Digital Reference Resources A-Z

The following list of digital resources includes databases that are available for Boxborough Patrons only (identified by a *), and databases that are made available to all MA residents by MBLC (Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners). 

For the whole list of resources exclusively available to Boxborough patrons, click here.

For the whole list of resources available through MBLC, click here.

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A A to Z the USA* : A to Z the USA offers in-depth e-content in 156 data categories with 50+ maps for each state.
  A to Z World Travel*: A wealth of information on 175 countries about travel essentials, society and culture, and more.
  Academic OneFile: Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources.*: The world’s largest online family history resource. In Library use only.
  American Physics Society Journals

The American Physics Society (APS):  now providing readers and researchers in public libraries in the United States full use of all online APS journals, from the most recent articles back to the first issue in 1893, a collection including over 400,000 scientific research papers. In Library use only.

In addition, APS also provides free access to Physics, a website that highlights significant papers from APS journals, and Physics Central, an educational/information site about physics. These websites are available to all users. No registration or subscription required.

B Biography in Context: 600,000+ biographical entries on more than 528,000 individuals spanning history and geography.
  Boston Globe: Full text of Boston Globe from 1980 to present.

Britannica Library provides access to the information of the Britannica Encyclopedia collection 24/7.  You can customize your search experience to the best age-appropriate level

  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.
C Consumer Reports Online*: Access to unbiased, expert opinions of over 5,000 products. Plus reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, user reviews and more.
  Criminal Justice Collection: Access to 150 journals to aid in studying to become a lawyer or a law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security.
  Culinary Arts Collection: Includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews and industry information.
E Educator's Reference Complete: Content focuses on educational priniciples, child development and psychology, and best practices in education.
  Environmental Studies & Policy: Provides robust coverage of environmental issues and policies.
  Expanded Academic ASAP: From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.
G Gale - Full Suite: This link will take you to all of the Gale resources available to Massachusetts residents. This page does NOT include any of the resources purchased specifically for Boxborough residents (which are paid for by the Sargent Memorial Library Foundation).
  Gardening, Landscaping & Horticulture: Collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping other areas of horticulture.
  General OneFile: One-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics
  General Science Collection: provides access to scholarly journals and magazines covering the latest scientific developments. Key subjects covered by the database include biological sciences, computing, engineering, and technology.
  Global Issues in Context: Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics and current events.
H Health and Wellness Resource Center: Find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, videos and reference information on: Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Pregnancy, Prescription Drugs, etc.
  Health Reference Center Academic: Find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMO's, Prescription Drugs, etc.
  HeritageQuest Online*: A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids with coverage dating back to the 1700's
  Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection: Provides well-rounded coverage of the both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field
I 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.
K Kids InfoBits: For students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
L Literature Resource Center: Find biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 120,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. This database can also be accessed and cross-searched with Gale Artemis Literary Sources.
M Mango Languages: Mango is an online language learning system that makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective.

Morningstar*: The Morningstar Investment Research Center is an online investment database with information on more than 30,000 stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds.

N New York Times: Search the full-text of the New York Times (starting in 1985)
  NoveList Plus: At Home | In Library
NoveList Plus is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists.
  Nursing and Allied Health Collection: Designed for professionals and students. All aspects of the nursing profession are covered.
O 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.
p 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.


Reference USA*:  Reference USA which offers verified details on 14 million U.S. businesses and 89 million U.S. residents.  The database makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

  Research in Context: Junior high and middle school (grades 6-8) reference tool for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
S Science in Context: Engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.
  Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine: Both researcher and practitioner alike will find relevant, authoritative content in this collection, which includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine
U Universal Class*: Universal Class™ offers hundreds of affordable online CE classes facilitated by dedicated instructors sharing their knowledge on almost any imaginable topic.
  US History in Context: Contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in US history.
V Vocations and Careers Collections: Provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

World History in Context: Contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History.

 Our selection of electronic resources is made available by the generosity of the following donors:

  • Sargent Memorial Library Foundation
  • Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
  • Massachusetts Library Systems
  • Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing Network (C/W MARS)

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