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Research Databases

Amherst Town Library provides the following subscription databases for use by library patrons. For access at home, simply enter the 14-digit barcode found on the back of your library card when prompted.

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  • Academic Search Premier
  • America the Beautiful
  • American History Online
  • America's Genealogy Bank
  • America's Historical Newspapers
  • America's News
  • Ancestry Library Edition (available onsite only)
  • Biography In Context
  • BookBrowse
  • Business Source Premier
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • Encyclopedia Americana
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
  • General Research with Consumer Reports
  • Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
  • Grolier Online®
  • Heritage Quest
  • Issues & Controversies
  • Lands and Peoples
  • Learning Express Library
  • Literary Reference Center
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center
  • Nashua Telegraph
  • New Book of Knowledge
  • New Book of Popular Science
  • Newsbank
  • NoveList Plus
  • NoveList K-8
  • Reference USA
  • Regional Business News
  • Research for Educators with ERIC
  • Science Online
  • Student Research for K-8
  • Student Research for Grades 9-12
  • US News
  • Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia

    A quick reference tool with text and graphics that will appeal to a wide audience. Search articles by word or browse subject categories. Includes Timelines, from 6000 BC to AD 2000, arranged by themes (such as "Novel in Europe and the Americans, 1830-1914" or "Scientific Thought, 1830-1920"). Brain Jam is an electronic magazine that presents interesting monthly features, news items, an event planner, quizzes and an archive of past features. The News section looks at five major news stories every week and the Research Starters provide introductory essays about selected topics with links to further information within the encyclopedia, and suggestions for research questions. Also included are maps, photos, tables, videos, and teacher's resources.

    Grolier Online Kids

    Provides simple searching, age-appropriate current events and easy navigation for younger students into a core database collection including: The New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Americana, The New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples, and American the Beautiful. Also includes an interactive atlas, dictionaries, thesauri, biographies, and science projects.

    Grolier Online Passport

    Provides a sophisticated starting point for older students and adults with more advanced search features, in-depth current-events from sources like the Associated Press, access to worldwide news sources, and Pro/Con debates aimed at promoting higher-level critical thinking skills. Includes The New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia Americana, The New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples, and American the Beautiful. Also includes an interactive atlas, dictionaries, thesauri, biographies, and science projects.

    Heritage Quest

    A powerful online library which researches family history and American culture through original page images and indexes. Search US Census records from 1790-1930 or find information described in over 25,000 family & local histories.

    Issues and Controversies

    Provides exclusive, extensive coverage of hundreds of today's hot topics, with unbiased analysis and rich related resources.

    Lands and Peoples

    An encyclopedia of countries, cultures, and current international events. It includes articles on the continents and countries of the world with flags, color photos, and pre-screened Internet links. The "Global News Desk" features a weekly spotlight on three current-event stories. "Culture Cross" allows direct on-screen comparisons between countries, "Passport to Fun" includes games, puzzles, quizzes, and brainteasers, and the "Almanac" has dozens of tables, listings, and statistics.

    Learning Express Library

    An online database to test preparation in basic skills and career advancement. Includes practice tests for: academic, advanced placement, basic skills success, civil service, college preparation, cosmotology, EMS, ESL (Spanish) skills improvment courses, firefighter, GED, graduate school entrance, law enforment, military, real estate, skills improvment courses, teacher certification, technical and career college, US citizenship, and more. Take a practice test anywhere you can access the internet!

    Literary Reference Center

    Combines information from major respected reference works, books, and literary journals. It contains plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, book reviews, poems, short stories, full text of more than 7,500 classic novels, and more. Also includes more than 500 books from the Bloom Series and Masterplots.

    MAS Ultra: School Edition

    Contains full text for popular, high school magazines, biographies, primary source documents, pamphlets, reference books, and an Image Collection of photos, maps & flags. Also includes the Our States reference book series from Great Neck Publishing, a collection of 54 titles on each of the states, commonwealths and territories in the United States. This comprehensive series has carefully-written, in-depth articles covering each state's history, and includes information on the economy, geography, natural resources, wildlife, state flags and landmarks. Biographies on each state's governors, senators and representatives, as well as other leaders are also included.

