(These databases each cover a broad variety of subjects.
See also the more Subject Specific databases.)
- Indexes to Journals and Books:
Search Complete (Ebsco)
- Provides the full text of over 8,500 periodicals (7,300 of which are peer-reviewed, with some content going
back as far as 1887) along with citations to an additional 12,500, as well as more than 13,200 publications
including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and more. It covers a broad range of academic
subjects, including: the sciences, social sciences, law, music, religion, area studies, engineering, ethnic
studies, women's studies, and many other fields.
OneFile (InfoTrac/Gale Group)
- This authoritative and comprehensive
database provides peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading
journals and reference sources with extensive coverage of the physical sciences,
technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Updated daily.
Research Library (ProQuest)
- (formerly PA Research II - Periodical Abstracts, Peer Reviewed, Newspapers)
provides access to full-text journals across a wide range of subject areas, including
arts, business, children, education, general interest, health,
humanities, international, law, military, multicultural, psychology,
sciences, social sciences, and women's interests.
Coverage of more than 2,600 periodicals is designed to correspond to the most
popular college majors, and over 1,700 are available in full text.
Covers 1971 to the present.
(See Using ProQuest Databases for searching tips)
Dissertations and Theses Global (ProQuest)
- Comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, covering
history, the arts, agriculture, humanities, social sciences, health & medicine, literature & language,
science & technology, business & economics, and more - spanning from 1637 to the present day -
including the full text of most works since 1997, combined with an ongoing retrospective digitization of older
works. More than 70,000 new full-text dissertations and theses are added to the database each year through
partnerships with 700 leading academic institutions. Citations to dissertations not yet online include abstracts
and purchase information.
OneFile (InfoTrac/Gale Group)
- Formerly InfoTrac OneFile, a one-stop source for
news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics:
business, computers, current events,
economics, education, environmental
issues, health care, hobbies, humanities,
law, literature and art, politics,
science, social science, sports, technology,
and many general interest topics.
Millions of full-text articles many with images. Updated daily.
Covers back to 1980.
- Alternative Press Index
- Provides text and citations from over 300 international and interdisciplinary alternative,
radical, and left journals, newspapers, and magazines that cover ecology, feminism, socialism,
anarchism, revolution, democracy, gays/lesbians, social change, organized labor, indigenous
peoples, and more, dating back to 1991.
- This multidisciplinary resource for researchers seeking an alternative to mainstream
media perspectives presents big stories from small sources, showcasing unique, independent voices
from some of the nation's most respected and cited grassroots newspapers, magazines, and journals.
They offer a wide range of unfettered, critical coverage of the news, government, policy, and culture,
providing regional, rural, and metropolitan perspectives on local, national, and international issues including
politics, environment, disabilities, hunger, abuse, religion, pop culture, and more. Covers 1970 to the present.
(See Using ProQuest Databases for searching tips)
- Downloadable app that lets you create an intuitive newsstand of the library's top
periodicals on your iPad, Android, or Kindle Fire tablet to easily browse journals by subject,
discover new titles, monitor the key journals in your field, and read articles. BrowZine combines
individual articles from the library's databases to create complete journals that you can arrange
into a personal bookshelf to suit your preferences and delivers convenient push notifications to
indicate when new material is published.
- Provides abstracts and citation data for peer-reviewed literature and quality web
sources in the scientific, medical, social science, and humanities fields.
Includes 19,000 journals from more than 5,000 international publishers, 400 trade publications,
and 300 book series, as well as scientific web pages, patent records, and conference papers.
Citation tracking features provide the number of citations an author, article, or journal has
received each year and in total, along with who is citing them. An affiliation identifier automatically
identifies and matches an organization with all of its research output.
Academic Universe (LexisNexis)
- General news.
Company news, directory,
and financial information.
Industry and market news. Government
and political news (national and
regional - including latest six months of Newsday). Country and state profiles, statistics, and business analysis.
Biographical information. Reference books, directories
and business reference library.
General medical and health topics;
full-text of medical journals and
Accounting, auditing, and tax information sources.
Legal newspapers, journals, magazines, and newsletters
from across the
country; federal case law;
U.S. Code, Constitution, and Court Rules;
state case law, constitutions, statutes,
and other legal materials.
on the Web:
- The online public access catalog of Long Island University's
six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.
