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Electronic Resources A-Z by Title

Electronic Resources at the Boston Athenӕum include databases which can contain reference works, newspapers, journals, books, and more. Beneath each of the resources, you can click "Additional Information" to see what each offers. 

Many databases contain full-text, but some only offer a citation to where the information may be found in print. In that case, you can search the online catalog Athena to see if the Athenӕum holds the material you seek. If not, you can make an interlibrary loan request

 

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19th Century Novels

British "triple-decker" novels (1800s-1890s) from the University of Illinois Library. Available in PDF and Kindle formats.

99.5 WGBH Classical New England

Free source for streaming classical music from 99.5 WGBH.

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Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is the premier source of peer-reviewed full-text scholarly content across the academic disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

All About Birds

Guide to birds and bird-watching from Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Art Bookshelf

From Project Gutenberg. Highlighting selected art books and books about artists, including practical methods and specialties, as well as general works on art and art history, plus visitor guides to art expos, galleries, and museums. Largely dating from the 19th century. Available in many formats, including PDF and Kindle.

Art Full Text

Full-text articles from hundreds of journals in the arts, from 1997-present. Abstracts also available from 1994; titles and authors can also be searched from 1984. The wide variety of subjects includes architecture, art education, craft, painting, and film.

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Biographies Bookshelf

A selection of biographies from Project Gutenberg's massive collection of free e-books, largely from the 19th century. Available in many formats, including PDF and Kindle.

Biography in Context

Biography in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people. It merges Gale's authoritative reference content (including Lives & Perspectives) with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Biography in Sound

A selection of programs from the NBC radio program Biography in Sound, originally aired from 1954-1958. Includes biographies of notables such as Winston Churchill, Gertrude Stein, Babe Ruth, and Sinclair Lewis. Available from the Internet Archive.

Blackpast

Online reference guide to African American history.

Books & Authors

Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. Combining over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian's favorites lists, Books & Authors helps bring readers and literature together. Through the use of expertly written and arranged content and a dynamic, cutting edge user interface, Books &emp; Authors makes exploration of genre fiction and essential non-fiction fun! By leveraging our entire award-winning What Do I Read Next? collection, patrons and students alike can be sure that their next big read comes with a BIG recommendation.. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Boston Athenæum Directory of African Americans in Boston, 1820-1865​

The Boston Athenæum has assembled a list of names, addresses and occupations for approximately 5800 African-Americans who lived in Boston during the period from 1820 to 1865, the time at which the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.

Boston Athenæum Theater Collection

A guide to the theater programs and playbill collection at the Boston Athenæum. More than 90% of the material represented in the database consists of playbills or portions of playbills from about 45 Boston theaters. The bulk of the playbill collection dates from circa 1860 to 1900.

Boston Globe (Current)

Access to the Boston Globe from 1980-present, provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). Select full-text in a text-based format.

Boston Globe (Historical)

Coverage from 1872 to 1981 in searchable PDF format with page images.

Britannica

Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopædia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Business Insights: Essentials

Business Insights: Essentials combines all of the content formerly found in Business & Company Resource Center with a new interface designed around the research goals and workflows of your diverse business research community. Easily find information on companies, industries and more in the context of timely news, statistical data, and in-depth reports. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Complete Works

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714–1788), the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach, was one of the most influential and prolific composers of the eighteenth century. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works (CPEB:CW) is an editorial and publishing project of the Packard Humanities Institute, in cooperation with the Bach-Archiv Leipzig, the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, and Harvard University. Its goal is to make available, in both printed and digital formats, a critical edition of the composer’s works.

Charity Navigator

A nonprofit offering donors unbiased, quantifiable assessments of charities.

Chicago Manual of Style

A brief guide to citing resources according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Both notes/bibliography and author/date formats are covered.

China, America, and the Pacific: Trade & Cultural Exchange

Explore an extensive range of archival material connected to the trading and cultural relationships that emerged between China, America and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th centuries. Manuscript sources, rare printed texts, visual images, objects and maps document this fascinating history.

