Benet Academy has subscriptions to the following quality research databases.  If you are accessing these from school, you will be automatically authenticated.  If accessing from home, please consult your student handbook or the library database brochure for urls, passwords, and logins. Having problems?  Ask Mrs. Swanson or Mrs. O'Connell, they are knowledgeable and very willing to help!

General Interest 
Current Biography Illustrated provides biographies of people dating back to the 1940s. 

Encyclopedia Britannica Online is a searchable database of Britannica resources including the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and World Atlas.

Gale Virtual Reference Library provides ebooks of Novels for Students, Poetry for Students, Epics for Students, Shakespeare for Students, American Decades, and the Encyclopedia of World Biography.

General Reference Center Gold provides articles from resources such as newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications on current events, popular culture, business, arts, sciences, sports, and hobbies.

Internet Public Library provides access to information on arts, humanities, business, computers, education, entertainment, health, political science, reference, and science.

The Lincoln Library on Line: Fact Cite provides online access to Sports Champions, Mythology, and Defining Moments. 

NoodleTools allows users to generate, edit, and publish MLA and APA style works cited pages.

NoveListPlus is an extensive database of fiction and nonfiction offering subject specific book recommendations, full text reviews, author read-alikes, award winning literature, theme-oriented book lists, book discussion guides, book talks, and feature articles for a wide range of reading interests. 

Oxford Dictionaries Pro offers online dictionaries, thesauruses, and language reference content.  Also offered are sections on synonyms and antonyms, and writing skills. 

Oxford English Dictionary The Oxford English Dictionary is the world’s most comprehensive dictionary of the English language. It covers words from across the English-speaking world, and traces the development of English from the earliest records to the present day.  It’s a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 600,000 words, both present and past. 

Oxford Quick Reference allows users to quickly and reliably check a fact, or find out key information about a concept, person, or term.  Please use this instead of Wikipedia!

ProQuest Central is the largest, multidisciplinary, full-text database available. This resource provides access to 27 of ProQuest's most highly used databases, with a variety of content types across over 160 subjects, making this the broadest single research resource in the world. 

Student Edition (InfoTrac) provides access to indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, reference materials, and podcasts on topics such as current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports popular culture and more.

Wilson OmniFile Select is a full-text database of articles retrieved from publications in the arts, humanities, sciences, business, law, and popular magazines.
Grove Art is a scholarly art encyclopedia database, covering both Western and non-Western art. The content of Grove Art encompasses all aspects of visual culture. It features articles about topics such as Fauvism, bibliographies, and searchable images made available through partnerships with museums, galleries, and art organizations. 

ERIC provides journal articles and current research in the field of education. 

Blooms Literary Reference Online examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.

Gale Virtual Reference Library-Novels for Students EBook collection provides critical overviews of novels from various cultures and time periods.  Includes discussions of plot, character, themes, and structure as well as the work's cultural and historical significance. 

Literature Resource Center includes full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines that are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.  

ProQuest Learning Literature contains an unparalleled collection of resources for the study of literature in schools.
The site offers over 3,000 author pages with access to biographies, original works, book reviews and criticism, and contextual multimedia to enhance the study of a particular text.  The poetry resources include over 185,000 full-text poems, as well as the Poets on Screen collection, which features contemporary poets reading their favorite works.  Drama students may access theater reviews, images from productions, images and video for historical background, or inspirations for stage and costume design.

Project Muse Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community.   MUSE provides full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. (access at school only) 

Salem Literature EBooks give access to Critical Insights: Authors, Critical Insights: Works, Critical Surveys: Graphic Novel collection, and Magill's Literary Annuals.  

SIRS Issues Researcher provides in depth research on social issues along with background, analysis, and pro/con discussions. This database provides newspaper and magazine articles, graphics, charts, maps, primary source documents, websites, and multimedia support on the most relevant of research topics.           

Foreign Language
Oxford Language Dictionaries Online provides searchable access to Oxford's unabridged bilingual dictionaries in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Chinese.  Also available are audio pronunciations, grammar guidance, and usage examples.

American National Biography offers biographies of more than 18,700 men and women, whose lives have shaped the nation while offering over 2,700 illustrations, more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, and links to select web sites.

Ancient and Medieval History Online focuses on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Islamic Empire from prehistory through the 1500s.

CQ Researcher is the definitive reference resource for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs.

Gale Historic Literature Ebooks feature selections of war era literature.  The following titles are in our collection:  The Civil War in War and Deeds; Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers; Literature, Culture and Society in Depression Era America; and the Southern Literary Messenger with Literature of the Old South 1834-1864.

JSTOR is a digital library of more than 2,000 academic journals, nearly 20,000 books, and two million primary source objects. The articles provide students and teachers with peer-reviewed scholarly research.

JSTOR Aluka is a digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa.  Art, art history, geography, and archaeology are some of the topics covered.   

Opposing Viewpoints is the premier online resource covering the hottest social issues.  Pro/Con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, court cases, timelines, and primary source documents are just some of the database's features.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers is a newspaper digital archive offering full-text and full-image articles for significant newspapers dating back to the 18th Century.

ProQuest History Study Center covers global history from ancient times to the present day. Contents include reference books, essays, journal articles, historical newspaper and magazine articles, maps, rare books, government documents, transcripts of historical speeches, images and video clips. 

Salem History EBooks includes Milestone Documents in American History, Milestone Documents of American Leaders, Milestone Documents of World History, Great Lives from History: Scientists and Science, and Great Lives from History: The Twentieth Century

Grove Music provides the full text of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.  Researchers also have access to The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music.

Biblical Archaeology Review Online is the only archaeology magazine connecting the academic study of archaeology to Biblical research. 

Oxford Biblical Studies Online provides a full range of authoritative content and tools for the study of the Bible and biblical history.  

Oxford Islamic Studies Online brings together the most current scholarship to foster an accurate and informed understanding of the Islamic world.  The database provides two translations of the Qur'an, over 6,000 scholarly articles, primary source documents, and maps. 

Ebsco Science Reference Center offers access to full-text research from hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals.  Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Health Reference Center Academic is a multi-source database providing access to full text nursing and allied health journals, plus a wide variety of personal health information sources. 

JSTOR Global Plants is a community-contributed database where worldwide herbaria can share their plant specimens, experts can determine and update naming structures, students can discover and learn about plants in context, and a record of plant life can be preserved for future generations.  Currently, there are nearly two million specimens in the Global Plants database.  Researchers and students can also access reference works and primary sources—such as collectors’ correspondence and diaries, paintings, drawings, and photographs.  Highlights include reference works and books such as The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa and Flowering Plants of South Africa; illustrations from Curtis's Botanical Magazine; and Kew’s Directors' Correspondence comprising hand-written letters and memorandum from the senior staff of Kew from 1841 to 1928.

ProQuest AP Science contains a comprehensive collection of more than 500 magazines and journals designed to support advanced placement and college-prep level science studies. Disciplines covered include earth, life, physical, medical, and applied sciences. Access the latest news, research, and developments across applied and general science fields, plus research vocational content from trade and professional publications.

Salem Health EBooks includes access to Genetics & Inherited Conditions.

Salem History EBooks of Great Lives from History: Scientists and Science