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E-Resources Overview

Access Electronic Reference Databases & Content

Electronic Resources are primarily provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and to a lesser extent our consortium C/W MARS. For a graphical overview of the Gale Databases listed below, please click here. This page will serve as a portal with an annotated listing of databases that users can access.

Please also visit the library's online catalog via C/W MARS to search for materials, and visit the C/W MARS Overdrive site for electronic books that you can check out with a valid library card. Please report any errors to

General Resources & eBooks

^ in-library use only | * requires a library card number for access

Ancestry Library - Access billions of names in thousands of genealogical databases 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. Library version of

AtoZ Food America - contains recipes in all course categories (appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, snacks, and beverages) for six US regions, all 50 states, and 33 ethnic cuisines. 

AtoZ World Food - the only food database that contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, snacks, and beverages.

* Consumer Reports -  Read reviews, ratings, and recommendations of a huge array of items, services, stores, and systems. The magazine also offers buying guides with suggestions and precautions to keep in mind. One key feature is "Build & Buy Car Buying Service" to help viewers narrow down the right new or used car available near them. Access here:

Creativebug - enjoy unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes. Watch our classes anytime, anywhere. Since our classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace. No pressure, just possibilities!

Cypress Resume - An online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three quick and simple steps. Specifically designed for job seekers skittish about writing, Cypress Resume allows anyone to create a professional resume — one that will stand out to potential employers — in a matter of minutes.

Freegal® Music - This service allows patrons to access a collection spanning over 15 million songs, music videos and audiobooks from more than 40,000 music labels worldwide including Sony Music, Epic, RCA, and Columbia. Freegal® also offers a completely rebuilt mobile app and website which utilizes modern application practices to ensure an easy-to-use and enjoyable experience. An application can be downloaded in the Apple® App Store and Google® Play store.

HelpNow - Students can go to: for live tutoring and study support, including SAT preparation as well as an Adult Learning Center. Simply enter your library card number and create an account.

Hoopla - A digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! Create an account, then select "Southborough Library" to get started.

JobNow - Patrons can go to: for online services designed to support every step of the job search process and features live online coaches who assist in resume/cover letter preparation and help patrons prepare for job interviews.

JSTOR -  A searchable, digitized archive -- from the first date of publication to the last three to five years -- of major scholarly journals in many academic fields - Please click on this link to access JSTOR remotely.

Kanopy - an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers films and documentaries. Kanopy's subdivision, Kanopy Kids, includes children's programming. Kanopy also provides access to The Great Courses, a series of college-level audio and video courses produced and distributed by The Teaching Company.

Mango Languages - An online language-learning system, Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®.

Newsbank - Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections. This Newsbank resource is available due to a grant partnership between the Massachusetts Library System and the Shrewsbury Library.

Nuwav Legal Documents - Massachusetts residents can print a will or create a lease without a lawyer. Nuway is an online tool that lets you create professional-quality documents in three simple steps: 1. Search for the document specific to your situation. 2. Answer the questions in the web input form. 3. Review and print your document. That’s it! You now have a professional-quality legal document ready to file. 

Reference Solutions - Provides addresses, sales and executive information for over 11 million U.S. companies and now includes job listings. Users can also now find an electronic version of the U.S. Standard White  Pages.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette Collection - Explore Worcester history through local news, events and people with Worcester Telegram & Gazette Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device. 

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Britannica Escolar (K-8) - Britannica Escolar is a Spanish digital learning portal for elementary and middle school students that provides thousands of articles, images, multimedia assets, and detailed maps. On the homepage click on "Primeria" for grades K-5 or "Secundaria" for grades 6-8.

Britannica Fundamentals - Encyclopedia Britannica offers a range of topics in an interactive format for students in grades K-2. From language and literacy to geography and mathematics, Britannica Fundamentals aligns with the content areas children learn in the classroom and builds digital literacy skills.

