Reference On Call

Northeast Massachusetts

Free library reference service by phone and e-mail for
residents of northeast Massachusetts during hours that
supplement your local library's services

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Home Access to Online Databases

Residents may access these valuable online resources by using their public library card. Please see your local librarian to get your card. Click Here for a directory of public libraries in the Northeast region.

List of Databases, by Subject

[email protected] - Basic Collection 
Massachusetts Special Collections Directory 
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Electric Library
Grolier Online
SIRS Discoverer & SIRS Researcher 
¡Informe! (Revistas en Español)â„¢

IT Web Databases


Questions about these services? Please e-mail [email protected]

[email protected] - Basic Collection

The [email protected] Basic Collection provides access to over 250 databases in numerous areas including full-text access to many newspapers such as the Boston Globe. 



  • MasterFILE Premier: Provides full text for nearly 1,840 periodicals covering nearly all subjects including general reference, business, health, and more.
  • Business Source Premier: Full text for 1,500 scholarly business journals on management, economics, finance, accounting, and international business. 
  • Health Source Plus: Provides full text for nearly 270 health periodicals, over 1,000 health pamphlets, and 23 health reference books. 
  • Clinical Reference Systems: Provides over 7,000 reports, in every-day language, describing symptoms, treatments, risks and after-effects of a vast array of medical topics and conditions. 
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia: Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries. Searchable by subject or keywords within the entry. 
  • Comprehensive MEDLINE with FullTEXT with MeSH: Provides access to the entire Comprehensive MEDLINE file covering 1966 to present. This database also includes full text for nearly 80 biomedical journals dating back to 1990. 
  • USP DI Volume II, Advice for the Patient: Provides patient-oriented drug information in lay language.
  • Professional Development Collection: Provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 280 full text journals, designed for professional educators. 
  • Newspaper Source:  Provides selected full text articles from 154 U.S. and international newspapers. 
  • Primary Search: Provides full text from over 70 children’s magazines appropriate for elementary schools and children’s reading rooms. 
  •  EBSCO Animals


Electric Library


OCLC NetFirst

OCLC® NetFirst® database is a collection of authoritative Internet resources that helps users locate and identify Internet sites in all subject areas without having to "surf." NetFirst abstracts, which describe sites that are selected for their quality and permanence, help users evaluate sites without having to visit them. Relevant to people of all ages from all walks of life, including students at all levels. Contains records with descriptions of high-quality Web sites, hot links to resources of interest, and subject headings to let users expand searches. 


Grolier Online

NMRLS members have remote access to three new resources with this license: 

  • Encyclopedia Americana Online: 45,00 entries which are written by specialists for an audinece of educated nonspecialists. This title is ideal for both students and professional researchers.

  • Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia: 36,000 entries intended for students in middle school and up and as a quick reference loook-up tool for public library patrons of all ages.

  • New Book of Knowledge: 9,000 articles suitable for grade 3 and up as well as ESL. Provides description complex subjects in an easy-to-understand manner.


¡Informe! (Revistas en Español)â„¢

Informe is the first reference database to provide indexing, full text, and images of the most popular Hispanic magazines. It also includes full text pamphlets on a variety of topics, such as health care.



SIRS Researcher
SIRS Researcher is designed to meet day-to-day research needs of both young people and adults. It includes selected articles from over 1,200 publications and over 100 colorful maps. 

SIRS Discoverer
SIRS Discoverer is designed to develop research, reading and other skills in young researchers. It also includes several reference products, e.g., encyclopedia and an almanac. 

  • Remote User Access:

  • To access SIRS remotely, go to, select either SIRS Discoverer or SIRS Knowledge Source (includes SIRS Researcher), and then enter your patron barcode.


Gale Group's InfoTrac Web (formerly Searchbank)

The following seven databases from the Gale Group are home-accessible to all NMRLS member library patrons. 

  • Contemporary Authors: Provides complete biographical and bibliographical information and references on approximately 100,000 U.S. and international authors. 
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism: An extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors. Each CLC--Select entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, listing of principal works, and sources for further study. 
  • Gen'l Reference Ctr (Magazine Index): Use this general interest database to search magazines, reference books, and newspapers for information on current events, popular culture, the arts and sciences, sports, etc. 
  • Expanded Academic ASAP: Use this database to find information on: Astronomy, Religion, Law, History, Psychology, Humanities, Current Events, Sociology, Communications and the General Sciences. 
  • Health Reference Center-Academic: Use this database to find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health & Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc.The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only. Disclaimer. 
  • General BusinessFile ASAP: Use this database to research all business and management topics. Includes directory listings for over 150,000 companies as well as investment analysts' reports on major companies and industries. 
  • OneFile is a new single electronic resource that provides access to more than 3000 full-text periodical titles. Periodical content covers general interest magazines, academic journals, business and technology publication, law journals, and health care periodicals. Also included are five newspaper indexes (Gale's Newspaper Index), and indexing to another 3000 titles. In addition, you'll find 89 newswire services from all over the world.
  • Predicasts PROMT: Overview of Markets and Technology. Use this database to research companies, the products and technologies they produce, and the markets in which they compete. Includes summaries and full text from nearly 1,000 business and trade journals, industry newsletters, newspapers, market research studies, news releases, and investment and brokerage firm reports.


Massachusetts Special Collections Directory

The new Massachusetts Special Collections Directory is a Web-based database of over 600 institutions, including academic, public, and special libraries, town halls, museums, and historical societies. 


This service provided to the residents of northeast Massachusetts by the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System (NMRLS) through state funding administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)

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