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A-Z list of databases

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  • ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
    Includes ABI/INFORM Global, Trade and Industry, Dateline and Archive. Contains full-text journals, dissertations, SSRN working papers, key newspapers, and country and industry reports and data.
  • ABI/Inform Global (ProQuest)
    In-depth national and international coverage of economic conditions, management techniques, theory, and practice of business, advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, finance, taxation.
  • ABI/Inform Trade & Industry (ProQuest)
    Search periodicals covering the latest industry news, product and competitive information, marketing trends, and a wide variety of other topics.
  • Academic Complete (Ebrary)
    Access to over 72,000 electronic books in a variety of subject areas.
  • Academic OneFile (MeL)
    Extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Provided by the Michigan Electronic Library.
  • Accounting and Tax (ProQuest)  
    An index to current accounting, taxation, and financial management information.
  • Alt-PressWatch (ProQuest)
    Alternative and independent press - magazines, journals and newspapers articles. This index database provides full-text articles for over 210 publications of the alternative and independent presses, from 1970 to current.
  • America: History and Life (Ebsco)  
    Index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.
  • American Chemical Society Journals  
    Peer-reviewed journals of ACS include articles across a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines.
  • American National Biography  
    Offers full text portraits of more than 17,400 American men and women.
  • Applied Science Abstracts (Ebsco)  
    Provides information from periodicals on management, careers and employment, and financial trends in the scientific and technological fields.
  • Art Abstracts (Ebsco)  
    Provides indexing and citations to information from leading publications in the world of the arts, with some full text.
  • Art and Architecture Complete (Ebsco)
    Provides cover-to-cover indexing for publications dealing with art, antiques, archaeology, architecture and architectural history, art history, decorative arts, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, costume design, sculpture, graphic arts, etc.
  • ARTstor
    A repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data; AQ users must register a free account on campus before using. Enter the digital library to register.
  • ATLA Religion (Ebsco)  
    Index to articles from religious and theological literature.


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  • Berg Fashion Library
    Includes the full text of the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, as well as a collection of nearly 70 Berg fashion e-books and a colour image bank that includes images from the Victoria & Albert Museum's fashion collection, the Commercial Pattern Archive database, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute collection and several other institutions.
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index (MeL)  
    Enables users to locate biographical entries contained in more than 1,000 biographical reference sources. Provided by the Michigan Electronic Library.
  • Biography Index Past and Present (Ebsco)  
    Index to a wide range of biographical material.
  • Biological & Agricultural Index (Ebsco)  
    Index to leading publications in agriculture, biology, forestry, and ecology. Select "Biological and Agricultural" from the Subject Area pull down menu. BioAgIndex
  • Biology Journals (ProQuest)  
    Provides indexing and access to a wide range of biology topics, with some full text.
  • Book Review Digest (Ebsco)  
    Reviews of current English-language fiction and nonfiction books.
  • Britannica Online
    Online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Business & Company ASAP (MeL)  
    Provides information on companies, markets and industries, from market trends, mergers and acquisitions to current management theory and company overviews.
  • Business Abstracts with Full Text (Ebsco)  
    Index to leading English-language business periodicals.
  • Business Decision (MeL)
    Researchers and entrepreneurs are enable to access comprehensive business-to-consumer market data. Detailed company profiles, product and brand information combined with investment reports, rankings and market share data allow users to better penetrate the consumer marketplace.
  • Business Insights: Global (MeL)
    Combines an international perspective and sophisticated research tools with convenient access to a range of comprehensive learning materials. Using case studies, statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals, and topical reference materials organized by country, company, and industry, this resource is especially useful to business faculty and students, as wells as to Michigan businesses interested in expansion. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.


