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17th & 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers Historical Newspapers

Newspapers, pamphlets, and broadsides gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) representing the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media, containing approximately 1,270 titles from London, the British Isles, and the colonies. Local Coverage:  Boston Gazette (1721-1722); New England Courant (1721-1723).

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American Ancestors

Multiple collections of genealogical and public records from around the world, focusing primarily on the U.S. and New England. Includes access to publications of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

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American Music Audio

A music history database that highlights social and political songs by and about American indigenous, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers and cowboys.Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.

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Ancestry Library Edition

Billions of genealogical records focusing primarily on the United States, with some records from Europe and Canada. Highlights include immigration and naturalization records, fully indexed U.S. Census records from 1790 to 1940, and Massachusetts vital records from the colonial era to the early 20th century.

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Archives of Sexuality & Gender New!

Students, educators, and researchers can now engage with a vast resource that connects them to rare and unique documentation of LGBTQ history through fully-searchable newsletters, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets, and other types of primary sources.

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Art Full Text Indexes Magazines & Journals

Periodicals covered include English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins. Additional periodicals are published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. This database also indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.
Coverage: indexing of periodicals from 1984-present and abstracting from 1994-present.

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Art History Research net Magazines & Journals

Formerly known as Arts:Search, this resource includes:

  • Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR), which covers many of the most important design and applied arts journals and annuals published during the twentieth century;
  • Arts+Architecture ProFiles (AAP), which includes profiles of  designers, architects, craftspeople, studios, workshops, etc. covered by DAR, and
  • ReView, a new service aiming to digitize significant decorative and fine arts journals published in Europe and the USA during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, making them available for the first time in a searchable form online.
  • Research Sources: Posters, which contains extensive information on Poster Design.
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Art Index Retrospective Indexes

A bibliographic database that cumulates citations to Art Index volumes 1-32 of the printed index published between 1929-1984. The database cites articles from periodicals published throughout the world, including English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals are also included.
Coverage: 1929-1984.

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Artemis Primary Sources

Offers simultaneous searching of 14 primary source collections described individually elsewhere in this list, covering the 16th-21st centuries and including books, newspapers, journals, magazines, pamphlets, broadsides, and other historical documents and materials.

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Artstor Images

The Artstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. This community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates.

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Asian American Drama

252 plays by 42 Asian American playwrights, accompanied by searchable information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. Includes selected playbills, production photographs, and other ephemera. Half of the plays are previously unpublished.

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AtoZdatabases Directories

AtoZdatabases is a leading job search, reference & mailing list database including 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and more.

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Black Drama, Second Edition

1,462 plays by 233 African American playwrights, accompanied by searchable information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. Includes selected playbills, production photographs, and other ephemera. 600 of the plays are previously unpublished.

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Britannica Learning Zone

An interactive learning environment for ages 4 to 7 that gives early learners developmentally appropriate skill-building activities. Includes art and reading activities, games, a visual atlas, audiovisual materials, vocabulary builders, and more.

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Britannica Library Encyclopedias

Three levels of age-appropriate encyclopedia content for adults, middle and high school students, and children. Includes articles, primary sources, audiovisual materials, dictionaries, a world atlas, web links, and a country comparison feature.  Research tools include citation assistance and a step-by-step planner and tutorial for research and reports.

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Career Transitions

Provides immediate help for job seekers or career changers with job searches,  resumes, cover letters, interviews, career paths, and finding appropriate educational or training programs.

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CCH Capital Changes Reporter

Delivers a chronological history of a stock's changes in corporate capital structure, including name changes, mergers, spin-offs, bankruptcy filings, and stock splits.

This resource requires you to create a free individual account. See the New User link on the login screen to register.

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Classical Music Library Audio

Classical Music Library's growing collection of 50,000-plus tracks for listening and searching is supplemented by extensive reference materials and backed by a powerful suite of tools designed to support learning.

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Classical Scores Library

Classical Scores Library provided an authoritative source for scores of the classical canon and contemporary works. Includes works from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.

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CQ Researcher New!

Founded in 1923 as Editorial Research Reports, CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy. Each single-themed, 12,000-word report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist. Includes access to CQ Almanac, which provides authoritative analysis on the major legislation and actions of congress for each year since 1945.

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Credo Reference Encyclopedias

Full-text searchable articles and entries from hundreds of sources, including general and subject-specific encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other books covering a wide range of topics. Includes an alphabetical topic list for easy browsing.

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Dance in Video Video

Over 600 performances and over 600 documentaries, interviews, and instructional videos featuring the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century, including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.

