Digital Library

Digital Library




Agriculture (Gale OneFile): Access current and authoritative periodical content covering agriculture and its related fields.

Academic OneFile (Gale): Quickly access articles from a database of scholarly journals and other trusted periodicals. Best for academic research.

Academic OneFile Select (Gale): Research academic topics ranging from art and literature to economics and the sciences. Ideal for smaller academic libraries.

American Ancestors: Access to this resource is only available in the Library building. provides access to 1.4+ billion records spanning the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American genealogical records, the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines, and the only online source for records from Boston’s Catholic Archdiocese.

Ancestry: Access to this resource is only available in the Library building. A genealogy database allowing users to research their family history. It includes access to Census records, Vital Records, military records, and immigration records as well as other documents.

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Biography (Gale in Context): Discover the world’s most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazine, and multimedia content.

Boston Globe Article Archive: Search current and back issues of “The Boston Globe”.

Boston Globe  Today’s edition.

Britannica Escolar (K-8): (En español) The new Britannica® Escolar allows students to complete their homework using thousands of articles, images, multimedia assets, and detailed maps. Students can also enjoy a variety of useful learning tools developed by education experts. (In Spanish. Intended for students in grades K-8.)

Britannica Escolar: Primaria (K-5): (En español) Articles, images, multimedia assets, and detailed maps in Spanish. These materials are designed for elementary school students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Britannica Escolar: Secundaria (6-8): (En español) Articles, images, multimedia assets, and detailed maps in Spanish. These materials are designed for middle school students in 6th through 8th grade.

Britannica Fundamentals: A website for children in Pre K through grade 2. It contains books, games, videos, and drawing tools. Topics covered include numbers, letters, shapes, biomes, and more.

Britannica Library Children: A database for children containing articles, videos, images, and more. It includes biographies, information on animals, and maps. Two reading levels are available and a dictionary is attached to look up words in English or translate them to Spanish.

Britannica Library Reference Center: Articles, images, videos, biographies and more for adults. The database also includes quotes, an atlas, and comparisons between different countries.

Britannica Library Suite: A database containing articles, images, videos and more. This database can be translated into 80 languages and is connected to a dictionary so that you can look up words as you go. It also offers three different reading level settings so that it can be used by both adults and children in different grade levels.

Britannica Library Young Adults: Articles, pictures, videos, biographies and more with an emphasis on topics of interest to young adults.

Britannica Moderna: (En español) Articles, biographies, videos, news, and more in Spanish for students in high school, college, and beyond.

Britannica School Edition (K-12): A link to databases containing resources for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Britannica School: Elementary School Edition: A database for children containing articles, videos, images, and more. It includes biographies, information on animals, and maps. Two reading levels are available and a dictionary is attached to look up words in English or translate them to Spanish. The site also lists Lexile levels and curriculum standards to help teachers use materials in lessons.

Britannica School: High School Edition: A database for high school students containing articles, images, videos, biographies and more. This site also includes lesson plans for teachers and materials can be browsed by curriculum standard.

Britannica School: Middle School Edition: Articles, pictures, videos, biographies and more for middle school students. It also contains primary sources. There are lesson plans for teachers and materials can be browsed by the curriculum standard that they fill.

Business (Gale OneFile): Understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through leading business and trade publications. Updated daily.

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Communications and Mass Media (Gale OneFile): Search millions of articles covering all aspects of communications, including advertising, public relations, and more.

Consumer Reports: Product ratings and reviews from an independent nonprofit member organization.

Creativebug: Nurture your creative side with 1000+ video classes in painting, knitting, crafting, sewing & more!  Using your library card and PIN, create your own account for free and get crafting!

Criminal Justice (Gale OneFile): Comprehensive periodical content for researchers studying law, law enforcement, forensic science, terrorism, and more.

Culinary Arts (Gale OneFile): Find a variety of information from major cooking and nutrition magazines as well as key reference titles.

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DMV Permit Test: Massachusetts RMV passenger, motorcycle, and commercial driver’s license manuals and practice tests.

Digital Archive: Catch up on the news of the day! What was Melrose like over a hundred years ago?! Find out by visiting Melrose Public Library Digital Archive to read local historical newspapers from 1870 to 1960.

