About the databases
Unless indicated as "In Library Use Only," these resources are available from any internet connection. Most databases will require you to enter your Minuteman Library card number for access outside the library.
For a few databases, home access is available only to Belmont residents.
Academic Onefile contains 8,000 academic journals, the majority in full-text, available in HTML and PDF formats. In addition it contains hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC, as well as full-text New York Times content (including the Book Review and Magazine) from 1985.
IN LIBRARY USE ONLY
The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), founded in 1845, is the nation's oldest and largest genealogical society with a research library of over 200,000 volumes. If you have New England ancestors, or are interested in genealogical research of any kind, you will find that NEHGS is an important resource for helping you achieve your research goals.
The website provides extensive online resources, including databases, how-to articles, research columns, bibliographies, free queries, and discussion groups. You may also browse through the online book catalog for New England, New York, and other regions.
(formerly Biography Resource Center & Biography Resource Center: African Americans)
Biography in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content (including Lives & Perspectives) with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.
Scholastic BookFlix is a new interactive literacy resource that builds a love of reading and learning - online! BookFlix pairs classic fictional video storybooks from Weston Woods with nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to reinforce reading skills and develop essential real-world knowledge and understanding.
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. Through the use of expertly written and arranged content and a dynamic, cutting edge user interface, Books & Authors makes exploration of genre fiction and essential non-fiction fun!
IN LIBRARY USE ONLY
Consumers' Checkbook is an independent, nonprofit consumer organization founded in 1974 with the help of funding from the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs. They do not accept support from businesses, and their publications and website carry no advertising.
The Boston Consumers' Checkbook evaluates the quality and prices of local service firms and stores, such as auto repair shops, plumbers, dentists, veterinarians, banks, insurance companies, and many more. Checkbook's special health guides provide you with critical ratings and reports on doctors, hospitals, and health plans. The site also provides various kinds of help to consumers who want to buy or lease a new car.
Britannica Online Public Library Edition contains 4 full encyclopedias, the Encyclopædia Britannica, Compton’s by Britannica, Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia, and Britannica Concise Encyclopedia each covering the research needs of a different age group. Along with this encyclopedia content, Public Library Edition contains full-text magazine articles, Web sites that have been reviewed and verified by Britannica editors, a homework help section for students, a world atlas, Merriam-Webster dictionaries and thesauri for children and adults, a Spanish-English dictionary, video and audio content, daily content updates, and more.
Elementary, Middle and High School levels, plus read-aloud al all levels and translation for over 50 languages. Britannica Online School Edition gives teachers and students instant access to four complete encyclopedias and other resources that ensure consistency with classroom topics and age-appropriate language. This unique reference and learning suite also offers high-quality online learning materials that have been developed by teachers and curriculum experts. Designed for all levels of learning from elementary school through high school, Britannica Online School Edition offers students an easy-to-use gateway to the vast resources of Encyclopædia Britannica.
Grade Level PreK-5. Play, discover, create—these are the cornerstones of learning for young children. Now, Britannica gives teachers an online solution designed specifically for the needs of ages 4 to 7. Learning Zone is a classroom-tested, interactive learning environment that gives early learners enjoyable, engaging, and developmentally appropriate activities to help grow their minds, their spirits, and their intellectual horizons.
Spanish Reference Center delivers two products in one—a reference collection for ages 6-12 and another for the high school and college ages. Separate home pages for each level allow schools and libraries to tailor the product to their users' needs, making it the only online Spanish-language database that offers age-appropriate content for everyone.
This rich trove of current and historical statistics on the countries of the world makes historical and cross-national comparisons easy. Plus, World Data Analyst allows subscribers to create tables, charts, and even export the information to a spreadsheet for data crunching and deeper analysis. Users can also link to country articles from the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia. It’s ideal for research, to explore new topics for study, or just to learn more about the world.
Formerly Business and Company Resource Center
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 database to find detailed company and industry news and information.
IN LIBRARY USE ONLY (see Reference Librarian for password)
The Central Register is the weekly source for information about state, county and municipal contracts being put out to bid for the design, construction and reconstruction of public facilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Goods and Services Bulletin is a weekly publication containing solicitations for the procurement of commodities and services (which, generally, are unrelated to construction of public facilities).
Consumer Reports is published by Consumers Union, an independent, nonprofit testing and information organization. Since 1936, CU's mission has been to test products, inform the public and protect consumers. It is a comprehensive source for unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns.
Contemporary Literary Criticism - Select (CLC-Select) is an extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors. Each CLC-Select entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, listing of principal works, and sources for further study.
A comprehensive resource covering the geography, government, history, economy, culture, and daily life of the following areas: Eastern and Southern Asia; Europe; Middle East, Western Asia, and Northern Africa; The Americas; Sub-Saharan Africa, Australasia, and the Pacific.
