The Winsor School
A leading school for academically promising girls in grades 5-12


The Virginia Wing Library is a vibrant and modern school library that supports 21st century learning.

The library serves all grades and its three levels provide space for group work and collaboration as well as quiet space for individual study. Students use the library’s print and digital resources to explore, problem solve, evaluate, and think critically in preparation for the world ahead of them. To foster the students’ love of reading, the library maintains a strong fiction collection, sponsors book clubs, contests, and other activities. One of the most popular spaces on campus, the library welcomes students before, during, and after the school day.

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Library Resources

Noodle Tools

Noodlebib takes you through the steps of creating your bibliography. It is very easy to use, and allows you to create your own folders. From home use username and password, available from the library.


  • Annals of American History Primary Source material. From home, username and password are available from the library.
  • Britannica Online
    From home use this link. Username and password are available from the library.
  • Columbia Granger's World of Poetry
    Includes the full text of 150,000 poems and is searchable by author, title, first line, last line, subject, and words in poem. From home use username and password, available from the library.
  • Columbia International Affairs Online
    A "comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs."
    From home use username and password, available from the library.
  • EBSCO Includes professional resources for librarians.
  • Facts on File Reference Database Center
    Includes full access to a number of sources: Science Online, Health Reference, World History, American History, Ancient History & Culture, American Women’s History, African American History & Culture, and American Indian History & Culture as well as a World Atlas. At home connect with this link. User name and password are available from the library.
  • Gale Group Databases
    Databases offering general and specialized full-text articles and primary documents. Includes Biography Resource Center, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, General Reference Center Gold, Expanded Academic ASAP, US History in Context, World History in Context, Global Issues in Context. From home use the password available from the library.
  • JSTOR Academic and scholarly journals; no current coverage for the last 3-5 years. Access is via the Boston Public Library, with a BPL card (free to everyone in Massachusetts). If you do not already have a BPL card, you can register for one here.
  • ProQuest Direct
    Features the full-text of thousands of magazines and newspapers including The New York Times back to 1851, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Also includes CultureGrams, History Study Center, and more. Use this link at home.
  • World Book Online
    From home use username and password, available from the library.

Subject Guides to the Web

Also try using college and university library sites, which often include subject directories. Click on your subject and look for free websites (as opposed to their own subscription-only databases). Here are just a couple of good ones to start with:

Copyright-friendly Resources

Reading Lists

Summer Reading for Winsor Students

Upper School

Click here for the Upper School reading list.If you have questions about the list, please contact Courtney Jackson in the English Department at .

Lower School

Click here for the Lower School reading list.For questions about the Lower School booklist, please contact Alice Stern, Director of the Virginia Wing Library, at.

Lists from outside sources:

Newbery Medal Winners, 1922 - Present
From the American Library Association, the official list of winners and honor books.
Book reviews, author interviews, features, polls, and links. Scroll down to "Reading lists" on the main page for great lists!
Book reviews, author interviews, features, polls, and links.

Reading Rants!
Out of the ordinary teen booklists! Reviews and lists from a librarian.