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The Fall River Public Library offers online, full-text access to hundreds of magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias and e-books. So whether you need to check car ratings in Consumer Reports, research treatments for autism, or find literary criticism of The Great Gatsby, we've got you covered.

If you access these links outside the library, use your SAILS library card to sign in.

Magazines / Reference : Search thousands of popular magazines, academic journals, newspapers, and electronic reference books. Look here for biography, business, health, history, literature, science and other research topics. Students can find peer-reviewed journal articles and get MLA or APA citations for bibliographies.

E-Books : If you have a SAILS library card, you can borrow free e-books and audiobooks through Overdrive and read them online or download to read in Kindle or ePub format.

Encyclopedia Britannica : Complete full-text access to the Encyclopedia Britannica, one of the world's most trusted reference sources.

Boston Globe : Full-text archives of Boston Globe articles from 1980-present.

Fall River Atlas, 1883 : Page-by-page digital images of the Atlas of Fall River City, Massachusetts, published by Geo. H. Walker & Co., 1883. You can also download the full atlas as a PDF (note: large file size) or view more Massachusetts atlases here.

Local History : See digital images of old postcards and photographs of Fall River, read about Fall River's history, look through old yearbooks from Durfee High School, or view yearbooks from local Catholic schools and colleges in our digital collections.

Historic local newspapers, dating back to the 19th century, are available on microfilm. The library has three microfilm readers and one reader/scanner that allows you to save images digitally. Microfilm printing is available at $.25 per page.

Fall River Online Services : The online resources below are available to Fall River Public Library patrons exclusively. Use your Fall River library card to sign in.

Davis Fund Resource

Fall River Herald News: Full-text, keyword-searchable access to the Herald News from 2000 to present. In addition to the Herald News, the library's NewsBank resources include a roundup of current events, hot topics, and a selection of America's News Magazines covering politics, science, history, parenting, and more.

Note: the online version of the Herald News includes all major stories, but may not include the complete print content of the newspaper. Classified ads, event listings and other items may be missing. The full edition of the Fall River Herald News is available in print (most recent six months) and on microfilm (going back to the earliest years of the newspaper). Older newspapers, such as the Daily Globe and Evening News, are available on microfilm.

Axis 360 Axis 360 brings you even more choices in e-books and digital audiobooks in one easy-to-use app. Download the app for phone, tablet, or desktop, then read or listen. It works on all platforms and devices.

Consumer Reports  Consumer Reports online lets you easily search current and past reviews of cars, appliances, and hundreds of other products. To access CR outside the library, use your Fall River library card. We also have print copies of Consumer Reports magazine.

Fold3  Fold3 is a database with millions of military records going as far back as the Revolutionary War. Search for service records, information, and historic images relating to all branches of the American military.

Freegal Music Freegal = free AND legal music downloads. Thousands of artists in every musical genre. Download songs in MP3 format to your computer or phone and keep them forever.

Folio Medical Directory Folio Medical Directory
Search for local doctors, specialists, and hospitals.
In the library : use this link.
At home : use this link.

LawDepot  LawDepot
Download, customize, and print legal forms, or save them securely online. If you are using LawDepot for the first time, you will need to register using your library card.

Salem Press - History
Full-text access to e-books on American and world history and culture, including Salem Press Decades, the acclaimed reference set covering the cultural, political, and social history of the 20th Century in America. Currently includes coverage from the 1920s-2000s, as well as Notorious Lives, a biographical encyclopedia of scandalous and celebrated people throughout history. (The print versions are also available in the reference room.)

Salem Press - Health
Full-text, keyword-searchable encyclopedias of Magill's Medical Guide, covering diseases, conditions, treatments, and current health issues, as well as Psychology and Mental Health, covering topics such as addiction, learning disabilities, personality, and behavioral disorders. (Print versions are also available in the reference room.)

Salem Press - Science
Full-text access to the Encyclopedia of Energy, covering both current and historic sources of energy.

Zinio : Read complete current and back issues of popular magazines. You will need to create a Zinio account, in addition to your library account, to access Zinio.

In-Library Use Only

The library offers the following special services for use within the library only. They are free when used at the library. Ask at the reference desk.

Ancestry has millions of records you can search to find census, immigration, military, and other genealogical and historical listings for your ancestors.

WinWay Resume
This resume-writing program will not only help you design a resume targeted to your career, it also includes an online job search component. Available in the reference room.

More Resources for Research

If you are doing more extensive research, you may need to go beyond what is available in these collections. The Boston Public Library has one of the state's largest collections of electronic resources, and as a Massachusetts resident, you are entitled to use their collection. You will need to apply online for a special Boston Public Library e-card. This process is free and takes less than a minute. You will gain instant access to information sources in art and literature, business, law, health and medicine, science, foreign language materials  and many more subject areas. Many of these resources, such as the journal article database JSTOR, are available in full text. If you need an article that is not available in full text, we may be able to order a copy of it for you through interlibrary loan, either in hard copy or electronically. Ask a reference librarian for assistance.

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