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Design and Applied Arts Index Indexes

Contains annotated references from more than 450 design and craft journals published between 1973-2001, and data on nearly 50,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, firms etc., making the largest database of its kind in the world.
Coverage: 1973-2001

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Digital Commonwealth eBooks Images Maps

Digitized photographs, manuscripts, books and other material of local and historical interest from the Boston Public Library and other libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies in Massachusetts.


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EMIS Intelligence

Delivers current news, company and industry information, and market and economic analyses for emerging markets in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia.

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English Short Title Catalogue

Intends to list every book and periodical printed in Britain or any of its dependencies, or in English anywhere else in the world, from 1473-1800. Identifies libraries with known copies of each title and provides references to reproductions on microfilm and in other formats. Hosted by the British Library.

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ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) Magazines & Journals

An index and full-text digital library of English-language education research, including journal articles, government publications, reports, theses, dissertations, books, conference proceedings, and audiovisual materials. All items are described using the ERIC Thesaurus, a special collection of subject terms for education topics. This resource is created and maintained by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

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Expanded Academic ASAP Magazines & Journals

Full-text news and scholarly journal articles, audiovisual materials, reports, and primary source material covering all academic disciplines.  Includes translation and citation tools and a TopicFinder to expand your research. Coverage: 1980-present.

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General Business File ASAP Magazines & Journals

Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends back to 1980 as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Includes broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.

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Grove Art Online eBooks Encyclopedias

Contains the full searchable text and images of Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

Resources in the broader Oxford Art Online may not be available.

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Health & Wellness Resource Center Magazines & Journals

Encyclopedias, books, journal and magazine articles, and audiovisual materials, with nearly 300 topic pages offering organized collections of resources on medical conditions, treatments, tests, procedures, and medications.

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HeinOnline New!

HeinOnline contains more than 140 million pages and 125,000 titles of legal history and government documents in a fully searchable, image-based format.

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HeritageQuest Online

Genealogical sources and research aids, including city directories, family and local histories, U.S. Census records from 1790-1940, and military records from the Revolutionary War and other conflicts.

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IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library

The International Music Score Library Project was started in 2006 and contains digitized versions of public domain music scores free of charge.

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Infotrac Student Edition K-12 Encyclopedias

Designed for high school students, this resource includes journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, reference books, primary sources, and audiovisual materials covering a wide range of topics.  Includes citation and translation tools and a TopicFinder to expand your research.


International Herald Tribune Historical Archive (1887-2013) International Newspapers Newspapers

The International Herald Tribune Historical Archive (1887-2013) features the complete archive of the International Herald Tribune from its origins as the European Edition of The New York Herald and later the European Edition of the New York Herald Tribune. The archive ends with the last issue of the International Herald Tribune before its relaunch as the International New York Times.



Invaluable

Over 4 million unedited public auction sales records of both fine art and the decorative arts compiled from hundreds of auction houses worldwide. This database can help determine market value and find information about an artist or manufacturer.
Coverage: 1989-present.
Please contact Arts Department staff at ask@bpl.org for access.

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Kids InfoBits

Designed for children in kindergarten through grade 5, this resource includes reference books, news and magazine articles, and audiovisual materials covering a wide range of topics, as well as teacher resources and a translation tool.


Kovels.com

Kovels.com provides the prices and descriptions of 1,000,000+ items that will help you identify, date and value your antiques and collectibles.  Kovels also offers a database of 18,500+ pottery, porcelain and silver marks and listings, and access to the monthly publication, Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles.

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LawDepot New!

LawDepot for Libraries allows you to create your own personalized legal documents specific to your state/province and personal situation.

This resource requires you to create an individual RBDigital account, if you don't already have one from RBDigital Audiobooks & Magazines.
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Little Pim

Language learning for ages 3 through 6, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.



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Making of the Modern World

Over 62,000 searchable books, pamphlets, periodicals, essays, and primary source documents illustrating the development of the economic world system from the 15th-20th centuries, including coverage of trade, banking, finance, transportation, manufacturing, political science, history, philosophy, and sociology.

 

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Mango Languages

An interactive language-learning resource supporting dozens of languages, including American Sign Language, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), English, and Spanish.

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Mergent EventsData

EventsData delivers on-going updated information on stock-splits, mergers, tender offers, partial/full calls, and  name changes. EventsData message feeds capture and analyze breaking business developments as they occur. Users are able to  research corporate actions, dividends, fixed Income and unit Investment trust data from a historical perspective.

