Most of these resources are restricted to Kimball Union Academy users. For off-campus access, email for help.  See also the Libguides for your topic.

General Resources

All books in the KUA library, including ebooks, and all other physical materials in the library (DVDs, CD audiobooks, etc.)

Britannica Academic
The highly regarded general encyclopedia, with supplementary materials. Not to be confused with the limited free version.

Oxford Reference
100+ reference works, including many of the acclaimed Oxford Companions and the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. (For language dictionaries, such as the OED, look under Language & Literature Resources.)

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
Articles in all subjects from popular magazines, academic journals, newspapers, and some reference books.

Full-text archive of 1500 scholarly journal articles in all subjects.

Newspaper Source (EBSCO)
Full text of more than 40 U.S. and international newspapers, selective text of close to 400 regional newspapers.  in the U.S., as well as radio and television news transcripts.

History and Social Studies

Articles covering business and economics.

CQ Researcher
These in-depth reports make a great starting point for topical and issues-based research on current events. 

Information about countries, U.S. states, and Canadian provinces, including statistics, geography, population, industries, and cultural traditions.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Specialized encyclopedias including The Encyclopedia of World Biography; History Behind the Headlines; and American Decades, 1900-1999.

Proquest Historical Newspapers

Full text and page images of The New York Times (1851-2007).

Salem History
A collection of ebooks including Countries, Peoples, and Cultures; American PresidentsAmerican First LadiesThe World Political Yearbook; and the Great Events and Great Lives series.

Language and Literature

Oxford English Dictionary 
The OED is the definitive English-language dictionary.
Oxford Dictionaries 
Dictionaries for all modern languages taught at KUA, along with several others (Arabic, Russian, Portuguese) and English.
Bloom's Literature
Comprehensive reference for literary reference and analysis.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Specialized encyclopedias including Novels for Students and The Encyclopedia of World Biography

Salem Literature
A collection of the Critical Insights books covering specific authors, themes, and novels.


The preeminent database of images for art, including AP Art History; also includes supporting materials for AP US History and other history and literature curricula.

Oxford Art Online

Another essential database for art research, with articles, biographies, and images.

Oxford Music Online

An essential resource for music research on composers, performers, conductors, individual works, instruments and notation, forms and genres and biographies.


Access Science
Articles on science and technology, annual reports on advances in many fields, biographies of scientists, illustrations and graphics, and leads to other science literature.  


Global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more in scholarly, government and general-interest publications. The database has a mix of full-text articles and references to articles located elsewhere. The librarians can help find most of the articles that not included in full.  

Salem Health *NEW*

Articles covering physical and psychological health, including inherited diseases, cancer, substance abuse and addictions, and more. [Coming in March: infectious diseases.]


The KUA librarians have created Libguides for many assignments and topics. These guides point both to the library's subscription databases and reliable sources freely available on the Internet.


NoodleTools Citation builder to organize your notes and cite your sources.

OWL guide Quick reference guide to proper citation, with examples.

Britannica ImageQuest
  Millions of rights-cleared images (photos, illustrations, and artwork) in all subjects to use for papers and presentations.

Other Library Catalogs

Beyond KUA - Talk to the librarians to request books through Inter-Library Loan.

Town of Plainfield Libraries 
Plainfield and Meriden public libraries
Books held at Dartmouth College.

Search libraries around the country and the world. 


New Hampshire Downloadable Books (login required; see the librarians to sign up. For instructions by format and by device click here.)
Popular books to read or listen to on your own device.


Articles covering business and economics.


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