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17th & 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers IV. International 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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Alternative Press Index IV. International Newspapers Magazines & Journals New! Library Card Required.

Alternative Press Index is a database of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles from hundreds of international alternative, radical, and left periodicals. Topics include anarchism, ecology, democracy, feminism, organized labor, LGTBQ+, indigenous people, and emerging social movements. Covers 1991--present. Not full-text.

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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

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.

Our subscription contains:

  • LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940, Part I
  • LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940, Part II
  • Sex and Sexuality, Sixteenth to Twentieth Century
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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 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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Artforum Archive Magazines & Journals

The backfile of Artforum (later Artforum International), the leading magazine for coverage of international contemporary art, from its launch in 1962 to 2020. Spanning six decades of reporting on art in all media, Artforum offers features, reviews, and interviews relating to artists, exhibitions, publications, and other art world events / trends.
Coverage: 1962-2020.

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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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Banker & Tradesman Digital Library New!

Delivers access to award-winning news coverage of the Massachusetts real estate, banking, and financial industries. This resource provides access to the most comprehensive database of real estate and credit records in MA and RI. In-library use only.

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Barron’s Audio Magazines & Journals Video New! Library Card Required.

Barron's is a weekly financial magazine founded in 1921 published by Dow Jones & Company. Barron’s covers U.S. financial information, market developments, and statistics and is a valuable resource for researchers studying financial history, market trends, and investment strategies. Coverage: 1921 - 2010

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biblio+ Streaming & Downloadable Media Video New! Library Card Required.

biblio+ is a streaming service with a highly-curated selection of films and television, from award-winners and nominees to independent discoveries, thoughtful documentaries, and everything in between. With biblio+, library members have unlimited access to an ad-free catalog of video content on many devices.

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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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Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

This resource features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. It is designed to support a wide range of students, as well independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S.—and the fights against it.

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Boston Globe (current edition) I. Current Newspapers II. Massachusetts Newspapers New! Library Card Required.

  • Up-to-the-moment access to Globe.com with no limit on the number of articles viewed.
  • Access will be available for the next 3 days (72 hours). A limited number of passes may be issued each day.
  • After 3 days, simply come back and click the above link again and register again to regain access.

This resource requires you to create a free temporary account.

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BPL Health Information Guide

Curated by our Research Services librarians, this comprehensive guide brings together dozens of free resources to help you

  • Manage your health and stay safe
  • Locate reliable health information and avoid scams
  • Find health care professionals
  • Learn about the latest medical research
  • And more
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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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Britannica Moderna Images Magazines & Journals

Britannica Moderna, designed for older students, offers more than 47,000 articles, 8,000 images, maps, and audiovisual materials. It includes the Merriam-Webster Spanish-English Dictionary and the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language (RAE) dictionary. Native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and students learning Spanish may find it valuable.

Britannica Moderna, diseñada para estudiantes mayores, ofrece más de 47,000 artículos, 8,000 imágenes, mapas y material audiovisual. Incluye el diccionario español-inglés Merriam-Webster y el diccionario de la Real Academia Española (RAE). Puede ser un recurso valioso para hablantes nativos del español, estudiantes bilingües y aquellos que estén aprendiendo español.

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Business Research Guides

Research Guides written by BPL librarians focusing on a wide range of business topics including: Copyright, Historical Company Research, How to Write a Business Plan, Researching Antiques and Collectibles, Researching Mutual Funds, Researching Old Stocks, and Managing Your Money for Beginners.

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Career Research Guides

Research Guides written by BPL librarians focusing on a wide range of workforce development topics including: Green Workforce Development, Job Seekers' Guide, and Reentry Resources for Returning Citizens, their families, and loved ones.

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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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Civil Rights and Social Justice

Containing hearings and committee prints, legislative histories on the landmark legislations, CRS and GAO reports, briefs from major Supreme Court cases, and publications from the Commission on Civil Rights, this database allows users to educate themselves on the ways our civil rights have been strengthened and expanded over time, as well as how these legal protections can go further still.

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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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ComicsPlus: Children’s Library Library Card Required.

Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga — without worrying about holds, wait lists, or monthly limits.


ComicsPlus: Teen Library

Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga — without worrying about holds, wait lists, or monthly limits.




CQ Researcher

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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Creativebug

Creativebug has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

This resource requires you to register an account so you may save and continue your progress.

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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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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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Foundation Center Maps

Foundation Maps is Foundation Center’s premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world. With millions of grants from 2006 to the present, innovative ways to visualize funding data, and the flexibility and precision to tailor research, Foundation Maps helps funders and nonprofits access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and strengthen their impact.

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Gale Academic OneFile Select 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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Gale Business: Plan Builder

Gale Business: Plan Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. The program’s intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration to develop a business plan focused on long-term success.

