Research

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News and Magazine Articles

RB Digital Magazines

RBdigital Magazines offers full-color digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. The Mid-Hudson Library System’s collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits. 

Gale Magazine Collections

Browse popular magazines in the Gale database collection by topic including Home Improvement, Gardening and Horticulture, Small Business, Culinary Arts, World History, and Pop Culture.

The New York Times

Access to full text New York Times articles, including the New York Times Magazine and Book Review.

Gale News Stand

Over 1,100 newspapers, 33 of which are New York State newspapers,  including the Albany Times Union, New York Times, Newsday, Buffalo News, Post-Standard (Syracuse), Watertown Daily Times, Times Herald-Record (Middletown) and others.

Hudson River Valley Heritage

Historical materials from New York State’s Hudson River Valley including the following newspapers:

  • Newburgh Telegraph (1831-1835)
  • Rockland County Journal (1850-1879)
  • Rockland County Messenger (1848;1851-1855;1857)
  • Rockland County Times (1902-1904)
  • The Kingston Daily Freeman (1895;1903-1912)
  • Vassar Miscellany News (1914-2000)

Health Resources

Information Resources on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information concerning the Library’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and links for up-to-date and reliable information sources. 

General Health Information

MedLine Plus

Comprehensive source of health and wellness information from the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health; has many features, including medical encyclopedia and dictionary, current news, & interactive tutorials and surgery videos.

MayoClinic

Information on diseases & conditions, medications, healthy living, and health assessment; features “Find It Fast” button to look up a disease or condition, a symptom, or access first aid information; also has “Ask a Specialist” section.

Mental Health and Addiction 

Philipstown Hub – Mental Health and Addiction Information Resources

Mental health services, programs for addiction prevention and treatment, and educational information.

National Institute of Mental Health

Search “Mental Health Topics” for descriptions of disorders and treatments and to locate mental health services, affordable healthcare, & NIMH clinical trials.

Mental Health America

Search for information by audience, issue or disorders & treatments. Addresses all aspects of mental health and mental illness with information on advocacy, education, research and service.

Additional Health Information Links

Links for physician, hospital and insurance information along with topic-specific health information maintained by the Putnam County Library Association. 

Health Reference Databases

Require a library card to login.

Gale Health Reference Center

Use this database to find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc.

Gale Psychology Collection

This collection of 200 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops — and diminishes — over time.

Gale Nursing and Allied Health Collection

All aspects of the Nursing profession — from direct patient care to health care administration — are covered in this collection. Including nearly 400 titles of use to both professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.

Business Resources

Gale Business Insights Collection

Containing over 3,900 magazines and journals, nearly 25,000 industry reports, nearly 11,000 company histories and nearly 500,000 company profiles, Gale Business Insights offers easy access to in-depth information on U.S. and international businesses, industries and products.

Gale Small Business Collection

Perfect for entrepreneurs and business schools, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories.

Communications and Mass Media Collection

This collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field, including advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

Computer Science Collection

Find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.