Databases (A-Z)

Alphabetical Listing of Online Databases
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AAS Historical Periodicals – The AAS Historical Periodicals database draws from the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) library, which documents the life of America’s people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. It provides digital access to the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912.

Academic Search Complete – Ebsco
The world’s largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary database, with full text for over 9,000 titles, including the largest collection of peer-reviewed full-text journals. Updated on a daily basis, offering full-text back files to 1887 for selected journals.

Agricultural Research Service—Internet Resource
Agricultural Research Service is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination. This site contains full-text online access to Agricultural Research Magazine and ARS publications.

Agricultural Statistics Annual—Internet Resource
Agricultural Statistics is published each year to meet the diverse need for a reliable reference book on agricultural production, supplies, consumption, facilities, costs, and returns. National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and various USDA agencies collaborated in furnishing the information in these publications. Full-text online.

AHFS Consumer Medication Information – Ebsco
Contains 1000+ patient drug information pamphlets, available in both English and Spanish, published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Updated monthly.

American History in Video – Alexander Street Press
Provides more than 7,500 titles of streaming video from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries from producers such as The History Channel and PBS. Historical coverage ranges from early American history to contemporary events.

ARTstor – ARTstor
ARTstor is a digital library that offers collections of art images and descriptive information as well as the software tools to enable active use of the collections. ARTstor includes over one million images covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor requires all users to log in before downloading images, whether on or off-campus.


BiblioBoard The BiblioBoard digital library offers multi user access to hundreds of digital books (including a Classics collection and an OER collection), images, articles, documents, videos and audio from around the world and across time.  Anyone who is physically in Illinois can access the collection without a login. A patron who creates an optional account while in Illinois will be able to access the collection outside the state by logging into their account. This will also give them the ability to download content for offline reading and to add bookmarks and notes.

Black Hawk College Library Catalog
The Black Hawk College Library local online catalog, with the option of searching and requesting books from the I-Share consortium, which includes 86 academic libraries in Illinois.

Britannica Online Academic Edition – Encyclopaedia Britannica
Online version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, featuring videos and sound files, dictionary and thesaurus, atlas and timelines, World Data Analyst, recommended web sites, and primary sources.

Business Source Elite – Ebsco
Provides full text for nearly 1,100 scholarly business journals, including nearly 450 peer-reviewed business publications. This database is updated on a daily basis and offers full text dating back to 1985.



CareerOneStop – Internet Resource
CareerOneStop is a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored website that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, businesses and workforce professionals, including information on career exploration, salary and benefits, education and training, job search, resumes and interviews.

Census Bureau Economic Statistics–Internet Resource
A comprehensive collection of U. S. business and economic statistics compiled by the U. S. Census Bureau on a five year cycle.

CINAHL with Full Text
Provides full text for over 550 of the nursing and allied health journals indexed in the CINAHL database, many of which contain no embargo and include full-text coverage dating back to 1981. – Internet Resource
Comprehensive statistics on U. S. cities.

Consumer Health Complete – Ebsco
A comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

C-SPAN Video Library – Internet Resource
A searchable, comprehensive video archive of governmental and political content, which includes not only legislative proceedings, but also interviews.

Credo Reference – Credo Reference
Features full-text content from hundreds of reference books from many different publishers, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotation sources and a wide range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to technology.

Culturegrams – Culturegrams
Concise, cultural reports for more than 175 countries of the world, including history, customs, lifestyle and government.


Digital Public Library of America – Internet Resource The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items, photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Browse and search by timeline, map, format, and topic.

Digital Sanborn Maps of Illinois, 1867 – 1970
Historical maps of Illinois towns and cities, including building outlines, street names, property boundaries and other information.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – Internet Resource
Categorized, searchable links to free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.


EBSCO eBooks
Contains a large selection of multidisciplinary eBook titles representing a broad range of academic subject matter. There are more than 135,000 eBooks in this collection, including titles from leading university presses.

Electronic Documents of Illinois – Illinois State Library
Electronic Documents of Illinois provides permanent public access to official publications of the State of Illinois which have been deposited in electronic form.

