Online Databases

 

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Databases A-Z Listing

Databases by Subject

Agriculture

Auto Repair

Art & Music

Biographies

Business & Investing

Careers & Vocations

Communications & Mass Media

Computers & Information Systems

Cooking & Culinary Arts

Economics

Education

Encyclopedias

Gardening

General (Nonspecific Subject Databases)

Health & Medicine

History

Home Improvement

Homework

Information Science (Library & Information Science)

Kid-Friendly (Ages 5-12)

Law & Criminal Justice

Library Catalogs (Online)

Literature & Composition

Magazines & Newspapers

Military

Popular Culture

Religion & Philosophy

Science

Social Issues

Social-Cultural Resources

Student Resources

World Cultures

Reference eBooks

 

 

Agriculture

  • Agriculture Collection With broad coverage of agriculture and its related fields, this collection provides a comprehensive view of this growing body of knowledge. Comprised of nearly 200 titles, researchers will have access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.

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Auto Repair

  • Chilton Library Detailed step-by-step service instructions, photographs, illustrations, wiring diagrams, diagnostic trouble codes, recall information, and maintenance and specification tables. Covers domestic and import vehicles up to current model year (guided tutorial).

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Art & Music

  • Fine Arts & Music Collection With more than 100 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection provides resources to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

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Biographies

  • Literature Resource Center Literary criticism, biographies, overviews of literary topics and works from all genres, disciplines, time periods and regions of the world.

  • Something About the Author provides first-time comprehensive online access to all volumes ever printed in Gale's™ acclaimed and long-standing Something About the Author series, which examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults and is the preeminent source on authors and literature for young people. Something About the Author Online includes both the main series and Something About the Author Autobiography Series, totaling more than 217 volumes, 12,000 entries, and nearly 17,000 images -- all delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals.

  • World Book Encyclopedia This magnum opus is made up of three distinct sections: World Book Online Reference Center (25,000 encyclopedia articles plus thousands of additional reference articles, technology tutorials, photographs, maps, videos, animations, and audio clips), World Book Online Info Finder (with over 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles, biographies, multimedia collections, geography resource guides, web links, and research tools), and World Book Online for Kids (with easy-to-read articles, images, illustrations, interactive maps, and teacher resources).

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Business & Investing

  • Business Insights: Essentials  is a fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.

  • General Business File ASAP Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.

  • Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection The Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection database provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field, while also allowing for focused study of specialized aspects of the industry.

  • Insurance & Liability Collection This is a customized Gale database created to search for business information regarding the insurance industry.

  • Mergent Investor Edge Over 4000 Equity Research Reports, Updated Weekly, providing expert analysis and buy, sell and hold recommendations from Ford Equity Research. Mergent InvestorEdge provides a powerful business research tool, access to important company documents and financial information you need for each individual company. Look up corporate documents including annual reports, industry reports as well as Corporate Bond Reports. Industry reports with sector level analysis covering current environment, industry profiles, performance, market trends outlook and more.

  • Mergent Online US company data, international company data, US & international annual reports, and in-depth company descriptions.

  • Morningstar Morningstar provides data on more than 385,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 8 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets.

  • ReferenceUSA ReferenceUSA is a directory database of business firms located in the United States. It contains more than fourteen million entries for companies of all sizes and types, and can be searched by company name or by business type and geographic location.

  • Small Business Collection Provides coverage of periodicals that report on subjects relating to small business.

  • Small Business Resource Center Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites (guided tutorial).

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Careers & Vocations

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Communications & Mass Media

  • Communications and Mass Media Collection From marketing professionals to students studying for advanced degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field. Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

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Computers & Information Systems

  • Computer Database Use this database to find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.

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Cooking & Culinary Arts

  • Culinary Arts Collection The Culinary Arts Collection contains a collection of 150 of the major cooking and nutrition periodicals.

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Economics

  • Business Economics and Theory With a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit database, this collection provides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics. Perfect for business classes, users will find more than 150 full-text journals to support their research.

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Education

  • Educator's Reference Complete is a selection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education. Majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database. The database is updated daily and provides 24-hour access from school or home.

