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DATABASES

The library offers premium research tools accessible with your library card. These resources are subscription-based and provide access to information from reliable sources. With just a few exceptions, all databases are accessible from home using your library card.  Tutorials are available for each resource.

  • Agriculture Collection

    Provides a comprehensive view of and access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.

      View Tutorial

  • Ancestry Library Edition

    Genealogy and family history research. Only available at a library branch.

      View Tutorial

  • Antiques Reference

    Learn how to evaluate antique collections. Sponsored by Mourot Decorative Arts Fund.
    To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

      View Tutorial

  • AtoZ World Food

    A comprehensive database that contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world.

      View Tutorial

  • AtoZ World Travel

    A comprehensive travel resource with information about food, culture, language, and more.

      View Tutorial

  • Biography in Context

    Biographical essays on the world's most influential people.

      View Tutorial

  • Books & Authors

    Find books to read by exploring combinations of books, authors, genres and topics.

    PENDING UPDATE

  • Britannica Online Library Edition

    An easy to use, online learning resource for children and adults.

      View Tutorial

  • Business Collection

    Provides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice.

      View Tutorial

  • Business Economics and Theory Collection

    Search over 1800 titles of full-text academic journals and magazines that cover topics like starting a business, marketing a product, developing policy, analyzing trends, constructing economic models, investing for the future, researching rates, and more.

      View Tutorial

  • Business Insights: Essentials

    Focuses on detailed company and industry news and information.

      View Tutorial

  • Career Transitions

    Online career guidance center that walks through the job-search process from beginning to end.

      View Tutorial

  • Communications and Mass Media

    Nearly 3 million articles on all aspects of the communications field, including advertising, public relations, linguistics, and literature.

      View Tutorial

  • Computer Science

    The database includes computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications, and the application of technology.

      View Tutorial

  • Contemporary Women's Issues

    Coverage of topics relevant to women around the world, including civil rights, health, education, professional development, and entrepreneurship.

      View Tutorial

  • Criminal Justice Collection

    For researchers who are studying law, law enforcement, or terrorism, training for paralegal service, preparing for a career in homeland security, delving into forensic science, investigating crime scenes, developing policy, going to court, writing sociological reports, and much more.

      View Tutorial

  • Culinary Arts Collection

    More than five million articles from more than 250 major cooking and nutrition magazines, as well as book reference content from Delmar such as About Wine, Introduction to Catering, Advanced Bread and Pastry, and Eat Fit Be Fit.

      View Tutorial

  • Diversity Studies

    Explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in the global community. This collection includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals, updated daily.

      View Tutorial

  • Entrepreneurship

    Ideal for business schools and entrepreneurs, this collection is updated daily and provides insights, tips, strategies, and success stories.

      View Tutorial

  • Environmental Studies and Policy

    Answers inquiries about environmental concerns with coverage of more than 5.4 million articles from more than 300 journals and book reference content.

      View Tutorial

  • Explora

    Explora searches across MasterFile Complete, READ It!, and EBSCO eBook Collection.
    Topics include: art, literature, biographies, current events, geography, health, history, science and math.
    To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

      View Tutorial

  • Fine Arts and Music

    Extensive resource for serious students of drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

      View Tutorial

  • First Search

    Access to a core collection of OCLC articles, scholarly journals and reference databases.

      View Tutorial

  • Foundation Center Directory Online

    Directory and profiles of grantmakers to see who is receiving funding and why. Only available at a library branch.

      View Tutorial

  • Gale Legal Forms

    Provides a wide seletion of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas: real estate, bankruptcy, pre-marital agreements, divorce, landlord/tenant, and more.

      View Tutorial

  • Gale PowerSearch

    Search a wealth of periodical, reference, multimedia and primary source information.

      View Tutorial

  • Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture

    Focuses on both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies. The database offers biotechnologists, farmers, hobbyists, and landscape architects alike access to important content relevant to their pursuits.