Britannica Library: Children - The Compton's Encyclopedia and Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia enhanced with a wealth of other age-appropriate materials for younger students and children.

Britannica Library: Young Adults -  The Encyclopaedia Britannica enhanced with a wealth of research tools, history highlights, and current news for middle and high school students.

Britannica Library: Reference Center - Includes the encyclopedia, world atlas, timelines, dictionaries, quotations, and more for high school students and adults.

Britannica Library Suite -  Britannica Library Suite is the go-to reference resource for users of all ages. With information split between three user categories, children, young adults, and adults, patrons can conduct research, work on special projects, or explore their unique interests. Users can listen to articles read aloud, use Merriam-Webster’s double click dictionary to learn definitions and hear pronunciation, and have articles translated into over 80 languages.

Britannica Moderna - Created with older students in mind, this Spanish-language resource contains 47,000 articles, 8,000 images, maps, audiovisual materials, and a complete dictionary and atlas. In addition, it includes the Merriam-Webster Spanish-English Dictionary and the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language (RAE) dictionary.

Britannica School Edition - Elementary, Middle and High School Editions of encyclopedias as well as online learning materials and translations for over 50 languages. A Lesson Plan Builder helps create interactive activities for small and large groups.  On the homepage, click to choose from the elementary, middle, or high school level.


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Gale Databases

Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Academic OneFile - Gale’s premier periodical resource, this database provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources—including thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN as well as videos from BBC Worldwide Learning.

Academic OneFile Select - Academic OneFile Select covers everything from art and literature to economics and the sciences. This resource for academic research integrates the full text of publications from across the disciplines and now includes vocational/technical titles used by community college students, filling a specific need for curriculum-oriented collections.


Agriculture - With broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields, this collection provides a comprehensive view of a growing body of knowledge. Researchers will have access to current and authoritative periodical content that spans the industry—from practical aspects of farming to cutting-edge scientific research in horticulture. With strong emphasis on titles covered in the Agricola database, this collection of more than 600 journal titles is focused on agriculture-related fields. In addition, more than 30 Delmar titles provide in-depth coverage on a variety of agriculture-related topics.


Biography - Provides biographical information on 600,000+ people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines.

Business - A comprehensive business resource that provides full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through nearly 4,000 leading business and trade publications.

Communications and Mass Media - Brings together information found in more than 400 journals. Nearly 3 million articles on all aspects of the communications field, including advertising, public relations, linguistics, and literature, meet the needs of researchers.

Criminal Justice - Informs the research process for researchers who are studying law, law enforcement, training for paralegal service, delving into forensic science, developing policy, going to court, writing sociological reports, and much more. 

Culinary Arts - Offers a smorgasbord of information—more than five million articles from more than 250 major cooking and nutrition magazines, as well as book reference content from Delmar such as About Wine, Introduction to Catering, Advanced Bread and Pastry, and Eat Fit Be Fit.

Diversity Studies - A must-have for social science, history, and liberal arts coursework, this database explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in the global community. This collection includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals.

Economics and Theory  - Offers instant access to full-text academic journals and magazines—with a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit bibliographic index. Content is useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, constructing economic models, investing for the future, researching rates, and more.

Elementary - This student database lets K-5 students gradually gain comfort with research by delivering age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of subjects taught in the classroom like animals, arts and music, social studies, and more. 

Environmental Studies - Explore topics and events within Earth systems, global change, pollution, populations, and more. Integrating case studies, news, reference materials, academic journals, videos, and more, Environmental Studies offers nearly 400 topic, state, and province pages across the science, social studies, and humanities curriculum, including Water Privatization, Ecotourism, Air Pollution, Green Economy, and more.

Environmental Studies and Policy - A digital resource that answers inquiries about environmental concerns with coverage of more than 5.4 million articles from more than 300 journals and book reference content from Delmar, including Soil, Science, and Management; Introduction to Agronomy; Food, Crops, & Environment; Fundamental Soil Science; and more.

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!

