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ACCESSING THE ON-LINE DATABASES: If you are connecting from a location outside of the Library, some of the databases will prompt you for your J.V. Fletcher Library Card Number to log onto the databases. When connecting, type in your Library barcode number without any spaces between the digits.



GATEWAY TO GALE REFERENCE EBOOKS: Access a variety of Reference Ebooks on the Arts, Biography, Business, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, the Nation and the World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. You will be prompted for your Library card if you are trying to access from locations outside of the Library.




GENERAL RESEARCH                                                

From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology. This database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.  Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers, many with full text images. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database.  The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business and executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more.  Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more.

Biography in Context   Connect from Home or the Library
Search biographical information for literary figures, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, current events, and the arts. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Encyclopedia Britannica  Connect from Home or the Library
Explore the updated online encylopedia with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

A full listing of all of the Gale Databases provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the J.V. Fletcher Library. Access databases in a wide range of topic areas including business, education, health, history, nursing, science, and many more!

A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topice: business, computers, current events, economics, education, enviromental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.  Updated daily. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.







BOOKS AND LITERARY CRITICISM                    


eSequels-The Online Guide to Series Fiction  Connect from Home or the Library (Enter your Westford Library card number)
You no longer have to guess at the order of a particular adult fiction series! Search by author, title, character, location, subject, or keyword.  Series are listed in order and annotations of the titles are provided.  Check out "What's New" and click on "Forthcoming" or "New Adds" to see newly added titles/series or to find out what will be published by your favorite series author in the upcoming months.

 Gateway To Gale Reference EBOOKS: Access a variety of Reference Ebooks on the Arts, Biography, Business, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, the Nation and the World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. You will be prompted for your Library card if you are trying to access from locations outside of the Library.



Literature Resource Center   Connect from Home or the Library
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. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


A reader's advisory database which helps readers find lists of works by a particular author, helps identify similar authors and titles, series lists, and selected book discussion guides.

A reader's advisory database that includes children's literature and helps readers find lists of works by a particular author, helps identify similar authors and titles, series lists, and selected book discussion guides.







BUSINESS AND FINANCE                                                                            

The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database.  The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business and executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more.  Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more.

Use this database to search nearly 4,000 leading business & trade publications including content from Predicasts Overview of Markets & Technology (PROMT), as well as international company profiles and all business and management topics.

Lynda.com  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home  (You will be linked to the Lynda.com website, be sure to follow these steps exactly to log into the database from home. Step 1. Click on the "Sign In" (not Sign Up) link at the top of the page, Step 2. Click on "Sign In with your organizational portal", Step 3. Type in westfordlibrary.org, Step 4. Enter your Westford Library card number and pin) Once logged in, you will be asked to create an account so you can save your lessons.   

Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 5,600 courses that include over 180,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.

Gale Small Business Resource Center Connect from Home or the Library
Covers all major areas of starting and operating a business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more. Startups, established businesses, and business students alike can find answers from its mobile responsive experience. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Value Line Investment Survey and Small and Mid Cap Edition Database
Connect from the Library   |  Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number and password)
The Weekly Value Line Investment Survey is one of the most widely used independent investment information services in the world.  Its up-to-date issues are a comprehensive reference that has useful information for virtually every investor. Every week, about 135 stocks in seven or eight industries are covered.  The Small and Mid-Cap Edition features consensus earnings estimates for many companies, a business description of each company, including recent corporate developments, and Value Line's Performance Ranks, designed to predict relative price performance over the next six to 12 months.  In addition to coming into the Library each week to read the print edition, Westford card holders can now access the full editions on-line through this exciting new database!






CAREERS                                                 


The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database.  The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business and executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more.  Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more.

Lynda.com  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home (You will be linked to the Lynda.com website, be sure to follow these steps exactly to log into the database from home. Step 1. Click on the "Sign In" (not Sign Up) link at the top of the page, Step 2. Click on "Sign In with your organizational portal", Step 3. Type in westfordlibrary.org, Step 4. Enter your Westford Library card number and pin) Once logged in, you will be asked to create an account so you can save your lessons.   

Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 5,600 courses that include over 180,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.

Vocation and Careers Collection Connect from Home or the Library A collection of career guides and industry journals. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commisioners.




CONSUMER INFORMATION

The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database.  The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business and executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more.  Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more.

Consumer Reports Online  Connect from the Library or from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number and select Consumer Reports)
Search 1000+ ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews, and product video clips on everything from baby gear to SUVs.