      View Tutorial

  • Gender Studies

    Offers access to scholarly journals and magazines covering topics including gender studies, family and marital issues, and more.

      View Tutorial

  • General OneFile

    One-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines.

      View Tutorial

  • General Science Collection

    Remain current with the latest scientific developments in particle physics, advanced mathematics, nanotechnology, geology, and hundreds of other areas. Key subjects covered include the biological sciences, computing, engineering, and technology.

      View Tutorial

  • Grants to Individuals Online by Candid

    Resource for finding grants and fundraising opportunities. Only available at a library branch.

      View Tutorial

  • Health & Medicine

    Provides access to medical and professional periodicals, health and fitness magazines, and reference books. The database is designed for both nursing and allied health students as well as consumer health researchers.

      View Tutorial

  • Health & Wellness Resource Center

    Provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices for researchers of all levels.

      View Tutorial

  • Heritage Quest

    Over 25,000 family and local histories, providing research materials for tracing family history.
    To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

      View Tutorial

  • High School Edition

    Offers audience-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

      View Tutorial

  • Home Improvement Collection

    Covers topics for hobbyists and professionals alike, including architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and others.

      View Tutorial

  • Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure

    Covers the cultural and economic aspects of travel and tourism as well as the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism industries. The curious traveler will also find a wealth of information, from contents on state parks and information on planning a vacation to full-text travel guides from Fodor's.

      View Tutorial

  • Information Science and Library Issues

    Updated daily with articles covering all aspects of managing and maintaining information and technology, including usability, cataloging, circulation, business information, and more.

     View Tutorial

  • Insurance and Liability Collection

    Connects researchers to hundreds of thousands of updated articles from leading journals, including: Business Insurance, Claims, Employee Benefit News, National Underwriter Life & Health, Pensions & Investments, Risk Management, and more.

      View Tutorial

  • Kids Infobits

    Covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history and sports! Searching can be done by clicking on pictures or by typing in search terms. (K-5th)

      View Tutorial

  • Leadership & Management

    Authoritative periodical content covering topics as diverse as 21st century skills, learning disorders, standardized testing, home schooling and more. Updated daily, this resource is useful for researchers or any professional educator interested in professional development.

      View Tutorial

  • Lexis Nexis

    Provides access to billions of searchable documents and records from more than 60,000 legal, news and business sources. Only available at the Law Library.

      View Tutorial

  • MasterFILE Complete

    Provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.
    To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

      View Tutorial

  • Military and Intelligence

    Covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs. The database offers content in key subject areas including governmental policies, the socioeconomic effects of war, the structure of the armed forces, and more.

      View Tutorial

  • Morningstar Investment

    Designed to help you reach your investment goals.
    Use this link if you are trying to access from home.

      View Tutorial

  • Newsstand

    Provides access to full-text newspapers and allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section, or other fields.

      View Tutorial

  • Novelist K-8

    Provides reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for K-8.
    Information includes read-alikes, series information, reviews, award winners and more.
    To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

      View Tutorial

  • Novelist Plus

    Provides reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for all ages.
    Information includes read-alikes, series information, reviews, award winners and more.
    To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

      View Tutorial

  • Nursing and Allied Health

    Covers all aspects of the nursing profession, from direct patient care to health care administration. The database offers current and authoritative content for professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.

      View Tutorial

  • Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine

    Covering the fields of physical therapy, physical fitness, and sports medicine, the database offers a wide spectrum of information, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research, and more.

      View Tutorial

  • Pop Culture

    Useful information for researchers in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses with resources that both analyze and contribute to popular culture.

      View Tutorial

  • Popular Magazines

    Provides access to the most searched magazines

      View Tutorial

  • ProQuest Research Companion

    Guides students through the research process, helping develop critical thinking skills to more effectively find, evaluate, and use information.
    To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

      View Tutorial

  • Psychology Collection

    Supporting research in all fields of psychology— abnormal, biological, cognitive, comparative, developmental, personality, quantitative, social and all areas of applied psychology.

