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  • 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 the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily.
  • Public Library edition
  • From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers – many with full text and images!
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 – newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).

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Biography

  • This database integrates award-winning biographies from respected Gale sources with related full-text articles from hundreds of magazines and newspapers, as well as tens of thousands of images and links to vetted websites. Search for people—both current and historic from all eras and fields of endeavor—based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as keyword and full text. Or, combine search criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

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 Business

  • Brings together company profiles, financial data, investment reports, industry information, business periodicals and more. Search this resource to find detailed company and industry news and information.
  • With a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit database, this collection provides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics. Perfect for business classes, users will find more than 150 full-text journals to support their research.
  • 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.
  • This collection, comprised of nearly 40 journals, takes a broad view of the insurance and liability industry, covering such topics as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more.
  • Perfect for business schools and entrepreneurs, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories. Users will find 250 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals, complemented by 6 eBook titles.

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 Careers

  • Providing content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.
  • Targeted collection of journals, travel guides and e-reference books covering hospitality and tourism.
  • Gale’s Career Transitions provides support with creating resumes, writing cover letters, and applying for positions as well as interactive interview practice. In addition, it assists with career exploration; identifying new opportunities based on work or military experience; exploring growing career paths, including green and new economy jobs; and finding education and training.

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 Computers & Information Technology

  • Comprised of content from nearly 100 leading industry journals, this collection provides current and accurate information for the information professional. Coverage includes such topics as data processing techniques, metadata architectures, and more.

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 Consumer Information

  • Consumer Reports provides evidence-based product testing and ratings based on rigorous research.  *Requires a valid Marlborough Public Library card for remote access*

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 Education

  • 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.

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 Elementary School Students

  • Elementary School Edition.
  • Spanish Edition: Escolar (K-8)
  • Kids InfoBits is a database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Featuring a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, the most popular search method is moving from a broad subject to a narrower topic using the subject-based topic tree. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

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Encyclopedias

  • Public Library edition
  • Elementary School Edition.
  • Middle School Edition
  • Spanish Edition: Escolar (K-8)
  • High School Edition
  • Spanish Edition: Moderna (9-12)

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 Environmental Studies

  • A collection of over 800 journals and 6 subject specific Delmar reference titles provide robust coverage of environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

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Finance

  • Provides data and analyst reports on over 24,800 mutual funds, 14,500 stocks, and 1,500 exchange-traded funds. The analyst reports provide in-depth background on top investments. Note: enter the same password that you use to login to your library account.

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 Food & Cooking

  • Includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

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Gardening & Agriculture

  • With broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields, this collection provides a comprehensive view of this growing body of knowledge. Comprised of nearly 200 titles, researchers will have access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry–from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.
    • Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture. A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.

Genealogy

  • Ancestry is a great way to discover your family history and start your family tree. Access billions of names inside the more than 7,000 available databases of Ancestry® Library Edition, including Census and Vital Records, birth, marriage and death notices, the Social Security Death Index, Passenger lists and naturalizations, Military and Holocaust Records, City Directories, New York Emigrant Savings Bank Records, and African American and Native American Records.   * In Library Access only*

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 High School Students

  • High School Edition
  • Spanish Edition: Moderna (9-12)
  • Now with over 1100 titles, cross searchable with E-Books, this periodical database is designed for high-school students with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

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 History

  • Delivers more than 2,000 primary source documents plus 700 multimedia elements that guide you through the history of the United States. 
  • Contains full-text articles gathered from almost 50 sources that directly relate to MA history.
  • This collection of over 40 journals provides balanced coverage of both current thought and events in U.S. History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field; useful both to the novice historian and to the advanced academic researcher.
  • Provides information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History.
  • This collection of nearly 40 journals provides balanced coverage of both the current thought and events in World History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field; useful both to the novice historian and to the advanced academic researcher.
  • Provides information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. Merges reference content with full text magazines, academic journals, news articles, images, videos audio files and websites.

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 Home Improvement

  • Even the smallest home improvement project can be daunting: with this collection of nearly 100 home improvement focused titles, hobbyists and professional carpenters alike will immediately put their projects on a more solid foundation. Coverage includes such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more.

