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.
E-RESOURCES (*on campus use only)
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.
- System-wide search.
- Search within Blackburn’s holdings – search will still include materials from other libraries within the system, but Blackburn’s materials will be bolded.
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.
Directory of Open Access Journals – Over 1,000 free and open access academic journals.
Social Explorer – Description from Oxford University Press: “maps and reports to help users visually analyze and understand demography and social change throughout history. An innovative research tool, Social Explorer is designed to provide quick and easy access to historical census data and demographic information from 1790 to the present.”
Communication and Mass Media Complete* – Comprehensive database for communication studies.
Social Sciences Full Text* – Full text access to a wide array of journals in the social sciences.
Highwire Press – scholarly articles, many full-text.
Sage E-Reference Collection – Access to over 50 subject-specific encyclopedias.
Alexander Street Press* – Video and full-text resources:
- General Search
- Sports Medicine and Exercise Science
- Criminal Justice
- Black Thought and Culture
- Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
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.
Dissertations (open access) – The databases below offer free access to dissertations:
CINAHL Complete – This database includes 1,460 full text journals in nursing and allied health.
American Museum of Natural History – Free image database.
Citation Styles and Writing Guides
- Purdue OWL
- 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, these are numbers to remember: Spencer (x5663); Lynn (x5662). 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.