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A List of the Newton Free Library's eResources
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    Database Terminology:
    Periodicals: newspaper, magazine, journal
    Full Text: entire article is available
    Citation: bibliographic information about the article
    Abstract: a summary of the article is available
    Scholarly/Professional Journal: original research in a specific
    field and have been reviewed by other scholars
    Peer-Reviewed Journal: is an academic periodical that has a
    review process to ensure its accuracy


    • ABC-CLIO History Databases  

      Four history databases for middle and high school students, including topic overviews, biographies, timelines and primary sources. Search together or individually.
    • Academic OneFile (Gale)

      Academic Onefile contains 10,000 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 from 1985.
    • American Ancestors (NEHGS)  

      Only available INSIDE the library. 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.
    • American Graphics Institute's Digital Books Collection

      Only available INSIDE the library.
      The American Graphics Institute's Digital Books Collection teaches how to use a range of popular technology topics ranging from digital design software applications, digital video editing tools, web design and coding skills, and office applications. The books serve as self-paced training guides and also include training videos created by the authors along with lesson files.
    • Ancestry Library Edition  

      Only available INSIDE the library.
      This database includes U.S. Federal Census Records from 1790 through 1940, the Immigration Collection of New York, San Francisco Passenger Lists, New York Petitions for Naturalization, recent obituaries from many newspapers, and much more.


    • Biography in Context (Gale)

      Includes biographies on more than 500,000 people gathered from more than 170 Gale reference sources. Search by name, occupation, nationality, gender, place of birth or death and other criteria, or narrow results by content or document type. Also includes Contemporary Authors.
    • BookLetters  

      Looking for a book for your book club to read next or a book to bring on vacation or the hottest new business title or award winners for young adults and children?
    • Books and Authors (Gale)

      Combining over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian's favorites lists, Gale's Books & Authors helps bring readers and literature together.
    • Books For You
      If you're interested in personalized recommendations for books to read, fill out our "Books for You" form, and we will suggest books based on your specific preferences.
    • Boston Globe (ProQuest)  
      This database provides the full text of articles published in the Globe since 1980 that were written by staff journalists, including news reports, feature stories, columns, and editorials.
    • Boston Globe Digital Microfilm
      See ProQuest Digital Microfilm. View, print, save and email digitized images from the Boston Globe. Coverage is January 1, 2008 – current (with a 2-3 month lag).
    • 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 Learning Zone (early childhood)

      For ages 4-7: Play, discover and create!
    • Britannica Library

      Three sites in one: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for older students and adults. Also includes full-text magazine articles, Web links, images and video, a world atlas, and more.
    • Britannica Online Mobile Edition

      Search Britannica on your mobile device!
    • Britannica Online School Edition

      Separate Elementary, Middle and High School levels, plus read-aloud at all levels and translation for over 50 languages.
    • 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 Spanish Reference Center

      Enciclopedia Moderna for high school ages and up, and Britannica Escolar Online for ages 6-12.
    • Britannica World Data Analyst

      View country snapshots and compare countries of the world by creating tables and charts using current and historical statistics. Export data to spreadsheets.
    • Business Collection (Gale)

      Provides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Includes business and trade publications, and a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications.
    • Business Insights: Essentials (Gale)

      Formerly called Business & Company Research Center. Research and compare companies and industries using industry rankings, company profiles, market share data, investment reports, charts, graphs, and more.


    • Central Register & Goods and Services Bulletin  
      Options for Access:
      A: Allows searching. Available in the Library ONLY. To log in, please speak to a Reference Librarian for assistance.
      B: Searching not available. Choose from issues (pdf versions).
    • Chicago Manual of Style Online  

      Recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age. Includes the full contents of the 16th and 15th editions.
    • Consumer Reports Online  
      Available inside the Library only To log in, please speak to a Reference Librarian for assistance.

      Consumer Reports is a comprehensive source for unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns.
    • ConsumerLab  

      Only available INSIDE the library.

      Provides comprehensive information about vitamin, herbal and other supplements, and nutritional products.
      A science-based encyclopedia of natural products is also provided, including a drug-interaction database.
    • Consumers' Checkbook  

      Only available INSIDE the library.

      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.

    • Contemporary Literary Criticism-Select (Gale)  

      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.
    • Criminal Justice Collection (Gale)

      Articles focusing 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 (Gale)

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


    • EBSCOhost eBook Collection (formerly NetLibrary)  

      Includes nearly 100 of Bloom's literature guides, as well as books on other popular topics. Also includes World Food: social and cultural perspectives on all things food-related, including history, politics, economics, medicine, nutrition, ethnicity, worship, and invention.

