Wellesley Free 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 Wellesley residents.


AtoZdatabases is the premier reference and marketing database marketed to Library, Academic, and Government institutions throughout the U.S. This simple, user-friendly, web-based solution provides details on every business and every household within the U.S.

  • Small Businesses: Find sales leads and mailing lists to grow their business
  • Entrepreneurs: Find similar businesses along with competitors
  • Students: Research businesses by industry or segment and company size
  • Government Agencies: Employment statistics, mapping, and traffic modeling
  • People Searching: Locate friends and relatives
  • Guidance Counselors: helping students learn about various careers and how to find jobs
  • Fundraising: Find income and home value in any neighborhood

A to Z Maps Online 

4000+ world maps including political, physical, population, climate and other thematic maps.  New maps are added to the collection every month.

A to Z the USA 

A to Z Information for U.S. States and Territories

AAII (American Association of Individual Investors) 

IN LIBRARY USE ONLY (see Reference Librarian for password)

AAII is a nonprofit organization that arms individual investors with the education and tools they need to build wealth. From stock investing to financial planning and retirement funding, AAII covers all your needs.

Academic OneFile 

Contains 14,000 academic journals, 6000 in full text, hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC, as well as full-text New York Times content from 1985.

American Social Movements 

The Encyclopedia of American Social Movements tells the stories of social conflicts that mainstream accounts typically gloss over—the struggles waged by ordinary people against those who hold power over them. Organized in 16 thematic sections, it includes in-­depth articles on specific movements, campaigns, organizations, and ideologies—more than 180 in all. Individual articles also include sidebar features on notable individuals and historic documents; illustrations; and a bibliography of recommended readings.

Ancestry Library 


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


IN LIBRARY USE ONLY (Ask Reference Librarian for Username and Password)

Information and images from almost 300,000 artists.  Find dealers, galleries, appraisers, and museums.

Biography in Context  

(formerly Biography Resource Center & Biography Resource Center: African Americans)

Includes 600,000+ biographies with photos and links to current research on the world's most influential people. 

Boston Consumers' Checkbook 

Independent, nonprofit, no-advertising ratings of local auto repair shops, plumbers, veterinarians, banks, doctors, dentists, carpet cleaners ... and much more ... plus in-depth articles with advice from CHECKBOOK's award-winning magazine.

Boston Globe 

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

For full text access to 1872-1981 see (ProQuest) Historical Newspapers.

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 Online Public Library Edition 

Brittanica Online Mobile Edition

Contains four full encyclopedias, the Encyclopædia BritannicaCompton's by BritannicaBritannica Elementary Encyclopedia, and Britannica Concise Encyclopedia each covering the research needs of a different age group. It also contains full-text magazine articles, reviewed websites, homework help, 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 Online School Edition 

Elementary, Middle and High School levels, plus read-aloud at all levels and translation for over 50 languages.  Gives teachers and students instant access to four complete encyclopedias and 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, offers students an easy-to-use gateway to the vast resources of Encyclopædia Britannica.

Britannica Public Library Edition for Kids 

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

Britannica Spanish Reference Center 

Escolar (K-8)

Moderna (9-12)

Two Spanish language encyclopedias, one for ages 6-12 and another for the high school and college ages.

Constitutional Amendments  

Includes the primary documents, politics, procedures and campaigns for the 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  From the end of slavery, to women's right to vote, to prohibition, to the 18 year old vote,
to the limit of two terms for the President, the changes of the Constitution over the years are highlighted.

Consumer Reports 

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.

Criminal Justice Collection 

Focuses on all aspects of the criminal justice field. Publications include: American Criminal Law Review, Corrections Today, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice EthicsForensic ExaminerPsychology Today, and more.

Culinary Arts Collection 

Includes 350 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines from 1980 to present. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

Digital Media Catalog (OverDrive)  

OverDrive provides popular e-books and audiobooks for users to download.  Overdrive Advantage provides additional titles for Wellesley cardholders. 

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

Earth Science : Earth's Surface and History  

Comprised of over 125 essays on a wide variety of features that have influenced life on earth (including mountain ranges, the ocean, continental movement, etc.) Detailed explorations of the evolution of dinosaurs, fish, birds, plant life and humans, as they were influenced by the earth's surface, fill this set.

Educator's Reference Complete 

A collection of more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports (most full-text) focusing on all levels of education, educational administration and policy.

Environmental Issues (Encyclopedia of) 

Hundreds of environmentally related articles written by experts in the fields of biology, geology, anthropology, demographics, genetics, and engineering that explain the interrelationships of issues in these fields. Topics include endangered animal species, air pollution, national parks, environmental legislation, oil spills, alternative energy sources, and global climate change and more. Includes hundreds of photographs, charts, graphs, tables, and maps.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection 

Providing robust coverage of the field of environmental issues and policy, this collection, which includes over 1000 periodicals, 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!

