Online Resources, Research, and Databases
The Peabody institute Library provides free online access to databases covering many topics. Explore the topics below, and feel free contact the library if you have any questions. Please note that some databases are only available to Peabody residents with Peabody library cards.
Featured Databases, perfect for learning, entertainment, and fun!
***Most databases require a Peabody Institute Library Card to log in or create an account. Fill out this quick online form to request a card, and we’ll email you a card number in a day or so. Email email@example.com if you have any questions!***
RBDigital Entertainment gives you access to AcornTV (British film and tv), Pongalo (Spanish language tv and film), Qello (over 15 full-length concerts and music documentaries), and IndieFlix (movies and tv). You’ll need your library card number to create an account.
CreativeBug is an online resource with hundreds of free arts, crafts, and design classes, tutorials, and inspirations. You can learn a new skill, brush up on existing skills, or make an entire project from start to finish using the video tutorials. You’ll need your library card number to create an account.
Ebooks, Audiobooks, Comics, Music and Movies- always available and watchable on any device or smart TV. You’ll need your library card number to create an account.
You can now check out up to 20 items per month!
Thanks to the generosity of Ancestry.com and Proquest, Peabody card holders can now access Ancestry.com from home! You’ll need your library card number and PIN to log in.
Online Resources, Databases, and Learning
Reference & Research
Biography: Get encyclopedia-style short biographies of notable people, along with articles and citations for books written about or by them.
Britannica Library: The classic encyclopedia, now online and interactive.
Consumer Reports: Full access to Consumer Reports’ product listings and reviews. (For Peabody residents with Peabody library cards.)
Full Text Finder: If you have a magazine, newspaper, or journal in mind and want to see if the library has it available in full text online, search its title in this resource and you’ll find what database it’s located in. You can also use this resource to browse a list of our full-text resources by subject. (For Peabody residents with Peabody library cards).
Gale Power Search: Use this robust database to find full text articles, encyclopedia entries, book chapters, and popular media on a wide range of topics.
Massachusetts Driving Tests: Take practice written tests similar to the real RMV test online! This resource includes 11 car, 6 motorcycle and 3 CDL practice tests in addition to the complete handbooks for each.
Master File: Use this database to find more in-depth, scholarly articles on any topic.
Kids & Teens
Britannica Learning Zone: Fun activities for little ones.
Britannica School: Explore different topics, for elementary through high school.
Kids InfoBits: Kid and student-friendly research database which allows students to browse by topic, and find articles written with young readers in mind.
Opposing Viewpoints: Great for homework assignments, writing papers, or simply learning about current events, Opposing Viewpoints offers articles and editorials presenting both sides of news stories and other current topics.
Explora: General knowledge and homework help database meant for students in grades K-8.
InContext Middle School: Browsable article database targeted towards the Middle School curriculum.
News & Current Events
Boston Globe: Every article published in the Boston Globe since 1980.
New York Times: Every article published in the New York Times since 1985.
Newspaper Source: Looking for articles published in smaller, more regional newspapers? Start here.
Popular Magazines: Indexes articles from and full issues of a range of popular magazines.
OneFile News: Look here for many perspectives on news stories, and to find articles and other media on a particular story or topic.
Business & Finance
AtoZ Databases: Whether you’re looking for a free source for email marketing, job searching, mailing lists & sales leads, or people & business lookup, AtoZdatabases provides a quick and easy way to find the information you’re looking for. (For Peabody residents with Peabody library cards).
Business Source Premier: Contains published company profiles, country reports, industry profiles, and market research reports.
Gale Economics & Theory: Research articles on economics and economic theory.
Gale Entrepreneurship: Tips and tricks for starting a business, funding funding, and managine the business going forward.
Gale OneFile Business: Articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries about business topics.
Academic OneFile: Gale’s easy-to-browse topic finder and subject search for research needs.
Academic Search Elite: Articles from academic journals.
Educator’s Reference Complete: Topic finder and subject guide for education topics.
ERIC: Journal articles for in-depth research and professional development.
Ancestry.com: At-Home access is now available! You’ll need your library card number and PIN. Get instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research including 4 billion names in over 3,400 databases; includes records from the United States census; military records; court, land, and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists, and more.
Heritage Quest: Includes the digitized UMI Genealogy & Local History Collection, 1790-1930 U.S. Federal Census, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application. (For Peabody residents with Peabody library cards).
Health & Wellness
Language Learning & Citizenship
Pronounciator: Featuring over 80 languages, Pronunciator lets you learn a new language at your own pace. Additional features include chatting live video chats to practice your language skills, an app for iOS or Android, and Citizenship resources. (For Peabody residents with Peabody library cards.)
Arts & Literature
American Graphics Institute: American Graphics Institute’s digital book collection provides access to books, video tutorials, and lesson files for learning digital design software, office applications, and web coding skills. Access is limited to patrons at the library.
EBSCO Ebooks: Ebooks for kids and adults, fiction and nonfiction, on a range of topics.
Literature Resource Center: Browse or search profiles of authors, and bibliographies of their work.
Literary Reference Center: Thousands of plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, and author interviews (For Peabody residents with Peabody library cards).
NoveList Plus: Find your next favorite book by searching by topic, setting, mood, audience, genre, author, and more.
NoveList K-8 Plus: Help students find their next favorite read! Fun and easy to use for parents, educators, and young readers alike.
Library Catalogs & Resources
NOBLE Library Catalog: Search the Peabody Institute Library’s’ catalog, as well as other NOBLE member libraries.
Commonwealth Catalog: Search state-wide for items not available from libraries in the NOBLE network.
WorldCat: Cooperative database of bibliographic records contributed by more than 57,000 libraries, making it the world’s largest, most complete, and most consulted library catalog.
Hoopla (for Peabody residents with Peabody library cards)
kanopy (for Peabody residents with Peabody library cards)