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All online resources can be used in the library. Most can also be used from home, though many require you to sign in with your library card number.

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17th & 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers

The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media. The present digital collection, that helps chart the development of the concept of ‘news’ and ‘newspapers’ and the “free press”, totals almost 1 million pages and contains approximately 1,270 titles.

  • 1 million newspaper pages
  • Newspapers, newsbooks, Acts of Parliament, addresses, broadsides, pamphlets, proclamations
  • The most comprehensive collection of early English newspapers
  • Titles from London, British Isles, and colonies

Provided by the Boston Public Library and available for free with a BPL eCard. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard.

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is a comprehensive periodical resource of full-text peer-reviewed content for over 10,000 manually indexed journals and reference works covering all subjects, including the full-text of The New York Times back to 1995 and NPR, CNN & CBC transcripts and podcasts.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

American Ancestors (available in library)

available from library computers only — ask Reference Librarian for assistance
Research database of the New England Historical Genealogical Society.

Provided by Forbes Library and available for use in the library.

Ancestry Library Edition (available in library)

For genealogy research. Includes coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom: census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. This collection of more than 4,000 databases and two billion names is essential to having a broad genealogy collection, and its valuable content is a strong complement to HeritageQuest Online.

Provided by Forbes Library and available for use in the library.

Artemis: Literary Sources

A collection of electronic reference books on writers and literature. Unlock information in primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

AtoZDatabases

AtoZdatabases is a reference and marketing database that includes 30 million business profiles, 220 million residents, 1.1 Million Healthcare Professionals, and much more. It is ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, and tracking down hard to find phone numbers and addresses.

Provided by the Boston Public Library and available for free with a BPL eCard. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard.

Axis360

Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, including best sellers.

Axis360 Help

This resource is part of the Mass eBook Project.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

BiblioBoard

A resource for historical documents, media, and other curated content, arranged by topic. A great resource for homework or for browsing!

This resource is part of the Mass eBook Project.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Biblioteca Tumble Books

Libros ilustrados para niños con narración.
Children’s illustrated books in Spanish with read-along narration and animated graphics.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Biography In Context

Use this database for over 400,000 biographies covering literary figures, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, current events and the arts. Indexes all print volumes of the series.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Books and Authors

Featuring the What Do I Read Next? collection, Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. Combining over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian’s favorites lists, Books & Authors helps bring readers and literature together.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Boston Globe

Indexing and full text articles from the Boston newspaper. From 1980-current.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Britannica Online Public Library Edition

Britannica Online Public Library Edition is a powerful resource. In addition to the famous encyclopedia, Britannica Online also includes a dictionary and thesaurus, atlases, timelines, and other features.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Britannica Online School Edition

Britannica Online School Edition lets you choose your level, with content geared to Elementary, Middle School, High School, and a PreSchool Learning Zone. Each level includes dictionary and thesaurus, atlases, timelines, and other features at the appropriate grade level.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Business Essentials: Insights

Business and Company Resource Center is a fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this electronic resource to find detailed company and industry news and information.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Career Transitions

Career Transitions provides resources on finding a job and discovering a new career. Sections of the site focus on job search strategies, resumes and cover letters, practice interviews, schools and training programs, internships, skills and interests assessment, and exploring career paths.

Provided by the Boston Public Library and available for free with a BPL eCard. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard.

Chilton Library

Automotive Repair Information for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) People. ChiltonLibrary provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use web site.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Consumer Reports

ConsumerReports.org® enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on thousands of products and services, with ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference covers every major subject, with easy access to trusted content from over 70 of the world’s leading academic publishers. This aggregate database includes 538 hundred highly-regarded reference titles, and seamless linking to other valuable and trusted information sources to speed your research.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

D&B Million Dollar Database

A valuable source of information on both privately held and public companies and their executives. Offers up to 35 searchable fields such as company size and sales, business type and age, and contact criteria. Includes specialty information such as executive name lists and president biographies.

Provided by the Boston Public Library and available for free with a BPL eCard. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard.

Daily Hampshire Gazette

1/3/1994 to current. Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of Daily Hampshire Gazette. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements and other sections.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

EBL

A great resource of all sorts of books, especially nonfiction. A very large collection, EBL offers content across all academic and professional subject areas, available as week-long loans.

