Online Resources

INFORMATION – FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR

Whether you need to write a paper for work or school or just want more information on gardening, health, or books you might enjoy, we have many online resources to assist you.  You can pick a specialized database on a topic, which will give you relevant and reliable information.

While your library card is not always required, as you explore some of the options below, we suggest you have your library card and PIN account available.  If you have forgotten your PIN or not yet set one up, our staff will be happy to assist you in doing so.


READING SUGGESTIONS

Novelist Plus is a database that contains suggestions for other titles you might like based on titles you know you have enjoyed.  You can also get suggestions of  other authors who might interest you, summaries, book reviews, and reader reviews and ratings.

Novelist Plus is accessible via this link or while searching the online catalog.  Questions?  Our staff is always happy to help.


ADDITIONAL e-BOOK RESOURCES

E-books are available to download for free through the C/W MARS system, using our online catalog.

In addition, there is a resource available to Massachusetts residents, the Commonwealth eBook Collection, which provides access to additional digital content for free.

To get started, follow the link and begin your search.  Instructions are provided.  You will then see search results that include resources from all of the vendors that the Commonwealth eBook Project partners with; these include: Axis360, EBL, and Biblioboard. When you find the item you are looking for, simply click to download. You may need to create an account prior to downloading and depending on the device you are using you may be required to download an app or other reader.


NEW AND IMPROVED DATABASES

Sit back and read the Boston Globe, help your 3rd grader find more information for their Bio project, find all the books in your favorite series, look up health information from professionals, learn more about our American history, and so much more! Check it out…


NEWSBANK – AMERICA’S NEWS!

Find all the latest news! With unmatched U.S. news content from local, regional, and national sources, this resource is the largest of its kind. Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos. Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting, such as The Worcester Telegram, or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people.


NATIONS OF THE WORLD


 
The 2014 issue of Nations of the World, in print and now online, provides a wealth of comprehensive, up-to-date country data all in one easy-to-use source. We are sure that it will be an important addition to your reference collection. With your free online access, searching through this vast amount of text and finding specific country information has never been faster or easier.

Log on here and use your Westminster card to access the information. Your username is your card number and the password is you last name in all caps or the PIN you use to access your Forbush Memorial Library account.


BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD

Massachusetts residents can sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard via the web! BPL eCards are virtual library cards that allow users immediate access to Boston Public Library’s extensive electronic resources – from archaeology and genealogy to history and science, homework help, historical newspapers, downloadable audio, video, music and more. Read more information about eCards: eCard FAQ or register here (this is a pop-up window so enable pop-ups in your internet browser to use this registration form).


Funding for these online resources is provided by:
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems (Gale databases, ProQuest newspapers)
Central Massachusetts Regional Library System (Grolier Online, Issues and Controversies)
C/W MARS (NoveList, Grove Art, Science Online, Overdrive)
Worcester Public Library (Learning Express)