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ONLINE DATABASES BY SUBJECT

Subscription databases contain articles and information that are not available for free on the Internet.  Some can be used only in the library, but most can be accessed from home.  Your Burlington Public Library card will allow you to use the databases listed below.  If you have a card from other Massachusetts libraries, you will be able to access many, but not all, of the databases.

If you need help, call the Reference desk at (781) 270-1691.

VIEW DATABASES BY SUBJECT OR IN A-Z LISTING.

Biography Language Learning & Languages
Books & Literary Criticism Magazines
Business & Finance Massachusetts
Consumer Info Newspapers
Education Practice Exams
Genealogy Resume
General Reference & Encyclopedias Science
Health and Medicine Technology
History Youth Oriented

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BIOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY IN CONTEXT [In Library & At Home]
Biographical information with full text magazine articles, images, and website links. Search by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and place.  [Help Tutorial]

LITERATURE RESOURCE CENTER [In Library & At Home]
Research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Search across several major Literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews. Content from the Contemporary Literary Criticism and LitFinder databases are included in Literature Resources from Gale.

BOOKS AND LITERARY CRITICISM

BOOKS & AUTHORS [In Library & At Home]
Combining over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian's favorites lists, Books & Authors helps bring readers and literature together.

LITERARY REFERENCE CENTER [In Library] [At Home]
Full text database of literary criticism, plot summaries, author biographies and information from major literary reference works. Covers books, poems and short stories.

LITERATURE RESOURCE CENTER [In Library & At Home]
Research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Search across several major Literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews.
Content from Contemporary Literary Criticism is included in Literature Resources from Gale.

NOVELIST [In Library] [At Home]
A powerful online readers' advisory resource that is searchable by author, title, genre, and series or by describing a plot. Also includes lists of award winners and recommended books broken down by genre.

OVERDRIVE [In Library] [At Home]
Download eBooks and audiobooks to your computer or compatible device.

SAFARI TECH BOOKS ONLINE [In Library] [At Home]
Access digital collection of technical books covering Java, Web development, certification, project management, enterprise computing, security, operating systems, networking and more.

TUMBLEBOOKS [In Library&At Home]
Online collection of animated talking books for children.

WORLDCAT [In Library] [At Home]
Contains bibliographic records and holding information for 46 million books. Useful in verifying titles and tracking down which libraries own them. Also available online at http://www.worldcat.org

BUSINESS & FINANCE

BUSINESS INSIGHTS: ESSENTIALS [In Library & At Home]
Combines all the content formerly found in Business and Company Resource Center with a new interface. Full text business and management topics.  Includes company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.

MORNINGSTAR  [In Library]  [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
Morningstar provides data on stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds.  The number of simultaneous users is limited.  Please log out of database when finished.

NATIONS OF THE WORLD [In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only.
Political, economic and business information on the nations of the world.

REFERENCE USA [In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
Directory information for over 15 million businesses. Useful for sales leads and market research. Companies can be searched by geographic location, SIC codes, company size, sales volume and others selects. Also includes a residential information database and the ability to search it by telephone number.

CONSUMER INFO

ConsumerReports.org [In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
Provides ratings, product reviews, and buying advice from the experts at Consumer Report magazine.

EDUCATION

EDUCATORS REFERENCE COMPLETE [In Library & At Home]
Content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education.

LEARNING EXPRESS LIBRARY [In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
Practice exams for SAT, GRE, Civil Service and many more. Also includes tutorial courses for students and adult learners.

GENEALOGY

ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION [In Library]
In library access only
Genealogy information including U.S. Census Records from 1790 to 1930, immigration records, birth/death/marriage records, and much more.

HERITAGEQUEST ONLINE [In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
American genealogical information beginning in the late 1700s. Includes tax lists, city directories, Freedman's Bank records, Revolutionary War era records and more.

GENERAL REFERENCE AND ENCYCLOPEDIAS

A to Z WORLD CULTURE [In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
Cultural information on 175 countries.

ACADEMIC ONEFILE [In Library & At Home]
Premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily.

BRITANNICA ONLINE SCHOOL EDITION [In Library & At Home]
Encyclopedia with separate elementary, middle and high school levels.

ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA [In Library & At Home]
This Public Library Edition is a large comprehensive encyclopedia with images and links to 80,000 quality web site. Also includes links to primary sources. Kids Edition is also available.

ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA SPANISH REFERENCE CENTER [In Library & At Home]
This site offers resources in Spanish for all ages in two unique interfaces, each with its own comprehensive encyclopedia.  Enciclopedia Moderna for high school ages and up, and Britannica Escolar  for ages 6-12.

GALE DATABASES - INFOTRAC [In Library & At Home]
The Gale Databases are a massive database which includes Academic OneFile, Expanded Academic ASAP, General Reference Center Gold, and General OneFile plus others. The many databases can be search individually or simultaneously.  Contains newspaper and magazine articles as well as scholarly journals on a wide variety of topics including business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature, art, politics, science, social science, sports, and technology.  Millions of full-text articles.  Also includes databases specifically for elementary, middle, and high school students.

GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY [In Library & At Home]
Contains reference works in full text. Topics covered include the arts, biography, business, the environment, history, law, literature, medicine, religion, science and social studies.

