Databases A to Z

Welcome to the Wellesley Free Library’s Database collections page.

Unless indicated as “In Library Use Only,” these resources are available from any internet connection. Most databases will require you to enter your Minuteman Library card number for access outside the library.

*For a few databases, home access is available only to Wellesley residents.

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Databases by Subject

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Databases A to Z


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A to Z databases

AtoZdatabases is a job search, reference & mailing list database. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more.

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A to Z Maps Online

4000+ world maps including political, physical, population, climate and other thematic maps.  New maps are added to the collection every month.

A to Z the USA

Information about U.S. states and territories covering the fields of culture, travel, language, trade and business.

AAII (American Association of Individual Investors)

AAII is a nonprofit organization that arms individual investors with the education and tools they need to build wealth. From stock investing to financial planning and retirement funding.

Academic OneFile

Quickly access articles from a database of scholarly journals and other trusted periodicals. Best for academic research.

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Academic OneFile Select

Research academic topics ranging from art and literature to economics and the sciences. Ideal for smaller academic libraries.

Agriculture OneFile

Access current and authoritative periodical content covering agriculture and its related fields.

American Ancestors is a award winning and highly used genealogical website developed by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Search 1.4 billion names from records around the world but the focus is mainly on the U.S and New England.

Allows access to NEHGS publications.

American Graphics Institute Digital Books

This American Graphics Institute digital book collection provides books, video tutorials, and lesson files for patrons of the Wellesley Library.

Ancestry Library

The Ancestry Library consists of  family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records and more.

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Information and images from almost 300,000 artists, dealers, galleries, appraisers, and museums.

Biography in Context

Includes 600,000+ biographies with photos and links to current research on the world’s most influential people.

Boston Business Journal

A weekly publication featuring Boston business news.  Please ask librarian for access.

Boston Consumers’ Checkbook

Independent, nonprofit, no-advertising ratings of local auto repair shops, plumbers, veterinarians, banks, doctors, dentists, carpet cleaners … and much more … plus in-depth articles with advice from CHECKBOOK’s award-winning magazine.

Boston Globe (1980 – Current)

Provides full text access to The Boston Globe – 1980-current.

Boston Globe Historical (1872 – 1981)

Full text access to 1872-1981 (Proquest Historical Newspapers).

Boston Herald

The Boston Herald Newspaper 1991-Current through NewsBank

Britannica Escolar

Access to two Spanish language encyclopedias, one for ages 6-12 and another for the high school and college ages

Britannica Fundamentals

An innovative early learning product for students in grade levels kindergarten through second grade.

Britannica Library

Britannica Library is an award winning resource for Children and Adults. Easy to use, and easy to find trusted information.

Britannica Moderna

Spanish encyclopedia for older students and educators.

Britannica School

Elementary, Middle and High School levels, plus read-aloud at all levels and translation for over 50 languages.

Business OneFile

Understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through leading business and trade publications. Updated daily.

Comics Plus- Children’s Library

Comics Plus, powered by LibraryPass, is a digital platform offering thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga to readers through school, public, and academic libraries. You can access titles using a smartphone, tablet, or web browser, and all titles can be downloaded to multiple devices. There is never a wait to read, as all titles have unlimited access allowing for simultaneous use.

Comics Plus- Full Collection

Comics Plus, powered by LibraryPass, is a digital platform offering thousands of digital comics, graphic novels and manga to readers through school, public, and academic libraries.  You can access titles using a smartphone, tablet, or web browser, and can be downloaded to multiple devices. There is never a wait to read, all titles are unlimited access simultaneous use.

Comics Plus- Teen Library

Comics Plus, powered by LibraryPass, is a digital platform offering thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga to readers through school, public, and academic libraries. You can access titles using a smartphone, tablet, or web browser, and all titles can be downloaded to multiple devices. There is never a wait to read, as all titles have unlimited access allowing for simultaneous use.

Communications and Mass Media OneFile

Search millions of articles covering all aspects of communications, including advertising, public relations, and more.

Consumer Reports provides ratings, reviews and recommendations on cars, appliances, electronics, and thousands of other products.

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1000+ online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques for adults and children presented by inspiring artists, designers, and crafters.  Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more.

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Criminal Justice OneFile

Comprehensive periodical content for researchers studying law, law enforcement, forensic science, terrorism, and more.

Culinary Arts OneFile

Find a variety of information from major cooking and nutrition magazines as well as key reference titles.

Diversity Studies OneFile

Access a range of periodical content to explore cultural differences, contributions, and influences in the global community.

Free driver education program including: 14 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests,  27 CDL (commercial driver’s license) practice tests,  3 online driver’s manuals.

