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Core Databases

Access the essential databases for general research. For more, see the General Research Guide.

Comprehensive List

Access the recommended databases for general research. For more, see the General Research Guide.

  • Academic Search Complete:
    An all-inclusive scholarly and multidisciplinary database. Recommended for general topics; Full text included; KYVL; ( + )
  • Access World News:
    Worldwide newspapers and news transcripts, 1978-present. Full text included; Newspapers; ( + )
  • Alt-PressWatch:
    Articles in the independent, alternative, and grassroots press.  Full text included; Newspapers; KYVL subscription; ( + )
  • American FactFinder:
    Census data about the US, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas. Full text included; US Government materials; Open access; ( + )
  • American Statistics Index:
    Statistical data from the US government. Citation only; Print index; US Government materials; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Biography Index (Steely Reference):
    Index to biographical materials in books and magazines, 1946-1984. Citation only; Print index; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Biography Reference Bank:
    An extensive biography database. Full text included; ( + )
  • Book Review Digest (Steely Reference):
    Access to citations for book reviews, 1905-1982. Citation only; Print index; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Book Review Digest Plus:
    Book reviews from periodicals. Full text included; ( + )
  • Book Review Index (Steely Reference):
    Access to citations for book reviews, 1965-2009. Citation only; Print index; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Britannica Academic Edition:
    The Encyclopedia Britannica, country data, US history, and more. Full text included; KYVL subscription; Primary sources; ( + )
  • Career and Technical Education:
    Research careers and find vocational information. Full text included; KYVL subscription; ( + )
  • Catalog of US Government Publications:
    Official finding tool for current and historical federal publications. Full text included; US Government materials; Open access; ( + )
  • Censtats:
    Census statistics prior to the 2010 census. US Government materials; Open access; ( + )
  • Census Bureau :
    Official gateway to the data compiled by the US Census. US Government materials; Open access; ( + )
  • Chicago Manual of Style:
    15th (2003) & 16th (2010) editions with a user forum and help. Full text included; ( + )
  • CIS Index (Steely Reference):
    Indexes publications of Congress, (except Congressional Record). Citation only; Print index; US Government materials; In Steely only; ( + )
  • CollegeSource Online:
    A comprehensive collection of college course catalogs. Full text included; ( + )
  • Congressional Publications:
    Access to all publications of the US Congress (limited full-text). Citation only; US Government materials; ( + )
  • CQ Researcher:
    In-depth coverage of current political and social issues in the news. Full text included; ( + )
  • Digital Commons Network:
    Access to scholarly journal articles and research. Full text included; Open access; ( + )
  • Directory of Open Access Books:
    A directory of open-access books. Full text included; Ebook collection; Open access; ( + )
  • Directory of Open Access Journals:
    Definitive index to peer-reviewed, open-access journals. Full text included; Open access; ( + )
  • Dissertations and Theses:
    Comprehensive access to dissertations and theses worldwide. Full text included; Ebook collection; ( + )
  • E-Journals:
    Citations from EBSCO ejournals (limited full-text). Citation only; ( + )
  • Federal Register:
    Rules and notices of Federal agencies and presidential documents. Full text included; US Government materials; Open access; ( + )
  • Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia:
    An encyclopedia for grades 5-8. Full text included; KYVL subscription; ( + )
  • General Science Abstracts:
    A science index for students and non-specialists. Citation only; ( + )
  • General Science Index (Steely Reference):
    Index to science periodicals, 1978-1984. Citation only; Print index; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Google Books:
    Search online books. Full text included; Ebook collection; Open access; ( + )
  • Google Scholar:
    Search all online scholarly literature. Full text included; Open access; ( + )
  • Google Scholar NKU:
    Search all online scholarly literature and access Steely's collection. Full text included; ( + )
  • Government Periodicals Index:
    Citations to a select set of US government publications. Citation only; US Government materials; ( + )
  • Gov Info:
    Publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Full text included; US Government materials; Open access; ( + )
  • Hathitrust:
