What is a library database and why would I want to use one?
A library database is a searchable electronic catalog or index that contains information about published items. Information contained in databases can range from scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, books, and images. In general terms a database is an excellent resource for you to look for reputable resources, especially since this information is not available freely on the internet.
Use the library databases, listed below, to find articles in scholarly journals, magazines, newpapers, and books. The library subscribes to a wide range of full-text databases. If you would like instruction on how to use a particular database or to ask which one might best fit your needs please feel free to ask your librarian. Mrs. Morello is happy to assist you with any of your research needs. You can stop by the library to visit her in person or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Off Campus Access
To access the databases from off campus, use the home access usernames and passwords. When you click the link, it will ask for a password. Hint: Parkview’s mascot. (6 letters – all lowercase). Find your selected database in the list and use the password given.
Quick Links to Databases by Subject
This is a suggested listing of databases that are appropiate for the following subjects:
Database Listing and Descriptions
A comprehensive streaming video subscription service for high schools, featuring unlimited access to more than 5,000 educational programs that can be viewed in class, at the library, or from home.
EasyBib is an intuitive information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools that are easy-to-use and educational. EasyBib is not only accurate, fast, and comprehensive, but helps educators teach and students learn how to become effective and organized researchers. To access EasyBib offcampus a student must first create an account while they are on campus.
The link above provides access to 18 separate databases including the well known and respected Academic Search Complete, a cornerstone of undergraduate research. Also included are the following: General Science Collection, Vocational Search and Career Collection, Biography Collection Complete, Book Collection Complete, MasterFile Premier, History Reference Center, Science Reference Center, Literary Reference Center, Middle Search Plus, Primary Search, ERIC, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, MAS Ultra, Health Source -Consumer Edition, and Newspaper Source. Full descriptions can be found after clicking on the link and selecting EBSCOhost Research Databases.
Provides detailed profiles of more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, invaluable advice on career skills, more than 55,000 resource entries, and much more
The Gale package contains the following databases:
Academic OneFile is the premier source for 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, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1985. Updated daily.
Gale Biography in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on the world’s most influential people. The new solution merges Gale’s authoritative reference content (including Lives & Perspectives) with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.
General OneFile provides access to periodical and news information on a diverse set of topics, including humanities, education, business, science, current events, art, politics, economics, social science, law, healthcare, computers, technology, environmental issues, and general interest topics. The full-text for some titles may be subject to publisher-imposed embargo periods.
This collection of periodicals is a great resource for any educator — from the school teacher and administrator to those studying in the field at the collegiate and graduate level. This database covers multiple levels of education from preschool to college, and every educational specialty — such as technology, bilingual education, health education, and testing. Educator’s Reference Complete also focuses on issues in administration, funding and policy.
Health & Wellness Resource Center provides a one stop, full-service resource for health-related research. It provides an integrated collection of general interest and fitness magazines, medical and professional periodicals, reference books and pamphlets. Records are available in a combination of indexing, abstracts or full text formats. Designed for nursing and allied health students, as well as consumer health researchers.
InfoTrac Newsstand is an innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields. Finally, a one-stop source for the day’s news and searchable archives. You can customize your online newspaper database features including search options. With InfoTrac Newsstand, you can search a collection of more than 1,000 newspapers, then select your own screen appearance, search options and results format.
Kids InfoBits is a database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Featuring a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, the most popular search method is moving from a broad subject to a narrower topic using the subject-based topic tree. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.
Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Gale Science in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. The new solution merges Gale’s authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Gale Student Resources In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of topics, people, places, and events. The new solution merges Gale’s authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience combined with new features such as “Search Assist” and quick fact boxes.
Student Resource Center – Junior offers easy access to award-winning content based on national curriculum standards. Covering all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more, SRC – Junior provides a premium selection of reference material, more than 340 full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary sources, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips. New to the database are Lexile reading levels for periodicals, an integrated national and state curriculum standards search with content correlated to the standards, and popular topic pick lists. For Middle Schools only.
Gale U.S. History in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. The new solution merges Gale’s authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Gale World History in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. The new solution merges Gale’s authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of 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. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).
Grammarly is an automated proofreading and personal grammar coach. Check your writing for grammar, punctuation, style and more!
Contains instructional content, resources, tools, professional development, and assessment services designed to help accelerate student achievement
Provides HTML full-text reference articles, ebooks, literary criticism, U.S. Supreme Court cases, U.S. presidential papers, special reports, research guides, timelines, maps, images, and multimedia in all academic disciplines.
WorldBook Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
Beginner’s Spanish language reference tool. The site offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish.
An online product designed for younger users, English-language learners, and reluctant readers, offers simple navigation, easy to read content, bright colors, and bold graphics. The site includes thousands of illustrations, diagrams, and maps that support thousands of articles selected for their appeal and relationship to curriculum standards.
WorldBook L’Encyclopedie Decouverte
Is written by expert contributors at a reading level appropriate for younger users who are native speakers and readers of French, as well as older students and adults for whom French is a second language. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, and a wealth of engaging activities.
World Book Student, the redesigned and upgraded version of World Book Online Reference Center, includes the articles of the World Book Encyclopedia, a Biography Center, dictionary, atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected Web sites, correlations to curriculum standards, and much more.