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  • Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)  
    A comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs.
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete (Ebsco)  
    Provides access to journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study.
  • CountryWatch  
    Provides country-specific intelligence and data.
  • CQ Researcher  
    Coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Full text reports.
  • Credo Reference
    Over 600 full-text reference books from 59 different publishers covering a wide variety of topics.
  • Criminal Justice Periodicals (ProQuest)
    U.S. and international criminal justice journals including information for professionals in law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security.
  • Curriculum Crafter
    Unique, full featured design tool that helps you customize your curriculum--and meet state education standards. For use by Aquinas College faculty and students.

    Students: Use your first name, space, last name as your user name; your AQ ID# as your password. Hint: if your AQ ID # starts with a zero, omit it
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  • DemographicsNow: Business & People (MeL)
    Researchers and entrepreneurs are provided with comprehensive business and demographic information valuable to assess business viability, create sales leads and marketing mailing lists, complete location analyses and business plans, analyze population trends, find potential sponsors and donors and more. This database is useful for those who want to start a business as well as those who want to take their established business to the next level.
    Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.
  • DOAJ -- Directory of Open Access Journals
    The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short a one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals.


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  • Early English Books Online  
    Contains page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere, from 1473-1700.
  • eBook Collection (used to be NetLibrary)
    Over 14,000 full text online books covering a wide variety of topics. Links to NetLibrary titles can also be found in TomCat, our online catalog.
  • Ebrary electronic books
    More than 72,000 e-books in all academic subject areas
  • Ed/ITLib Digital Library
    Click on the "Search" button.

    The Digital Library is a valuable online resource of peer-reviewed and published international journal articles and proceedings papers on the latest research, developments, and applications related to all aspects of Educational Technology and E-Learning.
  • Education Abstracts (Ebsco)
    Index to leading publications in the field of education. Covers every age and sector of the educational community from preschool through college.
  • Education Journals (ProQuest)
    Full-text journals in education and related fields.
  • ERIC (Proquest)  
    Provides access to all facets of educational-related literature.
  • Essay and General Literature Index (Ebsco)  
    Find contents in collected works focusing on humanities and social sciences.
  • Expanded Academic ASAP (MeL)
    From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this periodical database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images!


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  • Films on Demand
    Streaming videos of films in the humanities and social sciences. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • Focus2
    FOCUS is a self-paced, online career and education planning tool. It will enable you to self-assess your career-relevant personal qualities and explore career fields and major areas of study that are most compatible with your assessment results. The AQ Access code is Saints.


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  • Gale Directory Library (MeL)
    Provides access to Ward's Business Directory of Private and Public Companies in Canada and Mexico, and Business Rankings Annual. Ward’s profiles over 100,000 U.S. companies, listing the industries in which it operates, names of top executives, number of employees, the type of company it is, and financial performance.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
  • GenderWatch (ProQuest)  
    Full text periodical database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas.
  • General OneFile (MeL)  
    News and periodical articles on a wide range of topics; some full text. Provided by the Michigan Electronic Library.
  • General Science Abstracts (Ebsco)  
    Covers everything from supernovas to marine pollution; contains information on a variety of scientific topics.
  • Global Issues in Context (Gale)  
    Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.
  • Google Scholar
    Search the scholarly side of Google for journal articles and e-books.
  • Grand Rapids Press
    An index to the GR Press available in ProQuest from 1990 - 2008. For full text issues of the paper, go to
  • Graphic Novels Core Collection (Ebsco)  
    Highlights approximately 2,000 recommended graphic novel titles with descriptive and evaluative annotations.
  • GreenFILE (Ebsco)  
    Offers information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment, including periodicals and government publications.
  • GREENR (Gale)  
    Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources focuses on the academic study of sustainability and the environment. Includes articles.


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  • Informe! (MeL)
    Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias. Provided by the Michigan Electronic Library.
  • InfoTrac (MeL)
    Collection of databases covering a wide variety of topics. Search one or many. Provided by the Michigan Electronic Library.
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (ProQuest)
    This database includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. It is unique in its broad coverage of international material and incorporates over 100 languages and countries. Over 2,800 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 books are included each year.


