Descriptions of Major Access Links and Databases

  • ABI Inform
    Indexes citations on business and management topics from over 1800 U.S. and international publications. Full text is available online. Covers 1971 to the present.
  • ABSEES Online
    This is the Internet version of the American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies.  It contains citations to books, articles, Internet resources, dissertations, and selected government publications, searchable by a variety of fields.
  • AccessUN
    Access UN provides access to current and retrospective United Nations documents and publications (back to 1966). Articles appearing in UN periodicals are individually indexed. Indexing of the bilateral and multilateral treaties in the UN Treaty Series is another unique feature of the Index. Documents from the six main bodies of the United Nations – General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, Secretariat and International Court of Justice – are indexed. The index will provide hypertext links to full-text documents if available on the web.
  • Access UNDP
    This is an index to a finite collection of United Nations Development Programme Project Reports issued and held by UN headquarters between the years 1972-1998. The index provides access to evaluative, technical and terminal reports (available in full-text on microfiche) submitted to the UN by numerous participating and executing agencies.
  • African-American Newspapers (19th Century)
    This database begins with the first Black newspaper in America and marches through the 19th century in chronological sequence. It is rich in early biographical material; essays and editorials concerning slavery and
    emancipation; social, political, and economic observations; poetry and prose; vital statistics; and advertisements that embody the African American experience in the 19th century.
  • African Studies Centre (Leiden) Database
    This database contains titles of monographs, journal articles and chapters from edited works acquired since 1988. Most entries include professional in-depth abstracts. The Library is especially strong in the social sciences, and covers both North and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • AgeLine
    Index from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) covering government documents and other resources about aging and middle age, including health care, public policy, and other issues related to aging.
  • Agricultural Online Access (AGRICOLA)
    The AGRICOLA (Agricultural Online Access) database contains bibliographic records of materials in the agricultural and related sciences. Ninety percent of the records describe journal articles and book chapters, and the remaining ten percent describe monographs, series, microforms, audiovisuals, maps, and other types of materials. Also available is the free version of AGRICOLA which is a bibliographic database of citations and digital collections of agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and its cooperators.
  • America: History and Life
    Bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.  The database covers over 2,000 journals published worldwide.  Includes selected historical journals from major countries, state and local history journals, and a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities.
  • American FactFinder
    This is the Census Bureau’s search page for Census data, including the 1990 and 2000, and 2010 Censuses.  It also includes data from the American Community Survey, which is conducted annually between decennial censuses.
  • American Health Line (National Journal)
    American Health Line is gives daily and weekly news briefing on health care policy and politics. It scans hundreds of newspapers, magazines, online sources, press releases, and radio and TV news shows and gives a summary of each day’s relevant health care news.
  • Associations Unlimited
    Contains information for approximately 460,000 international and U.S. national, regional, state, and local nonprofit membership organizations in all fields, including IRS data on U.S. 501(c) nonprofit organizations. For some 3,000 major U.S. national associations, provides full-text association materials such as brochures, pamphlets, and membership application forms.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    BAS contains references to books, journal articles, individually-authored monographs, chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften, etc., published from 1971 until the present day.
  • Black Studies Center
    This resource includes the collection of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library, the Center’s Index to Black Periodicals, the Chicago Defender 1912-1975, and Black Literature Index. Indexed material covers Africa and the African diaspora.
  • Browse Topics
    Browse Topics is a resource designed to be the pathway to any publicly-accessible, Government information. Maintained by volunteer librarians, Browse Topics helps the public locate data, conduct research, and learn about various government Web sites.
  • Canada Site: Services for You
    This is the main Government of Canada site, featuring Information and Service Gateways for Canadians, Canadian businesses, and non-Canadians.  From the Publications section, browse by subject or view the Weekly Checklist, the primary bibliography of recently-released book and serial titles produced by Parliament, federal departments, and Statistics Canada.  Links to online publications and government databases are included.
  • Catalog of United States Government Publications (MoCat)
    The Catalog of United States Government Publications indexes print and electronic Government information products created by Federal agencies. Many of these products were distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program. The Catalog via GPO contains authoritative bibliographic records generated since July 1976 and it is updated daily. The Catalog via OCLC FirstSearch contains records from 1976 and is available for UIUC affiliates or on campus use only. In “Search in Database” choose “GPO” in the drop down menu. Earlier information is available in a print index, Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications.
