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Database Descriptions & Alphabetical Listing
Academic Onefile       1980-

Academic OneFile is a premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from leading journals and reference sources. Coverage includes the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Updated daily.

Academic Search Premier       1975-

Academic Search Premier is a premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from leading journals. Coverage is multi-disciplinary and includes full text for more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles; searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. Updated daily.

Agris       1975-
Free agricultural database with an international focus produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Alt Health Watch       1984-

This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine.

American Memory   
Created by the Library of Congress, a multi-media collection of primary source materials on the history and culture of the U. S.


ARTstor is a digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. provides access to both contemporary and classic reference works- classics of reference, literature and nonfiction.

Biography Resource Center      
This database integrates biographies from Gale sources with related full-text articles from hundreds of magazines and newspapers, as well as tens of thousands of images and links to websites. Search for people-- both current and historic from all eras and fields-- based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as keyword and full text. Or, combine search criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

Business and Company ASAP       1980-
Providing researchers with information on companies, markets and industries. From market trends, mergers and acquisitions to current management theory and company overviews. Access business and trade journals, newspapers and company directory profiles with full text and images. 

CINAHL Plus with Full Text
CINAHL Plus with Full Text is a good source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 750 journals indexed in CINAHL, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index – with no embargo. CINAHL Plus with Full Text is a good research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature.

Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography
Contemporary Authors provides complete biographical and bibliographical information and references on more than 120,000 U.S. and international authors. Dictionary of Literary Biography provides nearly 10,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. 

Computer Database       1980-
Use this database to find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology. 

Country Watch       Image of a houseNot at CCSF? Click Here
Provide geographical, political, economic, corporate and environmental information for every country in the world. Country Wire is compiled from the wire services on the latest political, economic, corporate, and environmental events on a country by country basis. 

CQ Researcher       Image of a houseNot at CCSF? Click Here
Topical, full text reports on controversial issues; each report features a summary, chronology, and bibliography.  Updated weekly. Spanish version also available.

CRIS (Current Research Information System)  
Documentation and reporting system for ongoing and recently completed research projects in agriculture, food and nutrition, and forestry

Custom Newspapers
National and International Full Text Newspapers  

Dictionary of Literary Biography
Provides biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of literary figures from all eras and genres.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. All subjects and languages are covered. There are currently over 2448 journals in the directory. Currently 717 journals are searchable at article level.

Discovering Collection
Discovering Collection offers easy access to award-winning content based on national curriculum standards. Covering the core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more, DC provides a premium selection of reference, primary sources, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips. New to the database are popular topic picklists and an integrated national and state curriculum standards search with content correlated to the standards. 

EBSCOHost Research Databases
EBSCOHost allows you to search multiple EBSCO databases at the same time. Some of these databases include: Academic Search Premier, Alt Health Watch, Business Source Premier, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, and Health Source.

EBSCO Religion & Philosophy
This database provides coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. It covers nearly 300 full text journals, including more than 250 peer-reviewed titles, making it a good tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
database indexes journal and non-journal education literature of more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966 as well as more than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004). 

Educators Reference Complete      1980-
More than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education. Majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database.

Ethnic Newswatch       Image of a houseNot at CCSF? Click Here
News, culture and history from the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. 1991-present: English and Spanish language.

Expanded Academic ASAP        1980-
From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images! 

General Business File ASAP       1980-
Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available. 

General Onefile       1980-
A 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.

General Reference Center Gold       1980-
A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. 

Health Reference Center Academic       1980-
Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac's award-winning Health Reference Center. All in a single, easy-to-use database, The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only. 

Health and Wellness Resource Center       1980-
Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, numerous reference volumes, over 700 health videos from partner Healthology, Inc., hundreds of pamphlets and health-related articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Thomson Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only. 

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition      
Provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

HighWire Press       1995-
"A division of the Stanford University Libraries, HighWire Press hosts the largest repository of high impact, peer-reviewed content, with 1093 journals and 4,584,896 full text articles from over 130 scholarly publishers. HighWire-hosted publishers have collectively made 1,834,365 articles free. With our partner publishers we produce 71 of the 200 most-frequently-cited journals."

LegalTrac       1980-
Students, law school faculty and legal researchers will all find the legal publications they need in LegalTrac®. Drawing on a wide variety of the most highly regarded legal publications, LegalTrac® provides indexing for more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals. Each title included in LegalTrac® is selected on the basis of criteria provided by a special advisory committee of the American Association of Law Libraries. LegalTrac® also contains law-related articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest titles. 

Literature Resource Center - LRC      
Find 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. 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. 

New York Times Article Archive     1851+
The complete backfile of The New York Times can now be searched from, over 13 million articles in all. Two seprate files can be searched:

(1) Article Archive: 1981-Present (Text only format) articles from January 1, 1981 till the present. Articles are free back to 1987. Search the Article Archive: 1981-Present

(2) Article Archive: 1851-1980 (Page Image Format- PDF)
If you are looking for a New York Times article published from Sept. 1851 to Dec. 1980, search our Article Archive: 1851-1980. Articles in the Public Domain (1851-1922) are free. Search the Article Archive: 1851-1980.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a good source for information on current social issues. Drawing on series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints, OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to Websites. New to the database are Lexile reading levels for periodicals and an integrated national and state curriculum standards search with content correlated to the standards.

Powersearch (Gale/Infotrac)
Powersearch allows you to search multiple Gale/Infotrac databases at the same time. Some of these databases include: Expanded Academic ASAP, General OneFile, General Business File ASAP, Health Reference Center Academic, and Custom Newspapers.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
Includes nearly 575 full text publications from Academic Search Premier, including nearly 550 peer-reviewed titles. Covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. Nearly every full text title included in this database is indexed in PsycINFO. Updated daily.

Religion & Philosophy
Magazines and academic journals covering religion and the related areas of philosophy, archaeology and anthropology. 

Science Resource Center      
Researching science topics has never been easier -- with Science Resource Center, thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations are just a few clicks away and the latest scientific developments are covered in articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites. The database covers curriculum-related science topics and offers teachers an easy-to-use tool to identify content directly correlated to state and national standards. 

SFGate       1995+
San Francisco Chronicle staff-written articles. Full text.

ProQuest Newspapers       Image of a houseNot at CCSF? Click Here
Searchable index for recent issues of the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. Full-text for newer issues and citations for older materials. 


Pubmed/Medline contains citations and abstracts from more than 4,600 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. The file contains over 11 million citations dating back to the mid 1960's. Not Full Text. 


The World Factbook
Country reports provided by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Updated every two weeks.

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