Watertown Free 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 Watertown residents.

 

Academic OneFile 

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of all academic disciplines, Academic OneFile is authoritative and comprehensive. Millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, including full-text coverage of the New York Times since 1995. Updated daily.

American Ancestors 

Dozens of genealogical databases from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, including full text of the New England Historical and Genealogical Record, The Search for Missing Friends, and Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1910.

Ancestry Library 

IN LIBRARY USE ONLY

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

Auto Repair Reference Center 

Provides information about a variety of car repairs. Search by model year, type of car, or repair.

 

BiblioBoard® 

 

 BiblioBoard Library is an easy-to-use platform that allows Watertown patrons to access high-quality digital content covering a wide range of topics, including Literature, Philosophy, History, Geography and Science. Users can access BiblioBoard Library through the library’s website or synch with the device of their choice, including the iPad®, iPad® mini, Kindle Fire®, Galaxy ®, Nexus®, and more.

Biography in Context 

(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.

Books and Authors 

Books & Authors makes exploration of genre fiction and essential non-fiction fun! By leveraging our entire award-winning What Do I Read Next? collection, patrons and students alike can be sure that their next big read comes with a BIG recommendation.

Boston Globe 


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

Boston Public Library Databases 

In addition to these databases, Massachusetts residents are eligible to use resources from the Boston Public Library. If you do not already have a BPL library card you can apply for an eCard. eCards expire after 3 years unless they are upgraded to standard BPL cards.

» Visit BPL's website for more information and to sign up for an eCard.

Britannica Annals of American History 

Explore the rich and varied history of the United States through speeches, historical accounts, memoirs, poems, images, and multimedia

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.

Britannica World Data Analyst 

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.

Business Insights: Essentials  

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.

 

Chronicling America 

Search America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select 

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.

Consumer Reports Online 

ConsumerReports.org is the sister product of the Consumer Reports print magazine--both are published by the independent nonprofit Consumers Union, one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services. ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and recommendations on cars, appliances, electronics, and thousands of other products under the categories of Home and Garden, Babies and Kids, Money, and Food.

Consumers Empowered 

Consumers Empowered.Org is the website of Consumers Empowered, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Our mission is to assist Massachusetts consumers by providing them with tools to make informed decisions, resources to resolve issues and information and education on Internet privacy and security.

Credo Reference 

CREDO is a user-friendly search engine designed to help with research on thousands of topics. Just enter your search query (as you would in Google), and CREDO instantly scans millions of entries from over 500 credible reference sources to provide you with the best results.

Criminal Justice Collection 

The Criminal Justice Collection database focuses on all aspects of the criminal justice field. Publications include: American Criminal Law Review; Corrections Today; Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice Ethics; Forensic Examiner; Psychology Today; and more.

Culinary Arts Collection 

The Culinary Arts Collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines from 1980 to present. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

CultureGrams Online 

CultureGrams provides quick cultural and statistical snapshots of the over 200 countries recognized by the United Nations. Compare countries, states or provinces using a list of statistical elements and create data tables for reports or papers. Country reports can include maps, flags, symbols, history, economy, geography, population and more.

 

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.

Digital Sanborn Maps of MA 1867-1971 

Sanborn maps chart the growth and development of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. They are large-scale plans of a city or town, drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch and were created to assist fire insurance companies as they assessed the risk associated with insuring a particular property. The maps list street blocks and building numbers.

 

Ebsco eBooks Database 

eBooks and Audiobooks are now searchable on the EBSCOhost platform, providing a single source for discovering journal and book content.

Educator's Reference Complete 

Educator's Reference Complete is a selection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education. Majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database. The database is updated daily and provides 24-hour access from school or home.

E-Journals Finder 

Looking for a specific journal or article?
Search by title or browse by subject to access over 11,850 electronic journals, magazines and newspapers.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection 

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.

Expanded 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, magazines and newspapers - with full text and images!

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library 

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Sources may be searched individually or together.

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection 

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.

General BusinessFile ASAP 

Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available..

General OneFile 

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.

General Reference Center Gold 

A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

Global Issues in Context 

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.

Global Road Warrior 

The Global Road Warrior is a comprehensive business travel, telecommunications and business culture reference covering 175 countries. Business travelers, travel planners, international communicators and businesspeople who need extensive coverage of these topics will find the most up-to-date information available in a highly organized and consistent format.

 

Health and Wellness Resource Center 

Use this Resource Center to find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, videos, & reference information on: Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Pregnancy, Prescription Drugs, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, health assessment sites & government databases. Easily access 700+ videos from Healthology, Inc.'s consumer health video library. Spanish-language videos are available. The material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Health Reference Center Academic 

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 

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 

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.

