Encyclopedias, Journals, and Reference Sources

 

 

World Book Online

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World Book presents a universe of information.  From A to Z, the world of knowledge unfolds.  World Book Online includes more than 26,000 articles that are written clearly and includes more than 12,000 pictures and maps.  They are interesting and packed with facts.

 
 

Britannica - Public Library Edition

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Whether it's frogs or physics, gardening or geography, this database covers it all! Contains content for students as young as elementary school, as well as advanced content for college students and researchers and everything in between.

 

 

Academic OneFile

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Articles from scholarly, trade and general-interest publications. Topics include arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, technologies, and other academic disciplines. Full-text, abstracts, and citations to articles from 1980 - present.

 
 

General OneFile

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A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

 
 

Educator's Reference

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Contains more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports from the U.S. Department of Education. A resource for any educator - from school teachers and administrators to those studying in the field at the collegiate and graduate level. Provides full-text results for nearly half of the journal titles found in ERIC.

 
 

Expanded Academic ASAP

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From the arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images. Delivers answers for both the novice and the experienced researcher.

 
 

Gale Online Resources

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Full suite of Gale databases.

   
 

ProQuest Research Companion

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ProQuest Research Companion is ProQuest’s flagship information literacy product. It was built to help students do more effective scholarly research and to support educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.


Newspapers and Magazines

 

 

The Boston Globe

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An online resource that provides full-text access to The Boston Globe (1980-present).

 
 

InfoTrac Newsstand

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Provides access to full-text newspapers from across the country, and allows users to search articles.
Local papers include:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 1989-2015
Lowell Sun, 2003-2008
Boston Herald, 1997-2010

 
 

NewsBank

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With unmatched U.S. news content from local, regional, and national sources, this resource is the largest of its kind. Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos. Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people.

Includes access to Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Boston Metropolitan Collection, USA TODAY, and magazines.

   
 

The New York Times

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Search the full text of the New York Times (1980-current).


Biography, History, and Genealogy

 
 

Biography In Context

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Contains 600,000+ biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals.  Entries span history and geography, with media-rich content including integrated reference material, periodical information, multimedia content, and hand-crafted topic pages covering 

 
 

Heritage Hub

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The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. Extensive editorial review of all newspaper sections ensures thorough selection of obituaries for easy access. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), and philanthropic activities.

   

 

World Book - Early Peoples

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Students can explore the history of great ancient cultures and civilizations, such as the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Native Americans, and Chinese, among others.

 

 

​​​​World Book - Inventions and Discoveries

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This library includes an examination of inventions and discoveries in the following fields: agriculture, architecture & engineering, the arts, astronomy, communications, economics, industry & manufacturing, mathematics, medicine, personal & household items, transportation, and warfare.

 
 

U.S. History In Context

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Provides a complete overview of U.S. history that covers the most-studied events, issues, and current information, combining primary source documents with reference resources.  Includes more than 185,000 reference articles, 613,000+ periodical articles, easy to search image galleries, including seals, maps, & flags, viewpoint essays, primary documents, video and audio.

 
 

World History In Context

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Offers students and researchers unparalleled access to more than 2,000 reference articles, historical maps, atlases, and images, primary source documents, video and audio.  Covers over 5,000 years from antiquity to present around the globe.

 

 

Ancestry - Library Edition

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Contains data from the U.S. census; Social Security Death Index; U.S. Birth, Death and Marriage Collections; WWI Draft Registration; New York Passenger List; San Francisco Passenger List; New York Petitions for Naturalization Index; U.K. Census Indexes; Civil Registration Indexes; Parish and Probate Records;  This database can only be accessed in the library.  Please see the Library staff for assistance.

   
 

Heritage Quest

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HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.

18th Century or 20th Century. European or Native American. Farm or Factory. East Coast or West Coast. Where does your American past begin?

Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.


Languages

 

 

Mango Languages

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Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for real communication. It's the fast, easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language!  

