Databases A to Z

Welcome to the Wellesley Free Library’s Database collections page. We’ve compiled all our databases by subject and by alphabetical order to bring you an organized index of educational and research resources at your convenience.

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.

Databases by Subject

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Databases A to Z

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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.

  • 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, AAII covers all your needs.

  • Academic OneFile

    Contains 14,000 academic journals, 6000 in full text, hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC, as well as full-text New York Times content from 1985

  • 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. No-cost access is provided to this collection of books and video tutorials covering a range of popular technology topics. Digital books and videos are available for learning digital design software applications, video editing tools, web design and web coding skills, and office applications. More than one million of these books are in print, and visitors to the Wellesley Library can access current and past digital versions of these titles online.

  • American Social Movements

    The Encyclopedia of American Social Movements tells the stories of social conflicts that mainstream accounts typically gloss over—the struggles waged by ordinary people against those who hold power over them. Organized in 16 thematic sections, it includes in-­depth articles on specific movements, campaigns, organizations, and ideologies—more than 180 in all. Individual articles also include sidebar features on notable individuals and historic documents; illustrations; and a bibliography of recommended readings.

  • Ancestry Library

    Thousands of family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records and lots more!

  • ArtistWorks

    ArtistWorks for Libraries provides patrons with world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals. ArtistWorks for Libraries offers users everything they need for musical and artistic instruction, from beginning to advanced performance. Students now have access to this kind of instruction, regardless of reductions/eliminations of school music programs and without the high cost of private instruction.

  • AskArt

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

  • AtoZdatabases

    AtoZdatabases is a job search, reference & mailing list database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more…

    -Small Businesses: Find sales leads and mailing lists to grow their business
    -Entrepreneurs: Find similar businesses along with competitors
    -Students: Research businesses by industry or segment and company size
    -Government Agencies: Employment statistics, mapping, and traffic modeling
    -People Searching: Locate friends and relatives
    -Guidance Counselors: helping students learn about various careers and how to find jobs
    -Fundraising: Find income and home value in any neighborhood

  • Axis 360 from Baker and Taylor


  • BiblioBoard®

    BiblioBoard® contains primary source materials including books, images, maps, articles, audio and video from leading publishers and archives around the world as well as a growing library of traditional publisher content including, fiction, graphic novels, comics, children’s books and university press books.

  • Biography in Context

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

  • 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)

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

  • Boston Herald: Full-Text January 1, 1997 – November 3, 2010

    Full-Text for the Boston Herald is available in the General OneFile database for January 1, 1997 – November 3, 2010.

  • Britannica Learning Zone (early childhood)

    Grade Level PreK-5. Play, discover, create—these are the cornerstones of learning for young children. Now, Britannica gives teachers an online solution designed specifically for the needs of ages 4 to 7. Learning Zone is a classroom-tested, interactive learning environment that gives early learners enjoyable, engaging, and developmentally appropriate activities to help grow their minds, their spirits, and their intellectual horizons.

  • Britannica Online Public Library Edition

    Contains four full encyclopedias, the Encyclopædia BritannicaCompton’s by BritannicaBritannica Elementary Encyclopedia, and Britannica Concise Encyclopedia each covering the research needs of a different age group. It also contains full-text magazine articles, reviewed websites, homework help, a world atlas, Merriam-Webster dictionaries and thesauri for children and adults, a Spanish-English dictionary, video and audio content, daily content updates, and more.

  • Britannica Online School Edition

    Elementary, Middle and High School levels, plus read-aloud at all levels and translation for over 50 languages.  Gives teachers and students instant access to four complete encyclopedias and high-quality online learning materials that have been developed by teachers and curriculum experts. Designed for all levels of learning from elementary school through high school, offers students an easy-to-use gateway to the vast resources of Encyclopædia Britannica.

  • Britannica Public Library Edition for Kids

    Contains Compton’s EncyclopediaBritannica Elementary Encyclopedia, and a wealth of other age-appropriate material for younger students and children

  • Britannica Spanish Reference Center

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

  • Business Collection (Gale)

    Business Collection provides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through business and trade publications, complemented by a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications.


  • Consumer Reports

    ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and recommendations on cars, appliances, electronics, and thousands of other products under the categories of home and garden, babies and kids, money, and food.

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Select

    An extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors. Each entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, listing of principal works, and sources for further study.

  • Credo Reference

    A database that features online content from a hundred reference books in a broad range of subjects. The topic page resulting from your subject search presents and organizes relevant results from these 600+ resources as well as relevant results from Wellesley’s other library resources including books, ebooks, ejournals, databases and more.

  • Criminal Justice Collection

    Focuses on all aspects of the criminal justice field. Publications include: American Criminal Law Review, Corrections Today, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice EthicsForensic ExaminerPsychology Today, and more.