Fine Arts - Places millions of articles at the fingertips of students of drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. This database includes over 500 journals, with more than 400 available in full text. 

Gardening and Horiculture - Serves horticultural enthusiasts of all levels with more than 3.6 million articles from more than 100 journals, as well as more than 20 reference titles from Delmar, including Handbook of Flowers; Foliage and Creative Design; Computer Graphics for Landscape Architects; and more. 

Gender Studies - 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 - Gale's largest general-interest periodical resource, General OneFile allows researchers to find the information they want quickly. Most content in Gale General OneFile is full-text with no embargo and recommended by Bowker's Magazines for Libraries. Included are reference, newspaper, and audio content that complements the resource's robust collection of magazines and journals.


Global Issues in Context - Global Issues supports global awareness and provides a global perspective while tying together a wealth of authoritative content, empowering learners to critically analyze and understand the most important issues of the modern world. Explore issues within government, law, health, science and technology, society and culture, and more.

Health and Medicine - Created specifically for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers, and health care professionals, this database is the perfect resource for up-to-date information on the complete range of health care topics. With more than 2,500 embargo-free, full-text periodicals, reference books, pamphlets, and hundreds of videos demonstrating medical procedures and live surgeries, Health and Medicine ensures that researchers get current, scholarly, comprehensive answers to health-related questions. 


Health and Wellness - Perfect for researchers at all levels, this comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices. Provides access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.


High School Edition - Designed for high-school students, this database provides access to age-appropriate, authoritative digital content for classroom assignments. Learners can research magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political science, sports, and environmental studies.

Home Improvement - This database puts the research of hobbyists and professionals alike on a solid foundation with more than 4.5 million articles from more than 200 home improvement-focused titles, covering topics including architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and others.

Hospitality and Tourism - Provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and trade publications that cover topics including the cultural and economic aspects of travel and tourism. This 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. The curious traveler will also find a wealth of information, from contents on state parks and information on planning a vacation to full-text travel guides from Fodor's.

Information Science - Search for topics in information science sources. Results can be filtered by publication date, publication title, subject, lexile level, and document type. A "search within" bar can also be used to narrow a search within the results. Gale also provides a highlighting tool that saves highlighted text, assitance with correct citation, and a read-aloud feature. The "Explore" side bar offers similar articles and related subjects to search.


Insurance and Liability - Protection of assets—physical or intellectual—is a concern for those ranging from the individual property owner to multinational corporations. This database connects researchers to hundreds of thousands of updated articles from leading journals, including: Business Insurance, Claims, Employee Benefit News, National Underwriter Life & Health, Pensions & Investments, Risk Management, and more.

Leadership and Management - Provides access to authoritative periodical content covering topics such as 21st-century skills, organizational dynamics and leadership, adult learning and continuing education, and more.

LegalForms - Find thousands of legal forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. Forms range from General, Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, and Real Estate.


Literature Resource Center - Provides researchers with unbounding literary resources to support their literary responses, literary analysis, and thesis statements through a diversity of scholars and critics that ensure all views and interpretations are represented. Researchers with a literature, history, arts, gender studies, or cultural studies focus can use this resource to analyze authors and works throughout time.

Middle School - Created specifically for middle schoolers, this database provides engaging reference, periodical, and multimedia content supporting national and state curriculum standards in language arts, social studies, and science. 

Military and Intelligence - Provides military personnel with access to scholarly journals, magazines, and reports covering all aspects of the past and present military affairs. Updated annually, this library resource contains hand-selected content supporting key subject areas such as, governmental policies, the socioeconomic effects of war, the structure of the armed forces, and more.


The New York Times Article Archive - Full-text articles from The New York Times. Index coverage from January 1, 1965. Full-text coverage from January 1, 1985.

News - This innovative full-text newspaper resource allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section, or other fields. Gale OneFile: News provides access to more than 2,300 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.

