Online Databases

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners licenses the following electronic resources for use by all Massachusetts residents from their local libraries, schools  or their home computers. These resources are funded with Massachusetts State and Federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, unless otherwise noted.

Academic OneFile (AONE)

Use this comprehensive periodical resource of full-text peer-reviewed content for over 10,000 manually indexed journals and reference works covering all subjects, including the full-text of The New York Times back to 1995 and NPR, CNN & CBC transcripts and podcasts. 

Biography in Context
(BIC1)

Use this database for over 400,000 biographies covering literary figures, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, current events and the arts. Indexes all print volumes of the series. 

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select (CLC)

An extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary writers. Each entry also contains a biographical/critical introduction, a list of principal works, and sources for further study. 

Educator's Reference Complete (PROF)

Use this mainly full-text collection of over 1100 periodicals and 200 reports for educational research from preschool to college. Every educational specialty can be found here including technology, health and bilingual education, testing, and issues in administration, funding and policy. 

Expanded Academic ASAP (EAIM)

Use this database to find full-text scholarly journals, new magazines and newspapers for all academic disciplines. 

General BusinessFile ASAP (GBFM)

Use this database to research all business and management topics. Includes directory listings for over 150,000 companies as well as investment analysts' reports on major companies and industries.

General Reference Center Gold (GRGM)

Use this general interest database for full-text and images from magazines, reference books, and newspapers for information on current events, popular culture, the arts and sciences, sports, etc.

Health Reference Center Academic (HRCA)

Full-text database that provides full-text nursing & allied health journals, plus current and reliable personal health information.

InfoTrac K-12 Junior Edition (K12J)

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 K-12 Student Edition (STOM)

Designed for secondary 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. 

General OneFile (ITOF)

Use this comprehensive periodical resource for any subject. Coverage goes back to 1980- with over 9,200 titles (5,156 full-text). 

Kids InfoBits (ITKE)

Targeting the research needs of grades K-5 students. this resources incudes Blackbirch Press curriculum support references, 100 full-text age appropriate magazines and 2 newswires. Graphs, charts, maps and over 2,500 searchable images. 

Massachusetts History Online (SP23)

Use this collection for full-text articles from 50 magazines and local newspapers for coverage of Massachusetts people, places and historical events. Title List

The New York Times 1985- (SP24)

Full-text of The New York Times from 1985- as a standalone file (also included in Academic OneFile).

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

A mix of more than 20 full-text reference books covering the arts, biography, business, the environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, geography, and science  GVRL Titles . Gale Factsheet