CQ Global Researcher provides students with definitive, in-depth coverage of global affairs from a number of international viewpoints. Available exclusively online, CQ Global Researcher offers focused, readable, single-topic reports on vital world issues. Written by seasoned journalists with years of international experience, these reports make use of such popular sections as "current situation," "pro-con," and a new feature called "voices from abroad." By exposing students to a wide range of viewpoints CQ Global Researcher provides a comprehensive snapshot of today's most pressing issues.
Easily browse non-fiction eBooks on many topics including literary criticism, current events, history, science, biography, and art. You can search for ebooks by keyword or title, or by clicking on the subject headings. You can also search within individual books, bookmark specific pages, and add notes that you can view upon logging in with a free username and password.
Providing robust coverage of the field of environmental issues and policy, this collection, which includes nearly 200 journals, provides instant access to the multiple viewpoints of this volatile field of study, including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.
Updated daily, FolioMed provides data about physicians and healthcare facilities for Massachusetts including: Multiple practice addresses; Phone, fax and email information; Identifiers such as UPIN's and now NPI's; Group practice names; Hospital and HMO affiliations; Medical school and specialty information. Physician information can be identified based on: Name; Town; Street Address; Medical Specialty; Medical Specialty in a Town; UPIN or NPI
A collection of more than 80 journals focused on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture, with the addition of over 20 subject specific reference sources from Delmar, this collection provides information for gardening enthusiasts and professionals alike.
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. Choose "Advanced search" and then type a ticker symbol into the pop-up box to search Reuters Research on Demand, which contains investment reports produced by financial institutions and Wall Street and International brokerage firms.
This compelling, curriculum-based student resource explores the impact of cross-cultural exchange—by explorers and traders, armies and emperors, missionaries and pilgrims, scientists, artists, and the media—across the world and throughout history. From the spread of the first written alphabet to the emergence of the Internet, from the emergence of the world’s great religions to the proliferation of Hollywood movies and rock and roll music, this wide-ranging work provides a unique and exciting perspective on globalism, history, and human society.
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 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 "perspectives" articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source and statistical information. Rich multimedia - including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal. Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.
Guide to Reference is a cornerstone of the literature of librarianship.
The new online edition takes full advantage of the Web's capacities to connect information sources; it also creates and links to content that makes it a center for learning about and practicing reference librarianship.
It is used internationally as the "source of first resort" for identifying local materials that answer users' questions, training reference staff, inventorying and developing reference collections, assisting interlibrary loan staff, and serving as a gateway to the wider repertory of the reference literature.
Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, numerous reference volumes, over 700 health videos from partner Healthology, Inc., hundreds of pamphlets and health-related 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.
Use this database to find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health & Safety, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.
HeritageQuest Online is a digital resource that combines searchable images of U.S. federal genealogical census records with digitized books containing family and local histories from around the country. It includes 25,000 family and local history books, U.S. census records, and PERSI, an index of over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles.
ProQuest Historical Boston Globe, considered the mainstay of Boston and New England, is a unique full-image archive offering complete coverage from 1872-1979. Every issue of this title includes the complete paper - cover to cover - with full-page and article images in downloadable PDF. And the database just keeps growing, with an additional year of content added annually. The Historical Boston Globe gives researchers quick, accurate Web access to rich newspaper coverage of the Northeast. Complete coverage from 1872-1979.
The Historical New York Times provides the full image of articles published in the New York Times from its first issue in 1851 (to three years prior to the current year). It is searchable by keyword, subject, author, and article title. It includes illustrations and advertisements. The title changed from the New York Daily Times to the New York Times in 1857.
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.
Kids InfoBits targets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate and visual graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine and reference content.
Access over 9,500 news, business, and legal sources. The outstanding news coverage includes deep backfiles and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and foreign-language sources. Use the Company Dossier module to retrieve detailed company information and financial performance measures or identify and compare companies matching specific criteria. NOTE: Only the News and Company Info portions of the database are available remotely. Law is only available in the library.
Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you're learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in a wide variety of foreign languages. It also features ESL instruction in English, tailored for speakers of more than a dozen languages.
Morningstar Investment Research Center offers accurate, up-to-date data on 35,000 stocks and funds, along with industry and market data. The database lets users build and test portfolio ideas online, and provides financial education through its Investing Classroom.
Muzzy Online is the fun way to learn a second language. MUZZY Online features video content, interactive games and exercises to practice the vocabulary and grammar presented in each lesson. Organized thematically, MUZZY Online lesson content works on multiple levels to accommodate all learning styles. MUZZY employs a natural immersion approach, surrounding learners with visual, aural and contextual language, modeled on the way we learned our first language. MUZZY's multi-sensory, multi-layered communication works powerfully with all new learners. The unique MUZZY design is effective for visual/spatial, verbal, kinesthetic, musical and logical/mathematic learners.
