Thurston OPAC (online catalog of middle school library resources)

SORA (MLS Commonwealth eBook Collection)

Mass Library Databases

Thurston Databases

General Reference 

Boston Globe  Includes newspaper archives from 1980 to the present

Lincoln Library of Essential Information  A general purpose resource for all ages: Religion, History, Science, Government, Literature, the Arts, etc.   

Infotrac K-12 Student Edition  Includes magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Research in Context  This database covers the most-studied topics in literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history, as well as the social issues most relevant to middle school students.

World Almanac Online Internet version of World Almanac 


World Book Online   Online version of World Book Encyclopedia. Includes articles, web links, pictures, maps, videos, animations, and sounds.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online  Online edition of Encyclopedia Britannica designed especially for middle school students.   

Subject Area Specific 

ABC-Clio Social Studies Search 14 different Social Studies databases including World Geography, American and World History, Daily Life through History and Pop Culture.

Defining Moments in U.S. History  Key events in U.S. History in detail with primary source documents, timelines, and biographies

Lincoln Library of American History  Contains more than 6,000 articles of people, places and events in American History

Science Online  Provides students with definitions, explanations, Science in the News  articles, images, videos and animations on a broad range of science topics 

Teen Health and Wellness  Provides students with comprehensive curricular support and self-help tools on topics including diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more.  

Image Searches

Britannica Image Quest Over 3 million curriculum-relevant images. All are rights-cleared for educational use.

Library of Congress Image Search: Prints and photographs catalogs



Biography in Context  Search for current or historic people by name, occupation, nationality, birth and death dates and places. Includes magazine articles, images and links to websites. 

Lincoln Library of Mythology  Online version of the reference set which includes gods, goddesses, heroes, places, and other aspects of Greek and Roman Mythology  

For more resources, visit the Westwood Public Library web site. 

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