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Academic Search Ultimate

Designed for academic institutions, this database provides complete coverage of multidisciplinary academic journals. The level and range of content included in this resource fully supports scholarly research in the key areas of academic study by providing peer-reviewed journals, full-text periodicals, reports, books, and much more.

Academic Video Online

Academic Video Online delivers more than 62,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. Curated for the educational experience, the massive depth of content and breadth of content-types (such as documentaries, films, demonstrations, etc.) in Academic Video Online makes it a useful resource for all types of patrons.


Includes articles, biographies, and news items from all fields of science. It is the online version of the well-known McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. 

AERA Online Paper Repository

The American Education Research Association Online Paper Repository is an open-access clearinghouse with abstracts of all scientific presentations given at AERA annual meetings since 2010. More than half include full-text papers voluntarily contributed to the repository by annual meeting presenters.

AHFS Consumer Medication Information

AHFS Consumer Medication Information 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 and has been a Top Ten Award Winner in the Department of Health and Human Services National Consumer Education Materials Contest. This content is updated monthly.

America's News (NewsBank)

Find information on research topics including business, economics, education, government, health, politics, social issues and more from full-text articles including the Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, Rockford Register Star and more. Click here for a guide to using America's News.

Applied Science and Technology Abstracts

Provides information on management, careers and employment, and financial trends in the fields of chemistry, computer technology, energy-related disciplines, engineering, physics, and more. 

Art and Architecture in Video

Art and Architecture in Video is a collection of documentaries and interviews illustrating the history, theory and practice of art, design and architecture. 


Contains bibliographic citations that describe items listed on the table of contents pages of approximately 12,600 journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture. 


Bioline International

Bioline International is an electronic publishing service, founded in 1993. It is operated by bioscientists and librarians who believe that scientific information can be distributed more widely, more cheaply and with added scientific value using electronic means. 

Black Thought & Culture

Black Thought and Culture contains 1,303 sources with 1,210 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamplets, letters and other fugitive material. 

Britannica Online

Allows searching of the complete 44 million words of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, as well as access to specially screened web links. 

Business Source Elite

Business Source Elite provides full text from over 1,090 journals covering business, management, economics, banking, finance, accounting and much more. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for over 1,600 journals. This database contains popular business publications such as Business Week, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review, and hundreds of scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Also included is Wall Street Words, a dictionary of financial terms, linked directly to words within the citations and full text. 


CARLI Digital Collections

The collection contains 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture and architecture, including images from many important collections: the Prado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Uffizi, and the Louvre as well as archaeological sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Egypt. 

Cell Press Free Archives

Cell Press, an imprint of Elsevier, is committed to improving scientific communication through the publication of exciting biology research and reviews. Cell Press journals include the flagship journal Cell, Neuron, Immunity, Molecular Cell, Developmental Cell, Cancer Cell, Current Biology, Structure, Chemistry & Biology, Cell Metabolism, and two new titles launched in 2007, Cell Host & Microbe and Cell Stem Cell. 

Chicago Sun-Times

Contains the full-text of the Chicago Sun-Times daily newspaper, dating from 1986 to present.

Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune provides the latest news from the Chicago area, the nation and the world every day. The Tribune has a reputation for investigative and public service journalism, earning 24 Pulitzer Prizes since 1932. Search for and browse articles from 1985 to present in U.S. Major Dailies.

Choice Reviews Online

Provides access to reviews of academic books published in the journal Choice, from the American Library Association. 

Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education has the nation’s largest newsroom dedicated to covering colleges and universities. As the unrivaled leader in higher education journalism, it serves readers with indispensable real-time news and deep insights, plus the essential tools, career opportunities, and knowledge to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text (an EBSCOHOST database)

CINAHL Plus with Full Text covers a wide range of topics including nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health, and 17 allied health disciplines, providing full text to more than 370 active, non-open access journals dating back as far as 1937. This database also provides indexing for more than 5,500 nursing and allied health journals.

Classical Music in Video

Classical Music in Video will contain 1,000 hours of classical music performances and masterclasses captured on video—approximately 1,500 performances in all. The collection will contain performances of all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world. 

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete is a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. Consumer Health Complete provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. In addition, Consumer Health Complete includes the Clinical Reference System and the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which provides access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs. The database is updated on a weekly basis.

Core Historical Literature of Agriculture

CHLA is a core electronic collection of historical texts on United States agriculture and rural life published between the early nineteenth and the mid-twentieth century. The collection covers a range of agricultural sciences, forestry, food science, human nutrition, and rural sociology. It includes scientific texts, handbooks, memoirs, local government publications, transactions of early agricultural societies, government publications, and farm journals.