  • Colonial State Papers
    Colonial State Papers provides access to thousands of papers concerning English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the 16th and 18th centuries.
  • Chicano Database
    This is the most comprehensive bibliographic resource for information about Mexican-American topics and the only specialized database for Chicano reference. It identifies, in one place, all types of material about Chicanos and provides uniform subject access to this body of literature.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago Tribune provides reporting and analysis of regional, national, and international news. The Chicago Tribune Historical (1849-1990) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
  • CIAO
    CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) provides full text access to a variety of resources including working papers, conference proceedings, and journal article abstracts. Published by Columbia University Press.
  • Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library from the US Army Command and General Staff College and Combined Arms Center contains digitized sources on military history including the Civil War, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam Conflict, Iraq War, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • from the Library of Congress contains legislation from 1973 to the present, the  Congressional Record and committee reports since 1995, and member profiles from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and some member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972) will totally replace THOMAS by the end of 2014. Consult the About page for more information about what is and is not included in
  • Contemporary Women’s Issues
    Provides information on women in over 150 countries, bringing
    together such disciplines as sociology, psychology, health,
    education and human rights. Includes full text access to 1500
    journals, newsletters, research reports from non-profit groups,
    government and international agencies.
  • CQ Electronic Library
    The CQ Electronic Library, an expanding suite of electronic references, brings patrons a wealth of content in highly organized and easy-to-use formats.
  • CQ Public Affairs Collection
    The CQ Public Affairs Collection is a storehouse of public policy content organized by several topics, pulls together CQ’s wealth of historic documents and primary source materials, statistical overviews, directory contact information, and the detailed reporting on current affairs. It is a good source for public policy content.
  • CQ Researcher
    The CQ Researcher is a complete source for detailed analysis reporting on the most current and controversial issues.
  • CQ Voting and Elections Collection
    Data and documents about voting, elections, political parties, campaigning, and specific presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections.
  • CQ Weekly
    This source covers current Congressional news and bill status.
  • provides descriptions of the Federal datasets, information about how to access the datasets and tools that leverage the datasets.
  • Declassified Documents Reference System
    Declassified Documents Reference System contains United States declassified documents relating to foreign and domestic policies and events from post-World War II through the 1970s.
  • Digital National Security Archives
    The Digital National Security Archive contains declassified government documents. The resource includes 40 collections consisting of over 94,000 indexed documents, with more than 650,000 total pages. Each of these collections, compiled by top scholars and experts, exhaustively covers the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century.
  • Documents on British Policy Overseas
    Documents on British Policy Overseas is a fully searchable collection of primary source documents from Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, shedding light on diplomatic history throughout the twentieth century. It is based on three distinct print series which form a record of British peacetime diplomacy since the end of the nineteenth century: British Documents on the Origins of the War 1898-1914Documents on British Foreign Policy 1918-1939 andDocuments on British Policy Overseas.
  • Early American Newspapers
    Early American Newspapers features cover-to-cover reproductions of hundreds of historic newspapers, providing more than one million pages as fully text-searchable facsimile images. For students and scholars of early America, this unique collection offers an unprecedented look back into the extraordinary history of the United States — the story of its people, ideals, commerce and everyday life.
  • EconLit
    Includes subject indexing and abstracts of 685 journals and over 500 collective volumes per year, plus books, dissertations, and working papers in the field of economics.
  • EIS: Digests of Environmental Impact Statements
    EIS contains indexed digests of environmental impact statements issued by the U.S. government since 1985.
  • Electronic Human Relations Area Files
    HRAF is a consortium of educational, research, and cultural organizations, and government agencies; its mission is to encourage and facilitate the study of human culture, society, and behavior. The index contains the full texts of sources such as ethnographic books, journals, microfilms and conference proceedings in anthropology and related fields.
  • Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
    ESPM’s abstracts and citations are drawn from over 6000 serials including scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books, and government publications. Major subjects covered include agricultural biotechnology, air quality, aquatic pollution, bacteriology, ecology, energy resources, environmental biotechnology, environmental engineering, environmental impact statements (U.S.), hazardous waste, industrial hygiene, microbiology related to industrial & environmental issues, pollution (land, air, water, noise, solid waste, and radioactive), risk assessment, safety science, toxicology & toxic emissions, waste management, and water resource issues.
