Research and Lifelong Learning Resources

Legal Research and Writing

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Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people, and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs & careers, political & social issues and more with NewsBank, generously provided by the Caldwell Public Library Foundation.  Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from across New Jersey and spanning the U.S.  Available remotely 24/7 on any device with your library card.

How to use NewsBank - 1 page User Guide

About NewsBank

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Explore New Jersey history through local news, events and people with the Star Ledger Collection (1989 - Current). Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Available remotely 24/7 on any device. The Star Ledger Collection is part of the News Bank America's News package, generously provided by the Caldwell Public Library Foundation.

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Brainfuse HelpNow is on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning for all ages and levels. Brainfuse HelpNow offers a personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) including SAT preparation. The Adult Learning Center is included in the HelpNow suite.

More about HelpNow

How to use HelpNow - a User Guide

BookFlix is a digital literacy resource that pairs more than 120 animated stories from Weston Woods with a best-selling nonfiction eBook from Scholastic on a similar subject. The fiction and nonfiction pairings are designed to strengthen early literacy skills while exposing young learners to real world concepts.


 In order to access and use Bookflix, all you need is your Caldwell Public Library Card. Click HERE to get started!


EBSCOhost is a collection of databases that offers full-text articles, abstracts, and images from over 1,700 popular periodicals.

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Search Consumer Reports to find industry trusted ratings and reviews for 8,500+ products and services.


Provided by the New Jersey State Library, Job and Career Accelerator is a free resource that helps you create resumes and cover letters, learn interviewing techniques, and prepare for related exams. Access millions of job listings.

Reference Solutions provides detailed, current directory information on more than 12 million U.S. Businesses, 102 million U.S. residents, 683,000 U.S. healthcare providers, 1 million Canadian businesses and 11 million Canadian residents.

Provided by the New Jersey State Library, Legal Information Reference Center provides exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, contains more than 225 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.


Check out NoveList and discover books by your favorite authors and book suggestions and read-alike lists for your favorite books. 


Provided by the New Jersey State Library. Rosetta Stone is a language learning software available to library card holders.  

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HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. The database provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s


JerseyClicks is New Jersey’s online statewide research portal for residents. JerseyClicks databases cover such subjects as health, history, business, education, science, current events, literature, and popular fiction

Lifelong Learning

Below is a list of free online courses and educational videos offered for your enrichment and edification.

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Ted Talks and Ted-Ed Videos The TED-Ed project makes short video lessons aimed at educators and students.

Coursera has over 400 courses in more than 20 categories, created by 85 Universities from 16 countries. Their courses are available in 12 different languages.

Codecademy teaches programming and coding in online, free and interactive lessons.

Duolingo offers completely free language education.

EdX was created by Harvard and MIT and offers MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and interactive online classes in law, history, science, engineering, business, social sciences, computer science, public health, and artificial intelligence.

MIT has their own MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) with more than 2,000 courses available.

Open Culture aggregates free courses and audio books found on the web and hosts them on the site.


Stanford has online and open courses which allow you to work at your own pace.


Webucator provides online, self-paced video courses for business skills, Office and Adobe applications as well as web development technologies (HTML5, CSS, Javascript, PHP), mobile web and app development, SQL, and XML. Library cardholders can take as many of these free classes as you choose, at your own pace. Complete the training on your computer or mobile device. HOW TO REGISTER: Contact the Caldwell Public Library at 973-226-2837 or to obtain the voucher code. The voucher allows for unlimited, simultaneous access to any of the Self Paced Courses for one year from your course registration date. Go to Webucator to register. You’ll need to provide your address, email and phone contact information. Select your class. At the billing form, choose ‘Webucator Vouchers’ as your method of payment and enter the library’s voucher code.