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Research, Homework & Resources

The library subscribes to several databases, and it can be confusing at times.
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Magazine Articles

Academic Search Premier

Scholarly resource provides indexing and abstacts for more than 8,300 journals and magazines, with full text for more than 4,500 of those titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for over 100 journals.
This is the place to look for popular magazines such as Consumer Reports.

Middle Search Plus

Search more than 140 popular, middle school magazines.  All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.

Looking For A Good Book?


Looking for which book comes first in a series?  Want to find an author who writes books that are similar to your favorite author’s books?  Need information about nonfiction books and authors?  This is the place to go for information about books and reading.

Downloadable Books (Ebooks)

Browse, Check Out, and Download best selling digital titles 24/7 to your PC and PDA at home, in the office or from anywhere in the world. Now you can hear Audiobooks and Music, or view eBooks and Videos–Free. Digital media can be downloaded and listened to on your home PC and if the publisher allows burned to CD for your car stereo. All titles can be transferred to many supported portable devices–all without leaving the comfort of your home! Now your library never closes! Check one out today!

More Databases

Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Russian, and more!

Learning Express

Whatever your goal, Learning Express Library’s resources will help you succeed. Each of our Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You’ll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that’s right for you.

History Reference Center

World’s most comprehensive full-text history reference database, featuring full text for more than 2,400 reference books, encyclopedias and nonfiction books from leading history publishers. Also includes full text for more than 130 leading history periodicals, and contains more than 61,100 historical documents; more than 66,000 historical biographies; more than 110,200 photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical video.

Salem Health (North Scituate Library Cardholders Only)

This database provides updated information from Magil’s Medical Guide, A encyclopedia of medical information. This database is the perfect place to start looking for information on medical symptoms and descriptive passages on medical conditions. (Must have North Scituate Library Card to access)

MasterFILE Premier

Contains full text for nearly 1,750 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Also includes full text for nearly 500 reference books, 86,017 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an image collection of 341,655 photo, maps and flags.

Medline:  Health Information

Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical science and much more. This resource uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.

TOPICSearch: Current Events

Current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms.

and there’s more….

to see the entire list of databases, click here,  you can click on “select/deselect all” to search them all, or choose only the ones you would like to search. To see all of the links available through AskRI click here.

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