All Reference Databases

African American Experience

African American Experience includes primary sources, slave narratives, images, and more. Explore African American history, culture, and diaspora with this easy to search database. Suggested academic disciplines include Cultural Studies, History, and Social Sciences.  Search African American Experience 

American Indian Experience


American Indian Experience is a database on the history and culture of American Indians. It includes primary sources, images, and scholarly works. Suggested academic disciplines include Cultural Studies, History, and Social Sciences.  Search American Indian Experience 

Black Thought and Culture


Black Thought and Culture contains 1,297 sources with 1,098 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans from the earliest times. Complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters and other fugitive material. The collection will include the complete full run of the Black Panther newspaper. Browse a list in the Historical Events section and find articles on the chosen topic. The subject of “American Revolution, 1775-1783” brings together the writings of Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass as well as other writers.  Explore what this database has to offer! Search Black Thought and Culture

Britannica Online

Britannica Online allows you to search the online version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus. Results feature short and book-length articles from the Encyclopaedia, information from the media database, magazine articles, the Web’s best sites, and videos.  Search Britannica Online

Facts On File: Issues and Controversies


Facts on File contains more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture. It covers issues of debate with extensive search results and full-text in-depth articles.  Search Facts on File: Issues and Controversies

Facts On File: Today's Science


Facts on File provides students with a way to see how the science they learn in the classroom is being used in real-world discoveries. A glossary, biographies of scientists, and a science fair guide make Today’s Science accessible to a range of student abilities. Search Facts On File: Today's Science 

Gale Literature Criticism Online

Gale Literature Criticism Online has access to Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism and Drama Criticism as well as a listing of the other Gale resources that include articles on the search topic. Search Gale Literature Criticism Online

Gale Virtual Reference Library

This collection includes journal articles and eBook versions of Drama for Students, Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature, Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature, Literary Newsmakers for Students, Literary Themes for Students: Race and Prejudice, The American Dream, War and Peace, Nonfiction Classics for Students, Novels for Students, Poetry for Students, Shakespeare for Students, and Short Stories for Students, as well as titles in medicine and social sciences. Search Gale Virtual Reference Library 

Global Road Warrior
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  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

Complete with searchable timeline, this database includes primary sources, images, scholarly texts, and maps. Learn about the history and culture of Latino Americans. Search Latino American Experience

Military & Government Collection

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Military & Government Collection is a database available through EBSCO.  It is designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government through a collection of over 300 full text journals and periodicals.  It also includes 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

Opposing Viewpoints In Context offers a variety of resources from full-text articles and primary source documents to images and podcasts.  Search Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Pop Culture Universe

Pop Culture Universe is a tool to find articles on pop culture from the 1920s to the present.  Do a quick search or browse with a variety of options. Search Pop Culture Universe

Sage eReference


Sage Reference contains 62 titles from high quality reference resources published by SAGE and available in e-book format focusing on the social sciences. These e-books can also be accessed through the library's online catalog. Search SAGE eReference 

Salem Online


The Salem Online collection contains resources in categories including Careers, Health, History, Literature, and Science.  Print versions of these titles are also available at Jacobs Library. Search Salem Online

Sanborn Maps


This collection contains over 660,000 digital maps of cities and towns in the United States from 1867-1970. Jacobs Library subscribes to maps of Illinois. 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

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Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600 – 2000 is an online journal that contains 108 document projects, almost 2,700 publications with full-text primary sources, a dictionary of social movements and organizations, and a chronology of U.S. Women's History.  You can search the database or take advantage of one of the browse options.  For example the Browse People section listed 21 documents by Jane Addams and 38 documents about her.  The best way to appreciate the content of this database is to spend time searching or drilling down the browse lists to uncover what it has to offer!  Search Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000