Online Resources

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Country Watch Use this database to find up-to-date and reliable information on the politics, history and geopolitical intelligence of all countries in the world.


CQ Researcher: This award-winning database is the online equivalent of the weekly publication of the same name. It is an excellent place to look for impartial and extensive reporting on controversial and complex issues. This database is a great resource to use especially for speech and debate classes. CQ Researcher provides full-text access to reports from Oct. 1991 to the present.

Elections A-Z: This is a guide to all things pertaining to United States elections. Find out information about presidential parties and elections, state government, midterm elections, gubernatorial candidates, and caucuses. There are graphs, charts, images, historic documents, and dictionary entries.


Academic Search Premier (ASP): Similar to ProQuest Research Library, Academic Search Premier is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary library database that provides access to full-text articles on just about any topic imaginable. ASP contains access to over 4,600 periodicals, including almost 3,900 peer-reviewed journals, some going back to the mid-1970s or earlier.

America: History and Life with Full Text: The best database to use to cover the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. This database indexes over 1,700 journals from 1955 to the present with full text access to more than 200 journals and almost 100 books.

AP NewsMonitor Collection: AP NewsMonitor gives you access to news from the Associated Press on a near real-time basis. EBSCO can relay relevant results when users conduct searches in EBSCOhost, or users can search the database directly. News is held for 30 days.

Auto Repair Reference Center: Auto Repair Reference Center allows you to search by year, make, and model for diagrams, step-by-step repair information, specifications, and technical bulletins. Diagnostic information is available for "the advanced "DIYer."

BIR Entertainment: This tool has information on 200,000 DVD and video titles, in addition to around 450,000 music titles. You can find out information on music or videos by genre or performer.

Book Index with Reviews: Use this extensive database when looking for trustworthy and reliable book reviews. NOTE: Contains access to only limited scholarly, peer reviewed book reviews.

Business Source Elite: This database provides full text access to over 1,000 business publications, with access to some journals going back as far as 1985. Also included within this sources are more than 10,000 company profiles from Datamonitor are also included.

CINAHL Complete: NEW! This database provides subject and keyword searching capabilities to specialized articles from more than 620 nursing & allied health journals. Evidence-based Care Sheets and health-related pamphlets are also included.

Consumer Health Complete: This database is good to use when looking for easy to read and understand health related topics and information. The database provides information from all areas of health and wellness ranging from mainstream medicine to "complementary, holistic and integrated medicine." Consumer Health Complete also includes "the Clinical Reference System and the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which provides access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant" books about prescription drugs.

ebook Academic Subscription: Almost 120,000 e-books are available in this collection geared specifically to academic audiences. Topics include art, science, political science, religion, technology and engineering, and many more. Users can search by title, subject, and author, as well as full-text. You can view individual sections or chapters of books, as well as print or email them. Citation assistance is available.

ebook Community College Subscription: This is a collection of over 48,000 e-books geared specifically to community colleges. Topics include the humanities, the social sciences, business, and vocational education. Users can search by title, subject, and author, as well as full-text. You can view individual sections or chapters of books, as well as print or email them. Citation assistance is available.

ERIC: Developed and maintained by the U.S. Department of Education, ERIC is the preeminent database for any topic related to education. The EBSCO version of this database includes access to 1.3 million records and full-text access to over 300,000 full-text reports and articles contained within ERIC going back to 1966.

European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750: This database has been created from the bibliography “European Americana: A Chronological Guide to Works Printed in Europe Relating to the Americas, 1493-1750.” This serves as a guide to printed information about the Americas written in Europe before 1750.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia: The online equivalent of the "funky" titled print encyclopedia of the same name.

GreenFile: This database provides full-text access to a collection of almost 5,000 sources "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."

Health Source - Consumer Edition: This consumer health database accesses almost 80 full-text consumer health magazines and provides information on many topics, including general health, nutrition and the food sciences, medical sciences, child care, and sports medicine.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition: This database is designed for nursing and allied health students and provides access to almost "550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names."

