Article Databases

This is an alphabetical list of our databases.


Academic Search Complete

Offers a large collection of full-text journals, including peer-reviewed full text for STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities. Scholarly content covers a broad range of important areas of academic study, including anthropology, engineering, law, sciences and more.


Citations about all aspects of agriculture and related fields. Includes: journal articles, monographs, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports. Coverage: 1970 – current.

Alt Health Watch

Provides information on complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to healthcare and wellness. Sources include journals (some peer-reviewed) and reports.

America: History and Life

America: History and Life is one of the most important databases for students of United States and Canadian history. This database is an index of literature concerning the history and culture of the U.S. and Canada from prehistory to the present. It primarily consists of indexing for 1,700 journals as far back as 1910, but also includes citations for books and media reviews. Indexed sources are predominantly written in English, but America: History and Life also contains English-language abstracts of content written in other languages.

American Chemical Society Publications

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications include over 40 full-text, peer-reviewed journals published by the American Chemical Society, covering the chemical and related sciences. Journal titles include ACS Nano, Biochemistry, and Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. The ACS also publishes Chemical & Engineering News, ACS Legacy Archives, and the ACS Symposium Series.

Applied Science & Technology Source

Broad coverage of research and development within the applied sciences and computing disciplines. Content derives from leading trade journals, professional and technical society publications, and conference proceedings.

Art & Architecture Source

Covers fine, decorative, and commercial arts. Also covers architecture and architectural design. Features full text articles and indexing and abstracts for journals, books, podcasts, and more. Art Source includes periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. For use by art scholars, artists, designers, students, and general researchers.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials

ATLA (American Theological Library Association) Religion Database with ATLASerials is an important resource to students of religion and theology. It indexes journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays. Of the articles, reviews and essays it indexes, close to half of them (over 280,000) are available in full text.

Biography Reference Center

Biography Reference Center This link opens in a new window More than 450,000 biographies. Includes complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine as well as thousands of narrative biographies.

Biological Abstracts

Biological Abstracts is an expansive index of journal literature in the life sciences. It covers a wide range of topics from botany to microbiology to pharmacology. In addition to keyword searching, this index is also searchable using BIOSIS indexing, MESH terms, and CAS registry numbers. Sources are primarily English-language, but a number of non-English sources are indexed and include English-language abstracts.

Caribbean Search

In-depth, full text information about the countries and people of the Caribbean.

Central & Eastern European Academic Source

Information on a variety of topics of importance to researchers of Central and Eastern Europe. Includes resources on history, business, and law in a number of European languages.

Checkpoint Tax Research Platform

RIA’s Checkpoint Tax Research Platform is an online database of tax and accounting information. The Checkpoint research system offers fast, effective ways to find answers to research questions concerning local, state, federal and international tax; accounting, auditing and corporate finance; estate planning; payroll; pension and benefits. Content is updated frequently to reflect changes in tax law, best practices, etc.

Consumer Health Complete

Supports the health and wellness information needs of patients. Covers mainstream medicine as well as complementary and holistic medicine.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a full-text online reference service. The collection includes over three million entries from hundreds of well-regarded titles. Credo’s collection is integrated with millions of cross-references and contains dictionaries, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopedias, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of subject-specific titles.

Demographics Now

Business and residential tool providing access to demographic data. Drill down to the city or even neighborhood level. Identify markets and audiences in your community. Ideal for supporting small business and local economic development activities. Strong tool for businesses and non-profits alike.

Education Database (ProQuest)

A ProQuest database on educational topics.

Education Source

Provides scholarly research for education students, professionals, and policy makers. Covers all levels of education from early childhood to higher education.

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center), the premier database for educational research, is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides coverage of journal articles, conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books and monographs related to all aspects of education, from early childhood through higher education. Coverage extends from 1966 to the present, and content is updated monthly. ERIC provides indexing and abstracting for all sources and links to full-text for a lesser portion.

Gale Business: DemographicsNow

Business and residential tool providing access to demographic data. Drill down to the city or even neighborhood level. Identify markets and audiences in your community. Ideal for supporting small business and local economic development activities. Strong tool for businesses and non-profits alike.

