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Access to many of our Online Database products is available from your home or office computer and requires you have one of our new 14-digit library cards. Need your card updated? Stop by the Circulation Desk during regular library hours. For assistance or to report a problem, contact the Reference Department at pittsref@cwmars.org or (413) 499-9480 during regular library hours.

A variety of online resources from the Boston Public Library are also available to Athenaeum patrons at www.bpl.org/electronic/   Databases of particular interest include JSTOR, making available full-text content of nearly 600 core scholarly journals covering 44 specialized subject areas.; D & B Million Dollar Database, covering approximately 1,600,000 U.S. and Canadian leading public and private businesses; BPL's Obituary Database, a searchable database of obituaries, for select years, that appeared in the Boston Globe or Boston Herald. Access to BPL databases requires an eCard, free to Massachusetts residents and available with online registration.

Subject Guide to Online Databases

 

Art & Artists

 

 

Family History & Genealogy

*Key Differences between Ancestry.com and Ancestry Library Edition

 

Massachusetts

 

Biography

 

General Reference

 

Newspapers

Books & Literature

 

Grants

 

 

Obituaries

 

Business & Consumer

 

Health

Science

Current Events

 

History

Sports

Do It Yourself

Homework Help

Test Preparation & Practice

 

Alphabetical List of Online Databases

 

America's GenealogyBank

Available to Berkshire Athenaeum cardholders only.

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Purchased with funds provided by the Trustees of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

American History by Decade:

The Twenties in America
The Thirties in America
The Forties in America
The Fifties in America
The Sixties in America
The Seventies in America
The Eighties in America
The Nineties in America

Available to Berkshire Athenaeum cardholders only.

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Paid for by a Gift from the Estate of Eileen M O'Connor.


American Immigration, Encyclopedia of

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Paid for by a Gift from the Estate of Eileen M O'Connor.


American Social Movements

Available to Berkshire Athenaeum cardholders only.

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Provides the full content of Sharpe reference set, American Social Movements . Includes a variety of wide variety of American Social Movements related to economics, labor, government, politics, current events, global issues. Typical entries include: abolition; women's suffrage; civil rights; the minimum wage; the campaigns for clean air and clean water. Eexamines each social movement's goals, tactics, and impact, as well as its successes and failures. Provides biographical portraits of the key figures. of the nation's social movements and a variety of original documents.


Ancestry Library Edition*

Available for in library use only.

Library Access

Ancestery Library Edition includes:

• Census records from the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and Germany
• Canadian Census (1851-1911)
• Birth, marriage, and death records for the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
• Canadian Genealogy Index (1600s-1900s)
• U.S. military records (back to the 1600s)
• Canadian military collections
• Drouin Collection of French-Canadian and Quebec historical records (1621-1967)
• Immigration, emigration, passport, and naturalization records
• Jewish family history records
• U.S. and Canadian passenger lists (1865-1935)
• Directories and members lists from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
• Court, land, tax, and probate records
• Biographies and histories, including American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) and WPA Slave Narratives
• Collections that bring together diverse materials on communities of people, such as Jewish Family History
• Photos and maps, ranging from postcards and panoramas to family photos and headstones

*Key Differences Between Ancestry.com and Ancestry Library Edition

Purchased with funds provided by the Trustees of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


Auto Repair Reference Center

Available to Berkshire Athenaeum cardholders only.

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The Auto Repair Reference Center database contains complete automotive repair information supplied by Nichols Publishing, publisher of Chilton Information, on most manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. Content includes:

Presented by the estate of Philip F Desch.


Berkshire Eagle

The Athenaeum offers a variety of options for accessing online content in the Berkshire Eagle, Berkshire County's daily newspaper, published by New England Newspapers, Inc.

Boston Globe

Log into this database from any computer in Massachusetts, through geolocation athentication. (If the authentication does not recognize your computer as located in Massachusetts, it will request you enter your library card number.)

Contains full-text articles from the Boston Globe, starting in 1980.

Provided by the MA Board of Library Commissioners and Massachusetts Library System.