InfoBits (Gale Cengage Learning)
- Designed for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, it features a visually graphic
interface, a subject-based topic tree search, and full-text, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper,
and reference content on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports,
and more - including images, maps, flags, seals, charts, and graphs. A Teacher Toolbox includes
worksheets that teachers may use in the classroom to teach concepts associated with information seeking,
research, and writing, such as judging information, choosing a topic, how to cite a source, organizing a
report, and more.
Muse (Johns Hopkins University)
- Provides full-text access to a comprehensive selection of prestigious humanities
and social sciences journals from university presses, scholarly societies,
and not-for-profit publishers.
The Scholarly Journal Archive (JSTOR)
- Provides access to long runs of backfiles
of scholarly journals, making complete archives of full text
available and searchable over the World Wide Web. Coverage begins with the very first issues,
many of which date from the 1800s, and extends to a "moving wall" of 2 to 5 years prior
to the most recently published issue. Includes 239 journals in African American Studies, African Studies,
Anthropology, Archaeology, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology,
Economics, Education, Finance, Folklore, Geography, History, History of Science & Technology,
Language & Literature, Latin American Studies, Mathematics, Middle East Studies, Philosophy,
Political Science, Population Studies, Slavic Studies, Sociology, and Statistics.
Fulltext (Emerald Insight)
- Provides full text access to almost 150 journals.
Emphasis is on business, technology, and library & information science, but
some coverage is also given to education, health, science, public policy, and criminal justice.
Journals can be browsed issue by issue or searched by keyword.
- Provides full text access to over 130 journals covering many different
subjects. Journals can be browsed issue by issue or searched by keyword.
- Collection of full-text journals covering science, medicine,
technology, business, social sciences, and more.
- Books in Print
- Bibliographic database with more
than 5 million in-print, out-of-print, forthcoming,
audio book, and video titles. Includes full-text reviews from 15 respected,
professional sources such as Booklist, Publishers
Weekly, Library Journal, and Choice, as well as the first chapter of more than
- WorldCat : The OCLC Online Union
- Lists the holdings of all OCLC member libraries
worldwide. Includes: books, manuscripts, computer
data files, maps, computer programs, musical scores,
films and slides, newspapers, journals, sound recordings,
magazines, videotapes. (No password required)
- Electronic Library for Government
- Government information is a tremendous
resource for research on
a broad range of topics including business and economics, criminal
justice, education, environment, geology, health and nutrition, and
population to name just a few. Much of this information is available
from the Internet, and the LIU library has compiled an extensive list of resources.
- Trial Databases:
- New databases available for a brief trial period.
Let us know which ones you think are worth keeping.
- Online Video:
- Provides over 6,800 streaming videos, movies, performances, documentaries, and
more from the arts, health, sciences, humanities, education (k-12), business/training, and
media/communication. Includes, among many others, the Criterion Collection, the
Green Planet Films Collection, the First Run Features Collection, and the Symptom Media Collection.
- Alexander Street Video
(Alexander Street Press)
- (Includes all Alexander Street Press collections). From early twentieth-century newsreels to just-released documentaries and performances, this database provides
access to over 17,000 films, interviews, commercials, performances, news programs, field recordings, and more
that are indexed for subjects, people, places, release date, language, publisher, and video type.
Many of the videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty
can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or
online syllabi. Subject areas include: American history - area studies - art & architecture -
black studies - business & economics - classical music - counseling & therapy -
criminal justice & public safety - current affairs - dance - education - ethnic studies -
ethnography - film studies - gay & lesbian studies - health - humanities - nursing -
opera - psychology - rehabilitation therapy - religion & philosophy - science -
sports medicine & exercise science - theatre - women's & gender studies -
world history - and world language & literature.
- Current Affairs in Video
(Alexander Street Press)
- These issue-based documentaries from around the world focus on the key issues and
events of recent global history, including terrorism, immigration, human rights, public health, globalization,
urban studies, border studies, political science, Middle East studies, and much more. Many of the
videos have searchable transcripts that display alongside the video. Faculty can create annotated playlists,
select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.
- Filmakers Library Online
(Alexander Street Press)
- Provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum that present points
of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide. Covers such
subjects as: arts, health, literature, bioethics, psychology, environment, human rights, current events, criminal justice,
political science, multiculturalism, race & gender studies, international relations,
globalization & global studies, and more.
- Humanities Video Online
(Alexander Street Press)
- Provides a multidisciplinary collection of films with a broad range of titles
covering the humanities, current affairs, social sciences, and sciences.
