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

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 surrounding historical events in world and US history 


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


Teen Health and Wellness This is a very accessible database for your own personal research or any project that requires information about health. (You will need to click here for the passwords for this site if you don't have them memorized.)

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 

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 

Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms Clear and concise definitions of the most troublesome literary terms, from abjection to zeugma.  

Religious Studies / Social Issues

Oxford Reference Religion Collection 13 books and thousands of articles exploring different religions and religious 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 


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)

Current News Sources

The New York Times (full access while on campus wifi)

San Francisco Chronicle 

The Oakland Tribune

San Jose Mercury News


The Washington Post