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Public Library Databases and Free Resources

This guide's focus to to keep you connected to resources available to you when you leave Rider.


While you are a student at Rider, you have access to many wonderful subscription databases through the libraries. Unfortunately, database vendors do not allow us to extend remote access to alumni, though, alumni are always welcome to visit our library and use our electronic resources in house.

This guide presents an overview of free resources to use for information after graduation.

How to access information after graduation:

1. Become a member of your local public library. Libraries extend access to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in the town. Public libraries also purchase resources for their users, and they may have databases where you can access reliable information. There are librarians present who can help you locate information. Public libraries also provide a number of career services.

2. Visit a state university or college. Many schools funded by the state have public access computers where you can sit and access the same resources as a student or faculty member. They will also have community membership opportunities. Take advantage of this if you move to a new place that’s home to a public university.

3. Use the resources available on this guide. These authoritative and reliable resources will help you find information for personal or educational use.

Find a library

A library is a great place to find reliable information...but what if you don't know the name of the library, or where it's located?

Statewide Free Databases
State Libraries pay for databases for all libraries within the state. You will be able to access the resources listed on this page with your local library card. However, check your library's website! They may have more. 

Video: How to Access Information After Graduation

This video provides an overview of the information found in this research guide.