  • ERIC
    ERIC is a national education database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Presently the largest education database in the world, ERIC contains over 1 million citations covering research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials in the field of education. There is also a free version of ERIC. If the full-text document is not available through ERIC, check the Social Science, Health, and Education Library’s ERIC Microfiche Collection for full text.
    FAOSTAT is an on-line and multilingual database currently containing over 1 million time-series records covering international statistics in hunger, food, and agriculture. The data covers 245 countries and 35 regional areas from 1961 through the most recent year available.
  • FDsys
    This service from the U.S. Government Printing Office provides access to many databases of government information, including legislative and regulatory material, as well as publications of all three branches of the U.S. government.
  • FedStats
    FedStats is the new window on the full range of official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government. Use the Internet’s powerful linking and searching capabilities to track economic and population trends, education, health care costs, foreign trade, energy use, etc. You can access official statistics collected and published by more than 100 Federal agencies.
  • FindLaw
    FindLaw provides a comprehensive set of legal resources on the Internet for lawyers, businesses and students. FindLaw facilitates access to online codes and case law, legal forms, legal publishers, legal associations, law schools and law reviews, legal experts and continuing legal education courses.
    FOREGE is a database of permitted use of food additives and food composition and labeling requirements in 140 countries.
  • Global NewsBank
    Information on international issues and events taken from more than 1500 international sources, including translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government documents.
  • Handbook of Latin American Studies
    The Handbook is a bibliography on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Text available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
  • Hein Online
    Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, US Government Manual, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Pentagon Papers, State Statutes, UN Law Collection, US Code, US Statutes at Large, US Supreme Court Library, U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals, US Congressional Documents including CRS reports, hearings, Congressional Record, Congressional Globe, American State Papers.
  • HAPI Online
    Hispanic American Periodicals Index.
    HAPI Online, the web version of the Hispanic American Periodicals Index, provides bibliographic citations to articles and reviews pertaining to Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Hispanics in the U.S., published in more than 400 journals in the social sciences and humanities from 1970 to the present. Subjects covered include political science, foreign relations, economic development, commerce, trade and industry, the environment, geography, history, sociology, anthropology, ethnography, religion, literature, art, drama, and film.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Bibliographic reference guide to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the U.S. and Canada; see America: History and Life, above). Covers over 2,300 journals published throughout the world.
  • Historical Newspapers Online
    Indexes the New York Times from 1785 to 1980.  Some full text articles are available.
  • Index to Current Urban Documents (ICUD)
    A guide to the reports and research generated by local government agencies, civic organizations, academic and research organizations, public libraries, and metropolitan and regional planning agencies in approximately 500 selected cities in the United States and Canada.
  • International ERIC
    International ERIC is a combined database of the Australian Education Index and the British Education Index. Together these two indexes cover education-related topics in Oceania and the United Kingdom. Education material in other areas of the world are included to a lesser extent.
  • International Financial Statistics
    Time-series financial information for over 184 countries, in some cases going back to the 1940s.
  • International Political Science Abstracts
    This index provides bibliographic information and abstracts for political science journals published throughout the world.
  • iPOLL Databank (Roper Center)
    This is the largest public opinion library available anywhere in the world, complemented by rigorous training and publications programs. The Roper Center provides for a “public audit” of polling data and reports of public opinion. As a non-profit, non-partisan public opinion data archive, the Center is in a unique position to help clarify the public’s voice. Click on iPoll to access the databank.
  • JSTOR (Journal Storage)
    Includes the full-text of over 100 journals in the areas of African American studies, anthropology, Asian studies, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, population studies, sociology, and statistics.
  • LegalTrac
    LegalTrac provides access to all major law reviews, and specialty law and bar association journals. Subjects covered include: case studies, government regulations, practice of law, statutes, taxation and international law.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    A comprehensive source for news, business, and legal information, with full text and abstracts. Includes major U.S. newspapers, regional U.S. news services, radio and television transcripts, federal and state case law, medical, legislative and industry news, annual reports from Securities and Exchange Commission and many other sources.  International information includes news sources, Canadian legislative and regulatory sources, European Union law and international case law. Newspapers are updated several times daily, and wire services hourly.
