Databases & Research Resources

Online Resources

Full-text magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and e-reference books


academic onefile

Academic OneFile (Gale) contains 8,000 academic journals, the majority in full-text, available in HTML and PDF formats. In addition it contains hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and the CBC, as well as full-text New York Times content from 1985.


academic onefile selectAcademic OneFile Select (Gale). From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.  Access scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers - with full text and images!
agriculture galeAgriculture Collection (Gale OneFile). Articles on farming, horticulture, and agriculture-related fields.
america's genealogy bankAmerica's GeneologyBank with America's Obituaries and Death Notices.  IN LIBRARY USE - HOME ACCESS An extensive online collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc. Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.
american ancestorsAmerican Ancestors. IN LIBRARY USE ONLY. The website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) provides access to more than 1.4 billion records spanning twenty-two countries covering the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American genealogical records, the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines, and the largest collection of U.S Catholic records online. Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.
ancestryAncestry Library.  IN LIBRARY USE - HOME USE *NEW!*.  Thousands of family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records and lots more! Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.
biography in context galeBiography (Gale in Context) is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content (including Lives & Perspectives) with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.
boston globeProvides full text access to The Boston Globe - 1980-current.
boston public libraryBoston Public Library. Find more e-resources at the Boston Public Library using your free BPL e-card. Apply for one today!
britannica learning zoneBrittanica Learning Zone Grade Level PreK-5. Play, discover, create—these are the cornerstones of learning for young children. Now, Britannica gives teachers an online solution designed specifically for the needs of ages 4 to 7. Learning Zone is a classroom-tested, interactive learning environment that gives early learners enjoyable, engaging, and developmentally appropriate activities to help grow their minds, their spirits, and their intellectual horizons.
britannica school editionBrittanica School Edition Elementary, Middle and High School levels, plus read-aloud al all levels and translation for over 50 languages. Britannica Online School Edition gives teachers and students instant access to four complete encyclopedias and other resources that ensure consistency with classroom topics and age-appropriate language. This unique reference and learning suite also offers high-quality online learning materials that have been developed by teachers and curriculum experts. Designed for all levels of learning from elementary school through high school, Britannica Online School Edition offers students an easy-to-use gateway to the vast resources of Encyclopædia Britannica.
britannica spanishSpanish Reference Center delivers two products in one—a reference collection for ages 6-12 and another for the high school and college ages. Separate home pages for each level allow schools and libraries to tailor the product to their users' needs, making it the only online Spanish-language database that offers age-appropriate content for everyone.
business galeBusiness (Gale). Articles on accounting, marketing and management, and related fields.
business entrepreneurshipBusiness: Entrepreneurship (Gale). Real business plans, how-to guides, and more.
career transitionsCareer Transitions. Identify jobs, create resumes, and find education/training programs.
massachusetts seal

Central Register & Goods and Services Bulletin

IN LIBRARY USE ONLY (see Reference Librarian for password)

The Central Register is the weekly source for information about state, county and municipal contracts being put out to bid for the design, construction and reconstruction of public facilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.


The Goods and Services Bulletin is a weekly publication containing solicitations for the procurement of commodities and services (which, generally, are unrelated to construction of public facilities).