      View Tutorial

  • Read It!

    Provides background knowledge to help conduct research and improve study skills.
    To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

      View Tutorial

  • Religion and Philosophy

    Researchers will gain valuable insight about the impact religion has had on culture throughout history, including literature, arts, and language. Supports a broad range of topics from theological approaches to social issues and a wide range of philosophies.

      View Tutorial

  • Testing & Education Reference Center

    Search thousands of college and graduate school entries, identify scholarships that meet financial needs, take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals.

      View Tutorial

  • Today's Science

    Tailored to students and teachers, including tips for writing research papers, a guide to putting together a science fair project, experiments and presentations.
    To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

      View Tutorial

  • U.S. History Collection

    Useful to both novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers, the database offers balanced coverage of events in U.S. history and scholarly work being established in the field.

      View Tutorial

  • Vocations and Careers

    Aids users in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career.

      View Tutorial

  • War and Terrorism

    Provides access to academic journals and magazines of interest to analysts, risk management professionals, and students of military science, history, and social science. The database offers balanced coverage of both historic and contemporary topics in the fields of war and terrorism.

      View Tutorial

  • Washington Post Historical Newspapers

    Digitized Wasington Post articles from 1877-1997.
    To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

      View Tutorial

  • West Law

    Find the reliable legal information you need quickly and confidently. Only available at the Law Library.

      View Tutorial

  • World Cat

    Access to the world's largest and most comprehensive catalog.

      View Tutorial

  • World History

    Offers balanced coverage of events in world history and scholarly work being established in the field.

      View Tutorial

    • Books & Authors

      Find books to read by exploring combinations of books, authors, genres and topics.

      PENDING UPDATE

    • Novelist K-8

      Provides reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for K-8.
      Information includes read-alikes, series information, reviews, award winners and more.
      To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

        View Tutorial

    • Novelist Plus

      Provides reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for all ages.
      Information includes read-alikes, series information, reviews, award winners and more.
      To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

        View Tutorial

    • World Cat

      Access to the world's largest and most comprehensive catalog.

        View Tutorial

    • Career Transitions

      Online career guidance center that walks through the job-search process from beginning to end.

        View Tutorial

    • Communications and Mass Media

      Nearly 3 million articles on all aspects of the communications field, including advertising, public relations, linguistics, and literature.

        View Tutorial

    • Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure

      Covers the cultural and economic aspects of travel and tourism as well as the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism industries. The curious traveler will also find a wealth of information, from contents on state parks and information on planning a vacation to full-text travel guides from Fodor's.

        View Tutorial

    • Information Science and Library Issues

      Updated daily with articles covering all aspects of managing and maintaining information and technology, including usability, cataloging, circulation, business information, and more.

       View Tutorial

    • Leadership & Management

      Authoritative periodical content covering topics as diverse as 21st century skills, learning disorders, standardized testing, home schooling and more. Updated daily, this resource is useful for researchers or any professional educator interested in professional development.

        View Tutorial

    • Nursing and Allied Health

      Covers all aspects of the nursing profession, from direct patient care to health care administration. The database offers current and authoritative content for professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.

        View Tutorial

    • Testing & Education Reference Center

      Search thousands of college and graduate school entries, identify scholarships that meet financial needs, take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals.

        View Tutorial

    • Vocations and Careers

      Aids users in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career.

        View Tutorial

    • Computer Science

      The database includes computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications, and the application of technology.

        View Tutorial

    • General Science Collection

      Remain current with the latest scientific developments in particle physics, advanced mathematics, nanotechnology, geology, and hundreds of other areas. Key subjects covered include the biological sciences, computing, engineering, and technology.

        View Tutorial

    • Contemporary Women's Issues

      Coverage of topics relevant to women around the world, including civil rights, health, education, professional development, and entrepreneurship.

        View Tutorial

    • Diversity Studies

      Explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in the global community. This collection includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals, updated daily.

