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Academic Search Premier -- EBSCO

This database offers comprehensive, academic periodical coverage in many disciplines, including general reference, social sciences, humanities, general sciences, education, library and information science, computer science, engineering, languages, medical sciences, and multicultural studies.

  • Subject Coverage: general reference, social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and more.
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly
  • Full Text Coverage: 3,350 publications, including 2,400 peer reviewed publications
  • Abstracts & Indexing: 4,300 publications, many dating back to 1984.
  • List of All Titles Covered: HTML | PDF | Excel
  • List of Full Text Titles: HTML | Excel
  • List of Titles by Subject: PDF
  • Features: Full-page images as well as color embedded images
  • Vendor: EBSCO

AGRICOLA -- U.S. National Agricultural Library

Compiled by the U.S. National Agricultural Library, AGRICOLA is a comprehensive source of bibliographic citations in agriculture and life sciences.

  • Subject Coverage: Covers all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines including plant and animal sciences, forestry, entomology, soil and water resources, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, agricultural products, alternative farming practices, and food and nutrition. Also covers auxiliary subjects such as agricultural trade and marketing, rural information, and animal welfare.
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly
  • Full Text Coverage: Citations are linked to full text articles located in other EBSCO full text databases, such as Academic Search Premier, via SmartLinking. Click on the link to the full text within the article citation to access the full article.
  • Abstracts & Indexing: Contains over 3,600,000 citations to journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audio-visual materials, and technical reports dating from 1970 to the present.
  • Features: Over 100,000 records added annually.
  • Vendor: EBSCO

Alt-Press Watch (APW) -- ProQuest

Alt-Press Watch™ showcases unique, independent voices from some of our nation’s most respected and cited grassroots newspapers, magazines, and journals.

  • Subject Coverage: General
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Both
  • List of All Titles Covered: PDF
  • Full Text Coverage: 100% Full-Text
  • Abstracts & Indexing: Contains over 670,000 articles from more than 210 publications dating back to 1970
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Biography Reference Bank -- H. W. Wilson Company

Biography Reference Bank contains biographical information on a large number of individuals from antiquity to the present. Biographies represent all fields and nationalities.

  • Subject Coverage: Biographical information
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly
  • Full Text Coverage: Contains the full text of articles from over 100 volumes of biographical reference books.
  • List of Titles Covered: HTML (Scroll to bottom half of page for a selected title list.)
  • Accessing Biography Reference Bank: Access to Biography Reference Bank is available only through H.W. Wilson's native interface. To access this database, access www.kyvl.org, click on Catalogs and Databases, and click on the button for H.W.Wilson near the bottom of the screen.
  • Features: Contains information on some 195,000 names. Information is collected from select biographical reference sources, including 100,000 biographies and obituaries from biographical reference books, over 3,000 periodicals and 2,500 individual and collected biographies, and incidental biographical information included in non-biographical works. Contains over 28,000 images of subjects. Biographies searchable by name, profession, title, race/ethnicity, titles of works, dates or birth and death, keyword, and the inclusion of an image.
  • Vendor: EBSCO

Business Source Premier -- EBSCO

This comprehensive business periodical database is designed for both business schools and libraries. It offers fulltext for nearly 1,300 general business and academic journals covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and much more.

  • Subject Coverage: General business, management, economics, finance, accounting, international business
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Both, professional & trade journals
  • Full Text Coverage: Covers 2,480 publications, including 750 peer reviewed publications. Coverage includes Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Marketing Management; The database also includes country economic reports from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), WEFA, ICON Group and CountryWatch.
  • Abstracts & Indexing: Indexing for 3,010 publications
  • List of All Titles Covered: HTML | PDF | Excel
  • List of Full Text Titles: HTML | Excel
  • List of Titles by Subject: PDF
  • Features: Charts and graphs converted to keyword-searchable ASCII text, a directory of over 1.7 million company records from Dun & Bradstreet, and PDF images and embedded images for many of these journals
  • Vendor: EBSCO

CINAHL -- CINAHL Information Systems

This comprehensive database offers complete coverage of English-language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses' Association. Topics covered include nursing, biomedicine, health science librarianship, consumer health, and 17 allied health disciplines.