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Mergent Intellect

Delivers private and public United States and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executives and industry profiles.  Provides contact information for over 250 million United States consumers and shows job listings specific to each company.

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Mergent Online

In depth reports on over 30,000 public companies, both U.S. and Global. Information includes financials from company SEC filings, annual reports (current and archived), institutional holdings and insider trading from 1995 to the present.

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Music Index Indexes

A subject-author guide to music periodical literature compiled from over 775 international music periodicals from over 40 countries. Offers historiographic, ethnographic, and musicological data. In addition, book reviews, reviews of music recordings, tapes, and performances are indexed. First performances and obituaries are also noted.
Coverage:
1975-present (with some backfile data from 1962-1975)

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NoveList K-8 Plus

Helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.



Nursing & Allied Health Collection

Journal articles, books, videos, and other content covering all aspects of the nursing profession, from direct patient care to health care administration. Coverage: 1980-present.

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Obituary Database Indexes

The Obituary Database is an index of obituaries that appeared in the Boston Evening Transcript (BET), Boston Globe (BG) and the Boston Herald/Herald American (BH). Currently, this database includes obituaries published between 1932 and 1941 and between 1953 and 2010.

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Oxford English Dictionary

Widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language, this is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

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Popular Music Library Audio

Popular Music Library contains a wide range of popular music including thousands of tracks from genres including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, new age, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtracks and more.

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PressReader Downloadable Media Newspapers

Color full-page and article reproductions of thousands of U.S. and international newspapers and magazines, including the Boston HeraldCoverage: Current 3 months.


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RBdigital Audiobooks & Magazines Downloadable Media eBooks Magazines & Journals

Over 20,000 Audiobooks for Adult, Children and Teens available to stream or download on mobile devices and full-color popular magazines in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese, available for online reading or download to mobile devices. All magazines are available with no waiting lists, no checkouts, and no limits.

This service requires registration for an RBdigital account through their website. Click on the REGISTER link on the RBdigital site to get started.


Readers’ Guide Retrospective (1890-1982) Indexes


Research in Context

Designed for middle school students, this resource includes magazine and news articles, reference books, primary sources, and audiovisual materials covering a wide range of topics, as well as research and writing tips and teacher resources.



RISM International Inventory of Musical Sources Indexes

RISM series A/II: Music manuscripts after 1600 is an annotated index and guide to music manuscripts produced after 1600, containing more than 564,000 records by over 19,500 composers into one database which can be easily searched. The manuscripts are found in over 740 libraries and archives in 31 countries.
Coverage: after 1600 (mainly 1600-1850)

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S&P Capital IQ

The S&P Capital IQ provides timely access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments including mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds. Access breaking news, current company financials, broker research, and market information.

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SBRnet (Sports Business Research Network) Magazines & Journals

SBRnet combines market research from the National Sporting Goods Association; the US Department of Commerce: various sports governing bodies: and full-text articles from 14 magazines; and buyTRACK, an exclusive tracking study of sporting goods purchasing habits on the Internet.

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Slavery and Anti-Slavery

Primary sources on the transatlantic slave trade and the global abolitionist movement, including contemporary books and periodicals, British, Spanish, and American colonial and legal records, manuscripts, correspondence, the papers of abolitionist organizations, and other materials from the collections of research institutions around the world. Includes essays, chronologies, reference and biographical articles, and bibliographies to support and contextualize the primary source material.

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Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law New!

Primary and secondary legal and historical materials on the institution of slavery, primarily in the United States and the English-speaking world. Includes every relevant colony, state, and federal statute and all reported state and federal cases on slavery, as well as historical and current periodical articles and commentaries, book reviews, and an extensive bibliography of additional print and electronic sources.

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Sound Archives Audio

Recordings of lectures, presentations, and musical performances given at the Boston Public Library. Due to copyright restrictions, some recordings are only accessible in full at the Central Library in Copley Square, with 30-second samples available for remote listening.


Statistical Abstract of the U.S.

Published annually by the Federal Government since 1878, The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the best-known statistical reference publication in the country, and perhaps, the world. It is used as both an answer book (“How much corn is grown in Iowa?”) and a guide to statistical sources (“What organization has the most authoritative data on foreclosures?”). As a comprehensive collection of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States, it is a snapshot of America and its people for the current year.

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Value Line

Value Line provides a vast array of financial measures for over 6,000 stocks, 18,000 mutual funds, 200,000 options, and other securities. Delve into Value Line’s accurate estimates, projections and historical data to discover opportunities that fit your investment strategy.

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