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Recommended Databases and Journal Indexes

Britannica Online   DISCUS icon
Contains the well-respected Encyclopaedia Britannica with over 73,000 short and book-length articles on every subject. This online resource also includes a multimedia database with thousands of photographs, illustrations, and sound files; links to thousands of Web sites reviewed by Britannica editors to ensure their quality and appropriateness; hundreds of video clips; links to selected magazines and journals; Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus; the World Data Analyst which combines detailed statistics with powerful tools for analysis and display, features a unique collection of in-depth information about the countries of the world, and allows you to create interesting and information comparative charts and tables; more than 4000 quotations from both historical and contemporary men and women on a wide variety of topics; and a selection of 225 works by 140 authors to introduce you to the great writing and ideas of the Western world.

Credo Reference   DISCUS icon Connect to User Guide
Provides access to more than 600 subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies, dictionaries, and reference titles from over 80 publishers, covering every major subject. Offers over 200,000 images and audio files and nearly 100 videos. Over 10,000 Topic Pages present and organize a variety of information resources on a subject and act as a starting point for research.

Enciclopedia Moderna (from Encyclopedia Britannica)   DISCUS icon
A comprehensive encyclopedia in the Spanish language for high school ages and up published by Encyclopedia Britannica. Includes over 50,000 encyclopedia articles plus images, maps, and tables. Complete with a dictionary, atlas, and timelines.

Escolar (Britannica)   DISCUS icon
Spanish elementary encyclopedia for early readers of Spanish. More than 1,500 encyclopedia articles and 1,000 pictures. Searchable and alphabetically browsable. Interactive materials supporting language arts, math, science and social studies. Content selected for curriculum relevance and age appropriateness.

Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon Connect to User Guide
This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group) (CSU Library) Connect to User Guide
The electronic books included in this collection are provided by the CSU Library and are in the categories of: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. See also the GVRL ebooks provided by DISCUS.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group) (DISCUS)   DISCUS icon Connect to User Guide
The electronic books included in this collection are provided by DISCUS and are in the categories of: Education, History, Medicine, Nation and World, and Science. See also the GVRL ebooks provided by the CSU Library.

World Almanac (OCLC FirstSearch)
This full-text resource includes Funk & Wagnall's New Encyclopedia, the World Almanac and Book of Facts, the World Almanac of the U.S.A., the World Almanac of U.S. Politics, and the World Almanac for Kids. It offers a fundamental reference source for students, library patrons, library reference staff, and scholars alike, and includes biographies, encyclopedia entries, facts, and statistics.

Additional Databases and Journal Indexes

Academic OneFile (Gale InfoTrac) Connect to User Guide
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines

Academic Search Complete (EBSCOHost) PASCAL icon Connect to User Guide
A general, multi-disciplinary database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals

EBL eBooks PASCAL icon Connect to User Guide
A growing collection of over 3,500 electronic books in a range of academic subject areas with unlimited, multi-user access. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download it for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free) on your computer or the Bluefire Reader app (free) on your mobile device. Login is required both on and off campus. For more information, click the User Guide button above.

ebrary eBooks PASCAL icon Connect to User Guide
A growing collection of over 140,000 electronic books in a wide range of academic subject areas with unlimited, multi-user access. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download up to 10 entire books for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free) or the Bluefire Reader app (free) on your mobile device. Individual chapters can also be downloaded in PDF format. Login to your personal account to take advantage of additional functionalities including setting a default citation format, highlighting and note taking within the text, adding hyperlinks to the text, saving books to a personal bookshelf, downloading content for offline use, and access to Apple and Android mobile apps. Off-campus users are automatically logged in to their personal accounts. On-campus users will be prompted to login when they need to use one of the additional functions or when they click the Sign In link. For more information, click the User Guide button above.

EBSCO eBook Collection PASCAL icon Connect to User Guide
A collection of over 150,000 electronic books available in full text online in a wide range of academic subject areas. Ebooks may be viewed online in any browser. If you prefer to read a book offline, you can download it for 14 days using Adobe Digital Editions (free) or the Bluefire Reader app (free) on your mobile device, or you can save a limited number of pages in PDF format. A free MyEBSCOhost account is required. For more information, click the User Guide button above.

General OneFile (Gale InfoTrac) Connect to User Guide
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines ranging from architecture to biology and history to mathematics.

HathiTrust     FREE Connect to User Guide
HathiTrust is a growing digital repository of books and journals from a group of large research libraries. It includes both in copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives at HathiTrust partner libraries. The full text of all materials is searchable by everyone, and the full text of materials in the public domain are openly viewable by everyone. To limit your search to the approximately 30% of the HathiTrust collection which is in the public domain, simply check the "Full view only" box on the search screen. Additional options are available for non-partners by creating a Friend Account. Hathi (pronounced hah-tee) is the Hindi word for elephant, an animal highly regarded for its memory, wisdom, and strength.

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOHost)   DISCUS icon Connect to User Guide
Designed specifically for public libraries, this 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 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.

Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost) Connect to User Guide
Subject coverage includes antiques, arts, business, computers, education, entertainment, film, television, gardening, health, medicine, history, home improvement, literature, news, current events, photography, popular and classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, science, sports, fitness, transportation, travel and much more. Includes indexing of over 450 periodicals as far back as 1983 and searchable full text of articles from over 250 journals as far back as 1994.

WorldCat Connect to User Guide
A shared catalog that provides information about books, periodicals, audio/visual materials, etc. from thousands of libraries around the world and indicates which libraries hold the items.

 
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