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Research databases (find articles)

Databases are a type of search engine – you search within them to find quality information (sometimes articles from journals, magazines, newspapers, sometimes encyclopedia articles, even movies or audio clips). This is protected information, to which you only have access as a GCC student, faculty, or staff member (community members can access our databases from on-campus, only). Much of the information within these databases is information that you cannot find on the general internet or through Google.

If you are off-campus, you will need to have a GCC library card to access databases.

Alphabetical List of Databases  | Subject List of Databases

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  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)  
    Provides indexing and some full text for thousands of articles in a variety of academic areas of study including the social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.
  • American Nurse Today
    American Nurse Today is the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA). Content focuses on how nurses can  enhance patient outcomes, develop their professional careers, and build their educational foundation of best practices.
  • American Sociological Review
    American Sociological Review (ASR), the ASAs flagship journal, was founded in 1936 with the mission to publish original works of interest to the discipline of sociology in general, new theoretical developments, results of research that advance understanding of fundamental social processes, and important methodological innovations. Peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly, all areas of sociology are welcome, with emphasis on exceptional quality and general interest. Online access is available for the most current year; also available in print back to 1999.
  • American Women’s History Online
    An authoritative reference database containing biographies, historical and topical subject entries, primary sources, maps and charts, images and videos, and general and subject specific timelines encompassing more than 500 years of American women’s history.  More than 60 historical videos cover such topics as working women, women in politics, and changing women’s fashions. Users can search for entries by keyword or phrase, or they can browse by topic and by time period—from nine historical periods relevant specifically to women’s history.
  • Annals of American History (Britannica)*
    Speeches, essays, biographies, landmark court decisions, editorials, images and more that bring American history to life from 1493 to the present.  An excellent resource for locating primary sources.

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  • Biography In Context*
    Includes biographies from Gale sources, including Contemporary Authors, and full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals.
  • Books and Authors* 
    An electronic readers’ advisory resource that assists both fiction and non-fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. Includes book and award lists, reviews, materials for all ages, and fiction-related web sites.
  • Building Green
    An independent company committed to providing accurate, unbiased, and timely information designed to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts, of buildings.
  • Business Insights:  Essentials* 
    Online resource for researchers who want to  more than just basic information about any given company, including SWOT analyses on hundreds of global companies.
  • Business Source Premier (EBSCOhost)  
    Provides full text articles back to 1965 and searchable cited references back as far as 1998 in the fields of management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and more.

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  • Chronicle of Higher Education
    The complete online version of the premier weekly source of higher education news, including archives and job ads. An RSS feed is available.
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism (InfoTrac)*
    Includes more than 11,000 critical essays on contemporary authors. Each CLC–Select entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, a list of principal works, critical essays, and sources for further study.
  • 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. Available online from the current issue back to 2002.
  • CQ Researcher
    CQ Researcher offers nonpartisan, in-depth reports on important contemporary issues. Each issue contains a chronology of the issue, bibliographies and a pro and con section.
  • Criminal Justice Collection*
    Hundreds of full-text journals dating back to 1980.  Helpful for those studying to be a  lawyer, law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security.

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  • ebrary
    A collection of ebooks that can be downloaded to ereaders or read from your computer. Portions can also be printed.
  • EBSCOhost
    A vendor offering 23 individual databases in a variety of subject areas.
  • Educator’s Reference Complete*
    This mainly full-text collection of over 1100 periodicals and 200 reports contains educational research from preschool to college. Every educational specialty can be found here including technology, health and bilingual education, testing, and issues in administration, funding and policy.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica*
    This is a search and directory site featuring selections from the Encyclopædia Britannica, news, and their editors’ suggestions for the Web’s best sites.  Recommended for locating quality web sites.
  • Enciclopedia Moderna (Britannica)*
    A Spanish elementary encyclopedia for grades 9-12. Moderna will satisfy native Spanish speakers, and students that are bilingual or just learning Spanish.
  • Environment
    Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development analyzes the problems, places, and people where environment and development come together, illuminating concerns from the local to the global. More readable than specialized journals and more timely than textbooks, Environment offers peer-reviewed articles and commentaries from researchers and practitioners who provide a broad range of international perspectives.
  • Environmental Studies and Policy Collection*
    Providing robust coverage of the field of environmental issues and policy, this collection, which includes magazines and academic journals, provides instant access to the multiple viewpoints of this volatile field of study, including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, as well as corporate interests.
  • ERIC (EBSCOhost) 
    This primary index for education from the U.S. Department of Education Educational Resource Information Center contains citations and abstracts for educational and education-related journals and full text of ERIC digests.
  • Expanded Academic ASAP (InfoTrac)*
    Covers all academic disciplines and provides abstracts and some full text of articles from scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers.

