All Reference Databases

African American Experience

African American Experience
Explore the ongoing evolution of the African American story via the most current literature in the field.  Includes journal articles, primary sources, biographies, images, and more.  Search African American Experience 

American Indian Experience

American Indian Experience

Examine primary and secondary source coverage of indigenous peoples in the United States spanning precontact America to modern native nations.  Content is discoverable by region, state or tribe..  Search American Indian Experience 

Black Thought and Culture

Black Thought & Culture

Explore the evolving and complex view of what it is to be black in America through non-fiction writings by major American black leaders, including a great deal of previously inaccessible material, such as letters, speeches, prefatory essays, political leaflets, interviews, periodicals, and trial transcripts. Search Black Thought and Culture

Britannica Online

Get fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information by searching a combination of the Encyclopedia Brittanica and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines and periodicals, and the web's best sites. Search Britannica Online

Facts On File: Issues and Controversies


Investigate hundreds of today's hot topics, with unbiased analysis and rich related resources..  Search Facts on File: Issues and Controversies

Facts On File: Today's Science


See how science learned in the classroom is being used in real-world discoveries pushing the boundaries of science today.  Search Facts On File: Today's Science 

Gale Literature Criticism Online

Gale Literature Criticism

Discover centuries of literary analysis—spanning all time periods, genres, and regions of the world. Search Gale Literature Criticism Online

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Search this popular resource for literary analysis. Discover additional eBooks on health, medicine, business, travel, social sciences, literature, and more. Search Gale Virtual Reference Library 

Global Road Warrior
global road warrior

  Learn about culture, customs, history, and languages of 175 countries. Research issues in international and cross cultural studies, international business, social sciences, women's studies, language studies, and study abroad programs.  Search Global Road Warrior


hein online

Delve into legal history and government documents including law journals, Congressional records, world constitutions, historical treaties, case law, world trials, classic treatises, and U.S. Presidents. Contains topics such as animal rights, human rights, political science, history, gender studies, election law, civil rights, and foreign relations. Special collections cover religion, slavery, women, and gun regulations.  Search HeinOnline 

Latino American Experience

Latino American Experience

Discover the heritage and culture of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Guatemalans, Cubans, Dominicans, Colombians, Ecuadorians, and other Latino peoples in the United States.  Features primary and secondary sources, including articles and essays from Latino authors and contributors. Search Latino American Experience

Military & Government Collection

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Investigate current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government. Includes periodicals, academic journals, primary source documents such as the text of the Supreme Court case “Brown v. Board of Education”, speeches, and Background Notes on Countries of the World. Search Military & Government Collection

Opposing Viewpoints

Seek to understand both sides of an issue with pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. Search Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Pop Culture Universe

Pop Culture Universe

Explore the names, moments, works, and trends that have defined American pop culture from the 1900 to the present. Includes primary sources and peer-reviewed essays. Search Pop Culture Universe

Sage eReference


Access 62 titles from high quality reference resources published by SAGE and available in e-book format focusing on the social sciences.  Search SAGE eReference 

Salem Online


Find facts quickly with this digital reference book collection. Categories include Careers, Countries, Peoples & Cultures, Health, History, Literature, and Science.  Print versions of these titles are also available at Jacobs Library.  Search Salem Online

Sanborn Maps


View large-scale, digitized maps of Illinois cities and towns from 1867-1970. Maps provide street names and building numbers and often include construction details and building uses.  Search Digital Sanborn Maps

Women and Social Movements in the United States

Women & Social Movements

Dig into the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000. Includes primary sources, book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.  Search Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000