Encyclopedia of World Biography – Gale
A multicultural biographical source that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.

eRead Illinois
An eBook and audiobook collection available to Black Hawk College library cardholders. The collection contains both fiction and non-fiction. Download eRead Illinois electronic resources to your tablet, computer, or other device.

ERIC – Ebsco
Journal articles and reports in education. Some full-text articles.


FDsys – Internet Resource
GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides digital access to government information from Congress and federal agencies.

Filmmakers Library Online – Alexander Street Press
Includes over 1,000 award-winning documentaries and independent films from around the world with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more.

Films on Demand – Films Media Group
The Health & Medicine collection is a web-based streaming video database of about 1,000 educational videos for the Health Sciences.  The Producers collection is a general interest collection that contains material on many subjects from a wide range of producers, including NOVA, PBS, BBC, and Ted Talks.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia – Ebsco
This database provides more than 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.


Gale Virtual Reference Library – Gale
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Grove Art The Grove Art database features entries on artists, architects, craftsmen, patrons, movements, locations, and periods, as well as bibliographies for further research and thousands of searchable images.

Grove Music  – Grove Music is the authoritative resource for music research with over 51,000 articles written by nearly 9,000 scholars charting the diverse history, theory and cultures of music around the globe.


Health and Society in Video – Alexander Street Press
Online collection of nearly 300 streaming videos focusing on health issues and their impact on society, including hundreds of premium documentaries, profiles, reports, and interviews.

Health Source – Consumer Edition – Ebsco
Features searchable full text for more than 190 journals including Consumer Reports on Health and Men’s Health, as well as abstracts and indexing for more than 205 general health, nutrition and professional health care publications.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition – Ebsco
All areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing. Some links to full-text articles.

Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition Online – Cambridge University Press
The definitive source of statistics and data on all aspects of American history from Colonial times to the present available in a downloadable and customizable form. Expands and revises previous print edition produced by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, including thirty years of new data and scholarship.


Illinois Newspaper Project – University of Illinois and Chicago History Museum
Part of the U. S. Newspaper Program designed to identify, catalog and preserve historic newspapers. Useful in locating newspaper title and holdings information.

Illinois State Library – Internet Resource
Illinois governmental and library information on the web.

Iowa 2-1-1 – Internet Resource
2-1-1 is the national abbreviated dialing code for free confidential access to health and human services. Iowa 2-1-1 is a searchable website you can us as an alternative to calling and speaking with a trained specialist in your area.

International Data Base – Internet Resource
Population information on many countries compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Issues & Controversies – Facts on File
Explores more than 800 hot topics in politics, business, education, science and popular culture, including pro and con statements, primary source documents and statistics.


JSTOR is a full-text electronic archive of the complete back issues of core scholarly journals covering a wide variety of disciplines, including economics, history, political science and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences.


Kewanee Star Courier – Internet Resource
Newspaper for the Kewanee, Ill., area.

Knoema World Data Atlas – Internet Resource
In depth world and regional statistics, national data, maps, rankings. Searchable by topic or country name.


Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts – Ebsco
Indexes more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.

Literary Index – Gale
Starting point for literary research. Index to biographical and critical information on authors and their works.


MasterFILE Premier – Ebsco
Contains full text for nearly 1,700 popular magazines covering reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Also includes full text for reference books and primary source documents, as well as an image collection of photos, maps and flags.

MAS Ultra–School Edition – Ebsco
Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database provides full text for more than 500 popular general interest and current events publications with information dating to 1975 for key magazines. Also provides nearly 550 full-text pamphlets, 150 full-text reference books, nearly 100,000 biographies, 76,000 primary source documents, and an image collection of 116,000 photos, maps and flags. Updated daily.

Medlineplus – Internet Resource
Consumer-friendly, up-to-date, quality health care information from the National Institutes of Health and other reliable, non-commercial sites.

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy – Internet Resource
Standard medical reference source containing essential information on diagnosing and treating medical disorders. Written by medical experts in all fields of medicine and continuously updated.

Merck Manual of Medical Information Home Edition – Merck
Explains disorders, who is likely to get them, their symptoms, how they’re diagnosed, how they might be prevented, and how they can be treated; also provides information about prognosis.

