Online Research Tools

Online Databases

Ask Mrs. Bate or your teacher for the User Name and Password to access the following databases from home.

Scholastic GO!

  • Includes Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia,The New Book of Knowledge, Encyclopedia Americana, and Lands and People

  • Covers a wide variety of topics


Country Reports
  • Information about countries around the world

  • Includes history, geography and economy

  • Cultural information includes food, fashion, family, kids' life, socializing, religion, sports and recreation, and holidays

  • Compare multiple countries based upon selected data categories

 Explora - Secondary Schools

  • Covers a wide variety of current and historical topics
  • Full text articles from books, encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers and academic journals

  • Primary source documents

  • Country and state reports

Explora - Primary Schools
  • Covers a wide variety of current and historical topics

  • Full text articles from books, encyclopedias, magazines and newspapers

  • Primary source documents

  • Country and state reports

  • Quick access to Encyclopedia of Animals

Biography Reference Center
  • Includes over 400,000 biographies on current or historic people

  • Also searchable by occupation, country, nationality; and can be browsed by more than 30 genre categories

History Reference Center
Science Reference Center
Literary Reference Center
NoveList K-8 Plus
  • Descriptions and reviews of fiction books for K-8
  • Searchable by title, author, plot, setting, characters or series

  • Find lists of books that are similar to some of your favorites, or the next one in a series

  • Includes lists of books arranged by theme or genre, as well as many booktalks

NoveList Plus
  • Similar to NoveList K-8, but also includes fiction and nonfiction for high school students, as well as adult

  • Provides access to articles from books, encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, etc.
  • Includes articles covering a wide variety of topics, including science, history, literature and health

Access to the following databases is funded jointly by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System with state funding and federal support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the MBLC. To access these authoritative sources from home, you may need to type in the 14-digit number found on the back of your Stevens Memorial Library card.

Britannica School

  • Allows students to read articles at three different reading levels – click the 1, 2, or 3 above an article to focus on resources at a particular reading level
  • Includes biographies, a world atlas, country comparisons and media collections (90,000 images, videos, and audio clips)
  • Includes Britannica Timelines and a tool to create your own timelines
Biography in Context
  • Biographies on current or historic people
  • To search for people of a particular occupation and/or nationality,  click the "Person Search" link

Research in Context
  • Designed for middle school students
  • Includes articles on a wide variety of topics including cultures, geography, government, literature, people, science, social issues, U.S. history and world history
  • Provides access to books, images, biographies, magazines, newspapers, primary sources and multimedia
Science in Context
  • Covers a variety of science topics
  • Provides access to articles from science magazines and encyclopedias, newspapers, academic journals, etc.

U. S. History in Context
  • Covers U. S. History from the arrival of the Vikings in North America to current time
  • Includes primary and secondary sources
World History in Context
  • Covers almost 5,000 years of history of civilizations across all continents

  • Includes primary and secondary sources
Kids InfoBits
  • Includes full-text articles from Cobblestone, Faces, Dig, Muse and Junior Scholastic; as well as many other magazines for middle school students
Gale Power Search
  • Provides access to multiple databases covering general interest, current events, the arts, humanities, social sciences, science and technology, history, government, health, and business
  • Full text articles from journals, magazines, newspapers and reference books
  • Full-text of The Boston Globe from 1980 until today

The New York Times
  • Full-text of The New York Times from 1985 until today