  • Subject Coverage: Nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, consumer health, and 17 allied health disciplines
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly, professional & trade
  • Full Text Coverage: Citations are linked to full text articles located in other EBSCO full text databases, such as Academic Search Premier, via SmartLinking. Click on the link to the full text within the article citation to access the full article.
  • Abstracts & Indexing: Abstracts for over 250 journals, including over 450 author-supplied abstracts; Indexing for over 1,600 nursing journals and publications dating back to 1982; Indexing for journals, books and book chapters, dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, pamphlets, educational software packages and audiovisual material.
  • Features: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) index with tree numbers, tree hierarchy and explosion capabilities and internal subject thesaurus with over 7,000 terms, 2,000 of which are unique to CINAHL.
  • Vendor: EBSCO

ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index -- EBSCO

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index (CPLI) Online is the product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Library Association. The database covers all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle, and includes over 436,000 index citations of articles and reviews published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers.

  • Subject Coverage: Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly, professional & trade
  • Full Text Coverage: Citations are linked to full text articles located in other EBSCO full text databases, such as Academic Search Premier, via SmartLinking. Click on the link to the full text within the article citation to access the full article.
  • Abstracts & Indexing: Abstracts for over 200 periodical; Indexing for over 436,000 index citations nursing journals and publications dating back to 1981; Indexing for journals, books and book chapters, dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, pamphlets, educational software packages and audiovisual material.
  • List of All Titles Covered: HTML
  • Vendor: EBSCO

ProQuest Criminal Justice

A comprehensive database of U.S.and international criminal justice journals. The database provides research support for students interested in careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security.

  • Subject Coverage: Criminal Justice
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly, professional & trade
  • Full Text Coverage: Citations are linked to full text articles where available. Click on the link to the full text within the article citation to access the full article.
  • List of All Titles Covered: PDF
  • Abstracts & Indexing: Abstracts for over 250 journals, including over 100 available in full-text dating back to 1981.
  • Vendor: ProQuest

ERIC -- U.S. Department of Education

ERIC provides access to published and unpublished sources on thousands of educational topics.

  • Subject Coverage: All aspects of education
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Both, professional and trade
  • Full Text Coverage : Includes the full text of more than 2,200 ERIC Digests. Citations linked to full text articles located in other EBSCO databases via SmartLinking. Click on the link to the full text within the article citation to access the full article.In addition, EDRS (ERIC Document Reproduction Services) offers KYVL, as a subscriber to their E*Subscribe service, a direct link from ERIC to full text ERIC documents available through E*Subscribe. E*Subscribe offers unlimited electronic access to approximately 92% of ERIC documents from 1993 to the present. Items that are available in full text through the E*Subscribe service will be accompanied by a link that says Full text from EDRS. Click this link and follow the instructions for accessing the full text article.
  • Abstracts & Indexing: Contains citations and abstracts from over 980 educational and education-related journals, offering more than 1 million abstracts of documents and journal articles.
  • Features: More information about EDRS
  • Vendor: EBSCO

Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia -- EBSCO

Includes all information available in the print version of the Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia.

  • Subject Coverage: General and reference
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Both
  • Full Text Coverage: Features over 25,000 informative segments of the encyclopedia
  • Features: Searchable through Primary Search Online and Middle Search Plus Online.
  • Vendor: EBSCO

GreenFILE -- EBSCO

GreenFILE is a freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology. The total number of records covered by GreenFILE is approximately 295,000.

  • Subject Coverage: The environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health, and technology
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Both
  • Full Text Coverage: Features over 4,600 records from open access titles.
  • Features: Searchable through Primary Search Online and Middle Search Plus Online.
  • Vendor: EBSCO

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia -- Grolier

A popular Grolier resource, the Academic American Encyclopedia, has been made available online as the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia.

