Online Resources Page

What is a Database?

A database is a collection of articles, facts, images or other information compiled and published by experts or professionals in a particular field. Although they are usually accessed over the Internet, they are not websites—libraries and other institutions pay to provide them to their patrons. The good news is that you have 24/7 access to Townsend Public Library's databases with your library card.

Why do I need databases when I have the Internet?

The Internet offers huge amounts of information but no guarantee that a site is accurate, complete or up-to-date. Library databases save you time while providing high quality information in a commercial-free environment. Because the information comes from reliable sources, databases are a great resource for school papers and homework.




Grove Art Online  Comprehensive art reference source.
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Biography in Context Multiple search options lead to contextual information on the world's most influential people.
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Books & Reading

Books and Authors Over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian's favorite links.
Contemporary Literary Criticism Over 11,000 critical essays on contemporary authors.
Literature Resource Center Up to date biographical information, overviews, full-text criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers.
Literature Resources from Gale A combined search of the individual Gale resources LitFinder and Literature Resource Center.
LitFinder World literature and authors throughout history. Poems, short stories, speeches and plays.
Novelist C/W Mars Search hundreds of thousands of popular fiction titles, retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides and more.
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Business Insights: Essentials  A fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.
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.
General BusinessFile ASAP Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.
Small Business Collection Perfect for business schools and entrepreneurs, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories. Users will find 250 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals, complemented by 6 eBook titles.
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LearningExpress (Learn-a-Test) Funded by the Worcester Public Library Online test preparation and math, reading and writing courses. Including: advanced placement, civil service, college entrance, graduate school entrance, college prep, US Citizenship, ASVAB and TOEFL.

To log in to Learn-a-Test:

New Users:

  • Select "New User"
  • Your User Name starts with 01605, then the first 9 digits of your library card number (without D or spaces).
  • Create a password of your choice
  • Then you will be offered two options 
  • Choose Worcester Public Library option
  • Click Update

Returning Users:

  • Select "Returning User"
  • Login with your User Name and Password
Massachusetts Job Search Websites This page (developed by the counselors of the MRC) includes listings of popular job hunting sites, hints on searching the Internet for job listings and information about posting your resume on the Internet.
North Central Career Center (Leominster) Whether you recently lost your job, left your job, or are just looking for a better position, the North Central Career Centers are here to help you conduct an effective job search.
Career Center of Lowell Here to assist you in finding a job, training using grant funds, or even just brushing up your resume.
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Educator's Reference Complete A selection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports and premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education.
MTEL Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, access to sample tests.
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General Reference

Academic OneFile Premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Public Library Edition

Expanded Academic ASAP

From arts and humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.
General Reference Center Gold General interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.
Grolier Online Passport CMRLS Grolier Online provides a central portal to all Grolier products:
  • Encylopedia Americana
  • Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
  • Five dictionaries, two thesauri, and an interactive atlas
  • Media (photos, panoramas, multimedia, etc.)
  • News Features: in-depth current events taken from wire services such as the Associated Press.
  • For students: Homework Help, Research Starters, and Science Projects
  • For teachers: Lesson plans, projects and activities, discussion questions, study guides, and more.
InfoTrac 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. Updated daily.
PowerSearch (Gale, Newsstand, Library Catalogs) PowerSearch makes it possible to find subjects from A-Z in one or several of Gale's periodical databases in a single search. Also search Newsstand and statewide library catalogs from this portal.
Virtual Reference Library Includes a select group of reference titles in a variety of subjects covering art, science, multicultural studies, business, literature and history:
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Health Reference Center Academic Multi-source database providing access to full-text of nursing and allied health journals, plus a wide variety of personal health information sources that offer reliable health information to researchers, including nursing and allied health students.
Health and Wellness Resource Center A comprehensive resource that provides integrated access to medical, statistical, health, and related information.
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African-American History Online In-depth information on people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.
American History Online Over 500 years of political, military, social and cultural history.
American Women's History Online Covers the important people, events, legislation and issues relevant to women's history in the US.
Annals of American History Explore the rich and varied history of the United States through speeches, historical accounts, memoirs, poems, images and multimedia.
Global Issues in Context International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics and current events.
Massachusetts History Online Contains full-text articles gathered from almost 50 sources that directly relate to MA history.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context Contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues.
US History in Context Hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in US history.
World History in Context The most significant people, events and topics in World history.
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Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Public Library Edition: Kids

