Research Databases: Alphabetical Listing

Academe: Journal of the American Association of University Professors. Academe covers official Association business, the AAUP’s annual survey of faculty compensation, higher education news, feature articles, book reviews and opinion pieces.

Academic OneFile: Offers peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources covering the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Respected, authoritative and comprehensive.

Academic Search Complete: A multi-disciplinary full-text database, accessing over 7,000 full-text periodicals, including nearly 6,000 peer-reviewed journals. Academic Search Complete also offers indexing and abstracts for more than 11,000 journals and over 11,600 other publications including monographs, reports, and conference transcripts.

Access Science is the online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology with image archives and a science news feature. It is a good place to begin research on scientific topics.

ACLS Humanities E-Books is a project of the American Council of Learned Societies that contains hundreds of current and classic books on history. It is full-text and supports a variety of search formats.

The Action Bioscience web site provides articles by scientists, science educators, and science students on issues related to seven bioscience challenges: environment, biodiversity, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, new frontiers in science, and bioscience education.

Advances in Social Work (Requires registration): This journal covers all topics related to all areas of social work including practice, research, and education. Each edition addresses current issues, challenges, and responses facing social work “in the field” as well as the classroom.

AgBioForum is a searchable, web-based journal with articles focused on biotechnology and economics in agriculture.

Alt HealthWatch: This database offers indexing and full text for more than 160 alternative, complementary and holistic health care publications, from the mid-1990’s to the present including reports, proceedings, association and consumer newsletters.

American Chemical Society Archives and Index

American Civil War: Letters and Diaries contains 2,009 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs. The collection also includes biographies, an extensive bibliography of the sources in the database, and material licensed from The Civil War Day-by-Day by E.B. Long.

American Journal of Botany: This is a scholarly journal published by the Botanical Society of America.

American Journal of Psychology: The complete text of this journal since 2003.

American Journal of Sports Medicine: Searchable full text back to 1999.

Annual Reviews: Authoritative, analytic reviews of the year’s work in 32 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences. Annual Reviews publications are among the most highly cited in scientific literature. This is an excellent resource for starting research on a topic.

The ARTstor Digital Library Charter Collection is a repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data, the tools to actively use those images, and a restricted usage environment that seeks to balance the rights of content providers with the needs and interests of content users. It contains downloadable images of many well known works of art.

Associates Programs Source: Database offering access to 1000 full text journals covering alcohol and drug abuse counseling, audiology, biotechnology, computer and data processing, CAD, cosmetology, electrical technology, fashion design, forensics, graphic arts, health information technology, interior design, law enforcement/criminal justice, paralegal studies, robotics, travel and tourism and veterinary assisting.

Bartleby.com features a large collection of out-of-copyright books along with current reference works.

BioOne brings to the Web a uniquely valuable aggregation of the searchable full-texts of high-impact bioscience research journals. Most of BioOne's titles are published by small societies and non-commercial publishers, and, until now, have been available only in printed form.

Britannica is the online version of the encyclopedia plus the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus.

Business Source Complete: Covers topics related to accounting, economics, finance, management and management information systems, marketing and international business and also provides economic reports from other countries using Global Insight, ICON Group and CountryWatch. Over 2,700 full-text titles, plus 881 full-text peer-reviewed publications.

CareerShift Send your resume to your selected companies and contacts by direct mail or email. CareerShift automatically tracks actions in your campaigns, and keeps relevant notes so you can stay on top of your job search. A good source for researching contacts at companies.

Chemical and Engineering News: Chemical & Engineering News is a weekly magazine published by the American Chemical Society. C&EN editors and reporters based in Europe, the U.S., and Asia cover science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education, and employment aspects of the chemistry field.

Columbia International Affairs (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

Communications & Mass Media Complete: Offers indexing and abstracts for over 300 journals; full-text for 200; and selected coverage for over 100 more. Searchable citations available for some first-edition periodicals dating back to 1915.

Computers & Applied Sciences Complete: Covers applied sciences from traditional engineering to the social implications of new technology Full text available for more than 500 publications.