Financial Ratings Series Online  

Powered by Weiss Ratings and Grey House Publishing, this website gives you powerful new tools to protect your finances, invest wisely, grow your wealth, and learn more about your finances.

Foundation Directory Online 


90% of U.S. Foundations don't have websites. With Foundation Directory Online, you can put Foundation Center's extraordinary database and fundraising expertise to work for your organization, project, or client, while uncovering information on all 140,000 U.S. Foundations. It's the smartest, fastest way to win more funding.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online 

Profiles of nearly 10,000 grantmakers that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals. Includes application information, giving programs and financial data.

Gale Virtual Reference Library 

Easy full-text access to searchable interdisciplinary e-books valuable for research.

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection  

A collection of more than 200 periodicals 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 OneFile 

General OneFile is a one-stop source for news and periodical articles, including most of the content across all Thomson/Gale databases. OneFile contains over 5,000 full-text periodical titles, and more than 9,200 titles in all, on a wide range of topics.

Global Issues in Context 

Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals bring together a variety sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Each gateway page includes an overview, unique "perspectives" articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source and statistical information. Includes podcasts, video, and interactive graphs.

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.

Global Social Issues 

Examines current, critical social issues in historical and global contexts. Original, signed articles cover a broad range of topics including the environment, health, science, the media, ethnic conflicts, poverty, immigration and many others. Each article provides historical context with discussion and analysis of contemporary issues facing today's world.

Global Warming (Encyclopedia of ) 

The Encyclopedia of Global Warming provides comprehensive coverage of the questions of global warming and climate change, including scientific descriptions and explanations of all factors, from carbon dioxide to sunspots, that might contribute to climate change.

Health (See also Salem Health)  

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.

Health Reference Center Academic 

Use this database to find articles on: fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health & safetyalcohol and drug abuse, HMOs, prescription drugs, etc. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

HeritageQuest Online 

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 28,000 family and local history books, U.S. census records, and PERSI, an index of over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles.

Historical Newspapers™ 

ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ is the definitive newspaper digital archive offering full-text and full-image articles for significant newspapers dating back to the 18th Century.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers includes:

  • The Arizona Republican—1890-1922
  • Atlanta Constitution—1868-1945
  • The Baltimore Sun—1837-1988
  •  The Boston Globe—1872-1982
  • The Christian Science Monitor—1908-2000
  • Cincinnati Enquirer—1841-1922
  • Detroit Free Press—1831-1922
  • Hartford Courant—1764-1988
  • Indianapolis Star—1903-1922
  • Los Angeles Times—1881-1990
  • Nashville Tennessean—1812-1922
  • New York Times 1851-2010; with index 1851-1993.
  • New York Tribune / Herald Tribune—1841-1962
  • Newsday—1940-1985
  • San Francisco Chronicle—1865-1922
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch—1874-1922
  • Wall Street Journal—1889-1996
  • Washington Post—1877-1997

Note:  To access the Boston Globe 1980-current, see Boston Globe.
           To access The New York Times 1985-current, see The New York Times.

History (See also Salem History)

Home Improvement Collection 

This collection of book, magazine, journal, and newspaper articles is a resource for all homeowners looking to remodel or decorate their homes. Includes information on building plans, decorating, holiday & party planning, room updates, and more.


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 1400 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.

InfoTrac Newsstand  

This innovative full-text newspaper resource allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section or other fields, eliminating random searching through newspaper archives. InfoTrac Newsstand provides access to more than 1,100 major U.S. regional, national and local newspapers as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.


A collection of over 2000 publications across 40 disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences.


Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service that works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer thousands of award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases across diverse subjects and disciplines. Kanopy provides access to more than 26,000 films and documentaries from a variety of independent filmmakers and distributors, including the BBC, PBS and the Criterion Collection.

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.

Magill's Literary Annual  

Reviews of new fiction and non-fiction books of all genres including poetry, short fiction, and criticism. Archives beginning with the 1977 edition are available for searching and include the author and title index.

Mammal Anatomy: An Illustrated Guide 

Looks closely at the biological systems of 14 animals representing the diversity of the mammal family.

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 60 different language courses and ESL instruction for speakers of 18 languages.  The newest feature is language learning through film with popular films in their native language.

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.

Native Peoples of the World  

An international team of experts covers the histories and cultures of hundreds of native groups and the nations in which they live. Not merely an historical treatment, the work includes current issues of major concern to native peoples around the globe.