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  • Films on Demand 
    A database of high-quality, streaming, educational videos on a variety of topics.

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  • Gardening, Landscape, and Horticulture Collection*
    Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture. A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.
  • Global Issues In Context* 
    Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.
  • Global Road Warrior Country Database
    A guide for companies and individuals traveling to or doing business in foreign countries. Covering 175 countries, it addresses 22 categories of interest to travelers, including business culture, communications, demographics, money and banking, points of interest, security, society and culture, tips for businesswomen, transportation, and travel essentials. Also includes maps and photographs.
  • GreenFILE (EBSCOhost)
    A collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles covering all aspects of human impact to the environment, including content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, etc. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as full text for more than 4,700 records.

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  • Health Source: Consumer Edition (EBSCOhost) 
    Provides consumer health information on topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Includes full text for nearly 150 journals.
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure Collection*
    With current and relevant content from industry journals, travel guides and magazines this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field, while also allowing for focused study of specialized aspects of the industry – including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, economic aspects of tourism, and more.

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  • InfoTrac*
    A vendor offering 13 databases in a variety of subject areas.

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  • JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
    For over 35 years the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN) has been a premier resource for health care professionals committed to clinical scholarship that advances the health care of women and newborns. With a focus on nursing practice, JOGNN addresses the latest research, practice issues, policies, opinions, and trends in the care of women, childbearing families, and newborns.
  • The Journal of Environmental Education
    Based on recent research in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, the journal details how best to present environmental issues and how to evaluate programs already in place for primary through university level and adult students. University researchers, park and recreation administrators, and teachers from the United States and abroad provide new analyses of the instruction, theory, methods, and practices of environmental communication and education in peer-reviewed articles.
  • JSTOR 
    JSTOR offers high-quality, interdisciplinary content to support scholarship and teaching. It includes over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and unrelated titles.
  • Junior Edition – K12 (InfoTrac)*
    Designed for students in junior high and middle school, this database provides citations and articles from magazines, newspapers, and reference books.

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  • Kids InfoBits (InfoTrac)*
    Designed for grades K-5, this database provides easy access to magazine, reference book, and newspaper citations and articles.

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  • Lexis-Nexis Academic 
    Provides access to a wide range of information:  news (U.S. and the world, transcripts, arts & sports, non-English language); business information (news, financial information, company comparisons, SEC filings, industry information); legal information (news, federal and state case law, U.S. Supreme Court cases, topical law, federal and state codes, tax law, patents, legal directories); medical (news, abstracts); and general reference information (biographies, country profiles, polls & surveys, quotations, state profiles, world almanac).
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (EBSCOhost)
    Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.
  • Literary Reference Center (EBSCOhost) 
    Combines information from reference works, books, and literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. Contains full text for plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, classic and contemporary short stories, author interviews, classic texts and more.
  • Literature Resource Center*
    Included in Literature Resource Center is biographical entries on more than 135,000 authors,more than 850,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from over 390 scholarly journals and literary magazines, more than 75,000 selected full-text critical essays and reviews.