Conservation Biology is the most influential and frequently cited journal in its field. The journal publishes groundbreaking papers and is instrumental in defining the key issues contributing to the science and practice of conserving Earth’s biological diversity.

Consumer Health Complete: An in-depth, user friendly resource designed to answer everyday consumer health questions in both English and Spanish. CHC covers all areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to perspectives on integrated and holistic medical practices.

Country Watch is an information provider for corporations, government agencies, universities, schools, libraries and individuals needing up-to-date news, statistics and information on each of the recognized countries of the world.

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics: Electronic version of the print volume; covers physical constants, properties of substances, chemical nomenclature and structures, etc.

Credo General Reference: Offering 541 highly-regarded titles from over 70 publishers, Credo General Reference covers every major subject from the world's best publishers of reference.

Criminal Justice Periodical Index contains dozens of searchable full-text journals related to crime, law, and justice. This is a key resource for criminal justice majors.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers  Search America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Digest of Educational Statistics is the United States Department of Education’s collection of reports and statistics for a ten-year period (1995-2005).

Directory of Open Access Journals offers free, full-text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals in all subjects. There are now more than 2550 journals in the directory.

Dissertations and Theses: Abstracts and ordering information for dissertations and theses from all fields, from Proquest.

Early American Imprints: Archive of Americana, 1670-1800: This family of historical collections contains books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government documents and ephemera printed in America over three centuries.

Early Encounters in North America contains 1,482 authors and over 100,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters with the peoples and places of the New World from 1601 to after 1850.

Ecology is comprised of searchable full-text versions of four journals from the Ecological Society of America. It is good place to start research in environmental science.

ECONLIT, published by the American Economic Association, provides indexing of a wide range of economics-related literature in addition to an expanded version of the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) indexes of journals, books, and dissertations, EconLit covers both economic theory and application. Over 80% of all current records include abstracts. Also included are full texts of book reviews published in the Journal of Economic Literature.

Economia y Negocios: Focuses on international business issues, as reported in Spanish language publications. Indexes more that 200 Spanish and Portuguese language periodicals. Includes publications from Argentina, Brazil Chile, Columbia, Spain, the United States, and others.

Education Research Complete: A bibliographic and full text database covering scholarly research and information relating to all areas of education. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,500 journals, as well as full text for more than 750 journals. This database also includes full text for more than 100 books and monographs, and full text for numerous education-related conference papers.

The Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology is a searchable full text version of the 24 volume Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.

The Encyclopedia of Life Sciences features more than 3,900 specially commissioned and peer-reviewed articles written by leaders in the field. Articles are divided into three different categories indicating their level of complexity: Introductory, Advanced and Keynote. Introductory articles have been written primarily for undergraduate and non-specialists requiring the basic concepts of a particular subject. Advanced articles provide a more detailed discussion of specialist subjects, equivalent to that found in graduate level texts. Keynote articles provide a platform for debate where controversial issues and 'hot topics' can be discussed.

Environment Complete: The electronic version of Environment Index, covering applicable areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. It contains citations for articles from domestic and international journals, monographs and conference papers of the North American Association of Environmental Education.

Environmental Science and Technology: Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) is an authoritative source of information for professionals in a wide range of environmental disciplines. The journal combines magazine and research sections and is published both in print and online.

ERIC is the standard research database for all education topics. Searches can be limited to full-text results.

European Journal of Philosophy is the searchable full text archive of this scholarly journal.

European Views of the Americas: 1493 to 1750: Contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered; from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery.

Evans Early American Imprints is a huge database of full-text versions of books and other publications printed in America before 1800.

FACTIVA is an excellent source for comprehensive business information. FACTIVA also has the full text of thousands of newspapers, magazines, and journals. The “News Pages” section has the last few issues of key publications such as the Wall Street Journal.

Facts on File is a U. S. and world news digest covering from 1940 to the present. It is an excellent place to research events since WWII.

