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Research Databases

Research A to Z

Most of the resources below are funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners 
and are accessible by all MA residents with a library card.

Some of the resources, noted below, are funded by WSPL and are only accessible to West Springfield residents. 
For information on accessing these resources please contact your home library.


WSPL Galepages - Every available Gale database in one convenient location.
Academic OneFile - Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world´s leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive.
Agriculture Collection - With broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields, this collection provides a comprehensive view of this growing body of knowledge. Comprised of nearly 200 titles, researchers will have access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.

American Ancestors (in Library access only) - Compiles the New England Historic Genealogical Society's collection of more than 12 million documents, manuscripts, records, books, microfilms, photographs and other artifacts dating back to the 14th century.

American History - From the explorers of the Americas to the issues of today´s headlines, American History investigates the people, events, and stories of our nation´s evolution. investigates the people, events, and stories of our nation´s evolution. Barcode: sdatabase

Ancestry Library Edition (in library access only) - Discover your unique family history! This resource includes billions of records from around the world, including from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more. Funded by the West Springfield Public Library. Access is available only at the Library.

Biography in Context -   Over 400,000 biographies covering figures from literature, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, current events and the arts.

Boston Globe -   Full-text coverage from 1980.

Britannica Moderna - Spanish language encyclopedia covers all fields of knowledge, including arts, geography, philosophy, science, sports, and much more.

Business Economics and Theory -   With a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit database, this collection provides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics. Perfect for business classes, users will find more than 150 full-text journals to support their research. -   ChiltonLibrary provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use web site. For a video on how to get started, click:HERERemote access is available for West Springfield residents with a WSPL card number.
Communications and Mass Media Collection -   From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field. Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.
Criminal Justice Collection -   Targeted collection of 700+ journals covering criminal justice including law enforcement, paralegal topics, and homeland security.
Culinary Arts Collection -   Includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.
Diversity Studies Collection -   A must-have for social science, history and liberal arts coursework, this collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community. This set includes more than 150 journals. -   A comprehensive resource for anyone planning on taking their driver's test; inculding: practice tests for cars and motorcycles based on the MA RMV permit manuals,  a downloadable copy of the MA Driver's Manual, and FAQ that will help you navigate the process from applying for a permit to taking your license picture.
Environmental Studies in Context - Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.
Environmental Studies and Policy Collection -   Environmental Studies and Policy Collection provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and other reference sources covering environmental issues and policies. The database includes diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policymakers, and 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, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images!
Fine Arts and Music Collection -   With more than 100 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection will provide your students with resources to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.
Gale LegalForms - MassAccess a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms and resources across the most popular legal areas.
Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection -  Targeted collection of journals and e-reference sources for gardening enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Gender Studies Collection Gender Studies Collection -   This collection of journals aims to provide balanced coverage of this significant aspect of our culture, covering such topics as gender studies, family and marital issues, health aspects, and many more.
General OneFile - A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full?text articles, many with images.
General Science Collection - A collection of over 1,000 peer-reviewed journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments.
Global Issues In Context - Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.
Health Reference Center Academic -   This multi-source database provides access to full-text nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources, all in a single, easy-to-use database. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only. *
Health and Wellness Resource Center -   Use this Resource Center to find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, videos, & reference information on: Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Pregnancy, Prescription Drugs, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, health assessment sites & government databases. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only. *
Home Improvement Collection -   Even the smallest home improvement project can be daunting: with this collection of nearly 100 home improvement focused titles, hobbyists and professional carpenters alike will immediately put their projects on a more solid foundation. Coverage includes such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more.
Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection -   Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure Collection provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and trade publications that cover topics including the cultural and economic aspects of travel and tourism.
Information Science and Library Issues Collection -   This collection, comprised of content from more than 100 leading industry journals, provides current and accurate information for this fast-moving field. Information professionals and other knowledge workers - from the research specialist to the information architect - will find appropriate and useful information in their areas of expertise, including such topics as information infrastructure, data processing techniques, metadata architectures, and more.
Insurance & Liability Collection -   Protection of assets is a concern for all: from the individual property owner to the multinational corporation, all have a vested interest in ensuring the retention of their assets, be it physical or intellectual. This collection, of journals, takes a broad view of this multimillion dollar industry, covering such topics as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more.
Kids InfoBits -   Kids InfoBits is a database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Featuring a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, the most popular search method is moving from a broad subject to a narrower topic using the subject-based topic tree. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. This database includes coverage of geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history and sports.
Leadership & Management Collection - Search authoritative periodical content covering topics like organizational dynamics, adult learning, and more. Updated daily.
Literature Resource Center -   Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
Military and Intelligence Database Collection -   Both the historian and reporter on the frontline will find useful information in this collection, composed of content from over 400 journals, which covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs. Key subjects covered include: socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more.

