Database List

The following 56 databases are best for: General/Multi-disciplinary

See our Research Guides for more information on researching by subject.


19th Century British Library Newspapers    
Full runs (where possible) of 48 newspapers selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth century Britain. Includes national and regional newspapers from both established country or university towns and the new industrial powerhouses of the manufacturing Midlands, as well as Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Special attention was paid to include newspapers that helped lead particular political or social movements such as Reform, Chartism, and Home Rule. The penny papers aimed at the working and clerical classes are also present in the collection. Cross-searchable with other collections via NewsVault.
  • Coverage Range: 1800-1900
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Academic Complete E-Book Collection    
Collection of over 80,000 e-books from over 700 scholarly publishers and university presses. Multiple people can use each book at the same time. E-books may be downloaded to Android or iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. NOTE: each e-book is also listed in the Library Catalog and JumpStart.
  • Coverage Range: Varies
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ebrary (ProQuest)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Academic Search Complete    
A scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database for the humanities, sciences and social sciences. Includes scholarly journals, magazines, conference proceedings and books. For newspaper coverage, use Newspaper Source Plus.
  • Coverage Range: 1887-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
ACS Style Guide (American Chemical Society)    
The full-text of the citation style manual from the American Chemical Society.
  • Coverage Range: 3rd ed. (2006)
  • Full-Text

 
African American Historical Serials Collection    
Includes newspapers and magazines, and reports and annuals from various African American organizations, including churches and educational and service institutions. Gift of Robert J. Weinstein, Dickinson College class of 1941.
  • Coverage Range: 1816-1922
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Alternative Press Index Archive    
Journal, newspaper, and magazine articles from over 700 international alternative, radical, and left periodicals. Covering theories and practices of socialism and revolution alongside ecology, democracy and anarchism, feminism and organized labor, indigenous peoples and gays/lesbians, the coverage is both international and interdisciplinary
  • Coverage Range: 1969-1990
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
ArticleFirst    
A multidisciplinary database covering a wide variety of topics and fields.
  • Coverage Range: 1990 to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: OCLC

 
British Politics and Society    
Primary sources related to the social and political climate in Great Britain. Covers topics such as labor history, religious movements, political reforms, and education. Documents range from government reports, to periodicals, autobiographies, pamphlets, and letters. Part of Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO).
  • Coverage Range: 1790-1914
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Gale Cengage Learning

 
Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television    
Biographical reference providing information on individuals active in the theatre, film, and television industries. Covers not only performers, directors, writers, and producers, but also behind-the-scenes specialists such as designers, managers, choreographers, technicians, composers, executives, dancers, and critics from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and the world.
  • Coverage Range: Varies
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Gale

 
Credo Reference    
Includes more than 800 encyclopedic titles from respected publishers in all disciplines taught at Dickinson, including various language dictionaries, the Marquis Who’s Who series and numerous other biographical sources, economics and business encyclopedias, food and agriculture sources, publishing sources, atlases, and many encyclopedias covering the arts, history, literature, science, technology, religion, philosophy, politics, psychology, geography and country studies, and more.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Credo Reference
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Current Contents Connect    
Complete tables of contents and bibliographic information from leading scholarly journals and books in the sciences, engineering and technology, business, and arts and humanities.
  • Coverage Range: 1998-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: THOMSON REUTERS

 
Data Citation Index    
Database of research data from repositories around the world, with links to works that cite the data. Data is mostly from the life sciences, but includes a significant number of social science and physical science data sets, and a smaller number of sets from the humanities.
  • Coverage Range: 1900 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: ThOMSON REUTERS

 
Directory of Open Access Journals    
Full-text access to free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.
  • Coverage Range: Coverage: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Lund University

 
ECO (Electronic Collections Online)    
Provides citations to a number of scholarly journals in a variety of fields.
  • Coverage Range: 1995 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: OCLC

 
Economist Historical Archive    
Weekly news magazine presenting the world's political, business, scientific, technological and cultural developments and the connections between them with a global editorial perspective. Also useful for research on company and industry trends and history. Includes supplements, special reports, surveys, full-color images, exportable financial tables, and a gallery of front covers. Cross-searchable with other collections via NewsVault.
  • Coverage Range: 1843 – 2010
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Encyclopedia Britannica Online    
One of the broadest single sources for beginning research on any topic. Includes full text multimedia encyclopedia articles, country statistics and comparisons, timelines, bibliographies, and links to journal articles and web sites. Interactive features allow you to create your own workspace to save and share your research. An ideal starting point, especially for topics unfamiliar to you. ***Also includes Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus***
  • Coverage Range: Historical and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.

