Online Databases

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Academic Search Complete
This scholarly collection offers unmatched full-text coverage of information in many areas of academic study including, but not limited to: animal science, anthropology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women's studies, zoology and many other fields.

Search for citations and abstracts on agricultural topics as well as a variety of related fields, including veterinary, plant, and environmental sciences. Note: Free access to this database is provided by the National Agricultural Library.

Alexander Street Press: VAST! Streaming Video Database
VAST is a multidisciplinary database of streaming video that is steadily being added to and will include access to 20,000 videos. Videos can be searched and streamed directly through the video player built into the database. Here are a few of the 21 different subject areas included in the database:

  • American History
  • Business & Economics
  • Counseling & Therapy
  • Education
  • Dance
  • Science
  • Women's & Gender Studies 

American Factfinder
Summary and detailed data on population and housing from the 1990 and 2000 Decennial Census, as well as data from the 1997 Economic Census, and the American Community Survey. Note: Free access to this database is provided by the U. S. Census Bureau.

American Heritage
The definitive American history publication since 1954 in now available online. Published quarterly, the magazine covers a wide range of topics in American history, culture and politics. One of the best places to go to begin researching an American history topic.

American Memory (Library of Congress)
Includes digitized American historical materials. The original formats include manuscripts, prints, photographs, posters, maps, sound recordings, motion pictures, books, pamphlets, and sheet music. Note: Free access to this database is provided by the Library of Congress.

American National Biography
Includes biographical portraits of over 17,400 men and women whose lives shaped the United States.

Annual Reviews
Annual Reviews publications are among the most highly cited in the scientific literature. Topics include Psychology, Biology, Biochemistry and Sociology.

Online access to descriptions of archival collections owned by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide. A source for searching for historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives.

Provides citations to articles on science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture.

Army Official Records of the Civil War
This source, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, often know as the OR, provides full-text primary source material: official military records for Union and Confederate armies published from 1880-1901. Note: Free access to this database is provided by Cornell University.



Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)
BHA is a citation database (no full-text) that includes articles from over 1,200 journals, covering material published between 1975 and 2007. BHA includes all articles within the subject scope of BHA regardless of the subject focus of a particular journal. 

Includes a broad selection of the full-text, peer-reviewed journals and bulletins published by AIBS member societies and other closely related organizations.

Black Women in America
Nearly 600 entries on the history and achievements of American black women.

Britannica Online
Includes the encyclopedia, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, Britannica Student Encyclopedia and the Britannica Book of the Year, and an Internet directory.

Business Source Complete
Business Source Complete is the world's definitive scholarly business database, providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full text content. As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included. In addition, searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,300 journals. 



CAMIO: Catalog of Art Museum Images Online
A resource for high-quality art images from around the world contributed and described by leading museums, all rights-cleared for educational use. Search for images of photographs, prints, sculptures, paintings, decorative arts, posters, costumes, utilitarian objects, and jewelry.

Chaucer Bibliography Online
Includes materials from the Annotated Chaucer Bibliography published annually in Studies in the Age of Chaucer. Note: Free access to this database is provided by The University of Texas at San Antonio Library and The New Chaucer Society.

Chronicle of Higher Education
Online version of the print publication.

Scientific Literature Digital Library and Search Engine. Focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science. Includes full-text for many articles.

CINAHL® with Full Text is rich collection of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 610 journals indexed in CINAHL®. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index, with no embargo. Full-text coverage dates back to 1981. 

Clase and Periodica
Provides citations and full-text articles from Latin American journals in the social sciences, humanities, and science and technology.

Congressional Research Service Reports
Provides full-text Congressional Research Service environmental studies reports prepared for the U.S. Congress. Note: Free access to this database is provided by the National Library for the Environment.

CREDO Reference
Credo Reference is a general reference solution for students to begin their research process. Offering 657 highly-regarded reference book titles from over 88 publishers; Credo Reference covers every major subject. CREDO also links to information contained in the Wilson Library catalog and to several databases. This makes CREDO one of the best places for students to begin their research projects.




Digital Public Library
The Digital Public Library is a large-scale project designed to organize and link large public collections of freely available library and archival collections throughout the United States.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
The DOAJ is a large database of freely available scientific and scholarly journals from all over the world. All journals included in this database are required to have a strict peer-review or editorial board process.



Large collection of e-books ( over 84,900!) on all academic topics.  Search the full-text of the complete collection or a single book, read the e-book online, and, with a personal ebrary account, bookmark and highlight passages, add notes and create personal lists. Never worry about returning books to the library or hoping the book you need is available. Now you can have an extensive collection of books for research available 24/7.

eBook Collection (EBSCO)
Search for and read an eBook from a collection of over 100,000 titles that covers a range of disciplines. Including (but not limited to) literature, science, computer science, international studies, history, and education.