This resource is part of the Mass eBook Project.

Free with any C/W MARS library card, and provided by the C/W MARS library network.

Educator’s Reference Complete

Use this mainly full-text collection of over 1100 periodicals and 200 reports for educational research from preschool to college. Every educational specialty can be found here including technology, health and bilingual education, testing, and issues in administration, funding and policy.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Gale Business Collection

Use Business Collection to search nearly 4,000 leading business & trade publications including content from Predicasts Overview of Markets & Technology (PROMT), a premier multi-industry database covering broad international coverage of over sixty manufacturing and services industries useful for competitive intelligence, as well as international company profiles and all business and management topics.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Gale Group Databases (InfoTrac Web)

A tool that lets you search many of our databases at once.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Over 20 full-text reference books covering the arts, biography, business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, geography, and science.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

General OneFile

Use this general interest database for full-text and images from magazines, reference books, and newspapers for information on current events, popular culture, the arts and sciences, sports, etc.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Global Issues in Context

Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Each of these includes an overview, unique “perspectives” articles, reference, periodical, primary source and statistical information.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Health and Wellness Resource Center

Health and Wellness Resource Center provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Health Reference Center Academic

Full-text database that provides full-text nursing & allied health journals, plus current and reliable personal health information.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Heritage Quest Online

HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content. This online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical hobbyists and professionals.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Historic Northampton Archives (available in library)

A great local history resource! Search by keyword in Historic Northampton’s digital catalog and archives containing thousands of photographs, historic newspapers and maps, and extensive digital collections database. Includes the Howes Brothers Collection, genealogy resources, and images of the earliest issues of the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Provided by Forbes Library and available for use in the library.

Hoopla Streaming Media

Hoopla is a service that partners with your local public library to bring you thousands of movies, television, music, and audiobook titles for free. There are no costs or hassles. All you need is a library card and a web browser, phone, or tablet.

Provided by the Boston Public Library and available for free with a BPL eCard. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard.

JSTOR (available in library)

This treasure trove for researchers contains back issues of over 800 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences. The website also contains tutorials and help pages to orient new users.

Provided by Forbes Library and available for use in the library.

Kids InfoBits

Targeting the research needs of grades K-5 students. this resources incudes Blackbirch Press curriculum support references, 100 full-text age appropriate magazines and 2 newswires. Graphs, charts, maps and over 2,500 searchable images.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Learning Express Library

This interactive online database features more than 300 practice tests based on official school and career exams, including ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, Firefighter, Police Officer, Paramedic, EMT Basic, U.S. Citizenship, Postal Worker, Cosmetology, and Real Estate Sales Agent & Broker Exams, among others. Includes math & reading practice for 4th grade through high school, school and college admission tests and Advance Placement tests.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Literature Resource Center

Researchers at all levels will find the information they need on authors and their works in all genres and disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Includes biographical entries on more than 135,000 authors, more than 850,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from scholarly journals, literary magazines, and other reference books.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Massachusetts History Online

Use this collection for full-text articles from history journals, professional publications and local newspapers for coverage of Massachusetts people, places and historical events.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar Investment Research Center provides data on over 14,500 stocks, 24,800 mutual funds, 1,500 exchange-traded funds, and 700 closed end funds. They also provide analyst reports on over 3,500 securities, offering in-depth background and analyst opinions on top investments.
Our license allows for only one user at a time, so please be sure to click the End Session button when finished.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Music Online

Music & Performing Arts from Alexander Street Press combines audio and video that spans all time periods, hundreds of thousands of seminal artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles to provide an unparalleled learning environment for the teaching of music. Collections include American Music, Classical Music, Jazz, World Music, Theatre, Dance and Opera in video, and classical music scores.

Provided by the Boston Public Library and available for free with a BPL eCard. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard.

Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century

The online version of Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century from Salem Press contains biographical profiles of important figures in all genres of music.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

National Geographic

National Geographic Virtual Library (NGVL) supports a range of research needs in the areas of science, history, technology, the environment, cultures, and more. Includes People, Animals, and the World and the National Geographic magazine archive 1888 – Present.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

National Geographic Kids

Reputable, authoritative, and appropriate content that brings children aged 6-14 the world in a way they’ve never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

New York Times

Full-text of The New York Times from 1995- as a standalone file (also included in Academic OneFile).

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

NewsBank

The electronic editions of record for local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers as well as full-text content of key international sources. Each provides unique coverage of local and regional news, including companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and people in the community, as well as a distinctive focus offering a variety of viewpoints on local and world issues. Includes local news, editorials, announcements and other sections from over 2,000 sources.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

NoveList Plus

Looking for a good book to read? NoveList can help! Contains lists, reviews, feature articles, and more. Search by authors, plot lines, series, reading level, etc.
NoveList Plus, the non-fiction counterpart to NoveList, is a guide to narrative non-fiction such as history, biography, adventure, travel, you name it. An easy interface with many search options makes this an excellent reader’s advisory tool.

Free with any C/W MARS library card, and provided by the C/W MARS library network.

Nursing Resource Center

Nursing Resource Center fills the void of an online resource for beginning LPN, LVN, ADN, RN and BSN students nationwide. Created in close collaboration with nursing instructors and students and the librarians that support them, Nursing Resource Center takes textbooks and curricula into account and presents students with information that mirrors the “nursing process” — a workflow that organizes how students diagnose, treat and care for patients — as it is taught in the classroom.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is provides contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, it features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Oxford Art Online

An award-winning resource on every aspect of the visual arts from prehistory to the present day

  • Over 45,000 articles on fine arts, decorative arts, and architecture
  • Scholarship written by over 6,000 international contributors
  • Over 130,000 art images, with links to hundreds of museums and galleries around the world
  • A wide range of search and browse options to explore the full text, bibliographies, biographies, and image links

Provided by the Boston Public Library and available for free with a BPL eCard. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard.

Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from Dictionaries of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find present-day meanings in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language.

Provided by the Boston Public Library and available for free with a BPL eCard. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard.

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles

A searchable database of actual sales of antiques, collectibles and works of art based on retail, online auctions and select auction houses. In addition, Price It! contains a knowledge base of authoritative articles on a wide array of subjects including repair, restoration and conservation of antiques, hiring an appraiser and many specific areas of collecting.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Republican (Springfield, MA)

Full text and indexing of the Springfield, MA newspaper. From 1988-Current.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Research in Context

Designed for middle school students. Includes mainly full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books covering current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. This resource has a highly visual design and navigation  combined with the authoritative content and user-focused tool set needed to support middle school assignments and coursework.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Salem Health

This database contains six reference sources from Salem Health: Magill’s Medical Guide 7th editionAddictions & Substance AbuseCancerComplementary & Alternative MedicineGenetics & Inherited Conditions, Infectious Diseases & Conditions, and Psychology & Behavioral Health. Magill’s Medical Guide is an up-to-date and easy-to-use compendium of medical information suitable for student research as well as use by general readers, including patients and caregivers. The Guide covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Salem History

The online version of Milestone Documents in American History from Salem Press combines 130 full-text primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Salem Science

This suite of databases includes the complete contents of Salem Press’s Encyclopedia of Global ResourcesForensic ScienceThe Solar SystemEarth Science: Earth Materials and ResourcesEarth Science: Earth’s Weather, Water, and AtmosphereEarth Science: Earth’s Surface and History; and Earth Science: Physics and Chemistry of the Earth in a searchable online format.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Science In Context

Gale Science in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. The new solution merges Gale’s authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Sharpe Online Reference

Offering a unique, interdisciplinary approach to U.S. and Global history and culture, Sharpe Online Reference (SOLR) explores the broad range of events, people, movements, and political, social, economic, and cultural issues that have shaped the nation and the world from earliest times to the present day.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Student Edition

Now with over 1,100 titles, cross searchable with eBooks, this periodical database is designed for high-school students with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

TumbleBooks

Children’s picture books and chapter books with read-along narration and animated illustrations.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

U.S. History in Context

Gale U.S. History in Context provides contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. Includes reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

World History in Context

Gale World History in Context provides contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. It offers reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.