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume I

Alexander Street Counseling provides the largest and richest online collection of video available for the study of counseling, social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. The wealth of video and multiplicity of perspectives in these collections allow students and scholars to see, experience, and study counseling in ways never before possible. 

Credo Reference

Credo Reference is an online library of over 1,000 reference books. Credo Reference includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, not to mention a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law.

C-Span Video Library

A digital archive of C-SPAN video.The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN Archives. 


Daily Life Through History (academic edition)

Daily Life through History (from ABC-CLIO) explores the lives of ordinary people through time. Students can experience ancient and modern world history by exploring details about family life, food, clothing, work, sports, languages, literature, romance, and social customs from prehistory to the new millennium.

Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source

Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source includes the top journals covering all areas of dentistry, including, but not limited to: general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental anasethesiology, dental public health, endodontics, forensic odontology, geriatric dentistry, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthapaedics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry and prosthodontics. 

Digital Library of the Commons

The Digital Library of the Commons (DLC) provides free access to an archive of international literature on the commons, common-pool resources and common property. Features for authors and readers include advanced searching; browsing by region, sector, and author name; an author submission portal for uploading a variety of document formats; and a service that uses email to alert subscribers to new documents in their area of interest. 

Digital Sanborn Maps

Provides access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. Users have the ability to easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections, and layer maps from different years. 

Directory of Open Access Journals

This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. It aims to cover all subjects and languages. 

Diversity & Ethnic Studies eBook Collection (an EBSCOHost database)

This is a collection of nearly 5,000 high-quality ebooks on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These books are from leading publishers, university presses, and professional organizations, such as African Books Collective, Harvard University Press, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, Stanford University Press, Taylor & Francis, and others.

Docuseek Complete Collection

Docuseek streams essential documentaries from leading independent, social-issue and environmental film distributors. Docuseek Complete Collection includes more than 2,000 films.


EBook Central (CARLI PDA project)

You need credible content from authoritative, scholarly sources. Ebook Central delivers, with breadth and depth of ebooks from scholarly sources, including University Presses and other top publishers.

EBook Community College Collection (an EBSCOHOST database)

Covering both academic and career education information, users will find eBooks in multiple disciplines and key subject areas such as the Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Science & Technology, and Literary Criticism. The complexity of information presented in ebooks in this collection ranges from introductory to higher-level content.

EBSCO eBooks

This is a collection of electronic books from EBSCO, including scholarly and reference materials, available to read on-line. 

Electronic Collections Online

Contains bibliographic information for hundreds of journals devoted to the sciences and the humanities. Abstracts and full-text articles from journals to which your library subscribes. 

ERIC (a FirstSearch database)

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) has represented the most complete bibliography of educational materials available since 1966. The ERIC database is a guide to published and unpublished sources on thousands of educational topics, with information from RIE (Resources in Education) and CIJE (Current Index to Journals in Education). 

ERIC (Department of Education)

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES). 


Érudit gathers reviews from a broad range of disciplines including the social sciences and natural sciences. 

Ethnic Diversity Source

Ethnic Diversity Source covers culture, social treatment and lived experiences of underrepresented groups across North America, including but not limited to: African Americans, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, Jewish Americans, Latinx Americans, Native Americans and Multiracial Americans. The curated resource is comprised of a wide variety of sources including scholarly journals and magazines, primary sources, historical documents, interviews and biographies, as well as robust collections of e-books and videos aligned to represent marginalized populations in North America.


Facts on File

A news database that covers current an past news topics within Issues and Controveries, Today's Science, and the World News Digest, which are searchable by keyword. Facts on File provides unbiased analysis of controversial topics, news on scientific developments, and world news and facts. News archive goes back to 1940. Includes up to the minute news from Reuter's News Service.


FirstSearch offers seamless electronic access to dozens of databases and more than 10 million full-text and full-image articles. 


Flipster offers a convenient way to read magazines that focused on lifestyle, music, career interests, health, and recreation and sport. Flipster is accessible from your pc, laptop or mobile device.

To download or learn more about the Flipster app, please click here.

Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia

Indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics. The database contains various images, offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas. This database is updated annually. 


Gale eBooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Gale eBooks is an electronic database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. You can also search Gale eBooks using the new Gale Power Search interface.

Gale Literature (formerly Gale Literary Sources)

Gale Literature brings together all Gale literature related content in a single interface.  Get full-text literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews, plot summaries, and work overviews.  Gale Literary Sources combines the content from Literature Criticism Online (Contemporary Literary Criticism and Short Story Criticism) and Literature Resource Center.

