What is a Database?

A database is a collection of information stored in an electronic format that can be searched by a computer.

Before clicking on the Database Directory button, use the below information as a starting point. You’ll find each of our databases listed by category, making it easier for you to find what you need. Also, don’t forget to use the “Refine Your Search” tools to the left of the Database titles listed on the Database Directory Page.

Databases Grouped by Category

BUSINESS & INDUSTRY

  • Business Source Premier: Business Source® Premier, the industry’s most popular business research database, features the full text for more than 2,200 journals. Full text is provided back to 1965, and searchable cited references back to 1998.
  • JSTOR: JSTOR is a shared digital library containing more than 2,000 academic journals. Research articles found here are largely from the social sciences and the humanities.
  • EBSCO MegaFile: Search all four EBSCO databases at once. The EBSCO MegaFILE is comprised of the complete content and functionality of Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Business Source Premier, and Regional Business News.
  • Regional Business News: Full text for business journals, newspapers, and newswires from metropolitan and rural areas across the U.S. Updated daily.
  • Interview Stream: Interview stream is a simulated online job interview program for students to practice both verbal and nonverbal communication skills.

CURRENT NEWS & ISSUES

  • ProQuest Newspapers: Full text for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sioux Falls Argus Leader, St. Cloud Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Barron’s, USA Today, and hundreds of other newspapers.
  • Newsbank: Newsbank delivers U.S. news content from local, regional, and national sources. Diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos. Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people. Includes access to current and archived articles of the Duluth News-Tribune.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context – GALE: Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on today’s hottest social issues. OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to websites.
  • Points of View Reference Center: Full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of over 250 current issues.
  • Duluth News Tribune: Newsbank is an index and provides access to the articles appearing in the Duluth News Tribune.
  • MasterFILE Premier: Full text for popular magazines in all subject areas. Includes reference books, book reviews, biographies, primary source documents, and images. Excellent coverage of consumer information, education, health, science, social science, arts, current events, and more. Includes Consumer Reports, Parenting, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, People, and thousands of other titles. Updated daily.
  • Special Reports: NewsBank’s Special Reports focus on topics of current interest.
  • EBSCO MegaFile: Search all four EBSCO databases at once. The EBSCO MegaFILE is comprised of the complete content and functionality of Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Business Source Premier, and Regional Business News.
  • Expanded Academic ASAP: Comprised of more than 3,500 indexed and full-text titles in all disciplines including social sciences, humanities, education, science, and technology.

EDUCATION

  • ERIC – EBSCO: ERIC®, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. ERIC contains more than 1,282,000 records and links to more than 314,000 full-text documents.
  • Professional Development Collection: Specialized collection for professional educators, researchers, and librarians. Covers children’s health and development to cutting-edge pedagogical theory and practice. Includes full text of nearly 520 education journals and more than 200 educational reports.
  • Learning Express Library: Free online courses to improve basic skills (Adult Learner), workplace skills (Career Center) college readiness skills (College Center), and computer skills (Computer Skills).
  • Professional Collection: Designed for the educator, this database has full text for education journals across a variety of fields. Updated daily.

FINE ARTS

  • CAMIO: OCLC’s Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of 24 prominent museums including The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center.

GENERAL INFORMATION & TOPICS

  • Credo Reference: Credo General Reference features full-text, aggregated content from hundreds of reference books covering every major subject.
  • Academic Search Premier: This multi-disciplinary database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles.
  • Expanded Academic ASAP: Comprised of more than 3,500 indexed and full-text titles in all disciplines including social sciences, humanities, education, science, and technology.
  • Britannica Online Academic Edition: Rich encyclopedia content plus news headlines, safe websites, engaging multimedia, and a customizable workspace.
  • Films on Demand: Access thousands of academic and educational videos, streamed directly to your computer.
  • Gale Resources: Access the menu of Gale databases.

