Databases A-Z

Browse our research databases alphabetically by title. You may also research by subject.

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Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier: A scholarly resource containing indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals in a wide variety of disciplines, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. *


Alt Health Watch: Offering full-text articles from more than 180 international journals and reports, this resource focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. *

Ancestry Library Edition: One of the most important genealogical collections available today with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom,delivering billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. In-library use only. (Subscription purchased by East Central Regional Library.)

Britannica Library: Encyclopedia content for all ages plus multimedia, timelines, world atlas, country comparison, quotations, and primary sources.*


Business Source Premier: A research database with full-text access for more than 2100 journals in the fields of business and economics, as well as market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.* The most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle. (Subscription purchased by East Central Regional Library.)

Consumer Health Complete: A resource to support the information needs of patients and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.  * Online test preparation for the Minnesota driving written examinations. Includes practice tests, driver manuals, and FAQs for cars, motorcycles, and CDL.  (Available in-partnership with


eBooks on EBSCOhost: An eBook collection that includes titles on a wide variety of subjects, including business and management, computers and technology, and literature. Includes Cliff’s Notes and Nolo books.*


EBSCO MegaFile: Thousands of popular and scholarly publications across all academic disciplines and subject areas. Includes Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Business Source Premier, and Regional Business News databases.*

Educator’s Reference Complete: A resource that focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education.*


ERIC: An index to journal articles and documents in education, containing full-text articles and over 1,000,000 citations.*


Expanded Academic ASAP: A resource that includes scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers in the areas of art, humanities, social sciences, science, and technology.*


Explora Kids: Contains elementary school-appropriate magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and images. Includes Primary Search and Middle Search Plus databases.*


Explora Teens: Contains middle and high school-appropriate magazine, journal, and encyclopedia articles and also includes primary source documents, reference books, and multimedia. Includes Middle Search Plus, MAS Ultra – School Edition, Consumer Health Complete, Health Source – Consumer Edition, and Science Reference Center databases.*

Explora Libraries: Contains full text of popular magazine and scholarly journal articles covering all subject areas including multimedia, primary source documents, and reference books. Includes Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Consumer Health Complete, Health Source – Consumer Edition, and Science Reference Center databases.*

Gale Virtual Reference Library: A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. *

General Science Collection: Articles from the most popular scientific journals (200+), providing researchers with information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments.*


Health Source Consumer Edition: A reference resource that provides access to nearly 80 full-text, consumer health magazines, pamphlets, as well as over 130 health reference books and nearly 10,000 Clinical Reference Systems reports.*

Health Source Nursing/Academic Edition: A resource that provides access to 550 scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines, including strong coverage of nursing and allied health.*

HeritageQuest Online: Combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular ProQuest Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content. (Subscription purchased by East Central Regional Library.)

¡Informe!: A collection of Hispanic magazines with full-text that covers business, health, technology, culture, current topics and other subjects.*


InfoTrac Student Edition: A resource designed for high school students which includes full-text articles from magazines, newspapers, and reference books. Also has historical images and maps.*


Kids InfoBits: A resource that gives children easy access to magazines, reference books, and newspaper articles that have been selected just for their age group. Aimed at grades K-5.*


LearningExpress Library: Interactive collection of tests, tutorials, and eBooks to help with educational and career goals.  Categorized into the following Learning Centers: Adult Learning Center, Career Center, College Center, College Preparation Center, Computer Skills Center, High School Equivalency Center, Job & Career Accelerator, School Center, and Spanish Center. Create a username and password to access. *

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts: An index to more than 600 periodicals in the fields of librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, and information management, with coverage back to the mid-1960’s.*


Mango Languages

Mango Languages: A self-paced online language-learning system that teaches conversation skills and cultural awareness for 70+  languages, including English. Create a profile to track your progress. (Subscription purchased by East Central Regional Library.)

MAS Ultra School Edition: A comprehensive database designed for high school students that contains full-text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines, and includes biographies, primary source documents, photos, maps and flags, and reference books.*

MasterFILE Premier: An all-encompassing database that contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more. This database also contains full text for more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an image collection of nearly 600,000 photos, maps and flags.*

Middle Search Plus: A comprehensive database designed for middle school students that contains full-text for nearly 150 popular middle school magazines, and includes biographies, primary source documents, historical essays, photos, maps and flags, and reference books.*

Minnesota Reflections: Collection of images and documents from historical societies, public libraries, special archives, universities, and colleges that depict the history of Minnesota.**


Points of View Reference Center: A database that provides students with a balance of materials from all viewpoints on current issues, including more than 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents, and reference books.*

Primary Search: A comprehensive database designed for elementary students that contains full-text for over 80 popular elementary magazines, and includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, photos, maps, and flags.*

Professional Collection: A custom selection of more than 300 full-text journals for educators that is updated daily and provides 24-hour access from school or home.*


Professional Development Collection: A specialized collection of education journals and educational reports for professional educators, professional librarians, and education researchers.*


ProQuest Newsstand CompleteProQuest Newsstand Complete: Newspaper articles from hundreds of papers including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Barron’s, USA Today, and many more.*


Regional Business News: A resource that provides full-text articles for nearly 100 regional business publications.*


Research in Context: Created for middle-schoolers, combining the best reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history. *

Science Reference Center: A research database that provides access to full-text science oriented content.  Correlated to state and national curriculum standards.*

Student Resources in Context: A resource designed for middle and high school students to help them with their homework and in-depth research assignments. It includes reference works, biographies, essays, overviews, primary works, images, and periodical articles.*

WorldCat Discovery: A searchable catalog of books, web resources and other materials worldwide.*


*Subscription purchased by Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). ELM is brought to you by your local library; MINITEX Library Information Network; and State Library Services, the MN state library agency, with state appropriations to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota Department of Education, and federal LSTA funds under the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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