Medford Public Library
Alphabetical List of Databases

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 Medford residents.


Ancestry Library 


Thousands of family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records and lots more!

APS Journals 


This database consists of articles from physics journals published by the American Physical Society, a professional organization of physicists.


AuthorCheck tracks your favorite authors and alerts you when a new book arrives at Medford Public Library. Access a database of 70,000 popular authors.



BiblioBoard® contains primary source materials including books, images, maps, articles, audio and video from leading publishers and archives around the world as well as a growing library of traditional publisher content including, fiction, graphic novels, comics, children's books and university press books.

Boston Consumers' Checkbook 

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.

Boston Globe 

Provides full text access to The Boston Globe - 1980-current.

Britannica Online Public Library Edition 

Brittanica Online Mobile Edition

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.

Britannica Public Library Edition for Kids 

Contains Compton's Encyclopedia, Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia, and a wealth of other age-appropriate material for younger students and children

Britannica Online School Edition 

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.

Britannica Learning Zone (early childhood) 

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.

Britannica Spanish Reference Center 

Escolar (K-8)

Moderna (9-12)

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.


Commonwealth Catalog 

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. You know what you want — let the Commonwealth Catalog help you get it.

Please search the Minuteman catalog first. 

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.

Current Topics 

Selected essays from Salem Press to help explore current events, topics include:
    •  Civil Disobedience
    •  Social Justice
    •  Nationalism & Populism
    •  Violent Demonstrations
    •  Race Relations

Cypress Resume 

Resumes Made Easy. With Cypress Resume, you can effortlessly create professional resumes in minutes. Resumes need to grab the attention of an employer almost immediately in order to have the best chance of making it through the weeding process. Cypress Resume’s gigantic library of tens of thousands of professional statements are designed to do exactly that. The database covers virtually all professions, grouping job types by core tasks. Users simply type basic information about themselves and leave the difficult task of writing concise, descriptive statements detailing abilities to us.


Digital Media Catalog (OverDrive) 

The Digital Media Catalog (OverDrive) provides popular audiobooks and eBooks for users to download.

There is also a collection of Public Domain eBooks that includes many popular classics.


Health and Wellness Resource Center 

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.

HeritageQuest Online 

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.


hoopla is a way to borrow free digital video, music and audiobooks with your library card. Gain access to thousands of titles – available for instant streaming or temporarily download – and watch on your smartphone, tablet or computer. There’s no waiting to borrow and hoopla digital’s automatic return eliminates all late fees. To get started, simply create an account with your library card number.


Kids InfoBits 

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.


Literature 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.


Mango Languages 

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.

Milestone Documents in American History 

Milestone Documents in American History pairs primary source documents with analytical essays and commentary, providing students of history a full understanding of each document's importance and historical context.

Morningstar Investment Research Center 

Comprehensive and up-to-date financial information on stocks, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Use the "Help & Education" tab to access the User's Guide and investor education resources.


Naxos Music Library (Trial)  

A music service featuring predominantly classical and world music, but also including jazz and blues, from the entire Naxos label catalog as well as other specialty record labels.

New Book Alerts 

New Book Alerts is a free online service that showcases the newest titles purchased by Medford Public Library. You can select to receive alerts via email and/or RSS feeds. If you see a new title that you are interested in, just click "check catalog" to place a hold on the item right away

The New York Times 

This database includes full-text of the New York Times from January 1, 1985 to the present.


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. 


One Play 

OnePlay offers a digital gaming service, where users can instantly download and play unlimited Android and PC games for free. OnePlay includes over 2,000 games from more than 75 different publishers.
1500+ PC titles. 500+ Android titles. No holds, no waiting. Download the games you want to your computer and play them whenever and wherever you are. Login can be used in the library, at home and on multiple devices. Parents can set a different password from the account to approve activation of game.

Online Book Clubs 

There’s a book club for just about everyone — fiction, non-fiction, romance, mystery, science fiction, audio, business, teen, good news, horror, and pre-publication (be the first to see these soon-to-be-released books).



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.

Power Pack Search 

Search multiple Gale Cengage databases at the same time

Gale Power Pack Search

Profiles of Massachusetts 

Provides data on all populated communities and counties in Massachusetts.


Research in Context 

(Research In Context incorporates content from five Gale resources, Discovering CollectionJunior Reference CollectionStudent Resource Center Jr., InfoTrac Junior Edition, and InfoTrac Junior Graphic Edition)

Reasearch in Context covers the most-studied topics in literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history, as well as the social issues most relevant to this age group. It features:

  • Engaging reference, periodical, and multimedia content
  • Information from trusted sources like Gale, National Geographic, Scholastic and more
  • Alignment to national and state curriculum standards
  • New content written especially for middle schoolers including nearly 300 topic pages and overviews

Best of all, Gale’s Research In Context supports students’ workflow with a mobile-responsive design, optimized for any device and screen size, allowing students to search and find information easily on computers, tablets, and smartphones.


Safari Books Online 

Safari Books Online is the premier on-demand digital library providing over 12,400 technology, digital media and business books and videos online. Searchable categories include: business, desktop and web applications, digital media, information technology and software development, personal and professional development, products, and vendors. Two modules are available: Safari Tech Books Online is a one-stop source for leading IT information; Safari Business Books Online provides reference essentials for the business world.

Salem Health 

Salem Health brings online access to Salem Press' award-winning health reference works.

Magill's Medical Guide, 7th edition (2014)

Magill's Medical Guide covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and other medical issues. Search topics, browse categories or a subject index, or consult the glossary.


(Grades 3+) Offering more than 50 complete units of study with over 8,000 science-related assets in a variety of media, ScienceFlix provides students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types, interactive features and more.


MySelectReads alerts you to new titles on subjects you’ve selected for yourself. Choose topics you’re interested in, enter your email address and you’ll get a weekly bulletin with book recommendations generated specifically for you.

Small Business Resource Center  

Small Business Resource Center is a comprehensive database that covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. It combines authoritative periodical and reference content to support prospective and current entrepreneurs as well as business students. Experience an easy-to-browse interface mapped to four key stagesóplan, fund, start, and manageóto fit your research needs at any point in your business's development.

Student Edition 

This database is designed for high school students, 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.


Universal Class 

Universal Class, Inc. [also known as UniversalClass™ or™] provides online continuing education courses. With a growing course catalog of over 500 online classes, Universal Class is committed to providing only the most affordable and highest quality continuing education.


Weapons & Warfare 

Weapons and Warfare is designed to meet the needs of students seeking information about weaponry, tactics, and models of warfare from ancient times to the present, worldwide. The articles present clear discussions of the topics, explaining any terms or references that may be unclear. The focus on the technical and strategic development of weapons and tactics, more than on a narrative chronological history of events, allows students of history, political science, science and technology alike to gain a broad understanding of the technological and strategic advances made over time and geography.

World Political Yearbook 

World Political Yearbook, profiles every nation and self-governing territory around the world, providing detailed analyses of the major events and current political climate, from over 200 countries.



OCLC catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

For home access try the free version at