- eBooks, eAudiobooks, Music & Video
- Newspapers, Magazines, & Journals
- Business & Nonprofits
- Career & Job Seekers’ Help
- Do It Yourself
- Education, Tutoring & Homework Help
- Genealogy & History
- Legal Information
- Literature, Reading, & Art
- Medical, Health & Science
- Special Topics
In addition to all the eLibrary services available with a Springfield City Library card, every Massachusetts resident is eligible for a free Boston Public Library eCard, available instantly online. The BPL eCard is separate from your Springfield City Library card, and gives access to Boston Public Library online resources. Read more by clicking here.
eBooks, Audiobooks, Music & Video
Overdrive – Through the free service OverDrive, the CWMARS digital catalog offers eBooks, eAudiobooks, electronic magazines, and video. You can browse our OverDrive collection of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and videos on your computer or download the Libby app (see below). You can also use your CWMARS library card to check items out from OverDrive collections in libraries across Massachusetts. Quick Guide to Libby/OverDrive Tutorial en español
Libby app, 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 or Kindle app! It’s free and easy to get started for new users. Available on iOS, Android, Chromebooks, and laptop/desktop computers. Quick Guide to Libby/OverDrive Tutorial en español
Freegal Music Downloads – Freegal offers access to about 15 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 40,000 music videos, as well as audiobooks. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 40,000 labels with music that originates in over 100 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Login with your library card number to stream or download songs. Springfield City Library cardholders are limited to 3 downloads per week. Access for Springfield City Library cardholders only. Quick Guide to Freegal
hoopla – Borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! Springfield City Library cardholders are limited to 12 borrows per month. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only. Quick Guide to Hoopla
Kanopy is a video streaming service featuring over 30,000 films. The videos can be viewed on a range of devices by downloading the appropriate app. Springfield City Library card holders can stream up to five titles per month. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only. Quick Guide to Kanopy
O’Reilly for Public Libraries – NEW – includes more than 45,000 books and 30,000 hours of video in areas such as information technology & software, business, digital media, professional & personal development, desktop & web applications. In-library use only. Quick Guide to O’Reilly for Public Libraries
Newspapers, Magazines, & Journals
Academic OneFile – This premier periodical resource provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources—including thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN as well as videos from BBC Worldwide Learning. Quick Guide to Academic OneFile
Boston Globe – Full-text coverage from 1980 to present.
Gale General OneFile – Our largest general-interest periodical resource allows you to find the information you want quickly, with intuitive searching and quality sources.
Informe Académico (Gale OneFile) – Una amplia gama de revistas académicas y revistas de texto completo en español y portugués de Latinoamérica. Informe Académico proporciona material de referencia de calidad – no solo traducciones de materiales en inglés – en una interfaz potente y fácil de usar configurada para usuarios de habla hispana, lo que permite a los investigadores analizar temas y realizar investigaciones en español. [A wide range of full-text Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines both from and about Latin America. Quality reference material—not simply translations of English-language materials—on a powerful, easy-to-use interface configured for Spanish-speaking users, allowing researchers to analyze topics and conduct research in Spanish.]
News (Gale OneFile) – 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.
New York Times – Search the full text back to 1985. Indexed coverage to 1965.
Springfield Republican Full-Color Digital Archive – This digital archive covers January 1, 2019 and forward, with no delays. It is fully searchable, and you can print, email, or download results. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.
Springfield Republican & Western Massachusetts searchable full-text newspapers – Springfield 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 for Springfield City Library cardholders only.
MassLive provides a searchable index only to Springfield newspapers to aid with microfilm searches. The library does not have access to the full archives online – only microfilm at Central Library.
Business and Nonprofits
Business (Gale OneFile) – Full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through nearly 4,000 leading business and trade publications, updated daily.
Economics and Theory (Gale OneFile) – Academic journals and magazines with a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit bibliographic index. Useful for starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, constructing economic models, investing for the future, researching rates, and more.
Entrepreneurship (Gale Business) – Comprehensive database covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. Interface mapped to four key stages—plan, fund, start, and manage—to fit your research needs at any point in your business’s development.
Foundation Directory Online (FDO) (Candid) – A searchable database of 80,000+ U.S. foundations, grantmaking public charities, and corporate givers, including sponsoring company information. Links to over 7,400 grantmaker and corporate Web sites. See a librarian for assistance. In-library use at Central Library only.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (GTIO) (Candid) – 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.