Newsbank - The Springfield Republican (1988 - current), Advocate (North  Adams: 2010 - current), Amherst Bulletin (1994 - current), Berkshire Eagle (2003 - current), Daily Hampshire Gazette (1994 - current), North Adams Transcript (2003 - current), Recorder (Greenfield: 1997 - current), Springfield Examiner (2011 - current), and the Valley Advocate (1996 - current).

New York Times -   Search the full text of The New York Times (starting in 1985).
Novelist -   NoveList is a comprehensive tool to help you get the most our of your reading time. Browse recommendations, find series lists, retrieve author read-alikes, find discussion guides for your book group or search for more books like the one you just finished that you absolutely loved. Hundreds of thousands of titles, both fiction and non-fiction are included. Funded by CWMARS, card required for login.

Online Public Library Edition  -  Comprehensive encyclopedia meeting the reference needs for all patrons from students, to business professionals and lifelong learners. Offers "adult" and "kids" interface. Includes a dictionary, thesaurus, videos, images, primary sources, and e-books. (PLUS read-aloud at all levels and translation for over 50 languages)

Overdrive Digital Catalog - Download thousands of ebooks, audio books or video right to your computer. In many cases, transfer to your mobile device and enjoy on the go! Funded by CWMARS, card required for login.
PebbleGo - PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-2 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas.
Peterson's Career Prep - Discover which careers suit you best, research potential career options, and explore the requirements and outlooks for the occupations you're interested in. Includes a free résumé builder. Does require users to create an account to save searches and résumés.
Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Collection - Targeted collection of journals covering proven and experiment research and treatment techniques in the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine.
Pop Culture Collection - Pop Culture Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that both analyze and contribute to popular culture. The database offers useful information for researchers in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses.
Popular Magazines - Popular Magazines includes 1000 of the most searched magazines across our InfoTrac esources. Full-text articles from titles like Consumer Reports, Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, US News and World Report, Vogue, Fortune, Business Week, National Review, Cosmopolitan, NPR and even Oprah are included in this database.
Psychology Collection -  This set explores what makes people "tick" from childhood to death. This collection gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops -- and diminishes -- over time. Your library's users will have instant access to 200 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.
Religion & Philosophy Collection -  Why do some people believe in Heaven? Is it fear, hope, upbringing or blind faith? Users of this collection can research different religions, philosophies and how they impact our daily lives.
Research in Context -   Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Research in Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.
Science in Context -   Science in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.
Small Business Collection -   Perfect for business schools and entrepreneurs, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories. Users will find hundreds of full text subject-appropriate periodicals.
Spanish Edition: Escolar (K-8)
Spanish Reference Center -   (Includes Enciclpoedia Moderna, a reference collection for the high school and college ages and Escolar Online, geared to ages 6-12) Includes Britannica Escolar Online, a Spanish elementary encyclopedia for grades K-8 and Enciclopedia Moderna for grades 9-12. Moderna will satisfy native Spanish speakers, and students that are bilingual or just learning Spanish.
Testing & Education Reference Center -  Our innovative, web-based products and online practice tests for the GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT Assessment, ASVAB, and TOEFL, provide consumers with the depth and breadth of information they need to make informed decisions about their education or career. Our financial aid database of nearly $5 billion worth of scholarships, grants, and prizes is fully searchable on the Web and available in printed guides. The range of test preparation offered by Peterson's has recently expanded into civil service, licensing, certification, and military preparation with the acquisition of ARCO.
Remote access is available for West Springfield residents with a WSPL card number.
U.S. History Collection -  As any historian will state, the study of history is as much about the present as the past: to that end, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field. This compilation of journals provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.
US History In Context -   This collection of over 40 journals provides balanced coverage of both current thought and events in U.S. History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field; useful both to the novice historian and to the advanced academic researcher.
Vocations & Career - 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.
War & Terrorism Collection -   A definitive periodical collection of hand selected titles for analysts, risk management professionals and students of military science, history, social science.
World History Collection -   Covers nearly 5,000 years to chronicle the rise and fall of cultures and societies across all continents and eras. Rare primary sources combine with reliable references to put content into context for every learner.
World History In Context -   As any historian will state, the study of history is as much about the present as the past: to that end, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in World History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field. This compilation of journals provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.