  • Culinary Arts Collection

    Includes 350 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines from 1980 to present. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.


  • Earth Science: Earth’s Surface and History

    Comprised of over 125 essays on a wide variety of features that have influenced life on earth (including mountain ranges, the ocean, continental movement, etc.) Detailed explorations of the evolution of dinosaurs, fish, birds, plant life and humans, as they were influenced by the earth’s surface, fill this set.

  • EBL – Ebooks Library

    An ebook lending platform developed in collaboration with leading university and research libraries and with academic publishers. Offering content across all subject areas EBL features content from major academic publishers worldwide, including titles from Taylor & Francis, Palgrave Macmillan, Cambridge University Press, Kluwer Academic, Springer, World Scientific and others. Ebooks can be viewed online or downloaded to a computer or PDA. EBL offers full-text search capability across the database.

  • Educator’s Reference Complete

    A collection of more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports (most full-text) focusing on all levels of education, educational administration and policy.

  • Environmental Issues (Encyclopedia of)

    Hundreds of environmentally related articles written by experts in the fields of biology, geology, anthropology, demographics, genetics, and engineering that explain the interrelationships of issues in these fields. Topics include endangered animal species, air pollution, national parks, environmental legislation, oil spills, alternative energy sources, and global climate change and more. Includes hundreds of photographs, charts, graphs, tables, and maps.

  • Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

    Providing robust coverage of the field of environmental issues and policy, this collection, which includes over 1000 periodicals, provides instant access to the multiple viewpoints of this volatile field of study, including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

  • Expanded Academic ASAP

    From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.  Access scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers – with full text and images!


  • Foundation Directory Online

    Find information on U.S. foundations with this tool. *Note: For in-library use only. See the reference desk to gain access.

  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

    Profiles of nearly 10,000 grantmakers that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals. Includes application information, giving programs and financial data.


  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

    The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Sources may be searched individually or together.

  • Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture Collection

    A collection of more than 200 periodicals focused on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture, with the addition of over 20 subject specific reference sources from Delmar, this collection provides information for gardening enthusiasts and professionals alike.

  • General OneFile

    General OneFile is a one-stop source for news and periodical articles, including most of the content across all Thomson/Gale databases. OneFile contains over 5,000 full-text periodical titles, and more than 9,200 titles in all, on a wide range of topics.

  • Global Issues in Context

    Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals bring together a variety sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Each gateway page includes an overview, unique “perspectives” articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source and statistical information. Includes podcasts, video, and interactive graphs.

  • Global Road Warrior

    Designed for those engaged in international trade and business travel, the database covers 175 countries, providing information about the people, economy, climate, emergency services, telecommunications, transportation, and business culture.

     

  • Global Social Issues

    Examines current, critical social issues in historical and global contexts. Original, signed articles cover a broad range of topics including the environment, health, science, the media, ethnic conflicts, poverty, immigration and many others. Each article provides historical context with discussion and analysis of contemporary issues facing today’s world.

  • Global Warming (Encyclopedia of)

    The Encyclopedia of Global Warming provides comprehensive coverage of the questions of global warming and climate change, including scientific descriptions and explanations of all factors, from carbon dioxide to sunspots, that might contribute to climate change.


  • Health and Wellness Resource Center

    Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, numerous reference volumes, over 700 health videos from partner Healthology, Inc., hundreds of pamphlets and health-related articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

  • Health Reference Center Academic

    Use this database to find articles on: fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health & safetyalcohol and drug abuse, HMOs, prescription drugs, etc. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

  • HeritageQuest Online

    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. It includes 28,000 family and local history books, U.S. census records, and PERSI, an index of over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles.

  • 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 Collection

    This collection of book, magazine, journal, and newspaper articles is a resource for all homeowners looking to remodel or decorate their homes. Includes information on building plans, decorating, holiday & party planning, room updates, and more.

  • Hoopla

    hoopla is a way to borrow free digital video, music and audiobooks with your library card. Gain access to thousands of titles – available for instant streaming or temporarily download – and watch on your smartphone, tablet or computer. There’s 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.

  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure Collection

    With current and relevant content from over 1400 industry journals, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field, while also allowing for focused study of specialized aspects of the industry – including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, economic aspects of tourism, and more.


  • JSTOR

    JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.

    Journals: JSTOR contains the full-text of more than 2,300 journals from 1,000 publishers, with publication dates ranging from 1665 to 2015 (for certain titles). Journals are available in more than 60 disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences and mathematics.

    eBooks: JSTOR contains more than 40,000 ebooks from academic publishers. The ebooks work just like journals, offering unlimited use and DRM-free chapter downloads in PDF format.