        View Tutorial

    • Gender Studies

      Offers access to scholarly journals and magazines covering topics including gender studies, family and marital issues, and more.

        View Tutorial

    • Religion and Philosophy

      Researchers will gain valuable insight about the impact religion has had on culture throughout history, including literature, arts, and language. Supports a broad range of topics from theological approaches to social issues and a wide range of philosophies.

        View Tutorial

    • Antiques Reference

      Learn how to evaluate antique collections. Sponsored by Mourot Decorative Arts Fund.
      To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

        View Tutorial

    • AtoZ World Food

      A comprehensive database that contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world.

        View Tutorial

    • AtoZ World Travel

      A comprehensive travel resource with information about food, culture, language, and more.

        View Tutorial

    • Culinary Arts Collection

      More than five million articles from more than 250 major cooking and nutrition magazines, as well as book reference content from Delmar such as About Wine, Introduction to Catering, Advanced Bread and Pastry, and Eat Fit Be Fit.

        View Tutorial

    • Fine Arts and Music

      Extensive resource for serious students of drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

        View Tutorial

    • Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture

      Focuses on both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies. The database offers biotechnologists, farmers, hobbyists, and landscape architects alike access to important content relevant to their pursuits.

        View Tutorial

    • Home Improvement Collection

      Covers topics for hobbyists and professionals alike, including architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and others.

        View Tutorial

    • Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure

      Covers the cultural and economic aspects of travel and tourism as well as the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism industries. The curious traveler will also find a wealth of information, from contents on state parks and information on planning a vacation to full-text travel guides from Fodor's.

        View Tutorial

    • Contemporary Women's Issues

      Coverage of topics relevant to women around the world, including civil rights, health, education, professional development, and entrepreneurship.

        View Tutorial

    • Health & Medicine

      Provides access to medical and professional periodicals, health and fitness magazines, and reference books. The database is designed for both nursing and allied health students as well as consumer health researchers.

        View Tutorial

    • Health & Wellness Resource Center

      Provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices for researchers of all levels.

        View Tutorial

    • Nursing and Allied Health

      Covers all aspects of the nursing profession, from direct patient care to health care administration. The database offers current and authoritative content for professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.

        View Tutorial

    • Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine

      Covering the fields of physical therapy, physical fitness, and sports medicine, the database offers a wide spectrum of information, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research, and more.

        View Tutorial

    • Antiques Reference

      Learn how to evaluate antique collections. Sponsored by Mourot Decorative Arts Fund.
      To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

        View Tutorial

    • Biography in Context

      Biographical essays on the world's most influential people.

        View Tutorial

    • Diversity Studies

      Explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in the global community. This collection includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals, updated daily.

        View Tutorial

    • Fine Arts and Music

      Extensive resource for serious students of drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

        View Tutorial

    • Military and Intelligence

      Covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs. The database offers content in key subject areas including governmental policies, the socioeconomic effects of war, the structure of the armed forces, and more.

        View Tutorial

    • Pop Culture

      Useful information for researchers in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses with resources that both analyze and contribute to popular culture.

        View Tutorial

    • Religion and Philosophy

      Researchers will gain valuable insight about the impact religion has had on culture throughout history, including literature, arts, and language. Supports a broad range of topics from theological approaches to social issues and a wide range of philosophies.

        View Tutorial

    • U.S. History Collection

      Useful to both novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers, the database offers balanced coverage of events in U.S. history and scholarly work being established in the field.

        View Tutorial

    • War and Terrorism

      Provides access to academic journals and magazines of interest to analysts, risk management professionals, and students of military science, history, and social science. The database offers balanced coverage of both historic and contemporary topics in the fields of war and terrorism.

        View Tutorial

    • Washington Post Historical Newspapers

      Digitized Wasington Post articles from 1877-1997.
      To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

        View Tutorial

    • World History

      Offers balanced coverage of events in world history and scholarly work being established in the field.

