PowerSearch makes it possible to find subjects from A-Z in one or several of the Gale’s periodical databases in a single search. This is especially good for subjects that may be covered more than one database, such as diets, careers, etc.
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The State Library's collection of Massachusetts real estate atlases is one of the most heavily-used resources in the Library. The volumes, most of which date from the late 19 and early 20 centuries, document the development of neighborhoods over time. For example, the slide show above shows the development of the Fenway area in Boston between 1874, prior to when the filling of the Back Bay was completed, and 1938. They provide information about property boundaries, plot sizes, ownership, building shapes, and materials. The atlases are used by genealogists, environmental consultants, architectural historians, and the general public researching the history of their home.