Candid Learning (Candid) – Candid Learning, a service of Candid, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers. Includes free, on-demand training on how to seek grants and how to use the grants databases. Free to use with free registration.
Insurance and Liability (Gale OneFile) – Protection of assets is a concern for those ranging from the individual property owner to multinational corporations. Contains articles from leading journals, including: Business Insurance, Claims, Employee Benefit News, National Underwriter Life & Health, Pensions & Investments, Risk Management, and more.
Massachusetts Legal Forms – Easy-to-use, state-specific legal forms in dozens of areas, addressing basic legal matters such as corporations (including incorporation), real estate (including rental or lease agreements), bills of sale, and many more. Users have access to thousands of customizable legal documents. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.
Reference Solutions (formerly Reference USA)- Search for company information by name, location, sales volume, size, or line of business, and other criteria. Results can be exported 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. Quick Guide to Reference Solutions
Career & Job Seekers’ Help
Peterson’s Career Prep (Gale Presents) – Job searching and resume editing software powered by VisualCV Resume Creator provides 5,000 resume templates and cover letter samples. Advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and networking. Personalized career assessments focus on a user’s interests, values, personality, and workplace preferences. Comprehensive career information, including videos, articles, best practices, and downloadable worksheets are included.
Vocations and Careers (Gale OneFile) – 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.
Do It Yourself
Chilton Auto Repair Library – The most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Includes ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams. Easily print out what you need. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only. Quick Guide to Chilton Auto Repair.
Culinary Arts (Gale OneFile) – Includes major cooking and nutrition magazines, culinary journals and several Delmar Reference titles. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.
Gardening and Horticulture (Gale OneFile) – Serves gardening and horticultural enthusiasts of all levels with more than 3.6 million articles from more than 100 journals, as well as more than 20 reference titles.
Home Improvement (Gale OneFile) – More than 4.5 million articles from more than 200 home improvement-focused titles, covering topics including architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and others.
Education, TEST PREP, & Homework Help
Biography (Gale 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.
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 for Springfield City Library cardholders only. Quick Guide to Brainfuse. Brainfuse – Tutoría y Provechoso Recursos.
Britannica Escolar – La Enciclopedia Britannica Escolar es un recurso de consulta para niños y jóvenes y sus familias. Este material cuenta con información en dos niveles, primaria y secundaria y tiene un gran número de actividades, imágenes, videos y mucho más sobre los temas que más nos exigen en el colegio. ¡Aprovecha todo lo que te ofrece para hacer tus tareas y aprender sobre los temas que te interesan!
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.
Educator’s Reference Complete (Gale OneFile) – 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.
Global Issues (Gale In Context) – Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.
Khan Academy – Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
Learning Express – 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. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only. Quick Guide to Learning Express
Mango Languages – Learn a new language with this online tool for learning over 60 languages, including 17 ESL courses. Mobile app available. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only. Quick Guide to Mango Languages Tutorial en español
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.
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.
Mometrix eLibrary – NEW – Provides study materials for over 1,500 different exams. Includes study guides, flash cards, and practice exams. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.
Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context) – An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues.
Research Companion (Proquest) – Effortlessly guides students through the research process, helping them develop their critical thinking skills to more effectively find, evaluate, and use information. Created by writing instructors and librarians, with input from students, it supports information literacy instruction and practical application through tools and learning videos.
Universal Class – NEW – Offers over 500 online classes in over 30 subject areas that you can take at your own pace. Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) on select classes. Subjects include: career & computer training, crafts & hobbies, health & nutrition, business & finance, writing, and math. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only. Quick Guide to Universal Class
Genealogy & History
American Ancestors – American Ancestors gives access to multiple collections of genealogical and public records from around the world, focusing primarily on the U.S. and New England. In-library use only.
Ancestry.com – Ancestry Library Edition is one of the most important genealogical collections available today with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom. In-library use only. Quick Guide to Ancestry
Black Freedom Struggle (Proquest) – This website features expertly selected open primary source documents. Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.
