Research

Southworth Library Reference
Two Information Service Librarians are available at Southworth Library to help you use the catalog, order titles from other libraries, answer your questions and assist you with research, the computers and local history/genealogy.
Contact Us
Phone: 508-999-0726 x377

Find Articles and More in Statewide Research Databases
Our library, through the SAILS network, the Massachusetts Regional Library System, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, subscribes to online databases that cover a lot of ground: Indexes to magazine & journal articles, many in full text with graphics; Biographies of the famous and not-so-famous; Company profiles and financial information; and newspapers from New England and the USA, most in full text. Click here to use the databases. They include full-text magazine, scholarly journals and e-reference books covering all subjects, as well as The New York Times.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Our state database subscriptions include access to Encyclopaedia Britannica for all your homework and research needs. To use the general public library edition, click here. Or, try the Britannica Online School Edition, which has separate elementary, middle and high school levels, and includes a world atlas, timelines, country comparisons, and many other features.  Complete list

Computer Classes
Free computer classes on various topics are held at Southworth Library on Thursday afternoons at 2:30 pm. Classes feature hands-on instruction on laptop computers. Preregistration preferred – class size is limited. Topics include Computer Basics, Internet Basics, and Email Basics. Call 508-999-0726 ext. 377 to sign up.

Mango Languages
Mango is the fast, easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Choose from 36 different languages and get free access with your library card. To use Mango Languages from home, visit: Mango Languages

Internet Sites
Visit our Suggested Links Page to see Dartmouth-related websites and online resources for issues such as taxes and consumer affairs.

Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loan, also known as ILL, is a service of libraries that allows you to borrow items from beyond the local SAILS library network here in Southeastern Massachusetts. If we do not have an item, we will try to get it for you from another library. The first source to borrow beyond our network is the Commonwealth Catalog followed by nation-wide interlibrary loan.

Local History/Genealogy
We have Dartmouth Town Reports back to the 1890’s; the “Chronicle”, a local weekly newspaper, on microfilm back to the 1960’s; books on Dartmouth and surrounding communities’ history; works by local authors, many of them donated to the Library by their civic-minded writers; the Paskamansett Bird Club Files; and many other items of local interest including the History of the Dartmouth Public Libraries by Elsie Haskell