EBooks Gale

Explore this database of encyclopedias and reference sources within the Gale eBooks platform. For multidisciplinary research.

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Economics and Theory OneFile

Discover content useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, and more.


Authoritative global news and analysis.

Educate Station

Educate Station provides ready-to-use, hands-on activities for kids to do at home or at school.  Content is created by a team of experienced classroom teachers and curriculum developers to inspire joyful learning and support kids, teachers, and parents.

Elementary in Context

Introduce elementary students to database searching with resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content.

Environmental Issues (Encyclopedia of)

Topics include endangered animal species, air pollution, national parks, environmental legislation, oil spills, alternative energy sources, and global climate change and more.

Environmental Studies (Gale in Context)

Flooding coastlines. Heat waves. Extreme storms. Melting glaciers. Starving polar bears. Invasive species. Vanishing bee colonies. GMOs. Pollution.

Environmental Studies and Policy OneFile

Investigate environmental issues with diverse perspectives from the scientific community, policymakers, and corporate interests.

Financial Ratings Series Online

Powered by Weiss Ratings and Grey House Publishing, this website gives you powerful new tools to protect your finances, invest wisely, grow your wealth, and learn more about your finances.

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Fine Arts OneFile

Search millions of articles about drama, music, art history, and film making. Diverse resource for serious fine arts students.

Gardening and Horticulture OneFile

Find millions of articles on the practical and scientific aspects of horticulture studies. For all horticultural enthusiasts.

Gender Studies OneFile

Discover balanced coverage of topics related to gender studies, family and marital issues, and more.

General OneFile

Access general interest magazines and key serials in a single resource. Best for general research.

Global Issues in Context

Analyze important global issues and events through topic overviews, international viewpoints, news, and multimedia content.

Global Road Warrior

Designed for those engaged in international trade and business travel, providing information about the people, economy, transportation, and business culture.


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Health and Medicine OneFile

Find up-to-date information on a range of health care topics. Best for students, researchers, and health care professionals.

Health and Wellness

Search a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to alternative medical practices.

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Digital resource that combines searchable images of U.S. federal genealogical census records with digitized books containing family and local histories from around the country.

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High School Edition OneFile

Search magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference on a range of topics. Best for middle- and high-school students.

Historical Newspapers™

ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ is the definitive newspaper digital archive offering full-text and full-image articles for significant newspapers dating back to the 18th Century.

Home Improvement OneFile

Search home improvement topics such as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and more.


Use hoopla to borrow digital video, music and audiobooks with your library card. No waiting to borrow and hoopla digital’s automatic return eliminates all late fees. To get started, simply create an account with your library card number.

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Hospitality and Tourism, OneFile

Discover well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism industries.

Information Science OneFile

Access articles covering all aspects of managing and maintaining information and technology. Updated daily.

Insurance and Liability OneFile

Discover information about physical and intellectual asset protection, from individuals to multinational corporations.


JSTOR is a digital library of academic content in many formats and disciplines. The collections include top peer-reviewed scholarly journals as well as respected literary journals, academic monographs, research reports from trusted institutes, and primary sources.

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Kanopy is a streaming service that provides access to films and documentaries from a variety of independent filmmakers and distributors, including the BBC, PBS and the Criterion Collection.

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Leadership and Management (Gale OneFile)

Search authoritative periodical content covering topics like organizational dynamics, adult learning, and more.

Legal Forms-Mass Gale

Access a wide selection of Massachusetts legal forms and resources across the most popular legal areas.


Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app. You can even send and read your borrowed ebooks to your Kindle ereader (U.S. only)! You can also use libby in your internet browser

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Literature Resource Center

Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.

Mango Languages

Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you’re learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 60 different language courses and ESL instruction.

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Medigap Report, Weiss Ratings

You can build your own customized Medicare Supplement Insurance planner where you get step-by-step guidance on how to select a Medigap insurance plan.

Middle School in Context

Explore the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, history, literature, and more.

Military and Intelligence OneFile

Search scholarly journals, magazines, and reports covering all aspects of past and present military affairs. Updated daily.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Comprehensive and up-to-date financial information on stocks, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Use the “Help & Education” tab to access the User’s Guide.

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Naxos Music Library

The most comprehensive classical music streaming platform.


New York Times (1985 – Present)

Provides full-text access to the New York Times from January 1, 1985 to the present.

New York Times Historical (1851 – 2015)

Full text access to to the New York Times from 1851 to 2012 (Proquest Historical Newspapers).

New York Times Newspaper, Magazine and Book Review

New York Times Newspaper, Magazine and Book Review

News for You

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Real news articles to help with learning to read, write, speak, and understand English.

