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What is a database?

A database is an electronic collection of articles, books, facts, and pictures that you can search to find information. These databases contain just about everything that's in a book or magazine- just in a different format.


Why do I need databases when I have the Internet?

The Internet contains equal portions of treasure and trash. Ever try to find some simple information and spend hours looking for it? Databases save you time and provide access to high quality information.


Online Databases
Click on this link to access the Gale databases:
 
http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=gale&locid=mlin_c_charpl
 


Massachusetts Newstand
 
http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/usstate/usmassac.htm
 
 


The Boston Globe
 
http://www.bostonglobe.com/