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Title/Provider Brief Information
and Subjects

Biography in Context; Gale/Cengage

Provides biographical information drawn from reference works, magazine, newspaper and journal articles, audio and video clips on figures from ancient times to the present. Full-text.

reference tools

Book Index with Reviews; EBSCO

Contains over 7.7 million book records with publication status and reviews. Also includes information on ebooks, audiobooks, and music, and films.

book reviews; reference tools more

Boston Public Library Electronic Resources
Note: see BPL eCard web page

A wide range of electronic resources available to Boston Public Library card holders. Note: cards may be obtained via the BPL's web page and are available to residents of Massachusetts. Please see BPL eCard web page for more information.

arts and sciences; business;
general subjects; health sciences; reference;
social sciences; sciences; statistics

Britannica Library; Encyclopedia Britannica

Online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Updated monthly. Courtesy MBLC

reference tools more

Choice Reviews Online; ALA

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries is the premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education.

reference tools more

CollegeSource Online; College Source

College catalogs online.

college catalogs online;
reference tools

CQ Researcher; Sage

Provides full-text overviews of current issues including pro/con debates, issue timelines, bibliographies, and statistics.

social sciences; reference tools more

EndNote Web - see Web of Science; Thomson

This is a web-based, bibliographic file management system available through the Web of Science web page.

bibliographic file management system; reference tools more

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia; EBSCO

Online version of Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. Updated annually.

reference tools

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL); Gale/Cengage

A collection of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources featuring a wide variety of full-text, interdisciplinary content. A great starting point for your research.

reference tools more

International Encyclopedia of Human Geography; Elsevier

Online, full text version of The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (2009). It provides an authoritative and comprehensive source of information on the discipline of human geography and its constituent, and related, subject areas. The encyclopedia includes over 1,000 detailed entries on philosophy and theory, key concepts, methods and practices, biographies of notable geographers, and geographical thought and praxis in different parts of the world.

geography; reference tools; social sciences more

Library Catalog; NOBLE

The Salem State University and NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange) catalogs.

SSC library catalog;

Literature Criticism Online; Gale

The full text of over 190,000 essays providing criticism of literature from around the world, in all genres, and from all time periods from antiquity to contemporary emerging authors. The essays discuss individual authors and their works, literary movements and topics, and the social, political, and historical background that provides contextual perspective for the study of literature. Our access provides access to August, 2016.

reference tools; language and literature; arts and humanities more
Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print; EBSCO reference tools; social sciences more
MLA Directory of Periodicals; MLA/EBSCO serials directory; reference tools; language and literature;
arts and humanities

Music Online: African American Music Reference; Alexander Street Press

African American Music Reference, a resource under development, brings together reference texts, biographies, chronologies, sheet music, images, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies which chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music. Coverage includes blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrels, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical

music; arts and humanities more

Music Online: Classical Music Reference Library; Alexander Street Press

Classical Music Reference Library brings together a variety of essential reference materials, spanning the entire history of Western classical music, in a unified online database. Included are the authoritative reference titles Baker's Dictionary of Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music, which are available for the first time in electronic form.

music; arts and humanities;
reference tools
NoveList Plus; EBSCO arts and humanities; social sciences; reference tools more

Opposing Viewpoints in Context; Gale/Cengage

Opposing Viewpoints In Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to marijuana. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue and help students develop information literacy, critical thinking skills, and the confidence to draw their own valid conclusions.

arts and humanities; general subjects; reference tools; social sciences more

Oxford African American Studies Center; OUP

The Oxford African American Studies Center combines the authority of carefully edited reference works with sophisticated technology to create the most comprehensive collection of scholarship available online to focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.The Oxford African American Studies Center provides students, scholars and librarians with more than 10,000 articles by top scholars in the field. Limited to 5 simultaneous users.

reference tool; social sciences; arts and humanities more

Oxford Art Online; Oxford University Press

Oxford Art Online, formerly known as Grove Art, provides web access to the entire text of The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Grove Art Online. Limited to 5 simultaneous users.

encyclopedia; reference tools; art more

Oxford Bibliographies; OUP

Bibliographies providing a pathway to the most accurate and reliable resources for a variety of academic topics. Every article serves as an authoritative guide to the current scholarship, written and reviewed by academic experts, with original commentary and annotations. Collection contains: Atlantic History, Childhood Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, Ecology, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Renaissance and Reformation, and Social Work.

arts and humanities; reference tools; social sciences more

Oxford English Dictionary; OUP

The Oxford English Dictionary is a historical dictionary of English, covering the language from the earliest times to the present day. Entries contain detailed etymological analysis, and are illustrated by quotations from a wide range of English language sources from around the world. Updated quarterly.

language and literature;
arts and sciences;
reference tools

Oxford Music Online; Oxford University Press

Oxford Music Online, formerly known as Grove Music, is an integrated music resource on the web, including the full text of The Oxford Dictionary of Music, The Oxford Companion to Music, and Grove Music Online. Limited to 5 simultaneous users.

encyclopedia; reference tools; music more

Oxford Reference Collection; OUP

A collection containing over 120 dictionaries and reference titles covering a broad spectrum of subjects from general reference and language to science and medicine, and from humanities and social sciences to business and professional. Limited to 5 simultaneous users.

reference tools more

Proquest Dissertations & Theses A & I; Proquest

Multidisciplinary - dissertations.

reference tools more

ReferenceUSA; InfoUSA

Directory of businesses and people.

business/residential phone numbers; reference tools more


Web-based citation management software. If you need the Group Code, contact your subject librarian or the information desk.

citation management more

Sage Knowledge; Sage

SAGE Knowledge is home to an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content alongside SAGE Video, containing over 4,600 titles. Content includes reference works, academic books, professional development titles and more. This cross-media platform allows users to search and browse over 10,000 items, video, book and reference titles within the Social Sciences. Updated monthly.

e-books; business; economics; social sciences; reference tools more

Sage Stats; Sage

SAGE Stats provides annual measures dating back more than two decades. It features statistical data series created from more than 200,000 government and non-government datasets, covering popular topics of research interest for U.S. states, counties, cities, metropolitan areas, and ZIP codes.

reference tools; social sciences more

Serials Directory; EBSCO

The Serials Directory is an indispensible resource for anyone needing serials information such as e-mail and Internet address, language, publication frequency, ISSN, Library of Congress, Dewey Decimal Classification, and more.

serials directory;
reference tools
Vault: Rankings and Reviews of Companies, Interships, Schools; Vault all subjects more

WorldCat; FirstSearch
WorldCat; OCLC

WorldCat is a union catalog that itemizes the collections of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories that participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) global cooperative.

US libraries catalog
reference tools