  • LexisNexis State Capital Universe
    LexisNexis State Capital allows searching of statutes, pending bills, and administrative regulations of all fifty states, by keyword and citation.  Martindale-Hubbell summaries of state laws are also searchable in this database. It includes a legislative directory for each state and information on policy formation from the National Conference of State Legislatures, State Net legislative journals, and state newspapers of record.
  • LexisNexis State Capital – Issues
    Database for State Net Capitol Journal: helps search for state-specific issues and legislative accomplishments, NCSL LegisBriefs: brief discussions of policy issues facing state legislatures, NCSL State Legislatures Magazine: state issues and current, past and future legislation, NCSL State Legislative Reports: quick reports on topics of state legislative concern and State Newspapers of Record: search the newspaper of record for select states by keyword.
  • ProQuest Political News Search
    Provided by ProQuest, this database can be used to search for articles that have appeared in the Washington Post A Section, Roll Call, or the Hill. Search inside-out about news from Washington.
  • ProQuest Statistical Insight
    Provides comprehensive access to statistical information from Congressional Information Service, Inc. Includes searchable abstracts and indexes to U.S., state, international and intergovernmental statistical sources compiled in American Statistics Index, Statistical Reference Index and Index to International Statistics (ASI, SRI & IIS). The index record provides title, bibliographic and subject information, as well as an abstract to the contents of each statistical publication. Frequently, there is a detailed listing of tables and charts. Most of these publications can be found in the Government Documents Library. If available, links are also given to a full-text web-based version of the publication cited. Other features of Proquest Statistical Insight include “Statistics in the News” by subject, an extensive list of links to government and university statistical websites. Comprehensive online Help is available, not only for searching LexisNexis Statistical, but also for finding frequently-requested statistical data, understanding and interpreting statistical information, and exploring topics such as Basic Concepts in Statistics and the Government as Producer of Statistics.
  • Mary Ferrell Foundation digital archive includes documents, government reports, books, essays, journals, and multimedia related to the John F.Kennedy assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. assassination, and Robert F. Kennedy assassination.
    MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine (NLM)’s premier bibliographic database. It dates back to the mid-1960’s and contains over 11 million references from 4,000 biomedical journals published in the U.S. and 70 other countries.
  • MedlinePlus
    MEDLINEplus is particularly useful for people with little medical knowledge. MEDLINEplus brings quality-filtered full text, current information about diseases, drugs, or any medical condition or procedures. Online medical dictionaries offer further assistance to the viewer, and the directory of physicians and health facilities provide local access to health care programs.
  • Monthly Bulletin of Statistics Online
    This database maintains monthly economical statistics for over 200 countries. It also details over 50 subject areas and provides a data dictionary to clarify terms.
  • National Journal
    This nonpartisan weekly magazine focuses on U.S. politics, policy, and government.  From this page, also access several daily news sources: the Hotline, a general political news source,  CongressDaily, a source solely about Congress.
  • National Library of Medicine Gateway
    NLM Gateway provides a one-stop search capability for many of NLMs information resources or databases such as MEDLINE, AIDSInfo, and LOCATORplus which is NLM’s catalog of books, journals, and Audiovisual materials.
  • NewsFile
    News articles covering social, economic, environmental, government, sports, the arts, people, health and science issues and events from more than 500 U.S. regional and national newspapers, wire services, and broadcasts.
  • NTIS
    Includes a search function for government web sites as well as an electronic catalog of technical reports published by the U.S. government since 1990.
  • NTIS (UIUC subscription)
    The National Technical Information Service is the federal government’s central source for the sale of scientific, technical, engineering, and related business information produced by or for the U.S. government and complementary material from international sources. The NTIS Collection of nearly 3 million titles includes: business and management studies, international marketing reports, materials and chemical science data, technology innovations, and training tools.
  • ODS — United Nations Official Documents
    Search UN documents, resolutions and journals. Resolutions available back to 1946; other documents from 1992.
  • PAIS: Public Affairs Information Service
    PAIS International is a bibliographic index with abstracts covering the full range of political, social, and public policy issues. Topics covered include economic, political, and social issues, business, finance, law, international trade and relations, public administration, government, political science, and any topics that are or might become the subject of legislation. The database covers selected journal articles, books, statistics, yearbooks, directories, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reports, government documents, and microfiche. More than 1,600 journals and over 8,000 monographs are indexed each year. Coverage includes documents published worldwide in any of six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. The subject headings and abstracts are in English. Covers 1972-present.