Military & Government Collection – Ebsco
Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, with an emphasis on engineering. Provides full text for nearly 300 periodicals, 245 pamphlets, plus full-text country reports.


Moline Dispatch / Rock Island Argus – Internet Resource
Regional newspapers online: Dispatch from Moline, Rock Island Argus, and the Leader from Davenport


Nexus UNI – Nexis Uni contains more than 17,000 news, business and legal sources.   These include comprehensive, authoritative news content, with current coverage and deep archives; extensive legal sources for federal and state cases and statutes, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1790; and business information on more than 80 million U.S. and international companies and more than 75 million executives.

Newspaper Source – Ebsco
Provides selected full text for more than 200 regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, newswires, newspaper columns and other sources as well as indexing and abstracts for national newspapers. Updated daily.

Nursing Education in Video – Alexander Street Press
Online collection of over 300 videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. All videos have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS.

Nursing Reference Center – Ebsco
Comprehensive reference tool for nurses, nursing faculty and students, and other health care professionals. Provides clinical evidence and knowledge on conditions and diseases from thousands of full text documents, including drug information, patient education, practice resources and continuing education.


Occupational Outlook Handbook – U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Statistics
For hundreds of different types of jobs includes the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and working conditions.

OECD Factbook – (Internet Resource)
OECD Factbook (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) includes comprehensive statistical indicators for OECD countries and some non-OECD countries. Covers the economy, agriculture, education, energy, environment, foreign aid, health and quality of life, industry, information and communications, population/labor force, trade and investment, taxation, public expenditure and R&D.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context – Gale
A one-stop source for information on today’s hottest social issues from Greenhaven Press and other Thomson Gale imprints. Features viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal, newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, images and podcasts, and links to websites.

Oxford English Dictionary – Oxford University Press
The OED online, the world’s leading authority on the history and development of the English language since 1150.


Primary Search – Ebsco
Primary Search provides full text for more than 50 popular magazines for elementary school research. All full-text articles included are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full-text information dates back to 1990. Updated daily.

Professional Development Collection – Ebsco
Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of more than 515 full-text journals, including nearly 350 peer-reviewed titles.

Proquest eBook Central
Contains nearly 4000 multidisciplinary eBook titles across various academic subjects.

PsycArticles – Ebsco
PsycARTICLES, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles from more than 70 psychology-specific journals from 1894 to present.


Quad-City Times – Internet Resource
Newspaper covering the Quad Cities. Based in Davenport, Iowa. Click on “Advanced Search” at the top of the page to access archives.


Regional Business News – Ebsco
This database provides comprehensive full-text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Rehabilitation Therapy in Video – Alexander Street Press
Online collection of more than 750 hours of streaming video focused on the study of occupational therapy, physical/physiotherapy, and speech-language pathology, including explanations of the underlying anatomical and neurological issues in specific patient populations and demonstrations of effective techniques and methods for their treatment.



Scitable – Internet Resource
A free science resource from Nature Publishing Group. Scitable currently concentrates on genetics and cell biology, including the topics of evolution, ecology, and gene expression. Contains overviews of topics with links to academic journals and ebooks.

Statista – Statista, Inc.
A statistics portal integrating facts and statistics from thousands of sources, providing direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and many other areas of interest. Data sources include market research reports, trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases.


Teacher Reference Center – Ebsco
Provides indexing and abstracts, including some full text, for more than 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals to assist professional educators.


Undata – Internet Resource
Provides statistics on a wide range of social and economic data series from 30 specialized international intergovernmental agencies including POPIN, World Bank, IMF, UNESCO, UNICEF, and WHO. – Internet Resource
The official U.S. Government portal providing one-stop access to all online federal government resources.

U.S. Energy Information Administration – Internet Resource
Comprehensive federal government site for U.S. and global energy data.


WorldCat – OCLC
OCLC catalog of books, web resources and other material worldwide

World History in Video – Alexander Street Press
Online collection of more than 1,750 critically acclaimed documentaries from filmmakers worldwide on human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
Covers cultural groups in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa. Volumes are organized by continent, covering history, politics, customs, religion, education, human rights issues, teen life and more.