GLOBAL ISSUES IN CONTEXT [In Library & At Home]
International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global and current events, including analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Contains country information, too.

GreenFILE [In Library] [At Home]
GreenFILE is a collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles covering all aspects of human impact to the environment.

INFOTRAC POWERSEARCH SEE GALE DATABASES - INFOTRAC

JUNIOR EDITION [In Library & At Home]
Periodical database designed for middle school students. Covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

KIDS INFOBITS [In Library & At Home]
Developed for researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Full text content, from elementary reference sources and magazines, covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

NATIONS OF THE WORLD [In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
Political, economic and business information on the nations of the world.

OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS IN CONTEXT [In Library & At Home]
Information and opinions on today's hottest social issues. Includes viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

STUDENT EDITION [In Library & At Home]
Periodical database designed for high school students. Covers a variety of topics.

HEALTH AND MEDICINE

ACADEMIC ONEFILE [In Library & At Home]
Premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily.

GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY [In Library & At Home]
Contains medical reference works in full text.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCE CENTER [In Library & At Home]
Includes 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, health-related videos, and articles from general interest publications.

HEALTH REFERENCE CENTER ACADEMIC [In Library & At Home]
Full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus a wide variety of personal health information sources.

NURSING RESOURCE CENTER [In Library & At Home]
Designed for nursing students.

HISTORY

NATIONS OF THE WORLD [In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
Political, economic and business information on the nations of the world.

US HISTORY IN CONTEXT [In Library & At Home]
Contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. Authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

WORLD HISTORY IN CONTEXT [In Library & At Home]
Contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. Authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

MASSACHUSETTS HISTORY ONLINE [In Library & At Home]
Contains articles gathered from almost 50 sources that directly relate to Massachusetts history.

LANGUAGES AND LANGUAGE LEARNING

ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA SPANISH REFERENCE CENTER [In Library & At Home]
This site offers resources in Spanish for all ages in two unique interfaces, each with its own comprehensive encyclopedia.  Enciclopedia Moderna for high school ages and up, and Britannica Escolar  for ages 6-12.

MANGO LANGUAGES [In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
Learn a new language. Choose from Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, ESL for Polish speakers, ESL for Spanish speakers, and ESL for Brazilian Portuguese speakers. 

MAGAZINES

ConsumerReports.ORG [In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
Provides ratings, product reviews, and buying advice from the experts at Consumer Report magazine.

INFOTRAC POWERSEARCH [In Library & At Home]
Infotrac Powersearch is a massive database which includes Academic OneFile, Expanded Academic ASAP, General Reference Center Gold, and InfoTrac OneFile plus others. The many databases can be search individually or simultaneously.  Contains newspaper and magazine articles as well as scholarly journals on a wide variety of topics including business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature, art, politics, science, social science, sports, and technology.  Millions of full-text articles.  Also includes databases specifically for elementary, middle, and high school students.

ONLINE NEWSSTAND  

MASSACHUSETTS

MASSACHUSETTS HISTORY ONLINE [In Library & At Home]
Contains articles gathered from almost 50 sources that directly relate to Massachusetts history.

NEWSPAPERS

NEW YORK TIMES [In Library & At Home]
Full text of the New York Times beginning in 1985.

BOSTON GLOBE [In Library & At Home]
Full text access to the Boston Globe from 1980 to now.

PRACTICE EXAMS

LEARNING EXPRESS LIBRARY [[In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
Practice exams for SAT, GRE, Civil Service and many more. Includes tutorial courses and for students and adult learners. Access test prep ebooks, too.  Starting January 28, 2014, all must register as new users, even if you previously had an account.

RESUME

CYPRESS RESUME [In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
Resume building software that allows you
to create professional-quality resumes.

SCIENCE

ACADEMIC ONEFILE [In Library & At Home]
Premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily.

SCIENCE IN CONTEXT [In Library & At Home]
Contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. This database merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

TECHNOLOGY

ACADEMIC ONEFILE [In Library & At Home]
Premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily.

SAFARI TECH BOOKS ONLINE [In Library] [At Home]
Access digital collection of technical books covering Java, Web development, certification, project management, enterprise computing, security, operating systems, networking and more.

YOUTH ORIENTED

A to Z WORLD CULTURE [In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
Cultural information on 175 countries.

BRITANNICA ONLINE SCHOOL EDITION [In Library & At Home]
Encyclopedia with separate elementary, middle and high school levels.

ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA SPANISH REFERENCE CENTER [In Library & At Home]
This site offers resources in Spanish for all ages in two unique interfaces, each with its own comprehensive encyclopedia.  Enciclopedia Moderna for high school ages and up, and Britannica Escolar  for ages 6-12.

JUNIOR EDITION [In Library & At Home]
Periodical database designed for middle school students. Covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

KIDS INFOBITS [In Library & At Home]
Developed for researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Full text content, from elementary reference sources and magazines, covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

LEARNING EXPRESS LIBRARY [In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
Practice exams for SAT, GRE, Civil Service and many more. Also includes tutorial courses for students and adult learners.

STUDENT EDITION [In Library & At Home]
Periodical database designed for high school students. Covers a variety of topics.

TUMBLEBOOKS [In Library&At Home]
Online collection of animated talking books for children.