Access provided by the Minuteman Library Network



Enjoy free access to NYTimes.com. For both in-library and home access, create an account and log in using that account. Coverage includes 1981 to Current, plus historic coverage 1851-1922. Home Access includes NY Times App and 5 Premium Archive (1923-1980) articles per day. For more information see Minuteman's NY Times FAQ

The New York Times 

This database includes full-text of the New York Times from January 1, 1985 to the present. For 1851-2010, see Historical Newspapers. Indexing available from 1851-1993.


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 2000 publications, (1300 full text), this collection’s, 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.


Access hundreds of animal articles, educational games, and learning activities from school or from home with easy to-use searching tools.  Introduces early learners to database and research concepts.

PebbleGo Next  

PebbleGo Next has curriculum-connected content for grades 3-6 starting with topics on American Indians and U.S. states..

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.

PowerKnowledge Science Suite

PowerKnowledge Life Science   
PowerKnowledge Earth Space Science
PowerKnowledge  Physical Science  

For grades 3–8, PowerKnowledge Science Suite offers online research, report, and homework help in three areas of science: life science, earth and space science and physical science. Comprised of curriculum-correlated content, PowerKnowledge Science Suite promotes digital literacy and 21st-century learning skills with database articles and interactive content.


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.

RBDigital (formerly Zinio)  

•   Read complete digital editions of popular magazines
•  Enjoy interactive elements such as audio and video
•  Experience anytime, anywhere availability on PCs, Macs and mobile devices
•  Keep magazines for as long as you like
•  Download magazines to your mobile device for offline reading

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)

Research 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.

Salem Health  

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

Addictions & Substance Abuse (2013)
Cancer (2009)
Complementary & Alternative Medicine (2012)
Genetics & Inherited Conditions (2010)
Magill's Medical Guide, 7th edition (2014)
Magill’s Medical Guide, 6th edition (2011)
Psychology & Mental Health (2010)

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.

Salem History 

Includes online access to:

Defining Documents in American History:
    - Exploration & Colonial America (1492-1755)
    - The American Revolution (1754-1805)
    - Manifest Destiny & the New Nation (1803-1859)

   - Civil War (1860-1865)

Encyclopedia of American Immigration

Great Events from History:
    - The Ancient World
    - Middle Ages
    - The Renaissance 1454-1600
    - The 17th Century
    - The 18th Century
    - The 20th Century 1901-1940
    - The 20th Century 1941-1970

Milestone Documents in American History

Milestone Documents of American Leaders
Milestone Documents in World History
Milestone Documents of World Religions

The Twenties in America
The Thirties in America
The Forties in America
The Sixties in America
The Seventies in America
The Eighties in America
The Nineties in America
The 2000's in America

Salem Literature 

Includes online access to:

Jane Austen
William Faulkner
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Ernest Hemingway
Cormac McCarthy
Eugene O'Neill
John Steinbeck
John Updike
Kurt Vonnegut

Magill’s Literary Annuals - 1977 to date

Salem Science 

Includes online access to:

Applied Science
Earth Science: Earth's Surface and History
Environmental Issues
Encyclopedia of Global Warming


ScienceFlix provides students with over 4,000 videos, articles, interactive media and more on the earth, space, life and physical sciences, health and the human body and technology and engineering.
Teachers can support learning with projects and experiments, quizzes and discussion starters, weblinks and interactive timelines.

Science in Context 

(formerly Science Resource Center)

Provides topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations, as well as articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality websites. 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.

Social Issues in America 

Social Issues in America: An Encyclopedia addresses nearly 170 timely American issues in breadth and detail, providing an introduction to the basic concepts, terminology, historical background, competing points of view, statistics, and research materials associated with each one.

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 stages - plan, fund, start, and manage - to 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.

TumbleBook Library E-books for Kids  

A collection of 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.

U.S. History In Context  

Hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History are detailed using 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  

Value Line On-Line provides stock and industry lookup, custom company reports, model and custom user portfolios, historical archives back to 1997 (for additional fee), stock recaps, market review and PDF reports for printing and emailing.

The Value of a Dollar 1860-2014; Fifth edition 

The Value of a Dollar 1860-2014 includes actual pricing of thousands of items that consumers purchased from the Civil War to the present, along with facts about average salaries and incomes. Currency conversion charts appear at the end of each chapter.

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.

Wellesley Townsman  

Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of Wellesley Townsman from August 2005 to date.

Wellesley Townsman Archives  

Search the archives of the Wellesley Townsman Newspaper. Years covered - 1906-1986.

World History In Context 

Hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History are detailed using 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.


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