Online Reference Databases

The library subscribes to a number of free and paid databases and other online reference materials. Use the links below to skip to the section of interest.

Please click here to go to an alphabetical list of library reference databases.

Resources for Grade School Students

Elementary School

Encyclopedia Britannica

Elementary School Edition

Encyclopedia Britannica

Encyclopedia Britannica En Español Escolar (K-8)

Kids InfoBits

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.

Middle School

Encyclopedia Britannica

Middle School Edition

Encyclopedia Britannica en Español

Encyclopedia Britannica En Español Escolar (K-8)

High School

College Resources

Thinking about going to college? Check out the Gale Virtual Reference Library for exam books, career planning and scholarship information, available for download for 24/7.

Encyclopedia Britannica

High School Edition

Exam Books & Test Prep

Accessible using Gale Virtual Reference Library are test preparation and career specific exam books available for download for 24/7.

InfoTrack K-12 Student Edition

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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Careers and Professionals

Career Development

Career Transitions

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.

College Resources

Thinking about going to college? Check out the Gale Virtual Reference Library for exam books, career planning and scholarship information, available for download for 24/7.

Exam Books & Test Prep

Accessible using Gale Virtual Reference Library are test preparation and career specific exam books available for download for 24/7.

Vocation and Careers Collection

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

For Professionals

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.

Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure Collection

Targeted collection of journals, travel guides and e-reference books covering hospitality and tourism.

Information Science and Technology Collection

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.

Nursing and Allied Health Collection

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.

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General

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia Britannica

Public Library Edition

Encyclopedia Britannica

Elementary School Edition

Encyclopedia Britannica

Middle School Edition

Encyclopedia Britannica

High School Edition

Encyclopedia Britannica En Español

Encyclopedia Britannica En Español Escolar (K-8)

Scholarly Articles

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 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.

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, news magazines, and newspapers – many with full text and images!

Other General Reference Sources

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.

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Subject Guides

At Home

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports provides evidence-based product testing and ratings based on rigorous research. *At home access only available to Marlborough Public Library patrons with a C/W MARS library card*

Culinary Arts Collection

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

Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture Collection

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.

Home Improvement Collection

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.

Business and Finance

Business Economics and Theory Collection

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.

Insurance and Liability Collection

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.

Morningstar

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.

Small Business Collection

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.

Current Events

Global Issues in Context

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.

Military and Intelligence 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.

War and Terrorism

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.

History and Humanitites

Ancestry

Ancestry is a great way to discover your family history and start your family tree. Access billions of genealogy records including the U.S. Census, SSDI & Military records.

This database is only available in the library

Biography in Context

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.

Mango Languages

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.

Military and Intelligence 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.

Religion and Philosophy Collection

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.

U.S. History Collection

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.

U.S. History In Context

Provides information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History.

War and Terrorism

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.

World History Collection

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.

World History In Context

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.

Literature

NoveList PLUS

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.

Medicine and Health

Health and Wellness Resource Center

Includes health/medical journals, pamphlets, videos and articles from both general interest and reference titles.

Health Reference Center Academic

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.

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection

Targeted collection of journals covering proven and experimental research and treatment techniques in the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine.

Natural Sciences

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

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.

General Science Collection

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.

Science in Context

Provides access to reference content along with full text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files, and websites.

Social Sciences

Communications and Mass Media Collection

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, linguistics, and many more.

Criminal Justice Collection

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.

Diversity Studies Collection

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.

Gender Studies Collection

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.

Pop Culture Collection

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.

Psychology Collection

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.

Travel

Travel Guides

You can find a large selection of travel guides available to download and bring with you on your next vacation. Easy to access and available 24/7 to download from the Gale Virtual Reference collection.

Visual & Performing Arts

Fine Arts and Music Collection

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.

Oxford Art Online

Connect from Home

Encyclopedias and dictionaries covering all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art.

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Periodicals

Magazines

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports provides evidence-based product testing and ratings based on rigorous research. *At home access only available to Marlborough Public Library patrons with a C/W MARS library card*

Popular Magazines

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.

Newspapers

Boston Globe

This publication’s detailed indexing helps users quickly find the news information they need. Each issue is indexed thoroughly, so they have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the paper.
The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc. Coverage: 1980 – current

Marlborough Enterprise

Provides full text articles from 8/4/2005 to the present.

Metrowest Daily News

Provides full text articles from 9/6/2005 to the present.

Newsbank

Provides full text of over 100 eastern Massachusetts newspapers including the Marlborough Enterprise, the Metrowest Daily News, the Worcester Telegram, and more.

New York Times

Search the full text of The New York Times (starting in 1995).

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Bases de Datos en Español

Encyclopedia Britannica En Español

Encyclopedia Britannica En Español Escolar (K-8)

Mango Languages

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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