HS Library

Welcome to the Dover Sherborn HS Library and Media Webpage!

The library is command central for doing online research, finding a good book or accessing quick links that help to keep you well informed. The library is open 8:00 to 3:30 M-F.  (The above message is applicable only when we are physically present in the school building.)


#WEareDS Online --->  Offering you access to Ebooks, Audiobooks, Research & Reference Materials


Message from Mr. Butterworth, DSHS Librarian:

I am ready, willing and able to provide assistance to anyone in the DSHS community who needs research and reference sources to complete homework assignments or projects.  It's simple, send your question to me at, butterworthp@doversherborn.org and I'll get to work helping you find what you need.  Or, maybe you're just looking for a good eBook, audiobook, magazine, or newspaper to read and need assistance accessing the many options for recreational reading.  I can help there, too.  Please ask!  Even an email just to say hello would be wonderful.  I'd love to hear from you!  Truly,  Mr. B.

Here's a great way for you to get started.  Check out these fantastic resources.  Click here for access to Audible, Sora, Libby, and hoopla

DSHS Library  (Scroll to bottom of page for links to Catalog, Databases, & Useful Resources)

If you're reading this, you're already on the DSHS Library webpage.  Navigate through the Library Catalog (set Material Type to "eBook"), and Database pages for a wide range of digital source material.  And remember, usernames and passwords to all digital products can be found on DSHS Library Aspen page.  The Useful Resources page will help you if you need guidance citing sources.

The following links will bring you to the public libraries of Dover, Sherborn, and Boston.  THERE ARE AMAZING RESOURCES AT YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND I CANNOT EMPHASIZE ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING YOURSELF A LIBRARY CARD.  YOU CAN DO IT WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOME.  IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY, NOW IS THE TIME!  Once you have a library card number you'll have a ball exploring apps like Libby, Hoopla and many more.  Go for it!

Dover & Sherborn Public Libraries

Great news!  If you live in Dover http://www.dovertownlibrary.org/ or Sherborn https://sherbornlibrary.org/  but don't already have a library card, follow the link below to get one.  Very, very useful!  https://library.minlib.net/selfreg 

Boston Public Library eCard

https://www.bpl.org/ecard/   Great news!  Everyone in Massachusetts can get one of these.  Depth and breadth of options here is vast.  Once you have your eCard, let me know if you need help maneuvering through the offerings.

Library Databases

Passwords for all electronic products can be found on the DSHS Library Aspen page. Passwords have been moved to Aspen to provide a location for purchased products that require secure access. It's very simple to find the passwords.  Log in to Aspen, click on Page Directory, click on DSHS Library -- You're there!  Let me know if you have questions or need help.  

Mr. Butterworth


InfoTrac Gale

InfoTrac is a collection of databases, with both general and specific content, covering a wide range of topics useful for research.  It is provided by the Massachusetts Library System and is available within Massachusetts from any device with internet access.  A valid library card from any Massachusetts public library is needed to access the databases from outside the state, but otherwise should not be necessary.  InfoTrac databases cover a wide variety of topics from all content areas.  


Multi -Subject Databases -  Good for research assignments in all classes.  Also, don't forget InfoTrac which can be found above.

Gale Student Resources In Context 
A fully integrated database containing thousands of curriculum-targeted primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of over 650 magazines, newspapers, over 20,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio and video clips. Now includes American Decades.


Debate/Persuasive Essay/Controversial Issues:

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues.

Global Issues In Context

International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics and current events.

Student Edition

Periodical database designed for high school students with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, arts, science, pop culture, health, government, history, sports and more.

Congressional Digest

Information on controversial topics as outlined in three publications: Congressional Digest, Supreme Court Debates, and International Debates.


History and Government Resources:

American Government from ABC-CLIO

Explains the foundations of our government, connects these concepts to the issues of the day, and examines the strengths and weaknesses of the political and economic systems of the U.S. by comparing them to other countries.

American History from ABC-CLIO

From the explorers of the Americas to today's headlines, American History investigates the people, events, and themes of our nation's evolution.