Global Research on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (WHO)

The World Health Organization is gathering the latest international multilingual scientific findings and knowledge on COVID-19. The global literature cited in the WHO COVID-19 database is updated daily (Monday through Friday) from searches of bibliographic databases, hand searching, and the addition of other expert-referred scientific articles. This database represents a comprehensive multilingual source of current literature on the topic. While it may not be exhaustive, new research is added regularly.

Government Printing Office (a FirstSearch database)

Consists of records published by the GPO since July 1976. Includes references to congressional committee reports and hearings, debates, documents from executive departments, and more. 


GreenFILE 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 approximately 295,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,600 records. 



Includes the searchable full text of Harper's Weekly Magazine, 1857-1877. 

HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than fifty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide. The HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the immense collections of partner institutions in digital form, preserving them securely to be accessed and used today, and in future generations. 

Health Source: Consumer Edition (an EBSCOHOST database)

Health Source: Consumer Edition is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition features searchable full-text for nearly 150 journals. 

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (an EBSCOHOST database)

This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals. This database is updated on a daily basis. 

HighWire Press (Free Journals)

HighWire Press is a division of the Stanford University Libraries, which produces the online versions of high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly content. HighWire Press hosts the largest repository of free full-text life science articles in the world, with 1,450,640 articles available without subscription. 

Historical Statistics of the U.S.

This thoroughly revised five-volume reference work reflects thirty years of new data and scholarship. Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field. The fully searchable and downloadable electronic edition will permit users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting their own particular areas of interest. 


Issues and Controversies (Facts on File)

To help students, researchers, and readers understand the critical issues we face today, Issues & Controversies explores and analyzes hundreds of hot topics in politics, business, government, crime, law, energy, education, health, family, science, foreign policy, race, rights, society, and culture. Updated weekly, with a wire-service newsfeed providing the latest headline stories, Issues & Controversies offers in-depth articles designed to inspire thought-provoking debates and research papers. Since its inception in 1995, Issues & Controversies has been a core student and educator resource for understanding and writing about contemporary events and conflicts, as well as for debate prep. It also provides comprehensive coverage and analysis every year of the National High School Debate Topic.


JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association is a peer-reviewed medical journal published 48 times a year by the American Medical Association. It publishes original research, reviews, and editorials covering all aspects of the biomedical sciences.

JSTOR - Arts & Sciences I Collection

JSTOR - Arts and Sciences Collection provides access to full text of many journals in the following disciplines: African American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology and Statistics.


Kanopy Streaming Video

Kanopy streaming video offers a broad selection of more than 30,000 feature films, documentaries, foreign language films, and training videos. Browse, search, and view collections of top film-festival favorites, classic films, world cinema and popular movies from award-winning filmmakers from around the world. Content is available from many top producers such as, The Criterion Collection, PBS, the Great Courses, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, the BBC, and many more.


Lexis-Nexis Academic

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LGBT Studies in Video

LGBT Studies provides students and researchers across disciplines a multi-content perspective on the LGBT political, cultural and social movements throughout the twentieth century and into the present day. It provides key resources of interest to students and researchers in sociology, anthropology, psychology, counseling, history, political science, gender studies, cultural studies, and religious studies. 

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

This world-class bibliographic database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Delivered via the EBSCOhost platform, LISTA indexes nearly 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science. 

Literature Resource Center

The Literature Resource Center is designed around three major literary research tools - Contemporary Literary Criticism, Dictionary of Literary Biography, and Contemporary Authors. Designed originally for students of literature, this database offers a wealth of information that includes criticism, biographies, bibliographies, work overviews and explications. Also included are web sites, periodical articles, compare and contrast pages, full-text author's works, and reading lists that are useful in many disciplines. 


Making of America (Cornell)

Making of America (MOA), a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The Making of America collection comprises the digitized pages of books and journals. This system allows you to view scanned images of the actual pages of the 19th century texts. 

Making of America (Michigan)

Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.

MAS Ultra - School Edition (an EBSCOHOST database)

Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database provides full text for more than 700 popular general interest and current events publications with information dating as far back as 1975 for key magazines. 


Covers all areas of medicine, including clinical medicine, experimental medicine, dentistry, nursing, health services administration, nutrition, and much more. Indexes over 9,000 journals (most with abstracts). 

Military & Government Collection Publications (an EBSCOHOST database)

Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. 

MLA Handbook Plus

Relied on by generations of writers, the MLA Handbook is the only official, authorized book on MLA format. The ninth edition builds on the MLA’s unique approach to documenting sources using a template of core elements—facts, common to most sources, like author, title, and publication date—that allows writers to cite any type of work, from books, e-books, and journal articles in databases to song lyrics, online images, YouTube videos, dissertations, and more. Emphasizing source evaluation as the cornerstone of citation, MLA style promotes the crucial skills of information and digital literacy.

