Research Databases

Need a refresher on how to search a database? Check out this video before you get started. It focuses on Student Resources in Context, but the same strategies should help with most databases we have.


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General Databases

Student Resources In Context A great general resource that covers all subjects in an easy to understand layout 

JSTOR Very deep, very academic database. (You will need to click here for the passwords for this site if you don't have them memorized.)

Explora by EBSCOhost   Academic Journals, periodicals and newspapers

SIRS  Articles on social issues from 1200 magazines and newspapers.  Government information also included (Historic documents, U.S. Presidents, and Supreme Court

Britannica On-line  General encyclopedia, websites, magazines, primary sources, video clips

Oxford Reference  Bringing together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford’s DictionariesCompanions and Encyclopedias, spanning 25 different subject areas.


Subject Databases 


Biography In Context A constantly updated resource of biographies of notable people from around the world.

Great Lives From History A collection of published biographies, primary sources, and articles srounding historical events in world and US history 


International Encyclopedia of Dance (eBook) a published book on the art form of dance


Health Source Part of our EBSCO services, this is a collection of articles from magazines, newspapers, books, and academic journals on the subject of Health and Science.

Health and Wellness Resource Center This resource includes scholastic articles, a dictionary, and directory on the subject of Health, Medicine, and Alternative Medicine 

Salem Health  This is a collection of health-related articles from our Salem eBooks. You'll need to scroll down to the books listed under History, click a book from a time period in which you're health-related article may appear, then follow the link to the list of resources. 

History / Social Sciences

World History In Context Articles from magazines, academic journals, primary sources, and more with a slant towards World History.

U.S. History In Context  Articles from magazines, academic journals, primary sources, and more with a slant towards U.S. History.

Issues & Controversies in American History Looks at American history through multiple lenses.

Great Lives and Events From History  Worldwide coverage of important people & events.

Times Topics   Each topic page collects all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files published on topics ranging from A M Castle & Company to Zyuganov, Gennadi A. This archive of New York Times articles is available without charge on articles going back to 1981. 


Literature Resource Center Any and all things having to do with literature.

Literary Reference Center  Biographies, literature criticism, book reviews, encyclopedias, and literary historical timelines 

Religious Studies / Social Issues

Social Issues Resource Series (SIRS)  Newspapers, magazines, maps, and reference sources

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center Today's social issues, featuring viewpoint articles, topic overviews

Religion & Philosophy Collection  World religions, major denominations, biblical studies, and philosophy 

The Catholic Encyclopedia  Catholic interests, actions,doctrines, and teachings


Ebscohost Academic Journals, periodicals and newspapers

ERIC The informational clearinghouse of the Institute of Education Sciences

JSTOR A deep collection of academic research

PubMed PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)

Science Online Videos and articles on classroom science issues

Current News Sources

The New York Times 

San Francisco Chronicle

The Oakland Tribune

San Jose Mercury News


The Washington Post


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