Edgar Database
Provides full-text reports [10-K, 10-Q, and more] from U.S. public companies 1993-present as reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Note: Free access to this database is provided by the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Electronic Collections Online
Abstracts to journal articles in all subjects.

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass
Nearly seven hundred entries document the range of the African American experience from the arrival of the first slave ship to the death of Frederick Douglass and show how all aspects of American culture, history, and national identity have been profoundly influenced by the experience of African Americans.

Encyclopedia of Life
"Imagine an electronic page for each species of organism on Earth..." - Edward O. Wilson

Environment Complete
Environment Complete contains more than 2.4 million records from more than 2,200 domestic and international titles going back to 1888 (including over 1,350 active core titles) as well as more than 190 monographs. The database also contains full text for more than 920 journals.

ERIC (through EBSCO)
Database of education citations, abstracts and full-text documents for journal and non-journal education literature.



Federal Digital System (fdsys)
Provides free electronic access to important information products produced by all three branches of the Federal Government. Note: Free access to this database is provided by the U. S. Government Printing Office. 

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
Provides citations to women's studies articles, books, and essays (focus is on the Middle Ages - subject matter covers material from 400-1500). Note: Free access to this database is provided by Haverford College.



Gale Business Insights: Global
Gale Business Insights provides comprehensive business information to students and researchers. With thousands of industry reports, market research reports, SWOT reports (updated quarterly), company histories, Etc. GBI is a peerless tool for business research. This database also includes academic research in business journals, thousands of interactive charts and graphing tools, investment reports, and a wealth of other information for business research.

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

Gale Science In Context
From earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography, this revolutionary, this curriculum-oriented online experience is designed to boost achievement for students and researchers. Science in Context delivers integrated content through 150+ comprehensive reference sets from Gale Encyclopedia of Science, Chemical Elements, Science in Dispute and Macmillan Science Library, as well as:

  • More than 22,000 topic overviews
  • 7,000 biographies
  • 1.5 million periodical articles from noted publications like Science Weekly, Science News and The Science Teacher
  • 16,000 images and videos
  • 170+ detailed experiments
  • 8,100 biographies
  • Two dictionaries

Gale U.S. History in Context
Providing a complete overview of U.S. history that covers the most-studied events, issues and current information, it combines documents from Primary Source Microfilm’s™ digital archives; articles from classic Macmillan Reference USA™ and Charles Scribner’s Sons® references; as well as other Gale proprietary content such as country and era overview information, and full-text periodicals and journals.

Gale World History in Context
World History in Context moves chronologically over 5,000 years from antiquity to the present and geographically around the globe, to ensure that the events, movements and individuals that defined, informed and shaped world history are covered with a sense of balance.This database includes unparalleled access to a broad collection of scholarly analysis and award-winning full-text periodicals, reference works and primary document.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is an online library of reference titles for multi-disciplinary research. GVRL provides online access to authoritative information resources about the arts, business plans, history, literature, religion, social sciences, and travel.The database has extensive search capabilities enable you to search one reference book or search across the entire collection. These eBooks are not checked out so they can be searched at the same time by multiple users. 

Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index
Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index is the premier resource for access to articles about gardens and plants. Topics include horticulture, botany, garden and landscape design & history, ecology, plant and garden conservation, garden management, and horticultural therapy. This index and abstract product is designed for gardening enthusiasts, professionals, and students of horticulture and of garden and landscape design & history. Indexed and abstracted are more than 500 core titles, the majority of which are published in English. 

Offers information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Includes scholarly, government, and general-interest titles. This multidisciplinary database draw on connections between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health, and technology. Topics include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. Contains abstracts as well as full-text for select articles.



HighWire Press
An archive of free full-text science articles.



Image Quest
A new image database from Encyclopedia Britannica. Students and faculty will have copyright clear access to over 2 million searchable images that can be used to illustrate projects, presentations and lectures.

International Encyclopedia of Dance
Nearly 2,000 articles cover the full spectrum of dance-theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance. Cultural and national overviews are accompanied by entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers.



JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive
Contains full-text articles from core scholarly journals, many of which date from the 1800s.



Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe
Full-text articles from a wide range of news, business, legal, medical, and reference sources.

Literature Resource Center
The world’s most current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database, Literature Resource Center is uniquely relevant to today’s researcher. Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.  Researchers at all levels will find the information they need, with content covering all genres and disciplines, all time periods and all parts of the world. 



Medline (through EBSCO)

Medline (through OCLC FirstSearch)
Provides citations to articles in areas of biomedicine including areas of allied health, biological sciences and physical sciences.

MLA International Bibliography
A bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations produced by the Modern Language Association. Dates back to the 1920s.



National Geographic Virtual Library
This resource brings together a complete archive of the National Geographic Magazine with books, maps, videos and images produced by the National Geographic Society. Users can search every page of every issue of the magazine as well as a host of related products produced by the Society. Also includes National Geographic Kids and related material.