MLA International Bibliography

MLA International Bibliography indexes critical literary and language scholarship and provides access to over 6,400 journals and serials published worldwide, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. 

Music Online: Classical Music in Video

Music Online: Classical Music in Video will contain 1,000 hours of classical music performances and masterclasses captured on video—approximately 1,500 performances in all. The collection will contain performances of all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world. 


National Academies Press eBooks

The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and health policy. The institutions served by the NAP are unique in their ability to attract leading experts in many fields to join panels and committees charged with providing policy advice on some of the nation’s most pressing scientific, technical, and health-related issues. 

New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-Present

The collection includes over 200 full-length feature films from leading independent distributors such as Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Film Movement, MK2, and Global Lens. There are also some 50 award winning short films. 

New York Times

The New York Times is the premiere American daily newspaper. It reports on national and international events and is considered the national "newspaper of record". Search for and browse articles from 1980 to present in U.S. Major Dailies.

Newspaper Source

Newspaper Source provides selected full-text for 480 U.S. and international newspapers. This collection offers full-text from major U.S. newspapers including: The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Daily News, The Miami Herald, and The San Jose Mercury News. International coverage includes The News (Mexico), and The Hong Kong Standard, and much more. 

Nexis Uni (LexisNexis)

Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790. (Formerly called LexisNexis Academic.)


OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson)

OmniFile Full Text, Select Edition contains the full text only records that are contained in 11 Wilson databases: Applied Science & Technology Full Text, Art Full Text , Biological & Agricultural Index Plus, Education Full Text, General Science Full Text, Humanities Full Text, Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text, Library Literature & Information Science Full Text, Readers' Guide Full Text, Social Sciences Full Text, Wilson Business Full Text. 

Omnigraphics Online (Health Reference Series online ebooks)

Online ebook versions of the popular Health Reference Series books published by Omnigraphics, Inc. The Health Reference Series provides basic medical information for patients, families, caregivers, and the general public. Each volume takes a particular topic and provides comprehensive coverage. This is especially important for people who may be dealing with a newly diagnosed disease or a chronic disorder in themselves or in a family member. People looking for preventive guidance, information about disease warning signs, medical statistics, and risk factors for health problems will also find answers to their questions in this series.

OVID Full Text Journals Browse

Browse a set of full text health sciences and nursing journals provided by OVID.

OVID Full Text Journals Search

Search a set of full text health sciences and nursing journals provided by OVID.

Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online is a gateway that offers users the ability to access and search the content of Grove Art Online and the following Oxford art reference works: The Oxford Companion to Western Art ; Encyclopedia of Aesthetics ; and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Users can choose to view biographies, subject entries, or images when searching or browsing. This functionality allows users greater access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,000 images contained within Grove Art Online. Thematic timelines and learning resources also provide users with powerful tools for navigating the content, and context-sensitive help pages are available throughout the site to guide users through the features and functionality. 

Oxford English Dictionary Online

The Oxford English Dictionary Online provides authoritative definitions of over 500,000 words and traces the history of their use from their first occurrence through the modern period through the use of over 2.5 million quotations. 

Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online brings together over three hundred well-known and trusted dictionaries and reference books, plus an Encyclopedia, into a single cross-searchable web database. It is unique in offering integrated, consistent coverage of a broad range of subjects: everything from General Reference, Language and Quotations to Science and Medicine, and from Humanities and Social Sciences to Business and Professional.



PapersFirst provides access to individual papers presented at conferences worldwide. A major research aid covering every congress, symposium, exposition, workshop, and meeting added to The British Library Document Supply Centre's vast proceedings collection since October 1993.


The world’s first multidisciplinary Open Access journal, PLOS ONE accepts scientifically rigorous research, regardless of novelty. PLOS ONE’s broad scope provides a platform to publish primary research, including interdisciplinary and replication studies as well as negative results. The journal’s publication criteria are based on high ethical standards and the rigor of the methodology and conclusions reported.

Primary Search (an EBSCOHOST database)

Primary Search provides full-text for nearly 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator and full-text information dates as far back as 1990. 


ProceedingsFirst provides tables of contents of papers presented at conferences worldwide. Each ProceedingsFirst record contains a list of the papers presented at each conference. Like its companion, PapersFirst, ProceedingsFirst provides access to The British Library Document Supply Centre's vast collection of conference proceedings. 

Professional Development Collection (an EBSCOHOST database)

The Professional Development Collection is designed for educators. This database provides a highly specialized collection of over 500 full text journals, including more than 300 peer-reviewed titles. 


