Note that some of the following databases will require your library card number to access.
General Research Databases
* Academic OneFile – Contains millions of articles covering a range of disciplines, including the sciences, technology, the arts, and literature, among others. 1980 – present
* Educator’s Reference Complete – A resource for educators that includes scholarly and popular articles about education and teaching methods. 1980 – present
* Expanded Academic ASAP – A general database that includes scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers across all disciplines, many in full text. 1980 – present
* General Reference Center Gold – A general interest database that includes newspapers, reference books, and magazines covering current events, business, sports, pop culture, the arts, and more. 1980 – present
Job Search Resources
The following websites are useful resources for job searching:
Grove Art Online
Grove Art Online provides web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art, ed. Jane Turner (1996, 34 vols.) and The Oxford Companion to Western Art, ed. Hugh Brigstocke (2001). It offers ongoing additions of new and updated articles, over 3,000 thumbnail art images and line drawings displayed in the text of articles, extensive image links, and sophisticated search and navigation tools.
Newspaper & Magazine Databases
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners website offers several large databases of newspapers, magazines, journals, directories & more! These databases are available free to all Massachusetts residents with a valid library card.
Use this comprehensive periodical resource for any subject. Coverage goes back to 1980- with over 9,200 titles (5,156 full-text).
InfoTrac Student Edition - Geared toward high school students.
The New York Times - 1980 – present
* U.S. History in Context - A comprehensive overview of U.S. history that covers the most-studied events and issues. Includes articles, viewpoint essays, primary documents, and images.
* World History in Context - A comprehensive collection of articles, maps, primary documents, and multimedia relating to world history from antiquity to the present.
* Massachusetts History Online – A database of articles relating to various aspects of Massachusetts history. Includes articles published from 1980 to present.
* Biography in Context – Contains biographies of over 500,000 notable people from throughout history, supplemented with news articles and multimedia content.
Kids InfoBits is a database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Featuring a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, the most popular search method is moving from a broad subject to a narrower topic using the subject-based topic tree. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
* InfoTrac K-12 Junior Edition – A research database especially geared toward middle school students that covers a wide range of topics.
*Student Resources in Context – Covers topics in core subjects, including science, literature, and history. Geared toward high school students.
Use NoveList to find books based on title, author, series, reading level, or plot. NoveList also contains reviews, feature articles, book discussions, lists and author read-alikes. NoveList is a great resource for fiction readers looking for something new.
Books and Authors – An interactive database that allows you to browse for books – both fiction and non-fiction – and get book recommendations.
Language Learning and Country Info
FSI Language Courses Online – Freely available language courses developed by the US government; includes more than 40 different languages.
*CIA World Factbook – Comprehensive statistical and factual information about every country in the world; includes photos and maps.
Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.
*Science in Context – Provides academic and popular coverage of a wide range of scientific topics. Includes articles, multimedia content, biographies, and experiments.
Contemporary Literary Criticism Select – An extensive collection of more than 11,000 critical essays on contemporary authors. Includes biographical information and critical essays.
Literature Resource Center – Contains biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
LitFinder – A searchable database of full-text literary works, including short stories, poems, novels, essays, plays and speeches.
Business and Company Resource Center – A fully integrated resource that brings together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals.
*General Business File ASAP – Provides access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.
*RDS Business Suite – A useful database for finding broad profiling information about companies and industries.
*Health Reference Center Academic – A multi-source database that provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals.
*Health and Wellness Resource Center – Provides access to medical reference materials. Includes health/medical journals, numerous reference volumes, health videos, and health-related articles from general interest publications.
Issues and Viewpoints
* Global Issues in Context - Provides information about international events and issues. Includes articles, statistics, and news.
* Opposing Viewpoints in Context – Includes essays and articles that cover various sides of important social issues.