Online Learning Databases

Starting a homework project? Looking for ratings from Consumer Reports?  Starting on a family tree? Check out these databases for students, consumers, genealogists and travelers that your library has to offer!  Click on the database name below to begin your research. Not in the library? You can also use these databases from home! To access from home, please have your library card (14-digit barcode) and your PIN number ready.

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A to Z the USA

A to Z : the USA

Find general information about the states and territories of the United States including tourist and travel highlights, history, business, and economic information.

A-Z: the USA is made available to Harvard Library patrons by a generous gift from the Harvard Rotary Club.

A to Z The World

A to Z: the World

Find general information about climate, business, government, history, and travel for 175 countries.

A-Z: the World is made available to Harvard Library patrons by a generous gift from the Harvard Rotary Club.

A to Z World Travel

A to Z: World Travel

Find data for more than 200 world cities, frequent travel and business destinations. Includes business, economic, travel, and tourist information as well as local history and news summaries.

A-Z: World Travel is made available to Harvard Library patrons by a generous gift from the Harvard Rotary Club.

Creative video workshops on creativebug

Introducing Creativebug! –online video craft classes now available

Please join us online with Creativebug, your go-to resource for high-quality, on-trend arts and crafts instructional videos.  Log in with your library card number and you’ll enjoy award-winning HD instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, baking and more. All classes are taught by experts, with new classes added daily. Click here to get started!

Access to our new Creativebug subscription requires a Harvard Diggins Library card. Please take a picture of your craft projects made with this new resource and share them on our Facebook page!

Explora –Your first stop for your research project!

Harvard Diggins Library patrons now have access to Explora the EBSCO experience for your research needs. Using Explora, you can search and browse full text general reference publications, like Consumer Reports, dating back to 1984; view full-text reference books and an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.  Explora is also your portal to access EBSCO’s Literary Reference Center which provides articles and essays of literary criticism, author biographies, literary journals, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, author interviews, classic texts and much more.  Click on “Search other Databases” to reach the Literary Reference Center and EBSCO’S other offerings including a collection of e-books and e-audio.

Heritage Quest Online

Heritage Quest Online–Discover your family history today!

Discover your family history today! Heritage Quest includes access to US Census data, city directories, Revolutionary War records, a large collection of family histories, and the PERSI genealogical index–billions of records ready to reveal your family history.



Tumble Book Library — e-books for kids!

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes Non Fiction Videos and games.