Online Reference Sources

  • Student Passwords:You will need these in order to access the databases from home. Click on link and then log into your student google account.
  • Teacher Passwords: You will need these in order to access the databases from home. Click on link and then log into your teacher google account.

Reference E-Books


Gale Virtual Reference Library - Search for your topic by just typing your keyword in the box on this button.
Project Gutenberg- search for fiction and non-fiction e-books.


Encyclopedias are excellent sources for overviews on a topic.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopedia of Mythology

Careers Projects
Careers and Vocations
This database is an excellent source for finding information about careers in all fields. Everything from salaries to recent research.

044287.jpgScience Online This database is useful for all science related projects. You will be able to find encyclopedia entries, articles, picture and multimedia resources on biology, chemistry, physics, science, forensic science, computer science, environmental science, etc.



- Literary Reference Center This database contains extensive entries on literary topics, themes, movements, genres, and authors.

Foreign Language

Mango LanguagesYou need your Wayland Public Library card # to use this database.

Social Studies/Psychology

Biography in Context- biographical, images, primary sources.

ProQuest Historical Newspaper
Search old - Boston Globe (1872-); NY Times (1851-); Christian Science Monitor (1908-); Wall St. Journal (1880-).

sks_decades_title.gif SIRS Decades Research American History from 1900 to present. Find primary sources and articles.

CQ Researcher comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Founded in 1923, CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy.

SIRS Issues Researcher- Type inside the box and hit "search" to find information on hot topic issues. Features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper a articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts and links to websites.

external image icon_ovrc.gifOpposing Viewpoints Resource Center Features articles to help you write persuasive research papers.
icon_infotrac_student.gifStudent Edition- Infotrac resource for finding reference, news, multimedia and primary source resources on all subjects.
external image icon_history_rc_us.gif U.S. History in Context provides access to over 4,000 historical (primary) documents, articles from more than 30 reference titles, and over 110 full-text journal covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.

American Government- provides a complete, multifaceted examination of the foundations of our government and political system that supports any curriculum or research project focused on the government of the United States.

American History- American History the people, events, and stories of our nation’s evolution.

Issues: Controversy and Society- This database helps students develop an in-depth understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by controversy, providing authoritative historical context, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources on today's most important issues.


World History: Ancient & Medieval This database provides students with a study guide to life in the Ancient world and will provide them with the understanding of life in the medieval world.

history_world_in_context.gifWorld History in Context Gale database that provides students with research reference sources including primary sources, articles and multimedia sources.

763889s.jpg World at War- this user-friendly database is an invaluable online resource that presents comprehensive information and unique insights into the military conflicts that have defined our world's identity from its beginning to today.

Annals of American History research historical topics with primary sources by using their handy timeline.

Business and Marketing

icon_general_business_file_asap.gif Infotrac: General Business File Analyze the performances and activities of companies. The latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.

external image icon_demonow.gif DemographicsNow Library Edition A comprehensive web-based solution offering up-to-date resources on demographics and extensive market level information.

Physical Education
icon_health_wellness_rc.gifHealth and Wellness Resource Centerexcellent resource for finding answers to health related questions. Includes articles, videos and links to activities.

Wayland Public Library Databases

you need a library card number in order to access these:

Ready Reference

Ready reference sources include dictionaries, thesauri, quotation search tools, atlases, almanacs, and government search tools.

Merriam Webster Online- dictionary

Word Reference: Foreign Language Dictionaries (available in Spanish to English, French to English, etc.)
Roget's Thesauri
Phrase Finder: A Dictionary of Meanings to Phrases
Bartlett's Quotations
Acronym Finder
Information Please Almanac
Internet Public Library
Census Statistics- census stats for the U.S.
CIA World Factbook- get current statistics for countries all around the world.
NOAA- U.S. governmental site for weather information.
Bureau of Labor Statistics- U.S. governmental site for occupation and productivity information.
National Geographic- the Library also has an electronic version of the National Geographic from 1850-2008.
Medicine Plus- get information about health, medicine, and drugs. this site searches over 40 scientific databases and over 2000 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.

Periodicals and Newspapers

Periodicals are journals and magazines. These sources are updated daily so that the information is current. You will want to use these when studying current events. If you are doing research on a specific project, use an RSS feed to receive daily news feeds on the topic that you are studying. RSS feeds save you time! We also have 25 popular titles in the Library Media Center so that you can relax and read during your free periods.
Massachusetts NewsStand access to articles from the Boston Globe (1977-present) and other local newspapers.
The New York Times
The New Yorker
The Town Crier- Wayland's local paper
external image icon_infotrac_student.gifInfotrac: Student Edition this periodical database is designed for high-school students with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts.

Images, Videos, Multi-Media Sites

These sites will be useful for finding current and historical images and video.
Vintage Ad Browser a searchable collection of 100,000 print advertisements dating from the 1800s to 2000.
Creative Commons great place to find and use copyright-free pictures, videos, audio clips. Make sure to always cite your sources (even when using images). a non-profit that is working to build an archive of all media on the web. Click on moving images to search for old films. You can search and download old films, images, music, and more.