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Encyclopedias  

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

  • Worldbook Encyclopedia This magnum opus is made up of three distinct sections: World Book Online Reference Center (25,000 encyclopedia articles plus thousands of additional reference articles, technology tutorials, photographs, maps, videos, animations, and audio clips), World Book Online Info Finder (with over 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles, biographies, multimedia collections, geography resource guides, web links, and research tools), and World Book Online for Kids (with easy-to-read articles, images, illustrations, interactive maps, and teacher resources).

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Gardening

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General (Nonspecific Subject Databases)

  • Academic OneFile Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive.

  • Expanded Academic ASAP From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers -- many with full text and image.

  • Gale Power Search  A search interface that allows you to search all of Gale's databases at once.  This is an ideal option if you're not certain which database to search or if you don't want to limit your results.

    Gale Power Search Tutorials:

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Titles include: Encyclopedia of Small Business, Gale Encyclopedia of E-Commerce, American Decades, History Behind the Headlines, West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, and Reference Guide to World Literature.

  • General OneFile A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.

  • Popular Magazines includes full text articles for magazines like The Economist, Lucky, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Sunset, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Wired, National Review, and transcripts for shows like NPR’s All Things Considered, plus citations for hundreds more popular and trade publications.

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Health & Medicine

  • Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only (guided tutorial).

  • Health Reference Center Academic The Health Reference Center Academic database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in Infotrac's award-winning Health Reference Center.

  • Infotrac Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection The Infotrac Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection contains citations, abstracts and articles relating to the subjects of physical therapy and sports medicine.

  • Nursing and Allied Health Collection All aspects of the Nursing profession -- from direct patient care to health care administration -- are covered in this collection. Including nearly 400 titles, this collection's current and authoritative content will be of use to both professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.

  • Reference eBook

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History

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Home Improvement

  • Home Improvement Collection Even the smallest home improvement project can be daunting: with this collection of nearly 100 home improvement focused titles, hobbyists and professional carpenters alike will immediately put their projects on a more solid foundation. Coverage includes such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more.

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Homework

  • Daily Life Through History This is a combination of three rich databases that provide a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary resource that supports history, social studies, English, and language students. Daily Life Online moves seamlessly from past to present, providing context for contemporary life and culture.

  • Literature Resource Center Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world, supplemented by the scholarly materials of the Scribner Writers Series and Twayne's World, U.S., and English Authors Series.

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites. New to the database are Lexile reading levels for periodicals and an integrated national and state curriculum standards search with content correlated to the standards (guided tutorial).

  • Worldbook Encyclopedia This magnum opus is made up of three distinct sections: World Book Online Reference Center (25,000 encyclopedia articles plus thousands of additional reference articles, technology tutorials, photographs, maps, videos, animations, and audio clips), World Book Online Info Finder (with over 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles, biographies, multimedia collections, geography resource guides, web links, and research tools), and World Book Online for Kids (with easy-to-read articles, images, illustrations, interactive maps, and teacher resources).

  • Reference eBooks

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Information Science (Library& Information Sciences)

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Kid-Friendly (Ages 5-12)

  • BookFLIX is a great site featuring video storybooks paired with related nonfiction ebooks. Perfect for children from preschool through 3rd grade. Bookflix can be used either inside the library or from home using your library card number.

  • Kid Infobits Kids InfoBits is a database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Featuring a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, the most popular search method is moving from a broad subject to a narrower topic using the subject-based topic tree. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more (guided tutorial).

  • World Book Encyclopedia World Book Online for Kids has easy-to-read articles, images, illustrations, interactive maps, and teacher resources.

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Law & Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Justice Collection The Criminal Justice Collection provides access to approximately 150 journals in the fields of law and law enforcement.

  • LegalTrac Drawing on a wide variety of the most highly regarded legal publications, LegalTrac® provides indexing for more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals. Each title included in LegalTrac® is selected on the basis of criteria provided by a special advisory committee of the American Association of Law Libraries. LegalTrac® also contains law-related articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest titles.