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Gale In Context: Elementary

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.

This resource was formerly named Kids InfoBits.




Gale In Context: Middle School

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.







Gale LegalForms

Thousands of legal forms with more forms being added daily. Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate, and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. Warning: Public users should consult an attorney in their state for serious legal matters.

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Gale OneFile: Business 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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Gale OneFile: High School 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.








Gale OneFile: News IV. International Newspapers

Text-only articles (not page reproductions) from national and international newspapers, newswires, and some magazines. Coverage: 1981-present. Local Coverage: Cape Cod Times, Hyannis (09.18.2002-11.05.2014); Christian Science Monitor, Boston (01.08.1998 to present); Jewish Advocate, Boston (08.22.1991-09.25.2020); Telegram & Gazette, Worcester (full coverage: 11.29.2006-05.05.2015; scattered coverage: 02.14.1989-11.28.2006)

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Gale OneFile: Nursing and Allied Health

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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Gale Online Learning Portal Video New!

Access Gale's Excel Adult High School, Peterson's Test Prep, and Peterson's Career Prep all through one portal.

Excel Adult High School offers the opportunity for Massachusetts residents age 19+ to earn an accredited high school diploma, fully online! Students can access courses 24/7 and can finish the program in lest time with transfer credits. Ongoing support from instructors and success coaches is available through an online tutoring program.

Peterson's Test Prep and Peterson's Career Prep offer free resume and job search help, career advice, career assessments, military crosswalk guidance, self-paced courses on vocation tests, and full-length practice tests. 

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Gale Power Search Audio Directories Images Indexes IV. International Newspapers Magazines & Journals Newspapers Video

Cross-search Gale OneFile, Gale In Context, and Gale eBooks. Subjects include: agriculture, biography, business, communications and mass media, criminal justice, culinary arts, diversity studies, economics and theory, environmental studies and policy, fine arts, gardening and horticulture, gender studies, global issues, health and medicine, high school edition, home improvement, hospitality and tourism, information science, insurance and liability, leadership and management, military and intelligence, news, nursing and allied health, opposing viewpoints, physical therapy and sports medicine, pop culture studies, popular magazines, psychology, religion and philosophy, science, U.S. history, war and terrorism, and world history.

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Gale Power Search – Publication Search Audio Directories eBooks Images Indexes IV. International Newspapers Magazines & Journals Newspapers Video

Cross-search all Gale databases to which BPL subscribes. Subjects include: agriculture, biography, business, communications and mass media, criminal justice, culinary arts, diversity studies, economics and theory, environmental studies and policy, fine arts, gardening and horticulture, gender studies, global issues, health and medicine, high school edition, home improvement, hospitality and tourism, information science, insurance and liability, leadership and management, military and intelligence, news, nursing and allied health, opposing viewpoints, physical therapy and sports medicine, pop culture studies, popular magazines, psychology, religion and philosophy, science, U.S. history, war and terrorism, and world history.

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Gale Presents: Peterson’s Career Prep

Explore career tools to help you get a handle on what you're interested in, the skills and training you'll need, and what you can expect from your career path. Discover which careers suit you best, research potential career options, and explore the requirements and outlooks for the occupations you're interested in.

This resource requires you to create an individual account so you may save your work.

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Google Career Certificates Library Card Required.

Boston Public Library has partnered with Grow with Google to offer the Google Career Certificate program. The certificates are 100% online and are typically completed in three to six months part-time (5-10 hours per week). Users must pass 150+ assessments, and they also require hands-on experience so learners have the necessary skills to be successful on the job. 

Google Career Certificates can help you prepare for jobs in: Cybersecurity, Advanced Data Analytics, Digital Marketing & E-commerce, IT Support, Project Management, UX Design, IT Automation with Python, Business Intelligence, and more.

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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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GuideStar Pro Directories

GuideStar connects donors and grant makers to non-profit organizations, helping non-profit organizations prosper through successful social sector partnerships. Easily search data on 1.8 million IRS-recognized tax-exempt organizations, gather insights on financials, people/leadership, mission, and more.

GuideStar Pro is only available at Boston Public Library locations. You will see "Boston Public Library" in the upper right-hand of the page as the current signed-in user. You will also see the word PRO in the search box instead of BASIC. From off-site, you will automatically revert to GuideStar Basic, and will be asked to create, and then sign in with your own credentials. You will see far less information through the free Basic site, rather than through our Pro subscription.

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Headspace

Experience the benefits of meditation through guided meditations, animations, articles, and videos. The BPL has a limited number of licenses to assign to BPL cardholders. Licenses expire on the 1st of each calendar month, but you may return here to obtain a new license.

This resource requires you to register for an individual Headspace account.

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HeinOnline

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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