Databases A to Z -- Online Resources

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Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) Similar to ProQuest Research Library, Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary library database that provides access to full-text articles on just about any topic imaginable. ASC contains access to more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. Content goes back as far as 1887.

ACLS Humanities E-Book An online collection of around 5,000 books of high quality in the humanities. These titles are offered by the American Council of Learned Societies in collaboration with thirty-one learned societies, over 100 contributing publishers, and the Michigan Publishing division at the University of Michigan Library.

AHFS Consumer Medication Information (EBSCO)  NEW! is a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish. Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS includes more than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers, with content updated monthly.

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.

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.

Business Source Elite (EBSCO) 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  (EBSCO) 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.

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 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.

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.

EBSCO Access to all EBSCO databases.

EBSCO eBook Collections Close to 175,000 e-Books are available in this collection geared specifically to academic audiences and some tailored specifically for community college students. Topics include art, humanities, history, sciences, social sciences, 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.

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 (EBSCO)  NEW! This database is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750, and contains the citation information for more than 32,000 titles.

Films on Demand: Master Academic Collection This collection of streaming videos provides access to more than 31,000 films and 300,000 film clips from producers including A&E, BBC, HBO Documentary Films, National Geographic, Scientific American, PBS, and Ken Burns. Faculty can embed films into Canvas, and after creating an account within the database, can create playlist and film segments.

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

Gale Access to all Gale databases

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.

GreenFile (EBSCO) 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 (EBSCO) 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 (EBSCO) 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."

Hoopla Stream Audiobooks, music, movies, TV shows, and read eBooks and digital comics. Restricted to current students, faculty, and staff with a valid 900 number only.

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.

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.

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 (EBSCO) 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 (EBSCO) 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.

Newswires (EBSCO)  NEW! Provides near real-time access to top worldwide news from various news outlets including Associated Press, CNN Wire, and Business Wire.

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.

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 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 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.

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 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.

​Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCO) 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."

Regional Business News (EBSCO)  NEW! 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.

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.

Swank Digital Campus  NEW! Faculty: Sign up for the instructor account first, then search the entire Swank Digital Campus Collection and request titles to stream for your courses. Please view the Swank Guide for instructions before requesting videos. Students: Use this to view movies already activated for your course.

Web News (EBSCO)  NEW! Provides near real time access to thousands of top news feeds from around the globe. This collection includes over 14,000 feeds covering a range of business and general news topics.