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Databases, A-Z

Browse our databases by alphabetical order using the list below.

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  • America’s Obituaries and Death Notices

    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.

  • American Ancestors (formerly called New England Ancestors)

    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.

  • Ancestry.com Library Edition

    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! Now available from outside the library through December 31st, 2020!


  • BookBrowse

    Looking for your next great read? Find it at “BookBrowse” your guide to exceptional books! Search for book information by theme, read-alikes, book club resources, articles and reviews, and much more! This exciting new database can be accessed from the library or from home with your Westford Library card number.

  • Boston Globe

    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)

    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

    Search the full text of the Boston Herald from 7/26/1991 to the present.


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    Consumer Reports Online

    Search 1000+ ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews, and product video clips on everything from baby gear to SUVs.

  • CultureGrams

    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”.


  • Eagle-Independent (formerly the Westford Eagle)

    Starting in June 2019, the Chelmsford Independent, the Littleton Independent and the Westford Eagle combined to become the Eagle-Independent. Search the full text of the Eagle-Independent from 6/7/2019 to the present. For Westford Eagle articles, see the link below.

  • Encyclopedia Britannica

    Explore the updated online encyclopedia 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

    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.


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    Freegal

    Streaming Music

    “Freegal® Music is a free music service from your library.  Freegal offers 3 hours of streaming per day and 5 downloads per week. The catalog includes 16 million+ songs, millions of albums, hundreds of curated playlists, thousands of audio books and thousands of music videos.  In total the collection is comprised of music from over 40,000+ labels with music that originates in over 100 countries. Free apps are available at the App Store and Google Play.


  • Gale Academic OneFile

    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.

  • Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

    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.

  • Gale Databases

    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 General OneFile

    A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental 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.

  • Gale Health and Medicine

    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.

  • Gale in Context: Biography

    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.

  • Gale In Context: Elementary

    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.

  • Gale in Context: Global Issues

    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.

  • Gale in Context: Middle School

    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.

  • Gale in Context: Science

    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.

  • Gale in Context: U.S. History

    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.

  • Gale in Context: World History

    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.

  • Gale Literature Resource Center

    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.

  • Gale OneFile: Business

    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.

  • Gale OneFile: Educator’s Reference Complete

    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.

  • Gale OneFile: High School Edition

    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.

  • Gale OneFile: News

    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.

  • Gale OneFile: Nursing & Allied Health

    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.

  • Gale OneFile: Vocations and Careers

    A collection of career guides and industry journals. This database is funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commisioners.

  • Gale Presents: Peterson’s Career Prep

    Learn about careers, receive personalized career recommendations, create resumes and cover letters, search for jobs, explore schools and training programs, and get advice to help find a job or advance your career.

  • 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.


  • HeritageQuest

    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!


  • Kanopy

    Streaming Movies

    Stream thousands of classic movies, documentaries, independent films, The Great Courses, The Criterion Collection, and access the Kanopy Kids film and TV collection.


  • Lowell Sun

    Search the full text of The Lowell Sun from 2001 to the present.

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    Lynda.com

    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

    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.


  • New York Times

    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.

  • Newspaper Archive

    Contains the full text of historical Massachusetts newspapers, including the Lowell Sun from 1879-2010 and the Boston Globe from 1784-1977.

  • Novelist Plus

    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.

  • Novelist Plus K-8

    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. Connect from home


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    OverDrive

    Borrow eBooks, audiobooks and videos.


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    Rosetta Stone

    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!

  • Rustic

    The Rustic was a newspaper that included local news from Westford and surrounding towns for the year 1885.


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    Safari Books

    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

    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

  • Salem Press History

    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.



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    Value Line

    Value Line Investment Survey and Small and Mid Cap Edition Database – 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!


  • Westford Eagle

    Search the full text of the Westford Eagle from 8/11/2005 to 5/31/2019. For more recent Westford news, see the Eagle-Independent link above.

  • Westford Eagle (Historical)

    Search the full text of the Westford Eagle from 1970 to 1990. Older issues are available on microfilm at the Library.

  • Worldcat

    Search the catalogs of libraries worldwide!


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