Chronicling America

Search a selection of 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.

Civil War Images from the Library of Congress

Explore the faces, places and events of the U.S. Civil War through photographs, prints and drawings.

Criminal Justice Collection

Criminal Justice Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines on topics in criminal justice and related fields. Key subjects covered in the database include law, law enforcement, security, and terrorism. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Culinary Arts Collection

Culinary Arts Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines on all aspects of cooking and nutrition. The database includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Current Biography Illustrated

Biographies from the periodical Current Biography. Includes more than 15,000 biographies, 9,400 obituaries and 19,500 images.

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Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

Attempts to improve discovery of open access, peer-reviewed books.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages.

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Early Americas Digital Archive

A collection of electronic texts written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820.

Early English Books

Contains page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, British North America, as well as other English works printed from 1473-1700.

Educator's Reference Complete

Educator's Reference Complete provides access to academic journals, reports, and many premier reference sources in the field of education. The database includes content in key subject areas including administration, bilingual education, child development and psychology, funding, health education, technology, and testing. The majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Encyclopædia Britannica

Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopædia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

English Short Title Catalogue

More than 460,000 items published between 1473 and 1800, published mainly in the British Isles and North America.

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. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Expanded Academic ASAP

Expanded Academic ASAP provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers across disciplines. The database meets research needs in subject areas including the arts and humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

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First World War Poetry Digital Archive

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is an online repository of more than 7,000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research.

FirstSearch

A catalog of resources of most libraries in the English-speaking world.

Forvo

Largest pronunciation guide in the world.

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Galaxy of Design

Thousands of images representing a broad cross-section of the Libraries’ collections. Collections include Book Arts and Design, Initial Letters, book illustrations, and many other images from the Smithsonian Institution collections pertaining to the arts and sciences.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office). Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture Collection

Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines focused on both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies. The database offers biotechnologists, farmers, hobbyists, and landscape architects alike access to important content relevant to their pursuits. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

General OneFile

General OneFile is a one-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, General OneFile serves a wide audience of readers. Updated daily. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

General Reference Center Gold

General Reference Center Gold provides access to magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and reference books through one easy interface. This general interest database offers the latest content covering current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

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. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Guide to the War of 1812

A guide to the digital collections of the Library of Congress containing material associated with the War of 1812.

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Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module

Find alternative medicine-focused magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, videos, & reference information on: Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Pregnancy, Herbal remedies, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, health assessment sites & government databases. Easily access 700+ videos from Healthology, Inc.'s consumer health video library. Spanish-language videos are available. The material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Health Reference Center Academic

Health Reference Center Academic provides access to medical and professional periodicals, health and fitness magazines, and reference books and pamphlets. The database is designed for both nursing and allied health students as well as consumer health researchers. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Historical Newspapers Online

Collects links to full-text, historical U.S. newspapers.

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. The database offers current and relevant content that provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism industries. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

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Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930

A web-based collection of historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the United States from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression.

Internet Library of Early Journals (ILEJ)

A joint project undertaken by the universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, and Oxford to digitize substantial runs of 18th and 19th century British periodicals. The titles available include Annual Register, Gentleman’s Magazine, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, The Builder, Notes and Queries.

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JSTOR

Full-text scholarly articles in the humanities and other disciplines.

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Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is the perfect educational product for today's young learners. It's a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics. It features a modern, graphical interface, great new content from trusted sources, more intuitive navigation, improved resources, and much more. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

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LexisNexis*

*In Library link

Access over 9,500 news, business, and legal sources -- legal sources are available at the library only.

Library Literature and Information Science Full Text

Full-text articles from more than 300 journals in the library sciences, from 1994-present. Abstracts also available from 1984.

Librivox

Free public domain audiobooks.

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. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Loeb Classical Library

Classics of Latin and Greek with English translations available in full text, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease.

