Public libraries are a free source of periodicals and proprietary databases, many of which can be searched remotely. In Questions? – Answers from the Internet I included links to a list of public library Web sites and a real-time research librarian service. There are also online reference sites for specific regions. If you have a Connecticut library card you can make use of the 24/7 infoAnyTime, an online chat tool that connects you to a reference librarian. An added benefit of infoAnyTime is real-time Web co-browsing, enabling a researcher to guide you through your Internet search.
See a list of many of the virtual reference services available in the United States and internationally.