Young Adult

New Fiction in the YA Collection

Young Adult Special Collection

The library has launched a special collection focusing on sensitive topics that teens and young adults may be facing. Currently the new collection has about 40 titles and we expect it to grow as needed. The purpose of this collection is to provide resources to support young people dealing with difficult social or emotional issues.  The YA Special Collection is located on the first shelf in the YA area on the upper level of the library. Young people seeking support can also refer to our Get Help page, which provides links to crisis lines and human service providers.

YA Artwork in the Library

Residents of Acton ages 13 to 19 and students attending Acton-Boxborough Regional High School are invited to submit their artwork for display in the Young Adult alcove of the Acton Memorial Library. 

What to Read

Resources for Research Papers

Click on one of the links below to access the resource.  If you are prompted for a library card number, please enter the barcode on the back of your Minuteman Library Card.

Useful for All Subjects

Britannica Library: An authoriative online encyclopedia.

Gale Virtual Reference Library:  A collection of reference books in electronic format.  The content is exactly the same as in the print editions, but the online format allows full-text searching, remote access, and emailing of PDFs.

Academic OneFile and General OneFile:  These databases provides access to thousands of full-text magazines and journals in a wide range of disciplines.


Biography in Context


U.S. History in Context

World History in Context

International Studies

Global Issues in Context


Artemis Literary Sources


Science in Context

Social Issues

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Primary Sources

Britannica Annals of American History

Proquest Historical Newspapers

See ALL electronic resources

Web Resources

Evaluating Web Resources

  • Checklist for Evaluating Web Resources -- From the Universtiy of Southern Maine, a concise list of questions to ask when evaluating websites. 
  • The CRAAP Test (PDF),  a list of questions to help you evaluate the credibility of information, from California State University, Chico.
  • Evaluate Web Resources -- From the University of Maryland University College, this guide walks you through the steps of determining a website's credibility and includes links to examples of each type of website mentioned.
  • Search Better, from GCF Learn Free -- This interactive tutorial offers tips on how to effectively search the Internet and evaluate web pages for content and credibility. Includes a section to practice your evaluation skills.
  • see also our News Literacy links


Young Adult Volunteers keep shelves in order, assist in the Reference, Children's, Technical Services or Circulation departments, or perform other tasks. Please CLICK HERE for a printable volunteer application form. Please return the form to the library in person or mail to the address on the form.