Salem Press: 24/7 Resources for Students

As the semester begins to draw to a close, your library can be a great research resource for those school projects and papers looming on the horizon! In addition to the great new online learning tools we added to our website this fall, we also want to remind you of our older-but-no-less awesome tools. For example, if you’re a high school or college student, did you know you can research your papers anytime, anywhere with Salem Press Online?

Salem Press Online provides full 24/7 online access to its high quality reference works — search through the databases to access information about milestone documents, great lives and great works, as well as medical treatments and  health conditions. (Professor prefers print? Non-circulating print versions of these works can be found in our reference collection during regular library hours).

To access Salem Press Online, visit our website, Or click the icons shown below. If you are outside the library, you will need to sign in with your valid 14-digit Bristol library card number.  Simply click the “remote access” button at the bottom of the Salem Press “Welcome” page, as shown below:
Salem Press remote access screen
Then enter you library card in the blank:
Salem Press login
What’s available to Bristol patrons through Salem Press Online? Lots!

Salem Press Health
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  • Complementary & Alternative Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases & Conditions
  • Magill’s Medical Guide
  • Psychology and Mental Health
  • Salem Health: Cancer

Salem Press History
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  • Encyclopedia of American Immigration
  • Great Athletes
  • Great Events from History: The Middle Ages, 477-1453
  • Great Events from History: Renaissance & Early Modern Era, 1454-1600
  • Great Lives from History: Inventors & Inventions
  • Great Lives from History: The Ancient World, Prehistory-476 c.e.
  • Great Lives from History: The Middle Ages
  • Great Lives from History: Renaissance & Early Modern Era, 1454-1600
  • Milestone Documents in African American History
  • Milestone Documents in World History
  • Milestone Documents of American Leaders
  • Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century
  • Survey of American Industry & Careers
  • The Twenties in America
  • The Thirties in America
  • The Forties in America
  • The Fifties in America
  • The Sixties in America
  • The Seventies in America

Salem Press Literature
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  • Critical Insights: John Steinbeck
  • Critical Insights: Mark Twain
  • Critical Insights: Stephen King
  • Critical Insights: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Critical Insights: The Great Gatsby
  • Critical Insights: The Red Badge of Courage
  • Critical Insights: The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Critical Insights: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: American Poets
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: British, Irish, & Commonwealth Poets
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: European Poets
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: World Poets
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: Topical Essays
  • Critical Survey of Poetry: Cumulative Indexes
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: American Writers
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: British, Irish & Commonwealth Writers
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: European Writers
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: World Writers
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: Topical Essays
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction: Cumulative Indexes

Salem Press Science
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  • Applied Science
  • Earth Science: Earth’s Surface and History
  • Earth Science: Physics and Chemistry of the Earth
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, Revised Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Global Warming
  • The Solar System

Questions? Concerns? Confusion? Contact us at 860-584-7787 x2017.

New Online Learning Tools

We’re pleased to announce we have expanded our current online research and services collection with the recent addition of Recorded Books’ Signing Savvy, Transparent Languages Online, and Universal Class! These services are now available to card-holding Bristol residents through the library’s website.  (Some of you may remember Universal Class from the public trial we held in January).

Signing Savvy is an online American Sign Language resource providing access to a constantly expanding dictionary of thousands of high-resolution videos of common signs and finger-spelled words and phrases. Other features include sign descriptions, memory aids, full screen videos, printable signs, flash cards and quizzes, word list sharing, a phrase builder, social networking, and a mobile app.

Transparent Languages Online gives web access to learn more than eighty different languages. This program uses a guided learning experience to give a good start to each learner and exposes learners to the language through classic learning exercises, games, and cultural and social connections.

Universal Class offers over five hundred online continuing education courses taught by real instructors with continuous remote access allowing learners to study on their own schedule. Assignments are graded by certified instructors. Feedback and discussion with other students and instructors is conducted via email or chat.

These services are accessible at the library, through a home computer, and/or smartphone applications with a valid Bristol library card. To access them, visit and select your service of choice. If outside the library, you will be prompted to enter your library card for verification before creating a username and password.

For more information regarding online services, please contact Reference at 860-584-7787 x2017. We’re very excited to offer these services to our patrons and want you to have the best experience possible with them!

We will be offering walk-in help sessions on:

  • Thursday Sept 20, 6 – 7:30
  • Monday October 1, 3 – 4:30
  • Saturday October 13, 2 – 3:30