General / Multi-disciplinary Academic Databases
Articles - find peer reviewed scholarly articles using citation and full text databases
Encyclopedias - background material and quality Web links for further information
Newspapers - all types of news outlets, current and archival
Web Directories - subject guides to selective and carefully chosen sites on the Web
Web Search in a Nutshell - getting started in library research
Subscription Databases - general interest:
Book Index with Reviews - access to over 4 million book titles as well as close to 700,000 music and DVD/video titles, updated constantly. Easy to use; scroll down, it's 3rd title from the bottom of the list on EBSCO Host.
Biography Resource Center. Includes full text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search by nationality, birth or death year, ethnicity, occupation, gender - or combine criteria for a highly customized search.
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E Books are here at Net Library. Public domain collection of classics and a "Library Collection" of almost 6,000 recently published books purchased just for WSU library users. E-Books are a great resource when you can't find the printed text - or the library is closed! first time users info (PDF)
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New! Credo Reference – Cross search almost 500 reference books from 65 well-known publishers, online with a single search. Easy to use search box and all results are clearly documented as to what book title is displaying results. Click a button and your search can be continued in our other reference databases such as the Gale Virtual Reference Library, Britannica and Oxford Reference. When you're ready to move to the next level you can continue your search in the WSU Library's Online Catalog; Academic Search (EBSCO) or Academic One File (Gale). Also has “concept map” interactive software to map out and focus your chosen research topic.
Britannica Online. Browse and search the complete encyclopedia plus hundreds of articles not in the print set. Also access to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition), and thousands of links to other WWW sites evaluated and selected by Britannica editors.
Encyclopedia Americana - In addition to encyclopedia content, also contains a dictionary, thesaurus, atlas and more. User-friendly Web search features; selected and evaluated sources for links to further information. Note: Access to the Gale Group of databases is made possible by the Massachusetts Regional Library System
Grolier Multimedia - derived from the Academic American Encyclopedia database, an 11-million-word repository of text and thousands of images maintained by the encyclopedia's editorial and technical staff. Also contains dictionaries, an atlas, timelines, news, today's date in history, along with thousands of still images, videos and sound files. Note: Access to the Gale Group of databases is made possible by the Massachusetts Regional Library System
McGraw Hill's Encyclopedia of Science and Technology contains the complete text of the best-selling 10th edition. Written by leading subject experts in the world, many of whom are Noble Prize winners. Also includes over 2,000 in-depth biographies of leading scientists through history, weekly news updates on breakthroughs and discoveries in science and technology, resources for students, and links to Web sites for further research.
Gale Virtual Reference Library. Available through InfoTrac. Contains full text for over 50 standard reference works in the humanities and social sciences as well as numerous medical, history and literature encyclopedias. Note: Access to the Gale Group of databases is made possible by the Massachusetts Regional Library System
Oxford Reference Online. From one of the world's most respected reference publishers, the Premium collection brings together 200 well-known and trusted sources such as the complete Dictionaries series, Oxford Companion series plus the complete Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Specialized subject sources in foreign languages, mythology, science, medicine, philosophy, and more.
Pop Culture Universe – A library of almost 400 online reference books from reputable publishers Greenwood Press and ABC-Clio. Search box, or by decade from the 1920’s through the 2000’s; also by broad historical periods all the way back to the Colonial Era. Users can also search by broad topic such as art and visual culture, fashion, advertising, ethnic culture, food, music, sports, TV, and other media. Winner of the 2009 Dartmouth Medal for outstanding new reference source.
Articles in Databases
Academic One File - [all INFOTRAC databases] research across all academic disciplines. Indexes peer-reviewed, full text articles available in HTML or PDF formats from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from radio and television broadcasts. Note: Access to the Gale Group of databases is made possible by the Massachusetts Regional Library System.
Academic Search Complete - [all EBSCO databases] largest academic, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 6,100 full-text periodicals, including more than 5,100 peer-reviewed journals.Covers many areas of study of interest to a college audience.
ProQuest Databases - databases that cover many subjects including computing, nursing & allied health, health management, education, criminal justice, biology and general sciences, psychology and general social sciences - lots of full text. Also outstanding newspaper coverage for 18 Massacusetts and 46 major U.S. city papers.
Public Affairs International World issues with coverage from 1972 to the present. An index to over 1/2 million articles, books, government documents, Internet sites and documents from more than 120 countries. Obviously useful for global issues such as affirmative action, AIDS, ethnicity, climate change, political persecution, women's rights, war and conflict, etc.
Issues and Controversies - From the reliable Facts on File resource. Essays and articles for current events and reports on 800 "hot issues" in business, politics, government, education and popular culture. News coverage provided by Reuters. Also contains Issues and Controversies in American History.