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  • JSTOR  
    Complete full text archives of over 850 core scholarly journals in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.
  • Junior Edition (MeL)  
    With over 330 titles, this periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school. Provided by the Michigan Electronic Library.


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  • Kids InfoBits (MeL)  
    A database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Provided by the Michigan Electronic Library.


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  • MathSciNet  
    Reviews, abstracts and bibliographic information for much of the mathematical sciences literature.
  • MeLCat (MeL)
    Search library catalogs throughout the state of Michigan.
  • Michigana (Sabin Collection) (MeL)
    This digital archive documents state history. Drawn from the Sabin collection and other Gale sources, the archive provides access to a wide variety of documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children's books.
  • Michigana (MeL)
    Explore Michigan's heritage through photographs, diaries, oral histories, local records and historical data
  • MLA (ProQuest)  
    Modern Languages Association Bibliography; index for books, articles and websites published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics.


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  • eBook Collection (used to be NetLibrary)
    Over 14,000 full text online books covering a wide variety of topics. Links to NetLibrary titles can also be found in TomCat, our online catalog.
  • Historical New York Times (ProQuest)  
    Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue of the NYT.
  • Newsstand (Gale) (MeL)
    Gale's Newsstand database provides access to more than 1,000 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers as well as leading titles from around the world.
  • Nursing & Allied Health (ProQuest)
    Search for articles or use the "Browse" Tab for video training programs and study paths.
  • Nursing Resource Center (MeL)
    Nursing students and other healthcare professionals. Mostly Full-text. Brings together disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts. The information is written in accessible language for students completing class assignments and preparing for clinicals.


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  • OmniFile Full Text Select (Ebsco)
    Full text articles in science, humanities, education and business.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context (MeL)
    Features contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues.Features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
  • Oxford Art Online
    Online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present. More than 23,000 subject entries, Includes 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,000 images
  • Oxford English Dictionary  
    Online version of the OED, a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words.


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  • PAIS International (ProQuest)
    The PAIS International database contains records for over half a million journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more. PAIS International includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world. It's updated quarterly with over 17,000 current records added each year.
  • Physical Education Index (ProQuest)  
    Features periodical content ranging from physical education curricula, to sports medicine, to dance.
  • PILOTS Database (ProQuest)  
    Includes citations to all literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events.
  • Project Muse
    Full text of more than 200 interdisciplinary, peer reviewed scholarly journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences and mathematics.
  • ProQuest Central  
    Periodical database that covers of a broad range of subject areas. Contains some full text.
  • ProQuest Databases
    Search ALL ProQuest databases at once.
  • ProQuest Political Science
    Provides acess to over 150 leading political science and international relations journals. This collection provides full-text of many core titles included in Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.
  • ProQuest Politics Collection  
    Index and full text databases covering political science and public policy. Includes PAIS, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) and ProQuest Political Science databases. Includes over 2,000,000 references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951. Over 2,800 journals are regularly indexed.
  • PsycArticles (Proquest)
    Also accessible via PsycINFO. Offers access to the full text of nearly 80 landmark journals in behavioral science and related fields ranging from education, to nursing, to business, to neuroscience.
  • Psychology Journals (ProQuest)
    Full-text coverage from top psychology journals and related publications
  • PsycINFO (ProQuest)  
    Main Psychology periodical index. Contains literature from an array of disciplines related to psychology; includes some full text.


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RIA Checkpoint Users: You will need to add an exception to this database; click in the radio button at the bottom of the screen next to "Accept this certificate permanently" and then click on "OK"

  • Readers' Guide Abstracts (Ebsco)  
    Index of articles from popular magazines.
  • Religion (ProQuest)
    Contains more than 150 journals, with most of them available with full-text. Covers formal theological studies and commentary on topics of general interest from the perspectives of many, worldwide religions. In addition, there are many titles from religious publishing bodies and nondenominational organizations.
  • RIA Checkpoint
    Now includes FASB and IASB standards!

