Need to do research?  Use one of these subscription databases to find quality information on your topic.  The resources listed below come from trusted sources that you and your teachers can cite with confidence.  All Newton residents need to access these resources from school or home is a Newton library card number beginning 21323.

Overdrive Audiobooks and eBooks (Digital Media Catalog) – Download titles in OverDrive audiobook or eBook format.  Please note: You will need to download additional software the first time you borrow an OverDrive title. OverDrive will prompt you to download the necessary software after you check out a title. For more information, see the Quick Start Guide under “Getting Started” on the OverDrive page.

BiographyMarquis Who’s Who on the Web – Comprehensive profiles on over 1.4 million of the most accomplished individuals from all fields of endeavor including: government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports. Search by name, gender, occupation, geography, hobbies and interests, religion and much more. Includes Who’s Who in American Politics, Who’s Who in American Art, and Who’s Who in American History.

DictionariesMerriam Webster Unabridged Dictionary – Search over 470,000 entries in Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Other resources include Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Thesaurus, Medical Dictionary, Spanish-English Dictionary, French-English Dictionary, a Style Guide, and Word Games.

Oxford English Dictionary – Search the Oxford English Dictionary online for the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past.

Encyclopedias Encyclopedia Britannica Online – Search the Encyclopaedia Britannica Online alphabetically or by subject. Also included are Year In Review articles since 1993, historical timeline searches, a dictionary and thesaurus, a world atlas, links to journal and magazine articles, and video clips.

Encyclopedia Judaica – Updated edition of this work on Judaism features more than 21,000 entries on Jewish life, culture, history, and religion, written by Israeli, American and European subject specialists.

Government & PoliticsStatesman’s Yearbook Online – Statesman’s Yearbook is an online service providing information on global affairs, researched and developed by the team behind the Statesman’s Yearbook. This intuitive, map-based reference tool supplies objective and reliable data on the state of the world, with comprehensive coverage of government and politics, geography, history, economics, social policy and culture for all 192 countries.  Also included are biographies of key figures; searchable lists of international organizations; a week by week chronology of world events since December 1999; links and resources for additional research; and special profiles of regions, states, and cities.  The statistical comparison feature allows users to compare and chart key figures, such as population and GDP, between countries. Information is updated monthly, with daily updates for key world events.

History LexisNexis Primary Sources in U.S. History – LexisNexis Primary Sources in U.S. History allows access to African American Studies, US Presidential Studies and Women’s Studies.  Search by keyword the full text of sources within LexisNexis Primary Sources in U.S. History.  Search by subject for sources using your own term or choose from the subject list and browse entire collections of documents.

World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras – Covers world history from prehistoric times to the year 1500, primarily for middle and high school students. Browse subject overviews in “Topic Explorations,” or search by type of resource or topic. The database includes biographies, primary-source documents, essays, maps, quotations, timelines, photos, audio and video, statistics, and more.

Language LearningTELL ME MORE (Auralog) – Learn to speak Spanish, Latin American Spanish, English (ESL), French, German, Dutch or Italian. This interactive web-based language learning program features speech recognition and self-assessment, as well as cultural activities. Includes separate courses for everyday language and business language.  TELL ME MORE requires a Microsoft Operating System and Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher. Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Netscape and other browsers are not supported at this time. This database will not work with Apple computers.

Magazine & Journal ArticlesJSTOR – A collection of over 900 full-text journals across more than 40 disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Asia Studies Full-Text Online – With access to reports, working paper series, and journals from top Asia-Pacific institutions and world research institutions, Asia-Studies covers business, economics, government, politics, and social sciences. The humanities section includes Asian languages, arts, culture, history and religion.  The 55 countries covered by the database include all of Asia from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Central Asian republics on east through India, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Music African American Song – his music collection contains jazz, blues, gospel, ragtime, folk songs, and other genres.

American Song – American Song is a history database containing 50,000 tracks, including songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests and more.

Classical Music Library – This resource offers music from dozens of classical music labels and focuses on great artists and distinguished performances. It contains chamber music, instrumental, orchestral, opera, vocal and more.

Naxos Music Library – A music service featuring predominantly classical and world music, but also including jazz and blues, from the entire Naxos label catalog as well as other specialty record labels.

Smithsonian Global Sound – Produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, this music service includes American folk, blues, bluegrass, world music and other genres.

Obituaries America’s Obituaries & Death Notices – An extensive online collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.

Science Science Resource Center – Infotrac’s Science Resource Center 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. The database covers curriculum-related science topics, and offers teachers an easy-to-use tool to identify content directly correlated to state and national standards.

Statistics Demographics Now – Create maps and reports to analyze the demographic and market potential of any geographic area in the U.S.

Test PreparationLearningExpress Library – The new, expanded LearningExpress Library now offers tutorial courses as well as practice tests with immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. New test and course resources include TOEFL, practice courses for reading, writing and math skills, and elementary, middle, and high school skills improvement. Other tests included are the SAT, GED, U.S. citizenship, professional licensing and certification exams, and many others. Something for everyone!


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