  • Subject Coverage: General and reference
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Both
  • Full Text Coverage: Includes over 38,000 articles.
  • Accessing Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia: Access to Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia is available only through Grolier Online's native interface. To access this database, access www.kyvl.org, click on Catalogs and Databases, and click on the button for Grolier Online near the bottom of the screen.
  • Features: Includes over 100,000 article to article links, over 51,000 Internet links, 300 tables, 870 maps with more than 16,000 links, 300 flags, over 6,600 photographs and drawings, animations, videos, cutaways, panoramas, dynamic maps, and sounds.
  • Vendor: KYVL

Health Source: Consumer Edition -- EBSCO

Health Source: Consumer Edition offers a resource for finding authoritative information on health-related questions specifically geared to the general public.

  • Subject Coverage: Medical sciences, food sciences, nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, general health, adult health, cardiology, behavioral health, drug information, pediatric health, senior health, women's health, genetics, oncology, pulmonology, emergency medicine, bacteriology, and laboratory medicine
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Both
  • Full Text Coverage: Searchable full text included from over 160 journals and 1,060 health-related pamphlets. Includes text of USP Pharmacopoeia DI: Volume II, Advice for the Lay Patient, which provides information about drugs in lay terms. Information includes brand names used in the U.S. and Canada, a description, precautions, and side effects. Also includes the text of 20 health research books, including books published by the People's Medical Society, thousands of essays from Clinical Reference Systems, and Stedman's Medical Dictionary.
  • Abstracts & Indexing: Abstracts and indexing for over 180 publications.
  • List of All Titles Covered: HTML | PDF | Excel
  • List of Full Text Books: HTML | PDF | Excel
  • List of Full Text Pamphlets: HTML | PDF | Excel
  • Vendor: EBSCO

Kentuckiana Digital Library

Search here for unique historical materials specific to Kentucky. Resources include archival finding aids, photographs, sound recordings, diaries, letters and more. Materials included in the Kentuckiana Digital Library are held by special collections and archives departments in libraries throughout Kentucky.

  • Subject Coverage: Kentucky history and genealogy.
  • Full Text Coverage: Full text of a large number of diaries, letters, and transcripts of oral interviews are accessible through the Kentuckiana Digital Library.
  • Features: Sound recordings, digitized photographs, e-books and e-journals
  • Additional Information: The Kentuckiana Digital Library can also be accessed directly at http://www.kyvl.org/. This link does not require the user to enter an ID and password.
  • Vendor: KYVL

MasterFILE Premier -- EBSCO

This comprehensive, general periodical database provides access to information on a broad range of topics including general interest, business, consumer health, general science and multicultural titles. Designed specifically for the public library.

  • Subject Coverage: General interest, business, consumer health, general science, and multicultural studies
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Popular
  • Full Text Coverage: Includes over 1,850 journals as far back as January 1990, including Consumer Reports and nearly 5,000 Magill's Book Reviews, as well as Essential Documents of American History, which includes The Bill of Rights, The Constitution, The Federalist Papers, and the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Also includes The Christian Science Monitor; 138 Macmillan books, over 400 pamphlets, and The CIA World Factbook.
  • Abstracts & Indexing: Includes over 2,810 journals, many dating back to 1984, including coverage of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
  • List of Titles Covered: HTML | PDF | Excel
  • List of Full Text Books: HTML | PDF | Excel
  • List of Full Text Pamphlets: HTML | PDF | Excel
  • List of All Full Text Titles: HTML | Excel
  • Features: Charts, tables and graphs converted to ASCII text, plus 1.7 million company records form Dun & Bradstreet, and over 1,400 journals with images
  • Vendor: EBSCO

MEDLINE -- U.S. National Library of Medicine

MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.

  • Subject Coverage: Medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and the pre-clinical sciences.
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly
  • Full Text Coverage: Citations are linked to full text articles located in other EBSCO full text databases, such as Academic Search Premier, via SmartLinking. Click on the link to the full text within the article citation to access the full article.
  • Abstracts & Indexing: 1966 - present
  • Features: Includes images dating as far back as January 1997 and Mesh (Medical Subject Headings) functionality.
  • Vendor: EBSCO

Newspaper Source -- EBSCO

This database features complete coverage of The Christian Science Monitor and the LA Times and selected coverage of valuable national and international titles, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and others. Also includes local business news coverage of The Lexington Herald-Leader, Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro, KY), and the Paducah Sun.

