Databases A-Z

  Academic PrepStep Skills for Colleges  

Core Math, Science, English, and Computer skills can be sharpened. Student Success, Career & Grad School Admissions Preparation can be understood. Placement Test, ACT, and SAT Preparation can be mastered. By you! Yeah, you!

  Academic Search Complete  

One of the better-known standard academic indexes, this full-text database allows you to find scholarly articles on topics in most subject areas. It also includes a large number of trade and popular publications, though. Filter wisely.

  American Chemical Society Publications

Accesses ACS publications with content from 1996 through the current year. You can download the ACS Central Science app for easy access to groundbreaking research.

  Annual Reviews

Includes literature reviews on a wide array of topics within the social, biomedical, and physical sciences. If you're looking for recent surveys of high-quality academic research, stop by here.

  Biography in Context  

Offers authoritative reference content covering numerous historically significant figures and contemporary newsmakers.

Black Life in America Series

This database includes primary source materials documenting the experience and impact of African Americans as recorded in news media, from the early 18th century to 1975. This 2-part series is sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 current and historical Black publications.

CQ Researcher  

An inside-the-beltway and in-depth swath of coverage of current and prominent political and social issues, with regular reports on international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the U.S. economy. Standard format includes an introductory overview of each issue indexed, followed by background and an assessment of the current situation. Supporting documentation includes numerous tables and maps, as well as pro/con heuristics from representatives of opposing positions, and bibliographies of key sources.

Credo Reference  

Credo is a large database of encyclopedias, including content from over 1200 reference titles. Searchable by keyword just like your old friend Wikipedia, you can also browse individual reference book titles, deploy concept maps to see connections between ideas, and explore overview pages for a wide variety of research topics.

  E-Duke University Press Book Collection

Duke University Press e-book collection offers 2,600+ e-books in the humanities and social sciences, and can be browsed by subject or searched by keyword. Note that these titles should be findable using our regular catalog (enterprise) search.

EBSCO Databases  

• • Abstracts in Social Gerontology
• • Academic Search Complete
• • Agricola
• • AHFS Consumer Medication Information
• • Alt Health Watch
• • APA Psycinfo
• • Art & Architecture Complete
• • Art Full Text
• • Art Index Retrospective 1929-1984
• • Book Collection: Nonfiction
• • Business Source Complete
• • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
• • Computer Source
• • Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text
• • E-Book Academic Collection
• • E-Book Collection
• • E-Journals
• • Educational Administration Abstracts
• • Environment Index
• • ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center)
• • European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750
• • Family Studies Abstracts
• • Fuente Academica
• • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
• • GeoRef
• • GeoRef In Process
• • GreenFILE
• • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
• • History Reference Center
• • History Reference eBook Collection - Worldwide
• • Hospitality & Tourism Index
• • Human Resources Abstracts
• • Information Science & Technology Abstracts (ISTA)
• • Legal Collection
• • Library/Information Sciences & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) with FullText
• • Literary Reference Center Plus
• • Literary Reference eBook Collection
• • MAS Complete
• • MedicLatina
• • MEDLINE
• • Mental Measurements Yearbook
• • Military & Government Collection
• • MLA Directory of Periodicals
• • MLA International Bibliography
• • Music Index with Full Text
• • Newspaper Source Plus
• • Newswires
• • OpenDisserations
• • Peace Research Abstracts
• • Philosopher's Index
• • Primary Search
• • Professional Development Collection
• • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
• • Public Administration Abstracts
• • Race Relations Abstracts
• • Referencia Latina
• • Regional Business News
• • Religion and Philosophy Collection
• • Science & Technology Collection
• • Serials Directory
• • Shock & Vibration Digest
• • SocINDEX with Full Text
• • Teacher Reference Center
• • Urban Studies Abstracts
• • Vente et Gestion
• • Violence & Abuse Abstracts

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

We still need encyclopedias. There, I said it. This database includes: Encyclopedia Britannica, Britannica's Internet Guide, Multimedia files, an interactive world atlas, timelines, Book of the Year, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Collegiate Thesaurus 10th Edition.

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)

Maintained by the Department of Education, the ERIC website is the world's largest collection of education article citations, and this interface provides a convenient way too get to the full text of much of that. Here is an instructional video on searching ERIC.Also available through EBSCO, above.

First Search

This is an OCLC platform, and you can use it to find article- and book-level information based on library holdings worldwide. It is not a full-text database, but it is a good overview of what libraries have collected. First Search contains 15 selected databases: Article First, Electronic Books (Ebooks), ERIC, MEDLINE, Papers First, SCIPIO, Clase and Periodica, Electronic Collections Online (ECO), GPO Monthly Catalog, Proceedings First (Proceedings), WorldCat, and WorldCat Dissertations and Theses (WorldCatDissertations).