 


Current Issues and Cultures

 
 

Global Issues in Context

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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 specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues.  Each of these gateway pages includes an overview, unique "perspective" articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source, and statistical information, as well as podcasts, video and interactive graphs.

 

 

AtoZ World Culture

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Provides information on 175 countries, including standard data, with a focus on culture.  Greetings, holidays, customs, stereotypes, travel, and religions are only a few of the cultural aspects covered for each country.

 
 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

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Is global warming real? Should the minimum wage be raised? Is junk food really hurting us? Find credible sources on these and hundreds of other social and political issues with Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints. Unlike websites, this database simplifies your search by bringing together articles, videos, and stats you can trust and cite.


DIY, Auto Repair, and Consumer Reports

 
 

World Book Activity Corner

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Instructions on crafting projects ranging from knitting and quilting to stenciling and wreath making! Also includes crafts and activities for kids with the option to browse crafts by age range.

 
 

Auto Repair Source

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Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source™ provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls, and more.

 
 

Small Engine Repair

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Repair information for ATVs, generators, marine/boat motors, motorcycles, outdoor power equipment, snowmobiles, tractors and more. Offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.,) as well as extensive repairs. 

 
 

Consumer Reports

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Search & browse product reviews, ratings, recommendations, videos, and much more from one of the most trusted resources for information and advice on consumer products. 


Practice Tests

 
 

Free Permit Practice Tests

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Getting ready to take your driver's permit test? This resource offers practice tests for car, motorcycle, and CDL written portions. Also provides access to the DMV handbooks.


Literature and Art

   

 

Literature Resource Center

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Find up-to-date 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.

 

 

Novelist Plus

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Need some ideas on what novels to read? This reader's advisory tool will help. Search award and prize booklists by genre; search by plot, title, or author to find similar books; browse books by subject; explore fiction through genres and subcategories; read reviews, descriptions and articles; etc.

 

 

Salem Literature

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This database includes access to the complete content of Masterplots, Fourth Edition.  Masterplots analyzes the most important works in all genres - long fiction, short fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction - throughout history and around the world.  


Health and Science

 
 

Health Reference Center

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Articles on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health & safety, substance abuse, HMOs, etc. Plus medical directories, pamphlets, and a dictionary. Materials in this database are intended for informational purposes only. Full-text, abstracts, citations from 1980 to the present, updated daily.

 
 

Health & Wellness Resource Center

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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.

 

 

Salem Health

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This database includes access to Salem Press' award-winning health reference works; Magill's Medical Guide, and Salem Health: Cancer. The Guide helps bridge the gap between medical encyclopedias for professionals and popular self-help guides.  Includes over 1,000 essays and over 400 photos and drawings.  Includes concise information on causes, symptoms, duration and treatments for almost 900 diseases and disorders. Salem Health: Cancer covers more than 800 topics of crucial interest to students, patients, caregivers, and others who have received a diagnosis or are associated with those who have cancer.

 
 

Science in Context

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An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.  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.

 
 

Proquest Science Database

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This database is a definitive resource for students studying both the applied and general sciences. With coverage dating back to 1986, ProQuest Science Journals features over 1030 titles, with more than 760 available in full text. Search over 2.7M records, dating back to the mid 1980s

 

 

Teen Health & Wellness

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A comprehensive database that allows teens (and those who care about them) to research health-related issues important to their well-being.  It's both a research and report tool and a self-help resource.

 

 

World Book - Living Green

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Allows students to explore environmental issues and efforts to reduce human impact on the environment.  


Business and Careers

   
 

Small Business Resource Center

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A comprehensive database that covers all aspect of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax and more. 

 
 

Career Transitions

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Career Transitions can help you make the most of your job searching and career exploration efforts.  The site is organized by resources that will help you Find a New Job, and those that will help you Discover a New Career.


Kids and Teens

   
 

Kids InfoBits

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Meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

 
 

Britannica - School Edition

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Gives students access to four complete encyclopedias and other resources. Designed for all levels or learning from elementary school through high school.