  • Subject Coverage: News and current events
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Popular
  • Full Text Coverage: Includes selected coverage for 200 US and international newspapers dating back to 1995. Coverage includes: The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free press, Lexington Herald-Leader, and the Messenger-Inquirer. Also includes Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News - full text articles from 105 contributor newspapers (online only) and Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service - full text articles from 40 contributor newspapers (online only).
  • Abstracts & Indexing: The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and USA Today dating back to 1995.
  • List of All Titles Covered: HTML | PDF
  • Features: Total coverage includes over 500,000 articles. Coverage includes everything except obituaries (exclusive of famous people), sports tables, ads/classifieds, stock prices and weather. Information updated daily.
  • Vendor: EBSCO

NoveList -- EBSCO

This database features Articles, BookTalks, Book Discussion Guides, Fiction Titles, and Nonfiction Titles. There are over 150,000 fiction titles, over 4000 custom created articles and lists, and 50,000 readable nonfiction titles as well.

  • Subject Coverage: Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Popular
  • Full Text Coverage: There are over 150,000 fiction titles, over 4000 custom created articles and lists, and 50,000 readable nonfiction titles as well.
  • Vendor: EBSCO

ProQuest Newsstand -- ProQuest

ProQuest Newsstand online gateway to over 850 newspapers, including over 575 full-text titles, and many with backfiles dating back to the 1980s and 1990s. Choose from international, national, and regional newspaper bundles, as well as individual titles, to create a reference resource that enables your users to compare and contrast event coverage, evaluate how far-away happenings will affect them at home, or simply remain current on today’s events.

  • Subject Coverage: News and current events 
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Popular
  • Full Text Coverage: Presently has more than 850 newspapers, with most of them available with full-text dating back to 1980's.
  • Vendor: ProQuest

ProQuest Religion -- ProQuest

ProQuest Religion covers formal theological studies and commentary on topics of general interest from the perspectives of many, worldwide religions. In addition, there are many titles from religious publishing bodies and nondenominational organizations.

  • Subject Coverage: Covers formal theological studies and commentary on topics of general interest from the perspectives of many, worldwide religions. 
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly
  • Full Text Coverage: Presently has more than 150 journals, with most of them available with full-text dating back to 1986.
  • List of All Titles Covered: PDF
  • Vendor: ProQuest

ProQuest Research Library-- ProQuest

From business and political science to literature and psychology, ProQuest Research Library provides one-stop access to a wide range of popular academic subjects

  • Subject Coverage: General research
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly
  • List of All Titles Covered: PDF
  • Features: Total coverage includes more than 4,070 titles—nearly 2,800 in full text—from 1971 forward.
  • Vendor: ProQuest

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection -- EBSCO

The Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection covers information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry &psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

  • Subject Coverage: Emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry, psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly
  • Full Text Coverage: Includes nearly 500 full text titles.
  • List of All Titles Covered: HTML | PDF| Excel
  • Features: Includes coverage of over 480 peer-reviewed journals. Can be searched independently, but also allows users to link to the full text from citations located in PsycINFO.
  • Vendor: EBSCO

PsycARTICLES -- CSA

ProQuest provides access to more than 100 full-text and bibliographic databases published by CSA and its publishing partners including Psychological Articles and more. 

  • Subject Coverage: Emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry, psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly, professional & trade
  • Full Text Coverage: Includes nearly 100 full-text titles.
  • Vendor: EBSCO

PsycINFO -- American Psychological Association

PsycINFO contains more than one million references to psychological literature ranging in date from 1887 to the present. It provides access to a collection of electronically stored bibliographic references--most with abstracts or content summaries. Although the references themselves are all written in English, the covered literature includes material published in over 45 countries and written in more than 35 languages.

  • Subject Coverage: Psychology, sociology, social work, education, and other behavioral sciences
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly, professional & trade
  • Full Text Coverage: Many citations found in PsycINFO are linked to full text articles located in the Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection and other EBSCO full text databases via SmartLinking. Click on the link to the full text within the article citation to access the full article.
  • Abstracts & Indexing: Indexes materials published from 1984 to the present. Citations include abstracts (except those for dissertations.) Coverage includes journal articles, dissertations, reports, English-language book chapters and books, and other scholarly documents.
  • Features: International in scope, indexing over 1,700 journals from nearly 50 countries. Updated semiannually.
  • Vendor: EBSCO

Regional Business News -- EBSCO

Business Wire News is a full text newswire database that incorporates business wires from all over the world.

