Databases by subject

The following databases are available through the Rochester Public Library.

Available outside of the library
In-library use only
View A – Z Listing of Databases


Mitchell1 ProDemand In-library Only [Science Division]
A fully searchable, comprehensive database of automotive repair industry service manuals for vehicles 1960-present. Includes shortcuts for common specs, common symptoms, technical bulletins, wiring diagrams, component tests, estimates, maintenance tasks, and more. Information and graphics can be printed, saved, or emailed. Full access for free in the library.

VIN Decoder
Enter your vehicle’s 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to receive an instant report on its manufacturer, brand, make and model, body style, engine size, assembly plant, and model year.

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Factiva In-library Only [Business Insight Center]
Gain unique insights from the world’s most comprehensive collection of news and data.

Gale Business: Insights *City Residents Only*
An extensive collection of industry profiles, business intelligences, and over 430,000 detailed company profiles.

InnovationQ In-library Only [Business Insight Center]
Research patents and the competitive landscape.

Mergent Intellect In-library Only [Business Insight Center]
Information on more than 245 million businesses worldwide. Advanced search functionality allows you to build custom lists.

Mintel In-library Only [Business Insight Center]
Experts in what consumers want and why. Mintel’s predictive analytics have enabled clients to make better decisions.

Statista In-library Only [Business Insight Center]
Insights and facts across 600 industries and more than 50 countries.

TM TKO In-library Only [Business Insight Center]
Trademark research.

Weiss Financial Ratings *City Residents Only*
Tools to protect your finances, invest wisely, grow your wealth, and learn more about your finances. Take a tour through some of the functionality of the Weiss Financial Ratings database with these presentations and videos.

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A to Z
Provides details on every business and household within the United States. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, and more.

Consumer Reports
Full access to product ratings and reviews, in-depth advice, tips and trends, and recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

See a list of all databases included in the NOVELny program. *NOVELNY

Udemy *City Residents Only*
Online training site with over 20,000 video courses covering topics including cloud computing, marketing, and project management.

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Pronunciator *City Residents Only*
Pronunciator is a fun way to learn any of 163 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. Learn online and get the app for your mobile device!

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Books and Authors *City Residents Only*
Find your next great book by browsing award winners, themed lists, and read-alikes.

Book Review Index *City Residents Only*
Search over 5 million book reviews in topics including psychology, history, education, and literature.

Contemporary Authors Online *City Residents Only*
Searchable database of over 145,000 biographical articles on modern poets, playwrights, journalists, and more.

LitFinder *City Residents Only*
Includes short stories, speeches, plays, and over 130,000 full-text poems.

Sokol High School Literary Awards 
Search the SUNY Brockport Open Repositories for “Sokol” to see a list of all winning entries from 2001 to 2022 and read the full text.

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Hoopla *City Residents Only*
Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, music, and more with your library card – stream right away or download to watch later!
The largest online catalogue of classical and jazz music, opera, and dance videos.

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New York Times *City Residents Only*
Search the full text of The New York Times (starting in 1985). *NOVELNY

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: U.S. Northeast Collection *City Residents Only*
This collection of historical newspapers provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of this region. Full access for free in the library. Coverage: 1785 – 2010.

ProQuest Recent Newspapers: U.S. Northeast Collection *City Residents Only*
This collection of digitized newspapers provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with cover-to-cover access to recent newspaper content. Every page image is full-text searchable. Full access for free in the library. Coverage: 2008 – recent (3 month embargo).

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1950 Census
The 1950 census records were released by the U.S. National Archives on April 1, 2022. This website provides full access to the 1950 census images, including population schedules, enumeration district maps, and enumeration district descriptions.

American Ancestors In-library Only [Local History & Genealogy Division]
Early American genealogical records, searchable genealogical research journals and magazines, and the largest collection of U.S Catholic records online. Full access for free in the library and remotely for City of Rochester residents.

Ancestry Library Edition In-library Only [Local History & Genealogy Division]
The world’s largest online family history resource providing access to billions of historical records, millions of family trees, census records, military records, and more. Full access for free in the library.

