General Research Guide

Try these databases first to find journal articles, books, and more.
  • Discover: Start here for books, articles & more
    Simultaneously search research databases plus the Five Colleges Libraries Catalog to find full-text articles, books and more.
  • LexisNexis Academic (date coverage varies)
    Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.
  • Academic OneFile (1980 to present)
    Full-text articles from all disciplines.
  • Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
    Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.
  • American Periodicals (1740-1940)
    Digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 18th and 19th century newspapers and periodicals.
  • Book Review Digest (1908 to present)
    Reviews of English-language fiction and nonfiction books from U. S., Canadian, and British periodicals.
  • Cambridge Companions
    Surveys of authors, literary history, culture, and philosophy, all written by scholars.
  • Ebook Central
    Multidisciplinary e-book collection from leading university presses and academic publishers. (Alumni access)
    Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (1960 to present)
    Index of resources covering all aspects of librarianship
  • Project Gutenberg
    Full-text collection of over 35,000 public domain books.
  • ProQuest Search Platform
    Cross-searches all content from the Library's subscribed ProQuest databases
  • Readers Guide Retrospective (1890-1984)
    Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States during the 20th century.
  • WorldCat
    Search thousands of library catalogs for books and more.
Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.