COUNTRY STUDIES

CultureGrams  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
CultureGrams provides up to date reports on over 200 countries, every U.S. state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. Access information on history, culture, population, politics, and more. The database is organized into four sections "World Edition", "Kids Edition" (kid's eye-view of daily life in countries around the world), "States Edition", and a "Provinces Edition".


World Data Analyst  Connect from Home or the Library Country snapshots from Encylopaedia Britannica. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.






DICTIONARIES AND GENERAL ENCYCLOPEDIAS                  

Encyclopedia Britannica  Connect from Home or the Library
Explore the updated online encylopedia with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.





DIRECTORIES

The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database.  The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business and executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more.  Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more.






EDUCATION

EDUCATOR'S REFERENCE COMPLETE Connect from Home or the Library
A collection of periodicals and reports for educational research from preschool to college covering technology, health, and bilingual education, testing, and issues in administration, funding, and policy. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Lynda.com  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home(You will be linked to the Lynda.com website, be sure to follow these steps exactly to log into the database from home. Step 1. Click on the "Sign In" (not Sign Up) link at the top of the page, Step 2. Click on "Sign In with your organizational portal", Step 3. Type in westfordlibrary.org, Step 4. Enter your Westford Library card number and pin) Once logged in, you will be asked to create an account so you can save your lessons.   

Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 5,600 courses that include over 180,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.





GENEALOGY                                               

Access Newspaper Archive  Connect from the Library|This database is only available from computer terminals within the Library. Contains the full text of thousands of historical newspapers (including the Lowell Sun from 1879-2010 and the Boston Globe from 1784-1977) from Massachusetts, the United States, and some foreign countries.

American Ancestors (formerly called New England Ancestors)  Connect from the Library|This database is only available from computer terminals within the Library.
Search a variety of genealogical resources specific to New England including: Massachusetts Vital Records through 1910, New York Probate Records (1787-1835), Social Security Death Index, church records, census, tax, and voter lists, diaries and journals, land records, military records, and published genealogies and biographies.

America's Obituaries and Death Notices Connect from the Library |Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
Search a large collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices from around the country. This database contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices available.  Extensive editorial review of all newspaper sections ensures thorough selection of obituaries for easy use. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.

Ancestry.com Library Edition Connect from the Library | This database is only available from computer terminals within the Library.
This extensive genealogy database includes over 1.5 billion names.  Search records from the U.S. census, military records, court, land, and probate records, vital and church records, passenger lists, and more!

Boston Globe Historical Archives (1872-1985) Connect from the Library | This database is only available from computer terminals within the Library.
Includes full-text and article images from 1872-1985. To search the full text of the Boston Globe from 1980 to the present, please scroll down and log onto "Massachusetts Newspapers- Proquest".

HeritageQuest Connect from the Library | Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
This genealogy database includes the U.S. federal census, family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, vital records, city directories, land and probate records, genealogical and local history serials and more!





HEALTH AND MEDICINE                                             

The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database.  The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business and executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more.  Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more.

Health and Wellness Resource Center  Connect from Home or the Library
Consumer health-focused medical and drug encyclopedias, magazines, videos, and more.

Health Reference Center Academic Connect from Home or the Library.
Search the full text of nursing and allied health journals, newspapers, medical reference books, and health pamphlets. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


Nursing & Allied Health Collection Connect from Home or the Library
Provides access to academic journals and other reference content covering 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.

Salem Health Cancer  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
An A to Z encyclopedia for patients, with information about 835 topics in cancer. Coverage includes diseases, conditions, medications, procedures, specialists, social issues, personal coping tips, print and online academic resources, and support resources.





HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES
                                                
Ancient and Medieval World   Connect from the Library |Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
An absorbing resource that examines world history from the emergence of the earliest humans about two million years ago through the end of the middle ages.

Biography in Context   Connect from Home or the Library
Search biographical information for literary figures, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, current events, and the arts. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Boston Globe Historical Archives (1872-1984) Connect from the Library | This database is only available from computer terminals within the Library.
Includes full-text and article images from 1872-1984.

CultureGrams  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
CultureGrams provides up to date reports on over 200 countries, every U.S. state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. Access information on history, culture, population, politics, and more. The database is organized into four sections "World Edition", "Kids Edition" (kid's eye-view of daily life in countries around the world), "States Edition", and a "Provinces Edition"

Global Issues In Context  Connect from Home or the Library
Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Massachusetts History Online Connect from Home or the Library
Contains full text articles gathered from almost 50 sources that directly relate to Massachusetts. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

New England Historical Genealogical Society  Connect from the Library | This database is only available from computer terminals within the Library.
Search a variety of genealogical resources specific to New England including: Massachusetts Vital Records through 1910, New York Probate Records (1787-1835), Social Security Death Index, church records, census, tax, and voter lists, diaries and journals, land records, military records, and published genealogies and biographies.