    MasterFILE Premier

    Contains full text for more than 1,900 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text for reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of photos, maps & flags.

    Middle Search Plus

    Contains full text for popular, middle school magazines, biographies, historical essays and student pamphlets. Additionally, Middle Search Plus contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History, reference books including the Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia and American Heritage Dictionary, the Encyclopedia of Animals, and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags. Also includes the Our States reference book series from Great Neck Publishing, a collection of 54 titles on each of the states, commonwealths and territories in the United States. This comprehensive series has carefully-written, in-depth articles covering each state's history, and includes information on the economy, geography, natural resources, wildlife, state flags and landmarks. Biographies on each state's governors, senators and representatives, as well as other leaders are also included. Middle Search Plus is also searchable through the Student Research Center, Kids Search, and Searchasaurus interfaces.

    Morningstar Investment Research Center

    Provides data on over 14,500 stocks, 24,800 mutual funds, 1,500 exchange-traded funds, and 700 closed end funds. Also provided are analyst reports on over 3,500 securities, offering in-depth background and analyst opinions on top investments.

    Nashua Telegraph

    Presents complete full text content of local and regional news, including community events, school politics, government policies, cultural activities, local & state commerce and people in the community. Paid advertisements are excluded.

    New Book of Knowledge

    Provides reference and current events for grades 3 and up. Students can search or browse encyclopedia articles alphabetically or by subject. Also includes projects and experiments, a world history timeline, educational games, and recommended websites.

    New Book of Popular Science

    A science encyclopedia geared to student readers with up to date, interactive articles on science, technology, and medical topics. Entries include full-color photos, detailed scientific artwork and technical illustrations, maps, and bibliographies. Also included are science-inspired games and puzzles, conversion tables and charts, recommended websites, and a Teacher's Guide.

    Newsbank

    Complete full text of the Concord Monitor, Nashua Telegraph, and Union Leader & NH Sunday News.

    Newspaper Source

    Provides cover-to-cover full text for 20 national (U.S.) & international newspapers, including The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Times (London), and the Toronto Star. The database also contains selected full text for more than 230 regional (U.S.) newspapers, includingThe Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, The Miami Herald, Daily News (New York), and the San Jose Mercury News. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, FOX News, and NPR. Newspaper Source is also searchable through the Student Research Center, Kids Search, and Searchasaurus interfaces.

    Novelist & NoveList K-8

    Let you to use your favorite author to link to other books you might enjoy. You can also "describe a plot" and review books that meet the description. Novelist also provides annotated book lists, reviews, author "read alikes" and websites, book discussion guides, and more. Updated monthly.

    Primary Search

    Contains full text for popular, elementary school magazines and student pamphlets. Includes the Encyclopedia of Animals, Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia, the American Heritage Children's Dictionary, and an Image Collection. Primary Search is also searchable through the Kids Search, and Searchasaurusinterfaces.

    Professional Development Collection

    Intended for professional educators, school library media specialists, and educations researchers. Includes all major library periodicals and the most commonly requested education journals such as Education Digest, Reading Teacher, and School Library Journal.

    ProQuest News & Magazines

    Provides access to a wide range of popular topics such as the arts, business, health, sciences, and humanities. The database combines high-demand magazines and journals with a newspaper package that includes The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe and USA Today.

    ReferenceUSA

    Provides current directory information on 120 million U.S. residential households and 12 million businesses nationwide. Market research can done by company name, geographical area, SIC code, business size, and yellow page heading. Customized lists of companies can be produced.

    Regional Business News

    Provides comprehensive full text for more than 50 regional business publications (including titles from Crain Communications). Updated daily.

    Science Online

    Provides a comprehensive, authoritative overview a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, illustrations, images, biographies, experiments, and activities.