Diversity Studies (Gale OneFile): Access a range of periodical content to explore cultural differences, contributions, and influences in the global community.

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EBSCOhost  offers high-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers recognized by library professionals, chosen to meet the specific needs of researchers.

Economics and Theory (Gale OneFile): Discover content useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, and more.

Elementary (Gale in Context): Introduce elementary students to database searching with resources featuring age-appropriate, curriculum-related content.

Electronic Resources (Galepages)Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is a leading publisher and aggregator providing educational content, tools, services and other resources to academic libraries.

Encyclopedia Britannica: Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopaedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and websites.

Environmental Studies (Gale in Context): Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.

Environmental Studies and Policy (Gale OneFile): Investigate environmental issues with diverse perspectives from the scientific community, policymakers, and corporate interests.

Explora: An easy-to-use database of articles from different academic journals, popular magazines, reference works, primary source documents, and news videos, including the JAMA, Foreign Affairs, Time, People, Consumer Reports and so much more!

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Fine Arts (Gale OneFile): Search millions of articles about drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. Diverse resource for serious fine arts students.

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Gale LegalForms-Mass: Access a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms and resources across the most popular legal areas.

Gardening and Horticulture (Gale OneFile): Find millions of articles on the practical and scientific aspects of horticulture studies. For all horticultural enthusiasts.

Gender Studies (Gale OneFile): Discover balanced coverage of topics related to gender studies, family and marital issues, and more.

General OneFile (Gale): Access general interest magazines and key serials in a single resource. Best for general research.

Global Issues (Gale in Context): Analyze important global issues and events through topic overviews, international viewpoints, news, and multimedia content.

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Health and Medicine (Gale OneFile): Find up-to-date information on a range of health care topics. Best for students, researchers, and health care professionals.

Health and Wellness (Gale): Search a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to alternative medical practices.

HeritageQuest: Access a variety of resources that you can use to research your ancestors and family history. The resources include census rolls for the U.S. and Canada and city directories.

High School Edition (Gale OneFile): Search magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference on a range of topics. Best for middle- and high-school students.

Home Improvement (Gale OneFile): Search home improvement topics such as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and more.

Hoopla is a digital media service that allows Melrose residents* to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! There are no holds and no waiting. see more…

*Non-residents should contact their home library for information on accessing hoopla.

Hospitality and Tourism (Gale OneFile): Discover well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism industries.

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Information Science (Gale OneFile): Access articles covering all aspects of managing and maintaining information and technology. Updated daily.

Insurance and Liability (Gale OneFile): Discover information about physical and intellectual asset protection, from individuals to multinational corporations.

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Leadership and Management (Gale OneFile): Search authoritative periodical content covering topics like organizational dynamics, adult learning, and more. Updated daily.

LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.

Libby, by OverDrive: Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app by OverDrive. You can even send and read your borrowed ebooks to your Kindle ereader (U.S. only)! It’s free and easy to get started for new users and a streamlined experience for current OverDrive app users. Learn more at (If you currently use the legacy OverDrive app and need assistance, visit

Literature Resource Center: Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.

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MassLINKS: Adult Education Online Academy An adult education program for Massachusetts residents that is online and free. It offers ESL/ESOL classes and classes to prepare for GED/HiSet exams. After you complete an inquiry form you will be contacted by someone from the program. The program can also provide assistance with WiFi and technology if necessary.

Melrose Public Library Digital Archive: Catch up on the news of the day! What was Melrose like over a hundred years ago?! Find out by visiting Melrose Public Library Digital Archive to read local historical newspapers from 1870 to 1960.

Middle School (Gale in Context): Explore the most-studied topics including cultures, government, people, history, literature, and more.

Military and Intelligence (Gale OneFile): Search scholarly journals, magazines, and reports covering all aspects of past and present military affairs. Updated daily.

Morningstar Investment Research Center is an easy to navigate database helping both novice and veteran investors reach their investment goals.

MyHeritage: contains documents from more than 48 countries, millions of photos, public records, indexes and more. MyHeritage is the largest, most internationally diverse family history research database in the world.

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New York Times Article Archive: Search current and back issues of “The New York Times”.

