Library Databases


Encyclopedias are the perfect place to begin research. They provide a general introduction to a topic and link to useful information such as magazine articles, academic journals, and websites.

Encyclopedia Britannica
Britannica Spanish Reference Center
Oxford English Dictionary
Find the meaning, history, and pronunciation of more than 600,000 words.
World Book


The Berkshire Eagle
The Boston Globe
NewsBank (Massachusetts newspapers)
The New York Times


New York Times (1851-2010)
Massachusetts newspapers
Wall Street Journal (1889-1994)
Washington Post (1877-1995)
Los Angeles Times (1881-1988)
The Christian Science Monitor (1908-1998)

The following databases may be accessed here. Make sure you open the hidden carrots of related content in the left sidebars.

American History
Modern Genocide
Pop Culture
World at War
World Geography
World History: Ancient & Medieval Eras
World History: Modern Era

American History
Provides primary source information on U.S. history including speeches, historical accounts, memoirs, poems, images, and multimedia.

Mass Moments
Highlights historical moments in our state’s history. Access background information, primary sources, web links, images, and museums relevant to the event.

Salem – History Databases
This database is a digital reproduction (indexed and searchable) of the following print volumes, also housed in our reference collection. Salem contains a wealth of primary sources.
World History
World Religions
The Renaissance
US History:
African American History
The Decades: 1920s – 2000s
American Revolution
Emergence of Modern America (1874-1917)
World War I
Vietnam War

World Data Analyst
Current and past statistics on the countries of the world that make historical and cross-country comparisons easy

Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry
Access poems, biographical information on poets, historical information, literary criticism and commentary on numerous poems. Included is a glossary of poetry terms. Listen to poems read aloud in the Listening Room.

National Gallery of Art
Website of the national art museum in Washington, D.C.

Oxford Art
Access information on artists, works of art, dictionary of art terms, images, techniques and more.

Oxford Music
Access information on composers, performers, conductors, instruments & notation, forms & genres, and individual works.

Core Concepts: Chemistry
Designed for students in grades 6-12, this interactive database explores atoms, elements, chemical reactions, organic chemistry, and more.

Core Concepts: Periodic Table
Designed for students in grades 6-12, this interactive database encourages exploration of the 118 elements that make up our world, their discoveries and uses throughout history, and more.

Salem Health
This database is a digital reproduction (indexed and searchable of the following print volumes, also housed in our reference collection
Addictions and Substance Abuse
Genetics and Inherited Diseases
Infectious Diseases and Conditions
Magill’s Medical Guide, 7th Ed.

Salem Science
This database is a digital reproduction (indexed and searchable) of the following print volumes, also housed in our reference collection:
Biomes and Ecosystems
Encyclopedia of Global Resources
Encyclopedia of Global Warming
Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues

Gale Databases
This is a portal to numerous databases covering all subjects and with material available at all reading levels. Each database is annotated (i.e. summarized); please read these annotations to determine which databases will best match your research needs. Some of the titles are:
Biography in Context
Global Issues in Context
Health and Wellness Resource Center
Literature Resource Center
Massachusetts History Online
The New York Times (full-text since 1985)
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Science in Context
U.S. History in Context
World History in Context
Criminal Justice Collection
Culinary Arts Collection
Environmental Studies and Policy Collection
Nursing Resource Center
Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Collection

National Geographic Virtual Library
This database includes all content published by the magazine from 1888 to today. Find research in science, technology, the environment, cultures, and more, accompanied by visually stunning photography.