Reference Databases

  • The library offers free access to many reference databases to help with research on a particular topic or subject.  If you have any questions about using these databases, please see the librarian.

    General Databases

    Britannica icon Encyclopedia Britannica High School Edition - Online encyclopedia with hundreds of thousands of objective articles, biographies, videos, and images from experts.

    ProQuest SIRS logo ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher - Browse all pro/con social issues from A-Z or by subject. See step-by-step instructions in Google Slides. To use this database from home, ask the librarian for the username and password then click here to log in.

    Gale Cengage Learning icon Gale Cengage Learning - Gale offers many powerful research platforms that provide easy access to vetted resources. Use this link to see a full list of Gale database resources available to you. See step-by-step instructions in Google Slides.
    EBSCO Host icon

    EBSCO Host - Use your public library card number to access EBSCO Host eBook collection and Novelist. 

    General Topic Databases

    Gale Academic OneFile Select Gale Academic One File provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers across disciplines and subject areas including the arts and humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.

    Gale General OneFile  Gale Academic OneFGale Academic OneFile Selectle Select is a one-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines; half the size of Gale Academic OneFIle

    Gale Opposing Viewpoints  Gale- Opposing Viewpoints - Provides continuously updated information and opinions on hot issues.


    Gale Biography in Context  Gale Biography in Context merges Gale's authoritative reference content with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.

    History Databases

    Gale U.S. History in Context  Gale- U.S History in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History.

    Gale World History in Context  Gale- World History in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History.

    Literature, Art and Music Databases

    Gale Literature Resource Center  Gale Literature Resource Center has up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 150,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

    Gale OneFile: Fine Arts Gale OneFile: Fine Arts provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that support research in areas including drama, music, art history, and film making.

    News Platforms

    Newsela logoNewsela is an online news platform that features high-interest articles on everything from current events to myths and legends and from literature to science. Log in using your Amesbury High School Google account.
    ProQuest logo

    ProQuest Boston Globe provides access to the Boston Globe newspaper from 1980 to the present.

    New York Times logo New York Times (Gale) Search the full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present.

    Science Databases

    Gale Science in Context Gale Science in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.

    ProQuest Science Database ProQuest Science Database is a definitive resource for students studying both the applied and general sciences. ProQuest Science Journals features over 1030 titles, with more than 760 available in full text. Search over 2.7M records, dating back to the mid 1980s.


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