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts: LISTA has information dating back as far as the mid 1960’s, and indexes almost 125 select journals, in addition to around 50 journals. Also included are books, reports, and proceedings. Topics include librarianship, classification, cataloging, and information management, among many others.

MagillOnLiterature Plus: This database provides author biographies, plot summaries and character overviews of famous works of literature. This resource is the online equivalent of the print Masterplots series.

MAS Ultra - School Edition: This database provides access to the full text of almost 500 high school magazines. It also contains a host of other resources, including over 360 full-text reference books, more than 107,000 primary sources, and almost 86,000 biographies.

MasterFILE Premier: This multidisciplinary database designed specifically for public libraries has full text articles from almost 1,700 publications. It also has the full-text of nearly 500 reference books and more than 164,400 primary source documents.

MEDLINE: Developed and maintained by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE is the most comprehensive and authoritative database for information on medicine, nursing, health, "pre-clinical sciences, and much more." Contains links to selected full-text sources available with the EBSCO family of databases.

Military & Government Collection: This database provides current news to all branches of the military and government as well as other useful information. It has the full text of almost 300 periodicals and indexing for more than 400 titles.

Newspaper Source Plus: This database provides access to more than 860 full-text newspapers, including the Ventura County Star. Also, this database includes almost 1 million television and radio news transcripts.

Primary Search: Primary Search has full text for over 70 magazines ideal for elementary school research purposes. Lexiles, or reading level numbers are assigned to articles.

Professional Development Collection: Perfect for educators, this database has over 500 education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed journals and over 200 educational reports.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection: According to EBSCO, "this is the world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals." This resource provides access to journal articles on all "topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods."

Religion and Philosophy Collection: This database is the one to use when researching topics such as eschatology, "world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy." This resource contains access to over 300 full text journals.

Searchasaurus - Elementary School: Searchasaurus is appropriate for finding material for elementary school audiences. Material is divided by topic and ranked by Lexile reading score. Full-text articles are from magazines, books, and encyclopedias. Useful for child development and education.

Student Research Center: This full-text database contains articles from magazines, newspapers, books, and encyclopedias, as well as biographies, country reports, news transcripts, state reports, flags, photos, and primary source documents. Items are ranked by Lexile from 200 to 1300+ (grades 1-12). Topics covered include technology, social studies, health, current issues, and language arts.


Biography In Context: This database combines award-winning biographies along with full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

Gale Literary Index: While Literature Resource Center provides full-text access to many of the most popular and often-searched authors and works of fiction, use the Gale Literary Index to search comprehensively for references to a particular author or work of fiction in all print-based Gale literary publications such as Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, Contemporary Literary Criticism, etc.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: This database contains the full text of hundreds of subject specific reference books, which contain close to three-quarters of a million full text scholarly articles that originally appeared in print reference books. Note: The VC Library owns only some of the reference books included in this database in print form.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context: This database is an excellent place to begin one's research on any current event or controversial topic. Opposing Viewpoints includes opinion pieces (i.e. viewpoint essays), magazine, newspaper and journal articles, entries from reference works (such as encyclopedias and dictionaries), statistics, images, scholarly websites, plus much more.

JSTOR This database contains the full-text of hundreds of scholarly journals. The journals are available in full-text from the publication was first published (sometimes going back over 200 years!) up until five years from the present day. For recent journal articles, use ProQuest. JSTOR is a great place for historical research or literary criticism research.

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Ovid Nursing Journals This is a database specifically designed for nursing, medical, and pharmaceutical research. Ovid provides full-text access to over 50 of the most respected and important nursing journals including AJN and Nursing.

Oxford English Dictionary The Oxford English Dictionary is considered "the definitive record of the English language." It tracks the history, forms, and pronunciation of 600,000 words from both the past and present. Quotations help demonstrate the use of the words in context.

ProQuest (NOTE: ProQuest subscriptions are currently available only from on campus)

ABI/INFORM Dateline: ABI/INFORM Dateline accesses hard-to-find local and regional business publications, including McClatchey-Tribune titles, and has news about local companies, analysis, information about the local markets, and much more. Topics include local employment opportunities, corporate strategies, and benefits and compensation. A regional perspective is key.