  Gale Virtual Reference Library  

Online collection of general and subject-specific encyclopedias on all major topic areas.

GeoScience World

A comprehensive, web-based resource for research and communications in the geosciences.

Hispanic Life in America

Covers the Hispanic American experience from the early 18th century to the present day. Contains over 17,000 publications, 700 Spanish-language newspapers and periodicals. An "easy-to-use online resource" that is updated daily with new material that shows centuries of Hispanic history, culture, and daily life.

  IEEE Xplore Digital Library

The IEEE Xplore digital library is a powerful resource for discovery of scientific and technical content published by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and its publishing partners. IEEE Xplore provides web access to more than five million full-text documents from some of the world's most highly-cited publications in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics. Talk to a librarian about getting full text.

ICPSR-Sharing Data to Advance Science

PLEASE CREATE a LOGIN ACCOUNT to download data and use analysis tools, generate reports, and take courses.
An international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) provides leadership and training in data access, curation, methods of analysis for the social science research community. ICPSR maintains a data archive of over 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. This data-finding tool oriented around the social sciences comes out of the University of Michigan. Woot! "ICPSR advances and expands social and behavioral research, acting as a global leader in data stewardship and providing rich data resources and responsive educational opportunities for present and future generations."

  JSTOR

JSTOR Arts and Sciences I, II, and III Interdisciplinary Collections
JSTOR is an online archive of journals, academic ebooks, and primary sources. It doesn't include recently-published materials, and is searchable by combining keywords only.

LearningExpress Library   

Users need to create a free account by clicking on the link above.
Gearing up for graduate school? This tool is an interactive online learning platform of practice tests (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, and MCAT) and tutorial course series designed to help students succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. For graduate school practice tests and study books, mouse over the drop down menu for "All Centers" and click on "College Center". Under the "Resources" drop down menu, click on "Prepare for Graduate School Admissions Exams".

Nexis Uni

News and legal information are the major foci of this thick database. Nexis Uni provides access to billions of searchable documents and records from more than 45,000 legal, news and business sources. Also provides access to Shepard's Citations service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789. Contains full text articles from key journals and is valuable for business, management, tax, and legal research.
For a brief overview of the new Nexis Uni interface, refer to the following video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MUED6Lo13M&index=4&list=PLdbPh35WxTMqcEizkbuKF6ev9PIvupOAJ

  Literature Resource Center  

Part of our GALE package, LRC provides biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline.
Here is a short video about how to conduct a search on Literature Resource Center.

Magill's Literary Annual  

Need something to read? Looking for guidance on what's been published in the past? Here's a source which recalls the plots of the world's great works of literature or provides a concise summary of books worth reading.

MathSci Net  

Offers access to a carefully maintained and easily searchable database of reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature.
Here is a video on search result sorting in MathSci Net.

Oxford English Dictionary

Full-text searching of all OED's definitions, etymologies, and quotations.

  Project MUSE

Project MUSE Standard Collection

New to Centenary's subscription array, this is a premier database of journals and ebooks.

  ProQuest Dissertations and Theses  

This is the world's most comprehensive collection of multidisciplinary dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1861 to the present day. Dissertations are excellent tools for conducting literature reviews and exploring cutting-edge ideas from great universities all over the world, but we may need to help you get to the full-text. Just ask!

  Proquest Nursing & Allied Health Source  

The database offers reliable, comprehensive coverage of the fields of nursing and allied health, and is an ideal counterpart to CINAHL (indexed by EBSCO and available above).

  Sanborn Maps of Louisiana  

Users have the ability to easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections.

New SciFinder

A specialized search engine and database package, SciFinder also provides access to Chemical Abstracts and MEDLINE. These resources index journal articles, book chapters, patents, conference proceedings, technical reports, and dissertations as well as book reviews and chemical information. Also available is Chemistry Class Advantage™, a digital learning solution that engages organic chemistry students by helping them understand how the textbook concepts they learn in class relate to the world around them. If you are trying to access SciFinder for the first time, click: register an account.
If you are on campus, specific instructions to register an account and access the database are here: How to register to use SciFinder. To access the database remotely click here.

  Scribner Writers Series  

Includes 15-20 page signed essays on more than 2,000 authors and literary genres drawn from the acclaimed Scribner print series.

   Twayne Author Series  

Provides full-text critiques of 200 frequently used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, US, or English authors, for a total of 900 individual titles.

WorldCat Discovery

Search for books at Magale Library and other area libraries.

The New World Cat Database

Research for books at Magale Library and other area libraries.