Fuente Academica: Indexes articles from more than 200 Spanish language scholarly journals and magazines. Topics include history, literature, politics, business, current events, economics and more. Coverage for most titles begins in the 2000s. Earliest available date is 1990. Coverage varies by title, with content updated monthly.

Galenet: Links to all our Thompson Gale databases, including:

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Literature Resource Center has up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world, supplemented by the scholarly materials of the Scribner Writers Series and Twayne's World, U.S., and English Authors Series.

MLA Bibliography includes citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.

GreenFILE: Provides access to over 4,700 full text reports examining the impact of environmental change. Database coverage ranges from climate change, sustainable energy and pollution to recycling, ethical business practices and green building and government initiatives to reduce the effects of environmental damage.

Greenwood Press Books provides links to hundreds of electronic books on academic subjects. This collection is very easy to use compared to most other e-book formats.

Grove’s Dictionary of Art is the definitive reference work on world art and artists. Grove Art Online comprises the full text of The Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner (1996, 34 vols) and The Oxford Companion to Western Art, edited by Hugh Brigstocke (2001).  

Grove’s Dictionary of Music is the best available reference source on all types of music. Grove Music Online comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell (London, 2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, edited by Stanley Sadie (London, 1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition, edited by Barry Kernfeld (London, 2002). 

Gutenberg-e: Award winning monographs, coordinated with the American Historical Association, afford emerging scholars new possibilities for online publication, weaving traditional narrative with digitized primary sources, including maps, photographs, and oral histories.

Harpweek contains the searchable full text of the magazine Harper’s Weekly from 1857 to 1877. It is an excellent resource for the era around and including the War Between the States.

Health Source - Consumer Edition: Provides access to the full-text of over 190 journals covering authoritative health information for consumers. Several health books and over 1000 health-related pamphlets are also available.

Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition: Provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals, including nearly 450 peer-reviewed journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Also featured are abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong.

Hospitality & Tourism Complete: Covers demographics and statistics, development and investment, food and beverage management, hospitality law, hotel management and administrative practices, leisure and business travel, market trends, technology, and more. Provides scholarly research and industry news from over 500 publications, including more than 200 full text titles.

Humanities International Complete: Provides indexing, abstracting, and full text of journals, books and other important reference sources in the humanities through cover-to-cover indexing and abstracting for over 1,900 titles, and full text of hundreds of journals, books and other publications. The database includes citations and abstracts for articles, essays and reviews, as well as original creative works including poems, fiction, photographs, paintings and illustrations.

Index to Letters, Diaries, Oral Histories, and Personal Narratives lets you keyword search more than 700,000 pages of full-text by more than 18,000 individuals from all walks of life. It also contains pointers to some 4,300 audio and video files and 30,000 bibliographic records. The index contains approximately 20,500 months of diary entries, 63,000 letter entries, and 17,000 oral history entries.

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry: The Journal publishes research results dealing with the chemistry and biochemistry of agriculture and food with a focus on original research representing complete studies, rather than incremental studies. Topics covered include chemical/biochemical composition and the effects of processing on the composition and safety of foods, feeds, and other products from agriculture, including wood and other bio-based materials, byproducts, and wastes. It covers the chemistry of pesticides, veterinary drugs, plant growth regulators, fertilizers, and other agro-chemicals, together with their metabolism, toxicology, and environmental fate. In addition, JAFC reports on the chemical processes involved in nutrition, phytonutrients, flavors, and aromas.

Journal of Animal Science (JAS) is a leading source of new knowledge and perspective in animal sciences. According to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), JAS consistently ranks as one of the top 2 journals (among 43 titles) in the category of Agriculture, Dairy, and Animal Sciences in terms of impact factor, immediacy index, and cited half-life.

The Journal of Applied Ecology is an international journal with a distinct niche that combines the highest standards of ecological science with direct relevance to environmental management.

Journal of Chemical Education: The Journal of Chemical Education is the official journal of the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society, co-published with the American Chemical Society Publications Division. Launched in 1924, the Journal of Chemical Education is the world’s premier chemical education journal. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles and related information as a resource to those in the field of chemical education and to those institutions that serve them.

