Springfield Republican & Western Massachusetts newspapers

(Republican coverage: 1988 – current) Other newspapers include: Advocate (North Adams), Amherst Bulletin, Berkshire Eagle, Daily Hampshire Gazette, North Adams Transcript, Recorder (Greenfield), Springfield Advocate, Springfield Examiner, and Valley Advocate. Remote access available to C/WMARS cardholders from Western Massachusetts only.

Springfield Republican Archives Online Index

Use this index to find newspaper dates for microfilm searches. Limited to dates shown currently on search page. The library does not have access to the full archives.

Boston Globe

Full-text coverage of the newspaper of record for Massachusetts from 1980.

New York Times

Search the full text of The New York Times back to 1985. Indexed coverage to 1965.

Infotrac Newstand

InfoTrac Newsstand provides full-text 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.

Authentication by geolocation for statewide electronic resource remote access is now available. Anyone living and working in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts now has access to the full suite of Gale and Encyclopedia Britannica databases without entering a library barcode.

Access My Library App
Free app for Gale database access, available for both Android and Apple devices.

Magazines, Journals & Special Topics

Full Suite of Gale Online Resources

Includes cross-searchable products. One stop list of all Gale databases including Gale’s Virtual Reference Library.

Academic OneFile

Use this comprehensive periodical resource of full-text peer-reviewed content for over 10,000 manually indexed journals and reference works covering all subjects, including the full-text of The New York Times back to 1995 and NPR, CNN & CBC transcripts and podcasts.

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.

Criminal Justice Collection

Whether studying to become a lawyer or law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security, this collection rises to the challenge. Users will have access to hundreds of full-text journals.

Culinary Arts Collection

Includes major cooking and nutrition magazines, culinary journals and several Delmar Reference titles. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Collection

Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture.

Expanded Academic ASAP

Articles from scholarly, trade and general-interest publications. Full-text, abstracts, and citations to articles from 1980 – present.

Global Issues In Context

Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context

An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Requires a Springfield City Library card.

Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Collection

With current and relevant content from industry journals, travel guides and magazines this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field.

Careers, Languages & Education Resources

Brainfuse Live Online Homework Help

Free live help for students and learners of all ages, available from any computer! HelpNow provides live tutoring in English, math, science and social studies, elementary through adult levels. Help with student papers and resumes. SAT/ACT/citizenship test prep, career resources and more. Spanish-speaking tutors available. Google Play app available. Remote access available to Springfield City Library cardholders only.

Mango Languages

Learn a new language with this interactive database that provides step by step lesson plans for over 60 languages, 17 ESL courses, over 20 specialty courses, and language learning through full length foreign films and mobile apps. Winner of a 2015 Platinum Modern Library Award. Mobile apps are available. Requires Springfield City Library card for remote access. View online tutorial.

JobNow from Brainfuse

JobNow is an innovative service that features expert resume assistance, live interview preparation, career coaching, career resources, and more. Receive resume and cover letter assistance from trained writing experts. Brush up on interview techniques or get live online interview practice from trained job coaches. Discover your best career fit based on education, experience and personality. Remote access available to Springfield City Library cardholders only.

Career Transitions

Complete, self-paced application that walks job-seekers through the entire process from assessing strengths and interests, to exploring new opportunities, to ultimately improving the chances of landing a job. Includes: powerful job search functionality, guided resume and cover letter creation, interview preparation tool, and interactive practice activities. Requires a Springfield City Library card for remote access.

Learning Express (Learn-A-Test)

Each of the several Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Practice for such tests as the GED, SAT and AP, ASVAB, Civil Service, TOEFL, and many others in the privacy of your home. Register with your library card number and a password of your choice. Requires a Springfield City Library card.

Massachusetts Driving License Instruction

Free practice tests for the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle’s written examinations. Includes 10 car practice tests, 6 motorcycle practice tests, CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and more.

Vocations and Careers Collection

Finding the right career can be a daunting and high stakes task: finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career are all topics covered by this collection, providing current and applicable content for all vocational milestones.

Educator’s Reference Complete

Over 1100 periodicals and 200 reports for educational research from preschool to college. Every educational specialty can be found here including technology, health and bilingual education, testing, and issues in administration, funding and policy.

