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Writers Research

Maxine Schmidt schmidt.maxine@gmail.com
Nora Blake nora.blake@gmail.com

Getting it Right: Resources for Authentic Detail 

with Nora Blake and Maxine Schmidt

YOUR STRAW DOG LIBRARIANS 

 

 

General Links

Statewide Resources:
  • Licensed databases and journal articles are available to any resident of Massachusetts, really anyone using a computer with an IP address registered in Massachusetts (https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/)
  • Some electronic books (encyclopedias and other more scholarly books, not recreational reading items)
  • Digital Commonwealth for material from cities and towns across Massachusetts that have been digitized (https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/)
Boston Public Library (Library for the Commonwealth):
 

UMass Amherst Libraries www.library.umass.edu

There are two libraries at UMass Amherst– the W.E.B Du Bois Library (the tower) and the Science and Engineering Library.

  • Any resident of Massachusetts can get a State Borrower’s card (picture ID with Mass address) http://www.library.umass.edu/services/borrowing/borrowing-faq/
    • Borrow books
    • Use online resources (on campus only)
    • Get reference and research help
  • Special Collections and University Archives (check hours) http://www.library.umass.edu/locations/scua/
    • UMass dissertations and theses
    • Focused collections of primary documents on social movements in the Pioneer Valley
    • Growing digital collection freely available online
  • Get help from a librarian online, email or by phone (Ask Us)

 

Boston Public Library Electronic Resourceshttp://bpl.org/electronic/index.htm   The Boston Public Library receives funding from the state to serve as the Library for the Commonwealth.  As a result, they are able to purchase licenses to a large variety of databases and resources and make them available to all citizens of the Commonwealth through their eCard programhttp://bpl.org/electronic/index.htm

 

Boston Public Library Online Collections (Digitized Collections): http://www.bpl.org/collections/online/    This is a mixed collection of resources, all available online.  The majority of the collection contains a variety of items owned by the Boston Public Library that has been digitized and made available online such as map collections, newspaper collections, photographs, audio, and video.  There are also some collections of eBooks, manuscripts and other books that have been digitized and made available for online access.

 

Boston Public Library Research Guideshttp://guides.bpl.org/   These are very well laid out and informative websites that provide links to a variety of resources — websites of various types as well as resources from within the collection of the Boston Public Library.

 

Digital Commonwealthhttps://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/  This is a collection of cultural heritage materials from libraries, museums, historical societies and archives from around the state of Massachusetts.  The materials available are documents, images, and sound recordings.  Everything can be accessed online for free. 

 

Local Public Libraries in Massachusettshttps://libraries.state.ma.us/library/search   Many public libraries in the state of Massachusetts have collections of local material.  Some libraries have museum collections or entire rooms of floors of their library dedicated to their historical collections.  Much of this material may not be discoverable through an online library catalog.  Instead, you may want to contact the library located in the city or town you are researching and ask them if they have a local history collection available for research.  The link above will allow you to search for the library located in the city or town you are interested in and will provide you with an address and contact information.

 

Statewide Databaseshttps://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  Articles from newspapers, magazines, academic journals as well as entire academic publications and encyclopedias are available to all residents in the state of Massachusetts through the link above.

 

UMass Research Guides http://guides.library.umass.edu/subjectguides    Research guides compiled by subject specialist librarians and arranged by academic department. Each guide has the contact information for the specialist librarian in that subject.

 

 

By Topic

Art & Architecture

Boston Public Library Electronic Resources – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/art.asp

Boston Public Library Research Guides – http://guides.bpl.org/art-architecture-research

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

Cities and Buildings Database http://www.washington.edu/ark2/

Great Buildings http://www.greatbuildings.com/

Built in America http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/habs_haer/

 

Biography

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/biography.asp

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

 

Business

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/business.asp

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

 

Dance

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/theatre.asp

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

 

Education

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/education.asp

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

 

Encyclopedia

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/encyclopedia.asp

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Statewide Databases) – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Gale Virtual Reference Library” link)

Encyclopedia Britannica https://www.britannica.com/

 

Film

Boston Public LibrarInternet Movie Database (IMDb)y Electronic Resources – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/theatre.asp

Boston Public Library Resource Guides – http://guides.bpl.org/filmTV  

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences http://www.oscars.org/

Internet Movie Database (IMDb) http://www.imdb.com/

 

Genealogy

Boston Public Library Electronic Resources – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/biography.asp

Boston Public Library Resource Guides – http://guides.bpl.org/genealogymain

FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/

 

General

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/general.asp

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

Dissertations and theses at UMass Amherst (online from 2014-present)

 

Government, Law & Political Science

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/government.asp

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

 

Health

Boston Public Library Electronic Resources – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/health.asp

Boston Public Library Research Guides – http://guides.bpl.org/healthinformation

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

 

History

Boston Public Library Electronic Resources – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/history.asp

Boston Public Library Research Guides – http://guides.bpl.org/bpldocs (also guides on Boston History, Boston Public Schools History, and lots of other history topics)

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

National Archives – https://www.archives.gov/ (Photos, historical documents)

 

Hobbies, Home & Travel

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/hobbies.asp

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

 

Language Learning

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/language.asp

 

Literature

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/literature.asp

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

 

Maps

Boston Public Library Norman B. Leventhal Map Center – http://www.leventhalmap.org/

Digital Commonwealth – https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search?f%5Bgenre_basic_ssim%5D%5B%5D=Collections&f%5Bgenre_basic_ssim%5D%5B%5D=Maps

UMass Amherst Map Collection (Physical maps. Recent and historic USGS topographic quadrangles, satellite and aerial photo images, county soil surveys, remote sensing land use maps, flood insurance maps, geoscience thematic maps, travel and recreation maps)

David Rumsey Map Collection http://www.davidrumsey.com/home (Antique and historical maps, celestial maps, illustrated maps)

Boston Streets http://dca.lib.tufts.edu/features/bostonstreets/about/index.html (Combines  photographs, maps, and city directories in historical layers)

 

Music

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/music.asp

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

 

Newspapers (Historical and Current)

Boston Public Library Electronic Resources – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/newspaper.asp

Boston Public Library Research Guides – http://guides.bpl.org/newspapersBPL

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (Boston Globe and New York Times.  Go to “Newspapers” section near bottom of page)

 

Philosophy, Religion & Social Sciences

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/philosophy.asp

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

 

Psychology & Sociology

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/psychology.asp

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

 

Science & Technology

Boston Public Library Electronic Resources – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/science.asp

Boston Public Library Research Guides – http://guides.bpl.org/scienceresearch

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

Historical Math Monographs http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/math//

Science.gov https://www.science.gov/index.html

SciTech Connect https://www.osti.gov/scitech/

American Geosciences Institute http://www.americangeosciences.org/

Minerals.net http://www.minerals.net/

US Geological Survey: Geology research and information https://geology.usgs.gov/index.htm

 

Sports

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/sports.asp

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

 

Statistics

Boston Public Library Electronic Resources – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/statistics.asp

Boston Public Library Research Guides – http://guides.bpl.org/populationdata

Statewide Databases – https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/  (click on “Complete List of Databases” link to get collection by topic)

 

Theatre

Boston Public Library – http://www.bpl.org/electronic/theatre.asp

 

Miscellaneous Useful Sites

Massachusetts Land Records http://www.masslandrecords.com/ (Includes records from every town and city in the Commonwealth; coverage dates vary)

WorldCat https://www.worldcat.org/ (A catalog of books in libraries around the world)

Open Access Dissertations and Theses https://oatd.org/ (Good for scholarly and academic research)