Research & Databases

We offer access to many databases. If youlaptop and papers image are doing research on local history or genealogy, please visit our Bridgewater Historical Room page. 

For assistance with research, contact our Reference staff or access individual tutorials on the Gale Support site.

Note: Some resources will require your library card number for access.


Academic OneFile (Gale)
Academic OneFile is the premier source of peer-reviewed full-text scholarly content across the academic disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, the database is both authoritative and comprehensive.


Academic OneFile Select (Gale)
Academic OneFile Select provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers across disciplines. The database meets research needs in subject areas including the arts and humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.


Agriculture (Gale OneFile)
Agriculture provides a comprehensive view of agriculture and related fields. The database provides access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.


Biography (Gale in Context)
Biography offers reference content as well as magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, podcasts, and images. The database covers a vast array of people and is continuously updated for access to the very latest information.


Boston Globe 1980-present
This publication's detailed indexing helps users quickly find the news information they need. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc.


Britannica Elementary School Edition
Discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, games, and other learning resources that support student research, classroom exploration, and curriculum standards.


Britannica Fundamentals
An engaging online tool for early childhood learning, covering letters, words, numbers, time, sound, geography, and more.


Britannica High School Edition
Discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, games, and other learning resources that support student research, classroom exploration, and curriculum standards.


Britannica Library: Children
Discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books, and other learning resources.


Britannica Library: Reference Center
Discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books, and other learning resources.


Britannica Library: Young Adults
Discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, e-books, and other learning resources.


Britannica Middle School Edition
Discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, games, and other learning resources that support student research, classroom exploration, and curriculum standards.


Britannica Online School Edition
Offers encyclopedias and related materials for students of all levels. Users can also take advantage of the Learning Materials, a collection of educational exercises, activities, and study guides.


Britannica Spanish Edition: Escolar
This site offers resources in Spanish for all ages in two unique interfaces, each with its own comprehensive encyclopedia: Enciclopedia Moderna for high school ages and up and Britannica Escolar Online for ages 6-12. 
Este portal le ofrece recursos de referencia en español en dos interfaces exclusivas — cada una con una enciclopedia adaptada al lector: Enciclopedia Moderna para adultos y estudiantes y Britannica Escolar Online para estudiantes de 6 a 12 años de edad.


Business (Gale OneFile)
Business provides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice.


Communications and Mass Media (Gale OneFile)
Communications and Mass Media provides access to academic journals and magazines focusing on all aspects of the communications field. Key subjects covered in the database include advertising and public relations, literature and writing, and linguistics.


Creativebug
Creativebug offers thousands of video courses on a wide variety of art and craft topics. Learn to doodle or paint, level up your knitting skills, or find a craft to keep the kids busy for the afternoon. There are courses for every skill level.


Criminal Justice (Gale OneFile)
Criminal Justice provides access to academic journals and magazines on topics in criminal justice and related fields. Key subjects covered in the database include law, law enforcement, security, and terrorism.


Culinary Arts (Gale OneFile)
Culinary Arts provides access to academic journals and magazines on all aspects of cooking and nutrition. The database includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.


Diversity Studies (Gale OneFile)
Diversity Studies provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that explore cultural differences, contributions, and influences in the global community. The database is a must-have for social science, history, and liberal arts coursework.


Economics and Theory (Gale OneFile)
Economics and Theory provides access to academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics and related fields. The database has an emphasis on titles indexed in the American Economic Association's EconLit bibliography.


Educator’s Reference Complete (Gale OneFile)
Educator's Reference Complete includes content in key subject areas including administration, bilingual education, child development and psychology, funding, health education, technology, and testing.


Elementary (Gale in Context) formerly Kids InfoBits
Elementary is a content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics. The design helps kids explore the product and gain comfort with database searching.


Entrepreneurship (Gale Business)
Gale Business: Entrepreneurship covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. It combines authoritative periodical and reference content to support prospective and current entrepreneurs as well as business students.


Environmental Studies and Policy (Gale OneFile)
Environmental Studies and Policy provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and other reference sources covering diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policymakers, and corporate interests.


Fine Arts (Gale OneFile)
Fine Arts provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that support research in areas including drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.


Gardening and Horticulture (Gale OneFile)
Gardening and Horticulture offers biotechnologists, farmers, hobbyists, and landscape architects alike access to important content relevant to their pursuits.


Gender Studies (Gale OneFile)
Gender Studies provides balanced coverage of topics including gender studies, family and marital issues, and more.


General OneFile (Gale)
General OneFile is a one-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines.


Global Issues (Gale in Context)
Designed to support global awareness, Global Issues (Gale in Context) ties together a wealth of authoritative content that empowers students to critically analyze and understand the most important issues of the modern world.