 
 

Britannica - Learning Zone

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Early-Childhood Learning - Designed specifically for the needs of children ages 4-7. Includes an interactive atlas, online art activities, interactive games and learning materials, audio and video, and vocabulary builders to teach childrens concepts such as geography, numbers, colors, times, and sounds. Also includes a Teacher's Guide.

 

 

World Book - Kids

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World Book presents a universe of information.  From A to Z, the world of knowledge unfolds.  World Book Online includes more than 26,000 articles that are written clearly and includes more then 12,000 pictures and maps.  They are interesting and packed with facts.

 

 

World Book - Living Green

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Allows students to explore environmental issues and efforts to reduce human impact on the environment.

 

 

World Book - Early Peoples

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Remote Access

Students can explore the history of great ancient cultures and civilizations, such as the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Native Americans, and Chinese, among others.

 

 

World Book - Inventions and Discoveries

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This library includes an examination of inventions and discoveries in the following fields: agriculture, architecture & engineering, the arts, astronomy, communication, economics, industry and manufacturing, mathematics, medicine, personal & household items, transportation, and warfare.

 

 

World Book - Dramatic Learning

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Expands proven approaches to building reading fluency and content comprehension. By turning texts into plays, skits, and monologues, and providing adaptations of classic works, Dramatic Learning can help students become more fluent readers.

 

 

World Book - Early World of Learning

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An online resource for preschoolers and children in early grades, it offers a visual encyclopedia, readers to develop and strengthen phonics and vocabulary, and teaches early childhood themes such as numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more.

 
 

World Book - Activity Corner

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Search for kid-friendly crafts and activities by age range, type, and time to complete. Full instructions for all ages!

 

 

InfoTrac - Student Edition

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This periodical database is designed for students ages K-12 with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

 

 

World Book - Student

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World Book presents a universe of information.  From A to Z, the world of knowledge unfolds.  World Book Online includes more than 26,000 articles that are written clearly and includes more then 12,000 pictures and maps.  They are interesting and packed with facts.

 

 

Teen Health & Wellness

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A comprehensive database that allows teens (and those who care about them) to research health-related issues important to their well-being.  It's both a research and report tool and a self-help resource. 

 

 

AtoZ World Culture

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Provides information on 175 countires, including standard data, with a focus on culture.  Greetings, holidays, customs, stereotypes, travel, and religions are only a few of the cultural aspects covered for each country.

 
 

Free Permit Practice Tests

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Getting ready to take your driver's permit test? This resource offers practice tests for car, motorcycle, and CDL written portions. Also provides access to the DMV handbooks.

 

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En Espanol

   
 

La Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

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en Linea esta orgnizada de modo que los estudiantes puedan encontrar informacion rapida y facilmente.  Article text is in Spanish only.

 

Britannica - Spanish Reference Center

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Includes Enciclopedia Moderna for high school and college students, and Escolar Online for students ages 6-12.


Library Catalogs and eContent

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Jacob Edwards Library Catalog

Contains entries for books, videos, CD-ROMS, DVDs, audiobooks, music recordings and other materials in the Jacob Edwards Library and other libraries in Central Massachusetts. Access your library record and renew and/or request materials online. If you need assistance, ask at the Reference Desk or call the Library at 508-764-5426, Ext. 105.

C/W MARS Regional Catalog

C/W MARS is a network of over 150 public, academic, school, regional, and special libraries in Central and Western Massachusetts. Members share an online computer system and have combined collections of more than 6 million items.

Boston Public Library eCard

All Massachusetts residents (13 or older) are eligible to sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard.  A BPL eCard allows access to all of the Boston Public Library's remotely-accessible electronic resources, including a large selection of downloadable audiobooks, ebooks, video, and music, as well as magazine and journal articles from BPL's 140 online databases

Overdrive/Libby Digital Audiobooks and eBooks

Browse and search hundreds of great titles and download them to your device or computer for reading, listening or viewing anywhere, anytime.