Reference & Research

Online Articles & Databases (By Subject)

Below are the reference databases and online resources available to Shrewsbury residents with a library card. You may have to disable your pop-up blocker, and most will ask you to enter your library card number to gain access.

For database help, contact the reference staff by calling 508-842-0081 extension 2 or by emailing the staff. Not sure where to start? View of our databases by Gale, which cover a wide variety of subjects.



Hoopla provides online and mobile access to thousands of:
  • Audiobooks
  • Movies
  • Music
  • TV shows
  • Videos
With hoopla digital, patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download free dynamic content with a valid library card.

Gale Courses

(Formerly Learn4Life)
Through Gale Courses enroll in a wide variety of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely online. You can enroll in courses with your library card. Courses run for 6 weeks and new sessions begin every month.

Business & Legal

Career & Resume

Cars & Consumer


E-Audio & E-Video


Encyclopedias & Dictionaries



Language Learning



Young Adult

Online Articles & Databases (Alphabetical by Title)


AtoZdatabases is a reference and marketing database that provides details on every business and every household within the U.S.


Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction e-books to build a love of reading and learning.

Boston Globe

View a searchable database of current and past issues of the Boston Globe.

Central Register & Goods & Services Bulletin

The Central Register and the Goods and Services Bulletin are available for browsing online.

Chilton Library represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners.


Comics Plus: Library Edition brings unlimited access to thousands of digital graphic novels and comics to library patrons on any Web-connected device.

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides evidence-based product testing and ratings.

Cypress Resume

Cypress Resume is an easy to use resume creation tool for those who are less familiar with complicated formatting.

This new service includes free tests, written specifically based on the state DMV materials, and is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that allow users to:
  • Download selections as MP3s
  • Hear selections read aloud
  • Magnify text
  • Mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests
  • Translate pages into other languages

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

The Encyclopedia Britannica Online contains Britannica Reference Center and Britannica Kids, along with many other services. Includes the Britannica encyclopedia and many additional features.

Freading E-Books

Use your 5 weekly tokens to download e-books to your devices!

Freegal Music

Download up to 5 songs per week, DRM free, and legally keep them forever! This includes the Sony BMG catalog.

Gale Databases

Search Gale Databases for magazine and journal articles as well as reference information.

Gale Legal Forms

Find all kinds of national and State of Massachusetts legal forms.

Heritage Quest

HeritageQuest Online provides web access to:
  • Birth, marriage and death records
  • City directories
  • Family genealogies
  • Genealogical and local history serials
  • Land and probate records
  • Local histories
  • Tax lists
  • U.S. Federal census records
For more genealogy resources, check our genealogy page.


Hoopla provides online and mobile access to thousands of:
  • Audiobooks
  • Movies
  • Music
  • TV shows
  • Videos
With hoopla digital, patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download free dynamic content with a valid library card.

Labor & Workforce Development of Massachusetts

Find information about career centers, job hunting, and more.

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library provides patrons online access to a comprehensive selection of academic and career related resources for skill-building, test preparation, and workplace growth.

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

This website provides online legal information through the Public Law Libraries of Massachusetts.

Mango Languages

Learn many different languages online with Mango Languages. Includes ESL from many languages.

Medline Plus

Medline Plus is a comprehensive health and wellness reference source administrated by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.


Newsbank includes America's obituaries and death Notices from America's newspapers.


Novelist is a fiction database that provides in depth information on over 135,000 fiction titles.

NUWAV Legal Documents

NUWAV Legal Documents provides patrons with the documents they require to meet their everyday legal needs. 


A consumer and business database compiled from thousands of sources and updated monthly to ensure accuracy.  Also features tools to compile the data into charts and graphs. 


Trueflix is the only online resource that leverages the award winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century skills through the inquiry process.

Tumble Books Online

The TumbleBook Library is a collection of:
  • Read-alongs - chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation
  • Tumble puzzles and games
  • TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) with:
    • E-books
    • Fiction
    • Foreign language titles
    • Non-fiction

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Universal Class

Universal Class provides a growing catalog of over 500 courses on subjects as diverse as Exercise and Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Music, Home and Garden Care, Cooking, Computers and Technology, Health and Medicine, Homeschooling, Job Assistance, Law and Legal, Parenting and Family, Pet and Animal Care, and 100’s more. With real instructors guiding the learning, engaging video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests, certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units available for selected courses, students enjoy an engaging and measurable learning experience that helps them master and document their educational goals.

Value Line

Value Line Investment Survey is an independent investment information service. Weekly issues cover:
  • Economic statistics
  • Individual stock reports
  • Industry reviews
  • Other financial information

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Find full-text articles on:
  • Events
  • Issues
  • Local news
  • People
  • Plus much more from current and archived issues of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette
Ancestry Library Edition (Inside Shrewsbury Library Only)
This database is only available when using a computer inside the Shrewsbury Public Library. Ancestry Library Edition is an enhanced version of the popular consumer genealogy database, For more genealogy resources, check our genealogy page.