Health and Medicine (Gale OneFile)
Health and Medicine provides access to medical and professional periodicals, health and fitness magazines, and reference books and pamphlets. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.


Health and Wellness Resource Center
Contains scholarly and popular articles on all aspects of medicine, health, and alternative health. Also includes health-related videos, medical & alternative health encyclopedias, health assessment tools, and a drug and herb finder.


HeritageQuest
Powered by Ancestry, HeritageQuest provides access to more than 4.4 billion records. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.


High School Edition (Gale OneFile)
High School Edition provides high school students with access to magazines, newspapers, books, and other reference content. The database offers audience-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.


Home Improvement (Gale OneFile)
Home Improvement provides access to titles covering topics including architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and others. The database offers content that meets the needs of hobbyists and professionals alike.


Hospitality and Tourism (Gale OneFile)
Hospitality and Tourism provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and trade publications that cover topics including the cultural and economic aspects of travel and tourism. 


Information Science (Gale OneFile)
Information Science provides access to scholarly journals and trade publications essential for information professionals and other knowledge workers. The database offers coverage of topics including information infrastructure, metadata architecture, publishing, and more.


Insurance and Liability (Gale OneFile)
Insurance and Liability provides access to academic journals and trade publications covering the insurance industry and topics such as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more. The database offers content of interest to individual property owners and multinational corporations alike.


Lightbox
Lightbox is a curriculum-based portal with ebooks, activities, videos, and quizzes.


Literature Resource Center (Gale)
Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. 


Middle School (Gale in Context)
Created specifically for middle-schoolers, Middle School combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. 


Military Intelligence (Gale OneFile)
Military and Intelligence offers content in key subject areas including governmental policies, the socioeconomic effects of war, the structure of the armed forces, and more.


New York Times Database 1985-present
Each issue is indexed thoroughly, so they have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the paper. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc.  


New York Times Online - access within the Library 

New York Times Online - remote access


News (Gale OneFile)
News provides access to full-text newspapers and allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section, or other fields. The database offers a one-stop source for current news and searchable archives.


Novelist Plus
Looking for your next book? Find expert read-alike recommendations and search for books by genre, appeal and award winners.


Novelist For Kids K-8
Looking for the next book in a series? Find series lists, recommendations, and many ways to search.


Nursing and Allied Health (Gale OneFile)
Nursing and Allied Health covers all aspects of the nursing profession, from direct patient care to health care administration. The database offers current and authoritative content for professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.


Opposing Viewpoints (Gale in Context)
Covers timely issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. This cross-curricular resource supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.


Peterson’s Career Prep (Gale)
Provides guidance and essential activities to both current job seekers and those investigating new career options. Key features include resume and cover letter creation support, interactive interview practice, and tools to match previous work or military experience to potential career paths.


Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine (Gale OneFile)
Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine covers the fields of fitness and sports, offering a wide spectrum of information, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research, and more.


Pop Culture Studies (Gale OneFile)
Pop Culture Studies provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that both analyze and contribute to popular culture. The database offers useful information for researchers in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses.


Popular Magazines (Gale OneFile)
Popular Magazines provides access to the most searched magazines. All of the titles are selected based on actual publication searches performed by library patrons.


Power Search (Gale)
This powerful resource searches across all of the Gale databases to which BWPL subscribes. 


Power Search - Publication Search (Gale)
A subset of the Power Search, search for specific publications across all the Gale databases to which BWPL subscribes. 


ProQuest Research Companion
Helps students do more effective scholarly research and supports educators as they teach the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.


ProQuest Science Database
In full-text format, researchers have access to all the charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements vital to scientific and engineering literature. It supports the needs of students studying applied and general sciences.


Psychology (Gale OneFile)
Psychology provides access to academic journals and magazines that cover the study of emotions, personality, and the human mind. The database offers content of interest to both researchers and general users.


Religion and Philosophy (Gale OneFile)
Religion and Philosophy offers balanced content that covers topics across a wide range of philosophies and religions that will appeal to both researchers and general users.


Science (Gale in Context)
Science is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.


Social Law Library - in-library use only, please ask for login at Reference desk
Access over 40 substantive and administrative databases as well as an extensive list of outside resources from the second oldest law library in the country, located in Boston.


U.S. History (Gale in Context)
U.S. History provides a complete overview of our nation’s past that covers the most-studied events, decades, conflicts, wars, political and cultural movements, and people.


Vocations and Careers (Gale OneFile)
Vocations and Careers provides access to journals and magazines that aid users in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career.


War and Terrorism (Gale OneFile)
War and Terrorism provides access to academic journals and magazines of interest to analysts, risk management professionals, and students of military science, history, and social science. 


WorldCat
WorldCat is a global catalog of library collections. 


World History (Gale in Context)
World History merges Gale's authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.


 

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