Salem Press History   Connect from the Library |  Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
Search the full text of the Salem Reference sets: The Fifities, Sixties, Seventies, Eighties, and Nineties in America, Historical Encyclopedia of American Business, Milestone Documents in American History (inlcudes primary documents), Milestone Documents of American Leaders (includes primary documents), and Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century. Once you are in the database, click on BOOKS to see the full listing of resources included in the database.

U.S. History in Context Connect from Home or the Library
Contents include U.S. historical topics from pre-colonial times to the present. Search a broad collection of U.S. facts, primary documents, full text journals, and articles from a variety of reference works. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

World History in Context Connect from Home or the Library
Contents include information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History.  Search articles, reference books, primary source documents, newspapers, etc. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.




LANGUAGE LEARNING

Rosetta Stone Connect from Home or the Library This database is available to Westford card holders. Learn a new language with Rosetta Stone's proven immersion method which integrates listening, reading, and speaking.  There are 30 different languages to choose from. You will be asked to enter a Library ID, enter your Westford Library card number without spaces. You will then be prompted for your e-mail and to create a password so that your lessons will be saved. New- advanced learning levels for each of the languages are now available to Westford patrons!





MUSICIANS AND COMPOSERS

Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century Connect from the Library | Connect from Home(Enter your Westford Library card number)
Biographical and critical essays on the men and women who made an impact on music from 1901 to 2000. Once you are in the database, click on BOOKS to see the full listing of resources included in the database.





NEWS AND NEWSPAPERS                             

Access Newspaper Archive  Connect from the Library|This database is only available from computer terminals within the Library. Contains the full text of thousands of historical newspapers (including the Lowell Sun from 1879-2010 and the Boston Globe from 1784-1977) from Massachusetts, the United States, and some foreign countries.

America's Obituaries and Death Notices Connect from the Library |Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
Search a large collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices from around the country. This database contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices available.  Extensive editorial review of all newspaper sections ensures thorough selection of obituaries for easy use. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.

Search the full text of The Boston Globe from 1980 to the present. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Boston Globe Historical Archives (1872-1985) Connect from the Library | This database is only available from computer terminals within the Library.
Includes full-text and article images from 1872-1985. To search the full text of the Boston Globe from 1980 to the present, please scroll down and log onto "Massachusetts Newspapers- Proquest".

Boston Herald   Connect from Home or the Library (Enter your Westford Library card number)
Search the full text of the Boston Herald from 7/26/1991 to the present.

Provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Lowell Sun Connect from Home or the Library (Enter your Westford Library card number)
Search the full text of The Lowell Sun from 2001 to the present.

Search the full text of the New York Times from 1980 to the present. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Westford Eagle  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
Search the full text of the Westford Eagle from 8/11/2005 to the present.







OBITUARIES

America's Obituaries and Death Notices Connect from the Library |Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
Search a large collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices.  Includes obituaries from the Boston Globe (1980-present) as well as many other newspapers from around the country.






ON-LINE COURSES

Lynda.com  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home(You will be linked to the Lynda.com website, be sure to follow these steps exactly to log into the database from home. Step 1. Click on the "Sign In" (not Sign Up) link at the top of the page, Step 2. Click on "Sign In with your organizational portal", Step 3. Type in westfordlibrary.org, Step 4. Enter your Westford Library card number and pin) Once logged in, you will be asked to create an account so you can save your lessons.   

Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 5,600 courses that include over 180,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.







SCIENCE

Biography in Context   Connect from Home or the Library
Search biographical information for literary figures, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, current events, and the arts. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology. This database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.  Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers, many with full text images. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Find information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.  Search full text magazines, academic journals, newspapers, and more. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.






TECHNOLOGY

Safari Books  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
Access the full text of over 5,000 technology books on a variety of topics including programming, databases, web design, etc.  The books all have publication dates within the last three years and are published by major technology publishers such as Cisco Press, IBM PRess, O'Reilly, Prentice Hall, and many more.

Find information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.  Search full text magazines, academic journals, newspapers, and more. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.