    Primary Sources: JSTOR includes more than two million primary sources across four collections – 19th Century British Pamphlets, Global Plants, Struggles for Freedom: South Africa, World Heritage Sites: Africa.


  • Kids InfoBits

    Kids InfoBits targets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate and visual graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine and reference content.

     


  • LearningExpress Library

    Educational and career test preparation materials; also includes a computer skills training component. Practice taking tests: ASVAB, GED, GMAT, GRE, SAT, Citizenship, and many more. Create your own account using your library card number.

  • Literature Resource Center

    Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.


  • Magill’s Literary Annual

    Reviews of new fiction and non-fiction books of all genres including poetry, short fiction, and criticism. Archives beginning with the 1977 edition are available for searching and include the author and title index.

  • 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 for speakers of 18 languages.  The newest feature is language learning through film with popular films in their native language.

  • 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 and investor education resources.


  • Native Peoples of the World

    An international team of experts covers the histories and cultures of hundreds of native groups and the nations in which they live. Not merely an historical treatment, the work includes current issues of major concern to native peoples around the globe.

  • New York Times (1985 – Present)

    This database includes full-text of the New York Times from January 1, 1985 to the present.

  • New York Times Historical (1851 – 2012)

    For full text access to 1851-2012 (Proquest Historical Newspapers).

  • NewsBank

  • NoveList

    NoveList is an electronic readers’ advisory resource which assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles.  Through its attractive and easy-to-use interface, NoveList allows readers to use a favorite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest.  Readers can also enter words that describe the contents of a book they would like to read, and NoveList retrieves titles that contain these words in the book’s subject headings field.  In addition, users can browse over 1,200 theme-oriented book lists, 150 award lists and 1,000 fiction related web-sites.  NoveList contains materials for all ages including picture books, children’s “chapter” books, young adult titles and books for adult readers. The product’s database provides enhanced subject access to over 92,000 fiction titles.  Updated quarterly, the NoveList database integrates information from a variety of sources.

  • Nursing and Allied Health Collection Resource Center

    All aspects of the Nursing profession from direct patient care to health care administration are covered in this collection. Including nearly 2000 publications, (1300 full text), this collection’s, this collection’s current and authoritative content will be of use to both professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.


  • Optimal Resume

    Comprehensive online resource for job seekers. Create resumes, cover letters, portfolios, and video resumes. Assess your skills and practice interviewing. Manage an unlimited number of career documents from one central location and share your credentials on your own professional website and across social networking sites.

  • OverDrive (Digital Media Catalog)

    OverDrive provides popular e-books and audiobooks for users to download.  Overdrive Advantage provides additional titles for Wellesley cardholders.

  • Oxford Reference

    Oxford Reference brings together over 2 million Oxford reference entries into a single cross-searchable resource.


  • PebbleGo

    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.

  • PebbleGo Next

    PebbleGo Next has curriculum-connected content for grades 3-6 starting with topics on American Indians and U.S. states.

  • Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection

    This collection includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine, providing researchers with access to topics discussed in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more.

  • Plum Landing

    At the Plum Landing website, kids can play ecology games and explore exotic ecosystems. Plum also encourages kids to investigate their own worlds — why veg out on the couch when you can be outside doing something fabulous?

  • PowerKnowledge Earth and Space Science

  • PowerKnowledge Life Science

    For grades 3–8, PowerKnowledge Science Suite offers online research, report, and homework help in three areas of science: life science, earth and space science and physical science. Comprised of curriculum-correlated content, PowerKnowledge Science Suite promotes digital literacy and 21st-century learning skills with database articles and interactive content.

  • PowerKnowledge Physical Science

  • PowerSearch

    Gale PowerSearch is a platform unlike any other, providing libraries with a sophisticated, yet simple, solution for managing a wealth of periodical, reference and primary source information. Moreover, PowerSearch provides your patrons with access to all the Gale content in your library’s collection through one, single search query.

    Gale PowerSearch helps users select the databases most appropriate to include in a cross-search by providing an alphabetical listing along with a description of each one. Users search with the method that’s easiest for them – by entering keywords, using pre-defined subject terms or constructing complex search queries using Boolean logic. Below the search term field, users will find a list of Gale databases so they can simply select as many databases as they want to include in their search. The database from which each document is found appears as part of the search results.


  • Research in Context

    Research in Context covers the most-studied topics in literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history, as well as the social issues most relevant to this age group. It features:

    • Engaging reference, periodical, and multimedia content
    • Information from trusted sources like Gale, National Geographic, Scholastic and more
    • Alignment to national and state curriculum standards
    • New content written especially for middle schoolers including nearly 300 topic pages and overviews

    Best of all, Gale’s Research in Context supports students’ workflow with a mobile-responsive design, optimized for any device and screen size, allowing students to search and find information easily on computers, tablets, and smartphones.