Milestone Documents In American History
Full-text primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary.  Whether at school or at home, use the remote access option. Password:  primarydocs 

Historic New York Times (1851 - 2009)

Includes full-text and full-image articles for dates listed above.  More recent years are available through InfoTrac Gale the link for which is at the top of this page.  DSHS no longer provides this database.  It's available through the Boston Public Library.  Sign up for their eCard.  It's easy to do and provides access to Historic NY Times and many other valuable resources. 

World History: The Modern Era from ABC-CLIO

From 1500 to the present day this database is a library of historical reference materials and interactive curricular units.

World at War: Conflict and Society from ABC-CLIO

Presents comprehensive information and unique insights into military conflicts that have defined our world from antiquity to today.

Daily Life Through History from ABC-CLIO

Details about past eras that make historical accounts relevant and meaningful from a contemporary perspective.

African American Experience from ABC-CLIO

A wide ranging collection on African American history and culture.

U.S. Supreme Court Media OYEZ

Database on major constitutional cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Congressional Digest

Information on controversial topics as outlined in three publications: Congressional Digest, Supreme Court Debates, and International Debates.

Salem Press

Digital version of print volumes purchased by DSHS.  Useful for a variety of topics in American History, World History, Facing History, Psychology and Gov. classes.

Smithsonian Primary Sources in US History

Gale and Smithsonian have partnered to deliver an online resource of unique and seminal primary sources, including documents, maps, historical objects, and other materials from the Smithsonian Museum and its archives as well as Gale's digital collections.


English/Language Arts Resources:

Literature Resource Center

Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

Bloom's Literature

Bloom’s Literature offers a comprehensive resource for the study of literature. This database includes thousands of critical essays, author biographies and character analyses, the full text of hundreds of books from our extensive reference collection, and a Shakespeare Center housing in one convenient location the database’s treasure trove of content on all things Shakespeare.

Digital version of print volumes purchased by DSHS.  Useful for the study of theme, and critical analysis.

Science/Health Resources:    

Gale Science In Context

Features authoritative information from earth and life science, to space, technology, mathematics, science history and biography.

Gale Health And Wellness Resource Center

Comprehensive resource that provides integrated access to medical, statistical, health and related information. 

Gale Health Reference Center Academic

Multi-source database with access to full-text nursing and allied health journals, plus personal health info. sources.

Gale Environmental Studies And Policy

Diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, and corporate interests.

Infobase Today's Science

Science news sources, peer-reviewed journals, conversations with scientists offering unique and insightful accounts of recent breakthroughs, science fair guide, biographies, editorial cartoons, video news briefs, images, and encyclopedia.

Infobase Science Online

Discipline specific entries, articles, images, videos, timelines, charts and diagrams, plus eLearning modules, experiments & interactives, and authoritative source list.

Salem Press

Digital copies of print volumes purchased by DSHS.  Useful for environmental issues, forensic science, psychology and behavioral health.


Economics and Business:

Business Insights: Essentials

Information on companies, industries and more in the context of timely news, statistical data, and in-depth reports.

Business Economics and Theory

Academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics.

General Business File ASAP

Company performance and activity, industry events and trends.  Access to broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.

Small Business Collection

Provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories.  Hundreds of full text subject-appropriate periodicals

New York Times

Full text NYT starting in 1985.

Library Catalog


Useful Resources

Online News

National Public Radio (NPR)

National Public Radio Boston (WBUR)

Cable News Network (CNN)

BBC News

U.S. News & World Report


Local & Regional Libraries
Guidelines on Citing Resources 
MLA Documentation Resource
OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab  -  MLA formatting and style guide for works cited and in-text citations.
Other Great Online Reference Sites
Internet Public Library
Khan Academy  Video library of lessons and practice exercises from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.
Evaluating Resources
When using websites as information resources, it is important to evaluate the integrity of the website. The following links will help you to evaluate online resources.
Five criteria for evaluating Web pages from Olin & Uris Libraries.
Cyberbee guide for evaluating Web pages. http://www.cyberbee.com/guides_sites.html
Please note --  
Passwords for all electronic products can be found on the DSHS Library Aspen page. Passwords have been moved to Aspen to provide a location for purchased products that require secure access. It's very simple to find the passwords.  Log in to Aspen, click on Page Directory, click on DSHS Library -- You're there!  Let me know if you have questions or need help.  Mr. Butterworth

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