Reference

Research is the process of discovery, and in this sense it is a creative act. It is guided by questions, shaped by evidence, and concludes with the sharing of one’s findings.

Core Resources

  • Biomedical Reference Collection: Basic
    Full text journals in a variety of areas pertaining to medical study.

  • Books and Authors

  • Credo Reference
    An easy-to-use database providing dictionary and encyclopedia entries on subjects in all academic disciplines; a scholarly alternative to Wikipedia

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica
    The online edition of the oldest English-language general encyclopaedia.

  • Expanded Academic ASAP
    A multidisciplinary database featuring scholarly articles, trade and popular news features.

  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
    This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

  • Gale/Infotrac
    Links to all of the library's database subscriptions provided by Gale/Infotrac.

  • General OneFile
    News and periodical articles on a wide range of topics.

  • General Reference Center Gold
    Reference articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

  • Global Issues In Context
    Provides access to sources for analysis of current events, issues of international importance, and detailed information about nations. Each entry pulls together source material to analyze social, political, military, economic, health and cultural issues and includes access to newspapers and periodicals, web sites, and multimedia features.

  • Health And Wellness Resource Center
    A great resource to begin your research into health issues, this database provides access to full-text medical journals, magazines, newspapers, reference works and multimedia tools to provide medical information. Now includes Alternative Health.

  • Health Reference Center Academic
    Full text of nursing and allied health journals.

  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
    Indexes more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings.

  • Literature Criticism Online
    largest, most extensive compilation of literary commentary available: Literature Criticism Online. Imagine centuries of analysis - the scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals - delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals. The net result is tens of thousands of hard-to-find essays at your fingertips. It's all designed to raise the level of research while providing the around-the-clock remote access that today's researchers demand.

  • Literature Resource Center
    Current, comprehensive, and reliable online resource for research on literary topics, authors, and their works. Contains online Dictionary of Literary Biography.

  • MasterFILE Premier
    Full text for more than 1,700 general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines.

  • MLA International Bibliography
    Bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations dating back to the 1920's containing over 2.3 million citations (some with full text) from more than 4,400 journals and 1,000 book publishers. Primarily oriented toward the Humanities.

  • Nursing Resource Center
    Find articles, drug, and disease information.

  • Serials Directory
    Access to the most up-to-date and accurate bibliographic information as well as current pricing structures for popular serials.

  • WorldCat (First Search)
    The OCLC catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

  • WorldCat.org
    Use this web-based version of the OCLC database to look up books, articles and more in libraries worldwide and request them easily via ILLiad.

Supplemental Resources

  • A-Z Maps Online
    The world’s largest subscription-based database of proprietary, royalty-free world, continent, country, and state maps. Included in the 4,000+ maps are: political maps, physical maps, outline maps, population maps, precipitation maps, climate maps, and other thematic maps. New maps are added to the collection every month.

  • Academic OneFile
    Scholarly, peer-reviewed articles in many subjects.

  • Academic Search Complete
    Academic multi-disciplinary database; full text articles in all fields.

  • Biography In Context
    Provides biographical information on more than 500,000 individuals across disciplines and subject areas. Authoritative entries also include interactive video and audio resources and links to vetted web sites for additional information. Content can be searched by name, occupation, nationality and date and even to determine the connections between individuals.

  • Canadian Business & Current Affairs
    Canadian Business and Consumer Affairs

  • Cochrane Collection Plus
    Collection of health care data for providers, patients and those responsible for researching, teaching, funding and administrating in medical professions.

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals in all subjects and languages.

  • Ebook Central (Proquest)
    A collection of E-Books. You can either search or browse by subject.
    Note: Formerly known as eBrary E-Books

  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
    This is a multi-disciplinary collection which allows you to search and view the full text of its eBooks. Read an eBook instantly with your web based reader or download eBooks to your portable device.

  • Films on Demand
    Access to over 6,000 streaming videos, including documentaries relevant for multiple disciplines.

  • Google Books
    Search the full text of books to find ones that interest you; learn where to buy or borrow them.

  • Google Scholar
    A search engine for scholarly literature. Searches across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. For info on how to use Google Scholar to find articles available at Fitchburg State see http://www.fitchburgstate.edu/academics/library/research-help/using-google-scholar-to-find-articles-from-the-library/

  • JSTOR
    An advanced, multidisciplinary database featuring secondary resources in history, scholarly articles and other resources spanning the humanities and sciences.