Research Using Databases

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What is a database?

A database is a collection of articles, facts, images or other information compiled and published by experts or professionals in a particular field. Although they are usually accessed over the Internet, they are not websites—libraries and other institutions pay to provide them to their patrons. The good news is that you have 24/7 access to the GPL's databases just by having a library card.

Why do I need databases when I have the Internet?

The Internet offers huge amounts of information but no guarantee that a site is accurate, complete or up-to-date. Library databases save you time while providing high quality information in a commercial-free environment. Because the information comes from reliable sources, databases are a great resource for school papers and homework.

Please contact the Reference Desk if you need assistance or have questions about using our databases. Email or call 978-448-8000.

About the databases connections

All databases can be accessed from library Internet computers and most will not require a login—just click the library icon and go. Many databases also allow access from any Internet computer outside the library. Click the house icon and login with your library card number. Users on the Library's wireless network should use the remote access link.

Boston Public Library Databases

All Massachusetts residents are eligible to use Electronic Resources at the Boston Public Library. You can apply online for a BPL eCard or get a regular BPL card when you visit Boston. See the BPL website for more information.

Database Funding

The following organizations provided funding for databases:

MBLC resources are funded with Massachusetts State and Federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Gale/InfoTrac Databases

Title List for Magazine & Journal Databases