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection 

With current and relevant content from over 500 industry journals, this collection 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

LawDepot 

Receive unlimited access to thousands of legal forms across all categories, including Real Estate, Business, Human Resources, Family, and more.

Learning Express Library 

Educational and career test preparation materials; also includes a computer skills training component.

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.

Massachusetts History Online 

Contains full-text articles gathered from almost 50 sources that directly relate to MA history.

Morningstar 

IN LIBRARY USE ONLY

Morningstar Mutual Funds Online provides fast and easy access to Morningstar Mutual Funds in a PDF format. Download the latest issue under Most Recent Issue, select an entire group of funds to review under Download Reports by Category, or find a specific fund under Search. Click on the Research Guide link for help in using and understanding the information in Morningstar.

Music Online 

Online music databases American Song (including African American Song), Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library and Smithsonian Global Sound. Create and save playlists using the registration feature. Listen to music in the library with headphones or at home on a pc or MAC using Windows Media Player.

 

Naxos Music Library 

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.

Listen to music in the library with headphones or at home on a pc or MAC using Windows Media Player.

News for You Online 

News for You Online.com is an online news source designed for people who are learning to read, write, or speak English. Seven new stories are posted weekly for 48 weeks a year. These engaging articles are based on world and national news events. Each article audio includes audio where readers can listen to the whole article or sentence by sentence. Key vocabulary is shown in bold with the definition appearing by just rolling the mouse over the word. An interactive crossword puzzle provides an enjoyable activity while strengthening vocabulary skills.

The New York Times 

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

NoveList 

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. 

Nursing and Allied Health Collection Resource Center 

All aspects of the Nursing profession from direct patient care to health care administration are covered in this collection. 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 Center 

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.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context 

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.

 

PebbleGO 

PebbleGo includes hundreds of animals, audio and video clips, and educational games. PebbleGo features easy to-use searching tools and introduces early learners to database and research concepts. Access hundreds of animal articles, educational games, and learning activities from school or from home.Back to Top

P4A Antiques Reference  

p4A Antiques Reference provides price and background information on antiques, collectibles, fine art, and historic Americana. Data is based on regional auctions throughout the United States. Users can search by item category, specific type of item within a category, geographic origin, keyword or date. Also included are links to auction houses and other auction-related links. Back to Top

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection 

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.

PowerSearch 

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.

 

ReferenceUSA 

A directory of nearly 14 million U.S. businesses, searchable by name, yellow page heading, SIC code, zip code, estimate sales volume, and more.

 

Science in Context 

(formerly Science Resource Center)

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

Sesame Street EBooks 

The Sesame Street eBookstore offers access to more than 150 eBooks. There are three easy ways to enjoy this unique collection: in the library, at home, or remotely on the iPad. The Sesame Street eBookstore benefits and features: available anywhere, anytime, more than 150 classic and brand-new books, new books added regularly at no extra cost, and all books based on Sesame Street's early childhood curriculum. Includes 4 different kinds of eBooks: read along books, audio books, animated books, and interactive booksBack to Top

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.

 

TumbleBook Library 

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

 

Universal Class 

Universal Class, Inc. [also known as UniversalClass™ or UniversalClass.com™] 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.

 

U.S. Government Online 

Presents in-depth information on the structure and function of the U.S. government and its everyday role in the lives of citizens.

U.S. History In Context 

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.

 

Value Line Research Center 

SINGLE USER LICENSE

The Value Line Research Center provides online access to leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities, and special situation stocks.

 

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. Offering content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

 

Wall Street Journal 

IN LIBRARY USE ONLY

Search or browse the full text of the Wall Street Journal from 1984-Present.

Washington Post 

IN LIBRARY USE ONLY

Includes all the articles published since the first issue of the paper in 1877. Provides full text and full image articles with digital reproductions of every page, every article and every issue in PDF format. In addition to news stories, includes editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, photos, and advertisements.

World Book Online 

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 

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.

WorldCat 

IN LIBRARY USE ONLY

OCLC catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.


For home access try the free version at http://www.worldcat.org

 

Zinio 

Zinio provides a quick and easy way for library patrons to read digital copies of their favorite magazines. Using their Mac or PC, reading fans will be able to access the library’s catalog of selected digital magazines. Zinio’s unique digital platform recreates a magazine page-for-page, including highly visual full-color pictures, while taking the reading experience even further through intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive rich media elements such as audio and video. Consumer Reports, Car & Driver, Good Housekeeping, The Economist, ESPN Magazine and Esquire are just a few of the popular titles that will be available through the Zinio for Libraries program.