News OneFile

Access major U.S. and international newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, or other fields.


Provides subject access to the Wellesley Townsman from August 2005 to date as well as a variety of news magazines and websites.

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Niche Academy

Learn how to use all of our library’s online resources such as Overdrive, Hoopla, Financial Ratings Online, Mango, Consumer Reports, etc., and many social media platforms such as FaceBook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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Find new and similar fiction authors and titles.  NoveList contains materials for all ages including picture books, children’s “chapter” books, young adult titles and books for adult readers. Updated quarterly.

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Nursing and Allied Health OneFile

Research full-text titles cited in CINAHL and other resources to support specialized care, treatment, and patient management. Home Access

Enjoy free access to at home by creating your account with your email address and choosing a password, then redeeming an access code by clicking the link above. Home Access includes NY Times App and 5 Premium Archive (1923-1980) articles per day.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Find overviews, news, and opinions on hundreds of today’s important social issues


Access hundreds of animal articles, educational games, and learning activities from school or from home with easy to-use searching tools.  Introduces early learners to database and research concepts.

Peterson’s Career Prep

Learn about careers, receive personalized recommendations, create resumes, search for jobs and schools, and get career advice.

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Peterson’s Test Prep

Find all the tools you need to discover your passion, ace your exams, and excel in your career.

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine OneFile

Access academic journals and magazines covering the fields of physical therapy, physical fitness, and sports medicine.

Pop Culture Studies OneFile

Access scholarly journals and magazines that both analyze and contribute to popular culture.

Popular Magazines OneFile

Access the most searched magazines across Gale OneFile focusing on current events, sports, science, and health issues.

Power Search

Search across multiple Gale collections of periodical and reference content while efficiently managing your results.

PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science

PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science offers research, report and homework help in earth and space science for grades 3–8.

PowerKnowledge Life Science

PowerKnowledge Life Science offers research, report and homework help in life science for grades 3-8.

PowerKnowledge Physical Science

PowerKnowledge Physical Science offers research, report and homework help in physical science for grades 3–8.

PressReader offers 7000 daily newspapers and magazines from 120+ countries in 60 languages using a computer or mobile app.

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Psychology OneFile

Find authoritative periodical content supporting research in all fields of psychology.

Religion and Philosophy OneFile

Research the impact of religion on culture throughout history, including literature, arts, and language. Updated daily.

Salem Press Online

Includes a wealth of titles on literature, history, science and health.  Great for homework help and research papers, some popular series include critical insights on well-known authors and their works, great events in history, principles of science and medical guides.

Science (Gale Interactive)

Science comes to life as you zoom, rotate, and explore interactive 3D models. View related reference articles and search Gale content.

Science Database

In full-text format, researchers have access to all the charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements so vital to scientific and engineering literature.

Science in Context

Understand context for hundreds of science topics through overviews, journals, news, interactive experiments, and more.

Something About The Author

Examine the lives and works of children and young adult authors and illustrators.

Transparent Language

Empower your patrons to learn over 110 languages, including English as a Second Language (ESL).


A collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.

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U.S. History in Context

Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in U.S. history from a variety of sources.

Value Line Research Center

Stock and industry lookup, custom company reports, model and custom user portfolios, stock recaps, market review and PDF reports. *Only 3 simultaneous users are allowed, including in-library and remote users.

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Value of a Dollar 1860-2014; Fifth edition

The Value of a Dollar 1860-2014 includes pricing of items along with facts about average salaries and incomes. Currency conversion charts appear at the end of each chapter.

Vocations and Careers Onefile

Research a vocation, find an appropriate institution of learning, and get assistance on job searches and maintaining a career.

Wall Street Journal

Simply click to create your account and you can start using immediately.

Your access will be available for the next 3 days, after which, click the above link again and login as an existing user with the same username and password you originally created.

War and Terrorism OneFile

Gain valuable insight into conflicts and their causes, impact, and perception on a global scale.

Wellesley Free Library Historical Maps Collection

These materials detail the changing landscape, topography, and community of Wellesley and some surrounding towns. Maps ranging from 1853 to 1999

Wellesley Townsman 2005 – Present

Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of Wellesley Townsman from August 2005 to date.

Wellesley Townsman Archives 1906 – 2005

The archives of the Wellesley Townsman Newspaper 1906-2004.

Wellesley Yearbooks–The Wellesleyan 1931-2018

Find former graduates of Wellesley High School and marvel at the activities and culture in which they thrived.

World History in Context

Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in world history from a variety of sources.


WorldCat is a global catalog of library collections. You can search for books, music, video, articles and much more at a library near you.

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