Wayland Free Public Library
Researching a Topic
Reference librarians are available to:
- assist you in finding materials on a particular subject,
- teach you how to search databases effectively,
- help you with Internet searching,
- answer all kinds of questions.
- Ask us!
You will find lots of sources in our extensive print collection and in our online subscription databases. Many databases are available from home (sometimes referred to as "remote access"); you will need your library card number to log in. Use the "Connect to Databases" link in the right hand column.
What information is in a database?
- Read from millions of articles from thousands of journals and magazines
- Read archived newspapers, including the Boston Globe and The New York Times
- Find primary sources on research topics - many articles in the databases are the complete text
- Look up poems, essays, and reviews
- Find science research and suggestions for science fair projects
Search Engines - here is a list of excellent search engines, which allow you to find information by typing in a key word or phrase which you think will be contained in the information you want.
Massachusetts-Related Websites - comprehensive list of useful Massachusetts web sites
Web Directories - lists of web sites compiled by human editors who only add sites to the database of the directory that they think are relevant to the category of the site.