    RIA Checkpoint Users: You will need to add an exception to this database; click in the radio button at the bottom of the screen next to "Accept this certificate permanently" and then click on "OK"


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  • Science Journals (ProQuest)
    Full text and images for the leading periodicals in science and technology. Subject coverage includes computers, engineering, physics, telecommunications, and transportation.
  • ScienceDirect (ArticleChoice)  
    A leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from peer-reviewed journals and books. Searches the most recent five years of publications. To access full-text of articles, use the "order document" link.

  • SciFinder Scholar  
    Contains literature from many scientific disciplines including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and more.
    ***New users must register (for free): see link below
  • SciFinder Scholar - New User registration
    Register as a SciFinder user. Use link above once you are a registered user.
  • Small Business Resource Center (MeL)
    Recommended for Small business owners/entrepreneurs and general users. Full-text. Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.
  • SnapShot Series (ProQuest)  
    The Snapshot International Group Series of 4,600 reports is designed to provide an instant overview of a market, and the data is supplied in both graphical and tabular format for ease of interpretation and analysis.
  • Social Science Journals (ProQuest)
    Includes over periodical 535 titles, with more than 310 available in full text. Disciplines represented range from anthropology, sociology, political science to communication, education, criminology, demography, economics and more.
  • Social Sciences Abstracts (Ebsco)  
    Index of articles on the social sciences, with some full text.
  • Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)  
    Focuses on social work, human services, and related areas.
  • Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)  
    Indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Sociology Journals (ProQuest)
    Covers the international periodical literature of sociology and social work, including culture and social structure, history and theory of sociology, social psychology, substance abuse and addiction and more.
  • Student Edition (Gale) (MeL)  
    With over 1100 titles, this periodical database is designed for high-school students and provides access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, etc. Provided by the Michigan Electronic Library.
  • Sustainability Reference Center (EBSCO)
    A comprehensive full-text periodical database covering all aspects of sustainability. This database offers complete indexing for more than 940 publications (with full-text coverage for over 620 of those titles) including journals, monographs, magazines, and trade publications, all directly with a strong focus on sustainability issues. It also features tens of thousands of additional sustainability-focused articles, benchmarks, and best practices, selected from thousands of trade and industry titles.


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  • Teacher Reference Center (Ebsco)
    Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 270 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.


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  • UniWorld
    Directory of American companies that have a substantial investment in overseas operations. Also a directory of foreign companies that have a substantial investment in American operations.
  • Ulrich's Periodical Directory
    Bibliographic and publisher information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types — academic and scholarly journals, Open Access publications, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more from around the world.


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  • OmniFile Full Text Select (Ebsco)
    Full text articles in science, humanities, education and business.
  • World Book Online
    Full text version of the World Book Encyclopedia.
  • WorldCat  
    Catalog of books, web resources, and other material worldwide. Provided by the Michigan Electronic Library.
  • WorldCat (FirstSearch)
    Advanced search in the WorldCat database, a collection of library catalogs from around the world.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (ProQuest)
    Access to "citations, abstracts, and indexing of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy."

Research and Citation help

  • Full Text Journals List
    Search to see if we have the journal you're looking for full text somewhere in the library, either in print, microform, or online.
  • TomCat - AQ Library Catalog
    Search the shelves of the Grace Hauenstein Library at Aquinas College.
  • Research Help - Getting Started
    Use this guide to help you with any aspect of the research process - from picking a topic, to making sure the information you find is valid and useful.
  • InterLibrary Loan
    If we don't have it, let us get it for you.
  • Citation Styles
    Make sure you cite your sources correctly. MLA, APA, & Chicago style examples, and more!
  • RefWorks  
    Helps you to gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. Create an individual account to use. Your computer may warn you that this is not a trusted site. It is! Just click on "trust content."
  • EasyBib
    EasyBib is an information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools
  • Information
    Your one-stop page for information on setting up, using, and evaluating Originality Reports in Turnitin.


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