About the Reference Databases
 
Unless noted as "In Library Use Only” these resources are available from any internet connection. Access to most databases will require a valid C/W MARS library card number. Please contact the Northborough Free Library if you have any questions about using these resources. For a few databases, access is available only to Northborough residents.
 
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Academic One File is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles with authoritative and extensive coverage of the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects from the world’s leading journals and reference sources.Updated daily, millions of articles and podcasts are available in both PDF and HTML.
 
 Agriculture Collection provides a comprehensive view of agriculture and related fields. This database includes content that spans the industry--from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.
 
Ancestry Library Edition IN LIBRARY USE ONLY contains thousands of family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records and lots more! ASK YOUR LIBRARIAN FOR MORE INFORMATION.
 
 Artemis Literary Sources integrates full-text literary content with metadata and subject indexing and provides workflow tools to analyze information. You can research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Search across your library's databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism and reviews, biographical information and overviews.
 
Auto Repair Reference Center contains detailed audio/visual content for nearly 25,000 vehicles covered from 1954 to present, including factory drawings, photographs, technical service bulletins & recalls, wiring diagrams, maintenance schedules and more.
 
 
 
Biography in Context delivers nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography.This Gale Group resource offers media-rich content in context by integrating reference material, periodical information and multimedia content that's updated daily. There are 600,000+ biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals with 50,000 new or updated bios added annually in addition to daily updates to account for awards and events, plus hundreds of topic pages covering the highest-interest features.
 
Boston Globe covers 1980-current. The Boston Globe’s detailed indexing helps users quickly find the news information they need. Each issue is indexed thoroughly, so users 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.
 
 
Boston Metro Collection from Newsbank provides full text and selected coverage from over 95 local eastern Massachusetts newspapers from Abington to Worcester including the Metrowest Daily News, the Shrewsbury Chronicle, The Northborough-Southborough Villager, the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and more.
 
Britannica Escolar is a Spanish language encyclopedia for grades K-8.
 
Britannica Library Edition offers home pages for three levels—Children, Young Adults, or the Reference Center--allowing users to find the most suitable content for school projects or for learning something new. Research sources include three databases, thousands of curated articles and magazines, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, recommended websites, along with a pop-up Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus.
 
Britannica School Edition is the go-to site for learning more about any subject—for all grades and all reading abilities—offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate databases—Elementary, Middle, or High.
 
Business Collection provides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing and strategy; as well as business theory and discipline. Users will understand the activities of industries and companies worldwide through business and trade publications, complemented by a selection of international, domestic, and regional news publications.
 
Business Economics & Theory Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics and related fields. The database has an emphasis on titles indexed in the American Economic Association's EconLit bibliography.
 

 
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Communication & Mass Media Collection provides access to journals and magazines focusing on all aspects of the communications field. Key topics included in the database include advertising, and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics and more.

Consumer Reports Online offer product reviews and ratings on cars, electronics, appliances, and more.
 
Criminal Justice Collection provides access to journals and magazines on topics in criminal justice and related fields. Key subjects included in the database include law enforcement, security, and terrorism.
 
Culinary Arts Collection provides access to journals and magazines on all aspects of cooking and nutrition. The database includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.
 
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Diversity Studies Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that explore cultural differences, contributions, and influences in the global community. The database is a must-have for social science, history and liberal arts coursework.
 
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Educator's Reference Complete provides access to academic journals, reports, and many premier reference sources in the field of education. The database includes content in key subject areas including administration, bilingual education, child development and psychology, funding, health education, technology, and testing.
 
Environmental Studies and Policy Collection provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and other reference sources covering environmental issues and policies. The database includes diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policymakers, and corporate interests.
 
Expanded Academic ASAP provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers across disciplines. The database meets research needs in subject areas including the arts and humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.
 
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Fine Arts and Music Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that support research in areas including drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. The database emphasizes full-text content for publications included in the Wilson Art Index and RILM bibliography.
 
Garden Landscape & Horticulture Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines focused on both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies. The database offers biotechnologists, farmers, hobbyists, and landscape architects alike access to important content relevant to their pursuits.
 
Gender Studies Collection provides balanced coverage of this significant aspect of culture and society. The database offers access to scholarly journals and magazines covering topics including gender studies, family and marital issues, and more.
 
General OneFile  is a one-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, General OneFile serves a wide audience of readers.
 
