Use a Database

Databases contain thousands of articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers with specialized information. It is important to use the database that corresponds to your type of information need. Please read the descriptions for each before choosing. For more information, or for help with your research, please contact Susan or Kathleen.

You will need a user name and password from the library to use the databases if you have a 5 digit library barcode. If you have a 14 digit barcode, you can login to some of the databases directly with that.

Subject List

Magazines & General Reference

  • MasterFile Premier
    Provides full text for over 1,900 periodicals covering nearly all subjects including general reference, business, health, and much more.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Provides full text for more than 3,600 journals covering the social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, education, and much more. This database is updated on a daily basis.
  • MAS Ultra: School Edition
    Provides full text for over 515 general interest and current events magazines.
  • Middle Search Plus
    Provides full text for over 145 magazines covering general topics appropriate for middle and jr. high school students.
  • Primary Search
    Provides full text for 57 children’s magazines and over 100 children’s pamphlets, designed for the elementary school student.
  • TOPICsearch
    Explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms. This current events database includes more than 400,000 full-text articles selected by teachers and librarians, an online dictionary, and more than 2,500 diverse reference sources including newspapers, biographies, opinion polls, book reviews and government information.
  • Searchasaurus
    A colorful, easy-to-use search interface for elementary and middle school students. It includes Primary Search and Middle Search Plus as well as EBSCO Animals and Funk and Wagnell's New World Encyclopedia.

Books, Periodicals & Other Materials

  • WorldCat
    The world's most comprehensive bibliography, with more than 49 million bibliographic records representing 400 languages. Covers information from 2100 B.C. to the present. Includes holdings information from libraries across the world. Now includes the Library of Congress Subject Headings as its thesaurus.
  • NoveList
    A reader's advisory service that provides information and resources on over 100,000 titles, 75,000 full-text reviews, and more than 36,000 subject headings to help locate the best in fiction.
  • NoveList (K-8)
    A reader's advisory service that specifically targets children and young adults. It contains materials for all K-8 grade levels and includes picture books, children's "chapter" books and young adult titles.
  • NHU-PAC
    A union catalog that contains the holdings of the State Library as well as more than 300 public, school and special libraries in the state. In most instances, the records in the NHU-PAC reflect only those titles acquired by a library since the mid-1980s.

Business Resources

  • Business Source Premier
    Provides full text for over 1,100 journals covering business, management, economics, finance, banking, accounting, and much more.

Genealogy, History, & Biography

  • Ancestry Library Edition (must be used within the Library)
    Provides instant access to more than 1 billion names, more than 3,000 databases, primary-source document images and a variety of genealogical research features including 450 million census records from the U.S. Federal Census between the years 1790-1930. Additional features include immigration, vital, military, court, church and ethnic records; city directories; genealogical societies; Social Security Death Index; Periodical Source Index; family history library; and much more.
  • Heritage Quest Online (Ask for login information at the Library.)
    With over 25,000 books, the entire U.S. Federal Census, PERSI™, and other expanding collections, HeritageQuest Online provides access to one of the largest collections of genealogy material in the country. This collection of research materials helps in tracing family history and studying American culture.

Health Resources

  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
    Provides information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Contains full text for nearly 190 journals including Consumer Reports on Health and Men’s Health, as well as abstracts and indexing for over 200 general health, nutrition and professional health care publications.
  • MedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

Professional Development

  • Professional Development Collection
    Provides a highly specialized collection of over 515 full text journals, designed for professional educators.
  • ERIC
    The Educational Resource Information Center contains citations and abstracts from over 980 educational and education-related journals, as well as full text of more than 2,200 digests.
  • Homeless Youth and Higher Education
    Resources, Programs and Awareness for Students in Need