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Online Research & Entertainment

Resources for Your Online Research & Entertainment

If you have any questions regarding these resources, please call the library at 978-546-6934.  Also, if you are a Massachusetts resident, please see the bottom of this page for information about getting a Boston Public Library eCard to access additional electronic resources through the Boston Public Library. If you are a Rockport resident and need a library card you can register online.


American Ancestors (formerly New England Ancestors) 
Online access to the library.  This link will only work on our public library computers or via our library’s wireless internet.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society’s new web site reflects its expanding national collection and resources.  This collection of resources features over 110 million names, gleaned from church records, newspapers and periodicals, city and town directories, court records, census, tax, and voter lists, diaries, and journals, land records, military records, published genealogies and biographies and more. Funded by the Rockport Public Library.

 

Ancestry Library Edition 
Online access is available in the library.  This link will only work on our public library computers or via our library’s wireless internet.
Includes the U.S. Census, U.S. Data Collection, UK & Ireland Collection, and Immigration Collection. Funded by the Rockport Public Library.

 

The Boston Globe (from Proquest)
Online access is available in the library and remotely.  Remote access will require your Rockport library card number. Available to all Massachusetts library cardholders.
Indexed coverage for the Globe from 1980 to the present, available to you at no charge.
Funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

 

Online access is available in the library, and remotely.  Remote access will require your Rockport library card number. Available to all Rockport Public Library cardholders.
Ratings for more than 5,000 products, expert reviews, product news, test results, product comparisons, user reviews, product video clips and access to issues of  Consumer Reports magazine. Funded by the Rockport Public Library.

 

EBSCOHost (In the Library | Remote Access)
Remote access will require your Rockport library card number. Available to all members of the consortium.
Looking for literary criticism, book suggestions or help with a school project?  This is the place to start.  Various resources include:

  • eBook Collection (under EBSCOhost Research Databases)
  • Novelist
  • GreenFILE
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • Teacher Reference Center

Funded by the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium

 

Encyclopedia Britannica
Online access is available in the library and remotely.  Remote access will require your Rockport library card number. Available to all Massachusetts library cardholders.
Includes the Encyclopedia Britannica, Dictionaries, Thesauruses, Atlases, World Data, Timelines, Notable Quotations, and more.

Funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

 

Access will require your Rockport library card number. Available to all members of the consortium.
Our library subscription to Freegal will grant you up to five downloads per week, and three hours of streaming per day. Freegal is a free music service from the library. All you need is your library card! Freegal offers access to about 7 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total, the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 80 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Funded by the Rockport Public Library.

 

Online access is available in the library and remotely. Remote access will require your Rockport library card number. Available to Rockport Public Library cardholders.
It features information about 175 countries, including culture, history, language, and travel. Great for school reports and cultural exploration. Provided by World Trade Press, a publishing and information products company dedicated to providing reliable, up-to-date digital media essential for researchers, educators, travelers, and logistics and international trade professionals. Funded by the Rockport Public Library.

 

HeritageQuest Online 
Online access is available in the library and remotely.  Remote access will require your Rockport library card number.
Includes the U.S. Census, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Pension Records, Freedman’s Bank Records. Funded by the Rockport Public Library.

 

InfoTrac® PowerSearch
Online access is available in the library and remotely.  Remote access will require your Rockport library card number. Available to all Massachusetts library cardholders.
PowerSearch makes it possible to search multiple Gale periodical collections at once.  For a more targeted starting point, visit one of the individual collections listed below:

Funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

 

JSTOR – Early Journal Content
Online access is available to everyone.
JSTOR journal content published before 1923 in the United States and before 1870 elsewhere is freely available to all.  Early Journal Content spans the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and mathematics and other sciences.  It represents 6% of the content on JSTOR. Available from JSTOR via the Internet Archive.

 

Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections Directory
Online access is available to everyone.
A guide and locator of collections residing in Massachusetts libraries, archives, historical societies, and town clerk’s offices.
Funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

 

Novelist
Access will require your Rockport library card number. Available to all members of the consortium.
It provides reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-Alikes, What We’re Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists. All titles are linked to our Library catalog, so you can easily discover which titles the Rockport Library owns. Funded by the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium.

 

OCLC® WorldCat 
Online access is available to everyone.
WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.

 

Remote access will require your Rockport library card number. Limited to Rockport cardholders or visitors to the Rockport Public Library.

Gale’s  Opposing Viewpoints In Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. This cross-curricular research database supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context is a rich resource for debaters and includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. A category on the National Debate Topic provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues. Periodical content covers current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more. Funded by the Rockport Public Library.

 

OverDrive
Access will require your Rockport library card number. Available to all members of the consortium. Enjoy downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and Streaming Video.  Download or stream across multiple devices. With your card, you can also access the collections in other networks using the Libby app.
Funded by the Rockport Public Library, Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, and Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

 

Safari Books Online (In the Library | Remote Access)
Remote access will require your Rockport library card number and the PIN or password that you use to log in to your library account. Available to all members of the consortium.

Safari Books Online is an on-demand, digital library that provides access to thousands of technology books by major IT (information technology) publishers, with coverage for the current and past two full calendar years. Funded by the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium.

 

TumbleBooks
Remote access.  Create an account by using your Rockport library card number and email address. Limited to Rockport cardholders
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBook Library takes existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book. You can read it, or have it read to you.
Funded by the Rockport Public Library.

 

Universal Class 
Remote access.  Create an account by using your Rockport library card number and email address. Limited to Rockport cardholders.
Rockport patrons can register for online classes taught by dedicated instructors, at no charge, through our subscription to UniversalClass™.  Classes cover a wide range!  Browse the sidebar for specific classes under any given area of study. Funded by the Rockport Public Library.


Boston Public Library eCard

Do you live or work in Massachusetts?  Are you 13 or older?  Get a Boston Public Library (BPL) eCard and access the BPL’s wide range of electronic holdings.  If you have a regular physical library card with the BPL and you know the card number and PIN/password, you already have access to these resources.  Otherwise, click here and “Get or Renew Your eCard” today.

    • Supply a valid email address when you register.  The BPL will email you the number for your new eCard.  Be sure to write down the number!
    • Your eCard will give you access to downloadable ebooks and multimedia, research databases, digital magazines, streaming media, and more.
    • You can upgrade your eCard to a regular physical BPL library card at any Boston Public Library or Metro Boston Library Network location.  Be sure to bring your driver’s license or another form of ID when applying for a library card.