Preliminary Resources Announced for NOVELNY

The following press release was posted to NYLINE on Friday, January 3, 2014. Look for it to emerge on's "press room" in the coming days:


Bernard A. Margolis, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian, is pleased to announce a preliminary selection of e-resources for the NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) statewide collection for July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. NOVELNY is an online virtual library connecting New Yorkers to 21st century information via libraries and library systems statewide.

NOVELNY is an electronic resource access project that enables libraries across New York State to give their communities online access to the full text of thousands of journals, newspapers, and other references. The final purchase of 2014-2015 NOVELNY products is dependent on the continued availability of federal funds and successful completion of the State's purchasing process.

In 2014/2015, NOVELNY will offer free statewide access to an encyclopedia, strong general reference and periodicals content, issues, business, news and health concentrations, and an interface and content for children. Products were competitively selected to provide the broadest array of desired content for the best value given current resources.

The databases listed below will be freely available to over 5,600 public, school, academic and special libraries currently registered for NOVELNY and to individuals who are residents of New York State that visit If your library is not registered please see the For Librarians link on the website or contact the NOVELNY Help Desk toll-free at 877-277-0250 or in the Capital District at 518-486-6012.

The databases will be available through geoIP authentication (also referred to as geolocation). Geolocation is a method to allow or disallow a user access to a database based on his/her geographic location as determined from their IP address. If a patron is accessing the databases through a library website or the NOVELNY portal while in New York he/she will be able to enter the database without entering a username/password, library card number or a driver license number.


  • Business Insights: Essentials (Gale Cengage Learning): Contains over 3,900 magazines and journals, nearly 25,000 industry reports, nearly 11,000 company histories and nearly 500,000 company profiles.


  • eLibrary Elementary (ProQuest): Contains over 140 magazines and books for elementary students. Also includes the American Heritage Dictionary.
  • Kids InfoBits (Gale Cengage Learning): Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.


  • Encyclopedia Americana (Scholastic): Articles include links to further readings, a bibliography, selected full text articles, web page links, and links to related articles. Includes maps, flags, tables and illustrations.
  • The New Book of Knowledge (Scholastic): Resource for middle grade students that includes literary selections, a timeline, projects and experiments, news, homework help and more.
  • Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (Scholastic): Resource for upper middle school students through adults that includes encyclopedia articles, news, timelines, quizzes and games, and research starters. It also includes an atlas and dictionary. Articles can be grouped by lexile level and are aligned to standards.
  • La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre (Scholastic): Spanish language encyclopedia written from a Latin American perspective. Includes timelines, maps and an events calendar.
  • Amazing Animals of the World (Scholastic): Resource for elementary school students that includes facts and photos for over 1,200 animals.
  • The New Book of Popular Science (Scholastic): Resource for middle and high school students that includes articles in the areas of science, technology and medicine. Also includes photos, maps and technical illustrations.
  • America the Beautiful (Scholastic): Resource for elementary and middle school students that includes articles on US cities, states and Presidents.
  • Lands and Peoples (Scholastic): Resource for middle and high school students that includes articles on countries, cultures and current events. It also includes an atlas and almanacs.


  • Academic OneFile (Gale Cengage Learning): Contains over 13,000 peer-reviewed journals covering a wide variety of subjects. Full text is available for over 6,000 journals.
  • General OneFile (Gale Cengage Learning): Contains over 13,000 popular magazines and periodicals covering a wide variety of subjects. Full text is available for over 6,000 magazines and periodicals.


  • Health Reference Center Academic (Gale Cengage Learning): Contains almost 3,000 magazines and journals covering medicine, health and nursing, over 2,500 topical overviews, and videos of medical procedures. 


  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale Cengage Learning): This database, which develops research skills and promotes issue awareness, information literacy and critical thinking, will support the new Common Core Curriculum Standards adopted by New York State. It contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Students of all levels will benefit from a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.


  • Gannett Newsstand Complete (ProQuest): Contains over 85 Gannett newspapers, 6 of which are New York newspapers. These include the Ithaca Journal, Poughkeepsie Journal, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Journal News (White Plains), Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton) and Star-Gazette (Elmira).
  • InfoTrac Newsstand (Gale Cengage Learning): Contains over 1,100 newspapers, 33 of which are New York State newspapers.
  • National Newspaper Index (Gale Cengage Learning): Contains indexing of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and The Washington Post.
  • New York State Newspapers (Gale Cengage Learning): Subset of InfoTrac Newsstand which contains 33 New York State newspapers, including the Albany Times Union, New York Times, Newsday, Buffalo News, Post-Standard (Syracuse), Watertown Daily Times, Times Herald-Record (Middletown) and others.

The New York State Education Department's EngageNY website, which includes information on New York State's P-12 Common Core Learning Standards, is also linked from the NOVELNY website.

Look for future postings on NYLINE, NOVEL-DB and the website regarding database URLs, registration, training and educational tools. Any questions about the resources described above should be sent to:

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY is a Statewide Internet Library connecting New Yorkers to 21st Century information. NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).