The Journal of Dairy Science is the scholarly journal published by the American Dairy Science Association.

The Journal of Learning Disabilities contains electronic full text of over 30 issues of this journal.

The Journal of Special Education has 21 issues available electronically.

Journal of Sport History: Published by the North American Society for Sport History since 1974. The journal seeks to promote the study of all aspects of sport history.

Journal of Sport Rehabilitation

Journal of Sustainability Education The Journal of Sustainability Education (JSE) serves as a forum for academics and practitioners to share, critique, and promote research, practices, and initiatives that foster the integration of economic, ecological, and social-cultural dimensions of sustainability within formal and non-formal educational contexts.

Journal of Unconventional Parks, Tourism & Recreation Research: Published by Radford University, “The mission of the journal is to present a forum for research that is unconventional, or research and articles that represent out of the box thinking...a home for satellite ideas that would not normally be presented in conventional journals.”

JSTOR is an electronic archive of the most important scholarly journals from over forty fields of study. Journal holdings typically include from the year the journal began to one to five years ago.

Latin American Politics and Society: Publishes articles dealing with original research in contemporary Latin American politics, economics, sociology, and U.S.-Latin American relations. The journal also contains essays addressing political, social, and economic issues in Latin American studies. Book reviews and review essays appear in each issue.

Legal Collection: Provides information on law and legal topics such as criminal justice, international law, federal law, organized crime, ethics and environmental law. Full-text coverage for more than 250 law journals dating back as far as 1965.

Lexis-Nexis is the best legal source available. It has every state and federal law, thousands of court cases, law journals full-text, and thousands of newspapers. Lexis-Nexis also provides detailed financial reports on businesses and industries.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts: LISTA indexes more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

Library Spot is a handy set of free internet reference resources.

Literature Resource Center has up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world, supplemented by the scholarly materials of the Scribner Writers Series and Twayne's World, U.S., and English Authors Series.

Magill's Medical Guide: An authoritative reference source covering diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders.

Medline is the National Library of Medicine’s index (with many full text articles) of articles from medical journals and important research studies. It is the best place to research medical topics.

Mergent Online includes information on over 35,000 publicly traded companies -- approximately 12,000 domestic public companies, 24,000 international public companies, and 10,000 extinct (due to merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, etc) global public companies. Company histories and over 200,000 annual reports in pdf, 30 years of stock prices, and more.

Mergent Horizon includes seamless capabilities for finding, filtering and organizing information about companies and industries.

Military & Government Collection: A comprehensive collection of content pertaining to all branches of the military and government, including periodicals and academic journals. Accesses indexing and abstracts for over 400 publications and full text for nearly 300 titles.

The MLA Bibliography is the premier index for research in literature and language. It is best suited to projects in advanced classes.

NAP Science Books is an open access collection of e-books in the sciences made available by the National Academic Press.

NetLibrary is a collection of over 50,000 recently published e-books. It offers books on every subject taught at Ferrum, and is available 24/7.

New York Times is an index of articles from 1851 to the present. Consult a librarian for access to the full text of the articles. Recent issues of the Times are available in the FACTIVA News Pages.

Newsbank Newspapers includes searchable full text of hundreds of papers from around the U. S. and the world.

Newspaper Source Plus: Accesses over 28 million full text articles from 1,520 full-text newspapers. Also features over 600,00 transcripts from 600,000 tv, radio and podcast sources.

North American Women’s Letters and Diaries includes the writing of 1,325 women and 150,000 pages of diaries and letters dating from 1675 to 2002   Particular care has been taken to index this material so that it can be searched more thoroughly than ever before.

OCLC’s First Search contains several research tools, including WorldCat. This massive union catalog allows users to search through over 50 million books. When our collection does not have a book you need, try First Search to identify a title for interlibrary loan. Most of these loans are free to our students and faculty.

