Researcher’s Toolkit

Library Researcher’s Toolkit

For a list of passwords to use offsite click here


Local Library Catalogs

Academic, National and Worldwide Library Catalogs

Dewey Decimal Classification System



Online Magazines and Scholarly Journal Articles

Specialized Databases and Encyclopedias





Newspaper Articles


Research Tools

Citing and Evaluating Sources

Copyright Free / Public Domain Image Archives



Library Catalogs

Local Library Catalogs

Putnam Library Catalog:  Search by keyword or select a specific type of search by author’s name, call number, format, date, etc.  Use the Help screen for tips.  Check your library account by selecting “My Account.”

CLASS Union Library Catalog:  Search and borrow materials from the independent school libraries of the Cooperative Library Association Shared System.  Contact a Putnam librarian when you want to borrow from CLASS. Allow 3 to 5 days delivery through U.S. postal service.

Minuteman Library Network: Use your Minuteman Library Network card to reserve materials from any of the Minuteman Library. Putnam librarians can help you submit your request.  Dedham Public Library is the closest Minuteman library to Nobles. Delivery time through Interlibrary Loan is generally 24 hours. Allow yourself a few days to be safe.

Boston Public Library Catalog: Please note:  any Massachusetts resident may apply for a Boston Public Library e-card by using this BPL E-card registration form

Massachusetts Virtual Library Catalog: Search all types of Massachusetts libraries for books, films, periodicals and other materials.

Academic, National and Worldwide Library Catalogs

Nobles does not have direct borrowing privileges to these libraries, but Putnam librarians can arrange for you to use materials from these locations per request. Depending on the request, we can arrange for material to be emailed or faxed to you.   

Hollis Catalog of Harvard University Libraries

Boston University Libraries

Boston College Libraries

Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

OCLC FirstSearch Catalog Username:100216495 Password: car!shave

Library of Congress

Directory of Libraries Throughout the World

The WWW Library Directory

Dewey Decimal Classification

Some researchers like to browse a collection first. Use these Dewey Decimal tables to identify how your topic is organized and shelved by subject.

Basic Tables of the Dewey Decimal Classification System

Detailed Tables of Dewey Decimal Subject Classifications


Online Magazines and Scholarly Journal Articles

InfoTrac Gale Databases: Contains scholarly databases, including Academic OneFile, Opposing Viewpoints and more.

EBSCOhost Databases: Contains 40 current U.S. and international newspapers including the Boston Globe (full text 1997 – present).

ABC Clio Social Studies Databases: Databases include:  World Geography; World History – Ancient and Modern; American Government; World at War; Issues; e-book collections and more.

ProQuest e-Content Databases: Access to e-Library Curriculum Edition; Historial Newspaper Collection (1851-2001), History StudyCenter; and Learning Literature.

New Yorker: (click here for the password) Full access to the New Yorker including all back issues.

Science Magazine: Contains  back issues of Science magazine.

Chronicle of Higher Education: username: putnamlibrary password: noblegreen3

Specialized Databases and Encyclopedias

Encyclopaedia Britannica Middle SchoolThousands of articles on a variety of topics, newspaper articles, biographical information and more for middle school.

Encyclopaedia Britannica High School: thousands of articles on a variety of topics, newspaper articles, biographical information and more for high school.

EBSCO Discovery Service: Search all of our databases at once!

World Data Analyst: Statistical information and data for every country.

Oxford Art Online:  For encyclopedia style articles on artists, art history, etc.

Oxford Music Online: For encyclopedia style articles on musicians, music history, etc.

Oxford English Dictionary: For definitions, history, etymolgies etc.

Loeb Classical Library: Digital collection of Greek and Latin works.

NoveList Plus: For suggestions on what to read next!

FactCite: Defining moments in U.S. history.

Encyclopedia of Earth: a free, online encyclopedia with information on a variety of topics including: geography, ecology, biology, animals and more! Journal articles on a variety of topics from academic publication Nature.

Annals of American History: Access to primary source documents from U.S. History from 1493 to the present.

JSTOR: Use this resource to access scholarly articles.

Great Empires of the Past Online: This database contains information on ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia and more.

The World Almanac Online: Online access to the yearly published World Almanac.

Listen Current: “Listen Current makes it easy to bring authentic voices and engaging non-fction stories to the classroom.  We curate the best of public radio to keep teaching connected to the real world.” To access Listen Current sign up for an account with your own username and password.  You will then be sent an email that will prompt you to click “join school” and enter the above access code  Please see us with any questions.

America’s Historical Imprints – “Searchable monographs, pamphlets, broadsides, government documents and ephemera enable researchers to explore America’s distant and not so distant past. Available here: Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800; Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819.”


Classroom Video On Demand: This database contains hundreds of videos on a wide range of topics, including, English, music, PD, history and more.



For Academic Books:

ABC-CLIO ebooks 

Gale Virtual Reference Book: Online reference encyclopedias.

gutenberg-e: Online Collection from Columbia University and the American Historical Collection: Prizewinning scholarly digitized history texts that embed literature, music, video, images and other material.  Subject matter includes:  Africa, Colonial Latin America, South Asia, Europe before 1900, Military History, History of Foreign Relations, History of North America before 1900, Women’s History and History of Gender.

Project Gutenberg: Access to Free eBooks in Public Domain:  Check this site for copies of novels and short stories in html and other formats if you need quick access to classroom material (for example, you left your copy of The Scarlet Letter at home).

Newspaper Articles

Boston GlobeStudents and staff, please click here for access. Website: Full access to and all of its content.  Only five users may be logged on at one time.

Boston GlobeStudents and staff, please click here for access. Archives:  Full access to Boston Globe archives from 1872-present. Only five users may be logged on at one time.

Lexis-Nexis Scholastic Edition Over 50 major U.S. and international newspapers since 1989. Transcripts of radio and televised national and international broadcasts are available.

Newsbank: Features newspapers published in the United States from 1690-2000.

Newspaper Source (Ebsco) Contains 40 current U.S. and international newspapers including the Boston Globe (full text 1997 – present).

New York Times (Gale) Full text articles starting from 1985 – present

Wall Street Journal:  Students and staff, please click here for access. Full access to the WSJ. Covers current and last five years.

New York Times: New this year! Please follow the directions to create your own personal NYT account:

  1. Visit   Create a free account using your school email address.  If you already have an account associated with your school email address, log in with those credentials.
  2. Check your email inbox for our confirmation message.  Click on the link in your confirmation message to validate your email address and claim your Pass.  If the confirmation email didn’t arrive, check your spam folder. If it isn’t there, send an email to from your school email address to request confirmation.You have successfully claimed a Pass when you see the Start Your Access screen.

Citing and Evaluating Sources

Click here for information about citation.


FlickrStorm Images

morgueFILE Public Archives