Research Help

The Dennis Public Library has a professional reference librarian on staff, and our reference department offers many services and tools to patrons doing research and homework. If you have a question, we will do our best to help you answer it!

Databases
DPL has access to a variety of databases for research and learning in specific areas.

Massachusetts Access to Gale Reference Databases - The comprehensive collection of research databases offered by the Massachusetts Library System, including Biography in Context, Health and Wellness Resource Center, Business Insights, general reference databases, and more.

Encyclopedia Britannica Public Library Edition - The Public Library Edition is for general use, and has a link to the Kid's Edition. To see the other Encyclopedia Britannica editions available, including Spanish, click here.

AtoZ World Food - Explore food culture and traditional recipes from around the world. Includes recipes from 174 countries. Available at all Dennis libraries and at home with a Dennis library card. Please see a staff member if you need assistance logging in.

Ancestry Library Edition - Start exploring your roots.  Anyone can come into the library to dig into Ancestry Library Edition’s millions of records – as far back as the 1400s. This resource is only available on the library computers. Get started by clicking the leaf icon on any library computer desktop. 

Websites
The following list of links is meant as a starting point for finding reliable information on popular topics. This list will be updated as we find more resources, so be sure to check back often!

Search Engines
Google - google.com - the most popular search engine on the web
Yahoo - search.yahoo.com/ - the oldest search engine on the web
DuckDuckGo - duckduckgo.com - prioritizes searchers' privacy
Dogpile - dogpile.com - metasearch - searches several engines at once

Local Links
Town of Dennis - www.town.dennis.ma.us
Chamber of Commerce - www.dennischamber.com
Cape Cod Transit Bus Schedule - www.capecodtransit.org
Dennis Historical Society- www.dennishistsoc.org/

State Links
Massachusetts - www.mass.gov
Massachusetts Legislature LIVE - housetv.hou.state.ma.us
Massachusetts Tax Info - mass.gov/dor

Federal Links
USA.Gov - www.usa.gov
Federal Tax Info - www.irs.gov
Legislation - www.congress.gov
Census - www.census.gov

Health Info
Medline (National Library of Medicine) - www.medlineplus.gov
US National Health Center - www.healthfinder.gov
PubMed - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed - Ask reference librarian for full-text
Physician's Desk Reference Online (PDR) - www.pdr.net
Food and Drug Administration - www.fda.gov
Disability Info - www.disabilityinfo.gov

Legal Info
Barnstable Law Library - www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/libraries
Mass Legal Help - www.masslegalhelp.org
Mass Legal Services - www.masslegalservices.org
Law Help - www.lawhelp.org