        View Tutorial

    • Explora

      Explora searches across MasterFile Complete, READ It!, and EBSCO eBook Collection.
      Topics include: art, literature, biographies, current events, geography, health, history, science and math.
      To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

        View Tutorial

    • High School Edition

      Offers audience-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more.

        View Tutorial

    • Kids Infobits

      Covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history and sports! Searching can be done by clicking on pictures or by typing in search terms. (K-5th)

        View Tutorial

    • ProQuest Research Companion

      Guides students through the research process, helping develop critical thinking skills to more effectively find, evaluate, and use information.
      To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

        View Tutorial

    • Read It!

      Provides background knowledge to help conduct research and improve study skills.
      To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

        View Tutorial

    • Today's Science

      Tailored to students and teachers, including tips for writing research papers, a guide to putting together a science fair project, experiments and presentations.
      To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

        View Tutorial

    • Criminal Justice Collection

      For researchers who are studying law, law enforcement, or terrorism, training for paralegal service, preparing for a career in homeland security, delving into forensic science, investigating crime scenes, developing policy, going to court, writing sociological reports, and much more.

        View Tutorial

    • Gale Legal Forms

      Provides a wide seletion of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas: real estate, bankruptcy, pre-marital agreements, divorce, landlord/tenant, and more.

        View Tutorial

    • Lexis Nexis

      Provides access to billions of searchable documents and records from more than 60,000 legal, news and business sources. Only available at the Law Library.

        View Tutorial

    • West Law

      Find the reliable legal information you need quickly and confidently. Only available at the Law Library.

        View Tutorial

    • Britannica Online Library Edition

      An easy to use, online learning resource for children and adults.

        View Tutorial

    • Explora

      Explora searches across MasterFile Complete, READ It!, and EBSCO eBook Collection.
      Topics include: art, literature, biographies, current events, geography, health, history, science and math.
      To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

        View Tutorial

    • First Search

      Access to a core collection of OCLC articles, scholarly journals and reference databases.

        View Tutorial

    • Gale PowerSearch

      Search a wealth of periodical, reference, multimedia and primary source information.

        View Tutorial

    • General OneFile

      One-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines.

        View Tutorial

    • MasterFILE Complete

      Provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.
      To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

        View Tutorial

    • Newsstand

      Provides access to full-text newspapers and allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section, or other fields.

        View Tutorial

    • Popular Magazines

      Provides access to the most searched magazines

        View Tutorial

    • ProQuest Research Companion

      Guides students through the research process, helping develop critical thinking skills to more effectively find, evaluate, and use information.
      To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

        View Tutorial

    • World Cat

      Access to the world's largest and most comprehensive catalog.

        View Tutorial

    • Agriculture Collection

      Provides a comprehensive view of and access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.

        View Tutorial

    • Environmental Studies and Policy

      Answers inquiries about environmental concerns with coverage of more than 5.4 million articles from more than 300 journals and book reference content.

        View Tutorial

    • Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture

      Focuses on both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies. The database offers biotechnologists, farmers, hobbyists, and landscape architects alike access to important content relevant to their pursuits.

        View Tutorial

    • General Science Collection

      Remain current with the latest scientific developments in particle physics, advanced mathematics, nanotechnology, geology, and hundreds of other areas. Key subjects covered include the biological sciences, computing, engineering, and technology.

        View Tutorial

    • Psychology Collection

      Supporting research in all fields of psychology— abnormal, biological, cognitive, comparative, developmental, personality, quantitative, social and all areas of applied psychology.

        View Tutorial

    • Today's Science

      Tailored to students and teachers, including tips for writing research papers, a guide to putting together a science fair project, experiments and presentations.
      To access this from home, use the Access Databases From Home link above.

        View Tutorial

 

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Online learning resources with your Alexandria Library card, including Mango Languages, Gale Courses, The Great Courses and more.

Explore more than 70 languages, computer software, digital photography, food and nutrition, grant writing and more.