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A - Z List of E-Resources

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These databases are all available from within the library and most are also available from your home or office. To access, use your library card barcode as your ID number. If you need any help, contact the reference desk.

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academic onefileAcademic OneFile
Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers—many with full text and images.

america's newsAmerica's News

Search local and state full-text articles on topics such as business, health, education, government, history, politics and more including the Salem News and Tri-Town Transcript. Also includes Current Events and Special Reports for homework help. (In-library use only)
Research your family tree on the world's largest family history website.  Browse census records and more online.

annalsAnnals of American History
Speeches, essays, biographies, landmark court decisions, editorials, images and more that bring American history to life from 1493 to the present.

artemisArtemis Literary Sources
Artemis Literary Sources integrates full-text literary content with metadata and subject indexing and provides workflow tools to analyze information. You can research authors and their works, literary movements, and genres. Search across your library's literary databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews.

biographyBiography in Context

Biographies with full text magazine articles, images, and hand-picked web site links. Includes material from Contemporary Authors.

books and authorsBooks & Authors

Readers can enhance the experience of the book they are reading; dig deeper into its themes and origins; or learn how the author's life and times contributed to the work.

boston globeBoston Globe
Full-text coverage from 1980.
Boston Public Library eCard

Residents of Massachusetts and those who work or attend school in Massachusetts are able to sign up online for a Boston Public Library eCard, which allows patrons to use all of the Boston Public Library's electronic resources, including databases and downloadable audio, video, ebooks, and music.

business collectionBusiness Collection
Provides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice.

business insightsBusiness Insights: Essentials
Company profiles, financial data, investment reports, industry information, business periodicals and more.

comcat catCommonwealth Catalog (ComCat)
The Commonwealth Catalog extends your search beyond your local library's resources. In one easy step, you can search through millions of items at participating libraries across Massachusetts to find the books, DVDs, and music you're looking for. Make a request and it will be delivered right to your local library for quick pickup.

culinary arts logo Culinary Arts Collection
The Culinary Arts collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.
ebsco discovery services
EBSCO Discovery Services
Searches both the MVLC library catalog and EBSCO online databases to find all electronic and print content.

ebsco ebooks
EBSCO eBooks
A collection designed for public libraries containing over 31,000 e-books.

EBSCOHost access [In Library] or [At Home]
Provides premium context in every subject area with over 300 full-text and secondary databases. Content for these databases include full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports, and various other publication types.

educator's ref centerEducator's Reference Complete

Over 300 full-text journals for educators, administrators, and librarians.

encyclopaedia britt
Encyclopaedia Britannica

Comprehensive encyclopedia meeting the reference needs for all patrons from students, to business professionals and lifelong learners. Offers "adult" and "kids" interface. Includes a dictionary, thesaurus, videos, images, primary sources, and e-books.

escholarEncyclopaedia Britannica: Escolar (Grades K-8)

A Spanish-language elementary encyclopedia geared towards ages 6-12.

encyclop brit for kids Encyclopaedia Britannica: For Kids

"Kids" interface with content from Compton's by Britannica, Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia, and Merriam-Webster's Student dictionary and Thesaurus.

learning zoneEncyclopaedia Britannica: Learning Zone
An interactive learning environment for ages 4 to 7 that gives early learners enjoyable, engaging, and developmentally appropriate activities. Includes atlas, art activities, games and learning materials, audio and video, and vocabulary builders and more.

modernaEncyclopaedia Britannica: Moderna (Grades 9-12+)

A Spanish-language reference collection geared towards the high school and college ages. Will also satisfy students that are bilingual or are just learning Spanish.

brit school editionEncyclopaedia Britannica: School Edition
Comprehensive encyclopedia meeting the reference needs for pre-K through high school students with separate interfaces for each level.  Includes Elementary, Middle and School Editions.