ABI/INFORM Global: ABI/INFORM Global has scholarly as well as trade journal articles. It also provides access to dissertations, working papers, business cases, and global and trade news. It is one of the most through business databases out there. It includes a lot of full-text coverage for thousands of publications, and the latest in business and financial news. Topics include business and economics, management theory, accounting, finance, business trends, competitive market information, and corporate strategies.

Accounting and Tax: Accounting and Tax covers such topics as accounting, tax law, financial law and advising, risk management, and auditing. It not only contains scholarly journals, but it also has current news and topics as well as information on accounting and tax trends and history.

Hoover's Company Records: This database is the source to use for anyone in need of reliable information of major American and international business corporations. Included within this database are "profiles of more than 40,000 companies, 600 industries, and 225,000 key executives." The database provides an overview of a company, its history, board members, products and competitors, historical and current financials and much more.

National Newspapers Core: Use this database to find information solely from within newspapers from across the globe. Provides access to over 1200 newspapers, including such papers of record as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Times of London, etc. NOTE: ProQuest Research Library includes all the sources found within ProQuest Newspapers so there is no need to search the same topic in both databases.

ProQuest Biology Journals: ProQuest Biology Journals coves many different biology topics, including biochemistry, botany, zoology, environmental studies, microbiology, cytology, and biophysics. More than 325 titles are available full text.

ProQuest Career and Technical Education: ProQuest Career and Technical Education has more than 500 titles in full text having to do with careers and vocational information. Both students and instructors can use this database to find information on topics such as careers and vocations, job searching, building trades, health care, auto mechanics, sales and retail, and other career fields.

ProQuest Computing: ProQuest Computing covers a wide range of computer topics, including computer security, database design, computer science, computer security, WANs and LANs, the Internet, and Intranets.

ProQuest Education Journals: ProQuest Education Journals provides access to approximately 600 top education publications in full text. Many educational topics are covered, including college teaching, childhood education, educational theory, athletic education, special education, home schooling, teacher education, and many related topics.

ProQuest Health and Medical Complete: This database provides access to over 1900 journals-with many of these available full-text-from the nursing, medical and allied health fields.

ProQuest Newsstand: ProQuest Newsstand provides full text access to more than 1300 newspapers, blogs, and news websites from all over the world. Articles, columns, obituaries, and editorials are covered. Newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, and many other nationally known titles. Regional papers are also covered.

ProQuest Religion: This database contains the full text of almost 150 theological, religious, and spiritual periodicals from all over the world. They cover theological thought, religious trends, scholarly commentary, and reports and news. Philosophy, ethics, and international perspectives are also covered.

ProQuest Research Library: ProQuest Research Library accesses more than 5,000 titles, over 3,500 of which are full text, from 1971 to the present. Topics range from business to psychology, from literature to political science, with articles coming from a mix of popular and scholarly sources, as well as magazines and newspapers.

ProQuest Psychology Journals: ProQuest Psychology Journals has over 540 titles available in full text. Many of these titles are indexed in PsycINFO. Topics covered include personality, neurology, psychobiology, behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, experimental psychology, and many other areas of psychology, including psychometrics.

ProQuest Telecommunications: ProQuest Telecommunications has more than 115 titles available in full text. Topics include telecommunications, data communication, computer applications, radio and television technology, information science, and wireless communications.

PsycARTICLES: Developed by the American Psychological Association (APA), this is the premier database to use when searching for full-text articles from 63 different peer-reviewed psychology journals published by the APA.

SpringerLink SpringerLink contains the full text of over 25,00 books available entirely online. These books, covering areas such as nursing, biomedical sciences, engineering, computer science, and chemistry, can be read by more than one person at a time. Entire book chapters can also be downloaded in PDF format. You can also search for books in our online catalog. In addition, you can also access thousands of other articles, book chapters, textbooks, medical and biomedical protocols, and reference texts for free. Look for a green box next to items that can be accessed full-text.