Nursing and Allied Health - Provides access to authoritative content including full-text titles cited in CINAHL supporting specialized care, treatment, and patient management. Updated daily, this resource will help nursing professionals already working in the field, as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.


Online Learning Portal - A central portal for Gale provided test prep, career growth, and upskilling resources.

Opposing Viewpoints - The premier online resource covering today's hottest social issues. This cross-curricular resource supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions. 

Peterson's Career Prep - Find out what careers you're interested in, the skills and training you'll need, and what you can expect from your career path. Also available are resume help, career college search, and career advice.

Peterson's Test Prep - Find all the tools you need to discover your passion, ace your exams, and excel in your career.

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine - Gale OneFile: Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine provides access to academic journals and magazines covering the fields of physical therapy, physical fitness, and sports medicine. The database offers a wide spectrum of information, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research, and more.

Pop Culture Studies  - 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 Gale OneFile 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."

Power Search - Search through all of Gale In Context and Gale OneFile databases in one place. Users can select/deselect which of the 38 databases they would like to include. Results can be filtered by publication, advanced search topics, and subject lines. They can also be presented in a visual format, in which algorithms sort results by most common categories. 

Power Search: Publication Search - offers comprehensive access to authoritative reference, periodical and primary source information.

Pyschology - Provides access to authoritative periodical content supporting research in all fields of psychology— abnormal, biological, cognitive, comparative, developmental, personality, quantitative, social and all areas of applied psychology. Researchers, psychologists, counselors, and behavioral scientists will discover relevant information from the thoughts, views, discoveries, and reports found in this comprehensive collection.

Religion and Philosophy - Discover a comprehensive collection of periodical content covering topics across a wide range of philosophies and religions. Researchers will gain valuable insight about the impact religion has had on culture throughout history, including literature, arts, and language. Updated daily, this library resource supports a broad range of topics from theological approaches to social issues.

Science (Gale Interactive) - Zoom in. Out. Rotate 360 degrees. With over 200 sessions, Gale Interactive: Science delivers a comprehensive view of the most-studied science concepts with high-quality interactive 3D models.

Science - An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content 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.


U.S. History - Provides a variety of historical data from primary sources and reference documents. Includes photographs, illustrations, and maps.

Vocations and Careers - 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 hundreds of current and applicable periodicals, from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

War and Terrorism - Researchers accessing the more than 1.7 million articles in Gale OneFile: War and Terrorism will gain valuable insight into conflicts and their causes, impact, and perception on a global scale. This definitive collection for analysts, risk management professionals, and students of military science, history, and social science is comprised of more than 200 subject-appropriate, full-text periodicals that are updated daily.


World History- From antiquity to the present day, search a broad collection of scholarly analysis and full-text periodicals, reference works and primary documents that cover the events, movements, and individuals that have shaped world history.


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Miscellaneous E-Resources

non-Gale databases provided by the MBLC

The Boston Globe Article Archive - 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 complete bibliographic information as well as companies, people, products, etc.

HeritageQuest  - Use HeritageQuest to research family history. Users can search through US census, narrowing results based on info like names, age, gender, race, and birth or death year. Multiple other resourcs for genealogy resources are also offered.

PebbleGo - PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-2 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas. 

Science Database - Science Database allows users to search over 1000 different publications. Results can be narrowed by type, subject, language, publisher, and database. The database also lets people sort results by document features such as diagrams, charts, engravings, equations, cartoons, and photographs.


Social Law Library - The Social Law Library includes several databases of decisions issuing from Massachusetts courts (e.g. Supreme, Land, Housing, Business, Fair Labor), as well as department and division decisions (e.g. Environmental, Discrimination, Labor Relations, Alcohol), copies of important state codes (e.g. Building, Regulation), and the Massachusetts Rules of Court and General Laws. It provides a uniform search experience across substantive and administrative databases.

Transparent Language for Libraries - Transparent Language for Libraries provides English learning materials for speakers of over 30 native languages. Practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing with over 25 available learning activies.

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