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Online Resources

All of the resources listed below are free to Ayer Library patrons. Some sites, like Ancestry.com and Newspapers.com, are accessible only on Ayer Library computers. Other sites, like Niche Academy and Rosetta Stone, can be accessed from home through this web page. To go to any of the following websites, just click on the image associated with the website. 
 


Gale Databases
Find information on a wide range of topics through Gale databases.
These databases are organized by subject and age-level. Browse through the list of available databases or search by subject (click the "Resources by Subject" tab at the top of the page). 
For a free, online tutorial on searching Gale, visit Niche Academy's Gale Search Tools Tutorial.
For a tutorial on using Gale Virtual Reference Library, click here.

 

Genealogy: Ancestry Library Edition
Research your family history through census, land, military, and birth records. There are billions of records and documents at your disposal. This database is accessible through Ayer Library computers only.
     For a free, online tutorial on using Ancestry.com, visit Niche Academy.
 
 
Military Records: Fold 3 by Ancestry
An Ancestry database that provides access to military records and documents. This database is accessible through Ayer Library computers only.





Newspapers.com, Northeast Collection

A digital collection of past issues of newspapers from Northeastern states including
local papers like the Lowell Sun, the Fitchburg Sentinel, and the Boston Globe

This database is accessible through Ayer Library computers only. 

 
 The Boston Globe
 Full text of The Boston Globe from 1980-present.



 
 The New York Times
 Full text of The New York Times from 1985-present,
 searchable as a standalone file.



 
 InfoTrac Newsstand
 Regional, national, and international newspapers.



 


Niche Academy is an online service that offers tutorials on popular websites and applications like
Ancestry.com, Gale databases, various social media outlets, and OverDrive/Libby.

 
 Digital Sanborn Maps
 A digital collection of Massachusetts town maps spanning   the years 1867 to 1970. 
 


Consumer Reports Online 
Get access to expert and unbiased ratings of over 5,000 products, plus expert buying advice, product comparisons, and user reviews. 
When logging in, your "Patron ID" is your library card barcode number. 
For a free, online tutorial on using Consumer Reports Online, visit Niche Academy.



Cars: AutoMate
contains do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. When logging in, your "Patron ID" is your library card barcode number. For a free, online tutorial on using AutoMate, visit Niche Academy.

 


Books: NoveList
Database devoted to book recommendations based on interest, subject, title, author and reading level. 
For a free, online tutorial on using NoveList, visit Niche Academy.


 


Rosetta Stone
Learn a new language or brush up on your knowledge with Rosetta Stone. Ayer Library gives
you access to Lesson 1 of each language. Headphones are required for most lessons,
and many require a microphone. You will have to enable Flash Player on your computer. 

For a free, online tutorial on using Rosetta Stone, visit Niche Academy.
 


Massachusetts Libraries Digital Collections 
Libraries and organizations throughout Massachusetts and the U.S. are working together to make the resources of libraries, archives, and museums freely available to the public. Here you can find historical records and maps, works of art and culture, and research and scientific data.
 

Medline Plus
Welcome to MedlinePlus, a goldmine of good health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up-to-date.

 


World Book Online
Access to all available resources from World Book. Use your library card barcode to log in.



Mass.gov
Find out how to contact your state representative, renew your driver's license online, search for a job or a flu clinic, and file your state tax returns online. 

 
The State Library of Massachusetts
This site provides direct access to the online Central Registers, updated weekly.
 



 
Mass Trial Court Law Libraries
Access to the Mass General Laws and Massachusetts legal forms of all types.