Encyclopedias, Biography & Reference

Biography in Context

Thousands of online full-text biographies from Gale reference books. Includes Encyclopedia of World Biography, Who’s Who Among African-Americans, Maclean’s, Contemporary Authors, and many more important biographical reference sources. Search by name, occupation, ethnicity, and more.

Britannica Library Suite

Comprehensive encyclopedia meeting the reference needs for all patrons from students, to business professionals and lifelong learners. Offers “adult” and “kids” interface. Includes a dictionary, thesaurus, videos, images, primary sources, and e-books.

Literature Resource Center

Includes biographical entries on more than 135,000 authors.

Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary

Access to the full-text of Merriam-Webster’s flagship dictionary, plus the Collegiate Dictionary, Collegiate Thesaurus, and Merriam-Webster Atlas. In-library use only, courtesy of Merriam-Webster, located in Springfield MA.

History & Genealogy

ProQuest has partnered with to create Ancestry Library Edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom. In-library use only.


HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular ProQuest Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.

U.S. History In Context

An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. The new solution merges Gale’s authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

World History In Context

Gale World History in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. The new solution merges Gale’s authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Music, Literature & Art

Freegal Music Downloads

Freegal® Music is a free music service. All you need is your Springfield City Library card number and your online catalog PIN. Freegal offers download access to more than 9 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 80 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. For Springfield City Library cardholders only.

Grove Art Online

Foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, covering both Western and non-Western art. Offers ongoing additions of new and updated articles, over 2,500 thumbnail art images and line drawings displayed in the text of articles, and extensive image links.

Literature Resource Center

Included are biographical entries on more than 135,000 authors providing detailed biographical, bibliographical and contextual information about authors’ lives and works, more than 850,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews..

NoveList (In-library only)

Need some ideas on what novels to read? This reader’s advisory tool will help. Search award and prize booklists by genre; search by plot, title, or author to find similar books; browse books by subject; explore fiction through genres and subcategories; read reviews, descriptions and articles; etc. Records from your search are linked to Springfield City Library catalog searches by title or author. Novelist home access: Sign in with your library card number and PIN.

Health & Science

Environmental Studies & Policy Collection

Providing robust coverage of the field of environmental issues and policy, this collection, which includes magazines and academic journals, provides instant access to the multiple viewpoints of this volatile field of study, including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

Health and Wellness Resource Center

Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Health Reference Center Academic

Articles on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health & safety, substance abuse, HMOs, etc. Plus medical directories, pamphlets, and a dictionary. Materials in this database are intended for informational purposes only. Full-text, abstracts, citations from 1980 to the present, updated daily. Material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

Nursing and Allied Health Collection

All aspects of the nursing profession — from direct patient care to health care administration — are covered. This collection’s current and authoritative content will be of use to both professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.

Science In Context

An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. Merges Gale’s authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection

Both researcher and practitioner alike will find relevant, authoritative content in this collection, which includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine.

Business & Nonprofits

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) (Foundation Center)

A searchable database of 80,000+ U.S. foundations, grantmaking public charities, and corporate givers, including sponsoring company information. Additional program information and expanded application guidelines for larger funders. Links to over 7,400 grantmaker and corporate Web sites. Links to IRS 990-PF and 990 returns. See a librarian for assistance. In-library use at Central Library only.

Reference USA

Search for company information by name, location, sales volume, size, or line of business. Entries include company directory data, SIC numbers, and 800 numbers and websites where available. Results can be downloaded to disk for use in Excel spreadsheets. Residential database includes ability to do reverse searches by address and telephone number. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (GTIO) (Foundation Center)

A searchable online database of more than 6,200 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. See a librarian for assistance. In-library use at Central Library only.

Small Business Resource Center

Small Business Resource Center 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.

Foundation Maps (Foundation Center)

This interactive mapping tool was designed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers, academics — virtually anyone interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world today. Display grantmaker, grant recipient, and grants data using maps, charts, and lists. In-library use at Central Library only.


Britannica Escolar

Enrich the learning of elementary students with the virtual environment of Britannica Escolar Online featuring interactive games, articles, videos, multimedia, maps and much more!

Free online learning

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” Its website features thousands of educational resources, including a personalized learning dashboard, over 100,000 practice challenges, and over 6,000 micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, healthcare, medicine, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, cosmology, American civics, art history, economics, and computer science. All resources are available for free to anyone around the world. By 2013, they were used by about 10 million students per month. Khan Academy’s micro lectures have been watched over 468 million times.