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America

In the wake of several of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history, HeinOnline is offering this new collection of materials free of charge to U.S. Core subscribers, academics, and other institutional libraries in order to provide a platform for research and promote civil discourse on the myriad issues related to gun regulation. The goal is to help facilitate productive discussions and help to bring all sides of this argument together to effect positive change and prevent more senseless loss of life.

Health & Medicine Research Library

The Health & Medicine Module is a subset of the ProQuest Research Library. It contains those titles that are relevant to students in the health sciences. Areas of medicine covered include medical science, nursing, allied health, public health, and pharmacology.

Health Source – Consumer Edition

Subjects include fitness, nutrition, diabetes, aging, women’s health, children’s health, and more. Information comes from magazines, books, Clinical Reference System reports, and pamphlets.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

Provides researchers, allied health professionals, nurses, and medical educators access to scholarly journals on many medical disciplines. Provides indexing, abstracts and full text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals, many of which are peer-reviewed.

Historical Abstracts

Historical Abstracts is an excellent resource for students of history. This database focuses on the history of the world (excluding the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Historical Abstracts provides indexing of more than 3,100 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955 and covers world history, military history, women’s history, history of education, and more

History Reference Center

Documents, photos, maps, film, and video from leading history journals. Also includes biographies of historical figures.

History Research Library

The History Module is a subset of the ProQuest Research Library. It contains a selection of titles relevant to students of history. Topics include U.S. and world history, military history, world civilizations, and more.


Ingenta is an index of over 13,000 periodical publications from more than 250 publishers in a wide range of disciplines. Only a very limited number are available in full-text.

IOPscience (Institute of Physics)

IOPscience is a useful resource for students in the sciences. This site provides full-text access to all journals published by the Institute of Physics. In addition, users have access to a range of community websites, magazines, conference proceedings and a multitude of electronic services.


JSTOR is a database of thousands of academic journals, letters, and primary sources, covering the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Journals are indexed from Volume 1, Issue 1 to present. Articles are full-text searchable and include high-quality images. JSTOR is a great resource for students of anthropology, French, German, history, mathematics, and more. This subscription-based product is available only to members of the alma college community, other users should contact their local library for information.

Legal Source

A scholarly resource of current issues, studies, and trends of the legal world. For attorneys, educators, business people, law librarians, students, and paralegals.

Library & Information Science Source

Journals and periodicals that help librarians and researchers keep pace with the latest trends in the field.

Literary Reference Center

Includes over 14,000 short stories and 54,000+ poems. Covers information on thousands of authors and their works. Topics include: plot summaries, literary criticism, book reviews, novels, and author interviews.

Literature & Language Research Library

The Literature & Language Module is a subset of the ProQuest Research Library and contains materials relevant to the study of American and world literature, language, and linguistics.

Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. It covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors. Literature Resource Center provides access to over 850,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from over 390 scholarly journals and literary magazines, more than 75,000 selected full-text critical essays and reviews, over 11,000 overviews of frequently studied works, more than 30,000 full-text poems, short stories and plays, and over 8,500 interviews.

MasterFILE Complete

Broad collection of popular full-text magazines and reference books. Contains Consumer Reports. Covers subjects including: business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY, and fashion. Also includes photos, maps, and flags.


Masterplots provides electronic access to the 12-volume 4th edition of this classic literature reference resource. It contains over 2,200 essays, which provide fundamental reference data (main characters, year of publication, etc.), plot synopses where applicable, and critical evaluations of a comprehensive selection of English-language and world literature that has been translated into English. Additionally, Masterplots provides a list of “Further Readings” recommendations for critical books and articles relevant to a more complete understanding of the work.


MEDLINE is an excellent resource for students studying biology and medicine. It is large database providing indexing of over 19,000 journals covering all aspects of medicine, including dentistry, nursing, nutrition, psychiatry, and toxicology. Indexing is available from the 1950s to present, and content is updated daily.