Provides online access to the 11th edition of "Nations of the World: A Political, Economic and Business Handbook" (2012). Individual country reports can be downloaded as PDFs. Covers 231 nations and self-governing territories around the world, providing an overview of current facts and figures as well as insight into economic, social and business climates in each nation.
NoveList is an electronic readers' advisory resource which assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. Through its attractive and easy-to-use interface, NoveList allows readers to use a favorite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest. Readers can also enter words that describe the contents of a book they would like to read, and NoveList retrieves titles that contain these words in the book's subject headings field. In addition, users can browse over 1,200 theme-oriented book lists, 150 award lists and 1,000 fiction related web-sites. NoveList contains materials for all ages including picture books, children's "chapter" books, young adult titles and books for adult readers. The product's database provides enhanced subject access to over 92,000 fiction titles. Updated quarterly, the NoveList database integrates information from a variety of sources.
Gale’s Nursing Resource Center supports nursing programs at two-year community colleges, four-year colleges and vocational education high schools, as well as public libraries nationwide. Nursing Resource Center is a comprehensive resource that nurses, students, and instructors trust to deliver quality results because it was designed to match the “Nursing Process”. Whether preparing students for clinical exams, providing homework help, or NCLEX-RN test prep Nursing Resource Center is a care provider’s must have.
IN LIBRARY USE ONLY
The Official ABMS Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists provides biographical and professional information about more than 729,000 board certified physicians in 50 plus specialties and 100 plus subspecialties. Additional features on the website include information about the physician's medical school, internship, residency, hospital and academic appointments, type of practice, professional memberships, secondary office contact information (if applicable), etc.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution 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 organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
This collection includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine, providing researchers with access to topics discussed in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more.
Pop Culture Universe is an authoritative, yet irresistible, digital library of information on American and world popular culture, past and present-in a package as dynamic as the topic it covers. Built on hundreds of award-winning titles for all levels of researchers, PCU provides a safe haven for investigating topics that appeal to students-without the bias, advertising, suggestive content, or questionable authorship of commercial or fan sites.
Search multiple Gale Cengage databases at the same time
Gale PowerSearch is a platform unlike any other, providing libraries with a sophisticated, yet simple, solution for managing a wealth of periodical, reference and primary source information. Moreover, PowerSearch provides your patrons with access to all the Gale content in your library's collection through one, single search query.
Gale PowerSearch helps users select the databases most appropriate to include in a cross-search by providing an alphabetical listing along with a description of each one. Users search with the method that's easiest for them - by entering keywords, using pre-defined subject terms or constructing complex search queries using Boolean logic. Below the search term field, users will find a list of Gale databases so they can simply select as many databases as they want to include in their search. The database from which each document is found appears as part of the search results.
Powerspeak Languages uses an arsenal of approaches that combine systematic learning processes with innovative, yet proven, methods in courses tailored specifically to each language. Powerspeak Languages doesn't simply rely exclusively on a "listen and repeat" or "rote memorization" approach. It offers an optimal mix of progressive, yet tried-and-true teaching methods that reflect the latest language learning methods.
Safari Books Online, Consumer Technology Collection, offers the latest content in popular technology featuring books on digital photography, home audio/video, computing and home networking, and video gaming. Search across hundreds of titles simultaneously, browse the collection book by book, or pinpoint exactly the chapter, section and example you need in seconds.
Salem Health brings online access to Salem Press' award-winning health reference works. These guides provide general readers with an authoritative reference source that helps bridge the gap between medical encyclopedias for professionals and popular self-help guides. Titles include:
The Salem Literature Critical Insights series distills the best of both classic and current literary criticism of the world's most-studied literature. The series focuses on an individual author's entire body of work and on single works of literature.
Includes online access to:
(formerly Science Resource Center)
Science in Context provides topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations, as well as articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites. The database covers curriculum-related science topics, and offers teachers an easy-to-use tool to identify content directly correlated to state and national standards.
Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals.
Provides one-on-one tutoring for both children and adults. Children work one-to-one with a tutor in an online classroom on a specific homework problem until it's done. Adults work one-to-one with certified tutors live online for help with writing a resume, brushing up on an academic subject or studying for the GED and Citizenship tests. Live assistance available 2pm to 10pm. Resource Library, available 24/7, includes test prep materials, job search tips and ways to help children with homework.
U.S. History in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Financial Ratings Series, published by Grey House Publishing, offers a single source for financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering Insurance, Banks, and Credit Unions.
World Book Online is your online route to reliable, authoritative, easy-to-understand information and an array of supplementary search tools and information sources. World Book Online can fulfill many research needs. You may need the answer to a particular question. Or you may want general information to help with a school assignment. And, of course, many people simply like to explore World Book, letting one topic lead them to another.
World History in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.