Reference

Contact us and let us help you! Our librarians are available during business hours to answer your questions by phone at (732) 572-2750. You can email readers’ advisory or reference inquiries at adultref@hpplnj.org.

SERVICES:
  • Next Chapter Book Club: Adults and older teens with intellectual or developmental disabilities meet weekly to read and talk about books in a casual, enjoyable group.
  • Exam Proctoring: Taking an online course or need a professional certification proctored.  Contact us for your proctoring services needs. (Currently unavailable)
  • One-to-One Sessions: Need extra help with your computer questions.  Sign up for a session with the Adult Services Coordinator. (Currently unavailable)
  • Talking Book and Braille Center:  Librarians at the library have been trained to offer assistance with audiobook downloads from the Braille and Audio Reading Database (BARD) for patrons who have been certified as eligible for these services through The Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) of the New Jersey State Library.    The TBBC offers library services to New Jersey Residents of all ages—children, teens, and adults—whose ability to read may be affected by a physical impairment, a reading disability, or a vision impairment.

Online Resources

  • New York Times

    Access to the New York Times online from within the library.

  • New York Times - 72 hour home access pass

    Access New York Times from home with this 72 hour home access pass. You must create an account before you can access NYT from home.

  • eLibraryNJ

    Download free eBooks and eAudiobooks on your mobile device or computer

  • Computer Skills

    Video courses to learn popular software and computer basics.

  • Consumer Reports

    Access full text articles from this perennially popular consumer review publication. Find ratings on hundreds of products, from dishwashers to automobiles. Limit the publication title to Consumer Reports to search.

    Search Consumer Reports directly through the widget below. You will need to enter your library card to get full access through the widget.

  • EBSCO

    Full-text journals articles; student resources; searchasaurus for children.

  • EBSCO Explora

    EBSCO Explora ensures student and educator success with EBSCO’s interface for schools and public libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

  • Health Source: Academic/Nursing

    Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition is a trusted full-text database covering nursing and allied health topics, including pediatric nursing, critical care, mental health, nursing management, medical law and more.

  • Health Source: Consumer Health

    This rich collection of consumer health information provides access to full-text consumer health magazines and reference books. It also includes searchable full text for current health pamphlets.

  • HeritageQuest

    A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids, with coverage dating back to the 1700s. Use your HPPL library card to access this database from home.

  • Image Collection

    The Image Collection database consists of more than 1 million total images.
    The images consist of a wide array of photos and maps, with an emphasis on world news and events. Other areas of coverage include contemporary and historical photos of people, places, and the natural kingdom.

  • Legal Information Reference Center

    Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center contains more than 225 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis.

  • Literary Reference Center

    Literary Reference Center is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

  • Middle Search

    Middle Search Plus contains full text for more than 150 popular, middle school magazines. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 200 magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies, historical essays and student pamphlets.

  • Newspaper Sources

    Newspaper Source Plus provides a full-text digital collection of the world’s major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.

  • Novelist

    Fiction for all ages by author, title, plot, series. Discussion guides for study and reading groups.

  • Novelist K-8

    NoveList K-8 is your solution for integrating fiction across the curriculum. With a fun and intuitive interface, and extensive proprietary content, NoveList K-8 will be the resource you and your young readers turn to when looking for the next book to read.

  • Peterson's Test and Career Center

    Access practice exams, in-depth career assessments, information on higher
    education programs, resumé and cover letter building tools, and more

  • Points of View Reference Center

    Points of View Reference Center is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides 200 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).

  • Primary Search

    Primary Search, designed specifically for elementary school libraries and public library children’s rooms, contains full text for more than 60 popular, elementary school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles)

  • Reference Solutions

    Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses (59 million) and U.S. residents (310 milliion).

    Reference Solutions makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

  • Referencia Latina

    Referencia Latina: Extensa base de datos en español. Contiene diversidad de recursos en temas como Ciencia y Tecnología e Inmigración. Más de 49,000 artículos de enciclopedia

    Referencia Latina, a comprehensive Spanish-language database, offers content from a variety of sources including 49,000 encyclopedia entries.

  • New Jersey Driving Test - Practice

    Free practice tests for the New Jersey driving exam.

  • New Jersey Career Assistance

    The New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN) is an Internet-based delivery system for accurate, comprehensive, current, and relevant occupational, post-secondary school and financial aid information.

Technology at the Library

Computer Access

The Highland Park Public Library offers a full selection of computerized tools for every research need. These services include the online library catalog, Internet access for adults and children, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Adobe Acrobat, wireless internet access and a menu of searchable online databases.

Internet Access for Children

Computers in the Children's Room are intended for use by children who are ten years and under. Parents who are in the library with small children may also use the computers in the Children’s Room.

Library Catalog

Look for books from home and at the Library with the Online Catalog. Place holds on books that are not currently checked in, renew your books and review a list of books that you have out or may be overdue.