It’s our job to help you find the information you need, whether on the shelf or on the web. Online databases offer access to studies, citations, and scholarly articles from academic journals in nearly every field.


Online Catalog – Books, audio books, music, recordings, DVDs, newspapers, periodicals, digital collections. Illinois Heartland Library System is largest library consortium in the country. You can search throughout the whole system, or narrow your search to Blackburn College only.

WorldCat Discovery– Find resources at your library, as well as libraries throughout the world. Resources not available at Blackburn can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) – General or subject-specific databases that include citations, abstracts, and full-text articles. Results can be limited for more efficient and effective search results.

JSTOR – Covers all subjects and provides access to citations and full-text articles.

LexisNexis Academic (see Nexis Uni) – Legal and business information.

Directory of Open Access Journals – Over 1,000 free and open access academic journals.

Communication and Mass Media Complete – Comprehensive database for communication studies.

Sage E-Reference Collection – Access to over 50 subject-specific encyclopedias.

Sage E-Journal 2007 Deep Journal Backfile Collection – Interdisciplinary content from before 2008.

New Play Exchange – The New Play Exchange ® (NPX) is the world’s largest digital library of scripts by living writers.

Alexander Street Press – See below for video and full-text resources:

Cambridge University Press Historical Statistics of the United States – This resource is regularly updated and is a source for quantitative data on American history. Footnotes and other sources provide further information about the data. Users can create customized tables and spreadsheets to assist them in their research. Data files are downloadable. The time period covered in this resource is colonial times to present.

PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science) – Peer reviewed and open access journal articles for the sciences, technology, and research methods.

U.S. Government Publications (electronic format)

Dissertations (open access) – The databases below offer free access to dissertations:

Annual review of Biochemistry 

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  • There are a variety of style and writing guides available on the internet that library staff can assist you with finding.

If you need help, this is the number to remember: extension 5662. If you leave a request for help at the circulation desk, please leave your name, box/phone number, research request and list of databases, etc. where you have done initial research.