      PDF: How to Find eBooks on EBSCOhost
    • Educator's Reference Complete (Gale)

      A collection of more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports (most full-text) focusing on all levels of education, educational administration and policy.
    • eJournals Finder
      Find electronic journals, magazines and newspapers (by title or ISSN) or browse titles by subject.
    • Encyclopaedia Britannica: see Britannica Library and other Britannica resources under "B."
    • Encyclopaedia Judaica  

      Updated edition of this work on Judaism features more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists.
    • Environmental Studies and Policy Collection (Gale)

      Includes nearly 200 journals, including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.
    • Expanded Academic ASAP (Gale)

      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!
    • Explora Children's Research (formerly Searchasaurus)

      Search by topic or keyword for articles, primary source documents, and videos for research. Also includes the Encyclopedia of Animals and the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia.



    • Gale Virtual Reference Library  

      A database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Sources may be searched individually or together.
    • Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection (Gale)

      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 books.
    • General OneFile (Gale)
      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.
    • General Reference Center Gold (Gale)

      Use this general interest database to search magazines, reference books, and newspapers for information on current events, popular culture, the arts and sciences, sports, etc.
    • Global Issues in Context (Gale)
      International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Browse by issue, country, or region; includes reference, periodical, primary source, and statistical information as well as multimedia.


    • Health and Wellness Resource Center (Gale)  
      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.
    • Health Reference Center Academic (Gale)  

      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  

      Includes 28,000 family and local history books, U.S. census records, and PERSI, an index of over 2.3 million genealogy and local history articles.
    • hoopla  

      Borrow free movies, TV shows, audiobooks and music albums with your library card. Enjoy on your PC, tablet, or phone.
    • Hoover's Online  

      Contains a variety of business information about public, private and non-U.S. companies, including extensive company profiles, information about competitors, and names and biographies of key people. Also available is company and industry news, IPO information, research reports and annual reports.
    • Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection (Gale)

      Including over 500 industry journals, this collection covers the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field, including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, economic aspects of tourism, and more.


    • InfoTrac Junior Edition (Gale)
      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.
    • InfoTrac Student Edition (Gale)
      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.
    • Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society (ABC-CLIO)  

      Produced in conjunction with leading scholars and educators, Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society offers a graphical, straightforward interface, designed to lead researchers through the complexities of both national and worldwide issue and modeling ways to think about them beyond simple pro or con.
    • International Year Book and Statesmen's Who's Who

      Only available INSIDE the library.

      Information on all the countries of the world, including territories and federal states; all significant international and national organizations, from the United Nations to economic and trade organizations; comprehensive biographical profiles of over 6,000 of the most important people in the world today.


    • JSTOR  

      A collection of over 500 full-text journals across more than 40 disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences.


    • Kids InfoBits (Gale)
      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.


    • LearningExpress Library  

      Test Prep for Free! Educational and career test preparation materials. Practice taking tests: ASVAB, GMAT, GRE, SAT, Citizenship, HiSET, skills improvement courses for reading, writing and math skills, and many more.
    • Literature Resource Center (Gale)
      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.
    • Little Pim

      PLEASE NOTE: Our subscription to Little Pim expired on June 1, 2016. You can also learn a language with Mango Languages

      NEW! Video tutorials to help anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills. Access is limited to Newton residents. Read more about using here.


    • Mango Languages  

      Language instruction for dozens of languages, as well as ESL instruction. Use Mango Premiere to learn a language by watching a movie.

      Learn on the go with Mango Mobile apps! Go to Mango Languages and create an account, then download the free "Mango Languages Library Edition" app for iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, or Nook.
    • Massachusetts History Online (Gale)

      Use this collection for full-text articles from 50 magazines and local newspapers for coverage of Massachusetts people, places and historical events.
    • Massachusetts Register  
      In Library Only To log in, please speak to a Reference Librarian for assistance.

      The Massachusetts Register is published every two weeks by the Secretary of State. It contains executive orders by the governor, Attorney General opinions, permanent and emergency regulations, notice of public hearings, the State Register of Historic Places, and a list of recently enacted legislation.
    • Morningstar Investment Research Center  

      Provides financial data on over 12,000 stocks and 24,000 mutual funds, with independent reports on 1,700 stocks and 2,300 funds.

      When you are done, please "end session" at upper right so others can use the database.


    • 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 on your computer or mobile device. Apps for Android and iPhone/iPad are available.
    • NetLibrary
    • New York Times 1985-Current (Gale)

      This database includes the full text of the New York Times from January 1, 1985 to the present, including the New York Times Magazine and the New York Times Book Review.
    • New York Times Archive 1851-Present  

      In Library Only To log in, please speak to a Reference Librarian for assistance.