    Digitized materials from 100 partner libraries. Full-text; Ebook collection; Open access; ( + )
  • Health Source Consumer Edition:
    Health information for the non-medical specialist. Full text included; KYVL subscription; ( + )
  • Internet Archive:
    Books, movies, software, music and archived web sites. Full text included; Ebook collection; Audio materials; Visual materials; Open access; ( + )
  • Issues and Controversies:
    Pro and con positions on debate-worthy issues. Full text included; ( + )
  • JSTOR:
    Scholarly journals in the humanities, sciences, and business. Full text included; ( + )
  • MAS Ultra - School Edition:
    Popular high school magazines and reference books. Full text included; KYVL subscription; ( + )
  • MasterFILE Premier:
    General reference materials (mostly for public libraries). Recommended for general topics; Full text included; KYVL subscription; ( + )
  • Middle Search Plus:
    Index to popular middle school magazines. Full text included; KYVL subscription; ( + )
  • New York Times, Historical Newspapers:
    Full coverage of the New York Times from its first issue in 1851. Full text included; Newspapers; ( + )
  • New York Times Index (Steely Reference):
    Index to all NYT articles published between 1851-2006. Citation only; Print index; Newspapers; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Newspaper Archive:
    Historical newspapers from 23 countries, 1607 -. Full text included; Newspapers; ( + )
  • Newspaper Source:
    National and international news, radio and TV transcripts. Full text included; Newspapers; ( + )
  • OAPEN Library:
    A collection of international ebooks. Full text included; Ebook collection; Open access; ( + )
  • Open Dissertations:
    American dissertations. Limited full text. Full text included; Ebook collection; ( + )
  • Open Dissertations (free):
    Open access to American dissertations. Limited full text. Full text included; Ebook collection; Open access; ( + )
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context:
    Pro/con arguments on current social and political debate topics. Recommended for general topics; Full text included; Audio materials; ( + )
  • Oxford English Dictionary:
    The definitive English dictionary. Includes etymologies and historical usage. Full text included; ( + )
  • PAIS International (Steely Reference):
    Index for public policy, social policy, and social sciences, 1960-1972. Citation only; Print index; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Patent and Trademark Office:
    Access to the US patent and trademark databases. Full text included; US Government materials; Open access; ( + )
  • Poole's Index to Periodical Literature (Steely Reference):
    Index to British and American periodicals, 1802-1906. Citation only; Print index; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Primary Search:
    General research for elementary school children. Full text included; KYVL subscription; ( + )
  • Project Gutenberg:
    Over 48,000 free, downloadable e-books. Full text included; Ebook collection; Open access; ( + )
  • Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (Steely Reference):
    Index to American and Canadian periodicals, 1900-1986. Citation only; Print index; In Steely only; ( + )
  • Scholastic Go!:
    Resources for K-12 students and educators. Full text included; Newspapers; KYVL subscription; ( + )
  • Scopus:
    Citations for scientific articles, books, and conference proceedings. Citation only; ( + )
  • Statistical Insight:
    Statistical data from governments and businesses. Full text included; US Government materials; ( + )
  • Steely's Books and Media:
    Search Discovery for books and media. Recommended for general topics; Full text included; Ebook collection; NKU specific materials; Open access; ( + )
  • Steely's eJournal Titles:
    Find ejournals and ebooks by title in Publication Finder. Full text included; NKU specific materials; ( + )
  • Today's Science:
    Explains concepts in science and provides topics to research. Full text included; ( + )
  • TOPICsearch:
    Current events and popular topics in the media. Full text included; KYVL subscription; ( + )
  • Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory:
    Bibliographic data on serial publications. Citation only; ( + )
  • USA.gov:
    Search all (federal, state, local) government web sites in the US. Full text included; US Government materials; Open access; ( + )
  • Washington Post Index (Steely Reference):
    Index to the Washington Post newspaper 1973-1999. Citation only; Print index; Newspapers; In Steely only; ( + )
  • World News Digest:
    Major political, social, and economic events since 1940. Full text included; ( + )
  • WorldCat:
    Search libraries worldwide, view holdings, and request items. Citation only; KYVL subscription; ( + )
  • WorldCat.org:
    Search libraries worldwide and view holdings. Citation only; Open access; ( + )
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