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Databases & Indexes

Find the best library databases for your research.



CURBSIDE PICKUP: To request a book or DVD from library’s collection for curbside pickup, please sign into UMBrella directly, search for a title, open the item's record, and click ‘REQUEST OPTIONS: Place Hold for Pickup’ link.

Curbside pickup services are currently available by appointment Monday through Saturday at the ISC drop-off area. When an item is ready, patrons will receive an email including the details for booking curbside appointments. Please note that library curbside services are unavailable on days the campus is closed, including holidays, periods in which the campus is operating remotely, and inclement weather closures. See a map of the curbside location or an interactive campus map.

LIBRARY REQUESTS: Use the Healey Library Requests Form to request items for purchase, course reserves, or digitization.

Popular Databases

Great starting points for multiple subject areas.

New/Trial Databases

The following databases have recently been added to the library.
AM Explorer This link opens in a new window
  • Access is limited to users with a UMass Boston email and password
Through AM Explorer, you can now search millions of pages of primary sources spanning the 15th – 21st centuries, including a wealth of new content added every year. Themes include Area Studies, Cultural Studies, Empire and Globalism, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Sexuality, History, Politics, Literature, Theatre, and War and Conflict.
ArchiveGrid This link opens in a new window
  • Open Access
ArchiveGrid includes over 7 million records from over 1,400 archival institutions. Search for historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more.
Birds of the World This link opens in a new window
Comprehensive life histories for all bird species and families. Birds of the World is a powerful ornithology research database that brings together deep, scholarly content from four celebrated works of ornithology - Birds of North America, The Handbook of Birds of the World, Neotropical Birds, and Bird Families of the World.
Also included are millions of bird observations from eBird and multimedia from the Macaulay Library.
Brill Climate Change and Law Collection This link opens in a new window
This comprehensive collection of climate change and law documents contains original source, non-edited and non-redacted “grey literature” (non-peer reviewed) in English; originating from a wide range of organizations in the public and private sector, institutions, and/or individuals, world-wide; and centered on climate change and the law.
UpToDate This link opens in a new window
UpToDate is a clinical decision support resource that delivers evidence-based insights and recommendations authored and edited by world-known experts in their field. It’s designed to be clear, actionable, and apply to the patient at the point of care.

First-time users off-campus: You will see a "Complete Registration" page to fill out your name, speciality, etc. before you arrive at the database.
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