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How to Access Databases

If you are accessing databases in the library, they should log you on automatically unless otherwise noted. If you are accessing databases from home, you may need your library card number and PIN (OCLN unless changed) to log in. Please reach out to the library if you are having trouble accessing our resources.

Looking for a tutorial? Check out some on Niche Academy or ask us for help here at the library!

Databases Sorted By Subject

Subjects (click to jump to section):


Arts & Humanities

Communication & Mass Media 

  • From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information in full-text from journals focused on all aspects of the communications field.

Fine Arts & Music Collection 

  • With hundreds of 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.

Literature Resource Center 

  • Find the information you need on authors and their works in all genres and disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

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 and philosophies and how they impact our daily lives.


Biography in Context 

  • Contains nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography and is updated daily.


Business Economics & Theory Collection 

  • 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 hundreds of full-text journals to support their research.

Business Collection 

  • Business Collection provides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, and strategy, as well as business theory and practice.

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.

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.

Careers, Education & Testing

 Criminal Justice Collection 

  • Targeted collection of 700+ journals covering criminal justice including law enforcement, paralegal topics, and homeland security.

Educator's Reference Complete 

  • More than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education.

The Great Courses 

  • The courses range from a myriad of subjects and include, History, Health, Science, Language Arts and much more!

Method Test Prep

  • A comprehensive self-paced ACT and SAT test prep program.

RMV Driver's Permit Practice Tests 

  • Handbooks and practice tests for Massachusetts car, motorcycle, and CDL licenses, plus FAQs about obtaining your Massachusetts driver's license.

Vocations & Careers Collections 

  • Targeted collection of general career guides and highly specialized industry journals.


Current Issues

Global Issues in Context 

  • Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.



Britannica Online 

  • 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.


Acorn TV

  • 80+ exclusive shows, including A Place to Call Home, The Brokenwood Mysteries, Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime, Detectorists, and Jack Irish


  • Borrow e-books, comics, movies, television, audio-books, and music on demand!
  • Available for use on computers, tablets, phones, and (for television and movies) on any Apple TV or Roku device!


  • Robust content: Enjoy over 7,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries.

NoveList Plus

  • Like what you're reading? In the mood for something specific? Check out NoveList's recommendations for read-alikes and more!


  • Check out e-books and e-audio books available at the library and borrow them or place a hold!


  • Incredible concert films by a huge selection of iconic and new artists, from a wide variety of genres.

RB Digital

  • Enjoy access to a wide range of magazines online on your computer, tablet, or phone!



Ancestry Library Edition *In-Library Use Only; access funded by the Ventress Memorial Library This database offers a wealth of information in an easy-to-use format.    

  • U.S., U.K., Canada, Ireland, and other countries
  • Census data, maps, military, immigration, DAR records, and more

Heritage Quest

  • Heritage Quest, now powered by, is available to you 24 hours a day through the link above. Contains census info and other genealogical data.

  • Search obituaries.


New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) *In-Library Access Only; access funded by the Ventress Memorial Library The Ventress Memorial Library's institutional NEHGS membership provides access to more than 2,200 databases on the NEHGS Web site. The most popular databases are:                                                                                       

  • Cemetery Transcriptions
  • Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1910
  • Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 1847-1994
  • Social Security Death Index



Consumer Reports Online

  • Access Consumer Reports online.

Gale Cengage Learning

  • E-books for your research needs.

Niche Academy

  • Tutorials for many of our other databases!


Kids & Teen

A-Z: The USA

  • Research all about the United States! Great for reports on states or cities.

Infotrac Student Edition

  • Designed for high school students, 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.

Kid's InfoBits

  • Search magazines and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more. Designed for students in kindergarten through grade 5.

NoveList K-8 Plus

  • In the mood for something specific? Want a read-alike? Check out NoveList for K-8 for some ideas!

Research in Context 

  • Covers a wide range of topics for students in grades 6 through 8, drawing from periodicals, journals, reference books and more.

Salem Press Databases and E-books

  • Check out e-books on science, medical information, and careers.
  • You will need to log in with your library card number.


Language Learning

Britannica Spanish Reference Center

  •  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.


Newspapers & Magazines

America’s News: Access to local papers online.

  • Cape Cod Times 1998 - 2018
  • Marshfield Mariner 2005 - 2018
  • Patriot Ledger 2000 - 2018

 Boston Globe

The Boston Globe Full-text coverage from 1980.


 New York Times

The New York Times Full-text coverage from 1985.



Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

  • Collection of 700+ journals and reference books covering environmental issues policies from scientific, government, and industry perspectives.

General Science Collection

  • A collection of more than 1,000 peer-reviewed journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments.

Merck Manual of Medical Information (Online)

  • Free searchable medical information.

Science in Context 

  • Information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files, and website links.


Social Sciences

Criminal Justice Collection 

  • Whether studying to become a lawyer or law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security, this collection rises to the challenge. Users will have access to hundreds of full-text journals.

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.

Environmental Studies and Policy Collection

  • Collection of 700+ journals and reference books covering environmental issues policies from scientific, government, and industry perspectives.

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 much more.


Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries


Pop Culture Collection

  •  It's all around us and influences our lives every day. This collection provides useful information for any researcher in a social science, history, art, or liberal arts course. This collection is made up of more than 100 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.


Psychology Collection 

  • This collection gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops and diminishes over time. Researchers will have access to hundreds of subject-appropriate full-text periodicals — many cited in the PsycINFO index.