Newspaper Source Plus
Newspaper Source Plus includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.

NYPL Digital Gallery
Includes images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more. Note: Free access to this database is provided by the New York Public Library.



Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History
Includes over 650 biographies of influential women and over 600 articles covering women's studies topics in geography and history, culture and society, organizations, movements, and gender studies.

Oxford English Dictionary
Online version of the print dictionary.



Professional Development Collection
Professional Development Collection, designed for professional educators, provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 600 full text journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This is the most comprehensive and most valuable collection of full text education journals in the world.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. This is the world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals. 

The PsycINFO , database, American Psychological Association’s (APA) renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. It contains over 3 million records and summaries dating as far back as the 1600s with one of the highest DOI matching rates in the publishing industry. Journal coverage, which spans from the 1800s to the present, includes international material selected from around 2,500 periodicals in dozens of languages.

Search for biomedical abstracts from Medline and additional life science journals. Note: Free access to this database is provided by the National Library of Medicine.

PubMed Central
Search biomedical and life sciences journals for citations and some full-text articles. Includes some citations that are not available in Medline. Note: Free access to this database is provided by the U. S. National Institutes of Health.



Regional Business News
This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. Click here for a complete title list. Click here for more info. 

Religion & Philosophy Collection
Religion & Philosophy Collection™ provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. With more more than 300 full text journals, the Religion & Philosophy Collection is an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies.


S searches over 42 databases and over 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.

Science Direct


Science Direct contains over 2,500 journals in a wide range of Science disciplines. Access to articles is restricted to abstract only for most journals. Please contact a librarian for more information on obtaining full articles.


SocINDEX with Full Text offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study. These include abortion, criminology & criminal justice, demography, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, political sociology, religion, rural & urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, sociological history, sociological research, sociological theory, substance abuse & other addictions, violence and many others.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Provide entries by hundreds of experts from the international philosophy community. Note: Free access to this database is provided by Stanford University.

Statesman's Yearbook
This reference resource contains essential information on all of the countries of the world. Information on history, leaders, cities, climate, defense, international relations, economy, energy and natural resources, industry, society, culture, religion, and more is included for each country.



Provides full-text legislative information beginning with the 104th Congress (1995/96). It includes congressional bills, public laws, roll call votes, the Congressional Record, committee reports and information on the legislative process. Searching is by word or phrase, bill number, stage of legislative process, or public law number. Note: Free access to this database is provided by the Library of Congress.

Teacher Reference Center (TRC)
This index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books is now via the EBSCOhost platform. This database provides coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more for K-12 Teachers & Librarians.



The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War
Includes original letters and diaries, newspapers and speeches, census and church records, by men and women in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Note: Free access to this database is provided by the University of Virginia.

VAST! Streaming Video Database
VAST is a multidisciplinary database of streaming video that is steadily being added to and will include access to 20,000 videos. Videos can be searched and streamed directly through the video player built into the database. Here are a few of the 21 different subject areas included in the database:

  • American History
  • Business & Economics
  • Counseling & Therapy
  • Education
  • Dance
  • Science
  • Women's & Gender Studies free registration)
Online Source for Veterinary information. Contains online versions of Veterinary Technician Magazine and Veterinary Forum. Website is free but requires registration to access all the content.

Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository The Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository is an open-access digital academic and clinical scholarship service. The repository can be used free of charge and has been accepting full-text submissions since 2012. Use this repository to search for dissertations, theses, study reports, conference papers, committee reports, and more.



Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000
Brings together books, images, documents, scholarly essays, commentaries, and bibliographies documenting the multiplicity of women's reform activities.

Women Working, 1800-1930
This collection includes documents related to women's roles in the U.S. economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Working conditions, conditions in the home, costs of living, recreation, health and hygiene, conduct of life, policies and regulations governing the workplace, and social issues are all well documented by original source material. The collection contains books, photographic images, and material from several manuscript collections.

Women's Studies: Core Books
Book titles currently in print that are selected by academic librarians and cover subject areas such as American literature, feminist movements, mass media, religion, history, science, and many more. Note: Free access to this database is provided by Association of College & Research Libraries: Women's Studies Section and the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

Women's Studies International
Women’s Studies International, produced by NISC, covers the core disciplines in Women’s Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research. Coverage includes more than 871,000 records and spans from 1972 and earlier to present. This database supports curriculum development in the areas of sociology, history, political science & economy, public policy, international relations, arts & humanities, business and education. Over 2,000 periodical sources are represented.

World Almanac
Includes biographies, encyclopedia entries, facts, statistics from Funk & Wagnall's Encyclopdedia and The World Almanac.

Provides citations to books and other materials owned by libraries around the world.

World Wide is a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals. accelerates scientific discovery and progress by providing one-stop searching of databases from around the world. (MultilingualWorldWideScience.orgBETA provides real-time searching and translation of globally-dispersed multilingual scientific literature.


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