 
Essay and General Literature Index    
Index to chapters and essays contained in books of collected works. Focuses on humanities and social sciences, including works published in the United States, Great Britain and Canada. Covers archaeology, folklore, architecture, history, art, linguistics, literature, music, classical studies, poetry, drama, political science, economics, religion women's studies, and film.
  • Coverage Range: 1985 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Essay and General Literature Retrospective    
Index to chapters and essays contained in books of collected works. Focuses on humanities and social sciences, including works published in the United States, Great Britain and Canada. Covers archaeology, folklore, architecture, history, art, linguistics, literature, music, classical studies, poetry, drama, political science, economics, religion women's studies, and film.
  • Coverage Range: 1900-1984
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
European History Primary Sources (EHPS)    
A searchable index of scholarly digital repositories of primary sources. Collections are also browsable by country, language, period, subject, and type of source.
  • Coverage Range: Medieval to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EUI

 
Films on Demand    
Thousands of streaming films in the humanities and social sciences. You can use Films On Demand to search for specific video segments, organize videos into folders, and create personal playlists. Closed captioning is available for many films. Subject areas include anthropology, art, communications, education, literature, geography, history, music, philosophy, religion, sociology and world languages. Titles include historical documentaries, biography, author interviews, performances, and world affairs.
  • Coverage Range: 1950s - present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Films Media Group

 
Financial Times Historical Archive    
The complete run of the London edition of the authoritative daily business newspaper, from its first issue to the end of 2008. with additional annual updates. A resource for studying history, business, management, finance and politics. Every individual article, advertisement and market listing is included and shown individually and in the context of the full page and issue of the day. Cross-searchable with other collections via NewsVault.
  • Coverage Range: 1888 – 2010, updated annually
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
First World War: Personal Experiences    
Digital images of a wide range of original documents, including diaries, letters, personal narratives, trench journals, scrapbooks, objects, and a wealth of visual sources, this resource provides a rich seam of information on personal experiences of war. Supplementing the primary sources is a wealth of secondary resources including interactive maps, 360 degree panoramas and walk-throughs of the Sanctuary Wood Trench System, the Memory Wall, In Their Own Words feature, scholarly essays, a slideshow gallery, chronology and glossaries.
  • Coverage Range: World War I era
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

 
FRANCIS    
This database provides multidisciplinary and multilingual coverage of humanities and social sciences. It is strong in areas such as archaeology, geography, linguistics, philosophy, religion, and sociology. Records are mainly English, French, and German, with some Italian, Spanish, and other languages.
  • Coverage Range: 1972 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Ebsco
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Google Books    
Very useful for searching within books. To see if Dickinson has a one of these books, click "Find in a Library" on the left-hand side. If you are on campus, look under "Get this item" to find or request the book. If you are off campus, enter 17013 as your zip code and look for "Dickinson College" in the list of libraries.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Google

 
Google Scholar (with Dickinson links)    
Locates scholarly articles in a variety of fields. If the full text of the article is not available, click on the "Full-Text @ Dickinson" link to find or request it. If the result is in a book, click "Library Search" (if available) or search for the book in the Dickinson Library catalog.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: Google

