All Maine Libraries Offer Online Reference Resources

Thousands of journals and other materials available for use in libraries, schools, and homes.

The Maine Public Library recently announced the availability of electronic databases that provide library patrons with access to thousands of periodical articles from a wide variety of on-line databases. Academic Search Elite, only one of the eleven databases purchased from EBSCO, provides cumulative full text coverage for more than 1,820 periodicals dating back to January 1990.

These titles represent only a portion of the information now available to every library (public, school, academic, and special) in the State of Maine.

Remote users (from home or other non-library sites) can access these same databases by entering the following web address: and then clicking on "remote access". After entering your name, affiliate library and zip code, you may access any of these databases from the comfort and convenience of your living room or den.

BIOSIS and Zoological Record, two databases with worldwide coverage of literature in the life sciences and literature with a focus on taxonomy are included in the roster. The Raymond H. Fogler Library, designated the Science, Technology and Business Library for the State of Maine, licensed these premier resources for statewide access.

Please ask your local library for more information about these resources or call the Maine State Library at 287-5620.


Why not use the Internet for free?

Through the libraries of Maine, EBSCO Host provides every resident of Maine with access to a collection of full text databases containing 100% coverage of credible, reputable resources. Ebsco also provides the ability to search a number of periodicals at one time for information appropriate to research in schools, public libraries and higher education. These databases provide the ability to channel users toward appropriate content that is much more reliable and relevant to their research than what is available for free via many Internet search sites. The vast majority of the journals available through EBSCO Host are not available for free on the Web or any other electronic format, such as the Harvard Business Review. If you are looking for product information or current news articles Consumer Reports, Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report are a few of the hundreds of popular magazines included. Many of these journals are necessities for most libraries; however, escalating costs and shrinking budgets make it impossible to subscribe to everything a library would like in order to meet patronsí needs. The print value of the resources provided in these databases would be in excess of $500,000 per library! The collaboration among three State entities that provided these resources to every library and resident of Maine is a truly amazing, cost-effective service.

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