McCarthy Library/Media Center: Online Resources
Encyclopedias, periodical and reference databases, online journal subscriptions, eBooks, maps, government documents, foreign and international newspapers, news archives and media transcripts are examples of the Online Resources available to the St. John's student and his family. At school, you may access these resources (and the Passwords file) through the Media Center folder on the SJ network. Don’t forget to download the file or pick up a current green “Password sheet” at the Circulation Desk. From off-campus, at www.stjohnshigh.org/library, choose 'SCHOOL LIFE', 'Library/Media Center', then 'Online Resources'. You may be prompted for a user name and password or asked to enter a town library card number. From this page, select the resource you need and follow the instructions to access it.
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) have funded patron access to the Gale Databases, the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and the Boston Globe archives from 1980 - Present. All other resources are provided by the McCarty Library.
To access the Gale Databases, click on the icon. From within Massachusetts, the URL includes the school’s geolocation, so access should be automatic. From outside the state, you
will be prompted to input a Massachusetts city or town library card number.
The Gale Databases, formerly InfoTrac, includes thirty two individual databases and twenty subject collections: Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, Business Insights, Criminal Justice are examples. You'll find millions of full text articles and abstracts, audio podcasts and video links, and an online library of 50+ Reference Titles published by Gale/Cengage.
ABC-CLIO History Databases: thousands of general reference and primary resources
The Encyclopaedia Britannica
is the largest, most comprehensive and authoritative encyclopedia in the world. The online edition includes World Data Analyst
, 4,000 videos, 34,000 images, links to 80,000 approved quality web sites, and the Merriam Webster's Dictionary
To access Encyclopaedia Britannica, click on the icon. From outside Massachusetts, input a town library card number when prompted.
The Enciclopedia Moderna
is the Spanish edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
To access Enciclopedia Moderna, click on the icon. From outside Massachusetts, input a town library card number when prompted.
The Annals of American History
are volumes of primary work that bring the country's heritage to life. Over 2,100 entries from 1493 to the present. Includes speeches, essays, editorials, audio and video clips
To access the Annals of American History, click on the icon. From outside Massachusetts, input a town library card number when prompted.
The Boston Globe
from 1980 - present, distributed through ProQuest
To access the Boston Globe from St. John’s, click on the icon. From within Massachusetts you should not need to input a library card as the url includes the school’s geolocation However, from outside the state, you would click on the MBLC icon [or go to http://mass.gov/mblc], select “Find books & magazines online,” then “Magazines & Newspaper articles” and input a Massachusetts city or town library card number. "Newspapers" link will then be searchable.
LexisNexis Scholastic Edition, is a multi-faceted resource that allows you to search international and foreign language news and journal articles, television and radio news transcripts, legal documents - state and federal laws, court cases, and law reviews. One can also track legislative activity - state and federal tax bills and proceedings, for example. Twenty-nine years of the New York Times and Washington Post, twenty-three years of Manchester (UK) Guardian, as well as the Irish Times, the Jerusalem Post and the transcripts to CNN, 60 Minutes, Fox News, 20/20, NBC, NPR, etc., are included. Links connect you to the Library of Congress Memory Project, the College Board, NASA, the High School Debate National site, Thomas Register, and the White House!
To access LexisNexis, click on the icon. From home, log in with the username and password found in the Passwords folder or sheet.
ProQuest: Historical Newspapers, N.Y. Times, 1851 - 2008
. Full-page digital reproduction of the entire span of the Times
, searchable by date, section, index (front page, advertisements, political cartoons, graphics, obituaries, sports, editorials, etc.) "Page map" allows you to view articles on the original page. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or higher to view and print articles.
To access ProQuest's Historical NY Times, click on the icon. From home, log in with the account number and password found in the Passwords folder or sheet.
SIRS Knowledge Source
is a resource that includes SIRS Researcher
and Government Reporter
, two full-text databases of relevant, timely periodical and journal articles on contemporary social issues (immigration, campaign finance reform, copyright, e.g.) from 1,800 sources as well as reports, government documents, speeches and papers from various federal agencies and government organizations. "Historic documents" from the Library of Congress is another feature.
To access the SIRS databases, click on the icon. You may need the username and password to search from school and home. They are found in the Passwords folder or sheet.
