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Databases & Indexes

Find the best library databases for your research.


Campus Closures and Library Remote Operations

The Healey Library building has reopened. Many services are also still being offered remotely.

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.

Many answers about the campus's response to the coronavirus can be found in the university's special section.

Popular Databases

Great starting points for multiple subject areas.

New/Trial Databases

The following databases have recently been added to the library.
This resource contains material from the Newberry Library’s extensive Edward E. Ayer Collection. Dating from the earliest contact between Indigenous peoples of America and European settlers right up to the mid-twentieth century, the collection 130,000 volumes, over one million manuscript pages, 2,000 maps, 500 atlases, 11,000 photographs, and 3,500 drawings and paintings. Please provide feedback on this trial resource! Trial ends 06/07/2022.
From historic pressings to contemporary periodicals, explore nearly 200 years of Indigenous print journalism from the US and Canada. With newspapers representing a huge variety in publisher, audience and era, discover how events were reported by and for Indigenous communities. Please provide feedback on this trial resource! Trial ends 06/07/2022.
The database is a collection of treatises on art and architecture from the period 1470 to 1775. It is structured around the two Italian editions of Giogio Vasari's Lives of the Artists.
This collection of nearly 200 hours is a treasure trove of BBC productions that includes more than 50 famous literary works, many that were buried in the BBC archive for decades. From Dickens to Shakespeare, from Chekhov to Arthur Miller, from Jane Austen to Mary Shelley, it contains a tremendous breadth of works. In addition to actual performances, the product includes titles like "Face to Face" and "Performance" where actors and directors discuss their craft.
Colonial America makes available all 1,450 volumes of the CO 5 series from The National Archives, UK, covering the period 1606 to 1822. CO 5 consists of the original correspondence between the British government and the governments of the American colonies, making it a uniquely rich resource for all historians of the period. Please provide feedback on this trial resource! Trial ends 06/07/2022.
Digital Theatre+ is a Theatre Arts database featuring streaming video of full length British theatre productions, interviews with cast and crew, and documentaries about practice, production and workshops. It includes productions from Shakespeare to contemporary plays, with teaching guides, essays, study guides, theory and criticism.
East India Company offers access to a unique collection of India Office Records from the British Library, London. Containing royal charters, correspondence, trading diaries, minutes of council meetings and reports of expeditions, among other document types, this resource charts the history of British trade and rule in the Indian subcontinent and beyond from 1599 to 1947. Please provide feedback on this trial resource! Trial ends 06/07/2022.
A unique archive of almost every play submitted for license in Great Britain between 1737 and 1824 and hundreds of documents that provide social context for the plays. Please provide feedback on this trial resource! Trial ends 06/07/2022.
From feast to famine, explore primary source material documenting the story of food and drink throughout history. The materials in this collection illustrate the deep links between food and identity, politics and power, gender, race and socio-economic status, as well as charting key issues around agriculture, nutrition and food production. Please provide feedback on this trial resource! Trial ends 6/02/2022.
MEDLINE Ultimate offers medical professionals and researchers access to unmatched evidence-based and peer-reviewed full-text content from more of the top biomedical journals. It also offers more international journal coverage than any other MEDLINE database. Please provide feedback on this trial resource! Trial ends 06/24/2022.
This subscription allows you to simply go to and log in using an individual account. You can also use that account to access the New York Times app.

How to get an account: 1. Go to 2. Search for and click the listing for “University of Massachusetts”. 3. Follow the steps based on whether you are On or Off Campus.

Important note: If you already have an account, you will need to log out of your personal accounts (if registered to a non-UMB email address) or cancel your subscriptions (if registered to a UMB email) before authenticating through the library's subscription.
Nineteenth Century Literary Society makes available more than 1,400 items from the archive of the historic John Murray publishing company. Primary source materials span the entirety of the long nineteenth century and document the golden era of the House of Murray from its inception in 1768. Please provide feedback on this trial resource! Trial ends 06/02/2022.
Oxford Scholarship Online offers access to 20,000 academic works from the celebrated scholarly list of Oxford University Press, covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law.
This collection of more than 1,200 streaming videos from PBS provides valuable video documentaries and series covering an exceptional range of content - from science to history, art to Shakespeare, diversity to business & economics, and more.
PressReader provides access to over 7,000 full-color, full-page newspapers and magazines from over 120 countries. You can discover the content by publication name, country, genre or language, and download the full issues for offline reading.

Other than browsing the content online in the PressReader website, you may also download the PressReader app from the App Store or Play Store. Click Sign In > Libraries & Groups > Search for University of Massachusetts Boston and be prompted to log in with your UMB login and password. If you get an error, wait 5 minutes and try again. There is currently an issue where it sometimes connects only on the second sign-in attempt
Presenting the manuscript collections of the Wordsworth Trust, this digital collection offers students and researchers of the Romantic period unique access to the working notebooks, verse manuscripts and correspondence of William Wordsworth and his fellow writers, including Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey and Robert Southey. Please provide feedback on this trial resource! Trial ends 6/02/2022.
  • Open Access
South Asia Open Archives is a rich and growing open-access resource for research and teaching that contains hundreds of thousands of pages of key historical and contemporary books, journals, newspapers, census data, magazines, and documents, from and about South Asia, with particular focus on social and economic history, literature, women and gender, and caste and social structure.
The University Press Library on Unlimited access to the 2020-present digital output of six university presses: Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, U. of California, and Yale. There are zero DRM restrictions. The collections include all monographs, dissertations, and academic textbooks in more than 70 subject areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
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