An online guide to series fiction. Lists the most popular series so you can discover a new author or rediscover an enjoyable series of years past. Search by title, author, character, location or subject. Also lists novels in the correct reading sequence so you can begin at the beginning rather than blunder into the middle of "Act III."

expanded academicExpanded Academic ASAP
From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science, and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images.


Designed with public library patrons in mind, Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

fine arts coll.Fine Arts and Music Collection
With 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.

Offers free and legal music downloads. Choose from millions of songs in a variety of genres. Patrons must have a Topsfield library card in order to download. Limited to 3 downloads per card per week.

virtual referenceGale Virtual Reference Library
A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

gardening coll.Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture Collection
Farmers, 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.

general onefileGeneral OneFile

A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Millions of full-text articles. Updated daily.

general ref center goldGeneral Reference Center Gold
Full-text magazines, newspapers & reference books containing information on current events, popular culture, the arts and sciences, sports, etc.

global issuesGlobal Issues in Context

International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.

health reference centerHealth Reference Center Academic
Full-text resources including consumer health, nursing, and allied health.

health and wellnessHealth and Wellness Resource Center
Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials.

heritagequestHeritageQuest access [In Library] or [At Home]
Search a large and growing collection of research materials for tracing family trees and learning about American culture.

infotrac student InfoTrac Student Edition
Mainly full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for grades 9–12 covering current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

kids infobitsKids InfoBits

Covering 75 full-text curriculum-related magazines and 7 reference books, InfoBits targets the research needs of K- 5 students.

lit resource centerLiterature Resource Center

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.

manuscriptsManuscripts, Archives and Special Collections Directory

A guide and locator of collections residing in Massachusetts libraries, archives, historical societies, and town clerk's offices.

ma history onlineMassachusetts History Online

Articles that directly relate to Massachusetts—historical events, people, places, and more.

new york timesNew York Times
Search the full text of The New York Times (starting in 1995).

access [In Library] or [At Home]
A fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 125,000 fiction titles.

nursing resource centerNursing Resource Center
Designed for nursing students, this brings together disease and drug overviews, care plans, anatomy and physiology diagrams with full-text journals and core encyclopedia texts.

worldcatOCLC® WorldCat
The world's largest library catalog. Find items in libraries near you, worldwide.

opposing viewpointsOpposing Viewpoints in Context
An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues.

overdriveOverDrive Digital Media Collection
Digital downloads of e-audiobooks and ebooks, provided by MVLC.

points of viewPoints of View access [In Library] or [At Home]
A full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.

powersearchPowerSearch (search multiple Gale files)
Not sure which subject category your topic belongs in? PowerSearch makes it possible to find subjects from A-Z in one or several of the Gale’s periodical databases in a single search. This is especially good for subjects that may be covered more than one database, such as diets, careers, etc.

research in context Research in Context
Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research in Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core sucbjects, including literature, science, social studies, and history.

safariSafari Books Online
Offers access to thousands of e-books on technology, software, and digital media.

salem newsSalem News

Full-text of the daily newspaper serving southern Essex County, northeast of Boston from (7/17/2008 - Current).

scienceScience in Context

Science in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.

topsfield timesTopsfield Times: A Community and Local History Resource

The Topsfield Times is a collection of information about people, places, and events that have a connection to Topsfield, Massachusetts. It is a work in progress that will grow as additional entries are added by staff at the Topsfield Town Library.

tritown transcriptTri-Town Transcript
Unique coverage of regional news, including companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and people in the community ranging from 6/2/2006 - Current.

universal classUniversal Class
Offers over 540 unique continuing education courses, with real instructors guiding the learning, engaging video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests, certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units available for selected courses.

us historyU.S. History in Context
Offers contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in U.S. History.

world data analysitWorld Data Analyst
Comprehensive current and historical statistics on the countries of the world for historical and cross-national comparisons and the creation of tables and charts or exporting for deeper analysis.

world history in contextWorld History in Context
An online database for those seeking information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in World History.

An online newsstand offering digital access to magazines such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, and more.