The New York Times Today’s edition.

News (Gale OneFile): Access major U.S. and international newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, or other fields.

NextReads: Find Your Next Read…subscribe to our e-mail booklist newsletter, with titles linked to the library catalog to make it easy to find and request books.

NOBLE: North of Boston Library Exchange a listing of the NOBLE libraries with an interactive map and links to their websites.

NoveList K-8 Plus: Specifically for younger readers,  this database helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents and teachers can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers – including help with Common Core!

NoveList Plus: Search for titles, authors, series. With a database of over 143,00 fiction titles for readers of all ages, you can find what to read, or what to read next!

Nursing and Allied Health (Gale OneFile): Research full-text titles cited in CINAHL and other resources to support specialized care, treatment, and patient management.

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Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context): Find overviews, news, and opinions on hundreds of today’s important social issues.

OverDrive: With OverDrive, you can borrow and enjoy free eBooks, audiobooks and magazines from your library. Start exploring to see what’s out there. Please see also Libby, by OverDrive.

OverDrive for Kids: Take a look at this OverDrive collection, designed just for children and teens.  It’s a great way to narrow down the options to just what suits you! Please see also Libby, by OverDrive.

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PebbleGo: A research database specifically designed to meet the needs of K-2 learners. It helps students learn foundational research skills, plus PebbleGo provides critical early-reader supports like audio voice-overs and text-highlighting.

Peterson’s Career Prep (Gale Presents): Learn about careers, receive personalized recommendations, create resumes, search for jobs and schools, and get career advice.

Peterson’s Test Prep (Gale Presents): Search thousands of college and graduate schools, identify scholarships, take practice tests, create resumes, and explore careers.

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine (Gale OneFile): Access academic journals and magazines covering the fields of physical therapy, physical fitness, and sports medicine.

Pop Culture Studies (Gale OneFile): Access scholarly journals and magazines that both analyze and contribute to popular culture.

Popular Magazines (Gale OneFile): Access the most searched magazines across Gale OneFile focusing on current events, sports, science, and health issues.

Power Search (Gale): Gale PowerSearch is a search platform unlike any other, providing libraries with a sophisticated yet simple solution for managing a wealth of periodical, reference, multimedia and primary source information.

Power Search – Publication Search (Gale): Search for back issues of magazines by title.

ProCitizen: Preparing you for U.S. Citizenship

Pronunciator: a fun and free way to learn any of 87 languages. Library members may access this program with a library card number and account password at the library, from home, or on a mobile device. Not sure of your card number or password – stop by the Circulation Desk or Reference Desk and we can get you started.

Psychology (Gale OneFile): Find authoritative periodical content supporting research in all fields of psychology.

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Religion and Philosophy (Gale OneFile): Research the impact of religion on culture throughout history, including literature, arts, and language. Updated daily.

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Science Database: This database is a definitive resource for students studying both the applied and general sciences. With coverage dating back to 1986, ProQuest Science Journals features over 1030 titles, with more than 760 available in full text. Search over 2.7M records, dating back to the mid 1980s.

Science (Gale In Context): Understand context for hundreds of science topics through overviews, journals, news, interactive experiments, and more.

Science (Gale Interactive): Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.

ScienceFlix™ is an online resource that focuses on engaging subject-area science content for students spanning grades 4-9.  ScienceFlix units help hone literacy skills while bolstering understanding of crucial subjects relating to science, technology, and engineering.

Social Law Library: Only available in library. This resource includes databases relating to the U.S. Constitution and laws in Massachusetts.

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Transparent Language for Libraries: Transparent Language Online provides an effective and engaging experience for language learners looking to build their vocabulary, practice their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and maintain what they learn.  With courses and supplemental resources in 110+ languages, Transparent Language Online can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on almost any device.

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U.S. History (Gale In Context): Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in U.S. history from a variety of sources.

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Vocations and Careers (Gale OneFile): Research a vocation, find an appropriate institution of learning, and get assistance on job searches and maintaining a career.

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War and Terrorism (Gale OneFile): Gain valuable insight into conflicts and their causes, impact, and perception on a global scale.

World History (Gale In Context): Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in world history from a variety of sources.

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