)

LISTA indexes core journals, priority journals, selective journals, books, research reports, and proceedings, to include such subjects as; librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

Explora Educator's Edition

Database with lesson plans, tips for using Explora with your students, curriculum resources, and links to educational websites.

ERIC (Education Resource Information Center)

ERIC provides access to education literature and resources. The database contains more than 1.3 million records and provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index.

American Doctoral Dissertations

An open-access database built to assist researchers in locating both historic and contemporary dissertations and theses. Providing researchers with citations to graduate research across a broad span of time, from the early 20th century to the present, this database will continue to grow through regular updates and new partnerships with graduate degree-granting institutions.

Academic Search Premiuer

This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975, or further, are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

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