These databases are recommended for the College of Social Science, Performing Arts, and Communication.

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.

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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.

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Catalog of U.S. Government Publications - Finding tool for electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. government.  Provides direct access to the publications that are available online.

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.

Congress.gov – The official website for United States federal legislative information, replacing THOMAS as of July 2016.  Presented by the Library of Congress.

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. 

Criminal Justice Database (Proquest) -- Access to abstracts and indexing for 250 U.S and international criminal justice journals, with more than 100 available in full-text.  Topics include criminology, corrections and law enforcement, criminal law, criminal justice, criminal rehabilitation, addictions, alcoholism, gambling, child abuse, and industrial crime.  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.

 

ERIC (Ebsco) – Provides access to education literature and resources.  Contains links to more than 337,000 full-text documents from 1966 to the present, plus records for over a million other publications.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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.

 

Explora Educator's Edition (Ebsco) - A tool designed to help teachers with lesson plans, student tools, curriculum standards and valuable sites for teachers.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Explora for Elementary Schools (Ebsco) -- A student interface designed for use in Kindergarten through grade 5 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more.  Useful for education students. MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Explora for Middle Schools (Ebsco) -- A student interface designed for use in grades 6 through 8 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more.  Useful for education students.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Explora for High Schools (Ebsco) -- An interface designed for students in grades 9 through 12 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Business and Careers, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more.  Useful for education students.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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FDSys (Federal Digital System) -- United States Government Publishing Office guide to online government publications including the Code of Federal Regulations, Presidential documents, Congressional documents, etc.

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 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.

GovInfo - United States Government Publishing Office's new website for government information.  Currently in beta test mode.

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History Reference Center (Ebsco) -- Designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research, this database features full text for thousands of primary source documents and informational texts.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Homeland Security Digital Library – Coverage of featured topics in homeland security, news digest collection, research tools, and policy and strategy documents from a variety of sources including federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies, professional organizations, think tanks, academic institutions, and international governing bodies.  MyVU login required for full offcampus access through link above.  Limited offcampus access available through direct (unproxied) connection to www.hsdl.org.

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

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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.

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 journals published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere.

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LexisNexis Academic – Provides news from thousands of sources, federal and state laws, administrative code, federal and state case law, Shepard's Citations, legal reference materials, company profiles, SEC filings, and information on public figures. MyVU login required for offcampus access.

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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.

MAS Ultra – School Edition (Ebsco) – Designed for high school libraries.  Includes nearly 500 full-text magazines, 360 reference books and 85,670 biographies.  Useful for students in education programs. MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Middle Search Plus (Ebsco) – Full-text of more than 140 middle school magazines and thousands of photos, maps, and flags.  Useful for education students.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Military & Government Collection (Ebsco) – Current news pertaining to all branches of the military, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. This collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and offers indexing and abstracts for more than 400 titles. Some publications covered in this database include Air Force Comptroller, Defence Studies, JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly, Military Technology, Combat Edge, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Foreign Affairs, Naval Forces, and many more.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Military and Intelligence Database Collection (Gale) -- Composed of content from over 400 journals, which covers all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs. Key subjects covered include: socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more.  Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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National Criminal Justice Reference Service - Free access to criminal justice information sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Executive Office of the President.  Topics include: corrections, courts, crime, crime prevention, drugs, justice system, juvenile justice, law enforcement, and victims.

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Official Documents of the United Nations - Access to all types of official United Nations documents beginning in 1993.  Older items are added on a daily basis.  Also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onward.

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 Music Online - VU no longer subscribes to this database as of 2017-06-30.  The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is available in the Shake LRC 1st floor reference collection at REF 780.3 G884m 2000. 

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Petrucci Music Library - A free public domain music library. Also contains music from composers who are willing to share their work. Here you can find lots of sheet music.

Pew Research Center – Provides reports of public opinion polls, demographic research, media content analysis, and other empirical social science research.

 

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.

Primary Search (Ebsco) - Contains 82 full-text elementary school magazines and thousands of photos, maps, and flags.  Particularly useful for education students.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Professional Development Collection (Ebsco) – Access to 508 full-text journals (339 of them peer-reviewed), and nearly 230 educational reports.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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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Salem Press - Online reference ebooks including Decades (America in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s), Encyclopedia of Mathematics and SocietyForensic Science, etc.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

SIRS Government Researcher -- Covers all aspects of the U.S. federal government.  Contains thousands of documents, summaries, and graphics.  Topics include: health, science, economics, environment, politics, foreign affairs, business, and industry.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.

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.

Social Sciences Full Text (H.W. Wilson) -- Social Sciences Full Text provides sources covering a wide array of subjects, including addiction studies, ethics, public welfare, urban studies and more. Covering the latest concepts, theories and methods from both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences, this full-text resource provides access to the most important English-language social science journals.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Stats Indiana – Indiana statistical information provided by more than 100 federal and state agencies, commercial, and private data sources.  Topics include: economics, demographics, industry, education, health care, population, taxes, workforce and unemployment, agriculture and more.

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Testing and Education Reference Center – Contains career information and hundreds of practice tests and study materials.  Test preparation and information topics include: ASE Automotive, ASE Collision/Refinish, ASE Medium/Heavy Truck, Cosmetology, Fire Fighter, EMT-Basic, Law Enforcement, Medical/Nursing, Military (ASVAB and AFOQT), Social Work, and Teaching (PRAXIS).  Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

TOPICsearch (Ebsco) – Full-Text for 150,000 articles from 475 publications including: international newspapers, periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, books reviews, pamphlets, and government information.  MyVU login required for offcampus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.