General Databases & Descriptions

Academic Search Elite (EBSCO)

Indexing and abstracts for 3,484 journals with fulltext for over  2,000 journals, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed titles.

Alexander Street Press Vast Collection

VAST is a package of video collections, accessible through the new Academic Video Online cross-search.


1990- present, updated daily
Indexes broad variety of magazine and journal articles covering over 16,000 titles. Links to U of S library holdings are indicated when available

Biography Index Past and Present (1984-present)

Cites biographical articles appearing in any of more than 3,000 periodicals and some 2,000 current books of individual and collective biography, as well as biographical material in otherwise non-biographical books. Besides biographies and autobiographies, you'll find citations to interviews, obituaries, and collections of letters, diaries, memoirs, juvenile literature, book reviews, bibliographies and exhibition reviews. People covered range from antiquity to the present and represent all fields and nationalities.

Biography Index Retrospective: 1946-1983

A comprehensive listing of biographical content to some 623,000 articles and book citations. It includes interviews and profiles of history-makers, covering 40 years. You will find citations to feature articles, biographies, obituaries, books and book parts. The number of people covered in the database is about 300,000. It covers asked-about public figures, including writers, artists, statesman, sports figures, politicians, religious leaders, scientists, educators, military leaders, teachers, actors, business people, and more.

The Columbia Gazetteer of the World

A database of names, descriptions, and characteristics of over 165,000 places in the world. Users can search all the information—not just place-names.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a full-text online reference service. The collection includes over three million entries from hundreds of well-regarded titles from some of world's the best reference publishers. Contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, science to Shakespeare and law to literature.

ECO Electronic Collections OnLine

Contains full-text articles for over 2000 journals. The database is multi-disciplinary and covers agriculture, business, economics, education, geography, history, law, , political science, and religion. The span of coverage is 1995 to the present. Updated daily.  

Films on Demand

Films On Demand is a vendor of web-based digital video delivery service.

JSTOR (Full Text)

Provides full text access for scholarly journals in the areas of African-American studies, anthropology, Asian studies, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, and sociology. The Life Science Collection is also available. This database covers a complete journal run from the first issue up to the most recent three to five years.


Provides access to journals, magazines, and newspapers in full text format. The subject areas covered are news, business, law, health, and reference. This database is updated daily, and sources can be searched for the last five or ten years, and in some cases back 30 plus years to provide bibliographic records. This database contains over 5200 sources.

Newspaper Source (EBSCO)

Newspaper Source provides cover to cover full text for 35 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. Also contains selective full text for 375 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television and radio news transcripts are provided.

Open World Cat

Allows simple keyword searching for books, videos, serials, and electronic publications. Each linked result leads to a "Find a library" information page. Users may type in a zip code and receive a list of nearby libraries that own the item.

Pennsylvania Digital Library

The Pennsylvania Digital Library (PADL) is a state-wide repository for digital resources created by Pennsylvania libraries, museums, educational institutions, and other cultural heritage organizations. PADL provides researchers with an aggregated search interface for these digital materials.

ProQuest Central (Searches All of ProQuest)

ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated full-text database in the market today totaling more than 11,250 titles—with over 8,400 titles in full text. It serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels in all markets.

Readers Guide Retrospective: 1890 - 1982

Provides indexing of over three million articles from more than 550 leading magazines, including full coverage of the original print volumes of RGPL. This important resource offers a wide range of researchers access to information about history, culture, and seminal developments across nearly a century.

The Internet has become the world's biggest library and information resource containing millions of books, artifacts, images, documents, maps, etc. The Refdesk is designed to navigate this maze. The Refdesk has three goals: fast access, intuitive and easy navigation, and comprehensive content that is rationally indexed. The Refdesk's database works on three levels: quick, studied and deep: thumbnail snapshots, FastFacts 2001, Quick Reference / Research, and Facts Subject Index, for a more studied approach, Newspapers - USA & Worldwide, Search Engine Resources, Internet Help, and Writing Web Documents, and in-depth exploration, Facts Encyclopedia with over seventy volumes of indexed subjects and Facts Subject Index with twenty-four subject categories.


Ulrich's is an authoritative source of information about magazine and journal publications.  It is the best place to look to determine if a publication is peer reviewed.


A very comprehensive bibliography which contains 37 million bibliographic records, representing 400 languages and covering information from 4,000 years of knowledge. This database is updated daily and contains book and other materials that are held in libraries worldwide.
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