The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) provides access to helpful tools for your research needs through SCLSNJ subscribes to many popular resources that you should know about.

  • Reference USA: First is Reference USA, a business and residential directory of the United States and Canada that can be used to find telephone numbers, company information, lists of businesses by type, size, or location. Reference librarians often use this information to assist jobseekers, salespersons, or people trying to locate family and friends.

  • Flipster: Flipster is a new, easy way to view over 100 popular, current magazines in a simple graphical format. On a tablet, you swipe your finger to turn the page, on a computer you click on an arrow. You can read the latest issues of Consumer Reports on Flipster but the library now also subscribes to the Consumer Reports website which updates its information more often and has more content than the monthly magazine.

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  • National Geographic: Another recent addition to the library site is the complete collection of the National Geographic magazine going back to its founding in 1888. This also includes the National Geographic Traveler magazine. Search by topic for articles, maps and photographs or just browse by date to see the advertisements of past years.

  • Mango Languages: If you’re interested in learning a new language or know someone who is learning English, you should take a look at Mango Languages, an online resource for learning over 70 languages.  

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: The Gale Virtual Reference Library has over 2,000 full-text searchable Reference books on topics such as business, health, religion, science, education, history and literature. This is a very good resource for research or students’ reports; it includes several multivolume sets and the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

Other useful resources for students include the Points of View Reference Center, which has pro and con arguments on controversial topics, and the World Book Encyclopedia, an easy-to-use resource for all topics.

This is only a sampling of the many resources available, most of which can be used outside the library by providing your library card number and PIN. Others include magazines and newspapers, investment information at Morningstar and Value Line, genealogy, and much more. Using these resources is better than general web searching because these are more authoritative and trustworthy.

Librarians at all SCLSNJ branches are happy to show you how to access and use these tools–over the phone, via email, in person, or through chat reference. Stop by and find out what you’ve been missing!