YOUTH ORIENTED

CultureGrams  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
CultureGrams provides up to date reports on over 200 countries, every U.S. state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. Access information on history, culture, population, politics, and more. The database is organized into four sections "World Edition", "Kids Edition" (kid's eye-view of daily life in countries around the world), "States Edition", and a "Provinces Edition"

A full listing of all of the Gale Databases provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the J.V. Fletcher Library. Access databases in a wide range of topic areas including business, education, health, history, nursing, science, and many more!

Global Issues In Context  Connect from Home or the Library
Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Infotrac Student Edition  Connect from Home or the Library
This database is geared towards high school students with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

This database is geared toward students in kindergarten through grade 5.  It features a visually graphic interface, a subject based topic tree, and age appropriate journal and newspaper articles. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

A reader's advisory database that includes children's literature and helps readers find lists of works by a particular author, helps identify similar authors and titles, series lists, and selected book discussion guides.


Geared towards students in grades 6-8, this database covers the most-studied topics in literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history, as well as the social issues most relevant to this age group. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.







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ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF DATABASES

From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology. This database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.  Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers, many with full text images. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Access Newspaper Archive  Connect from the Library|This database is only available from computer terminals within the Library. Contains the full text of thousands of historical newspapers (including the Lowell Sun from 1879-2010 and the Boston Globe from 1784-1977) from Massachusetts, the United States, and some foreign countries.

American Ancestors (formerly called New England Ancestors)  Connect from the Library|This database is only available from computer terminals within the Library.
Search a variety of genealogical resources specific to New England including: Massachusetts Vital Records through 1910, New York Probate Records (1787-1835), Social Security Death Index, church records, census, tax, and voter lists, diaries and journals, land records, military records, and published genealogies and biographies.

America's Obituaries and Death Notices Connect from the Library |Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
Search a large collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices from around the country. This database contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices available.  Extensive editorial review of all newspaper sections ensures thorough selection of obituaries for easy use. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.

Ancestry.com Library Edition Connect from the Library | This database is only available from computer terminals within the Library.
This extensive genealogy database includes over 1.5 billion names.  Search records from the U.S. census, military records, court, land, and probate records, vital and church records, passenger lists, and more!

Ancient and Medieval World   Connect from the Library |Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
An absorbing resource that examines world history from the emergence of the earliest humans about two million years ago through the end of the middle ages.


The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database.  The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business and executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more.  Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more.

Biography in Context   Connect from Home or the Library
Search biographical information for literary figures, science, multicultural studies, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, current events, and the arts. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


Boston Globe Historical Archives (1872-1985) Connect from the Library | This database is only available from computer terminals within the Library.
Includes full-text and article images from 1872-1985.

Boston Herald   Connect from Home or the Library (Enter your Westford Library card number)
Search the full text of the Boston Herald from 7/26/1991 to the present.

Search the full text of The Boston Globe from 1980 to the present. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Consumer Reports Online  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home(Enter your Westford Library card number and select Consumer Reports)
Search 1000+ ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews, and product video clips on everything from baby gear to SUVs.

CultureGrams  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
CultureGrams provides up to date reports on over 200 countries, every U.S. state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. Access information on history, culture, population, politics, and more. The database is organized into four sections "World Edition", "Kids Edition" (kid's eye-view of daily life in countries around the world), "States Edition", and a "Provinces Edition"

Educator's Reference Complete Connect from Home or the Library
A collection of periodicals and reports for educational research from preschool to college covering technology, health, and bilingual education, testing, and issues in administration, funding, and policy. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Encyclopedia Britannica  Connect from Home or the Library
Explore the updated online encylopedia with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

eSequels-The Online Guide to Series Fiction Connect from Home or the Library(Enter your Westford Library card number)
You no longer have to guess at the order of a particular adult fiction series! Search by author, title, character, location, subject, or keyword.  Series are listed in order and annotations of the titles are provided.  Check out "What's New" and click on "Forthcoming" or "New Adds" to see newly added titles/series or to find out what will be published by your favorite series author in the upcoming months.

A full listing of all of the Gale Databases provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the J.V. Fletcher Library. Access databases in a wide range of topic areas including business, education, health, history, nursing, science, and many more!

Gale Infotrac Newstand Connect from Home or the Library
Discover a comprehensive collection of current and archival news content

Gale Small Business Resource Center  Connect from Home or the Library
Covers all major areas of starting and operating a business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more. Startups, established businesses, and business students alike can find answers from its mobile responsive experience. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topice: business, computers, current events, economics, education, enviromental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.  Updated daily. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Global Issues In Context  Connect from Home or the Library
Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Health Reference Center Academic  Connect from Home or the Library
Search the full text of nursing and allied health journals, newspapers, medical reference books, and health pamphlets. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

HeritageQuest Connect from the Library | Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
This genealogy database includes the U.S. federal census, family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, vital records, city directories, land and probate records, genealogical and local history serials and more!