 
Handbook of International Rivalries    
Examines the roughly 200 strategic rivalries—two states that view each other as threatening competitors to the point that they categorize their antagonists as enemies—that have been responsible for nearly 80 percent of the warfare of the past two hundred years. Delves into standardized narratives of the rivalries that include discussions of their origins, the levels of conflict achieved and the resolutions. Also includes a comprehensive bibliography and a chronological listing of rivalries by region, time and type. Gift of the Mary Moser Memorial Library Fund.
  • Coverage Range: N/A
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: SAGE Publications, Inc. (CQ Press)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Historical Digital Archives    
A set of 11 separate databases of archival and primary source material, covering topics related to American history, including collections focusing on Hispanic- and African-American history. The individual databases are: African American Historical Serials Collection; American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection, Series 1-4; American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Historical Monographs Collection, Series 1-2; Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection, Series 1; Gateway to North America--People, Places, and Organizations of 19th-Century New York; Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books from the New York Historical Society; The Latino-Hispanic American Experience--Leaders, Writers, and Thinkers. Funded in part by a gift from Robert J. Weinstein, Dickinson College class of 1941.
  • Coverage Range: Varies; 1700s to 1960, many collection focus on 19th century.
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Ebsco
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Humanities Source    
Humanities Source is designed to meet the needs of students, researchers and educators interested in all aspects of the humanities. The collection includes full text for more than 1,400 journals, with citations to over 3.5 million articles, including book reviews. Coverage in Humanities Source includes worldwide content pertaining to literary, scholarly and creative thought.
  • Coverage Range: 1907 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Ebsco
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Immigration: Records of the INS, 1880-1930    
Part of History Vault primary document collections. Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service cover topics such as Asian exclusion, Ellis Island, Mexican immigration, medical inspections of immigrants, and white slavery and prostitution.
  • Coverage Range: 1880-1930
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
JSTOR    
An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Coverage Range: Historical & current publications up to 1 - 5 years from current date
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ITHAKA (JSTOR)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
JumpStart advanced search    
JumpStart combines the library's catalog and about half of our online databases into a single search. With one interface you can search our library catalog and many (but not all) of our databases simultaneously, or in any number of combinations that you select.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
JumpStart basic search    
Combines the library's catalog and about half of our online databases into a single search. With one interface you can search our library catalog and many (but not all) of our databases simultaneously, or in any number of combinations that you select.
  • Coverage Range: varied
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Library Science (ProQuest)    
Access to around 150 top publications in library and information science.
  • Coverage Range: 1970 to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Making of the Modern World    
More than 61,000 titles from books, journals, pamphlets, essays, reports, correspondence, speeches, surveys. Content is in English and other languages. Provides historical access to the theories, practices, and consequences of economic and business activity in the West. Combines the strengths of two pre-eminent collections — the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature at the University of London Library and the Kress Collection of Business and Economics at the Harvard Business School — along with supplementary materials from the Seligman Collection in the Butler Library at Columbia University and from the libraries of Yale University.
  • Coverage Range: 1450 - 1914
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Newspaper Source Plus    
More than 850 national and international newspapers, plus 870,000+ television and radio news transcripts, including: ABC News (American Broadcasting Company), ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), CBS News, CNBC, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and PBS.
  • Coverage Range: Mid 1990s-present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
NewsVault    
Allow for cross-searching of 19th Century British Library Newspapers, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, Economist Historical Archive, Financial Times Historical Archive, Listener Historical Archive, Sunday Times (London) Digital Archive, Times (London) Digital Archive, and Times (London) Literary Supplement Historical Archive.
  • Coverage Range: 19th and 20th centuries
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
OmniFile Full Text Mega (Wilson)    
Full text of articles from nearly 3,000 publications (many of them peer-reviewed). Over 500 podcasts and video podcasts on a range of art, humanities and science subjects. Graphical content in ASCII or PDF format.
  • Coverage Range: 1982 to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Oxford Music Online    
Cross-searchable access to four of the most comprehensive reference sources on music: Grove Music Online, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music. Includes classical, popular, jazz and world music. This is the definitive starting point for research on composers and their works, musical periods and styles, music history and related performing arts. Allows 3 simultaneous users.
  • Coverage Range: Varies
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
  • Jumpstart Searchable
  • 3 Simultaneous Users

 
PapersFirst    
Covers published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting papers.
  • Coverage Range: 1993 to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: OCLC

 
Periodicals Index Online    
Index of more than 4,000 magazines and journals in the humanities and social sciences. Interlibrary loan (ILLiad) often required for access to full text. Formerly Periodicals Contents Online.
  • Coverage Range: 18th century to late 20th century
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest
  • 1 Simultaneous User

 
PrivCo Private Company Data    
A source for business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations, including family owned, private equity owned, venture backed, and international unlisted companies.
  • Coverage Range: Not applicable
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: PrivCo

 
Proceedings    
Covers every published conference, congress, symposium, exposition, workshop, and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre (the most comprehensive collection of conference publications in the world). Contains sources difficult to find elsewhere. Interlibrary loan (ILLiad) will often be required.
  • Coverage Range: 1993 to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: OCLC