commonwealth catalogCommonwealth Catalog. Search Commonwealth Catalog for books, DVDs and more statewide.
communications and mass mediaCommunications & Mass Media (Gale OneFile). Articles on advertising and public relations, linguistics, and related fields.
Consumer lab symbol beaker with letters c and IN LIBRARY ACCESS - HOME ACCESS Provides comprehensive information about vitamin, herbal and other supplements, and nutritional products.  Includes's independent product evaluations, test results for selected products and Approved Products from’s Quality Certification Program, product recalls, and safety warnings.  A science-based encyclopedia of natural products is also provided, including a drug-interaction database
consumer reportsConsumer Reports is published by Consumers Union, an independent, nonprofit testing and information organization. Since 1936, CU's mission has been to test products, inform the public and protect consumers. It is a comprehensive source for unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns. Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.
creative bugCreativebug. Franklin Public Library and Creativebug present Creativebug online video classes! has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.
criminal justiceCriminal Justice (Gale OneFile).  The Criminal Justice Collection database focuses on all aspects of the criminal justice field. Publications include: American Criminal Law Review; Corrections Today; Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice Ethics; Forensic Examiner; Psychology Today; and more.
culinary artsCulinary Arts (Gale OneFile).  The Culinary Arts Collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines from 1980 to present. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.
digital commonwealthDigital Commonwealth. Search Digital Commonwealth for historical photographs, documents, sound recordings and more
diversity studiesDiversity Studies (Gale OneFile). Articles that explore cultural differences, influences in society, and more.
economics and theoryEconomics and Theory Collection (Gale OneFile). Articles on economics, interviews with CEOs, and more.
educator's reference completeEducator's Reference Complete (Gale OneFile).  A collection of more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports (most full-text) focusing on all levels of education, educational administration and policy.
environmental studies and policyEnvironmental Studies and Policy (Gale OneFile).  Providing robust coverage of the field of environmental issues and policy, this collection, which includes nearly 200 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.
fine artsFine Arts & Music (Gale OneFile). Articles on art history, music, drama, filmmaking and related fields.
fold3Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to a growing collection of US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. It containsmillions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3. Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.
franklin seal sentinelFranklin Sentinel. Digitized directly from our microfilm collection.  The collection is searchable, but some of the images are very faded.  If the search feature does not find your query, and if you know the approximate date of the event, it may be worth while to look through the pages. This link will also allow you to search the Franklin Vital Records (1778-2014) and the Franklin Register (1873-1877).
gardening and horticultureGardening and Horticulture (Gale OneFile).  A collection of more than 80 journals focused on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture, with the addition of over 20 subject specific reference sources from Delmar, this collection provides information for gardening enthusiasts and professionals alike.
gender studiesGender Studies (Gale OneFile). Articles on gender studies, family/marital issues, health, and more.
gale general onefileGeneral OneFile (Gale) is a one-stop source for news and periodical articles, including most of the content across all Thomson/Gale databases. OneFile contains over 5,000 full-text periodical titles, and more than 9,200 titles in all, on a wide range of topics.
global issuesGlobal Issues (Gale in Context) offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Each of these gateway pages includes an overview, unique "perspectives" articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source and statistical information. Rich multimedia - including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal. Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.
health and wellnessHealth and Wellness (Gale). Health-focused magazines, reference, video, and more.
health and medicineHealth and Medicine (Gale OneFile).  Use this database to find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health & Safety, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.
HeritageQuestHeritageQuest is a digital resource that combines searchable images of U.S. federal genealogical census records with digitized books containing family and local histories from around the country. It includes 25,000 family and local history books, U.S. census records, and PERSI, an index of over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles.
high school editionHigh School Edition (Gale OneFile). Periodicals and reference book content supporting high school student research. 
home improvementHome Improvement Collection (Gale OneFile). Articles on architectural techniques, zoning requirements, tools, and more.
hooplahoopla. Borrow thousands of movies, television, music, and audiobook titles for free with your library card. Always available, no waiting lists. Enjoy on your PC, tablet, or phone. Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.
hospitality and tourismHospitality and Tourism (Gale OneFile).  With current and relevant content from over 500 industry journals, this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field, while also allowing for focused study of specialized aspects of the industry – including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, economic aspects of tourism, and more.
information science

Information Science (Gale OneFile). Articles on the information and library science profession and related topics.

insurance and liabilityInsurance & Liability (Gale OneFile). Articles on mortgages, labor relations, legal issues, and more.
kanopyKanopy is an on-demand movie streaming video service with access to thousands of documentary, foreign, silent, and independent films. Stream over 30,000 films from hundreds of popular producers such as The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, and PBS, as well as thousands of independent filmmakers. Stream Kanopy on your computer or download the app on your phone, tablet or Roku device. Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.
kids infobitsKids InfoBits targets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate and visual graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine and reference content.
literture resource centerLiterature Resource Center (Gale).  Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
Massachusetts Board of Library CommissionersManuscripts, Archives, & Special Collections. Find Manuscripts, Archives & Special Collections from across Massachusetts.
middle school

Middle School (Gale In Context) covers the most-studied topics in literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history, as well as the social issues most relevant to this age group. It features:


Engaging reference, periodical, and multimedia content

Information from trusted sources like Gale, National Geographic, Scholastic and more

Alignment to national and state curriculum standards

New content written especially for middle schoolers including nearly 300 topic pages and overviews

Best of all, Gale’s Research In Context supports students’ workflow with a mobile-responsive design, optimized for any device and screen size, allowing students to search and find information easily on computers, tablets, and smartphones.