  • Polling the Nations
    This source compiles poll results on a wide variety of subjects, searchable by topic, polling organization, date, population polled, and more.
  • ProQuest Congressional (Congressional Universe)
    Provides comprehensive access to U.S. legislative information from Congressional Information Service, Inc. Includes full text of bills, laws and regulations, as well as citations to or full text of congressional publications or other documents about current or pending legislation. The full text of the Federal Register is available from July 1, 1980 to the present. ProQuest Congressional also provides a searchable full-text U.S. Code, as well as the Statutes at Large dating from 1789. Other features of ProQuest Congressional include extensive information about members of Congress and Congressional Committees, and many other special features. Comprehensive online Help is available, not only for searching ProQuest Congressional, but also for learning about legislative processes.
  • ProQuest Government Periodicals
    ProQuest Government Periodicals Index provides indexing and links to full text articles from over 300 of the most important periodicals published by agencies and departments of the United States Federal government.
  • ProQuest Legislative Insight
    ProQuest Legislative Insight is a Federal legislative history service that makes available thoroughly researched compilations of digital full text publications created by Congress during the process leading up to the enactment of U.S. Public Laws.
  • SciTech Connect
    SciTech Connect, a new portal to free, publicly available DOE research and development (R&D) results. SciTech Connect incorporates the contents of two of the most popular core DOE collections and employs an innovative semantic search tool enabling scientists, researchers and the scientifically- attentive public to retrieve more relevant information.
  • Social Science Abstracts
    Articles and book reviews from over 350 journals and
    magazines in the areas of anthropology, area studies, community health and medical care, economics, geography, gerontology, international relations, law and criminology, planning and public administration, police science and corrections, policy sciences, political science, psychiatry and psychology, social work and public welfare, sociology, urban studies, and related subjects.
  • Social Work Abstracts
    The Social Work Abstracts database contains more than 45,000 records from social work and other related journals on topics such as homelessness, AIDS, child and family welfare, aging, substance abuse, legislation, community organization, and more. Covers 1968-present.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    This database is a resource for accessing information in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database draws information from an international selection of over 2,600 journals and other serial publications, plus conference papers, books, and dissertations.
  • SYBWorld
    This resource contains searchable descriptions of 192 countries, including politics, geography, economy, culture, and other topics.
  • Thomas
    Library of Congress Site which provides comprehensive information on the legislative process. Website includes information on public laws, bills, and committee reports from 1973 to the present.
  • Times Digital Archive
    Researchers can search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.
  • Toxnet
    This family of databases provides bibliographic, factual, and structural information on toxic and otherwise dangerous chemicals and substances as well as information on these substances’ interactions with living organisms and the environment. One of the databases, TOXLINE, offers index access to published research results in books, journals, and technical reports, while others provide factual information about the compounds, procedures, and outcomes in a concise outline format.
    Technical Report Archive and Image Library searches US government issued primarily prior to 1975 digitized by the TRAIL working group.
  • UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (Comtrade)
    Identifies the reported market share of 120 to 140 countries or areas by commodity and trading partner.
  • UN Treaty Collection
    This database includes the full text of over 40,000 treaties registered with the Secretariat of the United Nations, as well as status information for over 5,000 significant multinational agreements.
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set: Digital Edition
    A searchable and browsable compilation of full-text Congressional documents from 1817 to 1831, with later years to be added. The Serial Set is an important source of primary documents on American history and politics.
  • USPTO Web Patent Database
    Website provides access to bibliographic and full-text patent databases. These databases cover the period from 1 January 1976 to the most recent weekly issue date (usually each Tuesday).
  • Women in Politics – Bibliographic Database
    Women in Politics contains bibliographic references on books and articles about women in politics.
  • World News Connection
    World News Connection (WNC) is an online news service that offers extensive translated and English-language news and information. WNC is compiled from thousands of non-U.S. media, including local and regional sources, that covers significant socioeconomic, political, scientific, technical, and environmental issues and events.
  • WorldCat
    Database which records of any type of bibliographic material cataloged by OCLC member libraries.