HEALTH & NURSING

  • CINAHL – EBSCO: CINAHL® Plus with Full Text is the world’s most comprehensive nursing & allied health research database, providing full text for more than 770 journals indexed in CINAHL®.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition: Provides access to nearly 550 scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines, including strong coverage of nursing and allied health.
  • Consumer Health Complete: Designed to support the information needs of patients and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.
  • Academic Search Premier: This multi-disciplinary database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles.
  • Alt HealthWatch: Alt Health Watch focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. Offers full-text articles for more than 180 international journals and reports plus hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research, and book excerpts.
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition: Collection of consumer health information providing access to nearly 80 full-text, consumer health magazines, pamphlets, 130+ health reference books, 5,100 Clinical Reference Systems reports (in English and Spanish), Lexi-PAL Drug Guide and Merriam-Webster’s Medical Desk Dictionary.
  • Learning Express Library: Free online courses to improve basic skills (Adult Learner), workplace skills (Career Center) college readiness skills (College Center), and computer skills (Computer Skills).
  • National Library of Medicine: The National Library of Medicine (NLM) maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics.
  • PubMed: PubMed is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U. S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

HISTORY & CULTURE

  • Salem History: Salem History provides online access to a selection of history reference works such as Great Lives from History, The Seventies in America, and Milestone Documents.
  • American History in Video: American History in Video is the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American History with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles.  It includes archival footage, governmental newsreels, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.
  • ProQuest Historical Minneapolis Tribune: ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922) This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
  • Academic Search Premier: This multi-disciplinary database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles.

LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

  • Informe!: Full text of 50 of the most popular Spanish-language and bilingual periodicals including El Nuevo Herald (Miami, FL), a Spanish-language newspaper.
  • Learning Express Library: Free online courses to improve basic skills (Adult Learner), workplace skills (Career Center) college readiness skills (College Center), and computer skills (Computer Skills).
  • Poetry Foundation: The Poetry Foundation is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It works to discover and raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in American culture.

REFERENCE

  • Credo Reference: Credo General Reference features full-text, aggregated content from hundreds of reference books covering every major subject.
  • Britannica Online Academic Edition: Rich encyclopedia content plus news headlines, safe websites, engaging multimedia, and a customizable workspace.
  • Student Resources In Context: Designed for use by high school students for both homework and in-depth research assignments. Contains reference works, biographies, essays, overviews, primary works, images, and periodical articles.
  • Discovering Collection: Designed for students in grades 8-12, this database includes literary criticisms, timelines, primary source documents, audio and video clips, maps, images, flags, and more.

SCIENCE

  • Science Reference Center: Full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources covering the areas of biology, chemistry, environmental and life sciences, and more. Each article is correlated to state and national curriculum standards.
  • General Science Collection: Contains over 200 journals covering the latest scientific developments in particle physics, advanced mathematics, nanotechnology, geology, and hundreds of other areas.
  • Academic Search Premier: This multi-disciplinary database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

  • JSTOR: A shared digital library containing more than 2,000 academic journals. Research articles found here are largely from the social sciences and the humanities.
  • Academic Search Premier: This multi-disciplinary database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context – GALE: Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on today’s hottest social issues. OVRC features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to websites.
  • Points of View Reference Center: Full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of over 250 current issues.
  • Social Problems: Social Problems is one of the most respected and widely read journals in the social sciences. It covers an array of complex social concerns from race and gender to labor relations and civil rights.
  • Contexts: Contexts, peer-reviewed and published quarterly, offers a smartly written, thought-provoking take on modern life in our communities—it’s an indispensable guide to understanding our dynamic society. It takes our favorite newspapers and magazines one step further, answering the “Why does that happen?” question with the research and experience of the best sociologists in the United States. Both the educated lay reader and those in sociology and its related fields find the articles captivating. An official publication of the ASA.
  • Kanopy: A leading distributor of online educational videos.

TUTORIALS

  • Learning Express Library: Free online courses to improve basic skills (Adult Learner), workplace skills (Career Center) college readiness skills (College Center), and computer skills (Computer Skills).
  • Academic Search Premier Interactive Tutorial: In this tutorial, you will learn how to find full-text articles in Academic Search Premier (ASP) while discovering a variety of search techniques and features to refine your results.
  • L.I.L.T.: Library and Information Literacy Tutorials: Developed by Erickson Library staff, these learning modules offer training on various information resources and how to access them.