Michigan History Magazine

A popular history magazine geared toward professionals and enthusiasts alike, Michigan History offers a wide variety of subject matter, time frames, and perspectives while inspiring, educating, and entertaining its readers.

Newspaper Source Plus

Includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires, and news magazines. Offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources. Primary full coverage newspapers are The Washington Post and USA Today.

Nexis Uni

Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790, with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalization features such as Alerts and saved searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and annotated documents.

NoveList Plus

Contains information on over 260,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles. Features lists of award-winning books, book discussion guides, Read-a-Like recommendations, and complete series information. Also includes reader ratings and reviews

Nursing and Allied Health Database

Nursing and allied health – journal articles, books, videos, dissertations, etc. Deals with journals that are sometimes less technical that medical journals and may be more suitable for undergraduates.

Free electronic access to the New York Times is now available to all members of the Alma College community through a newly established academic site license. This license grants full access to all New York Times articles from the paper’s inception in 1851 and up to the current day’s paper. All content is searchable and the results may be narrowed by date, type, author and newspaper section. To begin using this valuable resource, you will first need to set up a personal account. You will then be able to access your account on or off campus, via desktop computers and/or mobile devices. Your initial authentication must be done while logged into the College network, either through a hardwired computer or the WiFi from an on-campus location. You can set up your account by going to and clicking on “Create an Account.” You must enter your valid Alma College email address along with a password. You will then use this account in the future to login from any device.

Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints provides students access to information on controversial topics drawn from a wide variety of sources. Topics include “Viewpoints,” essays written on one side or the other of a controversial topic, in addition to news, magazine, and journal articles; video and audio clips and links to relevant external websites.

Philosopher’s Index

Philosopher’s Index is a useful resource for students of philosophy. It is an index of journal articles (over 550 journals from more than 40 countries), books, book chapters such as contributions to an anthology, and book reviews in all areas of philosophy. Coverage extends back to 1940, and the included abstracts are written by the authors of each selection. Philosopher’s Index covers the areas of ethics, aesthetics, social philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysic logic as well as material on the philosophy of law, religion, science, history, education and language.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

Hundreds of thousands of poems, as well as short stories, biographies, and essays. Topics include the poetic forms, movements, and techniques.

Points of View Reference Center

Presents multiple sides of over 400 issues. Helps students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.

Political Science Complete

Designed for students, researchers, and government institutions. Covers political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of current discourse.

Professional Development Collection

Specialized information for librarians, teachers, and education researchers.

Project Muse

Project Muse is a useful resource for students in the Humanities and Social Sciences. It is a collection of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world’s leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating.

This subscription-based resource is available to members of the Alma College Community. Other users should contact their local library for information

ProQuest Databases – all subjects

The ProQuest multisearch allows you to simultaneously search all of the ProQuest databases. These databases cover subjects from the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences.


PsycARTICLES is a collection of full text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber. Most of the 63 APA journals included in PsycARTICLES now go back to volume 1, issue 1. The earliest journal is Psychological Review, which was started in 1894. The database also contains journals that are no longer published. Topics covered include applied psychology, communication systems, developmental psychology, educational psychology, experimental human and animal psychology, personality, psychological and physical disorders, physiological psychology and neuroscience, professional personnel and issues, psychometrics and statistics. Content is updated weekly.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Covers a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences, and related disciplines. For psychologists, counselors, researchers, and students.


PsycINFO is an important resource for students of psychology. It contains indexing for over 1,800 professional journals, chapters, books, reports, theses and dissertations, published internationally. Indexing coverage extends from 1806 to present for select titles, with most content from 1890 to present. Topics covered include applied psychology, communication systems, developmental psychology, educational psychology, experimental human and animal psychology, personality, psychological and physical disorders, physiological psychology and neuroscience, professional personnel and issues, psychometrics and statistics. Content is updated weekly.


PubMed comprises more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

Sage Journal Publications

Full text access to all Sage journals.

Salem Press

Ebooks in a wide range of subjects including: History, Film, Literature, Medicine, and Career Planning.

