General Research

Gale Database Power Search
The best entry point for all major topics! Select 1 specific database or search multiple databases at the same time. Here you'll find everything from history and science, biography and education, health and the arts.

Mobile App: Access My Library finds public libraries within a 10-30 mile radius of your location, and gives free, 24/7 access to Gale databases and eBooks.

Virtual Reference Library
A collection of reference eBooks, including encyclopedias and specialized reference sources. Search a single eBook or search the whole collection.

Boston Public Library Databases 
Access BPL's large collection of databases (including JSTOR) by registering for a BPL eCard.

Britannica Online

The encyclopedia is very much alive- more than ever, in fact, in many digital forms, online and on mobile devices, providing timely, relevant, and trustworthy information and instructional products.

Books and Authors
Wondering "what do I read next"? Let the Books and Authors website help with expert title recommendations, reading lists, and more.

Literature Resource Center
Access full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines, critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, stories, poems and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements. 


Up-to-date information on thousands of fiction titles. Browse by genre, find books in series, get book discussion guides, and use a favorite author to locate other authors with similar appeal.
Boston Globe 

New York Times