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MasterFILE Premier

Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,950 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, 84,011 biographies, 83,472 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 192,999 photos, maps and flags.

General 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 sciences, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles.

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.

New York Times

Access to New York Times Academic requires registration. The steps are different if you are on-campus versus on campus. Link to our information about logging in.

CQ Researcher

The CQ Researcher is an excellent source on the most critical events and controversial subjects of the day. Each of the 44 weekly issues offers a balanced, in-depth analysis of a contemporary topic by a veteran journalist, pro and con arguments by experts, a chronology, and annotated bibliographies to guide additional research. The CQ Researcher reports on important issues in a wide range of areas including social, economic, political, and environmental policy.

Academic Films Online

Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers more than 62,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. Curated for the educational experience, the massive depth of content and breadth of content-types (such as documentaries, films, demonstrations, etc.) in Academic Video Online makes it a useful resource for all types of patrons, giving libraries a high return on investment. 

Kanopy Streaming

Kanopy is a leading distributor of educational videos. Major subjects covered include the arts, business and training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education. Users can search, browse and stream videos. 

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.

Issues & Controversies

Provides up-to-date, in-depth factual information on a broad range of current issues and controversies.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

This database provides contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues including the Death Penalty, Gun Control, Genetic Engineering, Censorship, Endangered Species, and Terrorism.

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Massachusetts News Sources

Search through ten local newspapers simultaneously: Advocate (North Adams), Amherst Bulletin, Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield), Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton), North Adams Transcript, Recorder (Greenfield), Republican (Springfield), Springfield Advocate, Springfield Examiner, and the Valley Advocate.

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Pop Culture Collection

This collection provides useful information for any researcher in a social science, history, art or liberal arts course. This collection is made up of 100 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals, complemented by eight eBook titles.

Boston Public Library E-card

The BPL eCard is available to any Massachusetts resident 13-years and older and provides additional resources for research, personal enrichment, and leisure.  See instructions on how to get your free ecard.  Once you have your ecard, you can access your favorite resources quickly:

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Simultaneously search through more than 200 encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Ebook Central

This is a collection of over 50,000 books online.

Encyclopedia Britannica

The complete encyclopedia, as well as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary & Thesaurus, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Also includes illustrations (photographs, drawings, maps, and flags) and more than 130,000 links to web sites selected, rated, and reviewed by Britannica editors.

EBSCO e-books

A collection of thousands of e-books that can be read online or with the EBSCO eBooks App

HCC Online Catalog

Most of HCC's online books are linked from the online catalog. The catalog also includes physical items in the library: reference books, circulating books, music, dvds, audio books, and other media. You may also use the online catalog to search for items in your public library.

General sources

Data.gov

U.S. Government's open data containing data, tools, and resources to conduct research.  Tutorial video

Google Public Data

Google has a public data search which enables users to find and compare Bureau of Labor Statistics and some US Census data.

Social Explorer

Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to historical census data and demographic information. It creates fast, intuitive, and appealing maps and reports to help users visually analyze and understand demography and social change throughout history. An invaluable repository of information, the site currently includes the entire US Census history from 1790 to 2000, all annual updates from the American Community Survey, and the Religious Congregations and Membership Study from 1980 to 2000. 

State and County QuickFacts

State and County QuickFacts provides frequently requested Census Bureau information at the national, state and county level.

USAGov

Created and maintained by the US government, USAGov is the official gateway to all US government information on the web. Find data about the U.S., such as maps and population, demographic, and economic data.

More specialized sources

Census of Agriculture

The Census of Agriculture is a census conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) that provides uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every county in the United States.

CIA World Factbook

The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Statistics include economic and demographic information.

Information Plus Reference Series

The Information Plus Reference Series compiles all the pertinent data, both current and historical, on a wide variety of contemporary social issues. Many of these books are available online. If there is a link in the record, you can access them online. If not, you will find the book in our reference area of the library.

Issues & Controversies

Provides up-to-date, in-depth factual information on a broad range of current issues and controversies.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

This database provides contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues including the Death Penalty, Gun Control, Genetic Engineering, Censorship, Endangered Species, and Terrorism.

View our online tutorial.

Population Reference Bureau

Worldwide demographics.

U.S. Census Bureau

Leading source of data about the United States population and economy.

World Bank

The World Bank is a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank website collects statistics about economics, development, and poverty.

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