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Most Common Databases

JSTORExternal link [] – full text back issues of over 800 important journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. In addition to General Arts & Sciences collections, the Library subscribes to the specialized Ecology & Botany, Health & General Sciences, and Ireland collections, as well as 19th Century British Pamphlets.

Project MUSEExternal link [] – Full text access to over 300 high quality journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.


Academic Search CompleteExternal link:the world’s most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.

Oxford Journals Online

Vault Career IntelligenceExternal link [] – Formerly known as The Vault Online Career Library is an online career guidance center containing career guides, company and industry profiles, and intelligence on salaries, interview and hiring practices and advancement opportunities. Users create their own profiles for personalization. In some cases it may require a browser upgrade.

Chicago Manual of Style OnlineExternal link [] – Fully searchable 15th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

FirstSearch DatabasesExternal link []: Through its membership in local library consortia, the University has access to over 14 bibliographical databases available on FirstSearch on a variety of topics (e.g. ERIC, a guide to published and unpublished sources on education, MEDLINE, an index to articles on all areas of medicine). Log in using the library’s FirstSearch password which can be obtained at the Reference Desk, and click the database tab.

LexisNexis Academic:External link [] – Full-text documents from over 5,900 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications.

Library, Information Science and Technology AbstractsExternal link: indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

MasterFILE PremierExternal link: multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.

Newspaper Source PlusExternal link: 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.

Oxford English Dictionary:External link [] – Extensive dictionary of the English language featuring definitions, etymologies, and quotations.

Points of View Reference CenterExternal link: Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides the basis from which students can realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

Teacher Reference CenterExternal link: provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.

Art and Music

ARTSTOR:External link [] – Repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data covering artwork from every period in history.

Naxos Music LibraryExternal link [] – Extensive collection of online classical music.

Oxford Music Online Includes access to Grove Music Online, Oxford Dictionary of Music, and Oxford Companion to Music (art/music)

SchubertlineExternal link [] – “The online score service for singers,” is a database of hundreds of lieder, songs and arias by great composers. Users can print out scores – which can be transposed into any key – at their computers. The free software “Sibelius Scorch” must be downloaded for the scores to be accessed. Please ask for the password at the Reference Desk.

Classics and Early Christian Literature

Glossarium Mediae et Infimae LatinitatisExternal link [] is a free website maintained by the Sorbonne that presents a searchable online edition of Charles Du Cange’s glossary of the texts of Medieval authors. It is mostly Latin, but also includes words in European vernaculars (including Old French.) It is not a dictionary, but a guide to difficult and unfamiliar words.

Library of Latin TextsExternal link [] – Contains a wide range of classical, patristic, and medieval Latin texts, along with selected modern texts.

Loeb Classical Library External link

The Patrologia Latina DatabaseExternal link [] – An electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne’s Patrologia Latina, containing the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216.

The Thesaurus Linguae GraecaeExternal link [] – Contains most literary texts written in Greek from Homer to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453.

Business & Economics

Business Source CompleteExternal link: 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.

International Financial StatisticsExternal link [] – International Monetary Fund database containing statistics from more than 200 countries and areas from 1948 to the present.

National Bureau of Economics Research Working PapersExternal link [] The National Bureau of Economic Research is the nation’s leading nonprofit economics research organization. The Working Papers make results of NBER research available to other economists in preliminary form before final publication.

World Bank DatabasesExternal link [] – The World Bank is providing open source access to many of its major previously subscription-based databases such as World Development Indicators and Global Development Finance. A list of available databases, with descriptions, can be found at the Data Catalog ( link).


ProQuest Education Collection offers index and full-text databases covering all education subject areas.

History and Political Science

ACLS Humanities E-Book ProjectExternal link [] – Ever-growing collection of over 2000 scholarly e-books in the field of humanities.  Books can also be accessed directly from the Library catalog.

Catholic Newspapers Online Access to historical Catholic newspapers.

Iter BibliographyExternal link [] – Contains citations for books, articles, reviews, bibliographies, catalogs, abstracts, discographies, dissertations, and essays pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700).


HeinOnlineExternal link-A collection of legal resources including over 40 million pages in PDF format. Titles include the Law Journal Library, English Reports, American Law Institute Library, and many others.


Academic Search CompleteExternal link

JSTORExternal link

MLA International Bibliography External link

Project MUSEExternal link

Shakespeare Survey OnlineExternal link [] Makes all issues of the Survey available online; each volume is devoted to a theme, or play, or group of plays.

Understanding Shakespeare- External linkFind articles that cite specific lines in Shakespeare’s plays.

World Shakespeare BibliographyExternal link [] – Annotated bibliography of books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare and published or produced between 1963 and the present.


CINAHL with Full Text–full text for over 550 of nursing and allied health journals indexed in the CINAHL database, many of which contain no embargo. Nurses, allied health professionals, researchers, nurse educators and students consider this database an essential research tool providing full-text coverage dating back to 1981.

PubMed–more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

Philosophy and Theology

Acta Sanctorum Database:External link [] – A collection of documents examining the lives of saints, organised according to each saint’s feast day.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials:External link [,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=rfh] – Combines the ATLA Religion Database with ATLA’s online collection of religion and theology journals.  The ATLA Religion Database is an index to over 1.7 million bibliographical records in the fields of religion and theology, including citations of journal articles, book reviews and essays. Full text is provided for more than 290,000 electronic articles and book reviews.

Catholic Newspapers Online

Intelex Past MastersExternal link [] – Contains collections of the works of Augustine, Anselm, and Aquinas in Latin and English.

Philosophy Documentation Center CollectionExternal link [] – The PDC Collection is an online full-text collection of more than 40 philosophy journals, including American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Augustinian Studies and the Review of Metaphysics.

Philosopher’s Index:External link [,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=phl]– Is a bibliographical database produced by the Philosopher’s Information Center. Contains author-written abstracts covering scholarly research in the field of philosophy, published in books and journals since 1940.

Science and Mathematics

GreenFILEExternal link:offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

MathSciNetExternal link [] is an electronic publication offering access to searchable database of reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature. MathSciNet contains over two million items and includes data from digitized articles dating back to the 1800s.

PsycINFOExternal link: [] – Abstracting and indexing database with more than 3 million records devoted to peer-reviewed literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health. For off-campus access please contact the reference desk.

Science Direct Access citations of peer-reviewed Elsevier journals in engineering, life, physical, medical, technical, and social sciences.