Science & Technology Research Library

The Science & Technology Module is a subset of the ProQuest Research Library. Subject areas include agriculture, biology, chemistry, environmental science, materials science, physics, computing, and engineering.

Science Reference Center

Contains material from science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. More than 4,000 full text, full-length biographies. Includes: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, the environment, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, and wildlife.


Science Direct, one of the world’s largest providers of scientific, technical and medical (STM) literature, is a useful resource for students in the sciences. It offers indexing and abstracting of journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books. Alma College Library subscribes to approximately 200 of these journals in full-text. Subjects covered include the physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences and humanities.

SciFinder Scholar

SciFinder Scholar is the online interface to the references indexed by Chemical Abstracts Services since 1907. SciFinder includes coverage of the following databases:CAplus, MedLine, REGISTRY, CASREACT, CHEMCATS, & CHEMLIST. It includes information about substances, authors, companies, and topics. Users can search using a chemical structure, chemical reaction, research topic, or author information.

In order to access the Alma College subscription to SciFinder Scholar, you will need to set up a username and password . Please follow the instructions at this URL New Account

Smithsonian Contributions to Botany (1969-present)

Smithsonian Contributions to Botany is a series of reports on the botanical research conducted by Smithsonian staff and their professional colleagues.

Smithsonian Contributions to History & Technology (1969-present)

Smithsonian Contributions to History & Technology (formerly Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology) is a series of reports based on the history of technology research conducted by Smithsonian staff and their professional colleagues.

Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology (1969-present)

Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology is a series of reports on the paleobiology research conducted by Smithsonian staff and their professional colleagues.

Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences (1977-present)

Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences is a series of reports on the marine science research conducted by Smithsonian staff and their professional colleagues.

Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology (1969-present)

Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology is a series of reports on the zoological research conducted by Smithsonian staff and their professional colleagues.

Social Sciences Research Library

The Social Sciences Module is a subset of the ProQuest Research Library. It contains materials relevant to the fields of anthropology, sociology, psychology, communication, political science, linguistics, criminology, education, and more.

Social Services Abstracts

Social Services Abstracts is a useful resource for students researching topics in the social services, including community and mental health services, crisis intervention, family and social welfare, gerontology, poverty and homelessness, professional issues in social work, social services in addiction, social work education, social work practice, violence, abuse, and neglect. This database abstracts and indexes over 1,300 periodical publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews. Content is updated monthly.

Sociological Abstracts

Sociological Abstracts is a useful resource for students of sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. This resource indexes and abstracts journal articles and book reviews from over 1800 periodicals, as well as providing abstracts for books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Indexing coverage extends back to the 1950s. Topics include culture and social structure, family and marriage, history and theory of sociology, organizational sociology, political sociology, poverty and homelessness, race and ethnicity, social change and economic development, social control, sociology of health and medicine, and more.


Providing researchers with access to scientific documents from journals, books, series, protocols and reference works.

Statistical Insight

Statistical Insight is a resource that provides statistics concerning population, economic conditions, labor, health, education, natural resources, pollution, and many other topics. Statistics are drawn from tables found in hundreds of US government and business reports, from 1999 to the present.


STNEasy is a primary index to chemistry resources.

As an academic institution, Alma College users can only access STNEasy during limited hours. STNEasy is available weeknights after 5:00 p.m. and over the weekend. Please see a librarian for an ID and password.

United Nations iLibrary

The United Nations iLibrary is the comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the United Nations. Initially launched in 2015, the UN iLibrary was updated in December 2020 to incorporate new features such as an interface in all six official UN languages and a search feature by Sustainable Development Goals.

Wiley Online Library

Wiley Online Library hosts the world’s broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers seamless integrated access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals, over 14,000 online books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases.

World War II History Archive

A large collection of primary documents from WWII including Presidential documents, planning materials, and other government documents.


WorldCat is a catalog of books and other media held by libraries and archives both in the U.S. and around the world. It contains millions of bibliographic records in hundreds of languages. Alma College students, faculty and staff can place Interlibrary Loan Requests directly within WorldCat by clicking the “Request Item” button.