 
Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues.
 
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Health Reference Center Academic provides access to medical and professional periodicals, health and fitness magazines, and reference books and pamphlets. The database is designed for both nursing and allied health students as well as consumer health researchers. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.
 
Health & Wellness Resource Center provides access to alternative-medicine focused magazines, journals, newspapers, directories, definitions, videos, and reference information on medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, pregnancy, herbal remedies, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, health assessment sites and government databases. Easily access 700+ videos from Healthology Inc.'s consumer health video library. Spanish language videos are available. The material contained in this Resource Center is for informational purposes only.
 
Home Improvement Collection provides access to titles covering topics including architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and others. The database offers content that meets the needs of hobbyists and professionals alike.
 
Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Collection provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and trade publications that cover topics including the cultural and economic aspects of travel and tourism. The database offers current and relevant content that provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism industries.
 
 
 
Information Science and Library Issues Collection provides access to scholarly journals and trade publications essential for information professionals and other knowledge workers. The database offers coverage of topics including information infrastructure, metadata architecture, publishing, and more.
 
InfoTrac Custom Journals Search the full text of the New York Times.
 
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.
 
InfoTrac Student Edition provides high school students with access to magazines, newspapers, books, and other reference content. The database offers audience-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.
 
Insurance & Liability Collection provides access to academic journals and trade publications covering the insurance industry and topics such as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more. The database offers content of interest to individual property owners and multinational corporations alike.
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
Learning Express is the ultimate one-stop shop for test preparation and skill building featuring hundreds of  online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, TOEIC® test prep, and more.
 
Literature Resource Center contains 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.
 
Military & Intelligence Database provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and reports covering all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs. The database offers content in key subject areas including governmental policies, the socioeconomic effects of war, the structure of the armed forces, and more.
 
Morningstar Mutal Funds Library Edition IN LIBRARY USE Morningstar provides access to daily market news and commentary, snapshots on investments, easy-to-use portfolio management tools, and video reports and articles, featuring major market news and analyst insights. Remote access is available to Northborough residents. Please contact the Library for instructions.
 
 
 
 
Nursing & Allied Health Collection provides access to academic and other reference content covering all aspects of the nursing profession, from direct patient care to health care administration. The database provides current and authoritative content for professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum. 

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Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine provides access to academic journals and magazines covering the fields of fitness and sports. The database offers a wide spectrum of information, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research, and more.
 
Pop Culture Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that both analyze and contribute to popular culture. The database offers useful information for researchers in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses.
 
Popular Magazines provides access to the most searched magazines across the InfoTrac products. All of the titles are selected based on actual publication searches performed by library patrons and the database includes many titles recommended by Bowker's "Magazines for Libraries".
 
Psychology Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines that cover the study of emotions, personality, and the human mind. The database offers content of interest to both researchers and general users.
 
 
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Religion & Philosophy Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines of interest to both researchers and general users. The database offers balanced content that covers topics across a wide range of philosophies and religions.
 
Research  in Context Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research in Context provides the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.
 
Rosetta Stone is an online language learning tool that offers 30 languages and 5 levels of instruction to meet a range of community needs, including American English. Focused activities and core lessons build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Mobile apps help learners to refine and reinforce new language skills on-the-go.
 
 
Science in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. This continually updated resource includes content from Gale's authoritative reference collection along with full-text magazines, academic journals,  news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files, and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
 
 
Small Business Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines perfect for both business school students and entrepreneurs. The database offers content that includes insights, tips, strategies and success stories.
 
Small Business Resource Center covers all major areas of starting and operating a business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more. Startups, established businesses, and business students alike can find answers from its mobile responsive experience.
 

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U.S. History Collection
provides access to scholarly journals and magazines useful to both novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers. The database offers balanced coverage of events in U.S. history and scholarly work being established in the field.
 
U. S. History in Context is for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. It merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
 
 
 
 
Vocations and Careers Collections provides access to journals and magazines that aid users in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career. The database offers current and applicable content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.
 
 
 
War & Terrorism Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines of interest to analysts, risk management professionals, and students of military science, history, and social science. The database offers balanced coverage of both historic and contemporary topics in the fields of war and terrorism.
 
 
World History Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines useful to both novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers. The database offers balanced coverage of events in world history and scholarly work being established in the field.
 
World History in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. It merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
 
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