Cole Directory In-library Only [Local History & Genealogy Division]
Commonly known as the “Criss-Cross” or “Haines” directory, this is the most up-to-date, cross-reference directory for New York State.

FIMo – Fire Insurance Maps Online In-library Only [Local History & Genealogy Division]
High resolution color images of maps of New York State municipalities and settled areas from 1875 to 1950 from the world’s largest online digital collection of color fire insurance maps, real estate atlases, and similar land use maps for North America. Full access for free in the library.

Find My Past In-library Only [Local History & Genealogy Division]
United Kingdom-based genealogy website providing access to more than 4 billion searchable records of census, directory, and historical information from the UK and around the world. Full access for free in the library.

Genealogy Indexes
Links to various indexes compiled by staff and volunteers of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County. The indexes point to source material located in the Local History & Genealogy Division.

A partner of Ancestry that provides access to genealogical and historical resources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back to the 1700s. Access from home with your library card.

Historic Map Works In-library Only [Local History & Genealogy Division]
This website contains the world’s largest online historical map collection spanning several centuries of cartographic information, including antique maps, nautical charts, celestial maps, and more.

Life Records
Index of birth, marriage and death notices published in Rochester, NY, newspapers ca. 1960- 2016.

Local History Digital Collections
The page on the Rochester Public Library’s website where you can find links to many of the digitized materials and collections held in the Local History & Genealogy Division.

Local History Pathfinders
These guides point to information and resources that are useful in researching particular topics in the history of the Rochester area. Many of the resources identified can be found in the collections of the library and the Local History & Genealogy Division.

Local History Special Collections
The page on the Rochester Public Library’s website where you can find information about the special collections held in the Local History & Genealogy Division and how to access them.

NY Heritage
A website containing digitized materials from repositories from across New York State, including several collections from the Rochester Public Library’s Local History & Genealogy Division.

Rochester City Directories
The Local History & Genealogy Division holds the full set of bound volumes of the Rochester’s city directories and house directory supplements dating back to 1827. Several of the volumes in the collection have been digitized and can be accessed here. The physical collection is held in the Local History & Genealogy Division. Access to fragile volumes is limited.

Rochester Newspaper Index
This database is organized by subject and contains references to articles published in Rochester-area newspapers between 1818 and 1897. After using the index to identify an article, researchers can request a copy or access the full text of the article on microfilm in the Local History & Genealogy Division.

Rochester Voices
A place for K-12 students (and adults, too!) to learn about the past through the stories of Rochesterians who experienced it first-hand. Access primary sources online!

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Biography & Genealogy Master Index *City Residents Only*
Provides more than 20 million biographical citations for over 6 million people across 2000+ years of history.

Black Freedom Struggle in the U.S.
A collection of over 3000 primary source documents spanning six different phases of Black freedom: Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860); The US Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877); Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932); The New Deal and WWII (1933-1945); The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975); The Contemporary Era (1976-2000).

Contemporary Women’s Issues *City Residents Only*
Coverage of global issues that affect women with subjects including Business & Economics, Education, Health Studies, Professional Development, and Civil Rights.

Environmental Studies *City Residents Only*
Collection of case studies, statistics, videos, and more on the environmental impact of issues including Extinction, Fast Fashion, Food Safety, Land Management, Nuclear Waste, and Water Scarcity.

Foundation Center Online Professional In-library Only [Science Division]
Explore 103,000+ expanded grantmaker profiles, 300,000+ key decision makers and leaders, searchable 990s and 990-PDFs, as well as FDO Workspace. Click here for details on availability and instructions for creating an account.

Health and Wellness *City Residents Only*
Collection of magazine articles, news stories, and other reference on topics including Allergies, Dementia, Medical Tourism, Nursing, Telehealth, Violence Prevention, and more.

Nursing and Allied Health *City Residents Only*
More than 6 million articles serving the needs of nursing students and researchers in allied health fields. Covers topics including Supporting Accident and Trauma Victims, Neonatal Care, and Providing Emergency Care.

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