Congressional Digest Pro and Con This resource includes the monthly publications, Congressional Digest, Supreme Court Debates and the International Issues Debates. It summarizes timely issues and presents senators or congress members, the lawyers, judges, activists, or spokespersons comments and viewpoints. Each of the monthly issues highlights a topic being discussed in Washington or internationally. Archived to 2002.
To access Congressional Digest Pro and Con, click on the icon. From home, log in with the username and password found in the "Passwords" folder or green sheet found at the Library Circulation Desk.
Oxford Art Online is one of the most comprehensive online reference resources for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide, from pre-history to the present day. Formerly Grove Art, thousands of articles, biographical sketches, timelines, and millions of images are available through this resource and its partners. In addition to the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the British Museum, and Art Images for College Teaching (AICT), the database provides links to ArtResource and ArtStor. [St. John’s has registered with ArtResource] To access ArtResource, an image copyright clearinghouse, find the username and password from the “Password” folder or sheet.
To access Oxford Art Online, click on the icon. From home, log in with the username and password found in the Passwords folder or sheet.
Authoritative resource on all aspects of music, the Oxford Music Online database contains the following publications-- the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the New Grove Dictionary of Opera and the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, as well as the Oxford Companion to Music and the Oxford Dictionary of Music. It also links Grove articles to RILM, DRAM, Naxos, and the Classical Musical Library for subscribers to these sites. The database uses the Sibelius Scorch plug-in to listen the audio files.
To access Oxford Music Online, click on the icon. From home, log in with the username and password found in the Passwords folder or sheet.
The Oxford Biblical Studies Online provides access to six essential Oxford University editions of the Bible alongside annotations and commentary seamlessly combined with the primary text. It also contains deuterocanonical collections, the Oxford Bible Commentary and Bible Concordances. A student can compare texts and commentary from different Bible translations side-by-side. Maps and images are also included, as well as links to additional scholarly online sources.
To access Oxford Biblical Studies Online, click on the icon. From home, log in with the username and password found in the Passwords folder or sheet.
Begun in 1884 and completed in 1928, the Oxford English Dictionary has always been the “ultimate authority on the English language as well as a history of English speech from its infancy to the present day. ” [Times, London] Students can compare a current entry with its entry in previous editions of the OED. Updated regularly, the OED traces the origins of over 500,000 words and identifies their first recorded occurrence through 2.5 million dated quotations.
To access Oxford English Dictionary, click on the icon. From home, log in with the username and password found in the Passwords folder or sheet.
The Oxford Language Dictionaries Online features essential language resources—fully searchable, comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, phrases and translations, and study materials that provide extra help with learning and using an expanding range of languages—French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Chinese. It contains alphabets and pronunciation charts, verb tables, explanations of grammatical terms and usage, sample letters, activities, and notes on life and culture. Includes “native speaker” audio pronunciation and links to other sites for further research.
To access Oxford Language Dictionaries Online, click on the icon. From home, log in with the username and password found in the Passwords folder or sheet.
Updated quarterly, the new Oxford Reference Online database brings students a wealth of authoritative information from over 175 Oxford University Press reference titles, including all the Oxford Companions and subject Dictionary series. Timelines, maps, illustrations, and exhaustive links, all searchable by subject. Also includes the newly revised Oxford Book of Quotations.
To access Oxford Reference Online, click on the icon. From home, log in with the username and password found in the Passwords folder or sheet.
The Encyclopedia Americana includes over 45,000 articles, 5000 images, maps, links to additional journal articles and internet links to over 160,000 online sites. Published by Grolier/Scholastic.
To access Encyclopedia Americana click on the icon. From home, log in with the username and password found in the "Passwords" file or green sheet at Circulation Desk.
The American Journal of Bioethics is edited at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics and Stanford's Center for Biomedical Ethics and published by MIT Press.
To access The American Journal of Bioethics, click on the icon. From home, log in with the username and password found in the "Passwords" folder or sheet.
Ethics & Medics is a monthly publication from the National Catholic Bioethics Center on the Health and Life Sciences based in Philadelphia.
To access Ethics & Medics, click on the icon. From home, log in with the username and password found in the "Passwords" folder or sheet.
The Chronicle of Higher Education in online format contains articles from the weekly print Chronicle and daily updates on topics central to academic and campus life, e.g., standards, curriculum, diversity, athletics, free speech.
To access Chronicle of Higher Education, click on the icon. From home, log in with the username and password found in the "Passwords" folder or sheet
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