  • Salem Press: Health

    Salem Health brings online access to Salem Press’ award-winning health reference works.

    Includes:
    Addictions & Substance Abuse (2013)
    Cancer (2009)
    Complementary & Alternative Medicine (2012)
    Genetics & Inherited Conditions (2010)
    Magill’s Medical Guide, 7th edition (2014)
    Magill’s Medical Guide, 6th edition (2011)
    Psychology & Mental Health (2010)

    Magill’s Medical Guide covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and other medical issues. Search topics, browse categories or a subject index, or consult the glossary.

  • Salem Press: History

    Includes online access to:

    Decades:
    – The Twenties in America
    – The Thirties in America
    – The Forties in America
    The Sixties in America
    The Seventies in America
    The Eighties in America
    – The Nineties in America
    – The 2000’s in America

    Defining Documents in American History:
    – Exploration & Colonial America (1492-1755)
    – The American Revolution (1754-1805)
    – Manifest Destiny & the New Nation (1803-1859)
    – The American West (1836-1900)

    Civil War (1860-1865)
    – Reconstruction Era (1865-1877)
    – The Emergence of Modern America (1874-1917)
    – WWI (1914-1919)
    – WWII (1939-1946)
    – Postwar 1940s (1945-1950)
    – Civil Rights (1954-2015)
    – The Vietnam War (1956-1975)

    Encyclopedia of American Immigration

    Great Events from History:
    – The Ancient World
    – Middle Ages
    – The Renaissance 1454-1600
    – The 17th Century
    – The 18th Century
    – The 20th Century 1901-1940
    – The 20th Century 1941-1970

    Great Lives from History
    – Ancient World
    – 19th Century
    – 17th Century

    Issues in U.S. Immigration

    Milestone Documents in American History
    – American Leaders
    – American History
    – World History
    – World Religions


  • Salem Press: Literature

    Includes access to:

    -Critical Insights: Authors
    -Critical Insights: Films
    -Critical Insights: Themes
    -Critical Insights: Works
    -Critical Surveys
    -Enyclopedias of Literary Characters & Places
    -Introduction to Literary Context
    -Magill’s Literary Annuals (1977-2015)

  • Salem Press: Science

    Includes online access to:

    -Applied Science
    -Earth Science: Earth’s Surface and History
    -Environmental Issues
    -Encyclopedia of Global Warming
    -Principles of Astronomy
    -Principles of Chemistry
    -Principles of Physics

  • Science in Context

    Science in Context is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. By integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos, Science in Context draws students into the subject matter, showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.

  • ScienceFlix

    ScienceFlix provides students with over 4,000 videos, articles, interactive media and more on the earth, space, life and physical sciences, health and the human body and technology and engineering.
    Teachers can support learning with projects and experiments, quizzes and discussion starters, weblinks and interactive timelines.

  • Social Issues in America

    Social Issues in America: An Encyclopedia addresses nearly 170 timely American issues in breadth and detail, providing an introduction to the basic concepts, terminology, historical background, competing points of view, statistics, and research materials associated with each one.

  • Student Edition

    This database is designed for high school students, with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

  • Student Edition Infotrac

    InfoTrac Student Edition is specifically designed for secondary school students, providing instant access to screened, age-appropriate content from magazines, journals, newspapers and reference books. The ideal alternative to random Web searching, InfoTrac Student Edition covers a wide range of subjects, from science, history and literature to political science, sports and environmental studies, offering reliable, authorit


  • TumbleBooks

    A collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.


  • U.S. History in Context

    Hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History are detailed using full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.


  • Value Line Research Center

    Value Line On-Line provides stock and industry lookup, custom company reports, model and custom user portfolios, historical archives back to 1997 (for additional fee), stock recaps, market review and PDF reports for printing and emailing. *Only 3 simultaneous users are allowed, including in-library and remote users.

  • Value of a Dollar 1860-2014; Fifth edition

    The Value of a Dollar 1860-2014 includes actual pricing of thousands of items that consumers purchased from the Civil War to the present, along with facts about average salaries and incomes. Currency conversion charts appear at the end of each chapter.

  • Vocations and Careers Collection

    Finding the right career can be a daunting and high stakes task: finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career are all topics covered by this collection, providing current and applicable content for all vocational milestones. Offering content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.


  • 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 – 1989

    Search the archives of the Wellesley Townsman Newspaper. Years covered – 1906-1986.

  • World History in Context

    Hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History are detailed using full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

  • WorldCat

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

  • WorldCat FirstSearch