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Oxford Art Online.
Visual arts from prehistory to the present. Extensive image links. Available through our membership in C/W MARS

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

Books & Authors.  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.

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select.  An extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary writers. Each entry also contains a biographical/critical introduction, a list of principal works, and sources for further study.

KDL What's Next.  Do like to read series in order?  This website is the place to go!  Created by the Kent (MI) District Library

Literature Resource Center.  Biographical entries on more than 135,000 authors providing detailed biographical, bibliographical and contextual information about authors’ lives and works, more than 850,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from over 390 scholarly journals and literary magazines, more than 75,000 selected full-text critical essays and reviews.

NoveList.  Look for books by your favorite author. Search by title, series or plot.  Adult and children's fiction.  Available through our membership in C/W MARS

Business Economics and TheoryProvides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics. Perfect for business classes, users will find more than 150 full-text journals to support their research.

Business Insights: Essentials.    Easily find information on companies, industries and more in the context of timely news, statistical data, and in-depth reports.

General BusinessFile ASAP.  Use this database to research all business and management topics. Includes directory listings for over 150,000 companies as well as investment analysts' reports on major companies and industries.

Educator's Reference CompleteUse 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.

Academic OneFile. Use this 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.

Expanded Academic. Use this database to find full-text scholarly journals, new magazines and newspapers for all academic disciplines.

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

 OneFile.  Use this comprehensive periodical resource for any subject. Coverage goes back to 1980- with over 9,200 titles.

Gale Virtual Reference Library.  A mix of more than 20 full-text reference books covering the arts, biography, business, the environment, history,  literature, medicine, multicultural studies, geography, and science

Health and Wellness Resource Center.  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. 

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

MedlinePlus.  Health information from the National Library of Medicine.  Maintained by the National Library of Medicine

Nursing and Allied Health Collection
All aspects of the Nursing profession -- from direct patient care to health care administration including nearly 400 titles, this collection's current and authoritative content will be of use to both professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.

Nursing Resource CenterDesigned for nursing students, brings together in an easy-to-use interface disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts,  written in accessible language for students completing class assignments and preparing for clinicals as they learn how to care for and treat patients. 

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection.   Covering a wide spectrum of information, researchers will have access to a diverse, but focused set of topics in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more.

Psychology Collection. Explores what makes people "tick" from childhood to death. This collection gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops -- and diminishes -- over time. 


Annals of American History.  Encylopedia Brittanica

Diversity Studies Collection.  This collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community. 

Global Issues in Context.  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.  

Massachusetts Digital Collections. A growing collection of Massachusetts history online.

Massachusetts History Online. Use this collection for full-text articles from 50 magazines and local newspapers for coverage of Massachusetts people, places and historical events.

Military and Intelligence Database
 Content from over 400 journals, which covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs. Key subjects covered include: socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context.  Information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. 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.

U.S. History Collection
As any historian will state, the study of history is as much about the present as the past: to that end, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field. This compilation of journals provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.

United States History in Context. Information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. history.

War and Terrorism Collection.  A definitive periodical collection of hand selected titles for analysts, risk management professionals and students of military science, history, social science.

World Data Analyst.  Encyclopedia Britannica

World History in Context. Information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in world history.  

Boston Globe.

New York Times Full-text of The New York Times from 1995   

Newsbank.  Access to local newspapers including the Recorder, Hampshire Gazette, Springfield Republican, Valley Advocate and more.

 Facts on File Science Online. A complete reference database covering animal anatomy,  anthropology and archaeology, astronomy and space technology, atomic  physics,  biochemistry, biology, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth science, environmental  science, general science, genetics, health and medicine, human anatomy  and physiology,  marine science, physics, and  weather and climate.Available through our membership in C/W  MARS

General Science CollectionA collection of over 1,000 peer-reviewed journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments.

Science in Context.  Integrates pure information with today's headlines and videos - showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues. 

Info Trac K-12 Junior Edition
Designed for junior high and 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.

Info Trac  Student Edition
Designed for secondary 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.

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

Learning Zone. Encyclopedia Britannica


Agriculture CollectionWith broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields, this collection provides a comprehensive view of this growing body of knowledge. Comprised of nearly 200 titles, researchers will have access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.

Communications and Mass Media CollectionFrom marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field. Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

Criminal Justice CollectionWhether studying to become a lawyer or law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security, this collection rises to the challenge. Users will have access to 150 journals.

Culinary Arts CollectionIncludes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

Environmental Studies and Policy CollectionA collection of over 800 journals and 6 subject specific Delmar reference titles provide robust coverage of environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

Fine Arts and Music CollectionWith more than 100 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection will provide your students with resources to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture CollectionFarmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture. A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.

Home Improvement Collection. Even the smallest home improvement project can be daunting: with this collection of nearly 100 home improvement focused titles, hobbyists and professional carpenters alike will immediately put their projects on a more solid foundation. Coverage includes such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more.

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure CollectionWith current and relevant content from over 500 industry journals, provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field, while also allowing for focused study of specialized aspects of the industry - including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, economic aspects of tourism, and more.

Information Science and Library Issues Collection. This collection, comprised of content from more than 100 leading industry journals, provides current and accurate information for this fast-moving field. Information professionals and other knowledge workers - from the research specialist to the information architect - will find appropriate and useful information in their areas of expertise.

Insurance and Liability CollectionProtection of assets is a concern for all: from the individual property owner to the multinational corporation, all have a vested interest in ensuring the retention of their assets, be it physical or intellectual. This collection, of journals, takes a broad view of this multimillion dollar industry, covering such topics as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more.

Pop Culture Collection. It's all around us and influences our lives every day. This collection provides useful information for any researcher in a social science, history, art or liberal arts course. 

Religion and Philosophy CollectionWhy do some people believe in Heaven? Is it fear, hope, upbringing or blind faith? Users of this collection can research different religions, philosophies and how they impact our daily lives.

Vocations and Careers Collection.  Finding the right career can be a daunting and high stakes task: finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career are all topics covered by this collection, providing current and applicable content for all vocational milestones. 


Note:  All databases not credited are provided by the Mass Board of Library Commissioners