- VAST: Academic Video Online
(Alexander Street Press)
- From early twentieth-century newsreels to just-released documentaries, this database
provides access to thousands of award-winning films, interviews, commercials, performances,
news programs, field recordings, and more from dozens of producers and distributors including
PBS, the BBC, and many more. Each video comes with a complete, synchronized transcript. Users
can make custom clips, name them, annotate them, and place them into personal playlists that can
be shared in course folders and embedded on websites. It covers a wide range of disciplines,
such as: art, law, opera, dance, health, history, theatre, politics, science, therapy, religion, business,
literature, education, languages, economics, counseling, philosophy, humanities, psychology, area studies,
architecture, public safety, anthropology, ethnic studies, LGBT studies, criminal justice, women's studies,
political science, and more.
- Online Encyclopedias and Books:
- eBook Collection
- This growing Academic Collection, with new titles added each month, provides the full text of over
130,000 online books representing a broad range of academic subject matter, including: art, poetry,
religion, medicine, education, philosophy, language arts, social science, performing arts, political science,
literary criticism, business & economics, technology & engineering, and many other academic
fields. The books come from leading university presses and other scholarly publishers.
- ebrary (ebrary)
offers over 800 full-text books and other authoritative documents from more
than 180 leading academic, trade, and professional publishers. The collections are particularly strong in
business, economics, education, computers, technology, science, medicine, history,
language, literature, humanities, politics, and social sciences. Publishers include The McGraw-Hill Companies,
Random House, Penguin Classics, Taylor
& Francis, Yale University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Greenwood, and more
Virtual Reference Library (InfoTrac/Gale Group)
- List of titles.
Full text of over 200 encyclopedias and specialized reference
sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the
library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.
Online Academic Edition (Encyclopaedia Britannica)
- Includes all of the articles from the printed Encyclopaedia Britannica
plus thousands more, as well as the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and
Thesaurus, maps, photos, illustrations, videos, multimedia clips, and the
Britannica Yearbooks dating back to 1993. World Data Analyst Online is a
comprehensive database of comparative statistics on every nation of the world, and
Gateway to the Classics provides the text of 225 significant works of history,
literature, philosophy, and science. Also includes headlines from the New York Times,
the BBC, and the SBS Australian News Service as well as full-text articles from hundreds
- Britannica School
- Written, edited, reviewed, and updated regularly by the world's leading content experts,
it is divided into three user-friendly interfaces - Elementary, Middle, and High - to provide
information aligned to the Common Core and state standards that is appropriate to each
student's reading, grade, and age level. The Lesson Plan Builder helps create interactive
activities for small and large groups, and thousands of new articles, images, and
multimedia elements are added every quarter.
- Grolier Online
- Provides the full text of the general encyclopedias:
New Book of Knowledge (for elementary-middle school students),
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (middle-high school),
the Spanish language La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre (middle-high), and
Encyclopedia Americana (high school and above) -
the science encyclopedias:
Amazing Animals of the World (elementary) and
New Book of Popular Science (middle-high) -
and the social studies encyclopedias:
America the Beautiful with information about states and cities (elementary-middle) and
Lands and Peoples with information about countries and their cultures (middle-high) -
as well as
Roget's II: The New Thesaurus and
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.
(Available remotely without a password within New York State)
Viewpoints In Context (Gale/Cengage)
- Provides full-text viewpoint articles and topic overviews published by Greenhaven
Press on today's hottest social and controversial issues to help students research,
analyze, and organize a broad variety of information. It includes statistics, primary
sources, biographies, court cases, images, videos, audio, and selected weblinks. It
also provides articles from academic journals, newspapers, magazines, and reference
books. Content can be searched by reading level.
of View Reference Center (Ebsco)
- Provides essays on controversial issues, presenting multiple sides, along with questions for
further thought. Essays are accompanied by relevant periodical and newspaper articles, radio and
television news transcripts, primary source documents, biographies, and images.
Statistical Abstract of the United States (ProQuest)
- Published annually by the Federal Government since 1878 and now maintained and updated by
ProQuest, this comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the
United States provides 1400 statistical tables from 400 different sources that are identified below each table. The
online version includes: monthly updates to tables - deep searching at the line-item level - links to the websites of the
data providers - image and spreadsheet versions of all current and historical tables - and powerful facets for narrowing
search results by source, data date, subject, and type of data breakdown.
Database descriptions are adapted from each database's website.
NOVEL (New York Online Virtual
Electronic Library) is a statewide virtual library provided free to
the public by the New York State Library.
It is currently a pilot project funded through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
grant to the NY State Library by the Federal Institute of
Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
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