Statewide Database Licensing

The MBLC licenses full-text magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias and more for all Massachusetts residents. They can be accessed at all Massachusetts Library System (MLS) member libraries and our public portal from any computer with Internet access.

These resources are jointly funded by the MBLC and MLS with state funding and federal support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For updates:
• Subscribe to the allregions (statewide) listserv.
• Check the Statewide Electronic Resources Blog or set up an RSS feed.

Refer to the Troubleshooting Statewide Database Access Issues resource guide for help with linking and connectivity problems.

Electronic Resource/Product Code

Content Description & Links to Vendor Product Fact sheets

Gale Cengage (Licensed through June 30, 2017) Online Title Lists for Databases; Product Access Codes (in parentheses following database name)
Academic OneFile (AONE)

Comprehensive collection of full-text and indexed consumer and scholarly content for 13,000+ journals and reference works on all subjects. Includes full-text of The New York Times and The Times London (1985+), NPR, CNN, and CBC transcripts/podcasts.

Artemis Literary Sources (GLS)

Cross-searches Literature Resource Center, Gale Virtual Reference Library e-book titles, and locally licensed Gale Cengage literature products. Includes interactive tools to analyze information.

Biography in Context (BIC1)

400,000+ biographies covering literary figures, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, current events, and the arts. Indexes all print volumes of the series.

Books & Authors (BNA)

Reader's advisory for adults, young adults, and children's fiction and non-fiction.

Business Collection (ITBC)
(Replaces General BusinessFile ASAP)

4,000 leading business & trade publications including content from Predicasts Overview of Markets & Technology (PROMT), international company profiles, and business and management topics.

Business Insights: Essentials (BIE)

Company profiles, financial data, investment reports, industry information, business periodicals, and more.

Criminal Justice Collection (PPCJ)

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

Culinary Arts Collection (PPCA)

200+ major cooking and nutrition magazines including recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

Educator's Reference Complete (PROF)

1100+ periodicals and reports for educational research from preschool to college covering technology, bilingual education, testing, and issues in administration, funding and policy.

Environmental Studies and Policies Collection (PPES)

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

Expanded Academic ASAP (EAIM)

Subset of Academic OneFile content for easier searching in a smaller file.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Full-text e-reference books covering the arts, business, environment, history, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, geography, and science. (GVRL Titles)

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection (PPGL)

Collection of journals and e-reference sources for gardening enthusiasts and professionals alike.

General OneFile (ITOF)

Collection of full-text and indexed 12,000+ titles on all subjects from 1980 to present. Includes The New York Times (1985+).

General Reference Center Gold (GRGM)

Subset of General OneFile content for easier searching by novice users.

Global Issues in Context (GIC)

Student-friendly resource presenting viewpoints from a global perspective on what's happening in the world today and why.

Health & Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health (HWRC-1)

Consumer health-focused medical and drug encyclopedias, magazines, videos and more. Includes alternative health module.

Health Reference Center Academic (HRCA)

Full-text nursing & allied health journals, plus current and reliable personal health information.

Hospitality, Tourism, & Leisure Collection (PPTH)

900+ hospitality and tourism journals and travel guides, including Frommer's and DK Eyewitness Guides.

InfoTrac K-12 Student Edition (STOM)

Designed for grades 9-12. Full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books covering all subjects.

Kids InfoBits (ITKE)

Designed for grades K-5 students. 100 full-text magazines and newswires. Includes Blackbirch Press curriculum support references, graphs, charts, maps, and 2,500 searchable images.

Literature Resource Center (LitRC-16)
(See also Artemis Literary Sources)

Collection of literary criticism, author biographies, literary journals, overviews of 75,000 frequently studied works, 30,000+ poems, short stories and plays. Includes Contemporary Literary Criticism-Select.

Massachusetts History Online (SPJ.SP23)

50 full-text magazines and newspaper articles covering Massachusetts people, places and historical events. (Title List)

The New York Times, 1985- (SPN.SP24)

Full text of The New York Times, 1985 to present (also included in Academic OneFile and General OneFile).

Nursing Resource Center (NRC) with Nursing & Allied Health Collection

Designed for nursing students. Disease and drug overviews, care plans, and anatomy and physiology diagrams from full-text journals and encyclopedias texts.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC)

Student-friendly resource comparing perspectives on important issues to develop critical thinking skills using reference, periodical, news, primary, and multimedia sources.

Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Collection (PPSM)

Journal collection covering proven experimental research and treatment techniques in physical therapy and sports medicine.

Research in Context (MSIC)
(Replaces InfoTrac Junior.)

Designed for middle school students. Curriculum-aligned magazines, newspapers, videos, and primary sources covering literature, science, social studies, U.S. and world history, and more.

Science in Context (SCIC)

Comprehensive range of science journal, news, reference works, AV resources and interactive exercises supporting high school curricula and university coursework.

U.S. History in Context (UHIC)

Student-friendly resource featuring primary and secondary history sources from arrival of Vikings in North America years ago to Vietnam, Watergate, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Includes key titles from Macmillan, Scribner, and more.

Vocations & Careers Collection (PPVC)

Collection of general career guides and highly specialized industry journals.

World History in Context (WHIC)

Student-friendly resource covering 5,000 years to chronicle the rise and fall of cultures and societies across all continents and eras. Rare primary sources put content into context for all.

InfoTrac Power Packs

Smaller, easy to navigate, subject-oriented files of content found in General OneFile or Academic OneFile. May contain additional reference works. (Power Pack Titles)

ProQuest (licensed through June 30, 2017)
Boston Globe

Full-text coverage from 1980+

Encyclopaedia Britannica (licensed through June 30, 2017)
Britannica Library Suite (3 levels):
Reference Center
Young Adult

Multi-level encyclopedia with Reference Center (Adult), Children, and Young Adult levels for all patrons from grade school students to business professionals and lifelong learners. Includes dictionary, thesaurus, videos, images, primary sources, e-books, world atlas, and more.

Britannica School (3 levels):
Elementary & Learning Zone

Multi-level encyclopedia with High, Middle and Elementary School levels. Elementary level contains interactive learning zone module for Pre-K to 2nd grade (featuring art activities, games, audio and video, vocabulary builders, and more).

Annals of American History

Primary source documents including speeches, essays, biographies, landmark court decisions, editorials, images, and more covering American history from 1493 to the present.

Spanish Reference Center:
Britannica Escolar Online
Enciclopedia Moderna

Spanish language database with two interfaces, Britannica Escolar Online, a Spanish elementary encyclopedia for grades K-8, and Enciclopedia Moderna for grades 9-12. Moderna serves native Spanish speakers, as well as students that are bilingual or learning Spanish.

World Data Analyst

Current and historical statistics of countries for historical and cross-national comparisons. Allows creation of exportable tables and charts for deeper analysis.

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Page last updated on 08/5/2016