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Conduct Research Using the Library Databases
Look for journal, magazine, and newspaper articles on the library's subscription databases. Access is free for all Burlington residents.  Edited on 11-14-18

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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 History
Books & Literary Criticism Languages
Business Magazines
Careers Newspapers
Consumer Info Science
Education Technology
Genealogy Test Prep
General Reference & Encyclopedias Youth Oriented
Health and Medicine  


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BIOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY IN CONTEXT
Biographical information with full text magazine articles, images, and website links. Search by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and place.

LITERATURE RESOURCE CENTER
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

HOOPLA 
[Mobile Device How-to-Videos]
Access for Burlington Library cardholders only
Stream movies and tv shows, download movies, audio books, tv shows, albums, eBooks and comics.  Create an account.

GALE LITERATURE RESOURCE CENTER 
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] [Mobile Device How-to-Videos] [More help]
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.

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

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 make sure to log out of the database when finished.

REFERENCE USA [In Library]  [At Home[Video help

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.

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER
Covers all aspects of starting and operating a small business.

CAREERS

CAREER TRANSITIONS
Provides guidance and essential activities to both current job seekers and those investigating new career options. Key features include resume and cover letter creation support, interactive interview practice, and tools to match previous work or military experience to potential career paths. 

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
Content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education.

GENEALOGY

ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION  [In Library & At Home] [Video help]       
Proquest has temporarily enabled remote access to Ancestry Library during the current library shutdown period.
Genealogy information including U.S. Census Records from 1790 to 1930, immigration records, birth/death/marriage records, and much more.  

FAMILYSEARCH
FamilySearch is the largest genealogical organization in the world. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources at home or here at the library where they'll gain access to 350+ million restricted images and name indexes as part of the FamilySearch Affiliate Library Program. Get started by creating a FREE account.

HERITAGEQUEST ONLINE [At Home] [Video help]
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

ACADEMIC ONEFILE (Gale) 
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
  [Video help]
Encyclopedia with separate elementary, middle and high school levels.

ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA  [Help]
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.

BRITANNICA ESCOLAR
This site offers resources in Spanish for ages 6-12.                                                 Back to Top

GALE DATABASES - INFOTRAC  
The Gale Databases are a massive database which includes Academic OneFile, Expanded Academic ASAP, 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.  

GLOBAL ISSUES IN CONTEXT
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] [Video help]
GreenFILE is a collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles covering all aspects of human impact to the environment.

Opposing Viewpoints
Explores different points of view on hot topics that are in the news today.

INFOTRAC POWERSEARCH SEE GALE DATABASES - INFOTRAC

GALE IN CONTEXT ; ELEMENTARY  Formerly called KIDS INFOBITS
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.

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Gale in Context) 
For middle school students with an easy to use interface.

RESEARCH COMPANION
An effective resource designed to help students learn, through a system of self-paced tutorials, how to organize, evaluate and use information when doing scholarly research .  Also included are searching and revision aids and a citation builder.

STUDENT EDITION
Periodical database designed for high school students. Covers a variety of topics. 

HEALTH AND MEDICINE

ACADEMIC ONEFILE (Gale) 
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.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCE CENTER
Includes 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, health-related videos, and articles from general interest publications.

HEALTH REFERENCE CENTER ACADEMIC
Full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus a wide variety of personal health information sources.

HISTORY

U.S. HISTORY IN CONTEXT
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
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.

LANGUAGES

BRITANNICA ESCOLAR
This site offers resources in Spanish for ages 6-12.

ROCKET LANGUAGES
Access for Burlington cardholders only
Rocket Languages® is an award-winning interactive online language-learning system. The multi-faceted system allows patrons to learn new languages at their own pace. Speak and understand a new language better. With 15 languages to choose from, including American Sign Language, Rocket Languages also features modules in Spanish and Japanese to learn English. Rocket Languages is perfect for the business or traveler learner, as well as extra practice for students.

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.

OVERDRIVE [In Library]  [At Home]    Complete List of Overdrive Magazines
Download digital magazines to your mobile device or read them in your browser.

GALE DATABASES - INFOTRAC
Inforac Powersearch is a massive database which includes Academic OneFile, Expanded Academic ASAP, 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. 

NEWSPAPERS

INFOTRAC NEWSSTAND
Full-text newspapers.

NEW YORK TIMES

Full text of the New York Times beginning in 1985.

BOSTON GLOBE
Full text access to the Boston Globe from 1980 to now.

SCIENCE

ACADEMIC ONEFILE (Gale)
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 DATABASE
ProQuest Science Database is a growing resource of 7.3 million full text articles on applied and general sciences from over 1,600 sources. Researchers have access to charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements so vital to scientific and engineering literature.

SCIENCE IN CONTEXT
Provides topic overviews and access to full-text magazines and academic journals, experiments, biographies, news articles, images, videos, audio files and links to quality websites. Curriculum-related science topics are covered and offers teachers an easy-to-use tool to identify content directly correlated to state and national standards.

TECHNOLOGY

ACADEMIC ONEFILE (Gale)
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
Access digital collection of technical books covering Java, Web development, certification, project management, enterprise computing, security, operating systems, networking and more. 

 TEST PREP

DRIVER'S LICENSE PRACTICE TESTS
Free Massachusetts permit practice tests presented through a partnership with 
Driving-Tests.org.
  Includes:
     11 car practice tests
     9 motorcycle practice tests
     CDL (Commercial Driver's License) practice tests
     3 online driver's manuals (car, motorcycle and CDL)
     Frequently Asked Questions to many RMV-related questions
Please Note: Driving-Tests.org is not affiliated with or evaluated by the 
Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. The official RMV Driver's Manual is available 
on their website along with additional driver's education information. 

YOUTH ORIENTED

BRITANNICA ONLINE SCHOOL EDITION  [Help]
Encyclopedia with separate elementary, middle and high school levels.

BRITANNICA ESCOLAR
This site offers resources in Spanish for ages 6-12.

GALE IN CONTEXT : ELEMENTARY
(Formerly called Kids Infobits)
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.

MIDDLE SCHOOL (Gale in Context) 
For middle school students with an easy to use interface.

STUDENT EDITION
Periodical database designed for high school students. Covers a variety of topics.

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