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A list of databases available to MSU students, faculty and staff.
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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  • ABI/INFORM Research  
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    Business information from articles appearing in professional publications, academic journals, and trade magazines published worldwide.
  • Academic Search Complete  
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    This is a largest multi-disciplinary database to which an academic library can subscribe. It contains 9,000 full-text journals (with 7,850 of them peer-reviewed). Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.
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    Indexes and abstracts journal articles, books, book chapters, and other formats that relate to all aspects of agriculture.
  • Alt-Press Watch  
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    Provides an alternative to corporate-controlled media at the national and local levels. Subject specific publications and grass roots media are included.
  • America: History and Life - Full Text  
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    Indexes and abstracts English-language scholarly literature for the history of the United States and Canada. Records indexing book and media reviews of historical interest are also included.
  • American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals  
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    Full text of the periodical holdings of the American Antiquarian Society. The entire AAS collection features about 6,500 titles from the seventeenth through the late nineteenth century.
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Web Editions  
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    The web editions of nearly 35 journals published by the American Chemical Society are searchable in this database.
  • Annual Reviews  
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    Analyzes and synthesizes the top research done in the fields of Biomedical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Physical Sciences for any given year.
  • Applied Science & Technology Index  
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    Indexes more than 350 key, international English-language periodicals in the applied sciences and technology. It is a good source of information on management, careers and employment, and financial trends in the scientific and technological fields.
  • Art Images (Madison Digital Images Database)  
    Online gallery of high quality licensed digital images of Artwork. (Login in via your MSU id and password.)
  • Art Index  
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    Indexes more than 200 key international English-language arts publications. It includes periodicals, yearbooks, museum bulletins, competition and award notices, exhibition listings, interviews, and film reviews.
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Digital Library  
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    Full text of every article ever published by ACM and bibliographic citations from major publishers in computing.

Finding Full-Text Articles

When you are searching in the Library's databases look first for a link to a PDF filePDF file.

If no PDF link is available look for the Get it button.
This button allows you to:

  1. See if the article is available online in ANY of the Library's databases, not just the one you are using.
  2. Search the Library's Catalog to see if the article is available in the library (if it is not online).
  3. Automatically do an interlibrary loan request if the article is not available online or in the library.

Peer Review

What is Peer Review?

It is the quality control system for scholarship.  It means that articles in a peer-reviewed journal must be scrutinized by experts before they are published.  SYNONYMS = 'academic', 'juried', 'refereed', 'scholarly'.

How can you tell when something is peer-reviewed?

1) When you are looking at a print copy, of an entire issue of a journal, the editorial board of scholars with academic credentials and institutional affiliations will be listed somewhere.  These are the 'peers' that review each published article.

2) Use a check box limit in your database search (when available).

3) Consult Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. (Search on the source title NOT the article title.)  An icon of a referee's jersey will indicate that the journal is peer-reviewed.


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