FamilySearch.org – This free website offers a variety of genealogical databases, access to unindexed images of genealogical records, the Social Security Death Index, wiki entries describing various types of genealogical research, and access to the Family History Library’s catalog. Quick Guide to FamilySearch
Fold3 – NEW – Provides access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only. Quick Guide to Fold3
HeritageQuest – 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. Quick Guide to HeritageQuest
U.S. History (Gale 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.
World History (Gale In Context) – An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History.
Criminal Justice (Gale OneFile) – For researchers who are studying law, law enforcement, or terrorism, training for paralegal service, preparing for a career in homeland security, delving into forensic science, investigating crime scenes, developing policy, going to court, writing sociological reports, and much more.
LegalTrac (Gale Onefile) – Research in case law, government regulations, the practice of law, statutes, taxation and international law. Covers all major law reviews, and specialty law and bar association journals. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.
Massachusetts Legal Forms – Easy-to-use, state-specific legal forms in dozens of areas, addressing basic legal matters such as wills, family law (including divorce), real estate (including rental or lease agreements), bills of sale, and many more. Users have access to thousands of customizable legal documents. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only. Quick Guide to LegalForms.
Literature, READING, & Art
Fine Arts (Gale Onefile) – This collection places 10.4 million articles at the fingertips of students of drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.
Gale Books And Authors – If you are wondering what to read next, Books & Authors can help you! Browse various genres, read reviews, search for read-alikes, and explore themed book lists. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.
Gale Literature: LitFinder – Provides access to literary works and authors throughout history and includes more than 130,000 full-text poems and 650,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. The database also includes secondary materials like biographies, images, and more. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.
Literature Resource Center – Current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database offering the broadest and most representative range of authors and their works including a deep collection of full-text critical and literary analysis.
NoveList Plus – Need some ideas on what to read? This 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. Remote access with a library card from any CWMARS library, including Springfield.
Medical, Health & Science
Environmental Studies and Policy (Gale OneFile) – 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 Medicine (Gale OneFile) – Created for researchers and health care professionals, this database is the perfect resource for up-to-date information on a complete range of health care topics. More than 2,500 embargo-free, full-text periodicals, reference books, pamphlets, and hundreds of videos demonstrating medical procedures and live surgeries. Material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.
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.
MedlinePlus – MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
Nursing and Allied Health (Gale OneFile) – 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.
Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine (Gale OneFile) – 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.
Psychology (Gale OneFile) – Authoritative magazine and journal content supporting research in all fields of psychology— abnormal, biological, cognitive, comparative, developmental, personality, quantitative, social and all areas of applied psychology.
Science (Gale 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.
Science Database (ProQuest) – With a large and growing set of ongoing full text from publishers such as Nature Publishing Group, Springer, Cambridge University Press, the ProQuest Science Database supports the needs of students studying applied and general sciences. ProQuest Science Database is a growing resource of 7.3 million full text articles from over 1,600 sources. In full-text format, researchers have access to all the charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements so vital to scientific and engineering literature.
Communications and Mass Media (Gale OneFile) – Nearly 3 million articles on all aspects of the communications field, including advertising, public relations, linguistics, and literature.
Contemporary Women’s Issues (Gale OneFile) – Offers comprehensive coverage of issues that influence women’s lives across the globe. Users will find timely and historically relevant content on topics including civil rights, health, education, professional development, and entrepreneurship. Remote access for Springfield City Library cardholders only.
Diversity Studies (Gale OneFile) – This collection explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in the global community and includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals, updated daily.
Full Suite of Gale Online Resources – Includes cross-searchable products. One stop list of all Gale databases including Gale’s Virtual Reference Library.
Gender Studies (Gale OneFile) – Scholarly journals and magazines covering topics including gender studies, family and marital issues, and more.
Hospitality and Tourism (Gale OneFile) – 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.
Pop Culture Studies (Gale OneFile) – Access to scholarly journals and magazines that both analyze and contribute to popular culture. The database offers useful information for researchers in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses.
Religion and Philosophy (Gale OneFile) – Covers topics across a wide range of philosophies and religions. Researchers will gain valuable insight about the impact religion has had on culture throughout history, including literature, arts, and language.
War and Terrorism (Gale OneFile) – Gain valuable insight into conflicts and their causes, impact, and perception on a global scale. This definitive collection for analysts, risk management professionals, and students of military science, history, and social science is comprised of more than 200 subject-appropriate, full-text periodicals that are updated daily.