 


 

Cancer

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Civil War Era & Reconstruction

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Provides the full content of Sharpe reference set, Civil War Era & Reconstruction . Provides an in-depth view of the non-military history of the Civil War and Reconstruction, covering the years 1861-1877. General and specific entries on politics and business, labor, industry, agriculture, education and youth, law and legislative affairs, literature, music, the performing and visual arts, health and medicine, science and technology, exploration, life on the Western frontier, family life, slave life, Native American life, women, and more than a hundred influential individuals. Includes Primary Documents; Chronologies; Glossary; Maps; Images.


 

Consumer Reports

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The go-to source for evaluation of a wide range of products, produced by Consumers Union, an independent, nonprofit organization. CR tests appliances, cars, electronics, baby gear, products for the home and garden.

Presented by the estate of Philip F Desch.


Critical Survey of Graphic Novels

Available to Berkshire Athenaeum cardholders only.

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Culture Grams

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A resource for upper elementary, middle school and high school students and others seeking cultural and geographic information, this database includes six components:

Purchased with funds provided by the Trustees of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

 


Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867 - 1970 (Massachusetts)

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Founded in 1867 by D A Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years. Sanborn maps can be used to study the history, growth and development of cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Maps include details such as building outlines, construction materials, location, size and shape of structures, building use, windows and doors, street and sidewalk widths, boundaries, house numbers, outbuildings. Factories are labeled with the owner's name and products manufactured. Also depicted are pipelines, railroads, wells, water mains, dumps and heavy machinery. Maps can be manipulated, expanded, printed and downloaded.

Purchased with funds provided by the Trustees of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


Early Republic & Antebellum America (1783 -1861)

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Provides the full content of Sharpe reference set, Early Republic & Antebellum America. More than 550 authoritative signed articles, essays, and sidebars. Covers America as a new nation, including the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, the War of 1812 and burning of Washington, the Indian Wars and Trail of Tears, the California Gold Rush, the rise of abolitionists and the Underground Railroad. Includes Primary Documents; Chronologies; Glossary; Maps; Images.

Paid for by a Gift from the Estate of Eileen M O'Connor.


Earth Science

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Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society

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Environmental Issues

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Paid for by a Gift from the Estate of Eileen M O'Connor.


Forensic Science

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Paid for by a Gift from the Estate of Eileen M O'Connor.


Foundation Directory Online

Available for in library use only.

Library access

Purchased with funds provided by the Trustees of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

Available for in library use only.

Library access

Purchased with funds provided by the Trustees of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


Gale Databases

Log into the Gale Databases from any computer in Massachusetts, through geolocation athentication. (If the authentication does not recognize your computer as located in Massachusetts, it will request you enter your library card number.)

Extensive collection of databases and periodical indexes, with many full text magazine and journal articles online. Detailed descriptions of each database's contents are on the Gale Database menu page, available by using Log In above. Databases include:

Academic OneFile
Books & Authors
Business Insights: Essentials
Contemporary Literary Criticism: Select
Educator's Reference Complete
Expanded Academic ASAP
Gale Biography in Context
Gale Criminal Justice Collection
Gale Global Issues in Context
Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Gale Science in Context
Gale U S History in Context
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale World History in Context
Gardening, Landscape & Horticulture
General Business File ASAP
General OneFile
General Reference Center Gold
Health & Wellness Resource Center
Health Reference Center Academic
InfoTrac Junior Edition (for Grades 5 - 12)
InfoTrac Student Edition (for Grades 9 - 12)
Kids InfoBits (for Grades K - 5)
Literature Resource Center
Massachusetts History Online
Nursing Resource Center
New York Times (1985- )
Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine
Vocations & Careers

Provided by the MA Board of Library Commissioners and Massachusetts Library System.

 


Global Resources

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Paid for by a Gift from the Estate of Eileen M O'Connor.



Global Warming

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Paid for by a Gift from the Estate of Eileen M O'Connor.


Great Athletes

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Paid for by a Gift from the Estate of Eileen M O'Connor.


Great Events from History: 19th Century

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Paid for by a Gift from the Estate of Eileen M O'Connor.


Great Events from History: Modern Scandals

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Paid for by a Gift from the Estate of Eileen M O'Connor.


 

Great Lives from History: The Incredibly Wealthy

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Paid for by a Gift from the Estate of Eileen M O'Connor.


 

Great Lives from History: Jewish Americans

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Paid for by a Gift from the Estate of Eileen M O'Connor.

 


Great Lives from History: Notorious Lives

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Paid for by a Gift from the Estate of Eileen M O'Connor.

