These databases are recommended for the College of Humanities.

VU students, faculty and staff:

For best results, log into MyVU before accessing databases.

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ABC-CLIO – Collection of 40 reference ebooks on topics including: history, popular culture, health, psychology, religion, and current events.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco) – A great starting point for any type of research.  Access to 3,900 full-text peer reviewed journals and 4,600 total full text journals on topics from all academic disciplines.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Artemis Literary Sources (Gale) - Searches multiple Gale literary research sources including Contemporary Authors OnlineLiterature Resource Center, and LitFinder.  Includes Gale Literary Index to all printed and electronic Gale literature publications.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

ARTstor – A repository of millions of high-quality digital images from disciplines including: art, architecture, humanities, and sciences.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

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Biography in Context (Gale) – Includes more than 650,000 biographies on more than 400,000 individuals, news and magazine articles, images and more.  Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson) -- Biographical database offers the in-depth, original profiles from the Current Biography and World Authors series, the thorough periodical coverage of Biography Index and the specialist biographical content of Junior Authors & Illustrators. It provides biographical full-text articles, page images and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Biography Reference Center (Ebsco) -- This database offers a collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies. Including coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published).  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Books & Authors (Gale) -- Books & Authors offers libraries of all kinds a powerful tool that promotes the discovery of literature, and where to find it in your library. Backed by a team of hand-picked genre experts, Books & Authors connects readers with books and provides a number of key functions in your library, including increase circulation of fiction and non-fiction, build and promote book clubs and programs in your library, help patrons make informed reading choices and drives potential and existing patrons to your library database via the Open Web.  Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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Career and Technical Education Collection (Proquest) -- Access to over 500 full-text journals and trade publications on topics including: computer science, healthcare, building trades, auto mechanics, sales & retail, accounting, graphic design, photography, and more.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

Census.gov -- Key source for demographic, economic, and health data about the United States.

Chronicling America - Historic American newspapers from 1836 to 1922, digitized by the Library of Congress.

Civil War Era Newspaper Collection (Accessible Archives) -- VU's subscription includes full-text access to Vincennes and regional newspapers scanned from the Lewis Historical Library collection.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

Contemporary Authors Online (Gale) – Provides biographical and bibliographical information and references on more than 149,000 U.S. and international authors. Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

CQ Researcher Online (CQ Press) -- Provides up-to-date, unbiased information on issues in the news.  Topics include: health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

Credo Reference -- Full-text articles from nearly 800 reference eBooks on topics including: art, food & beverage, language, medicine, psychology, social sciences, biographies, geography, law, music, religion, technology, business, history, literature, philosophy, and science.  MyVU login required for offcampus access. 

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eBooks on EBSCOhost (INSPIRE) – Collection of over 9,000 eBooks on topics including: the arts, business, computer science, education, engineering & technology, health & medicine, history, law, literature & criticism, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, sciences, study aids, and language learning.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

eBooks on EBSCOhost (VU) -- MyVU login required for offcampus access.

EBSCO eBook Community College Collection - The Ebsco eBook Community College Collection offers over 40,000 books from a variety of publishers. These books are non-fiction, selected to help students do research for school work or personal interest. There are books on most subjects, including art, history, nursing, psychology, zoology, and much more.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 3rd edition -- A free, updated version of the reference work that won the 2012 Hugo Award for best nonfiction contribution to science fiction.  Includes link to entries from the 1997 Encyclopedia of Fantasy.

Essay & General Literature Index (H.W. Wilson) -- Coverage spans the entire range of the humanities and social sciences. Approximately 300 single and multi-authored volumes are indexed annually, plus more than 20 selected annuals and serial publications.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE. 

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FictionMags Index -- A free crowdsourced index of fiction published in magazines from the Victorian age to the present.

Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text (Ebsco) -- A resource for researchers of film and television, providing the most comprehensive, balanced collection of full-text and bibliographic coverage from scholarly and popular sources, and spanning the entire spectrum of film and television studies.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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Gale – Use this page to choose from all the Gale databases the library offers.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

Gale Virtual Reference Library – Collection of Reference eBooks on topics including: the arts, biographies, business, education, environment, history, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nation & world, religion, social sciences, science, and technology.   MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also partially available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE at this link.

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Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center (Ebsco) -- Full-text of more than 500 magazines and books and 333 videos on topics like arts & crafts, collecting, games & electronics, home & leisure, model building, needlework, outdoors & nature, and scrapbooking & papercrafts.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Home Improvement Reference Center (Ebsco) -- Includes full-text reference works, magazines, images, and videos on topics including maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, decorating, outdoor improvements, plumbing, and wood projects.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Hoosier State Chronicles - Indiana's digital historic newspaper program, providing searchable and browsable access to Indiana newspaper articles from 1806 to 1974. 