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Humanities

  • This custom collection provides coverage of different religions, philosophies and how they impact our daily lives. Two hundred and fifty subject-appropriate full-text periodicals are included.

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Law & Criminal Justice

  • Whether studying to become a lawyer or law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security, this collection rises to the challenge. Users will have access to 150 journals.

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 Learn a Language

  • Want to learn a new language or improve your English? Mango Languages is an online language learning software that is easy to use. “This program uses real-life situations and practical conversations to teach a new language.” With 62 foreign languages for English speakers and 17 ESL courses for non-English speakers, there is plenty to choose from and learn.

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Literature

  • Combines authors, titles, read-alikes, award winners and librarian’s favorite booklists.
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism–Select is an extensive collection of more than 11,000 critical essays on contemporary authors. Each CLC–Select entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, a list of principal works, critical essays, and sources for further study. Updated monthly, Contemporary Literary Criticism–Select allows users to search by author name, title of work, nationality, subject/genre, ethnicity, critic name, and more.
  •  Literary criticism, author biographies, literary journals, overviews of frequently studied works and over 30,000 poems, short stories and plays.
NoveList     
  • Provides in depth information on over 150,000 fiction titles including full text reviews, publication information and subject headings. This database also provides suggestions for similar titles and authors as well as guides for book discussions and more.

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 Medicine & Health

  •  Includes health/medical journals, pamphlets, videos and articles from both general interest and reference titles.
  • Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac’s award-winning Health Reference Center. All in a single, easy-to-use database, the material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.
  • 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.
  • Designed for nursing students this resource brings together disease and drug overviews, care plans, anatomy and physiology diagrams with full text journals and core encyclopedias. 
  • Targeted collection of journals covering proven and experimental research and treatment techniques in the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine.

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 Middle School Students

  • Middle School Edition
  • Spanish Edition: Escolar (K-8)
InfoTrac K-12 Junior Edition          
  • Now with over 330 titles, cross searchable with E-Books, this periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school 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.

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 Natural Sciences

  • A custom collection of over 200 journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments–including such topics as particle physics, advanced mathematics, and nanotechnology.
  • Provides access to reference content along with full text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files, and websites. 
  • Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.

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 Newspapers & Magazines

Boston Globe.

  • Provides full text articles from 8/4/2005 to the present.
  • Provides full text articles from 9/6/2005 to the present.
  • Provides full text of over 100 eastern Massachusetts newspapers including the Marlborough Enterprise, the Metrowest Daily News, the Worcester Telegram, and more.
  • Includes 1000 of the most searched magazines across our InfoTrac products. All the titles were selected based on actual publication searches performed by library patrons. This database is 100% full text and includes over 600 titles recommended by Bowker’s “Magazines for Libraries”. Titles like Consumer Reports, Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, US News and World Report, Vogue, Fortune, Business Week, National Review, Cosmopolitan, NPR and even Oprah are included in this database.
New York Times      
  • Search the full text of The New York Times (starting in 1995).

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Social Sciences

  • From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field. Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, li nguistics, and many more.
  • A must-have for social science, history and liberal arts coursework, this collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community. This set includes 150 journals.
  • This collection of nearly 40 journals aims to provide balanced coverage of this significant aspect of our culture, covering such topics as gender studies, family and marital issues, health aspects, and many more.
  • Offers international viewpoints on global issues and current events. Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search or Adavnced Search to explore the database.
  • A custom colletion of over 400 journals, covering all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs. Key subjects include ocioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more.
  • Contains infomration on today’s hottest social issues, including updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to websites.
  • This collection provides useful information for any researcher in a social science, history, art or liberal arts course. This collection is made up of 100 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals, complemented by 8 eBook titles.
  • This set explores what makes people “tick” from childhood to death. This collection gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops–and diminishes–over time. Your library’s users will have instant access to 200 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.
  • A definitive collection for students of history, social science and current events, providing insight into conflicts and their multiple causes. References include 100 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

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Visual & Performing Arts

  • With more than 100 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection will provide your students with resources to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries covering all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art.

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