  • Subject Coverage: Business, politics, economics, and other diverse international news events
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Both
  • Full Text Coverage: Includes coverage of over 50 sources, including A & G Information, Africa News Service, Inter Press Service, Resource News International, South American Business, M2 Communications, PR Newswire, Business News Wire, Canadian Corporate News, News Bytes News Network, and Phillips Business Information Highlights.
  • List of All Titles Covered: HTML | PDF | Excel
  • Features: Includes the most recent 30 days of information from each wire source. Several hundred articles are added to the Regional Business News database daily.
  • Vendor: EBSCO

Sociological Collection -- EBSCO

The Sociological Collection provides information on all areas of sociology.

  • Subject Coverage: Sociology, social behavior, human tendencies, human interaction, human relationships, community development, culture, and social structure.
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly
  • Full Text Coverage: Includes over 600 full text titles.
  • List of All Titles Covered: HTML | PDF | Excel
  • Features: Includes coverage of over 500 peer-reviewed journals. Can be searched independently, but also allows users to link to the full text from citations located in Sociological Abstracts.
  • Vendor: EBSCO

Small Business Reference Center -- EBSCO

Small Business Reference Center™ provides up to date information on relevant topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business. The database contains nearly 400 full-text periodicals and over 450 full-text reference books.

  • Subject Coverage: Small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly
  • Full Text Coverage: Contains nearly 400 full-text periodicals and over 450 full-text reference books.
  • List of All Titles Covered: HTML | PDF | Excel
  • Vendor: EBSCO

Teacher Reference Center -- EBSCO

This index of over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books

  • Subject Coverage: Education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more for K-12 Teachers & Librarians.
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Scholarly
  • Vendor: EBSCO

TOPICsearch -- EBSCO

TOPICsearch is a current events database that allows the user to explore social, political, and economic issues and other popular topics discussed in classrooms.

  • Subject Coverage: Social issues, politics, economics, scientific discoveries, and more.
  • Full Text Coverage: Includes 40,000 full text documents, with selected full text articles soon to be available from over 100 US newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, the Boston Globe, the Detroit Free Press, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Daily News, and the San Jose Mercury News.
  • List of All Titles Covered: HTML | PDF | Excel
  • Features: Covers 2,500 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, EBSCO's periodicals collection, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, government information and EBSCO's Current Issues database. Searchable by topic, subject, natural language, and keyword. Includes an online dictionary.
  • Vendor: EBSCO

WorldCat Database (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) -- OCLC

WorldCat is the world's most comprehensive bibliography. WorldCat covers information back to the 11th Century. It contains records from more than 30 thousand libraries all over the world.

  • Subject Coverage: Business, the humanities, medicine, popular culture, science, social sciences, and technology.
  • Popular and/or Scholarly: Both
  • Full Text Coverage: None
  • Abstracts & Indexing: Includes over 41,000,000 bibliographic records.
  • Features: Updated daily
  • Vendor: OCLC - FirstSearch

Kentucky Library Catalogs -- Kentucky Libraries

A library catalog is a record of all the items (books, journal titles, and more) that a library owns or provides access to. A catalog gives you brief information about the item and information about how you can locate that item in the library. If you see something that you would like in a catalog, talk with your local librarian about how you can get it. If you library does not already own it, it can often be delivered to your library in a matter of days.

  • Catalogs available through KYVL: Bowling Green Public Library, Brescia University Library, Centre College, Cumberland College, Eastern Kentucky University, KCTCS Libraries, Kenton County Public Library, Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society Library, Kentucky State University, Lexington Public Library, Lexington Theological Seminary Library, Lexmark Library, Louisville Free Public Library, Midway College, Morehead University Catalog, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, St. Catharine College, Transylvania University, Union College, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville
  • Catalogs pending:Sullivan University
  • Other Kentucky library catalogs: See the libraries' web pages