Research & Databases

Find a list of useful databases and web links below. Many of the resources are available from any Internet workstation. Some will require you to enter your Portsmouth Public Library card number.


Business and Finance


The AtoZ Business Database includes 30 million U.S. businesses, and the AtoZ Residential Database includes 215 million U.S. residents. Researchers can easily share data by email among co-workers, family or friends, and export up to 1000 records.

BusinessSource Premier

BusinessSource Premier indexing and full text articles from 1,000 business journals as far back as 1985

Regional Business News

Consumer Price Index

Consumer Price Index cost of living information, nationally and regionally and by category


Morningstar Investment Research Center


Morningstar Investment Research Center is an all-inclusive investment research database.  It features data and analysis on over 15,000 international and domestic stocks, 25,000 mutual funds, and more than 1500 exchange traded funds.  Plus, the database boasts a comprehensive Help and Education Center, Portfolio X-Ray and robust screening tools.
*If you get a VBScript runtime error, clear your browser's cache and try accessing the site again.
*When you are finished using Morningstar, please click the End Session button in the upper right corner, as this database has a limited number of concurrent users. Thank you!

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Newspapers and Magazines Northeast Collection is the online home of 100+ million pages pages of historical newspapers. Search or browse the collection to find news, notices of births, marriages and deaths, sports, comics and much more.


EBSCOhost a family of indexes to help find articles in general interest magazines, business journals, consumer health publications, and newspapers

Portsmouth Herald

Homepage of the local newspaper. Includes news from Portsmouth, NH covering the Seacoast of New Hampshire and Southern Maine including Kennbunkport and York County, ME.

Foster's Daily Democrat 

NH guide for Southeast New Hampshire and Southern Maine

Boston Globe

Includes breaking local news, national news, politics and world news as well as special reports, sports, weather for Boston, Massachusetts and surrounding towns.

Union Leader

Website for New Hampshire's statewide newspaper 

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Health Source - Consumer Edition

Consumer Health Complete

Portsmouth Regional Hospital

Portsmouth Regional Hospital access to healthcare websites using the links in the library section


MedlinePlus consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health

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HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest Online is a genealogy resource, including full text of historic texts and genealogies, Census, revolutionary War records, Persi, etc.

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogical database, including access to Census records, Social Security death index, Immigration records, Military, etc. Covers the U.S., Canada, and Europe.


Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Original records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. – Northeast Collection – Northeast Collection is the online home of 100+ million pages pages of historical newspapers. At it's easy and convenient to search or browse the collection to find news, notices of births, marriages and deaths, sports, comics and much more. Its high quality digital images and powerful viewer provides the best look at these historical papers and makes it easy to print, save and share what you find.

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is a Boston research library for genealogists and family historians and home to 12 million+ original documents. Much of the collection is digitized and searchable by subscription only. Includes full access to the 162+ volume NEHGS Register! is a free genalogy website providing access to a large collection of genealogy resources from over 100 countries. Search over a billion names and images online.

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Law and Government

City of Portsmouth

The official municipal website

NH Legal Guides

Guides on 65 topics from the New Hampshire Law Library

Access to New Hampshire government, laws, regulations, and agencies

NH Statutes

Revised Statutes Annotated, the laws of New Hampshire

Access to government services from the State of Maine

Maine Statutes

The laws of the State of Maine


Access to federal laws, regulations, departments, agencies

United States Code

The laws of the United States

Code of Federal Regulations

Administrative law of the United States

Federal Register

Daily publication of rules, proposed rules and notices of US departments and agencies

Internal Revenue Service

Tax forms and publications

Information about current legislation


Directory of lawyers nationwide

Voter Information

Voter information compiled  by librarians

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The online video training library is an excellent resource offering almost 3,000 self-paced training classes on a wide range of computer skills for beginning, intermediate, and advanced users. Topics offered include: the entire suite of Microsoft and Adobe products, website development, business skills, design skills, audio and video tools, creative inspirations, and much more. All of the courses are taught by expert instructors and have fully searchable transcripts.

To get started, click here to create a profile and/or log directly into your account, so you can keep track of your coursework and progress.

Or click on a course topic to the right and then login to gain access to the entire course.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Its online learning system is so easy to use, you'll see incredible results after just one lesson!

Languages taught include Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

There are also English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for French, Russian, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), Italian, Arabic, Japanese, Vietnamese, Polish, Korean, Greek, German, Spanish and Portuguese speakers.

Get started now or learn more about Mango here...

Universal Class

Universal Class offers over 500 online courses, some of which allow you to earn continuing education credits or certificates. Topics range from accounting to crafts and hobbies to web development.

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BrainFuse is an online homework help and learning suite that offers live tutoring, writing assistance, and study materials for students from kindergarten up. Brainfuse also offers flashcards, online study rooms, and practice tests for the SAT, ACT, GED, GRE, HiSET, TASC, COMPASS/ACCUPLACER, TOEFL, ASVAB, and more.

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Portsmouth Schools

Homepage of the School Department of Portsmouth

University of New Hampshire

UNH's homepage

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UNH Library

Access to the UNH library catalog

N. H. State Library

Access to the catalog, databases, and web selections at the State Library


The union catalog for N. H., listing books in libraries throughout the state

Library of Congress

Access to the online collections and catalog of LC

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Home and Auto

Car prices and reviews, repair and care advice


New and used car prices, car reviews, safety information

Mitchell Online [in library only]

Repair manuals, including wiring diagrams, for automobiles from 1974 to now consumer information from many federal agencies, including the Do Not Call Registry

Consumer Product Safety

Consumer Product Safety information about unsafe and recalled products

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Advice for Readers

NoveList Plus

Help in choosing fiction, by author, genre, setting, story, and more

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