Humanities Full Text (H.W. Wilson) -- This database provides full text, abstracts and bibliographic indexing of the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities, as well as specialized magazines.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE..

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Indiana History Online (Gale) -- Information on Indiana history including personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets, political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises, and children's books.  Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Indiana Magazine of History - One of the nation's oldest historical journals. Search or browse full text here.

Indiana Memory (Indiana State Library) -- A collaborative effort to provide access to the wealth of primary sources in Indiana libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions.  Includes digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, and other media.

Informe Académico (Gale) – Access to hundreds of full-text Spanish-language periodicals, magazines, and newspapers.  Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text -- A research tool for theatre and dance studies. In addition to all the comprehensive indexing of the International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance (IBTD), it contains full text for the top performing arts journals.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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JSTOR Early Journals - Access to 500,000 articles from over 200 core scholarly journals published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere.

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Librivox -- Free downloadable audio recordings of public-domain books.

Literary Reference Center Plus (Ebsco) -- A full-text database providing information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It gives students, teachers and librarians a complete foundation of literary reference works to meet any and all of their research or instructional needs.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Literature Resource Center (Gale)– Biographical and critical information on literary figures from all time periods writing in genres such as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, journalism, and more.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

LitFinder (Gale) – Includes over 140,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, thousands of full-text short stories, novels, essays, speeches, and plays.  Also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary.  Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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MagillOnLiterature Plus (Salem Press) -- Combines all of the quality content of both MagillOnLiterature and MagillOnAuthors in a fully integrated and enhanced single database. It is a source for editorially reviewed critical analyses, character studies, author biographies and plot summaries of the most studied literary works.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Making of America – Access to 267 monographs and over 100,000 journal articles published in the U.S. between 1840-1900.  Provided by Cornell University.

Making of America – Access to 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles published in the U.S. before 1900.  Provided by the University of Michigan.

McClatchy-Tribune Collection (Ebsco) – Access to 290 U.S., regional, and international newspapers.  Updated daily.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE..

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Newspaper Source Plus (Ebsco) - Cover-to-cover full-text for more than 40 national and international newspapers, 330 full-text regional newspapers, full-text TV and radio news transcripts from CBS, CNN, CNN International, Fox, and NPR.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

NYPL Digital Gallery - Provides free and open access to over 800,000 images scanned from items in the New York Public Library's collections.

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Online Books Page (University of Pennsylvania Libraries) – Free access to over one million books.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale) – Access more than 14,000 pro/con essays, over 5,000 topic overviews, 5 million periodical articles, 6,000 statistical tables, charts, and graphs.  Also includes images, podcasts, and court case overviews.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

Oxford English Dictionary – VU no longer subscribes to this database as of 2017-06-30.

Oxford Music Online -- VU no longer subscribes to this database as of 2017-06-30.

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Play Index (H.W. Wilson) -- This unique resource covers classic and historical plays, along with the works of contemporary playwrights. Play Index covers new editions and translations, and includes descriptive annotations to summarize the plot and indicate musical requirements.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Points of View Reference Center (Ebsco) -- Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Project Gutenberg – Free digital access to over 50,000 public-domain books available for reading online or in multiple downloadable formats.

ProQuest Research Library - A good starting point for research on any topic.  Provides access to over 3,600 full-text journals on topics including: the arts, business, education, health and medical, humanities, law, military, multicultural studies, psychology, sciences, social sciences, and women's studies.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

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Reader's Guide Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson) -- This full-text database provides searchable full text—as well as abstracting and indexing—for a broad selection of the most popular periodicals.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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Salem Press - Online reference ebooks including Magill's Literary AnnualMasterplots, Critical Insights, Critical SurveysDecades (America in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s), etc.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

Short Story Index (H.W. Wilson) -- Provides detailed indexing for hundreds of thousands of short stories, this database is an essential resource for readers seeking short stories by author or genre, and for those researching the body of work of a particular literary figure.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

SIRS Issues Researcher – Contains full-text articles selected from more than 1,600 publications.  Topics include social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political, and global issues.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

SIRS Renaissance – Contains full-text articles selected from over 1,200 publications.  Topics include: architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion, and the visual arts.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

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WorldCat (OCLC) – Can't find the book or article you need?  Borrow items from other libraries.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.