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.
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)
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.
World at War
World History: Ancient & Medieval Eras
World History: Modern Era
Gale in Context:
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.
African American History
The Decades: 1920s – 2000s
Emergence of Modern America (1874-1917)
World War I
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.
Access information on artists, works of art, dictionary of art terms, images, techniques and more.
Access information on composers, performers, conductors, instruments & notation, forms & genres, and individual works.
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.
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
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.