 


Magill's Literary Annual, 1977-2012

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Paid for by a Gift from the Estate of Eileen M O'Connor.


 

Massachusetts Commonwealth:
Central Register and Goods & Services Bulletin

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The Central Register (published weekly each Wednesday) contains information about state, county and municipal contracts being put out to bid for the design, construction and reconstruction of public facilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Invitations to bid, lists of contractors picking up specifications on a weekly basis, and final awards of contracts are all published. Proposals and advertisements for the lease, sale or transfer of real property are published; as are lists of certified minority and women contractors and contractors who have been debarred from state work.

The Goods and Services Bulletin (published weekly each Monday) contains solicitations for the procurement of commodities and services (which, generally, are unrelated to construction of public facilities). State purchases of goods and procurements of certain services or consultants are published, while municipal contracts exceeding $100,000 are required to be advertised pursuant to the Uniform Procurement Act (M.G.L. c. 30B). Notices advertising sole source procurements and the availability of surplus property are also published in the Bulletin.


Massachusetts History Online

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Contains full-text articles gathered from almost 50 sources that directly relate to Masschusetts history, both past and present, and include people, places, and historical events.

Provided by the MA Board of Library Commissioners and Massachusetts Library System.

 


New England Historic Genealogical Society Online Databases

Available for in library use only.

Library Access

Includes Atlases; Bible Records; Cemetery & Church Records; Census, Tax and Voters Lists; Court Records; Diaries; Heraldry; Land Records; Local Histories; Military Information; New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1847-2004; Newspapers and Periodicals; Records for People of Color; Probate Records; School Records; Social Security Death Index; Town Records; Vital Records. Includes sources for Canada, England, Ireland, New England States, and New York.

Purchased with funds provided by the Trustees of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


NoveList

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Provided by the MA Board of Library Commissioners and Massachusetts Library System.

 


Oxford Art Online

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Oxford Art Online provides access to the text of The Dictionary of Art and The Oxford Companion to Western Art. It includes 45,000 articles; over 1500 thumbnail art images and line drawings; links to searchable image databases and art images on museum and gallery web sites around the world.

Provided as a benefit of our membership in CWMARS.


 

Philanthropy In/Sight

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Library access

Philanthropy In/Sight is an interactive mapping tool combining Foundation Center data on grantmakers and their grants with Google maps. Choosing from a wide range of customization options, users can create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships and overlay grant data with their choice of over 150 demographic, socio-economic, and other data sets to visual portraits showing where philanthropy has made an impact and where opportunities exist to fill critical needs.

The demographic data in Philanthropy In/Sight comes from a variety of sources, including the American Human Development Project of the Social Science Research Council, the United Nations Development Programme's annual Human Development Report (HDR), the World Bank's Data Catalog, the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), and a number of other government agencies.

Purchased with funds provided by the Trustees of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


Science Online

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Science Online contains thousands of entries covering animal anatomy; anthropology and archaeology; astronomy and space technology; atomic physics; biochemistry; biology; botany; chemistry; computer science; earth science; environmental science; general science; health and medicine; human anatomy and physiology; marine science; physics; weather and climate. It includes diagrams, definitions, biographies, essays and experiments.

Provided as a benefit of our membership in CWMARS.

Springfield Republican Historical Archive, 1844 - 1988

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Searchable database of the Springfield Republican Historical Archive. Available on trial: Let us know what you think!


 

Western Massachusetts Local Newspapers (Current)

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Ten Western Massachusetts local newspapers:

Funding provided by libraries of Western Massachusetts.

 

World Terrorism

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Provides the full content of Sharpe reference set, World Terrorism . Typical entries include Oklahoma City Bombing; Pan Am Flight 103; and other terrorist acts. Includes historical background of different eras: from ancient Greece through 1939; during WWII; and modern terrorist compaigns worldwide. Discusses specific types of terrorism; techniques and methods; and the psychology of terrorism. Focused entries on terrorist groups and campaigns, with emphasis on the Middle East (including the 1996 peace process); covers radical Muslim terrorism, terrorism in Latin America, post-Colonial Asia and Africa, and war and civil war since 1945. Entries devoted to terrorism in the industrialized world: the United States, Europe, Israel, Britain, and Latin America as well as responses to terrorism.

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This page updated January 2014.