Library Researcher’s Toolkit
For a list of passwords to use offsite click here
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.
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.
OCLC FirstSearch Catalog : Username:100216495 Password: car!shave
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.
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.
Science Magazine: Contains back issues of Science magazine.
Chronicle of Higher Education: username: putnamlibrary password: noblegreen3
Specialized Databases and Encyclopedias
Encyclopaedia Britannica Middle School: Thousands 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!
Nature.com: 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.”
American History in Video: Full length films, clips, newsreels, archival footage and transcripts from PBS, the History Channel, A & E Network, Bullfrog films, United News and more are available.
World History in Video: Provides global streaming video from early civilizations to the twentieth century.
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:
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).
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
New York Times: New this year! Please follow the directions to create your own personal NYT account:
- Visit nytimes.com/passes. Create a free NYTimes.com account using your school email address. If you already have an NYTimes.com account associated with your school email address, log in with those credentials.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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