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Making of America: Books

Digitized books from collections at Cornell University and the University of Michigan. Find primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

Making of America: Journals

Cornell University and the University of Michigan digitized 22 and 13 nineteenth-century journals, respectively. These include magazines of general interest, such as Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, as well as titles catering to more specific audiences, such as Journal of the United States Association of Charcoal Iron Workers.

Massachusetts History Online

Contains full-text articles gathered from almost 50 sources that directly relate to Massachusetts history. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

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NewspaperCat

Searchable collection of links to full-text, historical U.S. newspapers.

New York Times (Current)

Search the full text of The New York Times (starting in 1985). Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

New York Times (Historical)

Coverage from 1851 to 2013 in searchable, PDF format with page images.

Nursing and Allied Health Collection

Nursing and Allied Health Collection provides access to academic journals and other reference content covering all aspects of the nursing profession, from direct patient care to health care administration. The database offers current and authoritative content for professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Nursing Resource Center

Designed for nursing students, this brings together disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts. The information is written in accessible language for students completing class assignments and preparing for clinicals as they learn how to care for and treat patients. Search results are returned in tabs that correspond to steps in the nursing process. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

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OED Online

Definitions, etymologies, etc.

Old Maps Online

Searchable digitized historic maps from library collections around the world.

Open Library

Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. Books that are freely available for reading or download will have an open book "read" icon next to them; however, this is a long-term project, and only a small number of books are available in e-format.

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 solution features continuously updated viewpoints, 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. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Oxford Art Online

A collection of scholarly art encyclopedias and dictionaries from Oxford. Includes 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts, and more than 6,000 images from Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online is the access point for Grove Music Online™ and other Oxford music reference resources including the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Biographies of “the people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond.”

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Pandora

Source for multi-genre streaming music.

Periodicals Bookshelf

From Project Gutenberg. A selection of periodicals dating from the 19th century. Available in many formats, including PDF and Kindle.

Perseus Digital Library

The flagship collection covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world.

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection provides access to academic journals and magazines covering the fields of fitness and sports. The database offers a wide spectrum of information, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research, and more. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Project MUSE

Provides full-text access to current content from nearly 500 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The OWL is an up-to-date reference for APA and MLA formatting and style guides, as well as other research and business writing tips.

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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. The solution merges Gale's authoritative and continuously updated 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. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)

An interactive, integrated system applying established national standards to manage, describe, and provide access to research resources held primarily by the Institution's libraries, archives, and research units in support of the Institution's mission.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Entries written and updated by experts.

Student Edition

InfoTrac Student Edition provides high school students with access to magazines, newspapers, books, and other reference content. The database offers audience-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

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Texts from the Library of Congress

Approximately 80,000 public domain works, with a major focus on at-risk brittle books and U.S. history volumes.

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UbuWeb

UbuWeb was founded in 1996, initially as a repository for visual, concrete and sound poetry, but now has embraced all forms of the avant-garde with a view to expand. UbuWeb functions as a distribution center for hard-to-find, out-of-print and obscure materials, transferred digitally to the web. All work is done solely on a volunteer basis.

U.S. History in Context

U.S. History in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

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Vocations and Careers Collection

Vocations and Careers Collection provides access to journals and magazines that aid users in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career. The database offers current and applicable content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

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War, American Memory Project

A variety of collections including World War I recordings, Civil War photographs and papers, and Spanish-American War film footage, among others.

William Blake Archive

The Blake Archive has been, since 1996, an international public resource providing unified access to major works of visual and literary art that are highly disparate, widely dispersed, and more and more often severely restricted as a result of their value, rarity, and extreme fragility. A growing number of contributors have given the Archive permission to include thousands of Blake's images and texts without fees.

Women Working, 1800-1930

A digital exploration of women’s impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression.

Women's History, American Memory Project

Several collections of photographs, scrapbooks, books and pamphlets relating to the women’s suffrage movement.

WorldCat Discovery

A catalog of resources of most libraries in the English-speaking world.

World History in Context

World History in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

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