What is PowerSearch?

PowerSearch allows you to search many (almost all) of the library’s resources with a single search query.

It searches our major databases plus online content that is available through Open Access.

When should I use PowerSearch?

  • PowerSearch is a “best bet” when you are not sure how to start searching for your topic.
  • PowerSearch is great for when your topic could be covered in multiple subject databases.
  • PowerSearch can be very helpful when you have searched other databases but are still not finding enough information on your topic.

Databases searched include: *


Academic Search Complete
America: History and Life
CINAHL – Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Cochrane Library
eBook collections
Education Source
ERIC – Education Research Information Center
Health Source: Academic Collection
Humanities Source
Literature Resource Center
MLA International Bibliography
Social Sciences Full Text
Select journals purchased electronically


Academic OneFile
Biography In Context
Business Insights: Essentials
Opposing Viewpoints
The New York Times (from 1985 onward)
General OneFile + more…

CREDO Reference

Online collection of subject encyclopedias



Open access databases such as

PubMed Central
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
British Library Ethos (Dissertations)

Plus more!

* Note that this covers major databases searched but is not a complete list of databases searched.

Note: You may still choose to use individual databases for your searches. Individual databases such as CINAHL have specific features for querying and refining results that are not available in the PowerSearch.

Databases that are NOT searched by PowerSearch:

EBL ebooks
Ebrary ebooks
Minuteman Library Catalog
Natural Medicines

When using PowerSearch, remember to refine your results by using the Limiters on the left side of your results page!

EBSCOhost Quick Search

Research Guides

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Contact Information

Information Desk
781-768-7301 or 7302

Research Desk

Director of the Library


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