PsycARTICLES is a database of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology.  It provides full text access to articles from journals published by APA (American Psychological Association) and allied organizations and covers general psychology and specialized basic, applied, clinical, and theoretical research in psychology.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection

This database database provides nearly 575 full text publications, including nearly 550 peer-reviewed titles. Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. 

Public Library of Science (PLoS)

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit organization committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature freely available online, without restrictions on use or further distribution, free from private or government control. 

PubMed Central

PubMed Central is a digital archive of life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), developed and managed by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM). 


Regional Business News

Provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications, including coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States, updated daily. 

Resources for College Libraries Plus

RCL Plus offers comprehensive access to all Resources for College Libraries (RCL) and Career Resources (CR) content, comprising a core list of essential print and electronic resources for two-year and four-year undergraduate institutions. This deluxe database includes over 87,000 works with a total of 117 curriculum-specific subject headings. RCL Plus allows users to quickly find and identify essential titles from both the RCL and the CR core lists. RCL Plus enables libraries to evaluate, refine, and develop collections that support the entire college curriculum including both the traditional liberal arts and sciences subjects and career-oriented programs.

Rockford Register Star

Contains the full-text of Rockford's daily newspaper, dating from 1999 to yesterday's issue. 


Salem Press Online

Salem Press Online is a collection of electronic versions of print books, including The Reference Shelf series which is compilations of recent periodical articles on contemporary issues and annual compilations of important American speeches.  Other books include the Critical Insights series on literature and the Decades series on American history, as well as other history and health titles.

Saskia Art Images Collection

The collection contains 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture and architecture, including images from many important collections: the Prado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Uffizi, and the Louvre as well as archaeological sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Egypt. 

Science Direct

Science Direct offers more than a quarter of the world's scientific, medical and technical information online. It also offers over 2,000 peer-reviewed journals, hundreds of book series, handbooks and reference works, and spans back to volume one, issue one. The RVC Library does not have online access to all content in Science Direct. To limit to available content, check the "subscribed journals" box on the search results screen.

SORA - Searchable Ornithological Research Archive

The SORA Project is an open access electronic journal archive and is the product of a collaboration among the American Ornithologists' Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, the Association of Field Ornithologists, the Wilson Ornithological Society, the Eastern, Inland and Western Bird Banding Associations, the Neotropical Ornithological Society and the University of New Mexico libraries and IT department. This archive provides access to an extensive Ornithological literature of international scope, and detailed material documenting the history of Ornithology in North America over the last 120 years. 


Teacher Reference Center

This database of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books provides coverage on 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. 

Today's Science (Facts on File)

Today’s Science bridges the gap between the science learned in the classroom and real-world discoveries. Updated weekly, with a 16-year backfile, Today’s Science explains important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology. 


U.S. Major Dailies

U.S. Major Dailies provides access to the five most respected U.S. national and regional newspapers, including The New York Times and Washington Post, co-exclusive access to The Wall Street Journal, and exclusive access to Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. The titles offer researchers thorough and timely coverage of local, regional, and world events with journalistic balance and perspective. The content is available by 8am each day and provides archives stretching as far back as 1985.


Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is the single most authoritative American source of global and national business and financial news. Search for and browse articles from 1984 to present in U.S. Major Dailies.

Washington Post

The Washington Post is regarded as one of the leading daily American newspapers and has distinguished itself through its political reporting on the workings of the White House, Congress, and other aspects of the U.S. government. Browse or search in U.S. Major Dailies database for articles 1987 to present.

Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select

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Women & Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000

Women and Social Movements in the United States is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history generally at the same time that it makes the insights of women's history accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools. The collection currently includes 116 document projects and archives with 4,700 documents and more than 160,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by more than 2,450 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools. 

World History in Video

World History in Video is a wide-ranging collection of critically acclaimed documentaries that allow students and researchers to explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century. The video content offered here is truly global in scope, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. Its unparalleled geographical and chronological coverage captures longer-term and multiple perspectives, so students can make connections across cultures and over time, incorporating people, places, events, and artifacts from around the world and across the centuries.

World News Digest (Facts on File)

Authoritative world news coverage from 1940 through today: provides information, context, and perspective.

World Religions (academic edition)

World Religions: Belief, Culture and Controversy (from ABC-CLIO) offers students a deep survey of more than 50 past and present religions practiced throughout the world. The database presents thousands of primary and secondary sources that examine core beliefs, customs and practices, celebrations, key events, sacred places, and significant figures.


WorldCat is the OCLC Union Catalog containing over 100 million bibliographic records and 1.2 billion holdings contributed by over 9,000 libraries around the world.