Research Links

MARVEL! Databases

A very impressive, comprehensive collection of online databases free for all Maine residents. Search here for newspaper and magazine indexes as well as literature/critical analysis databases, encyclopedias and a reader's guide database (Novelist). Teachers! enter here for the ERIC database. If you are looking for book reviews, try EBSCO Host or Novelist.
A great starting point for government information. LOTS of stuff here!

Maine Writers Index
A comprehensive list of Maine writers with biographical information on each compiled by the Waterboro Public Library.

Easy Bib:  Here is a site that helps you format your bibliography pages.

Citation maker
Based on the MLA format, this site takes all your bibliographic citation information for bibliographies and formats it for you.  It will do websites, books, magazines, live interviews and more!

Big 6 This is a great site that shows a way to organize research.

 Card Catalogs:
MINERVA (Augusta School Department Card Catalog)
Click here if you would like to look up a book housed in one of the school department's libraries. This card catalog also holds the collections of Lithgow Library as well as 50+ other libraries throughout the state.

URSUS (University of Maine Card Catalog)
Search the holdings of the entire University of Maine system as well as the Maine State Library, Bangor Public Library and the Maine Law and Legislative Law Library.

Maine Cat
A state wide catalog that and links over 300 library catalogs throughout the state for a massive search of over 10 million items.

SOLAR (the holdings database)
A collection of library holdings for libraries not using compatible automation software. Search the collections of the Penobscot Marine Museum, Portland Museum of Art Library, Shaker Library, Skowhegan Public Library, and more.

Bates College
A link to search only Bates College library holdings.

Bowdoin College
A link to search only Bowdoin College library holdings.

Colby College
A link to search only Colby College library holdings.

Portland Public Library
Search the Portland Public Library's holdings.

University of New England, Biddeford and Portland
Search the University of New England's Biddeford and Portland libraries.

Maine Maritime Academy
Search Maine Maritime Academy's card catalog.

Maine College of Art, Portland
Find Maine College of Art, Portland's library collection here.


 These Maine libraries are now a part of the delivery service!  Ask your school’s librarian for help in ordering from these collections:

Cary Library in Houlton

Kennebunk Free Library

Prince Memorial Library in Cumberland


Maine Union List of Serials
A database of listing which libraries own which periodicals.



Access thousands of e-books and audio books with your Lithgow Library card.

Local Links:

Maine State Library
Click here to find out more about the Maine State Library here in Augusta. A great resource right in our own back yard!

Lithgow Library
Don't forget Lithgow Library and its wonderful programming opportunities being offered throughout the year. Click here to learn more.

City of Augusta
Learn more about your City's government.

Search Engines:


Ask Jeeves


Government Google
A search engine for government materials.


Dog Pile
A meta-search engine. One search searches many search engines. Very powerful.

Book Reading Incentive Programs and Lists:

Maine Student Book Awards
 Click here for the most current Maine Student Book Awards list for grades 4-8. We post our city's winners in the spring.
 Best Books for Young Adults
 A listing of the best of the best each year for young adults. This list is compiled by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association).
Chickadee Award
The Maine Children’s Choice Picture Book Project

A wonderful reading incentive program for K-3 students to participate in.  Please visit  for more information as well as current book lists.

Want someone to read to you?  Check out the Storyline Online site to see famous authors reading some of your
favorite classics!


Created and maintained by Liz Soares, K-12 Librarian for the Augusta School Department.  Please send all questions and comments to