Provides access to more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Infotrac Student Edition  Connect from Home or the Library
This database is geared towards high school students with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

This database is geared toward students in kindergarten through grade 5.  It features a visually graphic interface, a subject based topic tree, and age appropriate journal and newspaper articles. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Literature Resource Center   Connect from Home or the Library
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. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Lowell Sun Connect from Home or the Library (Enter your Westford Library card number)
Search the full text of The Lowell Sun from 2001 to the present.

Lynda.com  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home(You will be linked to the Lynda.com website, be sure to follow these steps exactly to log into the database from home. Step 1. Click on the "Sign In" (not Sign Up) link at the top of the page, Step 2. Click on "Sign In with your organizational portal", Step 3. Type in westfordlibrary.org, Step 4. Enter your Westford Library card number and pin) Once logged in, you will be asked to create an account so you can save your lessons.   

Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 5,600 courses that include over 180,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.


Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century Connect from the Library | Connect from Home(Enter your Westford Library card number)
Biographical and critical essays on the men and women who made an impact on music from 1901 to 2000. Once you are in the database, click on BOOKS to see the full listing of resources included in the database.

Search the full text of the New York Times from 1980 to the present. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

A reader's advisory database which helps readers find lists of works by a particular author, helps identify similar authors and titles, series lists, and selected book discussion guides.

A reader's advisory database that includes children's literature and helps readers find lists of works by a particular author, helps identify similar authors and titles, series lists, and selected book discussion guides.

Nursing & Allied Health Collection Connect from Home or the Library
Provides access to academic journals and other reference content covering 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.



Geared towards students in grades 6-8, this database covers the most-studied topics in literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history, as well as the social issues most relevant to this age group. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Rosetta Stone Connect from Home or the Library This database is available to Westford card holders. Learn a new language with Rosetta Stone's proven immersion method which integrates listening, reading, and speaking.  There are 30 different languages to choose from.  You will be prompted for your e-mail and to create a password so that your lessons will be saved. New- advanced learning levels for each of the languages are now available to Westford patrons!

Safari Books  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
Access the full text of over 5,000 technology books on a variety of topics including programming, databases, web design, etc.  The books all have publication dates within the last three years and are published by major technology publishers such as Cisco Press, IBM PRess, O'Reilly, Prentice Hall, and many more.


Salem Health Cancer  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
An A to Z encyclopedia for patients, with information about 835 topics in cancer. Coverage includes diseases, conditions, medications, procedures, specialists, social issues, personal coping tips, print and online academic resources, and support resources.

Salem Press History   Connect from the Library |  Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
Search the full text of the Reference sets The Fifities, Sixties, Seventies, Eighties, and Nineties in America, Historical Encyclopedia of American Business, Milestone Documents in American History (inlcudes primary documents),Milestone Documents of American Leaders (includes primary documents), and Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century. Once you are in the database, click on BOOKS to see the full listing of resources included in the database.

Find information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.  Search full text magazines, academic journals, newspapers, and more. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.arch a broad collection of U.S. facts, primary documents, full text journals, and articles from a variety of reference works. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.



U.S. History in Context Connect from Home or the Library
Contents include U.S. historical topics from pre-colonial times to the present. Search a broad collection of U.S. facts, primary documents, full text journals, and articles from a variety of reference works. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Value Line Investment Survey and Small and Mid Cap Edition Database
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The Weekly Value Line Investment Survey is one of the most widely used independent investment information services in the world.  Its up-to-date issues are a comprehensive reference that has useful information for virtually every investor. Every week, about 135 stocks in seven or eight industries are covered.  The Small and Mid-Cap Edition features consensus earnings estimates for many companies, a business description of each company, including recent corporate developments, and Value Line's Performance Ranks, designed to predict relative price performance over the next six to 12 months.  In addition to coming into the Library each week to read the print edition, Westford card holders can now access the full editions on-line through this exciting new database!

Vocation and Careers Collection Connect from Home or the Library A collection of career guides and industry journals. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Westford Eagle  Connect from the Library | Connect from Home (Enter your Westford Library card number)
Search the full text of the Westford Eagle from 8/11/2005 to the present.

World History in Context Connect from Home or the Library
Contents include information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History.  Search articles, reference books, primary source documents, newspapers, etc. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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