  • Reference eBook

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Library Catalogs (Online)

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Literature & Composition  

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Magazines & Newspapers

  • Expanded Academic ASAP From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers -- many with full text and images.

  • Newsbank The electronic editions of record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers--all in one easy-to-search database. Each paper provides unique coverage of local and regional news, including companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and people in the community. Paid ads are excluded.

  • Popular Magazines Includes 1000 of the most searched magazines across our InfoTrac products. All the titles were selected based on actual publication searches performed by library patrons. This database is 100% full text and includes over 600 titles recommended by Bowker's "Magazines for Libraries". Titles like Consumer Reports, Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, US News and World Report, Vogue, Fortune, Business Week, National Review, Cosmopolitan, NPR and even Oprah are included in this database.

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Military

  • Military & Intelligence Database The Military & Intelligence database provides information from periodicals that cover military and intelligence related issues.

  • War & Terrorism Collection The Infotrac War & Terrorism Collection database provides information from periodicals on the subjects of war and terrorism.

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Popular Culture

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Religion & Philosophy

Science

  • Environmental Studies and Policy Collection This database answers environmentally-related inquiries with coverage of more than 3.3 million articles from more than 700 journals and reference content from Delmar, Cengage Learning. Robust coverage of environmental issues and policies, including diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.

  • General Science Collection General Science Collection provides access to magazine and journal citations, abstracts and articles on the subject of science.

  • Psychology Collection This collection gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops -- and diminishes -- over time. Instant access to 200 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

  • Science in Context contains thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, and pictures and illustrations. The latest scientific developments are covered in articles from over 200 magazines, academic journals and links to quality web sites.

  • Reference eBooks

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Social Issues

  • Diversity Studies Collection The Diversity Studies Collection provides citations, abstracts and articles on the subject of cultural diversity in various social contexts.

  • Gender Studies Collection provides access to hundreds of thousands of articles with balanced coverage on such topics as gender studies, sexual behavior surveys, family and marital issues, conversion therapy, gay and lesbian rights, homophobia, health aspects and many more. Leading journals in the field are covered and updated daily.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites. New to the database are Lexile reading levels for periodicals and an integrated national and state curriculum standards search with content correlated to the standards (guided tutorial).

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Social-Cultural Resources

  • The African-American Experience is an online resource that provides information on the experiences of African Americans from the 16th century to the present.  The database contains text, images, audio and video resources. 

  • The Latino-American Experience is a multi-faceted database that contains information concerning the experiences of Latino Americans. The database can be searched by era and by media type.

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    Student Resources (Grades K through 12)

    • Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily.

    • Kid Infobits Kids InfoBits is a database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Featuring a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, the most popular search method is moving from a broad subject to a narrower topic using the subject-based topic tree. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more (guided tutorial).

    • Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVIC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites. New to the database are Lexile reading levels for periodicals and an integrated national and state curriculum standards search with content correlated to the standards (guided tutorial).

    • Something About the Author provides comprehensive online access to all volumes ever printed in Gale's™ Something About the Author series, which examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults and is the preeminent source on authors and literature for young people. Something About the Author Online includes both the main series and Something About the Author Autobiography Series, totaling more than 217 volumes, 12,000 entries, and nearly 17,000 images - all delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals (guided tutorial).

    • Student Resources in Context offers easy access to award-winning content based on national curriculum standards. Covering all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more, SRIC provides a premium selection of reference material, more than 1,100 full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary sources, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips and podcasts. Premier reference content includes the American Journey Series, American Decades, Career Information Center and the SRC Health Module. New to the database are Lexile reading levels for periodicals, an integrated national and state curriculum standards search with content correlated to the standards, and popular topic pick lists.

    • Worldbook Encyclopedia This magnum opus is made up of three distinct sections: World Book Online Reference Center (25,000 encyclopedia articles plus thousands of additional reference articles, technology tutorials, photographs, maps, videos, animations, and audio clips), World Book Online Info Finder (with over 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles, biographies, multimedia collections, geography resource guides, web links, and research tools), and World Book Online for Kids (with easy-to-read articles, images, illustrations, interactive maps, and teacher resources).

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    World Cultures

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    Reference eBooks

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