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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 A to Z


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  • A to Z databases

    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.  Essential information for Small Business and Entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses, researchers looking for statistics of all kinds, plus information on careers and fundraising.

  • 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, 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.

  • Ancestry Library–Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

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

  • AskArt

    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: 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.

  • Boston Public Library

    Get a Boston Public Library eCard for access to BPL’s extensive list of downloadable content (including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, downloadable music and movies) as well as their online databases. Anyone who lives, works, attends school, or owns property in Massachusetts is eligible.

  • Britannica Learning Zone (early childhood)

    Grade Level PreK-5. Play, discover, create—these are the cornerstones of learning for young children. 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

    Access to 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. 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 and daily content updates.

  • Britannica Online School Edition

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

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

  • Britannica Spanish Reference Center

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

  • Business Collection (Gale)

    The Gale Business Collection provides a comprehensive collection of business, trade and international publications relevant to business innovation, business strategy, finance, real estate and marketing.

  • Consumer Reports provides ratings, reviews 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.

  • CreativeBug

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Gale Business: Entrepreneurship (Formerly Small Business Center)

    When starting a new business, entrepreneurs need all the help they can get. Created by subject experts and a librarian advisory board, Gale Business: Entreneurship brings together hundreds of sample business plans, journals, multimedia content, and more. Small Business Resource Center covers all major areas of starting and operating a business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more. Startups, established businesses, and business students alike can find answers from its mobile responsive experience.

  • 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 issues and country portals bring together a variety of 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.


  • 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

    Use hoopla to borrow digital video, music and audiobooks with your library card. Gain access to thousands of titles – available for instant streaming or temporary download – and watch on your smartphone, tablet or computer. 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.

  • InfoTrac Newsstand

    Searchable full text database with access to articles from 1,000+ newspapers and news wires from around the world, plus some news blogs and television shows. Includes some major U.S. papers (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boston Herald, Christian Science Monitor, Denver Post, etc.) but coverage is strongest in English-speaking British Commonwealth countries (Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, etc.). Also includes three major Spanish-language papers from Mexico (El Norte, Mural, Reforma).


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

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

    eBooks: Access to more than 40,000 ebooks from academic publishers.

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

  • Kanopy

    Kanopy is a streaming service that provides access to more than 26,000 films and documentaries from a variety of independent filmmakers and distributors, including the BBC, PBS and the Criterion Collection.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Medigap Report, Weiss Ratings

    Medigap Report, Weiss Ratings:  The Medicare Supplement Insurance planner saves you both time and money. 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, which plans are right for you and which insurance company has the lowest rates.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • NewsBank

    Newsbank-– Provides subject access to the Wellesley Townsman from August 2005 to date as well as a variety of news magazines and websites including: Atlantic, Commentary, Foreign Affairs, Mashable, National Review, Newsweek, the New Yorker, Slate and WireThe site includes access to additional titles on parenting, science, nature and history.


  • Niche Academy

    Niche Academy is an online learning platform where you can 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.

  • NoveList

    NoveList is a readers’ advisory resource which assists fiction readers in exploring 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.   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. Novelist 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 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.

  • 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. Coverage includes 1981 to Current, plus historic coverage 1851-1922. Home Access includes NY Times App and 5 Premium Archive (1923-1980) articles per day.

  • In-Library Use

    Enjoy free access to Simply create an account with your email and password, and log in at the library using that account. Coverage includes 1981 to Current, plus historic coverage 1851-1922. Home Access includes NY Times App and 5 Premium Archive (1923-1980) articles per day.


  • Opposing Viewpoints [Gale in Context]

    Covers timely issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. This cross-curricular resource supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.

  • OverDrive (Digital Media Catalog)/Libby

    OverDrive provides popular e-books and audiobooks for users to download.

  • 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 including topics on American Indians and U.S. states.

  • Peterson’s Career Prep

    Peterson’s Career Prep supports users building resumes, job hunting, or searching for new careers.  The database offers user-friendly tools available to discover career paths, craft professional resumes and job application materials, and assists with interviewing and networking using templates, samples, videos, articles, and worksheets.

  • Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection

    This collection provides access to  over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine. It provides researchers with access to topics currently of interest to this profession, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses and more.

  • 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.

  • PowerSearch

    Gale PowerSearch helps users select the Gale 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.


    PressReader offers 7000 daily newspapers and magazines from 120+ countries in 60 languages using a computer or mobile app.  Use your library card number as your sign in to have full access to the publications.

  • Research Companion

    Helps students do more effective scholarly research and supports educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.

  • 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

  • Salem Press Online

    Salem OnlineIncludes 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 Database

    is a growing resource of 7.3 million full text articles for from over 1,600 sources. 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.  Supports the needs of students studying applied and general sciences.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    The archives of the Wellesley Townsman Newspaper 1906-1989.

  • Wellesley Yearbooks–The Wellesleyan 1931-2012

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

  • Wellesley/Local Digitized Maps Collection

    The Wellesley Free Library has been an avid promoter and protector of local cultural heritage since its founding in 1883. A portion of Wellesley’s local historical map collection has been digitized for online use, and these maps have been selected to provide a range of material available in the library’s print collection. The digital collection contains maps ranging from 1853 to 1999, with the bulk of the collection spanning from 1935 to 1999. These materials detail the changing landscape, topography, and community of Wellesley and some surrounding towns.

  • 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

    For use by Library Staff Only

  • Wowbrary

    A weekly newsletter that sends a list of the library’s most recent acquisitions to you directly in an email or RSS feed.  You’ll learn about many new bestsellers, DVDs, CDs, cookbooks, mysteries, science books, travel guides, histories, children’s titles, health books, science fiction, and more. With this information you can place a hold on any Wellesley Free Library book, DVD or CD, and any hold can be picked up at the branch of your choice.