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Digital Commonwealth: Massachusetts Collections Online
Digital Commonwealth is a compilation of historical collections from libraries, museums, and archives across Massachusetts. View photographs, manuscripts, maps, artifacts, audio recordings, and other materials of historical interest. Search by institution, format, time period, location, and more.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society is America's founding genealogical organization, established in 1845.
The State Library of Massachusetts holds digital copies Massachusetts Vital Records sets, among other resources.
Health and Social Services
MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Provides information about health topics, drugs & supplements, and videos & tools to help understand medical terminology and evaluating health services.
Massachusetts 211 HelpSteps
HelpSteps is a free web and app-based tool that allows individuals to search for health and social services available in Massachusetts. The resource was created by Dr. Fleegler, a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Tick-borne Illness studies at the Laboratory of Medical Zoology at UMass Amherst. The lab tests roughly 20,000 ticks per year for the 20+ pathogens they may carry. They offer a lab service, text chat line, and email address for people to ask questions.
Internet Archive (free books, movies, music and more)
Internet Archive: The Internet Archive offers free public access to 2.5 million fully downloadable public domain books, which do not require waitlists to view. They also have movies, music, software, and much more. There is much to explore here.
Mass.gov provides free access to Trial Court Law reference librarians:
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Via online chat: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/trial-court-law-libraries
Kids and the Law: A User's Guide to the Juvenile Court is an electronic resource available for free viewing and download.
Library of Congress (LOC)
LOC's online resources include research help (Ask a Librarian), exhibitions, videos, and many digital collections to browse.