      Search the New York Times archive for articles beginning in 1851.
    • Newton News Index
      An online database of citations for newspaper and magazine articles about Newton, Massachusetts and its citizens, from 1999 to the present.
    • NOAA Satellites and Information

      What was the weather like on a particular day, in a specific city? Local climatalogical data--temperature, precipitation, wind, and more--for Boston and locations across the country. Daily information going back to 1949, with annual summaries for earlier years. Try "I want to search for data at a particular location," and enter your choices in the Search Tool.
    • NoveList

      Over 155,000 fiction titles for readers of all ages can help you find your next book to read. Search by author, title, series title, or plot keywords. Features include lists of recommended reads in all genres, author read-alikes, links to author websites, book discussion guides, and feature articles.
    • Nursing and Allied Health Collection (Gale)

      All aspects of the Nursing profession from direct patient care to health care administration are covered in this collection, which includes nearly 400 journal titles.
    • Nursing Resource Center (Gale)

      Supports nursing programs at two-year community colleges, four-year colleges and vocational education high schools with homework help, preparation for clinical exams, and NCLEX-RN test prep.


    • Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)

      Covering today's important social issues,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.
    • Optimal Resume
      Our subscription to Optimal Resume has been discontinued as of 7/31/15. For resume, cover letter, and job search help, try the Career Transitions database, available from the Boston Public Library website. If you don't have a Boston Public Library card, any Massachusetts resident can get an eCard online for immediate use.
    • OverDrive eBooks, Audiobooks and Video Digital Media Catalog

      Download eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video to your tablet, mobile phone, eReader, or computer.

    • Oxford English Dictionary  

      Search for the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. The site now includes a Historical Thesaurus to the OED, and "Aspects of English" (descriptive articles on language).







        • Salem History  

          Contains the Great Events from History Series as well as Great Lives from History Series, Milestone Documents in American and African American History, Sixties in America & Twenties in America.

          PDF: How to Search for Salem eBooks
        • Salem Literature  
          Includes access to: Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes & Superheroes, Masterplots, Magill's Literary Annual (1977-present), Critical Insights: Authors, & Critical Insights: Works.

          PDF: How to Search for Salem eBooks
        • Salem Science: Encyclopedia of Global Warming  

          Encyclopedia of Global Warming provides complete, authoritative coverage of the science, policy and social issues surrounding global warming and climate change. The essays in this set address a broad range of topics, from scientific concepts to social issues to current laws, organizations, people, and much more.

          PDF: How to Search for Salem eBooks
        • Science in Context (Gale)

          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.
        • Searchasaurus (EBSCO)  
        • Serials Solutions
        • Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage  

          A business analysis package that includes industry surveys, stock and bond reports, company profiles, articles, and the Register. Industry Surveys are only available in the library.

          Please note: This online version does not include the Mutual Funds Reports, the Dividend Record, and Security Dealers Directory.
        • Statistical Abstract of the United States


        • TumbleBookLibrary  

          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
          PLEASE NOTE: Our subscription to Universal Class ended on August 31. Please try our new database for online learning, (Access is limited to Newton residents.)

        • U.S. History in Context (Gale)
          Resources in U.S. History, including articles, images, essays, primary sources, and multimedia. Search by topic, keyword, or source type.



        • World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society (ABC-CLIO)  
          Information, analysis, facts & figures and timelines on world conflicts, from the Aztec-Spanish War in the 16th century to the United States's military involvement in the Middle East in the recent decades.
        • World Book Online  
          Includes World Book Kids (elementary-school students), World Book Student (middle and high-school students), World Book Advanced (high-school, college students, and adults), and World Book Discover (students reading below grade level). Also has a Spanish-language encyclopedia, primary source documents & eBooks.
        • World Food (Sharpe Online Reference)  
        • World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras (ABC-CLIO)  
          Covers world history from prehistoric times to the year 1500, primarily for middle and high school students. Browse subject overviews in "Topic Explorations," or search by type of resource or topic. The database includes biographies, primary-source documents, essays, maps, quotations, timelines, photos, audio and video, statistics, and more.
        • World History: The Modern Era (ABC-CLIO)  

          Covers world history from the year 1500 to the present, primarily for middle and high school students. Choose an era for topic overviews, biographies, and primary-source documents and images.
        • World History in Context (Gale)
          Resources in World History, including articles, images, essays, primary sources, and multimedia. Search by topic, keyword, or source type.








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