 
Project Muse    
A multi-disciplinary database of full text scholarly journals and e-books in both humanities and social sciences. Most journals covered are up to date. Can be used as complementary to JStor as the latter covers mostly archival issues. E-books include titles in Global Cultural Studies, Poetry, Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction.
  • Coverage Range: Historical and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Johns Hopkins University Press

 
Reader's Guide Full Text    
Index of articles published in approximately 175 popular magazines, news magazines, and other general interest periodicals.
  • Coverage Range: 1983-present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Reader's Guide Retrospective    
Index of subjects in the popular press, including art, business, computers, dance, drama, education, entertainment, fashion, film & television, food, health & medicine, history, literature, news & current events, photography, popular & classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, science, sports & fitness, transportation, and travel.
  • Coverage Range: 1890-1982
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO)    
SciELO provides cooperative electronic publishing of science, social sciences, and arts & humanities journals to meet the scholarly communication needs of developing countries, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean countries. It provides an efficient way to assure universal visibility and accessibility to their scholarly literature. English, Spanish, and Portuguese search interfaces are available. Full-text will be in the language of the original publication.
  • Coverage Range: current and back issues of journals
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: Scielo (Open access)

 
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture    
Focusing on popular culture in the United States. Major topics include: television, movies, theater, art, books, magazines, radio, music, sports, fashion, health, politics, trends, community life and advertising. Entries include bibliographies.
  • Coverage Range: 20th century to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Sunday Times Digital Archive (London)    
Despite the similarity of names, The Sunday Times was an entirely separate paper from The Times until 1966, when both papers came under common ownership. To this day, The Sunday Times remains editorially independent from The Times, with its own remit and perspective on the news.
  • Coverage Range: 1822-2006
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Gale

 
Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Online    
TLL provides access to the contents of all lexicon articles published up to 2008 (that is the letters A–M, O, P–pomifer, porta–pulso), the articles in the Onomasticon volumes (letters C and D), the Index librorum and the Praemonenda de rationibus et usu operis, a multilingual introduction to the printed version of the Thesaurus. Each year the contents of the newly printed fascicles will be added to the database.
  • Coverage Range: Antiquity to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Walter de Gruyter, Berlin - New York

 
Times (London) Digital Archive    
The oldest daily newspaper in continuous publication, providing in-depth, award-winning and objective coverage of world events. The archive supports research across multiple disciplines and areas of interest: in business, humanities, political science, philosophy and numerous other subjects with coverage of all major international historical events. Cross-searchable with other collections via NewsVault.
  • Coverage Range: 1785 – 2006
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Web of Knowledge    
Simultaneously search Web of Science (Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Book Citation Index, Current Chemical Reactions and Index Chemicus), BIOSIS Citation Index, Current Contents Connect, Data Citation Index, Derwent Patents Index, Zoological Record, and MEDLINE.
  • Coverage Range: varies; mostly 1965 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: THOMSON REUTERS

 
Web of Science    
Searches both social science and science materials, and allows the user to see what other articles have cited a chosen paper. Provides access to Science and Social Sciences Citation Indexes (1900-present), Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990-present) Book Citation Index (2005-present), Current Chemical Reactions (1985-present), and Index Chemicus (1993-present).
  • Coverage Range: 1900-present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: THOMSON REUTERS
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
World Digital Library    
A UNESCO project, this database contains multi-lingual primary source materials from countries and cultures around the world.
  • Coverage Range: 8000 BCE to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: World Digital Library

 
World News Connection (East View; trial through May 10)    
Access to a historical archive of news from all over the world, translated into English. An important resource for those who do not know the foreign language yet needs a different perspective other than US.
  • Coverage Range: 1994-2013
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: East View

 
WorldCat    
A huge catalog of more than 140 million books and other materials in 71,000 member libraries worldwide. Very useful for discovering books that our library does not own that you can borrow via interlibrary loan (EZ-Borrow or ILLiad). * Coverage Range: From before 1000 BC to the present * Citations only, except for links to freely available e-books, government documents, and web sites. See also www.worldcat.org and dickinson.worldcat.org for alternative interfaces to WorldCat. (alternate search term: World Cat)
  • Coverage Range: Before 1000 BC to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: OCLC

 
WorldCat.org (Open WorldCat)    
This is a free version of WorldCat available as an alternative to our FirstSearch version.
  • Coverage Range: Before 1000 BC to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: OCLC