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.

Britannica Spanish Reference Center
Encyclopedia Britannica
Gale OneFile: High School
Gale in Context: Middle School
Oxford English Dictionary
World Book




The Berkshire Eagle
The Boston Globe
Gale OneFile: News
This links to a variety of newspapers, both national and international.
This link to a variety of newspapers, both national and international.
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

Gale in Context:

U.S. History 
World History
Global Issues

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

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.

Gale OneFile: Fine Arts

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.


Environmental Studies and Policies
Health and Medicine
Health and Wellness

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 links to numerous databases covering all subjects and with material available at all reading levels.  A description of each database is provided; please read these to determine which databases will best match your research needs. Some of the titles are Biography, Business + Entrepeneurship, Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice, Diversity Studies, Economics and Theory, Educator’s Reference Complete, Gender Studies, Literature Resource Center, Military and Intelligence, Nursing and Allied Health, Pop Culture Studies, Psychology, Religion and Philosophy, Vocation and Careers, and War and Terrorism.

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.