Watertown Free Public Library
Online Resources

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




Academic OneFile

Contains 8,000 academic journals, the majority in full-text. Also contains hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC, as well as full-text New York Times content from 1985.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS​​​​​​​

American Ancestors

Dozens of genealogical databases from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, including full text of the New England Historical and Genealogical Record, The Search for Missing Friends, and Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1910

Resource provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Ancestry Library ​​​​

IN LIBRARY USE ONLY

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

Resource provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Biography In Context

Biography in Context provides information and insight into the world's most influential people. This resource combines biographical information with multimedia and articles to present lives in context. 

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Boston Globe

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

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Britannica Library

Contains the Encyclopædia Britannica, Compton's by Britannica, Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia, and Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, each covering the research needs of a different age group. Also contains magazine articles, a homework help section, a world atlas, Merriam-Webster dictionaries and thesauri, a Spanish-English dictionary, and video and audio content.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Britannica School Edition

For Elementary, Middle and High School levels,  this reference and learning suite also offers high-quality online learning materials that have been developed by teachers and curriculum experts. 

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Britannica Escolar

Enciclopedia K-8 para hablantes nativos y estudiantes que aprenden español / K-8 encyclopedia for native speakers and students learning Spanish

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Britannica Learning Zone

Grade Level PreK-5. Learning Zone is a classroom-tested, interactive learning environment that gives early learners enjoyable, engaging, and developmentally appropriate activities.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Business Insights: Essentials

This unique resource empowers business professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and general researchers to not only research topics, but also to interpret their research. Deep business intelligence powered by statistical data lets researchers spend less time searching and more time connecting their discoveries to practical applications.

Resource provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Chronicling America

Search America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Resource provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Consumer Reports Online

ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice. Each product includes an overview and a ratings report card, as well as tester reviews & recommendations.

Resource is provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Criminal Justice Collection

The Criminal Justice Collection database focuses on all aspects of the criminal justice field. Publications include: American Criminal Law Review; Corrections Today; Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice Ethics; Forensic Examiner; Psychology Today; and more.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Culinary Arts Collection

The Culinary Arts Collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines from 1980 to present. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

CultureGrams Online

CultureGrams provides quick cultural and statistical snapshots of the countries recognized by the United Nations. Compare countries, states or provinces using a list of statistical elements and create data tables for reports or papers. Country reports can include maps, flags, symbols, history, economy, geography, population and more.

Resource is provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Digital Collection (from OverDrive)

The Digital Collection is always open! Borrow popular ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and streaming video from Minuteman's shared collection. Read or listen on a mobile device with the Libby App from OverDrive.

Resource provided by the Minuteman Library Network

Digital Sanborn Maps of MA 1867-1971

Sanborn maps chart the growth and development of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. They are large-scale plans of a city or town, drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch and were created to assist fire insurance companies as they assessed the risk associated with insuring a particular property. The maps list street blocks and building numbers.

Resource is provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Ebsco eBooks Database

eBooks and Audiobooks are now searchable on the EBSCOhost platform, providing a single source for discovering journal and book content.

Resource is provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

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.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

This collection provides multiple viewpoints of the field of environmental issues and policy including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

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!

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Gale PowerSearch

Search all Gale resources at once with PowerSearch. Search all the journals, magazines, primary sources, and reference resources provided Gale, or select which databases to search. 

​​​​​​​Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Gale PowerSearch

Search all Gale resources at once with PowerSearch. Search all the journals, magazines, primary sources, and reference resources provided Gale, or select which databases to search. 

​​​​​​​Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection

A collection of reference sources and journals focused on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture, this collection provides information for gardening enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

General OneFile

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

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Global Issues in Context

Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, and current events. Portals bring together a variety of sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. 

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Global Road Warrior

The Global Road Warrior is a business travel, telecommunications and business culture reference covering 175 countries. Used by Business travelers, travel planners, international communicators and business people who need extensive coverage of these topics.

Resource is provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Health and Wellness Resource Center with Alternative Health Module

Includes health/medical journals, numerous reference volumes, health videos from Healthology, Inc., pamphlets and health-related articles from general interest publications, in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material is intended for informational purposes only.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Health Reference Center Academic

Articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health & Safety, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, and more. Material is intended for informational purposes only.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest Online is a 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 25,000 family and local history books, U.S. census records, and PERSI, an index of over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles.

Resource is provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Historical Boston Globe 1872-1985

The Historical Boston Globe (1872-1979) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue. The Historical Boston Globe gives researchers quick, accurate Web access to rich newspaper coverage of the Northeast. Complete coverage from 1872-1979.

Resource is provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

hoopla

Borrow digital video, music and audiobooks. Access thousands of titles and watch on your smartphone, tablet or computer. There’s no waiting to borrow and automatic return eliminates all late fees. Create an account with your library card number.

Resource provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection

Provides coverage of the hospitality and tourism field, including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, economic aspects of tourism, and more.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

InfoTrac Newsstand

InfoTrac Newsstand provides access to more than 1,100 major U.S. regional, national and local newspapers as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

JSTOR

A searchable digital library of more than 1,500 academic journals, books, and primary sources in the arts, social sciences, humanities, business, and science.

