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Can't get to the library but still looking to learn something new? All you need is a Westport Library Card!

Westport residents are able to access a whole world of information in the blink of an eye, courtesy of the Westport Library's robust catalog of online databases. Not sure where to start? Try some of the ideas below to get started and learn something new!

Learn Something New: About a Product


Consumer Reports is a great resource if you want to learn something new about a product or feel more comfortable when making big purchasing decisions.

Featuring thousands of product reviews and specialized buying guides for consumers trying to better understand what to look for in an appliance or gadget, Consumer Reports will get you up to speed in no time. 

Need a new refrigerator? Read through the Refrigerator Buying Guide to get up to speed, then look for the latest reviews to get the best fridge possible.  

Learn Something New: Skills


With Lynda, you can learn business, software, technology and creative skills from thousands of courses to achieve personal and professional goals through video tutorials online.

Here is an idea if you've never used Lynda before:

Looking to improve your photography skills? Start watching the 19 hour lecture series to learn the basics of photography, including composition, lighting, and exposure.

Learn Something New: About Your Family


Have you ever wondered about how your family arrived in America, or are just curious about your ancestors? With Heritage Quest Online, you have access to a treasure trove of American genealogical sources.

Search through unique primary sources, local and family histories, census records, and make use of specially designed finding aids to discover your family history.

Learn Something New: About the World


Have a case of cabin fever? Why not learn something new about another country from the comfort of your home? 

A to Z World Culture is one of the most comprehensive collections of articles on country's cultures, covering over 175 countries across the globe. Topics covered include greetings, gift-giving, holidays, superstitions, folklore, history, business, recipes, religion, and more.  

Learn Something New: About CT History


If you're interested in history, Connecticut History lets you explore and discover new information about our state.

You can browse by topic, town, eras, or people depending on what you are interested in. Articles and links to websites or other reading material about a given subject let readers follow their own interests through history. 

Looking for information about Westport? Click here! 

Learn Something New: About Literature


The Gale Literature Resource Center is one of the best online literature resources available, with a broad range of literary author's biographies and critical analysis of their works available to database users.

This resource has an impressive collection of full-text critical and literary analysis for serious readers of literature, and can be used as a readers advisory service for casual users interested in finding new literary authors or books. 

While working through your backlog of classic titles, try searching for an author or a book you're reading and see what scholars have written about it!

Learn Something New: What to Read Next


NoveList Plus is a comprehensive reader's advisory resource with information about books such as recommendations, reviews, articles, genre lists, and more.

Readers can customize searches and identify titles that are similar to their favorite book, and can narrow their results to focus on genres, categories, themes, and writing styles depending on their preference.

If you are desperate for book recommendations and can't get to the library, are stuck at home, or are just looking to put together a reading list, NoveList Plus is the resource for you.  

Learn Something New: About Investments


Morningstar Investment Research Center is a database that offers comprehensive financial information and analysts' opinions to help you make informed investing decisions for stocks, mutual funds and Exchange Traded Funds. 

You can create your own customized list of potential investments by entering your parameters, find return information on various investment indexes, types, and sectors, and use their Portfolio X-ray to determine what your asset mix should be and how your investments are working together. 

Learn Something New: Languages


Rocket Languages allows you to access an online language learning program where you set the pace and have full control over your language learning journey. 

If you are looking to learn a specific language, Rocket Languages has lessons that can teach you American Sign language, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Want more language learning resources? Try visiting the library's Language Learning resource guide for more information.