OED: According to The Times (of London) the Oxford English Dictionary is "the ultimate authority on the English language as well as a history of English speech and thought from its infancy to the present day". It is a unique source of scholarly information on the meaning, history and pronunciation of words both past and present.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Africa

Oxford Journals is a collection of searchable full-text scholarly journals in a variety of fields published by Oxford University Press.

Oxford Reference Shelf brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource.
It contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of these books, giving subscribers unprecedented access to a comprehensive information resource.

The PAIS International database from CSA contains references to more than 553,300 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more. It is an excellent social sciences resource.

PMLA is the journal of the Modern Language Association. This link also leads to the MLA publication Profession.

Polling the Nations includes the results of recent polls from around the world. It is an ideal source for documenting public opinion on almost any topic.

Project Gutenberg has over 6260 full-text electronic books available for reading or downloading. It is a good source for classic literature.

PsychNET: Access to PsycARTICLES, a database of full-text articles published by the American Psychological Association and PsychINFO, an abstract database of psychological literature from the 1800s to the present.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

Readers Guide Retro: Based on the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature, this index covers U.S. culture and history from 1890 to 1982.

Readex Historical Newspapers: Readex Historical Newspapers: Accesses articles from antiquarian American newspapers dating back as far as 1690.

Recreational Sports Journal: The scholarly publication of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. Provides a source for empirical, theoretical, and applied research to the field of recreational sports. Topics include leadership, student development, programming, facility management and design, legal issues, personnel management and supervision, assessment, sponsorship, fund-raising, marketing, and organizational development.

Regional Business News: Covers about 75 publications that include business news from rural and metropolitan areas of the U.S.. Sources include newswires, newspapers and business journals.

Religion and Philosophy Collection: Accesses articles on a broad range of religious topics including religious history, moral philosophy, biblical studies, major denominations and more.

Remedial and Special Education archives the journal with full text available back to 2004.

Richmond Daily Dispatch has the complete text of the newspaper from 1860 through 1865. This resource is provided by the library at the University of Richmond.

Richmond Times-Dispatch is the current version of the Richmond paper. Coverage goes back to 1985.

Roanoke Times links to the full text of our local daily paper from 1990 to the present.

Salud en Espanol (Also known as Consumer Health Complete Spanish Version): Content covers all areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Science Archives The world's leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary.

Science Magazine: Full text of the research journal from 1997 through the current issue.

The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry is a journal that covers forestry issues in an area from Virginia and Kentucky to as far west as Oklahoma and East Texas.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a dynamic, open access reference work written and edited by leading scholars from around the world. It is constantly updated and checked for accuracy.

Statesman’s Yearbook is the source for extensive data on every country in the world. This electronic version contains the full text of the current edition of The Statesman's Yearbook, regularly updated to reflect recent world events, with extensive search and browse facilities.

Survey Documentation and Analysis is a set of programs for the documentation and Web-based analysis of survey data. There are also procedures for creating customized subsets of datasets. This set of programs is developed and maintained by the Computer-assisted Survey Methods Program (CSM) at the University of California, Berkeley. CSM also develops the CASES software package.

Teacher Reference Center: Accesses abstracts and indexing for over 270 of the leading teacher/administrator magazines and journals.

USA Today: Breaking news on weather, sports, international politics, science, finance, technology, travel, national events, the economy, and entertainment industry.

Vente et Gestion: Covers French language business journals offering articles on accounting and tax, administration, industry, manufacturing, marketing, logistics, technology and more.

Virginia Historical Newspapers: Links to Readex database to access articles from antiquarian Virginia newspapers dating back as far as 1690.

The Virginian-Pilot is the daily newspaper of Virginia’s Tidewater region.

The Washington Post is the national capital’s most popular daily.

United Methodist Women's Archive

Wiley Online Library

Women Working, 1800-1930 focuses on women's role in the United States economy and provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard University's library and museum collections.

Women's Studies International: Accesses over 2000 sources including journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, NGO studies, web sites & web documents and grey literature spanning from 1972 to the present and covering the very latest in feminist research.