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Public Library Edition for Kids
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online School Edition Encyclopaedia Britannica Online School Edition
Encyclopaedia Britannica Elementary School Edition Encyclopaedia Britannica Online for Elementary School Edition
Encyclopaedia Britannica Middle School Edition Encyclopaedia Britannica Online for Middle School Edition
Encyclopaedia Britannica High School Edition Encyclopaedia Britannica Online for High School Edition
Encyclopaedia Britannica Learning Zone Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Learning Zone
Grolier Online Kids Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia contains thousands of new and expanded articles, extensive hyperlinking, bibliographies and links to other sources of information on the Web.
Grolier Online Passport Grolier Online Passport provides a central portal to all Grolier products. For teachers: Lesson plans, projects and activities, discussion questions, study guides, and more. Two distinct and unique research environments are available: Grolier Online Passport for older students and adults, and Grolier Online Kids for younger students.
InfoTrac Junior Edition (Middle school) Now with over 330 titles, cross searchable with E-Books, this periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school 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.
InfoTrac Student Edition (High School) With over 1100 titles this multi-source database is designed for high-school students providing them with access to a variety of full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on topics most important to their curriculum including: current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more. All access:
Kids InfoBits (K-5) 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 covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
Student Resources in Context This next-generation portal reaches out to today's learners with a Web-like user experience, which intuitively conveys needed information on all core subjects from Science to Literature to History. From the eye-catching, media-rich homepage to the fast navigation options, Student Resources in Context helps students develop both research and critical-thinking skills while covering the spectrum of student-focused subject matter. All access:
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Massachusetts General Laws Find a law by citation, popular name, subject, table of contents. Includes Current Acts and Resolves, and a step-by-step guide to tracing legislative history in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries The easiest way to locate a lawyer, find state laws about a subject, legal forms, news and podcasts.
Massachusetts Taxes Massachusetts Dept. of Revenue.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) IRS Forms and Publications.
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Library Catalogs

Townsend Public Library Catalog Search the Townsend Public Library Catalog.
All Central MA Library Catalogs All Central MA C/W Mars Library Catalogs.
All Central & Western MA Library Catalogs C/W Mars Union Catalog - Central and Western Massachusetts area libraries.
Massachusetts Virtual Catalog The MA Virtual Catalog provides a single, searchable catalog of materials owned by participating academic and public libraries in Massachusetts.
Overdrive Library Patrons from member libraries can browse and search hundreds of ebooks, audios and videos with great titles available for download.
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Magazines & News

Boston Globe Search full text of the Boston Globe, starting in 1980.
New York Times Search the full text of The New York Times (starting in 1985)
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Social Sciences

Global Issues in Context Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Each of these gateway pages includes an overview, unique "perspectives" articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source and statistical information. Rich multimedia - including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal. Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context Gale 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.
World Data Analyst Use Britannica's World Data Analyst to enrich and expand your understanding of the world.
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Science & Technology

Gale Science in Context Gale Science in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
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Townsend Links

Town of Townsend
Website for the Townsend, Massachusetts.
NMRSD North Middlesex School Regional School District
Nashoba Valley Tech Nashoba Valley Technical High School
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Get a BPL eCard

Massachusetts residents can sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard via the web. BPL eCards are virtual library cards that allow users immediate access to Boston Public Library's extensive electronic resources - from archaeology and genealogy to history and science, homework help, historical newspapers, downloadable audio, video, music and more. For more information about eCards, please visit BPL's eCard FAQ.

Worcester Public Library has many online resources that CW/MARS member libraries have access to.