military and intelligenceMilitary and Intelligence (Gale OneFile). Articles on governmental policies, socioeconomic effects of war, and more.
morningstarMorningstar Investment Research Center.  Comprehensive and up-to-date financial information on stocks, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Use the "Help & Education" tab to access the User's Guide and investor education resources. Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.
my heritageMy Heritage - Library Edition. MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind, with access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.
New York TimesThe New York Times This database includes full-text of the New York Times from January 1, 1985 to the present.
New York TimesNYTimes.comIn Library Use - Home Access Enjoy free access to For both in-library and home access, create an account and log in using that account. Coverage includes 1981 to Current, plus historic coverage 1851-1922. Home Access includes NY Times App and 5 Premium Archive (1923-1980) articles per day. For more information see Minuteman's NY Times FAQ
newsNews (Gale OneFile). Regional, national, and world newspapers. - Northeast Edition is an extensive online database of 4,000+ historical newspapers from the early 1700s into the 2000s. Distributed by ProQuest into libraries, it contains a diverse blend of well-known regional and local newspapers in the U.S. Home Access
NoveListNoveList is an electronic readers' advisory resource which assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles.  Through its attractive and easy-to-use interface, NoveList allows readers to use a favorite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest.  Readers can also enter words that describe the contents of a book they would like to read, and NoveList retrieves titles that contain these words in the book's subject headings field.  In addition, users can browse over 1,200 theme-oriented book lists, 150 award lists and 1,000 fiction related web-sites.  NoveList contains materials for all ages including picture books, children's "chapter" books, young adult titles and books for adult readers. The product's database provides enhanced subject access to over 92,000 fiction titles.  Updated quarterly, the NoveList database integrates information from a variety of sources.
NoveList PlusNoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers’ advisory resource for fiction, nonfiction, and audiobooks for all ages. With its intuitive interface and extensive feature content, NoveList Plus will help you to answer the question of what to read next.

NuWav Legal Documents. The movement of automation and standardization in law now allows many legal issues to be handled by an individual without the help of expensive lawyers. With NuWav, patrons can handle most common legal issues with no assistance whatsoever—including divorce, Landlord/Tenant, Business transactions, and much more. Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.

nursing and allied healthNursing and Allied Health (Gale OneFile). Articles on direct patient care, healthcare administration and more.
PressReaderFrom The Boston Herald, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, El Pais and El Figaro, to Newsweek, Vogue, Bloomberg Businessweek, and People, PressReader delivers full issues of premium newspapers and magazines the moment they hit newsstands. With publications from over 120 countries in more than 60 different languages, users get instant access to content from home, and from around the world. IN LIBRARY ACCESS - HOME ACCESS
opposing viewpointsOpposing Viewpoints. Continuously updated information and opinions covering hot issues.
overdriveOverDrive. Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and streaming video from our libraries with OverDrive and the Libby App.
physical therapy and sports medicinePhysical Therapy and Sports Medicine (Gale OneFile).  This collection includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine, providing researchers with access to topics discussed in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more.
pop culture studiesPopular Culture Studies (Gale OneFile). Articles on popular culture analysis and more.
popular magazinesPopular Magazines (Gale OneFile). The most popular and current magazines available from all of the Gale resources.
psychologyPsychology (Gale OneFile). Articles on personality, the human mind, memory, and more.
reference usaReference USA. The premier source of business and residential information for reference and research.  Used by entrepreneurs, businesses, students, job-seekers or anyone wanting access to information on tens of millions of businesses and hundreds of millions of consumers in an easy to search format. Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.
religion and philospohyReligion and Philosophy (Gale OneFile). Articles on world religions, philosophies, and related fields.
Research CompanionResearch Companion
rosetta stoneUse Rosetta Stone's award-winning interactive method to learn a new language. Core lessons build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in 30 languages. Log in with your Franklin library card number when prompted for library ID. Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.
salem historySalem Press History Collection. Includes online access to: The Fifties in America;The Sixties in America;The Seventies in America;The Eighties in America; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered Events;Great Events From History: the 19th and the 20th Century. Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.
scienceScience (Gale In Context) provides topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations, as well as articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites. The database covers curriculum-related science topics, and offers teachers an easy-to-use tool to identify content directly correlated to state and national standards.
social law library Social Law Library. Contact the Reference Department for assistance with this database. 508-520-4941
Universal Class

Universal Class. Continuing Education. Over 500 classes, many offering CEUs, and over 100 video-audit classes

u.s. historyU.S. History (Gale In Context) is 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 organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
vocations and careersVocations 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. Offering content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.
war and terrorismWar and Terrorism (Gale OneFile). Articles on war and its causes, current events, terrorism, and more.
world historyWorld History (Gale 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.
world catFirstSearch is a proven and highly trusted tool that empowers anyone to find the authoritative content they need in every format from worldwide library collections. FirstSearch delivers the precise, full-featured WorldCat searching that library staff and researchers value.