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Academic Search Premier

The world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary, full text database designed specifically for academic institutions.

Access World News - NewsBank

The electronic editions of record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers in full-text content -- all in one easy-to-search database with a world map. Each provides unique coverage of local and regional news, including companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and people in the community, as well as a distinctive focus offering a variety of viewpoints on local and world issues. Paid ads are excluded.

Facts on File

Facts On File seeks to provide comprehensive reference coverage in each of its subject areas. Includes American History Online, American Indian History & Culture, Health Reference Center, World News Digest, Issue and Controversies, Issues and Controversies in American History and Today's Science.


This database is unique because the complete archives of core scholarly journals have been digitized, starting with the very first issues, many of which date from the 1800's. New titles and fields are being added regularly. Scholarly journal archive - it is NOT a current issue database.

MasterFILE Premier

Designed specifically for public libraries, this site contains full text articles for more than 1,900 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more.

ProQuest Central

The largest aggregated full-text database in the market today totaling more than 11,250 titles, with over 8,400 titles in full text. It serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels in all markets. Includes over 400 full text U.S., Canadian and international newspapers, including exclusive access to the full text of The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times.

Research Library

Search for coverage of a broad range of subjects including arts, business, children, education, general interest, health, humanities, international, law, military, multicultural, psychology, sciences, social sciences, and women's interests. From 1971 to present.


A comprehensive database portal which is comprised of several distinct reference databases including SIRS Researcher, SIRS Governement Reporter and SIRS Renaissance. It provides relevant, credible information on social issues, science, history, government, the arts and humanities.


This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms, including controversial opinions and viewpoints.


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Access to over 25,000 books from publishers such as McGraw Hill, Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press.

EBSCO eBooks (formerly NetLibrary)

Over 5,000 eBooks are available to GBC students in the EBSCO eBook collection. Search by subject, title or author and research right from home.


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Internet publisher of literature, verse and reference books to provide students and researchers with unlimited and free access. Includes dictionaries, thesauri, factbooks, and reference books on history, Shakespeare, anatomy, etc.

Best Information on the Net

St. Ambrose University's link to useful websites that cover a wide range of subjects.


Selected Internet resources covering all academic subject areas.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. There are now 5185 journals in the directory. Currently 2149 journals are searchable at article level.

Google Book Search

Browse books online. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given us permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy. Buy the book ... or borrow it from the library If you find a book you like, click on the "Buy this book" and "Borrow this book" links to see where you can buy or borrow it. Searches can be limited to "Full View Only".
Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.


INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.


Links for various subjects and reference resources.


Intute is a free online service that helps you to find the best web resources for your studies and research. With millions of resources available on the Internet, it can be difficult to find useful material. Our subject specialists review and evaluate thousands of resources to help you choose the key websites in your subject.

IPL - Internet Public Library

Links to previewed websites. "Information you can trust"

Library Spot

A free virtual library resource center for educators and students. This site links to dictionaires, almanacs, and other reference resources, and includes links to topic-specific websites.


Search engine and directory for finding online magazine articles.

Virtual Reference Shelf (LOC)

Provides links to various topical websites, as well as reference books, such as dictionaries, images, maps and tools such as calculators.


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