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Technology Databases

These databases are recommended for the College of Technology.

VU students, faculty and staff:

For best results, log into MyVU before accessing databases.

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Applied Science and Technology Source (EBSCO):  Nearly 1200 full-text journals on topics including: applied mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, machinery, information technology, robotics, the food industry and more.  MyVU login required for off campus access.

Associates Programs Source (EBSCO):  Provides access to over 1,000 full-text journals and 11 full-text books.  Topics include, agricultural science, automotive technology, biotechnology, construction, cosmetology, culinary arts, diesel mechanics, electrical technology, fire science and service, food service management, hospitality management, industrial and mechanical design, information technology, horticulture, law enforcement and criminal justice, paralegal, machine tool technology, surveying, and veterinary assisting.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.



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 off campus access.

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 off campus 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 off campus access.



eBooks on EBSCOhost (INSPIRE or VU):  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 off campus access. Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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 off campus access.

EBSCO Electronic Journals Service: This resource provides users with access to the Library's e-journals subscriptions via the EBSCOhost interface.



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 off campus access.  Also partially available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE at this link.

GreenFILE (EBSCO):  Access to over 9,000 full-text articles on topics including: global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE. 



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 off campus 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 off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.



IQS Directory:  A comprehensive listing of manufacturers and suppliers serving major segments of the OEM industrial manufacturing marketplace across the United States and Canada.



Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) (EBSCO):  Indexes library, information science, and technology citations.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.



Mitchell Cloud Estimating:  Mitchell's new cloud-based estimating product is intuitive, flexible, easy to learn and easy to use! By using the cloud you are no longer anchored to your desktop and clipboards, you have the freedom to work wherever you need. Our cutting-edge technology and advanced user interface will allow you to begin writing estimates within minutes. Contact Dayne Hosier at to gain access.



Salem Press:  Online reference ebooks including Applied Science, Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society, Forensic Science, etc.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  U.S. government information and research results from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, the Interior and Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Library of Congress, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

Science in Context (Gale):  Includes 1.5 million periodical articles, two dictionaries, over 200 detailed experiments, and thousands of biographies, images, and videos. Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Science Reference Center (EBSCO):  A research database providing easy access to a wealth of full-text, science-oriented content. Designed to meet student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other reliable sources. In addition, the database includes a vast collection of images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.  MyVU login required for off campus 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 off campus access.



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.

ThomasNet:  Free access to information on sourcing components, equipment, MRO products, raw materials, and custom manufacturing services.  Find suppliers, source products, download 2D and 3D CAD drawings, and read product news.



Vocational and Career Collection (EBSCO):  Designed to meet a wide variety of vocational and technical research needs, this collection provides full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals for high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Vocational Studies Premier (EBSCO):  Designed specifically for the research needs of two-year colleges, this full-text resource offers comprehensive coverage of scholarly content most relevant to vocational programs.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.