Resource provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Kanopy

Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service that works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer thousands of award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases across diverse subjects and disciplines. Kanopy provides access to more than 30,000 films and documentaries from a variety of independent filmmakers and distributors, including the BBC, PBS and the Criterion Collection.

Resource provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Resource provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Kids InfoBits

Learn about animals, plants, music science, sports, and more! For Grades K-5. A content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use digital resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

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.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Lynda.com

lynda.com is a leading online learning website that utilizes video tutorials to help anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills. Access is limited to Watertown residents.

Resource provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Mango Languages

Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in a wide variety of foreign languages. It also features ESL instruction in English, tailored for speakers of more than a dozen languages.

Resource provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

New York Times

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

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

NYTimes.com

IN LIBRARY USE         HOME ACCESS

Enjoy free access to NYTimes.com. For both in-library and home access, create an account and log in 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. For more information see Minuteman's NY Times FAQ

Resource provided by the Minuteman Library Network

News for You Online

An online news source designed for people who are learning English. These engaging articles are based on world and national news events. Each article includes audio where readers can listen to the whole article or sentence by sentence. Key vocabulary is shown in bold with the definition appearing by rolling the mouse over the word. An interactive crossword puzzle provides an enjoyable activity while strengthening vocabulary skills.

Resource provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

NoveList

Not sure what to read next? Find read-a-likes, recommendations, and more, all curated by librarians and publishing insiders. (Log in with your Minuteman library card.)

Resource provided by the Minuteman Library Network

Nursing and Allied Health Collection

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

​​​​​​​Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

NUWAV Legal Documents

The movement of automation and standardization in law now allows many legal issues to be handled by an individual without the help of expensive lawyers. With NuWav, patrons can handle most common legal issues with no assistance whatsoever—including divorce, Landlord/Tenant, Business transactions, and much more.

Resource provided by the Watertown Free Public Library

Opposing Viewpoints In Context 

​​​​​​​Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

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PebbleGO

PebbleGo includes hundreds of animals, audio and video clips, and educational games. PebbleGo features easy to-use searching tools and introduces early learners to database and research concepts. Access hundreds of animal articles, educational games, and learning activities from school or from home

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Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Collection

This collection covers 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.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

RBDigital (formerly Zinio)

Read complete digital editions of popular magazines. Enjoy interactive elements such as audio and video. Experience anytime, anywhere availability on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. Keep magazines for as long as you like. Download magazines to your mobile device for offline reading.

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ReferenceUSA

A directory of nearly 14 million U.S. businesses, searchable by name, yellow page heading, SIC code, zip code, estimate sales volume, and more.

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Research in Context

Reasearch 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 middle school students.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Sesame Street EBooks

The Sesame Street eBookstore offers access to more than 150 eBooks. The collection can be accessed in the library, at home, or remotely on the iPad. More than 150 classic and brand-new books, and all books based on Sesame Street's early childhood curriculum. Includes read along books, audio books, animated books, and interactive books

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Science In Context

Science in Context provides topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations, as well as articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites. 

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Small Business Collection

Perfect for business school students and entrepreneurs, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Small Business Resource Center

Covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more, to fit your research needs at any point in your business's development.

​​​​​​​Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Testing & Education Reference Center

The Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) helps users embark on new education and career paths with in-depth information on colleges/universities, graduate/professional programs, distance learning, corporate training, available scholarships/awards, and more. Practice tests include entrance exams, certifications, and licensing tests

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TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook Library is an online collection of TumbleBooks – 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.

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U.S. History Collection

This collection provides coverage of the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly works. Provides balanced coverage useful to the novice historian and the advanced academic researcher.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

Value Line Research Center

Single User License

The Value Line Research Center includes on-line access to Value Line's leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks.

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Vocations & Careers Collection

Offering content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

War & Terrorism Collection

A  collection for students of history, social science and current events. Gain valuable insight the causes, impacts and perceptions of war and terrorism on a global scale. 

​​​​​​​Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

World History Collection

Coverage of both the current thinking and events in World History, and scholarly works. Provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful to the novice historian and the advanced academic researcher.

Resource provided by MBLC and MLS, with support from IMLS

WorldCat

IN LIBRARY USE ONLY

OCLC catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide. For home access try the free version at http://www.worldcat.org

EJournals Finder

Looking for a specific journal or article?
Search by title or browse by subject to access over 11,850 electronic journals, magazines and newspapers.

Ebsco A to Z List (EJournals Finder)

Boston Public Library

In addition to these resources, Massachusetts residents are eligible to use resources from the Boston Public Library. If you do not already have a BPL library card you can apply for an eCard. eCards expire after 3 years unless they are upgraded to standard BPL cards.

Visit BPL's website for more information and to sign up for an eCard.

Using your Minuteman card for access to online resources

Access to online resources provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), with funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is available for all who live, work, and study in Massachusetts. 

Access to online resources provided by member libraries is available to residents of the 36 public library communities served by Minuteman, as well as current students, faculty and staff of the five academic libraries.

Most resources will require you to enter your Minuteman library card number for access outside the library.