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  • Mango Languages
    Mango is an online, language-learning program for 65 different languages, including Spanish, French, Latin, and English specifically for speakers of other languages. This link will take you to a login page: you can create an individual login to save your progress, or you can choose “quick start” to immediately begin in any language.
  • MAS Ultra – School Edition (EBSCOhost) 
    Designed for high school students, this database provides full text for appropriate periodicals plus pamphlets, articles from reference books, biographies, primary source documents and an image collection including photos, maps, and flags.
  • Massachusetts Ebook Project
    Digital ebooks provided by the Massachusetts Library System.
  • Massachusetts History Online*
    Information from 50 Massachusetts-based newspapers, magazines, and journals, with full-text information dating back to 1980.
  • MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOhost)
    Provides full text as far back as 1975 for general reference publications, and indexing with some full text for periodicals. Also includes full text reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.
  • Media Education Foundation Collection
    A complete database of every film produced by the Media Education Foundation.
  • MEDLINE (EBSCOhost) 
    Created by the National Library of Medicine, this primary index for medicine provides citations and abstracts from authoritative medical journals in a variety of medical fields.

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  • New York Times Online*
    Full-text articles from the New York Times since 1980.
  • Newsbank
    Access to current and historical articles from ten western Massachusetts newspapers.
  • NoveList
    An electronic readers’ advisory resource that assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. Includes book and award lists, reviews, materials for all ages, and fiction-related web sites.
  • Nursing for Women’s Health
    Nursing for Women’s Health publishes the most recent and compelling health care information on women’s health, newborn care and professional nursing issues. As a refereed, clinical practice journal, it provides professionals involved in providing optimum nursing care for women and their newborns with health care trends and everyday issues in a concise, practical, and easy-to-read format.

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  • Opposing Viewpoints In Context*
    Provides information on a wide variety of social issues–including more than 14,000 pro/con essays and over 5,000 topic overviews.
  • Ovid Nursing Journals
    Full-text coverage of seven nursing journals–including AJN (The American Journal of Nursing), Nursing, and Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!
  • Oxford Art Online*
    Oxford Art Online provides web access tothe entire text of The Dictionary of Art, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, as well as links to over 45,000 images.

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  • Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection*
    Both researcher and practitioner alike will find relevant, authoritative content in this collection, which includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine. Covering a wide spectrum of information, researchers will have access to a diverse, but focused set of topics in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more.
  • Picture Book Database
    An index that enables searchers to find listings of various picture books, based on many different search criteria, including artistic media and style, character education, literary devices,  and literary tie-ins, categories, genres and formats, series and characters, original publisher/title/language (for titles published outside the U.S.), country of origin, and age ranges.
  • PsycINFO (EBSCOhost) 
    Created by the American Psychological Association, this primary database for psychology indexes and abstracts articles in the field of psychology and the psychological aspects of related disciplines (medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law).

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  • The Recorder (on-campus only, select content available off-campus)
    The daily newspaper published in Greenfield, MA, covering news and events in Franklin County and beyond. Please note that full access is not available from off-campus.
  • Regional Business News (EBSCOhost)
    Provides full text coverage of business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

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  • Science In Context*
    Delivers integrated content through 150+ comprehensive reference sets, with coverage of topics including earth science and life science, space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography.
  • Science Online*
    Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.

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  • US History in Context*
    Contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History.  Includes reference content, along 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.

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  • Vocation and Careers Collection*
    Finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career are all topics covered by this collection, providing current and applicable content for all vocational milestones. Offering content from nearly 400 journals, this collection provides content from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

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  • WorldCat: The World’s Largest Library Catalog
    The WorldCat database searches the collections of libraries locally and around the world. Contains information for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items in libraries - as well as many new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks. It also contains article citations with links to their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren’t available to the public. Because WorldCat libraries serve diverse communities in dozens of countries, resources are available in many languages. Once you find an item you are interested in, request it through interlibrary loan.
  • World Data Analyst (Britannica)*
    Comprehensive current and historical statistics on the countries of the world  for historical and cross-national comparisons and the creation of tables and charts or exporting for deeper analysis.
  • World History In Context*
    World History in Context offers students and researchers access to a broad collection of scholarly analysis and award-winning full-text periodicals, reference works and primary documents.

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* Funding for these resources is provided through the joint efforts of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Most annotations are taken directly from the database.

Last updated September 2014 by Eric Poulin, Coordinator of Library Services, and Liza Harrington, Librarian.